MSExchange.org Monthly Newsletter of December 2009 Sponsored by: Red Gate
Welcome to the MSExchange.org newsletter by Henrik Walther, Exchange MVP, MCA: Messaging (Exchange Ranger) Apprentice, MCTS Windows Server 2008, MCITP Exchange 2007, MCSE 2003 Messaging/Security. Each month we will bring you interesting and helpful information on Exchange Server. We want to know what all *you* are interested in hearing about. Please send your suggestions for future newsletter content to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Do your part in order to bring down CO2 - switch to Exchange 2010!
Welcome to the December edition of the MSE Newsletter! The very last newsletter for 2009! Christmas holidays are quickly approaching and many of us are rather busy these days, not only with new Exchange 2010 designs and deployments, but also with the planning for the Christmas holidays and finding those last Christmas presents for friends and family.
Personally, I am currently responsible for, or at least involved in, three different Exchange 2010 designs/deployments as I write this newsletter, and I must say that I see much more interest in this Exchange server version than what was the case with Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2003 for that matter. In addition, I have a few more Exchange 2010 projects coming my way in Q1 of next year, so things look good despite the global financial crisis. Now that I mentioned that damn crisis again, I have to say that it did, in some ways, also bring some positive things with it. For instance, it forces IT organizations to focus on possible ways of cutting down costs not only in the short but also in the long term. Especially when it comes to messaging and collaboration, Exchange 2010 seems to be tailor made for just that. Medium and large organizations, more specifically, can cut costs drastically by switching to Exchange 2010. To see how organizations that already have upgraded to Exchange 2010 have cut down costs, see the Exchange 2010 case studies over at the Microsoft Exchange website. By the way, please make sure you visit the case study page regularly as new case studies will be added over the next couple of months.
However, it is not only a matter of cutting down IT costs. As many of you know, I live with my family in Copenhagen, Denmark. As you probably also know, the Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) have been held in the Bella Center here in Copenhagen (or Hopenhagen as it has been referenced during the conference period!!) in the last couple of weeks. This conference is all about committing on taking serious action on climate change. Countries all over the world need to agree on an ambitious, global agreement that meets the challenge set by science. And this is where upgrading to Exchange 2010 comes into the picture. By upgrading to Exchange 2010, we can for instance use slower low cost disks for storage and have many more mailboxes stored on each Mailbox server in the organization. By bringing down the total number of Exchange servers in our infrastructure, we will do our part in order to bring down the total amount of power used by the messaging infrastructure within our organizations, and therefore also the amount of CO2.
Alright, that was what I had to share with you in this very last MSE Newsletter of 2009.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Until next year,
2. Order Henrik Walther's Exchange Server 2007 book
3. MSExchange.org Learning Zone Articles of Interest
We have a great group of articles in the Learning Zone that will help you get a handle on your most difficult configuration issues. Here are just a few of the newer and more interesting articles:
4. KB Articles of the Month
Below, you will find the Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 related KB articles that were published since the last MSE newsletter.
Exchange Server 2010
Exchange Server 2007
Exchange Server 2003
5. MSExchange News of the Month
6. Ask Henrik Walther a question
We are currently planning an upgrade from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010. We have many thousands of mailbox users and therefore we would like to take advantage of the new online mailbox move functionality that lets Exchange administrators move a mailbox during working hours, while the users still have functioning inboxes on their clients. However, we are a little unsure whether online mailbox moves are supported when upgrading from Exchange 2003.
Unfortunately you cannot take advantage of online mailbox moves, when moving mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010. This feature is only supported in scenarios where you move mailboxes from Exchange 2007 SP2 or Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2010. So unfortunately, it looks like you need to schedule your mailbox move to occur during non-working hours if you do not want to let it have an impact on the end-users.