A Month in #Exchange and #OCS: September 2011: Events

#Exchange2010 #Lync #MMMUG

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Business Insights Webcast: Office 365 Essentials- Guide to the best online productivity experience in the industry (Level 100)
Office 365 is on the market and thousands of customers have been experiencing the potential of Office 365. Learn about how Office 365 can revolutionize your workplace productivity experience from Jeff Medford, Tech Product Mgr at Microsoft. Jeff is one of the most respected Office 365 resources at Microsoft and has been helping customers & partners realize the potential of Office 365.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032491168&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

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Friday, September 09, 2011
TechNet Webcast: Talk TechNet with Keith Combs and Matt Hester – Episode 58: PowerShell with Sarah Dutkiewicz (Level 200)
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventId=1032493305

Friday, September 16, 2011
TechNet Webcast: Deep Dive: Lync Server 2010 Edge Servers (Level 300)
Understanding the details about how to set up and deploy edge servers is a key feature to allow the customer investment to include users–domain members, partners in a federated infrastructure, and customers–outside of the internal network in the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 experience. Edge servers provide external user connections to the Lync Server platform using the Lync 2010 client not leveraging a VPN connection. In this webcast, we discuss edge server deployment topologies, the Lync Server Planning Tool, and best practices for configuring edge servers. At the end of this webcast, you will be better prepared to answer customer questions and to plan and implement an edge server infrastructure for Lync Server 2010.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventId=1032492168

Friday, September 23, 2011
TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Lync 2010 High Availability and Resiliency (Level 300)
In this webcast, we explore the new high availability and resiliency offerings from Microsoft Lync Server 2010. These offerings include branch office resiliency, data center resiliency, intrasite high availability architecture, and capabilities for instant messaging, conferencing, and voice workloads. Quadrantechnologies is dedicated to delivering the most advanced innovation and technology to clients. We design and support the deployment of Microsoft Unified Communications, including Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Our vision as a business solutions company is to provide software support, technical guidance, and system training while ensuring precision, commitment, and effectiveness. 
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventId=1032492171

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Implemented Key Support and Monitoring Requirements (Level 300)
Learn how the Microsoft IT Volume Licensing team reviewed and implemented key support and monitoring requirements for a business-critical application migrated to Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventId=1032491417

A Month in #Exchange and #OCS: January 2011: Events

#Exchange2010 #Lync #MMMUG

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TechNet Webcast: Creating Visio 2010 Organizational Diagrams (Level 200)
n this webcast, we provide key tips and best practice techniques for creating, maintaining, and publishing organizational charting diagrams in Microsoft Visio 2010
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032464501&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Business Insights Webcast: Lowering the Cost of Your Email System with Exchange Server 2010 SP1 (Level 100)
With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1), organizations can improve their end-user experience and lower the overall costs of their email systems. In this webcast, we highlight the new capabilities in Exchange Server SP1 that provide more hardware storage options and enhance mailbox resiliency, making it possible for you to tailor your Exchange infrastructure to your organization’s needs and giving Exchange users bigger and more reliable mailboxes. Learn about the new archiving, retention, and discovery features in Exchange Server SP1 that give users greater access to mission-critical email and reduce the time users need to manage their inbox. Discover the administrative advances in Exchange Server 2010 SP1 that can help you save time, lower operational costs, and reduce the burden on your IT staff.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032468280&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011  – TechNet Webcast: Using Visio 2010 Brainstorming Diagrams for Business Professionals (Level 200)
In this webcast, we provide key tips and best practice techniques for creating, maintaining, and publishing brain storming diagrams in Microsoft Visio 2010
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032464612

Thursday, January 13, 2011 – TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Business Productivity Online Services: Blackberry Service Overview (Level 200)
Join Kevin Wang from Microsoft for this webcast as he gives an overview of Microsoft Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) and BlackBerry services.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032474002

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 – Microsoft Office System Webcast: Tips and Tricks for Outlook 2010 (Level 100)
We invite you to attend a Live Meeting presentation that will help you get the most out of Outlook 2010. Learn about new features and timesavers to help you in your day-to-day work. This session is good for beginner and intermediate users.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032473542

