Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator v14.2

Ross Smith IV announced at the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog that the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator has been updated to version 14.2.

According to the Updates Tracking page, here’s the list of changes:

Version 14.2 Updates

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed two-node stretched DAG scenario that resulted in calculator not reporting results due to new copy validation check

Version 14.1 Updates

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the Activation Results Scenarios to no longer display #NAME when dealing with dedicated lagged copy servers.
  • Fixed 2 LUNs / Backup Set formula for the 11th database grouping set in the DB and Log LUN Design / Server table to display the correct number of databases in the grouping set.
  • Fixed "Number of Active Databases / SDC Server (After First PDC Server Failure)" calculations to take into account stretched Single DAG without dedicated DR servers.
  • Fixed "Number of Required Mailbox Processor Cores (Primary Datacenter)" formula to respect when site resilience is disabled and A/A (Single DAG) is selected.
  • Fixed formatting for scenario that resulted in more HA database copies being deployed in the secondary datacenter than in the primary datacenter and also improved validation checks.
  • Updated "Custom Number of Databases" (Input Section) and "Number of Databases" (Role Requirements section) text to indicate in standalone situations that the "Custom Number of Databases" is per server and "Number of Databases" is for the environment.
  • Fixed 2nd PDC failure formula to enable site resilient scenarios that have 3 copies in PDC to allow double server failure event.
  • Optimized Number of Mailboxes per Database (I/O Driven) to not round up odd numbers to the next even number.
  • Fixed text in various comment fields.

Enhancements

  • Added conditional formatting for Exchange Native Data Protection input factor to alert when you are deploying with less than the recommended number of HA copies.
  • The calculator now includes the ability to select different disk types and capacities for the storage architecture being deployed in the secondary datacenter.

To get the detailed instructions on how to use it, read Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator.

To download the tool itself, click here.

TechNet Magazine – January 2011

The January 2011 edition of the TechNet Magazine is now available for online reading.

Featured Articles:

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Publishing Outlook Anywhere Using NTLM Authentication With Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG

Microsoft recently released Publishing Outlook Anywhere Using NTLM Authentication With Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG.

Brief Description
This white paper provides detailed information about publishing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 using Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG to secure access for Outlook Anywhere when using NTLM Authentication.

Overview
When you publish Exchange, Microsoft offers two software-based options: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010. Both options offer publishing wizards and security features to provide secure access to Exchange when it’s accessed from outside the safety of the corporate network. This white paper provides detailed information about publishing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 using Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG, including how to choose between them for different scenarios, and provides specific steps you can take to configure Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG to publish Exchange 2010 while using NTLM authentication for Outlook Anywhere access.

Update for Outlook Junk E-mail Filter (January 2011)

Microsoft has recently released the January update for the Outlook 2007/2010 Junk E-mail Filter.


This update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail.


The update is available for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 (32-bit, 64-bit) or you can use Microsoft Update. As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article:





Forefront Protection Server Management Console 2010

Although this not exactly new and not the biggest scoop on Earth, I thought it might worth mentioning that the Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMC) 2010 has been (finally) released.

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Overview
The Microsoft® Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMC) 2010 provides multi-server management for Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint. The management console delivers a easy to use graphical interface for server discovery, configuration deployment, reporting, quarantine management and integration with Forefront Online Protection for Exchange. The Microsoft® Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMC) 2010 is available as a free download.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2

Minimum Server Requirements

  • 64-bit (x64) architecture-based computer
  • Windows Server® 2008 R2
  • 300 megabytes (MB) of free memory
  • 30 megabytes (MB) of available disk space for the console installation
  • 900 megabytes (MB) of available disk space for SQL Server 2008 Express Edition R2
  • 4 gigabytes (GB) of available disk space for full signature redistribution
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or later
  • Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET 3.5 SP1
  • Latest Windows Update version
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0
  • SQL Server 2008 or above is required for an Enterprise installation. Otherwise, FPSMC will automatically install SQL Server 2008 Express Edition R2.

Note: The FPSMC will automatically install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 if they are not already present. The FPSMC will also automatically install SQL Server 2008 Express Edition R2 if you select the Express installation. You must manually install Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET 3.5 SP1 before you can install FPSMC. To install Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET 3.5 SP1, see Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=202816).

Operations Manager Management Pack for Exchange 2010 – CHM Help File

Microsoft released a standalone CHM Help File for the Operations Manager Management Pack for Exchange 2010. The provided technical information is also available online at the TechNet site.

Brief Description
A .chm file containing management pack alerts and topics for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

Overview
This .chm file contains management pack alerts and topics for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 . You can use the procedure topics in the file to help resolve the alerts generated by the Operations Manager Management Pack.

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Using TMG and UAG to Securely Publish Outlook Web App and Exchange ActiveSync with Certificate Based Authentication

Using TMG and UAG to Securely Publish Outlook Web App and Exchange ActiveSync with Certificate Based Authentication is a technical whitepaper recently released by Microsoft.

Brief Description
This white paper provides detailed information about publishing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 using Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG to secure access for Exchange ActiveSync and Outlook Web App when used with certificate authentication.

Overview
When you publish Exchange, Microsoft offers two software-based options: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010. Both options offer publishing wizards and security features to provide secure access to Exchange when it’s accessed from outside the safety of the corporate network. This white paper provides detailed information about publishing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 using Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG, including how to choose between them for different scenarios, and provides specific steps you can take to configure Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG to publish Exchange 2010 while using certificate based authentication.

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Using IPsec to Secure Access to Exchange

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The technical whitepaper Using IPsec to Secure Access to Exchange was recently made available by Microsoft.

Brief Description
This white paper will walk you through setting up IPsec for access to Exchange 2010 and configuring Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG to work with IPsec.

Overview
By allowing remote access to Microsoft Exchange to users who are based outside the safety of the corporate network, an organization enables its employees to take full advantage of the technology their company provides. When considering remote access, an organization must also consider how to secure their corporate information. There are several different ways to secure access to corporate information, including VPNs, Direct Access, and IPsec. When enabling and requiring IPsec on the endpoint that’s used to publish Exchange to the Internet, only machines with the right credentials can establish a connection.
Microsoft offers two software-based options for publishing Exchange to the Internet: Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010. Both options offer publishing wizards and security features to provide secure access to Exchange when it is accessed from outside the safety of the corporate network and both work well with an IPsec based security solution. This white paper will walk you through setting up IPsec and configuring Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG to work with IPsec.

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Outlook Get Started guides

Microsoft released recently 2 “Get Started” guides for Outlook:

  • E-Mail Basics: Managing E-Mail Get Started – Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 offers tools to help manage your messages. This guide includes information to help you with the following tasks: Group Messages in olders, Use the To-Do Bar, Assign Categories to Messages, Search for Messages with the Search Box, and Use E-Mail Rules to Route Messages.
  • Outlook 2010 Calendar Scenarios Get Started – Microsoft Outlook 2010 makes setting appointments, sharing your calendar availability, and managing your schedule even easier.