Over the course of deploying Exchange 2010 at clients, numerous discussions have occurred on the topic of securely deploying Outlook Anywhere externally.  Many security teams are concerned that anyone with an ID and Password could install Outlook on a non-secure machine and connect to OA.  Unfortunately RSA doesn’t provide a two factor authentication add-on for Outlook (that I know of) and the only other solutions for securing a deployment of external OA involves using a 3rd party like Deepnet or going with Direct Access using UAG (which has some very steep requirements).

The good news, the MS Exchange team has just released a new whitepaper that attempts to address this very common issue with Outlook Anywhere.  Also included is a new whitepaper on securing Exchange ActiveSync with Certificates. 

Read of for further details…

http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/12/06/457128.aspx

Click here to directly download the whitepapers…

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Update 4/25/2011: Updated formula to reflect new guidance from MS.  Added reference link for formula guidance from MS.

Determining the megacycles per core value of your Exchange Mailbox server platform is more of an art than a science.  Though Microsoft provides instructions on how to do this, I thought they could use some massaging to make them more user friendly.  To determine the megacycles per core value of your chosen server platform follow the steps below.
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Below you’ll find a few useful links to automating the installation of prerequisites and rollups for Exchange 2010.  There are a couple different flavors.  I encourage you to try them out for yourselves and let me know which one you like better and why.

Other useful links…

  • For a detailed listing of prerequisites for Exchange 2010 follow this link…
  • For a nice list of useful Exchange 2010 tools follow this link…
  • To download the offline Exchange help file for easy reference click here…
  • For information on the Office 2010 Filter Pack for Exchange click here…
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While recently attending TEC2010 in Los Angeles, I was asked what do I think of deploying Exchange 2010 using JBOD and why do I need to use network attached storage?  After discussing the topic in length with both attendees and presenters it became clear that there was a misunderstanding of what JBOD means for Exchange 2010.  Simply put, JBOD means that you will not be using the native RAID features of your storage platform and instead rely on Exchange 2010 to manage individual database protection.  Ergo, one database and log set per disk.  With JBOD, a disk failure equals a database failover which equals a reseed. [read more…]

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