Exchange 14: Expectations and wishes *update*

So at Tech-Ed 2008 EMEA IT Pro, I heard very little about the next version of my favorite groupware solution: Exchange 14. Also searching the net, didn’t come up with a lot of results. But that is probably because there is still a non-disclosure agreement in place on those who already know more. Grrrrr. On the other side; it does mean I can speculate at will 🙂 *Update 1-dec-2008* Added new item, prefaced with NEW What do I know (some

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Tech-Ed: Review of Day 5

The last day of Tech-Ed… Ilse van Criekinge started with certificates and Exchange in “UCN315 – Certificates and Exchange 2007: Best Practices and Lessons”. Although I already encountered expired self-signed certificates (those things are only valid for a year….), it was very nice to see this confirmed. As Exchange Server 2007 relies more on encrypted communications, it is imperative to know how certificates come in play. Very good start of the day! The second session was “UNC317 – Exchange Server

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Tech-Ed: Review of Day 4 (part2)

After really waking up, I joined “UNC302 Coexistence and Migration with Exchange Online”. It was an insightful session: a lot of customers can benefit from this choice. Probably midsize and smaller companies who have to migrate from a non-Microsoft groupware platform, will be interested in Exchange Online. I was pleased, that also the things that didn’t work were discussed. Especially co-existence scenarios will have issues (free/busy for instance). During lunch the session I planned to take was already full, but

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Tech-Ed: Review of Day 4 (part1)

Well, oversleeping is not a good thing. Also checking the starting time of a session is also a good thing to do… So, unfortunately I missed "UNC03-IS Q&A: Exchange Server 2007 Continuous Replication Deep Dive". Nice to know about log shipping, inspection and replay for high availability options. I already skipped "UNC306 High Availability in Exchange 2007 SP1, Part 1: Continuous Replication and Failover Clusters (CCR/SCC deep dive)" for other things, but now I regret that. So in a few

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Tech-Ed: Review of Day 3

The day started good with "UNC05-IS Q&A: Migrating Domino and Groupwise to Exchange 2007". I actually recently had to write a proposition for a Domino 5.0.5 migration to Exchange Server 2007 with Blackberry and with that in mind I attended this session. This was a great interactive session, a lot of stuff that I didn’t realise came up. I already knew that the Transporter Suite only migrates from Domino 5.x and cannot realize a long-term co-existence. What I forgot to

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Tech-Ed: Review of Day 2

Well, as OCS didn’t really do it for me (yet?), i decided to skip my intended session and joined Sander at “SEC05-IS Cybercrime: The Art of Identity Theft!”.  It was as much fun as it was scary and shows how easy identity theft can be. Andy Malone showed some of the websites and tools used, which are mostly available freely. Next on the list was “UNC303 Advanced Troubleshooting Strategies for Exchange Server 2007”. A very educational session and very helpful

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Tech-Ed: Review of Day 1

Mmhh, I intended to post more regularly, but there so much other things to do, see and absorb! Day 1 started with keynote of Brad Anderson, General Manager Management and Service Division. System Center stuff and such. During the keynote they showed real nice management tools like System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, which even can interact and manage non-windows systems (think VMWare, SuSe etc., even with their logo’s). That really put a smile on my face. The technical sessions

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Tech-Ed EMEA Day 1 Preview

What’s in store for today? First of al the keynote by Brad Anderson, General Manager Management and Services Division. The first sessions for me wil be: “UNC202 – What’s New in Office Communications Server 2007 R2”, followed by “UNC201 – What’s New in mobility and web access with OCS 2007 R2”. OCS is fairly unknown to me. I did see some of the capabilities demonstrated, but never had hand-on experience or implemented it in a production environment. Until now always some

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