Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

by Arman Obosyan 16. May 2011 07:45

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The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance and best practices for deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 in a virtualized environment with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V technology. This paper has been carefully composed to be relevant to organizations of any size.

Many organizations today rely on some degree of virtualization. Whether it is a few virtual machines running on a single physical computer or a whole server farm across multiple root servers, virtualization optimizes investment in hardware and network infrastructure by: Increasing the utilization of underused hardware, Improving server availability, Reducing IT costs. The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance and best practices for deploying Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 in a virtualized environment with Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper V™ technology. This paper has been carefully composed to be relevant to organizations of any size.

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Date Published: 5/14/2011
Language: English

How Should Your Organization Deploy Microsoft Exchange?

by Arman Obosyan 5. May 2011 07:15

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The purpose of this paper is to help you choose how to deploy Microsoft Exchange: as Exchange Server 2010 on-premises, Exchange Online with Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud, or using both in a temporary or permanent hybrid scenario.

Knowing the benefits and limitations of each deployment option can help you make the right decision for your organization. Whatever you decide, the deployment flexibility that Microsoft provides with Exchange makes it easier for you to get the right solution for your business

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Date Published: 5/4/2011
Language: English

Exchange Deployment Options

Exchange 2010 SP1 Network Ports Diagram

by Arman Obosyan 10. April 2011 20:41

Иногда бывает нужно быстро вспомнить тот или иной сетевой порт, можно всегда посмотреть в статью на TechNet.

Но иногда это гораздо быстрее когда есть надлежавший плакат/постер например как этот или этот

Michel de Rooij создал визуальную диаграмму, сетевых портов, которою можно тоже смело распечатать и добавить к уже имеющемся, однозначно маст хев!

Exchange 2010 Ports Diagram v0.31

Оригинал находится тут Exchange 2010 Ports Diagram v0.31

 

Подробно с портами и работой Exchange можно ознакомится тут

TechNet, Exchange Network Port Reference

Potential for database corruption Exchange 2007 SP3 RU3

by Arman Obosyan 30. March 2011 08:25

Potential for database corruption as a result of installing Exchange 2007 SP3 RU3

Continue at source…

Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM Protocol Documentation V9.0

by Arman Obosyan 24. March 2011 08:14

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The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM Protocol technical documentation set provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standards or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM. This allows the user to interoperate or communicate natively with Microsoft Office client and other server products.

The documentation is designed to describe each protocol in detail as it is used by the Microsoft Exchange Server. Each protocol specification documents the technical requirements, limitations, dependencies, and Microsoft-specific protocol behavior.

The documentation set includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM Protocol Documentation

File Name: Exchange_Protocols.zip
Size: 74.4MB
Version: 9.0
Date Published: 3/23/2011
Language: English

Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Help, February2011

by Arman Obosyan 23. February 2011 08:23

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В очередной раз обновился Exchange 2010 Help фаил за Февраль 2011
Данный файл содержит отдельную версию Help файла от Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, онлайн версия документации как всегда тут Exchange 2010 TechCenter

Скачать Help фаил за Февраль 2011:

File Name: Exch2010Help.exe
Version: Feb2011
Date Published: 2/22/2011
Language: English
Download Size: 19.3 MB

Exchange Server 2010 Tested Solutions, Feb 2011

by Arman Obosyan 23. February 2011 08:21

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Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions: 16000 Mailboxes in a Single Site Deployed on IBM and Brocade Hardware

This white paper provides an example of how to design, test, and validate an Exchange Server 2010 solution for customer environments with 16,000 mailboxes in a single site deployed on IBM and Brocade hardware. The step-by-step methodology in this document walks through the important design decision points that help address key challenges while ensuring that the customer's core business requirements are met.

File Name: ETS_16000Mailboxes.pdf
Size: 952KB
Version: Feb2011
Date Published: 2/22/2011
Language: English


Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions: 9000 Mailboxes in Two Sites Running Hyper-V on

Dell M610 Servers, Dell EqualLogic Storage, and F5 Load Balancing Solutions

This white paper provides an example of how to design, test, and validate an Exchange 2010 solution for customer environments with 9,000 mailboxes deployed on Dell server and storage solutions. The step-by-step methodology in this document walks through the important design decision points that help address key challenges while ensuring that core business requirements are met.

File Name: ETS_9000Mailboxes.pdf
Size: 1.2MB
Version: Feb2011
Date Published: 2/22/2011
Language: English


Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions: 15000 Mailboxes in Two Sites Running Hyper-V on

Unisys ES7000 Servers and Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 Family

This document provides an example of how to design, test, and validate an Exchange Server 2010 solution for a customer environment with 15,000 mailboxes deployed on Unisys servers and Hitachi Data Systems storage solutions. The step-by-step methodology in this document walks through the important design decision points that help address key challenges while ensuring that the customer's core business requirements are met.

File Name: ETS_15000Mailboxes.pdf
Size: 1.3MB
Version: Feb2011
Date Published: 2/22/2011
Language: English


Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions: 500 Mailboxes in a Single Site Running Hyper-V on Dell Servers

This white paper provides an example of how to design, test, and validate an Exchange 2010 solution for customer environments with 500 mailboxes or less deployed on Dell server and storage solutions. One of the key challenges with designing smaller Exchange 2010 environments is being able to provide large mailboxes that are highly available at a reasonable price point. Another key challenge is examining the server and storage options available and making the right hardware choices that provide the best value over the anticipated life of the solution. The step-by-step methodology in this document walks through the important design decision points that help address key challenges while ensuring that core business requirements are met. After we have determined the optimal solution for this customer, the solution undergoes a standard validation process to ensure that it holds up under simulated production workloads for normal operating, maintenance, and failure scenarios.

