Microsoft Ignite 2017: BRK3154 – The epic Exchange preferred architecture debate

What is the best, DAS or SAN? Are SSDs on the way in or are slow spindles here to stay? Should you give up and migrate to the cloud? What about virtualization? This session covers the various Exchange architectures that can be deployed on-premises and hybrid.

Announcements:

  • Exchange 2016 now supports up to 192GB of memory
  • Item Recovery Enhancements20170927_163343930_iOS

Sample questions:

  1. Should I follow the PA? Yes. If it is possible, follow the PA. This is the tested and best practices solution from Microsoft running in Exchange Online. This simplifies the operation process in case of outage, failures, etc.
  2. Should I deploy SSD? No. Jeff Guillet mentioned a good example for this. If you are using SSD’s for Exchange, it is like you are driving a Ferrari on a gravel road.
  3. Should I virtualize Exchange? Yes and no. Of course, you can virtualize Exchange. Be sure that you use the calculator for virtualization 1:1 as you would do it for physical servers. Physical servers are more easier to manage and deploy because virtualization needs some more things to do.
  4. What should I do if I plan to have a hybrid deployment with O365? Follow the same approach as you would do it for an on-premises environment. If all your mailboxes are migrated to Exchange Online, use a single Exchange server for recipient management purposes only.
  5. What size mailbox should I deploy? Are 1GB mailboxes valid anymore? You already get 25GB mailboxes for free today and simple JBOD storage is a very low cost factor.
  6. Third-party archiving solutions or keep in Exchange? The Microsoft perspective is that archive mailboxes should be retain in Exchange. In case of big mailboxes and Outlook OST slider, there is no reason to use archive mailboxes anymore. If you are having strict compliance regulations for archiving, you can use Exchange, Exchange Online, or of course third-party archiving solutions.

Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 12 (CU)

Microsoft released the quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013 – CU12, first CU for Exchange Server 2016 and updated UM Language Packs.

Exchange Server 2016 receives its first Cumulative Update, and Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 12 is also released. Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010 Update Rollups provide an updated OWA S/MIME control signed with a SHA-2 certificate. A complete list of customer reported issues resolved can be found in Knowledge Base Article KB3108023.

You can read the full blog post at the Exchange Team Blog.
Download Cumulative Update 12 for Exchange Server 2013

Download Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange Server 2016

Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 11 (CU)

Microsoft released the quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013 – CU11 and updated UM Language Packs.

Cumulative Update 11 contains the latest set of fixes and builds upon Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 10. The release includes fixes for customer reported issues, minor product enhancements and previously released security bulletins. A complete list of customer reported issues resolved can be found in Knowledge Base Article KB3099522.

You can read the full blog post at the Exchange Team Blog.
Download Cumulative Update 11 for Exchange Server 2013

Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 10 (CU)

Microsoft released the quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013 – CU10 and updated UM Language Packs.

The release includes fixes for customer reported issues, minor product enhancements and previously released security bulletins. A complete list of customer reported issues resolved can be found in Knowledge Base Article KB3078678.

Cumulative Update 10 is the minimum version of Exchange Server 2013 which will co-exist with Exchange Server 2016.

You can read the full blog post at the Exchange Team Blog.

Download Cumulative Update 10 for Exchange Server 2013

Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 9 (CU)

Microsoft released the quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013 – CU9 and updated UM Language Packs.

The release includes fixes for customer reported issues, minor product enhancements and previously released security bulletins. A complete list of customer reported issues resolved can be found in Knowledge Base Article KB3049849.

You can read the full blog post at the Exchange Team Blog.

Download Cumulative Update 9 for Exchange Server 2013

Support On-Premises Users Accessing Office 365 Site Mailboxes

Time after time, Microsoft decided to change their company presentation to “mobile first – cloud first”. There are currently many Office 365 features, which are reserved for cloud-only users, such as Delve (Office Graph), Groups, Sway, Yammer, etc. and there are no plans to make them for on-premise customers available. This depends, among other things, on the complex configuration and the customer needs; not all on-premise users will have Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync installed.

In this topic, I will discuss the possibility to connect an Exchange Hybrid deployment with Office 365 to use site mailboxes.

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Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 8 (CU)

Microsoft released the quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013 – CU8 and updated UM Language Packs. Cumulative Update 8 includes the following new features and improvements:

• Calendar and Contact Modern Public Folders favorites added in Outlook are now accessible in OWA

• Batch Migration of Public Folders to 2013 improves migration throughput and PF migration experience

• The number of supported Public Folders has increased once again for on-premises deployments (O365 limits remain the same)

• Migrating up to 500,000 public folders, a 200% increase from CU7

• Support up to 1,000,000 public folders, a 400% increase from CU7

• Smoother migration for EAS clients to Office 365 with automatic profile redirect upon successful Hybrid migration to Office 365 (EAS client must support HTTP 451 redirect)

You can read the full blog post at the Exchange Team Blog.

Download Cumulative Update 8 for Exchange Server 2013