A joint Microsoft and EMC event I’m speaking at.



Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 briefing with Microsoft and EMC Consulting

Date: 18th November


Access to information, timely communications between colleagues and customers and the Global economy are all factors that we need to consider in this New World of Work.

EMC Consulting and Microsoft UK will brief you on how Microsoft Unified Communications can help you embrace this opportunity – taking advantage of the efficiencies of an always on always connected environment, reducing overheads on travel, telecommunication and IT costs.

At this event you will learn how EMC Consulting, coupled with EMC’s proven solutions for Microsoft Exchange, can help you implement Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 within in your organisation with a proven, secure and scalable architecture. The EMC Consulting approach can accelerate deployment, whilst minimising end user disruption during the migration, enabling you to quickly realise the benefits of new innovations in email, messaging, conferencing & calendaring and how to take advantage of the substantial cost savings from software-powered voicemail. An effective implementation of a Unified Messaging solution can deliver cost reductions of up to 40% and a significantly better user experience for your customers.

Register your attendance for this event by registering online or calling Nick Rodwell on +44 (0) 1256 881100.


8:45 am

Registration & Coffee

9:15 am

Welcome & Introduction (Microsoft/EMC)

9:30 am

Introducing the New Efficiency (Microsoft)
An Overview of Exchange 2010 and UC

11:30 am


11:45 am

EMC’s Capabilities for Exchange 2010
Proven Solutions and Consulting Services

1:15 pm

Close (Microsoft/EMC)

1:45 pm




Date: 18th November
EMC Manchester
Computer Systems UK
First Floor
Enterprise Point
Altrincham Road
M22 9AF

Featured Speakers

Mike Kiersey (EMC Consulting)
EMEA Practice Manager
Nathan Winters (Microsoft)
Technical Specialist
(Unified Comms)

Answering questions.
Delivering results.
Realizing ambitions.


Friday Tips and Links #2

So much for weekly Friday posts! It’s only been, well ages since the last one.

Anyhow, here are a few more short snippets that might be useful.


1. OCS 2007 R2 has the capability to do Hi-Def video however, it only works with a Quad core machine. Thankfully there is something you can try if you have a high powered machine with only two cores.

Create the following:





2. As with Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 allows for a trial install to be carried out without the need for license keys. It turns out that this trial doesn’t expire.

No loss of functionality will occur when the Trial Edition expires, so you can maintain lab, demo, training, and other non-production environments beyond 120 days without having to reinstall the Trial Edition of Exchange 2010.



3. One final one, although there will be a solution to use Outlook 2007 with Exchange 2010 SP1 archiving, the required patch isn’t out yet.

Webinar Recording and Slides from MMMUG Exchange 2010 SP1 events

In the last few weeks MMMUG has delivered a couple of Exchange 2010 SP1 events.

The first was with Microsoft as posted here:


And the second was MMMUGs re-launch event as listed here:



Well the slides and webinar recordings from the first event are available on the MMMUG site here:



The slides from Jaap Wesselius from the in person MMMUG event are here:



Hope they are useful.



Installing the prerequisites for Exchange 2010 SP1 UM role – can’t install UCMA

Just a quick tip, as this seems to have caught a few people out (including me!)

When installing Exchange 2010 SP1 UM role there is the need to install the UCMA 2.0 Runtime which can be downloaded from the Microsoft site using the link below:


So when the software downloads, you double click the MSI and install it. What is perhaps not so obvious, is that you haven’t actually installed anything yet! You have only copied the files to the location specified which in my case was:

C:\Microsoft UCMA 2.0 Runtime Installer Package\amd64

So at that point you need to run the SetupUcmaRuntime application in that folder to actually install UCMA, at which point Exchange setup will find the prerequisites and let you install the Exchange UM role!

Hope that helps!



Exchange 2010 SP1 webinar – Thursday 10th June 2010 with Microsoft UK and MMMUG

As you may be aware – Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 is being released shortly and Microsoft’s Brett Johnson, Steve Tassell and Leigh Smith and I will be delivering a LiveMeeting on the 10th of June from 9.30 am to 11:00 am to explain in detail the fixes and enhancements that it contains.

The LiveMeeting’s agenda is as follows:

• Reminder of the Exchange 2010 core tenets
  • An update on where Microsoft is with Exchange Online
  • Introduction to the Feature Enhancements of Exchange 2010 SP1 such as;
    o The New Exchange Control Panel Management UI
    o Improved High Availability and Disaster Recovery functionality
    o Improved Outlook Web App UI and Performance
    o Better Mobile Device Experience
    o New Information Protection and Control
      ? Personal Archive Enhancements
      ? Retention Policy Management Enhancements
      ? Multi-Mailbox Search Enhancements
• Demo and Deep Dive
    o Having given a broad outline of the new features we will demo some of the most visible, including;
      ? New OWA,
      ? Exchange Control Panel
      ? Key Information Protection and Compliance functions
• Questions & Answers

To log into the event – click on the following url….


We encourage you all to join this meeting as it will be useful to anyone who looks after Exchange Servers of whatever variety – even if you’re not currently using Exchange 2010.

Exchange 2010 SP1 announced!

At this stage another short post!

But as soon as bits are available I will get something longer up here.

Microsoft have again improved Exchange with the announcement of SP1.

As regular readers will know I’ve been working on Information Protection and Compliance with Exchange 2010 recently for a presentation at UK TechDays next week. Well there are loads of changes in those areas!

As is so often the case with the Exchange product group Microsoft have really listened to feedback and implemented things like being able to split the user archive off into a separate database. You can also import mail directly into Exchange with server side admin lead tools rather than relying on users to move mail into their archive. I personally will be interested to see whether you can import directly to the archive!

Another nice addition is being able to create Retention tags, (and hopefully policies) directly in the GUI rather than only through PowerShell.

One of the biggest deals for many is that the Personal archive can be used from Outlook 2007 which will remove a massive blocker for deployment as companies are often much slower to upgrade their Office suite than their mail system.

Alongside all the above there are numerous improvements to OWA to speed up use and move it even closer to being a very capable replacement for Outlook in many situations.

For more info see the announcement on the Exchange team blog.