Exchange 2010 MP is now updated

Some of you have waited for a while, but now the wait is over. Today Microsoft released an updated version of the Exchange 2010 MP (version 14.02.0071.0) that supports Exchange 2010 SP1. The updated is pretty big and includes both fixes and new functions.

Below is from the Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack Guide

What’s New

The Exchange 2010 Management Pack includes features that weren’t included in the Exchange 2007 Management Pack. The following are some of the features that were added in the RTM version of the Exchange 2010 Management Pack:

·      Alert correlation   By maintaining the health model in memory, and processing state change events, the Exchange 2010 Management Pack determines when to raise an alert based on the state of the system.

·      Alert classification   The Exchange 2010 Management Pack uses the following alert categories to classify alerts: Key Health Indicator (KHI), Non-Service Impacting (NSI), and Forensic.

·      Mail flow statistics reporting   Hourly and daily e-mail transaction statistics are collected by using message tracking log data.

·      Service-oriented reporting   Uptime is reported based on the uptime of the application, service, and feature uptime rather than on server uptime.

·      Exchange-aware availability modeling   Client availability uptime is measured for each type of Exchange client, based on test user transactions.

Changes in This Update

The Exchange 2010 SP1 version of the Exchange 2010 Management Pack includes significant improvements beyond those included in the RTM version of the Exchange 2010 Management Pack. The following list includes some of the new features and updates:

·      Capacity planning and performance reports   New reports dig deep into the performance of individual servers and provide detailed information about how much capacity is used in each site.

·      SMTP and remote PowerShell availability report   The management pack now includes two new availability reports for SMTP client connections and management end points.

·      New Test-SMTPConnectivity synthetic transaction   In addition to the inbound mail connectivity tasks for protocols such as Outlook Web App, Outlook, IMAP, POP, and Exchange ActiveSync, the Management Pack now includes SMTP-connectivity monitoring for outbound mail from IMAP and POP clients. For information about how to enable this feature, see .

·      New Test-ECPConnectivity view   Views for the Exchange Control Panel test task are now included in the monitoring tree.

·      Cross-premises mail flow monitoring and reporting   The Management Pack includes new mail flow monitoring and reporting capabilities for customers who use our hosted service.

·      Improved Content Indexing and Mailbox Disk Space monitoring   New scripts have been created to better monitor context indexing and mailbox disk space. These new scripts enable automatic repair of indexes and more accurately report of disk space issues.

·      The ability to disable Automatic Alert Resolution in environments that include OpsMgr connectors   When you disable Automatic Alert Resolution, the Correlation Engine won’t automatically resolve alerts. This lets you use your support ticketing system to manage your environment. For information about how to disable this feature, see .

·      Several other updates and improvements were also added to this version of the Management Pack, including the following.

·      Suppression of alerts when the alerts only occur occasionally was added to many monitors.

·      Most of the event monitors in the Exchange 2010 Management Pack are automatically reset by the Correlation Engine. Automatic reset was added to those event monitors so that issues aren’t missed the next time they occur. For a list of the event monitors that are not reset automatically, see .

·      Monitoring was added for processes that crash repeatedly.

·      Additional performance monitoring was added for Outlook Web App.

·      Monitoring of Active Directory access was improved.

·      Monitoring of anonymous calendar sharing was added.

·      Reliability of database offline alerts was improved.

·      Monitoring for the database engine (ESE) was added.

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Exchange 2010 RC is now available for download

Today Microsoft released the release candidate for Exchange 2010. In the text from the Exchange team blog, they writes that this will be upgradeable to RTM.

More information about the Exchange 2010

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If you download and install it, you can also test the new Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server Release Candidate (this one works with both Exchange 2007 and 2010).

Download Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server Release Candidate

 

As for monitoring the Exchange 2010, I haven’t seen any public version of the Exchange 2010 management pack.

Update – You can download the Exchange 2010 beta MP from Microsoft Download. Note that this MP install some bits on the RMS.

Download Exchange 2010 Beta MP from Microsoft

System Center Capacity Planner 2007 is released

The new version of System Center Capacity planner is now released, and it’s a free dowload. New feature in this release are:
*Application model for Exchange Server 2007
*Extensibility with new models from Microsoft, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. A model for System Center Operations Manager 2007 will be available soon.
*New, more powerful deployment wizards deliver unprecedented ease of use
*Support for 64-bit processor architectures
*Comprehensive reporting of disk IO and storage utilizations
*Increased flexibility in customizing server usage profiles

Download SCCP 2007 here!

Exchange 2007 SP1 is released

The long awaiting service pack for Exchange 2007 is now released. Apart from all fixes that has been released since RTM, it  contain a lot of new features:

  • Standby Continuous Replication (SCR)

  • Additional Exchange ActiveSync policies

  • Enhanced security

  • Forefront support

  • Enhancements to Outlook Web Access

  • Enhanced integration with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

  • Improvements to unified messaging

  • Support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

  • Increased administrator productivity.

  • Platform extensibility

 

For more information about the features, read the SP1 Feature list document

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How do you document your Active Directory and Exchange environment

Have you ever wanted to document your Active Directory and Exchange Environment? A couple of years ago, you could use Visio 2000 to do just this. The problem is that Microsoft removed that function from newer versions of Visio. Today I found a new cool application from Microsoft (and it’s free) that fixes this problem. You install the application and select what you want to document (see print screens below). When you have done your selections, just click “Draw” and it will create Visio document.

 

 

Download The Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer from Microsoft 

 

Brief Description

The Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer reads an Active Directory configuration using ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), and then automatically generates a Visio diagram of your Active Directory and /or your Exchange 200x Server topology. The diagrams include domains, sites, servers, administrative groups, routing groups and connectors and can be changed manually in Visio if needed.