The UC Architects podcast episode 12 is out. With special guest Greg Taylor.

If you didn’t know yet, Episode 12 of the UC Architects podcast is out. And it is an interesting episode as we had Microsoft's Greg Taylor as a special guest! Greg is a Program Manager within the Microsoft Exchange Product Team and is responsible for the Customer Experience. Before this interview all of the UC … Continue reading "The UC Architects podcast episode 12 is out. With special guest Greg Taylor."

The UC Architects Episode 11 is out now!

The newest UC Architects episode, the eleventh, is now available from iTunes and the Zune store and soon via www.theucarchitects.com. This episode includes myself, host Pat Richards, co-hosts Michel de Rooij, Johan Veldhuis, Ståle Hansen and specials guests Lync MCM Kevin Peters and Lync MVP Matt Landis. Topics include (but are not limited to): October 2012 … Continue reading "The UC Architects Episode 11 is out now!"

Preparing for the Exchange 2013 (beta) exams

In the upcoming episode 11 of The UC Architects podcast, we discussed about preparing for the Exchange 2013 exams. As I blogged earlier, the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Master: Messaging certification requires the exams 70-341 and 70-342, next to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Windows Server 2012 certification. Currently the Exchange 2013 exams are in … Continue reading "Preparing for the Exchange 2013 (beta) exams"

iOS6 and ActiveSync bug fixed in Zarafa/Z-Push

Yesterday Zarafa published a blog post in which they announced their fix for the iOS6 ActiveSync appointment issue. For those who don’t know, Zarafa is an open source Exchange clone (a bit like Zimbra) and uses the open source “plug-in” Z-Push for its server side ActiveSync implementation. Although the work seems solid and commendable, I … Continue reading "iOS6 and ActiveSync bug fixed in Zarafa/Z-Push"

Exchange Server 2013 Preview – Installing Prerequisites [Video]

In my previous post, I’ve demonstrated how to prepare Active Directory for Exchange 2013 Preview Release. Now this video will demonstrate which and how to install all the requirements to install Exchange 2013 Preview on a Windows 2012 Preview server. Why not Windows Server 2008R2? Well, it’s mostly the same, but we’ll probably install Exchange … Continue reading "Exchange Server 2013 Preview – Installing Prerequisites [Video]"

Exchange Server 2013 Preview – Preparing Active Directory [Video]

Last Monday Exchange Server 2013 Preview Release (PR) was finally but rather silently released, together with all of the Wave 15 products (Office, Lync Server, SharePoint server). You can see the keynote here. Trying something new: I’ve made a video demonstrating which steps are necessary to prepare Active Directory for Exchange 2013 PR and how … Continue reading "Exchange Server 2013 Preview – Preparing Active Directory [Video]"

TechEd Europe 2012: Wednesday (day 2) quick thoughts

Same as yesterday's post, some quick thoughts:  Skipped Keynote. I figured that I watch it via Channel9 and get some extra rest. Good decission.  Wi-Fi: Had no real issues, sometimes darkspots or loss of connectivity during walking. In any cas not as disasterous as yesterday. Weeeh! Again some great meet-and-greets and discussions. Looked like even … Continue reading "TechEd Europe 2012: Wednesday (day 2) quick thoughts"

TechEd Europe 2012: Tuesday's (day1) quick thoughts

Just quick post to sum up day 1 (for me, don't mind the typing errors. I'm dead tired and typing via my iPad): Keynote: nothing earthshattering as most was the same as TechEd North America. WiFi: almost nonexistent until the end (almost a full conference day!). I know MSFT isn't directly responsible, but come on!  … Continue reading "TechEd Europe 2012: Tuesday's (day1) quick thoughts"

Exchange SSL Offloading and the upcoming update blocking certificates with RSA key length less than 1024bit

Microsoft announced yesterday new approach regarding the validation of certificates coming in august this year. Certificates with a key length less than 1024bit will be blocked: Adding to our defense-in-depth measures, in August, we will release a change to how Windows manages certificates that have RSA keys of less than 1024 bits in length. Once … Continue reading "Exchange SSL Offloading and the upcoming update blocking certificates with RSA key length less than 1024bit"