June 2009 - Posts
Two nice videos about Exchange Server 2010 updates for Windows Mobile and a demo (Read and Reply State). Check them out:
How about if you want to use Journaling feature using Microsoft Online Services? We cannot see such feature using the web admin interface however we can open a ticket to use it.
More information: http://blogs.technet.com/msonline/archive/2009/06/19/how-to-request-journaling-for-microsoft-online-services.aspx
Astrid McClean demonstrated the ECP (Exchange Control Panel) feature that is coming in Exchange Server 2010 where users, groups, contacts, transport rules can be created through web interface.
In this visit to Astrid, she showed me a few of the new management features in Exchange 2010. There are many administrative tasks that can now be done via a browser - no management console install required.
There are several things users can now do for themselves, like creating and managing distribution groups, again, via a browser interface.
Watch it here: http://mschnlnine.vo.llnwd.net/d1/edge/2/8/2/3/ex2010mgmt_edge.wmv
This package can help you out to explain some of the Office Communicator, Communications Server Attendant, Live Meeting through a desktop or web application. It is really helpful if you want to improve your end-user knowledge of OCS using self-training. You can also customize the tool to display only the features that you have deployed in your environment.
The Microsoft Unified Communications "How-To" training tool is a Microsoft Silverlight™ 2 application that provides step-by-step instructions for common UC tasks. You can customize the How-To application to your company's needs based on the UC features you've installed. For example, if you have installed all UC features except Communicator Mobile and Communicator Group Chat, you can modify the XML file so that those features and topics do not appear in the interface.
Download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=aba240af-b5ba-4e14-bc12-c98eae1f6d15
There is a training kit available to help us out to deploy OCS 2007 R2, there are information for IT Pros, Help Desk and trainers. There is also some examples of e-mail messages that you can send to your users to improve their experience during the POC process.
The Unified Communications Adoption and Training Kit for 2007 R2 provides guidance and resources for IT Pros, HelpDesk, and Trainers to speed adoption and usage of Unified Communications technologies in the enterprise. The kit includes Planning Checklists, Awareness materials, including Poster, Door Hangers, and E-mail samples, and User Education Materials such as Quick Reference Cards, Flash Cards, and links to Web-based Training.
Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=eb18d016-64f7-4aae-b491-65636a186c1a&displaylang=en
Microsoft Press is giving away two e-books about OCS, as follows:
Last Friday the Exchange Server 2007 management pack for SCOM R2 was released. Check this out:
The Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack is designed to monitor Exchange 2007 key health indicators, collect Exchange component-specific performance counters in one central location, and raise alerts for operator intervention as necessary. By detecting, sending alerts, and automatically responding to critical events, this Management Pack helps indicate, correct, and prevent possible service outages or configuration problems, allowing you to proactively manage Exchange servers and identify issues before they become critical. The Management Pack monitors and provides alerts for automatic notification of events indicating service outages, performance degradation, health monitoring, and centralized management.
Note: This Management Pack requires Operations Manager 2007 R2.
- A number of synthetic transactions ensure the Exchange servers are available and responding in a timely manner. The synthetic transactions are maintenance-mode aware, so that if the target of a transaction is in maintenance mode, the source will not run the transaction, and not alert unnecessarily.
- This Management Pack includes a Management Pack template that provides a wizard-like interface for configuring synthetic transactions against Outlook Web Access (OWA), Exchange ActiveSync, Web Services, POP3, and IMAP.
- This Management Pack includes a Management Pack template that provides a wizard-like interface for configuring mail flow synthetic transactions between agent-managed Exchange 2007 Mailbox servers.
- This Management Pack provides 30+ reports specific to Exchange 2007 that track availability and performance compared to service level objectives. For the list of reports and for more information about the reports, see the Management Pack Guide.
- All the synthetic transactions in this Management Pack use an Operations Manager 2007 R2 hosting feature for Windows PowerShell technology that provides a performance improvement when running synthetic transactions.
- A significant number of rules and monitors that are not actionable or may be noisy are disabled. Note that many of these rules are still in the Management Pack so that you can enable them if necessary.
- Support for monitoring any number of Exchange organizations using a single Operations Manager 2007 management group.
- Full support for Microsoft clustered configurations. For more details, see the Management Pack Guide.
- Discovery of Exchange 2007 server roles is disabled by default, and no Exchange 2007 monitoring is applied by default. This allows you to discover and monitor your servers gradually, as well as tune the Management Pack as you bring more agent-managed Exchange 2007 servers into the Operations Manager environment.
Link to download it: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e9f3cd3f-9bc0-45cd-b10f-120e937ee4c4&displaylang=en&displaylang=en
A new white paper about troubleshooting UM in Exchange Server 2007 was released and blogged in the MSExchangeTeam blog.
Here is the white paper: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=153717
Read more at source: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/06/03/451539.aspx