Congratulations to VMWare for being the first to be validated under Microsoft’s new Microsoft Server Virtualization Program (SVVP).

“VMware Lays Foundation for Broader Market Penetration by Giving Customers Access to Support for Software For All Major Microsoft Applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server and others across Virtualized Environments

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Sept 3, 2008 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced it has qualified its industry-leading VMware ESX hypervisor under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 (ESX 3.5u2) is the first hypervisor to be listed under the program, providing VMware customers who run Windows Server and Microsoft applications with access to cooperative support from Microsoft and VMware. “

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Updated 9/10/2008: VMware has only achieved support for Windows Server 2008 x86. There is not 64-bit support as of yet. However if you read the fine print under Additional Information, products that have passed SVVP requirements for Windows Server 2008 are considered supported on Windows Server 2000 SP4 and Windows Server 2003 SP2 and later. Good news.

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Brought to my eyes by Paul Robichaux and written by Jason Sherry this script will capture a plethora of useful Exchange data. Very helpful for planning an upgrade strategy or if you just want to know how your current Exchange environment is running. To get the most accurate and useful data Jason recommends running the script as a scheduled task every day for three days.

The script will capture the following by default:

  1. Exchange server in the forest

  2. Version of all servers

  3. Current size of all EDB and STM files, per storage group (SG)

  4. Total mailbox size per SG

  5. Total item count per SG

  6. Current number of TLOGs sitting in the log directory for each SG

  7. Total size difference based on mailbox size per SG from the last run

  8. Total item count difference per SG from the last run

  9. Mailbox count difference per SG from the last run

  10. Size of each StoreDB EDB & STM, only collected on 1st run by default

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Overview

This download contains the PBX configuration note (preview) for Microsoft Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging with:

  • PBX Vendor: Avaya
  • PBX model: Communication Manager 5.0
  • PBX software: Build 731.2 (R014x.00.1.731.2)
  • Protocol: Direct SIP Connection

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Overview

This download contains the PBX configuration note (preview) for Microsoft Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging with:

  • PBX Vendor: Cisco
  • PBX model: Call Manager 5.1
  • PBX software: 5.1.0.9921-12
  • Protocol: Direct SIP Connection
  • Also applicable to Cisco Unified Communications Manager 6.0

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