Exchange Server 2013 TechEd2013 NA related sessions

by Arman Obosyan 22. June 2013 09:55


Microsoft TechEd is Premiere Event for IT Professionals & Enterprise Developers
Hands-on learning, deep product exploration, & countless opportunities to build relationships with a community of Microsoft experts and your peers. As usual they are all available as on-demand recordings (webcasts) and slide decks are also online.

Complete overview of the Exchange Server 2013 TechEd2013 NA related sessions:


Microsoft Lync Room System Deployment Guide

by Arman Obosyan 17. June 2013 22:31

Microsoft Lync Room System (LRS) edition (Beta Version) is a new Microsoft Lync unified communications client that has been optimized for Lync meetings in physical conference rooms. This document guides you through provisioning Microsoft Lync Room System (Beta version) in Lync Server and Exchange Server.

Version: June2013
Date Published: 6/17/2013
File name: Deployment Guide (LRS).doc
File size: 659 KB

Download Microsoft Lync Room System (Beta Version) Deployment Guide


by Arman Obosyan 11. June 2013 23:16

Ignite Online provides technical training for IT Professionals on the new Exchange, Lync, Office and Office 365.

These guides feature new product capabilities and cover topics such as design, deployment and management of these technologies.



Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide for Lync Server 2013

by Arman Obosyan 11. June 2013 22:55

The Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack enables customers to manage geographically dispersed offices and mobile users in a way that reduces travel expenses, while maintaining highly collaborative team environments. This document describes the Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack, and includes information about how to deploy and configure it. The Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack features include integration with Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Outlook, and other communication technologies.

Version: June2013
Date Published: 6/10/2013
File name: Microsoft_Lync_Server_2013_Multitenant_Pack_for_Partner_Hosting_Deployment_Guide.docx
File size: 574 KB

Download Lync Server 2013 Multitenant Hosting Pack Deployment Guide

DigiCert Certificate Utility for Windows

by Arman Obosyan 11. June 2013 22:04

New SSL tools from DigiCert about old one see this post

The DigiCert Certificate Utility for Windows is an invaluable tool for anyone that manages SSL and Code Signing Certificates. As a Certificate Authority and leader in digital certificate support, DigiCert created this tool to specifically target our customer's pain points.

The DigiCert Certificate Utility lets you:

  • Create a private key and CSR, send the CSR to DigiCert, issue the certificate, and install the issued certificate in just one click
  • Generate and upload a CSR before a certificate is validated
  • Install certificates that already have CSRs in one click
  • Track the status of pending orders and view the associated SANs for each certificate
  • See all of the SSL Certificates installed on your server
  • View details for each certificate
  • Copy SSL Certificates between servers
  • Renew SSL Certificates
  • Fix intermediate certificate problems
  • Edit your certificate's friendly name
  • Show the SSL Certificate chain that a server is sending to clients (great for internal networks)
  • Install a certificate to a pending request
  • Test a certificate's private key and revocation status
  • Delete old certificates and stay organized
  • Sign or re-sign multiple pieces of code in just one step
  • Sign code with the click of a button
  • Automatically check to make sure the correct certificate is being used for kernel-mode signing
  • Prevent broken certificate chains
  • Verify signed code
  • Check for errors during the code signing process
  • Look at time stamp information
  • Repair a certificate that is not associated correctly to a private key
  • Run the code signing portion of the utility through a command prompt

Download DigiCert Certificate Utility for Windows

Exchange Server 2013 Architecture Poster

by Arman Obosyan 11. June 2013 08:13

Technical Architecture of Exchange Server 2013

Version: June 2013
Date Published: 6/10/2013
File name: Ex2013Architecture.pdf
File size: 482 KB
This PDF poster illustrates the technical architecture of Exchange Server 2013

Download Exchange Server 2013 Architecture Poster

Exchange Server 2013 Architecture Overview

More at The Exchange Team Blog

Outlook 2013 RT Coming to Windows RT Tablets

by Arman Obosyan 5. June 2013 13:40

Today at Computex 2013, Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Microsoft's Windows Division, announced that Outlook 2013 RT will be available on Windows RT tablets as part of the free Windows 8.1 update coming later this year. 

