NY Exchange Users Group Meets

From teh desk of ben Serebin:

        Our September meeting is next week on Tue 9/8 (doors open 6pm). There is a cap of 30 people only. So, rsvp promptly. If you're # 31 and above, you'll be notified an hour after the cut-off time. As always, all our meetings are open to the public, free, includes pizza dinner, and raffles. Feel free to invite people, just make sure they rsvp. For meetup.com folks, I ignore rsvps that do not list 2 names.


        Upcoming Oct & Nov meeting details are below...


        I'm also very excited about Exchange 2010 (I plan to upgrade to it once my 3 core 3rd party apps support it), so if you're considering upgrading 2003 to 2007, skip 2007 and go right to 2010. It's coming out in Oct/Nov 09 (RC released already and MS will support upgrade from RC to RTM and there are many compelling reasons to upgrade (e.g. reduce # of servers for HA/clustering [4 to 2], OWA premium mode for 3 browsers, 70% I/O improvement in performance over 2007 due to store optimizations, co-existence with 2003/2007, etc). There are some caveats, e.g. heavy Public Folder admin, use caution since the UI is not included for it. I'm hoping this is fixed in SP1. I hate CLI. We'll have a separate meeting about this, since there's a lot to know. Here is a great MS URL to see "Discontinued Features and De-Emphasized Functionality" http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998911%28EXCHG.140%29.aspx .


Tue September 8 Meeting at 6:30pm

RSVP by Tue 9/8 at 10am - http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=138979


September Meeting's Topics

Speaker - Ben Serebin (network/Exchange consultant) for REEF Solutions

Topic - Align all 3 goals of reducing costs, making an admin's life easier, and saving the planet. Learn about what you could be doing if you had your Exchange environment in a VM. Learn what's supported and what's not. I'm sure you'll learn some surprising things this evening. I did and I'm running Exchange within a VM.


Speaker - Adnan Rafik (full BIO below)

Topic - Adnan will be presenting / demo-ing the Q4 2009 release of Windows Server 2008 R2's Hyper-V and Hyper-V Remote management and an Exchange surprise.


Speaker Bio:
Adnan Rafik is the Founder of UAE’s IT Professional User Group i.e. TECHIES (www.techiesonly.com) based in Dubai. He started the user group and the group has since grown to 350 members. He shares his keen passion in infrastructure, networking, security and virtualization with the IT Pro community.  Adnan has always been focused on helping businesses with the ever changing technologies.


Adnan frequently volunteers in user groups activities locally and worldwide. He worked very closely with Microsoft Gulf to promote the user group activities in the region. He also worked with Windows IT Pro magazine to bring a successful series of events, Get Ready for SQL Server 2005 and Get Ready for Exchange 2007, to Dubai. He has been a speaker at DIVE DEEPER in Dubai and Cairo.


Question of the Month

What fundamental method for simplifying clustering setup has changed with Exchange 2010 compared to previous Exchange versions (e.g.. 5.5, 2000, 2003, and 2007)?


Answer to previous Question of the Month:
August 09
Q: What is the Mail.que?
A: The Mail.que is an ESE database that acts as the transport queue on your Exchange 2007 server - Hub Transport or Edge Transport roles only.
How To on Backup and Restore a Queue Database
Managing the Queue Database (e.g. configuration options and parameters, etc)
Overview of Queues for Exchange 2007
Easy To Understand Queue Management with photos


Find previous meetings information & upcoming events on our website: www.nyexug.com


See you at the meeting,

-Ben Serebin




Upcoming Meetings

October 13 Meeting Topic - Fixing the Exchange 2007 Server that failed during our DoS Testing.
Speaker: Ben Serebin (Network/Exchange consultant) of REEF Solutions

Meeting Topic Details - During our August 2009 meeting, we performed extreme load testing on Exchange 2003 and 2007. 2003 passed, but 2007 had some issues recovering. We'll work to understand what happened during this meeting's denial of service testing and how to fix it.


November 10 Meeting Topic - Introducing Exchange 2010

Speaker: Microsoft Rep

Meeting Topic Details - TBA




Meeting Location
You MUST RSVP to gain access to the building.

Microsoft NYC Office

6th Floor, in the Place Conference Room (at receptionist, go left, right, and left down hall)

The meetings occur every 2nd Tuesday of every Month. All meetings are held at Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas (between 51st/52nd) in New York.
Interested in Speaking
- Speakers can be Exchange Admins, Network Admins, and anyone knowledge-able of Exchange. Topics could be highlighting a certain aspect of Exchange (e.g. X400, Connectors, RUS, Storage Groups, Shared Hosting, etc), a product you use in your organization that is extremely helpful in increasing your productivity. If in doubt, email me, Ben Serebin. Email address below.


Interesting Sponsoring a Meeting or Topic

- contact me for more information on this.


Future Meeting Topics

Other Topics Interested In - Anti-virus, Common Problems and Troubleshooting, Defragmention of Store, Cached Mode, PBX Integration (if you are a vendor, and are interested in presenting these, let me know.)



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