My very own thoughts on killing MCM

By admin on September 2nd, 2013

My very first contact with what became MCM was a rumor about something called the Exchange Ranger program. I remember I looked it up but I couldn’t find very much accept for a document I got from my boss at the time. But I found one thing, a comment that got stuck in my mind ever since. This comment was made on a forum where someone asked the same question as I did, what is this Ranger thing?

“If you ever happen to come across one, be aware they are pretty damn hardass”

I realize that this could open to many interpretations but it was said with great admiration to this persons skills.

So why tell this old anecdote now?

For once because the thought of doing a rotation has always been with me, it’s the ultimate challenge to any Exchange/Lync/SharePoint/SQL/Active Directory pro! I have had the pleasure of taking part of some parts of this training on occasions and can tell you it’s hard!

My second reason is all the MCM people I know out there. Dedicated, skilled and very very passionate about “their” product.  Because that’s probably what it’s like to them just as it’s to me. You can’t pass a MCM without great preparations and you wouldn’t dream of spending that amount of work, besides your normal work probably, if you didn’t have the passion. Passion that is spread to the community and to customers!

My third reason is the one I’m most “sad” about! As a business owner and a consultant for many years now I realize that all decisions can’t be “nice”! I also realize that some decisions will hurt! But the most important lesson I have learned during my years is that everything can’t be translated to numbers. Passion is one of those things. Dreams are in the same category. So decisions lately that have been so upsetting to people in my way of seeing things have these things in common. I’m talking about killing TechNet software, not allowing access for Windows 8.1 RTM bits and of course the decision to terminate MCM, the highest level of training for anyone with a Microsoft focused profession. If you take away the possibility to test things in labs, doesn’t share bits with the people who want to contribute you might not get as many people to dream about one day be mentioned as a “hardass”.

Sommar betyder Sommarkollo!

By admin on June 19th, 2013

(In Swedish)

Sommaren står för dörren och solen skiner! För mig betyder detta semester, sol och självklart Sommarkollo! Sommarkollo är samlingsnamnet på Microsofts seminarier under sommaren för partner och företagskunder, där du kan ta del av nyheter, teknik och annan intressant och användbar information som rör de senaste och hetaste produkterna. Delta på så många seminarier du vill – helt utan kostnad! Sommarkollo kommer till Stockholm, Göteborg och Helsingborg.

Själv kommer jag prata Exchange 2013 i Stockholm i augusti. Min halvdag kommer dels att handla om Exchange 2013 och dess nyheter men jag kommer också att fokusera på vad som är nytt för användarna och hur vi kan göra dem lyckliga, förbered dig på många demo av nya spännande funktioner!

Anmälan till en halvdag med Exchange 2013 den 13 augusti

Anmälan till en halvdag med Exchange 2013 den 20 augusti

Great Exchange sessions @TechEd 2013

By admin on May 7th, 2013

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.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Managed Availability

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Client Access Server Role

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 High Availability and Site Resilience

Developing Mobile Apps with Microsoft Exchange Web Services

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Sizing

Microsoft Exchange Archiving Policy: Move, Delete, or Hold

Virtualization in Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 On-Premises Upgrade and Coexistence

Team Collaboration with Site Mailboxes

Microsoft Exchange Hybrid Deployment and Migration On Your Terms

Get Moving with Your Mailbox!

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Tips & Tricks

Data Loss Prevention in Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook 2013

Modern Public Folders Overview, Migration and Office 365

Internals of Deploying the In-Place Archive: Online, On-Premises, or a Hybrid

Microsoft Exchange in the Cloud: Scared of Losing Your Job?

Exchange Online Protection

I hope I see you in Madrid!

Building my new Hyper-V lab server

By admin on April 7th, 2013

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.

Parts used:

Quantity Description
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
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
1 Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 512 GB
Update: Crucial M500 960GB SATA Solid State Drive
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 utbildning

By admin on April 3rd, 2013

(In Swedish)

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!

Speaking Exchange 2013 @nicconf

By admin on November 20th, 2012

Earlier this year I attended the first ever Nordic Infrastructure Conference in Oslo. As a “conference addict”, I have been to more TechEd’s and other events than I can count, I was really surprised how professional this conference was! It’s hosted in a great arena, Spektrum, had excellent speakers and a great party.

So I’m proud to say that I will be speaking about Exchange 2013 in the upcoming NIC2013! My sessions will cover the news in Exchange 2013 and a deep dive into the architecture of the latest and greatest Exchange version yet!

Make sure you follow @nicconf on Twitter and read more about it over at!

See you in Oslo!

You can be a hero!

By admin on April 24th, 2012

Attend my session on Exchange Native Protection at TechDays tomorrow, Wednesday and I will show you how!

And yes, there is a really special (Exchange) giveaway to one of you heroes!