Some new Exchange 2007 whitepapers

December 26, 2007 at 12:18 PM2102

Exchange Server 2007 Design and Architecture at Microsoft

How the Microsoft Information Technology organization designed the corporate Exchange Server 2007 environment

Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) maintains a complex Microsoft® Exchange Server environment consisting of several geographic locations and multiple Active Directory® forests. There are 16 data centers, four of which host Exchange Mailbox servers, to support more than 515 office locations in 102 countries with 121,000 users, including managers, employees, contractors, business partners, and vendors. Site and server consolidation conducted with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and new deployment features available in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in combination with proven planning, design, and deployment methodologies enabled Microsoft IT to transition this environment to Exchange Server 2007 in less than eight months. Microsoft IT decommissioned the last Mailbox servers running Exchange Server 2003 in the corporate Active Directory forest shortly after Microsoft released the new Exchange Server release to manufacturing (RTM) version on December 7, 2006.

This technical white paper discusses the Exchange Server 2007 architectures, designs, and technologies that Microsoft IT chose for the corporate environment and the strategies, procedures, successes, and practical experiences that Microsoft IT gained during the planning and design phase. In addition to common planning and design tasks typical for many Exchange Server deployment projects, such as server design, high-availability implementation, and capacity planning, transitioning a complex messaging environment to run on Exchange Server 2007 also entails specific planning considerations regarding directory integration, routing topology, Internet connectivity, client access technologies, and unified messaging (UM).

Download: Technical White Paper | PowerPoint Presentation

 

Operating a Global Messaging Environment by Using Exchange Server 2007

This white paper is for business decision makers, technical decision makers, and operations managers. It assumes that the reader has a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows Server® 2003, Active Directory, Exchange Server 2007, and Microsoft Operations Manager. Because many of the principles and procedures discussed in this paper are based on standard operations methodologies, a high-level understanding of the MOF, MSF, and ITIL models is also helpful.

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Exchange Server 2007 Deployment Checklists

This technical white paper discusses the deployment checklists that the Exchange Messaging team created based on the Exchange Server 2007 architecture and design specifications for the corporate production environment.

The first two sections briefly reiterate the reasons why the Exchange Messaging team uses checklists, and the sections explain the Microsoft IT server life-cycle management process. These sections also discuss the usefulness of checklists from a decision maker's point of view and highlight the responsibilities of the Exchange Messaging team within the overall Microsoft IT organization.

The third section, "Pre-Installation Deployment Checklists," covers the tasks the Exchange Messaging team performs to prepare servers for later installation of a specific server role. In some cases, a server role requires additional configuration. These tasks are role-specific and are listed in checklist form.

The next sections provide detailed discussions of the various checklists that the Exchange Messaging team created for the individual server roles.

This technical white paper also includes an appendix titled "Deployment Worksheets," which contains a set of worksheet templates that are derived from the Exchange Messaging team checklists. These worksheet templates can serve as a starting point to create custom checklists based on the specific needs of an IT organization.

Download: Technical White Paper

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Windows Essential Business Server

November 26, 2007 at 5:57 PM2102

Microsoft announced Windows Essential Business Server (previously code-named "Centro"), a new integrated multiserver solution designed for midsize businesses with sophisticated IT needs which offers integrated security, simple administration with unified management console and just like in Small Business edition integrated multiple products which are normally cheaper than if you buy separate licenses.

In Standard Edition you will get:

  • Windows Server 2008 with Active Directory Domain Services
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials
  • Microsoft Exchange Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
  • Next version of Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server)

In Premium Edition you will also get Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition.

If I`m honest I never liked idea of Small Business Server. Why? On one side you have best practices which says that you should not put for example Domain Controller and Exchange Server on one box. On the other side you have product which have everything together. On one or on two servers. So I have the same opinion about Windows Essential Business Server. I sure hope that you will be able to install it to separate servers.

But it also has good side. It cost less than separate products so it`s great for small companies with low budget for IT.

Source: Windows Essential Business Server Overview (A New Server Solution for Midsize Businesses)

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile (2007 Release)

October 18, 2007 at 3:39 PM2102

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile is a unified communications client for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. Communicator Mobile runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6.0 software for Pocket PC and smartphone devices.

