Configuring the Quest Free/Busy Connector for Lotus Notes and Exchange – Part 3

In Part 1 we took at look at the architecture of the Quest Free/Busy (F/B) Connector in Coexistence Manager for Notes (CMN) as well as how Exchange interfaces with it. We also configured the F/B Connector web services and the Domino Free Busy Connector Service. In Part 2, we configured the Exchange Free Busy Connector Service, the Domino QCALCON task, and the Exchange organization. In this post, we’ll complete the configuration by configuring Lotus Notes as well as building a test user in Exchange and Lotus Notes to validate the configuration. At the end of this post you should have … Continue reading Configuring the Quest Free/Busy Connector for Lotus Notes and Exchange – Part 3

Configuring the Quest Free/Busy Connector for Lotus Notes and Exchange – Part 2

In Part 1 we took at look at the architecture of the Quest Free/Busy (F/B) Connector in Coexistence Manager for Notes (CMN) as well as how Exchange interfaces with it. We also configured the F/B Connector web services and the Domino Free Busy Connector Service. In this post, we’ll configure the Exchange Free Busy Connector Service, the Domino QCALCON task, and the Exchange organization. As a reminder, here’s a copy of our sample environment that will be referenced: Configuring the Exchange Free Busy Connector Create a standard mailbox enabled user (e.g. svc_xch_cmn_fb) in Exchange. This will be used by CMN … Continue reading Configuring the Quest Free/Busy Connector for Lotus Notes and Exchange – Part 2

Configuring the Quest Free/Busy Connector for Lotus Notes and Exchange – Part 1

The goal of this post is to introduce the Quest Free/Busy (F/B) connector that comes with Coexistence Manager for Notes (CMN), discuss how it works, and discuss the interface with Exchange. In this post we’ll also configure the Quest Web Services and Domino Free Busy Connector Service. Future posts in this series will discuss configuring the remaining components of the CMN F/B Connector. First, let’s take a look at the sample environment we’ll be using for this discussion: There are three components of the F/B Connector which you’ll need to deploy: Domino Free/Busy Service – This component is responsible for … Continue reading Configuring the Quest Free/Busy Connector for Lotus Notes and Exchange – Part 1

Cross-Forest Availability with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010

Prior to Exchange 2007, Exchange stored F/B information in Public Folders, and Outlook clients knew where to go in the Public Folder store to find the data. With the desire to move away from Public Folders, this information became available via Exchange Web Services (EWS), also sometimes called the Availability Service (AS). This is a SOAP based web service hosted on the CAS server and accessible via HTTPS. Outlook 2007 and newer knows how to access this endpoint as does Outlook for Mac and various other EWS clients. Exchange 2007 also introduced the ability to provide a means for cross-organization … Continue reading Cross-Forest Availability with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010

Getting Started with a Lotus Notes to Exchange Mail Migration

I’m a reformed Lotus Notes user and from time to time, as a consultant, I work on projects that lead up to the liberation (err migration) of Lotus Notes users. As luck has it, I’ve invested quite a few cycles the past few weeks teeing one of these projects off. There’s quite a bit involved in planning one of these projects, and that’s not my goal for this discussion. What I thought would be useful, though is to give a quick overview of the coexistence and migration components as well as a couple links I’ve come across that are pretty … Continue reading Getting Started with a Lotus Notes to Exchange Mail Migration

HP E5000 Videos Posted

Earlier in the year I got to spend two days at HP in Cupertino with Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux talking to HP and Microsoft about HP’s new E5000 messaging appliance for Exchange 2010. In a nutshell, the E5000 is a complete out-of-the-box highly available Exchange 2010 solution which includes a 2 mailbox server DAG with pre-designed storage as well as redundant Client Access (CAS) and Hub Transport servers. HP wrapped the Exchange setup and configuration steps you’d often hire a consultant for with a number of easy to use wizards that will take you from a rather large ~170 … Continue reading HP E5000 Videos Posted

TechEd Atlanta this Week

I’m heading down to Atlanta tonight for TechEd. If you’re going to be at the show, stop by the Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) or Active Directory stands in the Technical Learning Center (TLC) area and say hello. ’ll be there much of the week.

Managing Local Backups with Windows Server Backup

One of the strategies I often employ when deploying Active Directory (AD) for customers is to use the local Windows Server Backup (WSB, previously NTBackup) tool to make system state backups on the local machine. I’ll also often place backups on neighboring Domain Controllers (DCs) to provide for redundancy if there is a failure. This strategy ensures that a backup is available in the same site and it also removes the dependency on an external backup team. Many third party backup applications can backup a file share without needing to install an agent on the server as well which is … Continue reading Managing Local Backups with Windows Server Backup

Save 50% on Active Directory, 4th Ed E-Book and Help Japan – Tues 3/22 Only!

Starting at 12:01 AM Pacific (GMT –7), O’Reilly will be offering the eBook version of my book, Active Directory, 4th Edition at 50% off. What’s more is they’ll be donating nearly all of the revenue to the Japanese Red Cross Society. If you don’t already own a copy, this is a great opportunity to get an easily searchable (and portable) DRM free version of my book. Here’s the page to order from. The full text of the O’Reilly announcement: O’Reilly, No Starch Press, and Tidbits will donate all revenues, less author royalties, from "Deal of the Day" sales to the … Continue reading Save 50% on Active Directory, 4th Ed E-Book and Help Japan – Tues 3/22 Only!

Managing the Spice Cabinet with Word and Excel

Cooking is one of my things to do when I’m home and have the time. As a result I’ve got a pretty good selection of spice jars in one of the cabinets in my kitchen. I’ve had a spreadsheet of all the spices I have for a while now which I keep posted inside the cabinet door. This is useful for figuring out if I need to get something or if I have an extra when I run out of something. Unfortunately the problem this doesn’t solve is actually finding the jar in the cabinet. I’ve got everything lined up … Continue reading Managing the Spice Cabinet with Word and Excel