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 – TechNet Webcast: Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010: Technical Overview (Level 200)
Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (the next generation of Microsoft Forefront Client Security) is built on Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager to deliver high levels of protection and productivity. Join this webcast to get a technical overview and live demonstrations of the new features in Endpoint Protection 2010 that help reduce complexity and lower infrastructure costs, including advanced threat detection and malware protection, centralized control of desktop security and management, and easy deployment using existing client management infrastructure.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032473352

Thursday, January 27, 2011 – TechNet Webcast: Windows PowerShell Basics for IT Professionals (Part 2) (Level 200)
This one-hour webcast is geared towards IT professionals who do not have a strong coding or scripting background. We help you to understand the basics of Windows PowerShell, including parsing, piping, getting help, using variables and operators, and flow control. By the end of this session, you should understand enough to create simple commands and be comfortable enough to explore Windows PowerShell on your own.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032473252

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Nothing Scheduled

A Month in #Exchange and #OCS: November 2010: Events

#Exchange2010 #Lync #MMMUG

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TechNet Webcast: The MOF Reliability Workbook for Exchange 2010 Client Access and Transport (Level 200) 
The Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) Reliability Workbook for Exchange 2010 Client Access and Transport helps you fine-tune task lists that are used to monitor and maintain the health and reliability of your Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environment. Attend this webcast to learn how MOF provides ready-to-use monitoring and maintenance activities and information on health risks and standard changes that you can incorporate into your existing operations processes or use to develop new processes.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032463486&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Business Insights Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft Lync 2010 (previously known as: Introduction to Microsoft Office Communications Server “14”) (Level 100)
Technology has brought us a very long way in terms of how we communicate in the business world. Email, telephones, instant messaging, and conference calling make it possible for us to do things today that were unthinkable twenty years ago. But as these technologies have evolved, they have done so independently, in parallel with one another, creating communications silos. In this webcast, we describe how Microsoft Unified Communications brings all forms of communications together through software and services to provide more effective communications. This webcast will also introduce you to the newest Microsoft productivity solution, Microsoft Lync 2010. See how Microsoft Lync 2010 can enable your organization to connect people in new ways, anywhere, anytime.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032458331&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

HERO: Introduction to Microsoft Lync (new OCS)
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is the new OCS version.  Learn about its new architecture, voice deployment, and high availability configuration.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032467410&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

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Not much at all really

Wednesday, November 10, 2010: TechNet Webcast: Information About Microsoft November Security Bulletins (Level 200)
Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the November security bulletins. We intend to address your concerns in this webcast, therefore, most of the webcast is devoted to attendees asking questions about the bulletins and getting answers from Microsoft security experts.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032454441

Tuesday, November 16, 2010: Business Insights Webcast: Transforming your Communications and Productivity with Office 365 (Level 100)
Microsoft® Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time, money and free up valued resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of Microsoft’s next-generation communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032458332

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November 25th Meeting – Windows Phone 7
GFI Software have kindly offered to sponsor this meeting – the theme being Mobility and we’ll be discussing and demo-ing the Windows Phone 7 devices with at least one Microsoft IT Evangelists.

This will be one of the only places you’ll be able to get your hands on a Windows Phone 7 device without actually buying one.

GFI Software provides a single source of Web & Mail Security, Archiving, Backup & Fax, Networking & Security and Hosted solutions software for small to medium-sized enterprises.

