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First look at Exchange 2010 Beta

Exchange 2010 beta has been released for several days and of course I have installed it myself. The coming weeks  I will publish several articles about the changes in Exchange 2010 Beta. Ofcourse it is a beta so it could be that some features will not be available in the final version.

In this article I will zoom in at the mailbox part and then specificly to the Exchange Management Console.

When you open the Exchange Management Console and go to mailbox via organizational configuration you will see the following tabs:

Mailbox tabs

You can see 2 news tabs here:

  • database management
  • database availability group

First database management, on this tab your can create a mailbox and enable a database copy. The greatest difference is that there are no storage groups anymore but only databases.

When getting the properties of the database you will see 4 tabs instead of 3. I think this is done because on specific tabs more information is displayed.

Mailbox database general tab

On the general tab you will see a few new fields:

  • mounted on server: here you can see on which mailbox server the database is mounted
  • master: this is the server which is master of the specific database
  • master type: this is the type of the server which is the master of the database
  • servers that have a copy of this database: this field will contain all servers that have a copy of the database

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The tab maintenance is a new tab compared with Exchange 2007. The fields displayed on this tab where previously displayed on the general tab. The only new field is circular logging, this was  displayed on Storage Group level in Exchange 2007.

On the two other tabs: Limits en Clients there has nothing been changed.

When you are searching for the option local continious replication you can spent a lot of time before finding it. LCR is not available anymore in Exchange 2010 just as almost every high availability options, these options have been replaced by a new option called:  Database Availability Group, this will be discussed later in this article.

Configuring the database copy is really easy and can be done fully via the EMC.

Mailbox database copy

Only a few fields need to be filled in:

  • the server which you would like to copy the database to, this can be only a server which is in the same DAG group as the master server.
  • replay lag time, the delay before the logs will be replayed on the other mailbox server
  • truncation lag time,  the delay before logs will be truncated on the other mailbox server
  • preferred list sequence number, the priority of the copy, this copy is used when the database needs to be activated on another mailbox server, for example when an other server needs to be activated because the master server went down.

When the datbase copy is configured you can view the status by getting the properties of the database in the lower part of the screen.

Mailbox database general tab

On the first tab you can easily see how many logs need to be copied/replayed, how many logs have been copied/replayed and what the curren priority is.When having a look at the status tab you can see several status messages of several items:

Mailbox database status tab

In Exchange 2007 this can only be done via Powershell, but now you can do it via the EMC. The button view is only active when failures happen during the copy of the database.

The second tab is called database availability group. This option makes it possible to copy a database to a maximum of 16 Exchange 2010 servers. The DAG monitor will keep an eye on database and if needed will perform an automatic database-level recovery of a database, server, or network issue. 

Before you can use the DAG functionality you will need to create a DAG group. This group contains all servers which will have a copy of the specific database

Database availability group

Configuring the DAG group goes really easy, a few fields need to be filled in:

  • database availability group name::name of the database availability group
  • file share witness share: name of the share that willbe created on the HUB server
  • file share witness directory: the name of the directory where the files need to be placed in
  • network encryption: when does traffic need to be encrypted
  • network compression: when does traffic need to be compressed

This is the end of the first article about Exchange 2010 beta.

Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 Beta 2

Trend Micro Internet Security 2008

This weekend I got an e-mail from Trend that there was a new build available. Yesterday I downloaded it and after removing the old build it started with installing. The only thing that needed to be changed was a registry key because else updating didn’t worked. Eventually they didn’t helped because auto updating didn’t worked very well. The new build contains fixes for issue that I had with the first build so that good, I had some problems with the SPAM engine which now are gone. No we have to wait till auto update works.

Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 BETA

Trend Micro Internet Security Beta

This weekend I did some BETA testing. This time for Trend Micro, they release a BETA version of the new Internet Security. The installation went OK it detected the current package and removed it. But then the problems started the update function didn’t worked but no reason was specified. The I ran a full scan, after 4 hour scanning I stopped it. You can’ see what is the progress in the program so very irritating. You can’t shutdown Windows normally because Trend has a buildin check to check if there is a scan running. So I need to hold the powerbutton to shutdown my machine. After a reboot I did a manual scan . Here you can see how long the program needs to complete the scan. The buildin SPAM filter implements itself in you e-mail client it looked good on first sight. After several minutes it gave an error and crashed. Yeah it could happen it’s a BETA but an other Trend Micro Service blocked Dr Watson so no crash info could be created this caused a loop. The only solution was swichting of the service and then force quit the SPAM service. So a lot os issues in the first BETA, Trend has to do a lot of work on it before it’s ready.

Trend Micro

Safari Beta 3.0.2 improved a lot

Safari

Today a new build is released of Safari for Windows. I don’t have found the issues that were in the previous builds so that’s nice. You can see that Apple wants to launche their browser a.s.a.p. On the website there’s a note that it contains both bug fixes and security fixes. We are going further testing Safari for bugs.

My experience with Safari Beta 3 for Windows

Safari 

Just back from holiday and saw the Beta for Safari 3 for Windows was released. I thought why not trying it, because I have worked with Apple before so I downloaded and installed it. The fun was for a short time, when pasting something in a field the browser crashed completely. I tried it on another machine but that didn’t solve the issue also. Surfing the internet works OK but it’s not faster what Apple claims. Plug-ins sich as Flash need to be installed manually and doesn’t go automatically. Also the browser has some issues with displaying links on pages which contain Java and PHP. I know we are talking about a Beta version so the final version would be better I guess.

My conclusion is that there is a lot of work to be done before the final version is ready.