Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator v16.5

Ross Smith IV announced at the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog that the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator has been updated to version 16.5.

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

Version 16.5 Updates

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed two-node stretched DAG scenario that resulted in calculator not reporting Fixed an issue with diskpart.ps1 that prevented the script from executing.

Version 16.4 Updates

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed secondary datacenter disk calculations to use the correct formula for calculating the formatted disk capacity for the transaction log disks.
  • Fixed “—“ rounding logic error that could occur in the results tables of the Activation worksheet for site resilient scenarios.
  • Fixed a scenario where the calculator would report there were too many copies in the secondary datacenter validation checks.

Enhancements

  • Added throughput requirements information for supporting Background Database Maintenance operations.

New Functionality – Virtualization Support

New Functionality – Database Copy Distribution

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.

Understanding and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server Integration with Lync

Understanding and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server Integration is a great technical whitepaper that covers integration between Lync Server 2010 and Exchange Server 2010

Please note that this document does not cover Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 instant messaging (IM) and Microsoft Exchange Outlook Web Access (OWA) integration. For details, see the following:

Overview
This document introduces you to some of the new client features that are available whenever Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software is integrated with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Successfully integrating these two enterprise communications solutions can be challenging, especially considering that there are subtle differences in the way that services from each product are leveraged by Lync Server 2010 clients.

Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Hyper-V

Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V is a great technical whitepaper available to download from the Microsoft site.

Brief Description
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Overview
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The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance and best practices for deploying Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 in a virtualized environment with Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper V™ technology. This paper has been carefully composed to be relevant to organizations of any size.

Update for Outlook Social Connector 2010 (KB2441641)

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Microsoft has released an update for the Outlook Social Connector. This update provides the latest fixes to the Outlook Social Connector. Additionally, this update contains stability and performance improvements.

Overview
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The update is available for Outlook 2003, 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:

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Microsoft has recently released the April update for the Outlook 2003/2007/2010 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 2003, 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: