Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator v17.2

After a few weeks after the release of version 16.5, Ross Smith IV announced at the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog that the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator has been updated to version 17.2.

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

Version 17.2 Updates

Bug Fixes

  • Database Copy Distribution fixes:

    • Prevented distribution calculation when Input sheet values are invalid; added row in header for counters for databases assigned to a server.

    • Added conditional formatting to highlight error/problem status messages in white text on red background.

    • Corrected the issue where Non-English operating system locales could not execute the database copy distribution macro.

    • Increased the performance of the Server Failure buttons.

    • Corrected an issue that prevented the Diskpart.ps1 script from working when there was only one server line present.

  • Updated comments for processor input section to help customers understand the correct value to enter for SPECInt2006 rate value when deploying Mailbox servers as guest machines.

  • Fixed CPU percentage calculation formula for lagged database copy servers to use the available megacycles for the Lagged Copy servers as opposed to the primary datacenter Mailbox servers.

  • Added 900GB capacity as an option for disk drives.

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.

Windows Phone app for the Exchange Team Blog

If you are an avid reader of the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog (aka You Had Me at EHLO) and are a proud owner of a Windows Phone 7, than you’ll be glad to know there is a new cool app available at the Marketplace: “The Exchange Team Blog”.

What does it do? Glad you asked!

The app allows you to read our blog posts on the go. Some notable features are:

  • Favorite posts you love and refer them quickly
  • Follow our tweets from the same app
  • Quickly filter and read posts by tags/categories
  • Send us your suggestions
  • Share posts with your social networks

Here are some screenshots (click to enlarge):

More information at the source.

Exchange Deployment Options Whitepaper

The Exchange Deployment Options Whitepaper was made available to download a couple of weeks ago.

The purpose of this paper is to help you choose how to deploy Microsoft Exchange: as Exchange Server 2010 on-premises, Exchange Online with Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud, or using both in a temporary or permanent hybrid scenario. Knowing the benefits and limitations of each deployment option can help you make the right decision for your organization. Whatever you decide, the deployment flexibility that Microsoft provides with Exchange makes it easier for you to get the right solution for your business


Exchange Server 2010 SP1 UM Language Packs v14.01.0218.015

The Exchange Server 2010 SP1 UM Language Packs version 14.01.0218.015 were recently made available to download.

Brief Description
These downloads contain pre-recorded prompts, grammar files, text to speech data, Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) files, and Voice Mail Preview capabilities for a specific language that is supported by Exchange 2010 SP1 Unified Messaging (UM). Warning: This UM language pack must only be installed as an add-in to Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Unified Messaging.

Unified Messaging (UM) language packs allow an Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) UM server to speak additional languages to callers and recognize other languages when callers use ASR or when voice messages are transcribed. UM language packs contain:

  • Pre-recorded prompts, for example "After the tone, please record your message. When you’ve finished recording, hang up, or press the # key for more options." in the language of the UM language pack.
  • Grammar files that are used by a UM server to lookup the names of given users in the directory in the language of the UM language pack.
  • Text to Speech (TTS) translation so that content (e-mail, calendar, contact information, etc.) can be read to callers in the language of the UM language pack.
  • Support for Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), which allows callers to interact with UM using the voice user interface (VUI) in the language of the UM language pack.
  • Support for Voice Mail Preview which allows users to read the transcript of voice mail messages in a specific language from within a supported e-mail client such as Outlook or Outlook Web Access.

Download the file and use Exchange Server 2010 SP1 setup to install the UM language pack.
Example: /AddUmLanguagePack:UmLanguagePackName /s: d:\MyLocalFolder