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile (2007 Release) extends the reach of Office Communications Server 2007 to information workers who use Windows Mobile powered devices. Communicator Mobile provides presence and communication features that are similar to the desktop version of Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 when users are away from their desks.

Source: Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile (2007 Release)

Posted in: Microsoft | Unified Communications

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Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer

October 18, 2007 at 3:37 PM2102

The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer is designed for administrators who want to determine the overall health of their Office Communications Server 2007 servers and topology.

The Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer Tool is a diagnostic tool that gathers configuration information from a Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 environment and determines whether the configuration is set according to Microsoft best practices. You can install the tool on a client computer that runs Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, or on a server that runs Office Communications Server 2007.

Note: Although you can install the Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer directly on the computer that runs Office Communications Server 2007 Server, we recommend that you install and run this tool on a client computer.

The tool uses set of configuration files to gather information from the Office Communications Server 2007 environment. It compares this data against a set of pre-defined rules for Office Communications Server 2007, and reports potential issues. For every issue reported, the tool provides the current configuration in the Office Communications Server 2007 environment, and the recommended configuration.
With the proper network access, the tool can examine your Active Directory and Office Communications Server 2007 servers to do the following:

  • Proactively perform health checks, verifying that the configuration is set according to recommended best practices
  • Generate a list of issues, such as suboptimal configuration settings or unsupported or not recommended options
  • Judge the general health of a system
  • Help troubleshoot specific problems
  • Prompt you to download updates if they are available
  • Provide online and local documentation about reported issues, including troubleshooting tips
  • Generate configuration information that can be captured for later review

Source: Office Communications Server 2007 Best Practices Analyzer

Posted in: Microsoft | Unified Communications

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Office Communications Server and Client Documentation Rollup

October 18, 2007 at 3:16 PM2102

This documentation package contains all Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator 2007 and Live Meeting 2007 client for Office Communications Server documentation.

 

Source: Office Communications Server and Client Documentation Rollup

Posted in: Microsoft | Unified Communications

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Microsoft Virtualization Cookbooks

October 16, 2007 at 12:55 PM2102
  • Backup and Recovery using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 and Acronis True Image 9.1 Enterprise Edition
  • Deployment Cookbook: Branch Office—Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Deployment Cookbook: High Availability with Virtual Server Host Clustering
  • Deployment Cookbook: Hosted Backup—Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Deployment Cookbook: Offsite Backup—Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Deployment Cookbook: Onsite Backup—Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1, and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Mobile User Access of Applications. Terminal Server running on virtual machines using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Quick Migration with Virtual Server Host Clustering Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition & Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1

Source: Microsoft Virtualization Cookbooks

Posted in: Virtualization | Microsoft

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Shell Help

October 2, 2007 at 9:24 AM2102

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Exchange Management Shell Help file helps you use cmdlets in the Exchange Management Shell to perform day-to-day administration of Exchange 2007. You can view help in the Exchange Management Shell by using the Get-Help cmdlet. This Help file applies to the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) version of Exchange Server 2007.

Source: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Shell Help

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Windows Server 2008 RC0 Downloads

September 25, 2007 at 1:36 PM2102

Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides

September 17, 2007 at 10:29 AM2102

These step-by-step guides help IT Professionals learn about and evaluate Windows Server 2008.
These documents are downloadable versions of guides found in the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library. (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=86808).

 

Source: Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides

Posted in: Windows | Microsoft | Windows Server 2008

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Changes in Functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008

September 17, 2007 at 10:27 AM2102

This document describes new features and technologies, which were not available in Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), that will help to increase the security of computers running Windows Server 2008, increase productivity, and reduce administrative overhead.

These topics apply to the next release of Windows Server 2008, based on the functionality expected to be included in the Beta releases in 2007. They do not describe all of the changes that are included in Windows Server 2008. Instead, they highlight changes that will potentially have the greatest impact on your use of Windows Server 2008 and provide references to additional information.

Source: Changes in Functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008

Posted in: Windows | Microsoft | Windows Server 2008

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