Friday, October 7, 2011

Exchange Management Console Troubleshooter

The EMTshooter runs on the local (target) Exchange server and attempts to identify potential problems with management tools connection to it.
The troubleshooter runs in 2 stages. First, it will look at the IIS Default Web Site, the PowerShell vdir, and other critical areas, to identify known causes of connection problems. If it identifies a problem with one of the pre-checks it will make a recommendation for resolving the problem. If the pre-checks pass, the troubleshooter will go ahead and try to connect to the server in the exact same way that the management tools would. If that connection attempt still results in a WinRM-style error, the troubleshooter will attempt to compare that error to a list of stored strings that we have taken from the related support cases that we have seen. If a match is found, the troubleshooter will display the known causes of that error in the CMD window. Download Here

Active Directory Replication PowerShell Module

The Active Directory PowerShell Module is great for managing users, groups and other resources in Active Directory. What is currently missing are cmdlets or functions to manage the replication infrastructure like sites, site links and subnets. This module provides script cmdlets for managing the ADReplication objects. Download Here

Exchange 2010 SP1 ExFolders

This new tool is really just a port of PFDAVAdmin to Exchange 2010. We changed the name to ExFolders because it no longer relies on DAV, and it's not just for public folders (even PFDAVAdmin, in its public release, was not just for public folders). The name just didn't make sense anymore, so we changed it to the easier-to-pronounce ExFolders.

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Development cadence in a cloud world

There are great lessons from the on-premises server world that we leverage for Exchange Online, such as commitment to enterprise grade quality, security, privacy and above all being grounded on customer needs. And, there are also some key differences between the two offerings, such as the release cadence. With an online service, there is the ability to make changes on a regular basis as many consumer services such as Bing and Windows Live do. For a business service like Exchange Online, we take a slightly different approach to our release cadence that draws from both customer feedback and our experience with enterprise software, while taking advantage of services flexibility.

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TechEd Australia 2011 videos

Below are the TechEd Australia 2011 videos about various Exchange 2010 components and I would definitely recommend watching them.
  • Upgrading to Exchange 2010: Notes from Field - In this session Sofiane and Colin will provide notes from the field as they take you on a journey to upgrading your legacy Exchange environment. They will highlight the best practices you should consider as you plan your upgrade from Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, as well as touch on migrating from alternative messaging platforms. Sofiane and Colin will cover the gotchas and pitfalls you are likely to encounter, and follow through with tips and tricks that experienced ITPros leveraged on a regular basis. Additionally they will look at some of the recommended tools, such as the Exchange Deployment Assistant, that will ensure you have a smooth upgrade to the latest version of Exchange.
  • Converged Exchange: A Blueprint for 2010 deployment - With the myriad of new capabilities in Exchange 2010, organisations are looking to their solutions providers to help them not only deploy the new platform but help them manage it. In this presentation, Tim Jones investigates the challenges faced with moving to 2010, migration options, configuration of Disk Access Groups and archiving solutions. He also discusses how Microsoft and Hitachi Data Systems joint reference architecture delivers Exchange 2010 as a “converged solution in a rack”.
  • Exchange Virtualisation - Is it right for you? - Many production Exchange Server deployments are virtualized. This is to achieve better hardware utilisation, provide operational flexibility or align with data centre deployment standards. As a business critical server application, it’s important to understand the implications of virtualising Exchange Server and ensure that deployments are aligned to Microsoft’s best practices and meet the ever changing business demands of a modern messaging service. This breakout session will cover what has been learned about the best ways to deploy Exchange Server in a virtual environment, the various virtualisation technologies that can impact Exchange Server user experience, and scenarios where virtualisation may not be the best choice. Also the differences between Exchange Server native data protection and the high availability and failover features offered by virtualisation stacks will be examined to help you make informed design decisions.
  • Load Balancing with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 - Understand the Exchange 2010 requirements for load balancing. Review the pros and cons of current hardware-based load balancing solutions. Discuss the nuances of high-end/high-scale load balancing and the impact to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.
  • Exchange Server 2010: High Availability Deep Dive - Go beyond the basics of Exchange High Availability and learn what’s really going on under the hood in an Exchange 2010 database availability group (DAG). This session covers the inner workings of DAGs, including a deep dive discussion on how DAGs rely on quorum and how the DAG witness and witness server are used. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of the inner workings of Active Manager and its best copy selection process.
  • Exchange Server 2010: High Availability Concepts - This session covers the basics of the new technologies, concepts, terms and methods used to plan, design, manage and troubleshoot Exchange high availability. Learn how settings like AutoDatabaseMountDial and Activation Preference work. Get an understanding of the basic functions of Active Manager, learn the difference between the Witness Server and the Alternate Witness Server, and more! 
  • Microsoft Office 365: From Simple Migration to a Hybrid Environment - Whether you’re looking to migrate all of your mailboxes to the cloud or planning to run a hybrid environment then this is the session for you. This presentation will cover how and when to take advantage of Simple Exchange Migration which supports migrating existing Exchange on-premise customers who want to move all of their mailboxes to the cloud with full data fidelity. You will also learn how rolling out an Exchange 2010 server in your current Exchange environment prepares you for seamless integration with Exchange Online. Whether you are piloting a few users or moving a large part of your workforce to the cloud, we give you the technical details on Exchange-to-cloud integration that you need to be successful.