This means that if you have a Microsoft Surface or a Windows RT tablet made by one of our hardware partners, or you are planning to buy one, you'll soon have access to the familiar tools in Outlook that help you communicate with others, manage your contacts and appointments, and find information fast. Outlook 2013 RT Coming to Windows RT Tablets as part of Windows 8.1 Update

Continue at source…


Exchange 2013 CU2 might deliver Witness server on Windows Azure IaaS

by Arman Obosyan 4. June 2013 22:15

Just announced at TechEd 2013 NA that the Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) for Exchange 2013 will possibly deliver Windows Azure for witness server for site resilience scenarios.

Until now for an automated site failover a witness server in a third site (datacenter or other well connected network independent location) was required. For existing Azure customers it will be possible to host this witness role on Azure as well. This will be a VM (fileserver) running on IaaS on Windows Azure. It says possibly as testing and validation is still underway.

This scenario may not be ideal for every company as it will require extending internal Active Directory permissions into a public cloud. For a high available witness server 2 VM’s in Azure are required.

What’s new for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2

by Arman Obosyan 3. June 2013 21:00

With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 estimate end of the year a lot of new features will be introduced, one of the first question is What’s new for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2

Generation 2 Virtual Machines

  • A VM with now “Legacy”
  • UEFI based
  • No emulated devices
  • Boots off virtual SCSI / Network adapters
  • Supports Secure Boot
  • VMs boots seconds faster, OS install much faster

(For now only supported guest OS’s are 64-bit Windows 8 and Windows Serer 2012 and later, you will not be able cannot upgrade a Gen1 VM to Gen2 VM because of UFIE (new bootloader) and use of GPT partition and not MBR to boot.)

Enhanced VM interaction

  • Full remote desktop capabilities, even when the network is down!
  • Integrated into Hyper-V Management experience
  • Virtual machines are automatically activates when hosted on Window Server 2012 Datacenter edition
  • Zero touch activation of VMs for hosters / enterprises
  • Copy and paste rich text and graphics inside hyper-V console!
  • Video and audio over Hyper-V console
  • Copy/paste feature as PowerShell commandlet for non GUI guest
  • USB passthrough can be enabled (GPO) it is tied to "RDP" session of VM remote tool.

Live Migration

  • Live migration VMs from Window Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2
  • 2x to 10x Faster Live Migration
  • Zero downtime migration
  • Compression enables over 2x improvement in live migration time
  • SMB Direct support allows for high-speed live migrations over high-end networks (RDMA)

VHDX / Export / Clone

  • Increase and decrease the size of VHD while VM is live, Online VHDX resize
  • Export VM while it is running, Live VM Export
  • Export snapshot of a VM, while VM keeps running

Storage QoS

  • Can restrict disk throughput for overactive / disruptive VM
  • Dynamically configurable while VM is running

Hyper-V Replica

  • Extended replication, now add a second replica to add extra protection for your VM at offsite location or hoster
  • Finer grained control of replication, now choose 30 sec interval or 5 minutes (default) For other scenarios choose 15 minutes.
  • Windows Azure will support orchestration of recovery using Hyper-V DR replica’s and system center VMM on premise.

More coming…

Note: All listed in this post subject to change, this is prerelease list of features that are planed to be included in upcoming release of Hyper-V with no warranty.

Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (KB2803727)

by Arman Obosyan 30. May 2013 14:02

image[1] Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (SP3) resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2010 SP3 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2010 SP3 customers.

File name: Exchange2010-KB2803727-x64-en.msp
File size: 28.9 MB
Date Published: 5/29/2013
Version: 14.03.0146.000

List of changes that are included in this update rollup, see KB2803727

Download Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (KB2803727)

NOTE: This update rollup does not apply to Exchange Server 2010 Release To Manufacturing (RTM), Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 resolves the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:

  • 2561346 Mailbox storage limit error when a delegate uses the manager's mailbox to send an email message in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2729954 Can't send voice message to a selected non-primary email address in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2750846 Information Store service crashes when you mount public folder databases on an Exchange Server 2010 server

  • 2751628 Event ID 9682 does not record the folder name when you delete a public folder in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2756460 You cannot open a mailbox that is located in a different site by using Outlook Anywhere in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2763065 Move request log is logged when you move a mailbox in an Exchange Server 2010 SP2 environment

  • 2777742 Address Book service crashes on an Exchange Server 2010 Client Access server when a server has been running for 25 days or more

