The Experts Conference 2010

The Experts Conference 2010 will take place in Los Angeles between 25 and 28 of April.

Here’s the list of the sessions that will be offered at The Experts Conference for Exchange 2010:

Keynote: Exchange 2010 Enterprise Deployment and Architecture at Microsoft
Speaker: Konstantin Ryvkin
In the last several years the evolution of enterprise e-mail software and systems has taken a giant leap forward – not only in user facing features, but also in the core elements of messaging infrastructure, deployment, scalability and operations.  This is especially true for Exchange 2010, which opens new capabilities in nearly every area  — from cost effective e-mail storage designs and disaster recovery options through scalable client connectivity and integration with cloud based services.  All these new capabilities can be best observed on the example of one of the world’s largest Exchange 2010 enterprise deployments – Microsoft’s own. This keynote will provide an overview and a series of deep dives into the most interesting aspects of Exchange 2010 enterprise deployment and architecture at Microsoft.  Come and join this session for a discussion around challenges, implemented solutions, best practices and lessons learned during the design and transition of the nearly 200,000 seat Microsoft’s messaging environment to Exchange 2010. Topics include: Exchange storage selection and design, disaster recovery solutions, scaling client access services, integrating with hosted e-mail services and many more.

NDA Session:  Exchange “15″ Requirements Gathering
Speaker: Karl Bystrom

Are you passionate about influencing the next wave of Exchange Server? As Exchange evolves, in addition to continuing to improve the features, Microsoft also continues to refine the management experience. This session will discuss some of the early themes for the design of the next versions of Exchange management and end user experience. You’ll have an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions regarding tasks, priorities, and design directions. Note: Attendance in this session will require a signed NDA from each delegate; the NDA form will be provided prior to the session.  Note: Attendance in this session will require a signed NDA from each delegate; the NDA form will be provided prior to the session.

NDA Session:  Exchange 2010 SP1  – Notes from the Field
Speaker: David Espinoza

Exchange 2010 was released to the public on Nov 9th 2009 and now with the new release of Service Pack 1, you will want to find out what is new and why it matters in the newest release of Exchange 2010. Not only will you find out what is new in Service Pack 1, you will also get a valuable perspective on this latest release — one that you will not find anywhere else.  Why?  Because you will hear from the perspective of a Technology Adopter Program (TAP) senior PM that help customers deploy tens of thousands of mailboxes into production while the service pack was in its beta stage! Don’t miss out on the hard-won lessons of these early adopters that have already deployed Exchange 2010 SP1. Dig in and discover not only what’s new in SP1, but how to put the new reliability, scalability, and security enhancements in Exchange 2010 SP1 to work for you!  Note: Attendance in this session will require a signed NDA from each delegate; the NDA form will be provided prior to the session.

Exchange & Rights Management Services
Speaker: Ilse Van Criekinge

In this session you will see how you can secure your mail environment, by using the power of Rights Management Server (RMS). You will get an overview of RMS, and you will see what efforts have been done to integrate it in Exchange 2010 to allow you to offer a secure messaging environment.

Exchange On-premises or In the Cloud?
Speaker: Ilse Van Criekinge

In this session you will be provided with an overview of what differences you need to keep in mind when deciding to go on-premise or in-the-cloud with your messaging environment.

Exchange Server 2010 – Architecture
Scott Schnoll

This session describes the overall architecture of Exchange Server 2010 and key considerations for the scalability and performance of each server role. This session provides the background and framework for the other Exchange 2010 sessions, serving as a bridge between the overview session and drill-downs in each product area.

Exchange Server 2010 – Backup & Recovery Using VSS
Juergen Hasslauer

Microsoft deemphasized the streaming backup API with Exchange Server 2007. With Exchange Server 2010 you have to use Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) because the streaming API is deprecated. In this session we will explain the architecture of VSS and provide an overview how the VSS components interact during a backup / restore of an Exchange database. You will learn what you have to consider during your storage design. Should I use a hardware provider or a software provider solution? What tools are available to troubleshoot VSS? These are the questions we will discuss in the session. This will help you to better plan your backup infrastructure and understand what happens in the background during a backup / restore of an Exchange database.

Exchange Server 2010: Design Validation using Jetstress & LoadGen
Juergen Hasslauer

You finished the design concept of your new Exchange Server environment. Are you confident that it will fulfill the requirements of your users? Are you sure that the latency of the storage subsystem is within the supportability boundaries defined by Microsoft? How can you verify if your Client Access Server is able to handle the predicted number of concurrent connections from your mobile workforce using Outlook Web Access and Outlook Anywhere? We will discuss how you can use Jetstress to test your storage subsystem. You will learn how to use LoadGen to simulate users accessing the Exchange environment with different protocols. This will enable you to validate your design and be confident that you identify issues before you move the Exchange environment to production.

