Dell advisor for Exchange Server 2010 and Office Communications Server Deployment

Dell has also released their advisor tool to help you with Exchange Server 2010 Deployments. You can find it here: http://advisors.dell.com/advisorweb/Advisor.aspx?advisor=b6372fc5-7556-4340-8328-b8a88e2e64b2-001ebc;4&c=us&l=en&cs=g_5

They have also released the Unified Communications Advisor tool which can be found here: http://advisors.dell.com/advisorweb/Advisor.aspx?advisor=79cbac64-08fc-4b3e-9fa4-d51e51cd635e-0077d7;3&c=us&l=en&cs=g_5

HP Sizer for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

HP has released a tool to help you plan an size for Exchange Server 2010. You can find the tool here: http://h71019.www7.hp.com/ActiveAnswers/us/en/sizers/microsoft-exchange-server-2010.html

Exchange Server Deployment Assistant

For all of you that didn’t know, there is a very good tool to help you on your way through the planning for the migration to Exchange Server 2010. The tool is called Exchange Server Deployment Assistant and it is a web-based guide that not only provides information on what you need to keep in mind when performing the migration, it also gives you a checklist covering all the required steps.

You can find it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exdeploy2010/default.aspx#Home, make sure that you check it out before migrating!

Change Receive and Send Connector Ports in Exchange 2007 and 2010

Receive Connectors

To list all Receive Connectors use the following syntax:

Get-ReceiveConnector | fl

First we need to add all the bindings we want into a variable. And to do that we need to know how bindings work. Bindings are built up in the following way:

<IP address>:<port number>

In this example, I will add 0.0.0.0:26 and ::::26.

0.0.0.0:26 means that the server will listen on port 26 for all IPv4 addresses. If I want to add a specific address I will enter that address instead of just zeros. This can be useful if the server has multiple NICs but you only want it to accept connections on one of them. For example, if the IP-address is 192.168.5.10, the binding would have been 192.168.5.10:26.

The same goes for goes for IPv6, :::26 tells the server to listen on port 26 for all IPv6 addresses. You can of course specify a IPv6 address as well.

So, to add the bindings to a variable use the following syntax:

$bindings = ‘<IPv6 address>’, ‘<IPv4 address>’

Then we can move on and add it to a specific Receive Connector by using the following syntax:

Set-ReceiveConnector -identity "<receive connector identity>" -Bindings $bindings

Example of final syntax:

$bindings = ‘:::26’, ‘0.0.0.0:26’
Set-ReceiveConnector -identity "EXLABB03\Default EXLABB03" -Bindings $bindings

 

Send Connectors

This is easier since we don’t have to specify bindings. We can just add a port with the –port parameter.

To list all Send Connectors use the following syntax:

Get-SendConnector | fl

To change the port parameter for a specific Send Connector use this syntax:

Set-SendConnector -Identity "<send connector identity>" -port 26

Example:

Set-SendConnector -Identity "Default Send Connector" -Port 26

 

Hope this works well for you, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop a comment here or contact me.

Blackberry support for Exchange Server 2010

I have a customer that uses Blackberry and today i got a question on the support for Exchange Server 2010. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 with Service Pack 1 and Maintenance Release 1 is certified for Exchange Server 2010 and there is also Support Services available.

The requirements are as follows:

  1. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 with Service Pack 1 and Maintenance Release 1
  2. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 updated with Roll Up 1
  3. Microsoft MAPI/CDO Download Package. Can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e17e7f31-079a-43a9-bff2-0a110307611e&displaylang=en

More information on this topic can be found here: http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/server/exchange/2010support.jsp

I do however, as usual, recommend all Blackberry users to quickly exchange their Blackberrys for devices that uses ActiveSync. But that’s just my personal opinion :)