Upcoming Exchange Server 2010 TechNet Webcasts

These are just a couple of upcoming webcasts about Exchange Server 2010 that you might find interesting to attend:

Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for Exchange Server (Level 300)
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Event Overview: Virtualizing business critical applications delivers significant benefits, including cost savings, enhanced business continuity, and an agile and efficient management solution. In this webcast, we focus on virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server using Microsoft solutions, we discuss the benefits of using Microsoft virtualization technologies instead of technologies from key competitors such as VMware, and we provide technical guidance and best practices for virtualizing Exchange Server in various production scenarios. We also discuss results from lab deployment tests.
Presenters: Arno Mihm, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation and Rob Simpson, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

The U.S. Public Sector Virtual Launch: The New Efficiency (Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2008 R2, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Description: Join Microsoft’s Public Sector Vice President Curt Kolcun and top technology leaders at “The New Efficiency” virtual launch event for government, education, and health. Learn how cost savings and productivity come together with a new wave of Microsoft® products. Be one of the first to evaluate exciting innovations in Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2008 R2, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

Microsoft Secure Messaging Solution (Level 200)
Thursday, November 05, 2009 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Event Overview: Join us for this webcast as we walk you through the best practices and technologies available to secure e-mail in your organization. After this webcast, you should know how to protect your Microsoft Exchange Server from malware and inappropriate content, how to protect your data from leaking into the wrong hands, and how to easily and securely publish your Exchange Server for access.
Presenter: Cristian Mora, Solution Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

FREE Exchange Server 2010 eBook

Exchange 2010 – A Practical Approach" is a free eBook, authored by Exchange MVP Jaap Wesselius, that you can download from the Red Gate Software site.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Exchange Server 2010
    1.1 Getting Started
    1.2 What’s been removed from Exchange Server 2010?
    1.3 What’s new in Exchange Server 2010?
    1.4 Exchange Server 2010 and Active Directory
    1.5 Exchange Server coexistence
    1.6 Exchange Server 2010 Server roles
    1.7 Summary
Chapter 2: Installing Exchange Server 2010
Chapter 3: Exchange Server 2010 Coexistence
    3.1 Coexistence with Exchange Server 2003
    3.2 Installing Exchange Server 2010 in an Exchange Server 2003 environment
    3.3 Coexistence with Exchange Server 2007
    3.4 Installing Exchange Server 2010 into an Existing Exchange Server 2007 Environment
    3.5 Summary
Chapter 4: Managing Exchange Server 2010
    4.1 The Exchange Management Shell
    4.2 The Exchange Management Console
    4.3 The Exchange Control Panel (ECP)
    4.4 Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
    4.5 Archiving and Compliancy
    4.6 Summary
Chapter 5: High Availability in Exchange Server 2010
    5.1 High Availability in Exchange Server 2010
    5.2 Exchange Server Database technologies
    5.3 High Availability in Exchange Server
    5.4 High Availability on other Server Roles
    5.5 Summary
Summarizing Exchange Server 2010 – A Practical Approach

Exchange Server 2007 MP for OpsMgr 2007 R2 v6.0.6702.0

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 v6.0.6702.0, with key bug fixes, is now available to download.

Brief Description
This Management Pack includes an extensive set of monitoring including synthetic transactions to effectively monitor Exchange 2007 and report on performance, availability, and reliability of its server roles.

The Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack is designed to monitor Exchange 2007 key health indicators, collect Exchange component-specific performance counters in one central location, and raise alerts for operator intervention as necessary. By detecting, sending alerts, and automatically responding to critical events, this Management Pack helps indicate, correct, and prevent possible service outages or configuration problems, allowing you to proactively manage Exchange servers and identify issues before they become critical. The Management Pack monitors and provides alerts for automatic notification of events indicating service outages, performance degradation, health monitoring, and centralized management.

Note: This Management Pack requires Operations Manager 2007 R2.

