VMware vSphere 4: Exchange Server on NFS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel

Thanks to Ash for pointing me at this: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_perf_exchange-storage-protocols.pdf

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is a storage intensive workload used by a large number of IT organizations to provide email for their users. In this paper, a large installation of 16,000 Exchange users was configured across eight virtual machines (VMs) on a single VMware vSphere 4 server. The performance of this configuration was measured when using storage supporting Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and NFS storage protocols. The results show that each protocol achieved great performance with Fibre Channel leading the way, with iSCSI and NFS following closely behind.

More on Exchange 2007 SP2

Okay been trawling the web and found these:

Interesting things from the Release Notes:

  • You must prepare Active Directory and each domain before you perform the first installation of Exchange 2007 SP2 in an organization.
  • The original release (RTM) version of Forefront Security for Exchange Server is incompatible with Exchange 2007 SP2
  • Windows Installer version 4.5 is required to install Exchange 2007 SP2
  • You can perform a clean installation of Exchange 2007 SP2
  • To Upgrade run:
    Setup.com /mode:upgrade
  • You cannot uninstall Exchange 2007 SP2
  • The Exchange 2007 Setup program requires all installation source files to be stored on a local resource. A local file source is required because Exchange 2007 Setup is a Microsoft .NET Framework application
  • PowerShell Version 2 is supported on all Exchange 2007 SP2 server roles. PSv2 is the preferred solution for PowerShell on Windows Server 2008 servers and servers.

What's New in Exchange Server 2007 SP2

Okay the link on the download site doesn’t work, but it should go here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee221150.aspx

  • Deploying Exchange Server 2010: You can deploy Exchange Server 2010 in your organization …
  • Exchange Backup Functionality: Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 includes a VSS plug-in for Windows Server Backup to support Exchange backups.
  • Enhanced Auditing: New Exchange auditing events and audit log repository enable Exchange administrators to more easily audit the activities occurring on their Exchange servers. For more information about the new auditing features available with SP2, see Understanding Mailbox Access Auditing with Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2.
  • Dynamic Active Directory Schema Validation: The dynamic AD schema update and validation feature allows for future schema updates to be dynamic deployed as well as proactively preventing conflicts whenever a new property is added to the AD schema.
  • Public Folder Quota Management
  • Centralized Organizational Settings: There are several new cmdlet parameters that have been added that enable centralized management of many of the Exchange organization settings.
    • Add-AvailabilityAddressSpace
    • Export-Mailbox
    • Import-Mailbox
    • Move-Mailbox
    • New-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory
    • New-ManagedFolder
    • Restore-Mailbox
    • Set-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory
    • Set-CASMailbox
    • Set-IMAPSettings
    • Set-OABVirtualDirectory
    • Set-OrganizationConfig
    • Set-POPSettings
    • Set-PublicFolder
    • Set-TransportConfig
    • Test-ActiveSyncConnectivity
    • Test-OwaConnectivity
    • Test-WebServicesConnectivity

Access Hidden Regional Themes in Windows 7

How funky is this!

Source: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/3476/access-international-themes-in-windows-7/

Basically, navigate to C:WindowsGlobalizationMCT and see the themes. I have 5, AU, CA, GB, US and ZA

Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2

Shame the What’s New link doesn’t work!

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4c4bd2a3-5e50-42b0-8bbb-2cc9afe3216a

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) has been designed specifically to help meet the challenges of any business and the needs of all the different groups with a stake in the messaging system. Exchange Server 2007 SP2 is a mission-critical communications tool that enables employees to be more productive and access their information anywhere and anytime while providing a messaging system that enables rich, efficient access to e-mail, calendar items, voice mail, and contacts. For the administrator, Exchange Server 2007 SP2 provides advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses, as well as the tools to help manage internal compliance and high availability needs. For an overview of the new features that are available in Exchange Server 2007 SP2, see “What’s New in Exchange Server 2007 SP2”.