UM and hypervisor-based clustering now supported when virtualizing Exchange 2010

Some great news announced by the product team today: The Unified Messaging server role is now supported in a virtualized environment. Combining Exchange 2010 high availability solutions (database availability groups (DAGs)) with hypervisor-based clustering, high availability, or migration solutions that will move or automatically failover mailbox servers that are members of a DAG between clustered…

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How do I enable the new Internet Calendar Sharing (.ICS) with Exchange 2010 Sp1?

This was a question asked by a university in North Carolina.  (Screenshots courtesy of the Exchange product team)   What can I share my calendar with? Basically any platform that supports iCal (.ics) format can consume this such as Google, Zimbra, Yahoo, Windows Live, and even external Outlook users can view your calendar without the…

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Do I use Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG for reverse proxy publishing for Exchange 2010?

I get asked this quite a quite a bit and I couldn’t find a consistent answer. My colleague, Steve Scholz, provided me this useful feature matrix as when to use UAG for publishing Exchange 2010 and when to use TMG: To summarize, either UAG or TMG will provide reverse proxy publishing for Exchange 2010.  The…

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How did MS IT deploy Exchange 2010?

I get asked this quite a bit for a reference architecture.  We just published our MS IT Whitepaper on how and what we did for deploying 180,000 mailboxes on Exchange 2010.  There is excellent information in there around Exchange 2010 best practices, architecture considerations, DAG and storage design, backupless strategies, UM design, user training, etc. …

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Grab Exchange Server 2010 SP1 beta and check out the the new OWA enhancements

There are a lot of new features coming with Exchange SP1. Today I will provide a quick look into the OWA enhancements slated for SP1:   Tweaks to the OWA UI in SP1: Reminders overhaul: New OWA themes: IM presence icons switched to squares to match the new CS14 jellybean overhaul.   Reply buttons overhauled:…

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Where can I get some end-user CBT training for OCS R2 and Exchange UM?

I get asked this one quite a bit by my customers deploying OCS and Exchange UM to their faculty and staff.  I found a partner, 4What Interactive, that provides some really nice end user CBT training for OCS R2 and Exchange UM OVA. Click here to view some of 4What’s CBT Microsoft UC training. They…

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Can I really use JBOD storage with Exchange 2010?

I just did an Exchange 2010 architectural design session for a university in Ohio and this was a key question they asked me.  The answer is yes, you truly can leverage JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) storage with large TB SATA drives for Exchange 2010 now. Microsoft IT has deployed Exchange 2010 with JBOD…

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New Exchange 2010 installation guide templates

I get asked if we have any step by step Exchange 2010 deployment templates/documents quite often. The nice part about these guides are they are in Word format so you can build your own production build out documentation for your Exchange 2010 deployment.    Grab the newly released step by step install docs for Exchange…

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Are there any PBX settings I could reference to help get me going with Exchange 2010 UM?

I was asked this by a school district in Utah converting their entire school district (12,000 seats) to Exchange 2010 voicemail.  The answer is yes. We have tested several PBXes and developed PBX configuration notes you can leverage to assist you with your UM implementation: Visit the PBX config notes here. Here is sample of…

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