With award-winning technology, an aggressive pricing strategy, and a strong focus on the unique requirements of small to medium-sized enterprises, GFI Software satisfies the needs of SME organizations on a global scale.

http://www.mmmug.co.uk/general/november-th-meeting-windows-phone

A Month in #Exchange and #OCS: September 2010: Part 3

Exchange2010 #MMMUG

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Nothing exciting :-|

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010: Business Insights Webcast: The New Unified Communications with OCS 2007 R2, Exchange 2010, and Office 2010 (Level 100)
Technology has brought us a very long way in terms of how we communicate in the business world. E-mail, telephones, instant messaging, and conference calling make it possible for us to do things today that were unthinkable twenty years ago. But as these technologies have evolved, they have done so independently, creating communications silos. Attend this webcast to learn how Unified Communications (UC) technologies in Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007, Microsoft Exchange 2010, and Microsoft Office 2010 integrate all of the ways we contact each other in a single environment, using a single identity and presence that spans phones, workstations, and other devices. We showcase the Microsoft UC innovations you can take advantage of to provide more effective and streamlined communications for end users.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032453435

Tuesday, September 15, 2010: TechNet Webcast: Information About Microsoft September Security Bulletins (Level 200)
Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the September security bulletins. We intend to address your concerns in this webcast, therefore, most of the webcast is devoted to attendees asking questions about the bulletins and getting answers from Microsoft security experts.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032454433

Wednesday, September 22, 2010: TechNet Webcast: Windows PowerShell Basics for IT Professionals (Level 200)
This one-hour webcast is geared towards IT professionals who do not have a strong coding or scripting background. We help you to understand the basics of Windows PowerShell, including parsing, piping, getting help, using variables and operators, and flow control. By the end of this session, you should understand enough to create simple commands and be comfortable enough to explore Windows PowerShell on your own.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032458985

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Thursday September 30th 2010: Exchange virtualisation
The subject of the event is Exchange Virtualisation, it’ll be held on Thursday 30th September and EMC will be presenting for half of the session.
Since there wasn’t really time for a Q/A session in the last meeting – we’ll making up for it in this one with half of the time dedicated to a roundtable discussion.

The meeting will be held at one of EMC’s London offices (near Southwark tube station) – there are spaces for 30 people and food and drink will be provided.
http://www.mmmug.co.uk/5-September_30th_Meeting_E28093_Exchange_virtualisation

18th August 2010 – #Exchange backup and recovery

#MMMUG

If your in and round London remember to register and check out the latest MMMUG event..

The subject of this meeting is Exchange backup and recovery and we have Microsoft’s Anthony Tyler talking about System Centre Data Protection Manager’s take on backing up exchange and Kroll Ontrack’s offering for recovery.

http://www.mmmug.co.uk/4-18th_August_2010_-_Exchange_backup_and_recovery

Remember it starts at 1800 and a link to location is here:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=EC3R+5BS&rlz=1R2GGLL_en-GBGB365&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=London+EC3R+5BS&gl=uk&ei=WG1qTK_nJsel4QaE4tykAQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBcQ8gEwAA

A Month in #Exchange and #OCS: August 2010: Part 3

#Exchange2010 #MMMUG

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Nothing that really tickles my fancy :-|

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Wow you can see it’s holiday season …

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 TechNet Webcast: Information About Microsoft August Security Bulletins (Level 200)
Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the August security bulletins. We intend to address your concerns in this webcast, therefore, most of the webcast is devoted to attendees asking questions about the bulletins and getting answers from Microsoft security experts.
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032454431

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18th August 2010 – Exchange backup and recovery
http://flaphead.dns2go.com/archive/2010/07/24/mmmug-18th-august-2010-exchange-backup-and-recovery.aspx

Notes from the MMMUG August 2009

Wow not many spare chairs, so this was an Exchange 2010 HA session with Ewan Tsang-MacKellar.

Session started with the HA options Exchange 2007 gave us.  Then Ewan introduced us to Exchange 2010 DAG’s (Database Availability Groups).