Exchange Server 2010: Mailbox Replication Service: The Robot Who Makes Mailbox Migrations Less Painful
Dmitri Gavrillov

This talk will concentrate on the Mailbox Replication Service (MRS), a new agent in E2010, responsible for performing mailbox moves asynchronously and reliably. It will examine such topics as online mailbox moves, automatic error recovery, distributed throttling, and controlling MRS with *-MoveRequest cmdlets. We will also discuss cross-org migrations, both Remote through MRSProxy webservice and RemoteLegacy through LDAP and MAPI. We will talk about cross-org move prerequisites and how to avoid deploying GalSync.

Exchange Web Services (EWS) in PowerShell
Speaker: Michael B. Smith

Exchange Web Services (EWS) is the only approved solution for accessing Exchange data using managed languages (e.g., C#). The original release was difficult to work with, because each developer or script writer was required to write their own XML class factory. With Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 sp2, Microsoft released the EWS managed API which makes EWS easily accessible and usable within PowerShell (and, of course, any other solution based on the .NET CLR). In this session, you’ll learn how to use the EWS Managed API and perform several common tasks; including sending e-mail, iterating through a mailbox, and a few other things that the Exchange administrator often needs to do. Come join for this fun and fast-paced session. PowerShell knowledge is assumed!

High Availability in Exchange Server 2010
Scott Schnoll

Welcome to the future! The future of Exchange high availability, that is. In this session, we reveal the changes and improvements to the built-in high availability platform in Exchange Server 2010. Exchange 2010 includes a unified framework for high availability and disaster recovery that is quick to deploy and easy to manage. Learn about all of the new features in Exchange 2010 that make it the most resilient, highly available version of Exchange ever.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 – Integration with the Cisco Telephony platform – Notes from the Field
Anthony Vitnell

To achieve Unified Communications with Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Cisco Unified Communications Manager produces countless integration scenarios that each provide different capabilities and benefits. Achieving telephony integration with Cisco Unified CallManager is a complex task, dependent on the versions implemented and additional Cisco/ 3rd party software is often required. We will walk you through what level of integration can be achieved for each version of Cisco Unified CallManager, discuss the configuration requirements, and creative strategies to remove some of the limitations with older versions. This session will provide you with the information to determine the appropriate solution for your organization, and successfully integrate Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with your Cisco Telephony environment.

Site Resilience in Exchange Server 2010
Scott Schnoll

Are you or your customers interested in multi-datacenter site resilience but aren’t clear about how Exchange 2010 provides it? Are you interested in understanding everything that has to be done and that happens when you activate a standby site and failback? This is your opportunity to get the deep dive on site resilience deployments and activation.

Storage in Exchange Server 2010
Scott Schnoll

Exchange Server 2010 carries on the tradition begun in Exchange Server 2007 of dramatically reducing mailbox storage costs. Come and learn how we’ve enabled new levels of storage flexibility in Exchange Server 2010, and find out the technical details that will help you select the right storage for your Exchange Server 2010 environment.

The Microsoft UC Voice Story
Speaker: Lee Mackey
Now that MSFT has entered the voice world, how does a MSFT administrator begin on their UC Journey?  What are the questions that you need to know, and how do you successfully win over the Telephony and Security groups?  What are the questions to ask to have a successful deployment for Voice, and how do you tie MSFT UC into all of the Voice pieces you may or may not have in your company?  This session will get you started on that UC Voice journey and get you armed with the right questions for success.

OCS 2007 R2 Deployments – Notes from the Field
Speaker: Anthony Vitnell
Dimension Data began deploying Office Communications Server 2007 in live internal and customer environments long before the final RTM versions where available. This presentation covers Dimension Data lessons learned and deployment notes from the field that have been developed from deployments to over 800,000 seats of OCS 2007/R2 including disaster recovery and availability scenario’s, telephony integration requirements, network planning and sizing just to name a few. This must see session will provide you with the information that Dimension Data brings to each implementation of OCS 2007 R2.

The OCS R2 UC Device Story
Speaker: Lee Mackey
This session will cover all of the UC devices from Microsoft, Jabra, Polycom, LG Nortel, and others that are used today for OCS and Exchange. The session will go over the different scenarios where they are best deployed, as well as walking through configurations for users. It’s critical to understand how UC devices can help you as an administrator in a UC deployment as well as save money and win over end users.  Why buy a desk phone when you don’t need one.  We’ll also be covering new devices from a number of new vendors as well as showing demos of the hardware in action.  This will help you as a Microsoft OCS Admin to determine how to size and select the devices your different end users will need.

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