Below are the TechEd Australia 2011 videos about various Exchange 2010 components and I would definitely recommend watching them.
- Upgrading to Exchange 2010: Notes from Field – In this session Sofiane and Colin will provide notes from the field as they take you on a journey to upgrading your legacy Exchange environment. They will highlight the best practices you should consider as you plan your upgrade from Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, as well as touch on migrating from alternative messaging platforms. Sofiane and Colin will cover the gotchas and pitfalls you are likely to encounter, and follow through with tips and tricks that experienced ITPros leveraged on a regular basis. Additionally they will look at some of the recommended tools, such as the Exchange Deployment Assistant, that will ensure you have a smooth upgrade to the latest version of Exchange.
- Converged Exchange: A Blueprint for 2010 deployment – With the myriad of new capabilities in Exchange 2010, organisations are looking to their solutions providers to help them not only deploy the new platform but help them manage it. In this presentation, Tim Jones investigates the challenges faced with moving to 2010, migration options, configuration of Disk Access Groups and archiving solutions. He also discusses how Microsoft and Hitachi Data Systems joint reference architecture delivers Exchange 2010 as a “converged solution in a rack”.
- Exchange Virtualisation – Is it right for you? – Many production Exchange Server deployments are virtualized. This is to achieve better hardware utilisation, provide operational flexibility or align with data centre deployment standards. As a business critical server application, it’s important to understand the implications of virtualising Exchange Server and ensure that deployments are aligned to Microsoft’s best practices and meet the ever changing business demands of a modern messaging service. This breakout session will cover what has been learned about the best ways to deploy Exchange Server in a virtual environment, the various virtualisation technologies that can impact Exchange Server user experience, and scenarios where virtualisation may not be the best choice. Also the differences between Exchange Server native data protection and the high availability and failover features offered by virtualisation stacks will be examined to help you make informed design decisions.
- Load Balancing with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 – Understand the Exchange 2010 requirements for load balancing. Review the pros and cons of current hardware-based load balancing solutions. Discuss the nuances of high-end/high-scale load balancing and the impact to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.
- Exchange Server 2010: High Availability Deep Dive – Go beyond the basics of Exchange High Availability and learn what’s really going on under the hood in an Exchange 2010 database availability group (DAG). This session covers the inner workings of DAGs, including a deep dive discussion on how DAGs rely on quorum and how the DAG witness and witness server are used. You’ll also gain a solid understanding of the inner workings of Active Manager and its best copy selection process.
- Exchange Server 2010: High Availability Concepts – This session covers the basics of the new technologies, concepts, terms and methods used to plan, design, manage and troubleshoot Exchange high availability. Learn how settings like AutoDatabaseMountDial and Activation Preference work. Get an understanding of the basic functions of Active Manager, learn the difference between the Witness Server and the Alternate Witness Server, and more!
- Microsoft Office 365: From Simple Migration to a Hybrid Environment – Whether you’re looking to migrate all of your mailboxes to the cloud or planning to run a hybrid environment then this is the session for you. This presentation will cover how and when to take advantage of Simple Exchange Migration which supports migrating existing Exchange on-premise customers who want to move all of their mailboxes to the cloud with full data fidelity. You will also learn how rolling out an Exchange 2010 server in your current Exchange environment prepares you for seamless integration with Exchange Online. Whether you are piloting a few users or moving a large part of your workforce to the cloud, we give you the technical details on Exchange-to-cloud integration that you need to be successful.