The Experts Conference Europe 2010

The Experts Conference (TEC) Europe 2010 will take place in Dusseldorf, between 4 and 6 of October. TEC 2010 will bring a full agenda of Exchange training, staging the world’s leading authorities on Microsoft’s powerful messaging platform.

Here’s a list of the breakout sessions that are scheduled:

CAS Namespace Planning for Exchange Server 2010, Greg Taylor
This session will go into detail about the different namespaces you need to plan for, why it is critical to consider them before you start deploying, and how you should go about doing so. This will include certificate planning, understanding CAS to CAS proxying, discuss load balancing for different protocols, site resilience and failover and explain how these all play in to CAS namespace planning. The session will provide real world examples of how customers have done it and provide recommendations you can use when planning and configuring namespaces.

Exchange 2010 and Security FUD (AKA How to Stop the Security Guys From Taking All the Fun Out Of It), Greg Taylor
Many Exchange design projects are going great, testing looks good, and everyone is excited about all the new remote features and functionality Exchange can provide, and then the security folks take a look – and it all comes to a grinding halt. They start using phrases like “two Factor auth,” “Denial of Service,” requiring “managed machines” and insisting VPNs are required, and you don’t know what Exchange supports, what works and what does not. Until now…. Come and learn how to deal with the FUD surrounding publishing Exchange services out onto the Internet. Learn which risks and concerns are valid, and which are easily mitigated. Learn how to communicate with those security folks to help you both reach an understanding that allows your project to continue moving forward. In addition to understanding the reasons behind their objections, in this session we will discuss common Exchange publishing scenarios and show you how to take action to secure the devices, the clients, the network, the perimeter and Exchange itself, improve security and assurance all round, and make you look like a hero. Security is multilayered, like an onion, but it doesn’t have to make you cry.

Exchange On-premises or In the Cloud?, 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, Ross Smith IV
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.

Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) “Database Cache” (real name Buffer Manager), Brett Shirley
This session, led by the Microsoft developer for this component, will dive into a deep technical analysis of the ESE Buffer Manager (aka “The Database Cache”). We will cover all the basics of cache management in general terms: latch acquisition, faulting, eviction, sizing, and destaging (terms that will all make sense by the end of the talk!)  This is a complex subject so the content will be made more approachable via analogies — i.e., the Socratic method, contrasting to the OS Memory Manager (which is essentially the same thing), and low impact aerobics. This is not a talk for the shy. This IS a talk for those who want to know the most in-depth details about ESE ever made externally available outside of Microsoft.  While this will not require programming skills, having done some programming in something more sophisticated than batch is recommended.

Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) Database Corruptions (and what to do about them), Brett Shirley
Hardware sucks, you’re hosed!  Or are you?  Just kidding, you probably are.  In contrast to the useless talk on the ESE Buffer Manager, this talk will have a set of material / proscriptive steps and options for what to do in seemingly hopeless situations.  While this will be a talk in generic ESE terms, we will of course have a lot of specific scenarios for the critical databases in the Windows systems infrastructure: such as Certificate Authority (CA), WINS, DHCP, Active Directory, Exchange, and all the Windows Home/Pro databases (CatDB/CryptSvc, Windows Update, and Desktop Search).

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.

The Microsoft UC Voice Story, 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.

The OCS R2 UC Device Story, 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.

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, Ross Smith IV
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. This session focuses on how the storage architecture in Exchange Server 2010 has evolved and goes beyond the investments previously made to positively impact our customers.

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