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Exchange Connections

Exchange Connections is deliveed to you directly from Exchange MVPs and industry experts who will provide practical and insightful discussions about how Exchange works and, most importantly, where it doesn’t work so well.

Attend and you will get Exchange specific information covering:

  • On-premises Exchange
  • Hybrid deployments
  • Exchange Online
  • Future developments and integrations with SharePoint and Lync
  • And much more!

Real-world experience and expertise combine to deliver a unique learning opportunity that can only help you to plan, deploy, and manage infrastructures built around Exchange.


Session Description Speaker Format
From Zero to Hero: PowerShell for Exchange Server Boot Camp In this pre-conference workshop, you will learn how to be effective in the Exchange Management Shell (EMS), even if you have little to no PowerShell experience. The command syntax in PowerShell can be intimidating at first, but once you understand some simple core concepts, you can vastly maximize your efficiency. Learn the techniques used to automate routine tasks and solve common problems that Exchange administrators face on a regular basis. Finally discover how to deal with the common pitfalls and stumbling blocks that arise when working with EMS. When you walk away, you’ll be ready to automate tasks in your own Exchange environment, armed with clear code samples that provision multiple recipients, make changes in bulk, generate advanced reports, and much more. Don’t let point and click administration slow you down any longer. Mike Pfeiffer Workshop
Exchange Online: Real-World Migration Challenges and Solutions Make sure your migration to Exchange Online is a success. In this session, we will look at the options available when migrating, and we'll examine the technical challenges you'll need to overcome depending on which route you choose. Steve Goodman Session
Notes from the Field: Running a 500,000-Mailbox On-Premises Exchange Server Deployment Exchange has matured into a flexible, scalable, and reliable product. However, running it at scale isn't without challenges. Experts from HP's internal IT department will describe how they design, manage, and evolve a very large on-premises Exchange deployment of nearly 500,000 mailboxes. Challenges to be discussed include high availability, automation, integrating acquired companies, and management. Mike Ireland Session
Exchange Server 2013 Site Resiliency

In this session, we will discuss Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC) and how it's implemented to allow site-resilient Exchange 2013 solutions. This includes a review of the concepts surrounding DAC, the commandlets used during the site activation procedures, and the expected outcomes of these commandlets. We'll also review the Datacenter Switchover Troubleshooter available from Microsoft to assist administrators in developing a site-resilient activation plan.

