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January 2011 - Posts

Maintaining High Availability for Microsoft.com

Hi folks,

Microsoft released a document about high availability at Microsoft.com website and how they structure their environment and the most import how they monitor it.

If High Availability is one of your favorite topics this article is a must read.

Microsoft.com is a large and heavily visited site, yet it maintains high availability ratings because of a carefully planned infrastructure, team collaboration, and use of technology for maintenance, monitoring, and change management.

Download the article at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=84c59af0-da50-49bf-84e3-dd3f5bd6c0cd

Cheers,
Anderson Patricio
http://msmvps.org/Blog/AndersonPatricio
http://www.andersonpatricio.org
Twitter: @apatricio

Managing Distribution Groups in Exchange Server (Part 2)

Hi folks,

This week the second part of my series about Managing Groups in Exchange Server 2010 was released. One of the topics covered is the naming policy which is a new feature in Exchange Server 2010.

Here is the article: http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/managing-distribution-groups-exchange-server-part2.html

Cheers,
Anderson Patricio
http://msmvps.org/Blog/AndersonPatricio
http://www.andersonpatricio.org
Twitter: @apatricio

Operations Manager Management Pack for Exchange 2010

This .chm file contains management pack alerts and topics for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 . You can use the procedure topics in the file to help resolve the alerts generated by the Operations Manager Management Pack.

Download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=e3141f70-3552-4dd6-80ac-97ee9cda8a39

Cheers,
Anderson Patricio
http://msmvps.org/Blog/AndersonPatricio
http://www.andersonpatricio.org
Twitter: @apatricio

Storage Planning and Testing

Hi folks,

In Today's blog post the MSExchangeTeam explains the different disk technologies that can be used with some good examples. Really good stuff.

Bear in mind that if you are really considering JBOD you need at least 3 copies of your database in your DAG.

In this post, we want to discuss some of the thought process you should have as you decide what your storage infrastructure is for Exchange 2010. Further, we will discuss how and why you should test your storage. These processes belong early in the planning stages for Exchange 2010, because if you don't test your storage before moving users to that storage, it is a lot more painful to fix than if you could fix something without affecting users.

Read more at source: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2011/01/07/457471.aspx

Cheers,
Anderson Patricio
http://msmvps.org/Blog/AndersonPatricio
http://www.andersonpatricio.org
Twitter: @apatricio

How to manage, migrate and maintain your Lync 2010 infrastructure & UC applications?

Hi folks,

In this video they will go over some of the new feature of Lync Server 2010.

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 features a new way of deploying and administering a Microsoft Lync infrastructure. This session will review these new administration tools, dive into the Lync Server Control Panel and the Lync Server Management Shell, and look at how Role Based Access Control can help you set granular permissions in your Microsoft Lync infrastructure. How to plan and move from Office Communications Server 2007/Office Communications Server 2007 R2, to Microsoft Lync Server 2010 for servers and clients. It addresses the implications of various migration and coexistence approaches, as well as covering Microsoft's investments to support migration from prior versions of Microsoft Lync Server 2010. See what you can build with the Lync 2010 Application Platform: Building Communications Enabled Business Process Applications.

Check it out at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/edge/Gg537368(MSDN.10)?query=1

Cheers,
Anderson Patricio
http://msmvps.org/Blog/AndersonPatricio
http://www.andersonpatricio.org
Twitter: @apatricio

Exchange 2010 clusters can be protected by multiple DPM servers

The DPM Team blogged about Exchange Server 2010 DAG protection and DPM where nodes can be protected by different DPM Servers.

I like to draw attention to something that may not be well known and surprise some. You probably are familiar with the 'rule' that all protected hosts within a cluster must be protected by the same DPM server! This is does not apply to Exchange 2010 and is formally documented here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff399324.aspx .
You still get the warning that all nodes must have a DPM agent installed but can be safely ignored for Exchange 2010. In that context you may also want to take a peek at a related blog on resolving alerts;
http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/archive/2010/06/04/automatically-resolving-alerts-such-as-resume-ownership.aspx

With other workloads including Exchange 2007 CCR the application store is considered to be shared across nodes in the cluster. DPM protection is not per definition fixed to a single physical node (although recommended for Exchange 2007 CCR). To maintain a single view on recovery points for a data source that from time to time could synchronize data using different nodes, these must belong to the same DPM server.

Read more at source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/archive/2010/12/25/exchange-2010-clusters-can-be-protected-by-multiple-dpm-servers.aspx

Cheers,
Anderson Patricio
http://blogs.msexchange.org/patricio
Twitter: @apatricio

Managing Distribution Groups in Exchange Server

Hi folks,

I've just started a new article series about Distribution Groups in Exchange Server 2010.

Read more at source: http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/managing-distribution-groups-exchange-server-part1.html

Cheers,
Anderson Patricio
http://msmvps.org/Blog/AndersonPatricio
http://www.andersonpatricio.org
Twitter: @apatricio

Merry Christmas and a happy new year, a little bit late isn't it? :)

Hi folks,

I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas and a even better New year! :)

Last year was really intense to keep it up my blog with all my other community activities, the main reason is that I stayed away from my home sweet home for 9 months in total in 2010 and most of the blogs and articles were created during flights but this year started way better and I will stay close to my home and also my Virtual Servers which will increase my number of posts for sure :)

Thanks for your time reading this blog and hang in there that there is a bunch of Exchange and Lync Server coming up shortly so hang in there! :)

Cheers,
Anderson Patricio
http://msmvps.org/Blog/AndersonPatricio
http://www.andersonpatricio.org
Twitter: @apatricio