File Name: ETS_500Mailboxes.pdf
Size: 728KB
Version: Feb2011
Date Published: 2/22/2011
Language: English

 

Exchange 2010 Tested Solutions: 20000 Mailboxes in Two Sites Running Hyper-V on Dell R910 Servers,

EMC CLARiiON Storage, and Brocade Network Solutions

This document provides an example of how to design, test, and validate an Exchange Server 2010 solution for a customer environment with 20,000 mailboxes deployed on Dell servers, EMC storage, and Brocade network solutions. The step-by-step methodology in this document walks through the important design decision points that help address key challenges while ensuring that the customer's core business requirements are met.

File Name: ETS_20000Mailboxes.pdf
Size: 1.3MB
Version: Feb2011
Date Published: 2/22/2011
Language: English

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and Exchange Server

by Arman Obosyan 16. February 2011 23:04

Ну что господа!, Service Pack 1 для Windows Server 2008 R2 c сегодняшнего дня стал доступен TechNet/MSDN подписчикам и заказчикам лицензированным по Volume License, что для нас с вами означает пора обновляться! (надеюсь бету и RC вы уже тестировали)

Как вы наверное догадались я буду опять про Exchange…,
Недавно команда разработчиков msexchangeteam объявила что на Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 будут поддерживаться Exchange 2010 RTM / SP1 и Exchange 2007 SP3
Старые версии, к примеру Exchange 2007 SP2 на Windows 2008 R2 SP1 не поддерживаются!

На сервере Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 для установки Exchange 2010 SP1 более не требуется устанавливать дополнительные обновления (KB979744, KB983440, KB979099, KB982867, KB977020), все необходимое уже включено в Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, разумеется установка Microsoft Filter Pack попрежнему необходима.

Первое что я сегодня сделал после доступности Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 это установил Exchange 2010 SP1, установка прошла без запинки, после чего я выбросил все дистрибутивы без SP1 и вам советую поступить также, на новых инсталляциях ставьте только Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 и Exchange 2010 SP1 (полные дистрибутивы!, а не RTM версии и потом SP1 накатывать (как делают многие и заблуждаются что так правильно))

Удачи в обновлениях и новых установках!

Microsoft Exchange RPC Extractor 1.0

by Arman Obosyan 12. February 2011 08:37

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Microsoft Exchange RPC Extractor (RPX) это консольная утилита которая позволяет "парсить" RPC трафик c клиента до сервера Microsoft Exchange. RPX использует информацию, содержащуюся в документации Microsoft Exchange protocol documentation для анализа RPC.

RPX совместим с Microsoft Network Monitor (Netmon) версии 3.3 и более новыми версиями. RPX не требует установленного Netmon на компьютере, достаточно на любом компьютере сохранить фаил в Microsoft Network Monitor и обработать его в RPX. Для того чтобы "запарсить" RPC трафик, RPX требует чтобы трафик не был  зашифрован. Для Microsoft Office Outlook, это можно отключить опцию "Шифрование данных между Outlook и Microsoft Exchange" доступны из панели управления.

RPX поддерживается на компьютерах под управлением x86 и x64 версии Windows Vista (2008) или Windows 7 (2008R2) операционных систем.

Загрузить Microsoft Exchange RPC Extractor 1.0

File Name: ExchRPX10.msi
Size: 671KB
Version: 1.0
Date Published: 2/11/2011
Language: English

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Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator 14.2

by Arman Obosyan 21. January 2011 08:12

alt Обновился калькулятор требований роли почтовых ящиков, Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Calculator Version 14.2.

Эта версия включает в себя следующие исправления с 12.8:

 

  • Fixed two-node stretched DAG scenario that resulted in calculator not reporting results due to new copy validation check
  • Fixed the Activation Results Scenarios to no longer display #NAME when dealing with dedicated lagged copy servers;
  • Fixed 2 LUNs / Backup Set formula for the 11th database grouping set in the DB and Log LUN Design / Server table to display the correct number of databases in the grouping set;
  • Fixed “Number of Active Databases / SDC Server (After First PDC Server Failure)” calculations to take into account stretched Single DAG without dedicated DR servers;
  • Fixed “Number of Required Mailbox Processor Cores (Primary Datacenter)” formula to respect when site resilience is disabled and A/A (Single DAG) is selected;
  • Fixed formatting for scenario that resulted in more HA database copies being deployed in the secondary datacenter than in the primary datacenter and also improved validation checks;
  • Updated “Custom Number of Databases” (Input Section) and “Number of Databases” (Role Requirements section) text to indicate in standalone situations that the “Custom Number of Databases” is per server and “Number of Databases” is for the environment;
  • Fixed 2nd PDC failure formula to enable site resilient scenarios that have 3 copies in PDC to allow double server failure event;
  • Optimized Number of Mailboxes per Database (I/O Driven) to not round up odd numbers to the next even number;
  • Fixed text in various comment fields.

Версия 14.2 также содержит следующие усовершенствования:

  • Added conditional formatting for Exchange Native Data Protection input factor to alert when you are deploying with less than the recommended number of HA copies;
  • The calculator now includes the ability to select different disk types and capacities for the storage architecture being deployed in the secondary data cente.

Прочесть подробней и скачать сам калькулятор можно тут Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator Updated to Version 14.2

Про Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator на Русском смотрим тут, Калькулятор требований к роли сервера почтовых ящиков Exchange 2010 перевод Михаила Даньшина

Happy New Year from Exchange and Lync Product Team Lead

by Arman Obosyan 14. January 2011 23:33

Сюрприз это когда приходишь домой а там посылка!

 

…открываешь а она от Exchange and Lync Product Team Lead,

а что в ней уже совершено не важно!

 

Приятно…

Ну спасибо большое!

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About the author

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.

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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

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