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  • Welcome to the NYExUG Jan 2010 Meeting
    • Group Details: meetings (2 nd Tue of every month) open to all, free, pizza dinner included, raffles at end of meeting, 2 mailing lists (announce – sign-up via emailing join a.t nyexug.com or meetup.com/exchange ).
    • February Meeting – Exchange 2010’s Retention/Archiving/Discovery Features Explained.
    • March Meeting – Vendor (TBA) Presentation on Exchange Security Software.
    • New Raffle Opportunities (bring a new member and get an additional raffle ticket)
    • Meeting Topics Ideas – let me know in person or via email ben a.t reefsolutions . com
  • Exchange Server 2010 Install Demo Superscript numbers (e.g. word 1 ) throughout presentation are for additional reference information in back of presentation on Noted References page. Presented January 12, 2010 at NYExUG Meeting Ben Serebin Ehlo & Network Consultant REEF Solutions (www.reefsolutions.com) ben a t reefsolutions . c o m If you can’t get enough Exchange & technology read my blog http://ehlotech.blogspot.com
  • About Ben Serebin
    • Working in the IT sector since 1996
    • Specialty is Exchange Server, Spam Filtering, DNS, & Wireless.
    • Recently Completed Project Q4 09: Investigated deploying Exchange 2010, considering Amazon’s cloud virtualization (EC2) for 2 Linux web-servers.
    • Current Projects Q1 10: Reviewing geographic diverse Exchange backup solution using AppAssure 4.x release, researching using jumbo frames for iSCSI traffic, and deploying Exchange 2010 (considering using a HTC TouchPro2).
    • Current Environment: Running Exchange 2007 Server on Windows 2008, Blackberry Enterprise Server 4.x, running on VMware ESXi 3.5. Current handheld email device is a BlackBerry Bold.
    • My PPTs are focused on conveying a tremendous amount of technical information in a short amount of time. If I had a presentation assistance, they would be prettier as well. So, any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
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  • Why Upgrade to Exchange Server 2010?
    • The same hardware configuration as Exchange 2003 or 2007, your overall end-user Outlook performance will be vastly better.
    • Microsoft recommended item counts limits increased by 500% over 2007 and 2000% over 2003. Limit is now 100,000 items per folder.
    • Database improvements (sequential versus random) has led Microsoft to suggest SATA drives for mailbox storage if used in conjunction with 3+ DAGs (replaced CCR & SCR). Database I/O performance increased 70% over 2007 and almost 200% over 2003.
    • OWA Premium mode is now supported on 3 browsers and 3 operating systems adds feature such as conversation view, multi-calendar comparison, OCS presence, and more.
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  • Why Upgrade to Exchange Server 2010? (cont.)
    • Unified Messaging w/transcription, end user managed call handling rules,
    • Online Archive (requires Outlook 2010 or OWA), retention, discovery (multi-box searching via web)
    • Outlook’s nickname cache (nk2) is now server-side and shared with Windows Mobile 6.5 devices.
    • Hub Transport role can be configured to protects against lost messages in case of system failure. Feature is called Shadow Redundancy.
  • Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2010 Requirements1
    • Architecture: Intel x64 only (no more support for Intel Itanium family IA6)
    • Comment: x64 only was known. IA6 is not a loss.
    • OS for Exchange Application: Windows Server 2008 x64 & Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Comment: No issues here. x64 is better supported on 2008 and later than 2003.
    • OS for Management Tools: Vista x64, Windows 7 x64, and Windows Server 2008 x64
    • Comment: Surprising it requires x64 and 2008 R2 is not on ths list. You might want to run this in a VM or dedicated PC if you deploy Management Tools separately. Normally, I manage a server directly via RDP.
  • Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2010 Requirements Cont.
    • Memory: 4GB + 5MB per mailbox
    • Comment: Recommend 8GB-32GB (above 32GB on 2007 has shown to have negative performance)
    • Hard Drive Space: 1.2GB for install, 200MB on system drive (e.g. c:), 500MB for each language for UM role
    • Comment: Recommend c: for system (50GB) and 2.2x maximum database size. 32GB required for 2008 R2.
    • Software Prerequisites: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 & Windows PowerShell v2.0
    • Comment: 2010 will provide links for down during install.
  • Give Exchange Server What It Wants…
    • Lots of RAM and a fast disk subsystem (IOPS [a disk speed performance measurement] for SATA vs SAS/SCSI up to 300% difference and RAID configuration (RAID 1, 5, 6, 10) is important as well) and can change the equation by up to 100% difference. So, 400% performance swing depending on what you select. Configure wisely!
    • Exchange 2003 to 2007, saved about 70% in I/O. 2007 to 2010 saved another 70%.
    • Exchange 2003 is a 32 bit application, so 4GB is the limit.
    • Exchange 2007 is a 64 bit application, so case studies show 32GB is the limit. 16-32GB is a good sweet spot.
    • Exchange 2010 is a 64 bit application, and limit is not known yet.
    • When looking to deploy Exchange, read VMware’s Exchange Best Practices Guide. Microsoft Hyper-V also has a guide about this.
  • Noted References
    • 1 – Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2010 System Requirements http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/2010/en/us/system-requirements.aspx
  • Thank you for attending this month’s NY Exchange User Group Meeting. Now for Question of the Month…… Raffles – do not forget, if you bring in new members, you 2x, 3x, or more your chances to win raffle prizes. TechHit.com (Outlook add-ons) – raffling off any one of their products (SimplyFile [intelligent filing], EZ-Detach [easily detach multi-emails of attachments], MessageSave [backup, archive, save msgs], AutoRead [mark as read/remove new mail icon], & QuickJump [quickly open/move between Windows folders].
  • Question & Answer of the Month See you next month… Q) In Exchange 2010, what feature replaced the recovery storage group (RSG) in Exchange 2003 & 2007. A) Exchange 2010 introduced recovery databases (RDB). http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876954.aspx