Feature Summary

  • A number of synthetic transactions ensure the Exchange servers are available and responding in a timely manner. The synthetic transactions are maintenance-mode aware, so that if the target of a transaction is in maintenance mode, the source will not run the transaction, and not alert unnecessarily.
  • This Management Pack includes a Management Pack template that provides a wizard-like interface for configuring synthetic transactions against Outlook Web Access (OWA), Exchange ActiveSync, Web Services, POP3, and IMAP.
  • This Management Pack includes a Management Pack template that provides a wizard-like interface for configuring mail flow synthetic transactions between agent-managed Exchange 2007 Mailbox servers.
  • This Management Pack provides 30+ reports specific to Exchange 2007 that track availability and performance compared to service level objectives. For the list of reports and for more information about the reports, see the Management Pack Guide.
  • All the synthetic transactions in this Management Pack use an Operations Manager 2007 R2 hosting feature for Windows PowerShell technology that provides a performance improvement when running synthetic transactions.
  • A significant number of rules and monitors that are not actionable or may be noisy are disabled. Note that many of these rules are still in the Management Pack so that you can enable them if necessary.
  • Support for monitoring any number of Exchange organizations using a single Operations Manager 2007 management group.
  • Full support for Microsoft clustered configurations. For more details, see the Management Pack Guide.
  • Discovery of Exchange 2007 server roles is disabled by default, and no Exchange 2007 monitoring is applied by default. This allows you to discover and monitor your servers gradually, as well as tune the Management Pack as you bring more agent-managed Exchange 2007 servers into the Operations Manager environment.

Exchange 2010 webcasts, virtual labs and other free learning resources

While reading some of the blogs from my blogroll, I collected this set of learning resources for Exchange 2010. What’s your excuse now?

Development Webcasts

Virtual Labs

Free eLearning

Free Silverlight Learning Snacks:

Free PrePress Chapter Downloads:

Free eLearning Clinics:

Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2010 Learning Portal:

Exchange Server 2003 MP for OpsMgr 2007 v6.0.6702.0

Microsoft has recently updated the Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007.

Brief Description
The Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack monitors Exchange 2003 deployments and monitors Exchange Server Back-end and Exchange Server Front-End systems.

The Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack monitors the performance and availability of Exchange Server 2003 systems. It can also issue alerts for possible configuration problems Availability and performance monitoring is done using synthetic transactions. In addition, the Management Pack collects Event Log alerts and provides associated knowledge articles with additional user details, possible causes, and suggested resolutions. The Management Pack discovers and monitors the individual server components and functional areas on an Exchange Server 2003 server.

Feature Bullet Summary:
This management pack monitors Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and includes monitors and rules to track performance, availability, and reliability of Exchange core components and functionality.

  • MAPI, OWA, OMA, EAS synthetic logon transactions
  • Mail flow synthetic transaction
  • Monitoring using Self-Tuning Thresholds
  • Comprehensive performance metric collection
  • 1000+ Event rules with associated knowledge
  • Database status
  • Database size
  • Mailbox statistics
  • Public folder statistics
  • Message tracking log statistics
  • Exchange and related OS Service monitoring
  • Configuration monitoring
  • Topology discovery of Exchange deployment

Release History:

  • 3/23/2007 – Original release, version 6.0.5000.0
  • 6/25/2007 – Updated version, version 6.0.5000.11. The library MP is unchanged from the initial release.
  • 1/15/2008 – Updated MP Guide – same version
  • 2/25/2008 – Updated MP Guide and Management Pack, version 6.0.6278.0.
  • 3/17/2008 – Updated MP Guide and Management Pack, version 6.0.6278.2.
  • 4/1/2008 – Updated MP Guide and Management Pack, version 6.0.6278.5.
  • 8/21/2008 – Updated MP Guide and Management Pack, version 6.0.6387.0. Please refer to the MP Guide for details.
  • 10/12/2009 – Updated release, version 6.0.6702.0, with key bug fixes. Please refer to the MP Guide for details.