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Popular software company BakBone has announced Exchange Server 2010 support for their Netvault: FASTRecover suite of programs. The suite, as indicated, offers fast and reliable recovery of data and applications. And now it’s available for Exchange 2010!

This program is mostly known for one thing, speed. The tech involved promises to recover your important data and files in as little as thirty seconds. This is a timeframe the competition simply can’t abide. Let’s here what the company has to say for themselves:

Mark LeBlanc, Network Specialist, Edmonton Public Library: “Our heterogeneous IT environment needed a solution that would be easy to implement with our different servers. NetVault: FASTRecover offered several features that other solutions did not offer: a Web-based application, easy-to-use interface and fast recovery.”

Robert Amatruda, research director, data protection and recovery, IDC: “We expect FASTRecover with its remote office recovery capability will appeal to many of BakBone’s existing customers and make it more attractive to new customers looking for real-time recovery of remote applications. Additionally, providing its large installed base of over 15,000 customers with simultaneous remote replication and failover to physical and virtual machines are must-haves for any customer evaluating data protection solutions. Moreover, we expect that customers will value the ability to deploy distributed application availability in their existing infrastructure.” (1)

Dan Woodward, senior vice president of Product Delivery, BakBone: “We are committed to helping our customers fully leverage their Exchange 2010 environments with exceptional levels of business continuity. BakBone’s portfolio of data protection solutions for Exchange helps organizations meet recovery requirements for their applications and emails in a simple and cost-effective manner. Customers with very aggressive and unforgiving recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) requirements can take full advantage of 30-second application and data recovery with NetVault: FASTRecover’s Virtual On-Demand Recovery technology.”


There is a new tutorial site on the block: TechTutorials offers around 5,000 detailed and free tutorials on a variety of techy subject matters. However, tutorials on Basic or Linux hold no water in this forum, what about Exchange Server 2010?

Don’t worry. The king of all email servers is well represented here, at last count having dozens of tutorials to peruse at your convenience. The tutorials are free, easy to read and detailed. The company says they are hard at work on video tutorials but thus far it’s only text. Take a gander and learn something.


Big news everybody! The BETA version of the Exchange UM 2010 troubleshooting tool is now available from Microsoft Download Center. Download the tool and let the team know your thoughts so they can draft that into the final version, which should come later this year. Here is what the team has to say about the release:

“The UM troubleshooting tool is a diagnostic cmdlet which helps Exchange UM administrators to identify misconfigurations in telephony equipment and Exchange 2010 SP1 Unified Messaging settings. It emulates calls and runs a series of diagnostic tests, stating the reason and possible solutions for issues that have been detected. This is the tool you should use whenever someone in your organization complains: “My voice mail is not working!”.


ENow has released Feature Pack 2 for their popular Mailscape mail server program. This new feature pack includes functionality to help their users migrate to Exchange Server 2010. Here is what the company has to say:

“The design goals behind the latest version of Mailscape were strategically aligned with the challenges organizations face today,” commented Jay Paul Gundotra, Principal Architect of ENow. “Transitioning to a new messaging platform is an inherently risky process. Mailscape reduces the risk of data loss and service interruption by monitoring both the source and target systems, ensuring a successful upgrade. Another big challenge for companies is dealing with the ever-increasing number of mobile devices they must support. These devices pose a security threat if not properly managed. Our new mobile reports make it easier to keep track of what types of devices are connected to your network.”

The feature pack is available now and also includes a suite of other improvements, including dashboard enhancements, new statistical overlays and more.


White papers are, basically, reports or guides that detail how to do something that are supposedly written by professionals in said field. This one absolutely fits the bill. Microsoft, not Bill Gates, drafted this new white paper up. It’s titled “Publishing Exchange Server 2010 with Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 and Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010″ and it does just that. Microsoft has this to say:

“This white paper provides information about publishing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 using Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 and Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010, including how to choose between them for different scenarios, and provides specific steps you can take to configure Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG to publish Exchange 2010.”

The guide is available now. Get it here.


Recovering lost files and emails on Exchange Server 2010 just got a whole lot easier. Recoveronix, makers of the hit software suite Officerecovery, has announced support for Exchange Server 2010.

The program has been noted with saving masses and masses of emails and files in the past years using past versions of Exchange. Finally, 2010 users get to benefit.

A  new flexible means for data recovery has been added to the traditional UI here. It’s called “Data Browser” and comes standard with the new releases of Recovery for Exchange Server.

The program has also added the ability to extract lost emails even before the search is done. This is going to be a boon for admins who, you know, have a life. That should be all of us, right? Here is what the company has to say for itself:

“Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 should be done with a disaster recovery plan in mind. The newest release Recovery for Exchange Server is an essential part of it, natively supporting the format and recovering lost email quickly even in a post-disaster environment” says Emil Sildos, Recoveronix CEO.

The program starts at $799.00. Click here for more information.

global knowledge

Want to get into Exchange 2010 shape but feeling too lazy? Then sign up for Global Knowledge’s recently announced boot camp. The “drill instructors” will get you battle-ready in no time.

