For as long as I can remember I have been going to TechEd every year, some years to both Tech US and TechEd Europe. The sad par of all these visits have been a trend where the sessions about Exchange has decreased by the years. To my great joy I see that this trend has been broken! A look at TechEd Europe Content Catalog reveals not fewer than seventeen session about Exchange! Okay some of them may be more focused on Office 365 that my primary interest Exchange 2013 on premises but still a great lineup!
Among the speakers we find really great Exchange presenters like Scott Schnoll, Nathan Winters, Jeff Mealiffe, Ben Appleby and my fellow MVP’s Paul Robichaux ,Jaap Wesselius and Sigi Jagott.
I’m “super exited” about many of the sessions but the one I wouldn’t miss for the world is of course Jeff’s session about Exchange 2013 Sizing.
Below is a list of all the breakout sessions I found doing a simple search for Exchange.
I hope I see you in Madrid!
On site with a customer today I was asked to provide all bookings of room mailboxes with a note about who was the organizer. No big deal, there’s a feature for that called “Add the organizer’s name to subject” on room mailboxes, se below.
Said and done it was set on all room mailboxes and I tested to book a meeting. To my surprise the subject was not changed and no organizer was added as seen below.
After a session with Bing I found a note about this on Technet Forum and tested to add a distribution group to who was allowed to book the room. In my case I ran:
Get-Mailbox –Recipienttypedetails roommailbox | Set-CalanderProcessing –AllBookInPolicy $false –BookInPolicy mailmasterlab_all
And as soon as the command was finished I ran:
Get-Mailbox –Recipienttypedetails roommailbox | Set-CalanderProcessing –AllBookInPolicy $true
After this the organizers name is added to the subject.
My Exchange 2010 Server was a fresh install of Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3.
Inspired by a disk failure in my current lab server and my fellow MVP Jeff I decided to put together a new lab server.
My current server is a i7, 24 GB RAM machine with one WD VELOCIRAPTOR as OS disk and 4 * 1 TB WD (I don’t remember the model) in RAID 10. It has served me well for a couple of years but as one of the disks failed I realized that more will fail soon and I want more RAM for my VMs so I went shopping!
The parts I decided on are shown below, I won’t shop from Amazon but rather a local Swedish dealer but for you, non Swedish readers, I thought you might have a hard time translating so the links are all to Amazon.
|1||SERVER MOTHERBOARD Z9PA-D8
Support 2 Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 CPUs and fit in ATX case. I will only install one CPU now but I have the option for a second later on.
|1||ASUS ASMB6_IKVM Management Upgrade Kit
KVM over IP is a nice feature, I want to be able to start my lab remotely
|1||WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Drive
For storage of ISO’s and base images
|1||KINGSTON 64GB 1600MHZ DDR3 ECC REG CL11 DIMM
My mail goal with this server was to get 64 GB of RAM and with this setup I can have 64 GB per CPU, meaning I start of with 64 and go 128 when adding the second CPU
|1||Intel Xeon 6C E5 2620 2.0 GHz 6 LGA 2011 Processor
I like Intel CPU’s!
|1||Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB
For OS, Windows Server 2012
For my VMs
|1||Intel BXRTS2011LC Thermal Solution Liquid|
|1||Corsair Vengeance Series Military Green C70 Mid Tower
Probably my worst choice but I think it looks really cool
In my office I have a modular Cooler Master 500 W power supply that has been around as a spare and I will try to use that for power, not sure it will be enough but I think it will.
I hope for great speed when all parts arrive and I will make sure I get back with result and maybe some pictures as well.
Please feel free to comment on what mistakes I did in this setup or what you would have gone for!
Exchange 2013 har i och med att Microsoft släppt CU1 blivit en komplett plattform och det självklara valet när tidigare versioner av Exchange skall uppgraderas. Skillnaderna ser möjligen inte revolutionerande ut men ”under huven” finns massor av nyheter. Dessa och mycket mer vill man självklart veta och bästa sättet att på kort tid sätta sig in i produkten är att gå en kurs.