Tim McMichael Session
Managed Availability: Ensuring the End User Experience In this session, we will explore the new managed availability features within Exchange Server 2013. We'll discuss the managed availability framework and how it's implemented. We'll also explore the concepts of probes, monitors, and responders to see how they work together within the managed availability framework to ensure the end user experience. Tim McMichael Session
Data Loss Prevention in the Real World Learn how you and your company can implement and use Data Loss Prevention (DLP) with Exchange Server 2013/Exchange Online to protect sensitive data. This session will explain the basics of DLP policies, implementation, and how to use the reporting and auditing features. We'll include DLP policy tips and tricks to ensure that you're truly enforcing against data loss and protecting your company's vital data. The goal of this session is to ensure that you and your company are ready to implement DLP. Learn why and how you need to include DLP in your Exchange 2013/Exchange Online implementation. Sean McNeill Session
Hybrid and SSO Deployment with the New Office 365 (Wave 15) Learn how to set up, configure, and manage a hybrid deployment with the new Office 365 Exchange Online (Wave 15). This session will cover identity federation, single sign-on (SSO), and creating a hybrid deployment with Exchange Online. Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Directory Synchronization (DirSync) deployment into your existing on-premises Exchange environment will be discussed and shown. Finally, the session will detail creating a hybrid deployment with your existing on-premises Exchange organization and Exchange Online. Sean McNeill Session
The Tao Of Exchange Server 2013 Sizing Exchange 2013 introduced some significant architectural changes from prior releases; as a result, the process for sizing an on-premises deployment has also changed. In this session, we will discuss both the art and the science behind properly sizing an Exchange 2013 deployment. The methods used to generate the official sizing guidelines will be explained, because the speaker was directly involved in this process. We will discuss what is included in the guidelines, and more importantly what is not included—because this is where the art comes into play. The latest official sizing calculator will be demonstrated, including an overview of changes since the 2010 version. Jeff Mealiffe Session
Virtualizing Exchange Server 2013: Why Not? The debate over whether to virtualize an Exchange deployment continues. In this session, we will cover the latest product group guidance as it relates to the Exchange 2013 release. We will also discuss how Exchange can take advantage of some of the newer features in current hypervisor products, as well as important pitfalls to look out for. Virtualizing Exchange can certainly work, but careful planning is required—particularly for large deployments. Jeff Mealiffe Session
Exchange Server 2013 Unified Messaging Deep Dive The architectural and feature changes in Exchange 2013 extend across all of the server roles from previous versions. The Unified Messaging (UM) role is gone, but its features live on. In this session, UM expert Paul Robichaux will guide you through the architectural changes that split UM functionality between the Mailbox and Client Access server roles, discuss feature improvements and changes in the 2013 version of UM, and highlight how to design a cost-effective and efficient UM system to get Exchange voicemail and telephone answering deployed for your users. Paul Robichaux Session
Better Together: Integrating Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013 Microsoft timed the release of Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, and SharePoint 2013 for the same time window, in large part because these products are more integrated with each other than previous versions have been. Lync and Exchange together offer a wealth of functionality, including instant messaging and presence integration inside Outlook Web App, high-resolution contact photos, and the new Unified Contact Store for consolidating Lync and Exchange contacts. In this session, we will explore the new features in Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013, see how they work separately, and dive into how they work better together. Paul Robichaux Session
Migrate to Modern Public Folders the Worry-Free Way Worried about migrating your legacy public folder environment to Exchange Server 2013 modern public folders? This session will give you the confidence to tackle even the largest migration—from planning and preparation through the migration itself, all the way to validation. Don't leave your migration to chance. John Rodriguez Session
Troubleshooting Modern Public Folders: A DIY Guide Exchange Server 2013's modern public folders represent a dramatic change in public folder architecture, and the old ways are gone. In this session, you'll come to know and love the new ways—even when things aren't going the way they should. Learn new concepts and techniques for troubleshooting, managing, and recovering public folders in every situation. John Rodriguez Session
Apples to Apples: Comparing Office 365 to the Competition We keep hearing about how fantastic Office 365 and Exchange Online are—but are they really? Do they suit everyone? In this session, we will uncover and explain the differences between the various hosted Exchange options and what they mean to customers in real-world deployments. Loryan Strant Session
How Does Microsoft Secure My Email with Office 365? This session explains in detail the lengths that Microsoft goes to in order to ensure that customers' emails are kept secure and private. We will review the physical and logical security measures taken, acts and regulations complied with, and overall privacy of Exchange Online. Loryan Strant Session
CAS 2013 – Why It Is 3 Better Than CAS 2010 and 6 Better Than 2007 Client Access Server (CAS) 2013 – it’s new and shiny, so it must be better at everything than every previous iteration of CAS, right? Well, it is. It simplifies proxy and redirection, it simplifies namespaces, it simplifies load balancing, it makes you coffee when you get to work and will never leave your high five hanging. Come to this session and learn more about why it is the best CAS so far and why you need to deploy it (not that you have a choice if you want Exchange 2013, but at least this session will make you feel excited about doing it). Greg Taylor Session
Building a Hybrid Configuration with Exchange Server 2013 in (Less Than) 75 Minutes The cloud, on your own terms! Whether you're looking for a flexible way of migrating email to the cloud, or possibly just thinking about running both Office 365 and Exchange 2013 side by side, hybrid is your answer! However, the road to get there can sometimes seem daunting. This session will teach you everything there is to know to successfully deploy Exchange 2013 in a hybrid configuration. During the session, we'll set up a hybrid configuration and we'll cover the various aspects of a hybrid environment, including how to prepare your environment, avoiding common mistakes, and pitfalls during and after setup. Michael Van Horenbeeck Session
How-to: Load Balancing Exchange Server 2013 Do you or do you not need load balancing in Exchange 2013? If you do, what are your options? In this session, we will discuss the different load balancing options and the caveats of each option. Some real-life examples and demos will help you determine which solution is right for you. Michael Van Horenbeeck Session
Exchange ActiveSync: Taming the Beast ActiveSync is the Exchange Server technology that keeps people connected. However, it's not without problems. In this session, find out how to better manage your ActiveSync estate, how mobile device management solutions can help, and what improvements Exchange Server 2013 brings to mobile device access. Michael Van Horenbeeck & Steve Goodman Session
Exchange Server 2013 Backup, Restore, and Recovery You can use a Database Availability Group (DAG) in Exchange 2013 to create a high availability solution for mailbox databases. When one server fails, the other server will take over—most likely fairly seamlessly for end users. When you use a second Active Directory site in your DAG, you can even create a disaster recovery site—so you should be fine in all cases . . . but are you really? In this session, Jaap Wesselius takes you on a journey through Exchange 2013 mailbox servers, backup, restore, and disaster recovery. Why do you need to back up, and what options are available? How does the Microsoft solution called "backup-less configuration" fit into the picture? When it comes to restore, what are the pitfalls you need to be aware of? And last but not least, what happens when everything else fails and you actually have to perform a disaster recovery? Jaap Wesselius Session
High Availability in Exchange: A Recipe for Success? In this presentation, the design and management of high availability solutions in Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 will be discussed. If not properly designed, HA solutions will produce erratic results and can cause major headaches for the Exchange administrator. In this session, the design principles of an effective Exchange HA solution will be presented, including best (and worst) practices and common pitfalls. Jaap Wesselius Session

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