The goal with these programs is certification. So don’t expect this to be a cake walk. There will be tests, quizzes and all kinds of other things that made you groan as a kid. Students that do well will earn the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010 certification.

Along with covering advanced Exchange Server 2010 topics, students will also learn to.

- Deploy, maintain, and secure Exchange Server 2010
- Configure mailbox servers
- Manage recipient objects, client access, and message transport
- Implement messaging security, high availability, and backup and recovery
- Configure messaging policy and compliance
- Upgrade from Exchange Server 2003 or Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2010

The boot camps can be attended in-person at the company’s various sites or online. Check the available classes here.

quest software

Quest Software, Inc. announced today the keynote lineup to their upcoming The Experts Conference(TEC) Europe 2010. The conference will take place in Dusseldorf, Germany on Oct. 4-6 at the InterContinental Dusseldorf. Registration is now open to the public. Here is what is going to go down.

Basically, the event is one large 400 level training course featuring live tutorials by some of the best and brightest in the business.  Here are some of the keynotes you can expect straight from the horse’s mouth.

– TEC for Directory & Identity will open Oct. 4 with a look at the future of Microsoft’s key directory and identity technologies from Microsoft product leaders, led by Uday Hegde, principal group program manager, Directory Services; Dean Wells, senior program manager, Directory Services; and Fred Delombaerde, Forefront Identity Manager group program manager.

– Ross Smith IV, senior program manager for Exchange Server, will kick off TEC for Exchange with a look at “Paradigm Changes in Exchange Server 2010.” On day two, David Espinoza, senior program manager for Microsoft’s Exchange Ship Team, will examine what’s new and important in the latest release of Exchange 2010.

– TEC for SharePoint will open with a keynote from Microsoft MVP Ben Curry of Summit 7, who will lead a discussion about SharePoint Server 2010. Curry will present emerging best practices for SharePoint Server 2010 deployments, including insights on early deployments and farm topologies, and a drill-down into 2010 deployment and testing tools.”

There are also two hands-on pre conference work shops that will be covering “Best Practices for Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 PKI,” and “Masters of Disaster — Data Recovery in Active Directory.” Both seem very useful.

Register and check out what else to expect here.


As you know, Microsoft has released their tool designed to help Exchange Server 2010 customers streamline on-premise deployments. This is extremely helpful and has amassed gads of downloads. However, what do you do if English or one of the included languages is not your primary mode of speech? Well, Microsoft has got you covered. They recently released and update to said program that adds a host of new languages.

“The Deployment Assistant is available in Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and Spanish. This includes localized versions of the customized checklists that are available for download,” revealed Katie Kivett, PM - Microsoft Exchange Deployment Assistant, noted, highlighting the changes in the latest update released by the Redmond company.

This is great news for, well, other countries where Microsoft continues to dominate the market. Not that they don’t here, of course.


So you finally have Exchange Server 2010 set up and your office is running smoothly. Of course, thanks to dreaded Spam and virii, that can all come crashing down in an instant. How do you protect yourself and your company? Well, there are plenty of ways and plenty of tactics to keep your e-mail server virus free. Here are a few helpful links to get you on the right track. Heed the following advice and you’ll be using your copy of Exchange Server 2010 long after Exchange Server 2020 enters the world.

Click here for a post detailing various ideas for dealing with viruses.

Click here for a news feed giving you all the latest anti-spam and anti-virus news.

Click here for some test results regarding the just released new version of Forefront.

microsoft best practices

While this might not qualify as light summer reading, Microsoft Press’s newest book sure will help with that, um, summer working. It offers up the very best practices for use of Exchange Server 2010. Be warned, proper use of the techniques held in this book could send your business into the stratosphere.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Best Practices is available now and tackles a variety of subjects to help you get over some initial migration hurdles. It’s also good for folks completely new to Exchange. Here is a small sample to get you in the mood for learning:

Chapter 3  Exchange Environmental Considerations

This chapter describes all the basic components surrounding Exchange Server 2010 that need to be considered to plan a solid Exchange implementation. These components provide the basis to build Exchange on a solid foundation and to identify potential issues.

It provides a basis for other chapters in this book by describing some of the technologies that will be discussed later. For example, this chapter includes a discussion on namespace design as well as a review of certificate requirements, which are then taken to the next level in Chapter 4, “Client Access in Exchange 2010.” Of particular importance when using this book is the “Planning Naming Conventions” section, which explains the names that are used throughout the entire book.

Evaluating Network Topology

Evaluating the network topology through which Exchange Server 2010 will communicate is crucial during the Delivery Phase, Step 2: Assess, as described in Chapter 2, “Exchange Deployment Projects.” Often, making changes in the network infrastructure can take a considerable amount of time because the Exchange team isn’t necessarily responsible for making changes to the network, and communication and negotiation are often required before network changes can be made, especially in large organizations that support heterogeneous operating systems.

Identifying any required changes and making sure that the execution of the change can occur without any difficulties early in the design process can save time later when you are implementing Exchange Server 2010.

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