Exchange 2007: Platforms, Editions, Product Keys and Versions

Now that the RTM version of Exchange 2007 is available, I’m seeing a lot of questions in the newsgroups, Web forums and other Exchange community areas related to SKUs, platforms and product keys.  People are wondering what are the differences between the 32-bit and 64-bit version of Exchange 2007, what are the differences between the…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 and Database Availability Groups

Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has released, and among other features and improvements, SP1 includes support for Windows Server 2012 R2. This means that a database availability group (DAG) running Exchange 2013 SP1 on Windows Server 2012 R2 automatically takes advantage of the improvements in and changes to Windows Failover Clustering (WFC) in…

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Exchange 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication: Can I Get a Witness?

As of today, you can!  A file share witness, that is.  Let me start from the beginning. Exchange Server 2007 introduces a new feature called cluster continuous replication (CCR).  CCR combines the log shipping and replay functionality in Exchange 2007 with the failover functionality in the Microsoft cluster service (MSCS). Unlike previous versions of Exchange…

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Exchange Server 2007 and Hyper-V

While at TechEd IT Pro North America 2008, I also had the opportunity to attend Brent Alinger’s session on Exchange Server 2007 and Hyper-V.  Brent is a Senior Test Lead on the Exchange Team at Microsoft, and he’s leading our testing efforts around Hyper-V. Brent described a number of terms, such as the Hyper-V root…

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Storage, High Availability and Site Resilience in Exchange Server 2013, Part 1

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 continues to innovate in the areas of storage, high availability, and site resilience.  In this three-part blog series, I’ll describe the improvements in Exchange 2013 related to these three areas. Part 1 focuses on the storage improvements that we’ve made.  Part 2 will focus on high availability.  And part 3 will…

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High Availability Changes in Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 1

Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) has been released and is now available for download!  CU1 is the first release to use the servicing model introduced with Exchange 2013.  CU1 includes new features, new functionality and bug fixes, including in the area of high availability.  The announcement post on the Exchange Team Blog already…

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How to Install Exchange Server 2010 Beta

  Now that Exchange Server 2010 is available to download and try in Beta format, I wanted to provide a quick blog on how to install the Exchange Server 2010 Beta. Installing Exchange Server 2010 begins with installing and preparing the operating system.  Exchange Server 2010 can be installed only on Windows Server 2008 Standard…

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Understanding Internet Database Availability Groups

The high availability and site resilience platform built into Exchange 2010 provides automatic recovery from storage, network and server and other failures that affect active mailbox database copies. In addition, it provides manual recovery from failures affecting an entire site or datacenter. Customers have asked for, and many have tried desperately to create, an Exchange…

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Service Pack 1 for Exchange 2007 Documentation Available

We’ve refreshed our online documentation for Exchange 2007, and it includes content on Service Pack 1!  This content is newer and fresher than the ExchHelp.CHM (Help file) that ships with Beta 2, and it includes content not found in that CHM file. You can find online documentation for Exchange 2007 SP1 at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124558.aspx. This content…

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Continuous Replications and Exchange Backups

In Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, continuous replication, also known as log shipping, is the process of automating the replication of closed transaction log files from a production storage group (called the “active” storage group) to a copy of that storage group (called the “passive” storage group) that is located on a second set of disks…

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