June 2008 - Posts
I've just seen on the Is this thing on? blog about Hyper-V and Exchange Server 2007. We can expect a support statement document for Hyper-V and it will be released at msechangeteam.com blog site.
In the same post Scott Schnoll gave some information about best practices and requirements, as follows:
- We're only supporting guests running Exchange Server 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008.
- We're only supporting fixed disks, and not dynamic disks.
- Storage should be on spindles that are separate from the Guest operating system VHD physical storage.
- Storage must be SCSI passthrough or iSCSI (with a preference of SCSI passthrough for queues, databases and log files).
- All Exchange server roles, except for the Unified Messaging server role, will be supported.
- For backup, hardware VSS should be used.
- There's a limit on VHD size of 2040 GB.
Read more at source: http://blogs.technet.com/scottschnoll/archive/2008/06/15/exchange-server-2007-and-hyper-v.aspx
Microsoft KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937052 tracks all Service Packs and Rollup Updates for Exchange Server 2007. It's a useful resource to find out what is the latest update available.
This article describes how to obtain the latest update rollup for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Update rollups are a common way to distribute Exchange 2007 fixes and Exchange 2007 modifications. You can install the latest update rollup to help keep the product up-to-date.
A new version of Mailbox Server role Storage calculator was released today. You can download it from here: http://msexchangeteam.com/files/12/attachments/entry438481.aspx
You read more at source as well: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2008/06/12/449007.aspx
The Communicator Team has blogged how to use the conference resource in OCS 2007 and there some examples how to start a conference from Outlook Client as well.
Conferencing was a large investment for OCS and OC in the 2007 release. We define conferencing as a conversation having three or more participants in it. This can be IM, Audio, Audio/Video, data (Live Meeting), or any combination of those items. For Communicator, we worked hard to keep the fact that it is a "conference" fairly transparent in our user experience. In this article I will explain how easy it is to take advantage of conferencing assuming that you have a conference supported version of OC/OCS 2007.
Read more at source: http://communicatorteam.com/archive/2008/06/06/296.aspx
An interesting post from Communicator Team explaining how to schedule an OCS confence call from Outlook.
With the Office Communicator and the Conferencing Add-in for Outlook, you can schedule a VoIP conference call well in advance, and join the call using Microsoft Office Communicator.
Read more at source: http://communicatorteam.com/archive/2008/06/02/273.aspx
A new version of Windows Search was released yesterday. This new version has some improvements related to Exchange Server/Outlook. Check this information that came from the Windows Vista Team Blog (http://www.windowsvistablog.com
Speaking of accessing Microsoft Exchange Server - if your organization selects not to use Microsoft Office Outlook in cached mode, you can set a Group Policy to index Exchange in online mode. Windows Search 4.0 will then index with minimal impact to the server. Our internal testing of this configuration shows significant decrease in the load on the server and the network as compared to Windows Desktop Search 3.01.
Read more at source: http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsexperience/archive/2008/06/03/windows-search-4-0-released-to-web.aspx
You can also download it from here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940157
An interesting post about Exchange Server 2007 and DPM 2007.
As more and more data is stored in electronic formats, data backup and recovery is increasingly becoming a key business requirement. Apart from being an operational requirement, today companies also may need to maintain a backup of their data for other reasons such as to fulfill legal requirements. Data comes in various forms, such as operational data, accounting information, and emails among others.
In this blog post, we look at Exchange data recovery goals and why Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM) is an effective solution to protect emails and mailboxes on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (Exchange).
Read more at source: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/archive/2008/06/02/protecting-and-recovering-e-mail-using-dpm-2007-and-exchange-2007.aspx
In this new release a Windows 2008 and Windows Vista support was added to the MAPI Clien and CDO Tools.
The Messaging API is a COM-like API that provides access to the contents of messaging stores. CDO 1.2.1 (Collaboration Data Objects, version 1.2.1) is a package providing access to Outlook-compatible objects through a COM-based API. Using either CDO or MAPI, a program can connect to a MAPI store, and then perform operations against that store. Starting with Exchange 2007, Microsoft will distribute the MAPI client libraries and CDO 1.2.1 as a Web download.
You can download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=94274318-27c4-4d8d-9bc5-3e6484286b1f&DisplayLang=en