Tillsammans med Expero erbjuder mailmaster samtliga kurser från Microsoft samt några egenutvecklade utbildningar som erbjuder dig som redan är specialist att bli ännu bättre.
Vårt koncept kring utbildningar är enkelt, vi har tagit det bästa från de utbildningar vi själv gått och paketerat detta! Det betyder att vi alltid kör kurserna i centralt belägna, nya fräscha lokaler, med de bästa instruktörerna och på nya snabba datorer. Precis som vi själv vill ha det när vi går kurs…
Så ska du gå utbildningar på Exchange, kolla med Expero först!
Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 1 is now released! I have scanned the web for useful resources and this is my list:
You are more than welcome to suggest more links as comments!
With Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 1 coexistence between Exchange 2010 (Service Pack 3) and Exchange 2013is finally supported. It’s been a long journey but let’s now focus on how to install Exchange 2013 and coexist with the latest and greatest Exchange version, 2013.
In this part I will cover how to install Exchange 2013 CU1.
In my lab I set up the following:
I use split DNS so the domain is called mailmasterlab.se both internal and external. Since it’s been common to have a TMG in front of Exchange I have included one and we will go through what configuration we will have to do there as well. See table below for all fact of the servers.
Of course there is no good reason for using a load balancer for only one server but in this blog series we will also build a DAG later on so I added a KEMP for that purpose and we will also look at how to configure it.
And the next server we will set up will be the Exchange 2013 server, note that to be able to install Exchange 2013 all Exchange 2010 servers in the organization will need Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 before we can install. If any Exchange 2010 servers in your organization (including Edge servers) does not yet have SP3, start by upgrading them or the Exchange 2013 setup will fail because of a “hard block”.
Our Exchange 2013 server will have the following characteristics:
The next thing to do is to install an Windows 2012 server. Even though I won’t set up a DAG in this part 1 of this blog (will come in later posts) I recommend you who will to base your Exchange 2013 server on Windows Server 2012 Standard as Failover Cluster is included. in standard and much more affordable.
I won’t cover the Windows setup in details but when you have Windows 2012 in place follow the steps below.
Open Windows PowerShell
Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation, Telnet-Client
Note: Telnet-client is not required but very nice to have when testing and troubleshooting SMTP.
Restart your server.
Download and install Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime
Download Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 1 (CU1). Note that you can install from CU1 and don’t have to upgrade from RTM.
Extract the the content to a directory of you choice, in my case C:Ex1013
Start an elevated cmd and run setup if you like to run the GUI based setup or run the command you prefer to do a unattended setup. In this blog I will do it through the GUI.
You will be asked to check for updates, it’s unlikely that any updates will be found.
After you click next files will be copied and setup will initialize.
A few next and a accepted license agreement later you will be asked to install with recommended or custom settings, I go for custom in this case.
As I will install one Exchange 2013 server I go for both Client Access role and Mailbox role. Since I didn’t do anything specific to Windows roles and features I check “Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server”.
Pick your destination where you want Exchange to be installed. I go for default .
Next I select to keep Malware Protection enabled.
Setup will check that all components are in place and that the server is ready to be installed. A restart will probably be needed after all Windows components are installed. so lets restart and try again.
After rerunning setup you will see something like above, don’t worry about the warnings about Filter Pack.
Hit install and beside getting Exchange 2013 installed on the server your organization will now get some new stuff in AD, yes as usual there are schema updates so be prepared that this might take a while (and require permissions).
Some 35 minutes later you have a brand new Exchange 2013 CU1 server! Congrats!
In part 2 of this blog series we will take a look at what we should configure on this brand new server, stay tuned!
Today I got the updated Mail app included in Windows 8 and I staring away thought I write a blog about it but found a very informative post over at the Windows Experience Blog so I will keep this post to my favorite features included in the update.
So head over to Windows Experience Blog and read the full blog and don’t forget to update you apps!