  • DAG
    • Config information is stored in the AD and the Windows Failover cluster (yeah it’s still used). 
      • It uses the cluster database, heartbeats and the quorum for a failover cluster
    • The DAG is the boundary of replication and failover.
    • Each DAG contains a number of mailbox role servers.  You can have up to 16 servers per DAG and 100 databases.
    • DAGs use Log shipping to move data to other replicas of the database with  1mb Log files. 
      • Replay process similar to Exchange 2010. 
      • Now use TCP sockets NOT SMB for log shipping.
      • Push based log shipping.
      • Can choose the TCP port now too.
      • Supports encryption and compression
    • If a database fails, Exchange will determine the best copy to use.  The CAS will then reconnect outlook automatically.  Failover times are less than 30 seconds (which seem a bit more than Exchange 2007 CCR)
    • Can spread a DAG over Active Directory Sites ;-) Can make it like an SCR target in Exchange 2007.
    • Maximum number of passive copies = # servers in DAG –1 active
    • You can co-locate other roles on a mailbox server that is in a DAG.
    • Database names are unique across an forest
    • Still uses a FSW
    • Incremental Reseeding
    • Continuous Circular logging
  • Active Manager
    • HA’s brain
    • Primary (holds changable state information of each database) and secondary
      • PAM
    • One server in DAG is selected
    • Secondary
      • SAM
      • Helps CAS find the active copy of the database
      • All other servers in DAG
    • On failure of a database will select best copy
      • Copy Status [Good]
      • Catalog (healthy of crawling) [Healthy]
      • Copy Queue length [<10)]
      • Replace queue length
    • If all are okay can you set a preference
  • Backups
    • Uses VSS
    • Can backup active or passive copies or select a server to backup
    • Can use a database copy as a “backup”
      • 7 – 14 day lag copy

Transport HA

  • Shadow Messaging (Redundancy)
    • Hub Transport keeps a copy of a message until it gets confirmation that the message was sent.
    • Uses MsgID to identify each message.  In the event of a failure there is a possibility for duplicate messages to be sent, but the two messages will share a MsgID and “most” email systems will notice this
    • Exchange 2010 keeps a table of MsgID’s for 7 days
    • Size of transport dumpster depends on the time stamp of the worst  log copied.

Other Stuff

  • Autodiscover DNS TTL lower to 5 mins

MMMUG August 2009

This should be a good one!


The August 2009 MMMUG Meeting will be on Tuesday the 25th of August in the usual location, the Microsoft offices at Cardinal Place, near London Victoria.

This month we have Ewan Tsang-MacKellar from Microsoft who will be diving into all the High Availability options in Exchange 2010.

The meeting starts at 18:35 and finishes at 21:00. Food and drinks will be provided!

To sign up, or for more information, post at the forum thread below:

http://www.mmmug.co.uk/forums/thread/28465.aspx

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Introducing Exchange 2010 (MMMUG May Event) Tomorrow

Remember, if your free tomorrow night … http://blogs.flaphead.dns2go.com/archive/2009/05/11/mmmug-may-event-2009-introducing-exchange-2010.aspx

MMMUG May Event 2009 – Introducing Exchange 2010

As you will no doubt have heard, Exchange 2010 was launched to the public on the 15th of April. This of course means that there is now a huge amount of new features and functionality to learn. So, to help you get started MMMUG will be running a series of events over the next few months covering many of the key areas.

We start on Wednesday May 27th with an overview of Exchange 2010. I will introduce things by taking a look at the future of email, Microsoft Style! Then Brett Johnson will dive deeper into a few of the key new areas.

To sign up for the event see the link below:
http://www.mmmug.co.uk/forums/thread/28030.aspx


This event will be held in London at the MSFT offices in Cardinal Place near Victoria.

This month we are going to spend the evening introducing Exchange 2010. We will start with an overview session and then dive a little deaper into some key features.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday 27th May. Directions to the venue can be found below.

The meeting will be a mixture of PowerPoint and Discussions so there will be plenty of time to run through your questions.

The agenda for the meeting will be as follows: (although I may tweak the timings slightly)

18:15 – 18:40            Arrival
18:40 – 18:45            Introduction to speakers and the aims of the group
18:45 – 19:30            1st session; Nathan Winters, The Future of Email, Microsoft Style!
19:30 – 19:50            Food!
19:50 – 20:45            2nd session; Brett Johnson, Deep Dive into key Exchange 2010 features
20:45 – 21:00            Summing up and suggestions for future meetings.
21:00                        The End!