  • 2781488 RPC_S_SERVER_UNAVAILABLE (0x6BA) error code when you use a MAPI or CDO-based application in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2782683 Email message that a user sends by using the "Send As" or "Send On Behalf" permission is saved only in the Sent Items folder of the sender in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2784210 Ethical wall does not function as expected when the ReportToOriginatorEnabled property is disabled in an Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2010 coexistence environment

  • 2793348 Read receipt is sent unexpectedly when you view an email message by using Outlook Web App

  • 2796490 Microsoft Exchange Information Store service crashes on an Exchange Server 2010 Mailbox server

  • 2802569 Mailbox synchronization fails on an Exchange ActiveSync device in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2803132 Delayed email message delivery on a BlackBerry mobile device after you install Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2

  • 2806602 EdgeTransport.exe process crashes on an Exchange Server 2010 Hub Transport server

  • 2814723 Server loses network connectivity and UDP ports are used up on an Exchange Server 2010 server

  • 2814847 Rapid growth in transaction logs, CPU use, and memory consumption in Exchange Server 2010 when a user syncs a mailbox by using an iOS 6.1 or 6.1.1-based device

  • 2816934 Error code 0X800CCC13 when an additional POP3 or IMAP account is used to send an email message and Outlook online mode is used to connect to an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2817140 Exchange Replication service crashes intermittently in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2817852 Cyrillic characters are displayed as question marks in the "To" field of message items in the Sent Items folder in an Exchange 2010 environment

  • 2818456 Attachments are missing from an embedded message in an Exchange Server 2010 SP2 environment

  • 2822208 Unable to soft delete some messages after installing Exchange 2010 SP2 RU6 or SP3

  • 2826066 VSAPI-based antivirus software causes delayed response in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2827037 Copy of an item is created in the Version subfolder in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

  • 2833888 No items are displayed in Outlook after you install Exchange Server 2010 SP3 or Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2

  • 2840099 ArgumentOutOfRangeException exception when an EWS application creates a new MIME email in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

More at Released: Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 at MSExchange Team Blog

Lync-Skype Connectivity

by Arman Obosyan 29. May 2013 09:42

Lync-Skype connectivity gives Microsoft Lync users the ability to communicate with hundreds of millions of Skype users worldwide. This enables Lync customers to take advantage of the global reach of Skype to connect with suppliers, customers, and partners—while still relying on the enterprise richness of Lync.

Features that are included

  • Contacts Lync users add Skype contacts by typing their Skype users' Microsoft account names into Lync's “Add Skype Contact” window (available through “Add a contact not in my organization”). Skype users can likewise add Lync contacts by typing their email addresses into the search bar within Skype and clicking “Add Contact”.
  • Presence Online status availability—Available, Offline, Busy, Away, etc.—will be displayed for both Skype and Lync contacts in a user's contact list within Office applications like Outlook, Word, Excel, and SharePoint.
  • Audio Calling Call Skype or Lync contacts directly from within the Lync or Skype applications for one-on-one voice conversations. The in-call experience appears like a Skype call to the Skype user and a Lync call to the Lync user.
  • Instant Messaging Carry on one-on-one IM conversations with Lync users from within Skype and vice versa and maintain a transcript of those conversations in your conversation history (Lync) or via View…Messages (Skype).


Lync Online and Lync Server both support connectivity with Skype. This connectivity allows Lync and Skype users to communicate with each other, add each other as contacts, and see each others' presence. This guide for Lync Online administrators and Lync Server Administrators describes how to enable connectivity between Lync and Skype users.

For more information download Provisioning Guide for Lync-Skype Connectivity

Version: 1.0
Date Published: 5/29/2013
File name: Provisioning Guide for Lync - Skype Connectivity.doc
File size: 1.4 MB

More information is available at Lync Team Blog Lync-Skype connectivity available today

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Arman Obosyan have more than 20+ years’ work experience in Information Technologies sector.

Last few years he working on a position Technology Strategist at Microsoft Corporation, In the past Arman was Head of IT Infrastructure in Governmental Central Bank of Georgia (National Bank of Georgia).

Nowadays Arman is supporting C-Level and enabling business, visionary with a passion of technology, trends.


Certified since 2003 year, passed following certifications MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, Exin ITIL and VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Founder / Lead of Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) Club Tbilisi and Community GE project 

In 2010 Was awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

2017 MVP Reconnect


The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent anyone else's view in any way, including those of my employer.

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