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Published: Tue,22 August 2006 17:00:00 CST

Last Build Date: Tue,22 August 2006 17:00:00 CST

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Step by Step: Simplifying Migrations from Novell to Microsoft

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:00:00 CST

Planning and performing a migration to a new IT platform can be difficult and time-consuming for enterprise administrators. The tools and best practices offered by Dell Infrastructure Consulting, including powerful migration applications from Quest Software, provide comprehensive solutions to help organizations migrate smoothly from a Novell® platform to a Microsoft® platform.



Optimized Dell PowerVault Storage for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Dell-recommended solutions for Microsoft® Exchange environments can help simplify the design and deployment of messaging infrastructures using industry-standard components. This article describes two optimized solutions using Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)–based Dell™ PowerVault™ MD1000 and PowerVault MD3000 storage.



Intelligent E-mail Archiving: Classification, Filtering, Retention, and Discovery

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Implementing an e-mail archiving system can bring multiple challenges, including choosing which messages to archive, how long to retain them, and how to find specific messages after they have been archived. The Symantec® intelligent archiving approach enables organizations to efficiently classify, filter, retain, and search for e-mail messages while helping simplify management and control resource costs.



Storage Consolidation with the Dell PowerVault MD3000i iSCSI Array

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Digital data is outstripping storage capacity and complex systems are failing to adapt under the strain as storage demands grow faster than IT budgets. The good news is that easy-to-use IP-based networked storage with built-in data protection and management capabilities promises to bridge the budget gap—and effectively complement traditional Fibre Channel–based storage area networks.



Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 with VMware ESX Server 3

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 CST

Before virtualizing Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, organizations should understand how those virtual machines might perform. This article describes tests used to evaluate the performance and scalability of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 on a VMware® ESX Server 3 virtualization platform.



Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Performance on VMware ESX Server 3

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Before virtualizing critical systems such as Microsoft® Exchange servers, enterprises should understand how those virtual machines might perform. This article describes tests evaluating the performance and scalability of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 on a VMware® ESX Server 3 virtualization platform, and compares its performance with that of a dedicated physical server.



High-Availability Features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

The local continuous replication and cluster continuous replication features introduced in Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 can help enterprises protect their messaging systems against system failures. This article outlines the basic design and capabilities of these features and describes test results measuring how each affects key performance metrics.The local continuous replication and cluster continuous replication features introduced in Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 can help enterprises protect their messaging systems against system failures. This article outlines the basic design and capabilities of these features and describes test results measuring how each affects key performance metrics.



Unified Messaging with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 05:00:00 CST

Implementing the Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging feature to integrate e-mail, voice mail, and fax messages requires configuring and coordinating multiple systems. This article provides a guided tour of the basic components of Unified Messaging infrastructures and explains how administrators can deploy them in their own data centers.



Unlocking the Potential of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

With turnkey solutions and proven expertise, the Dell Services team helps ease migration to Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007—enabling businesses to gain a competitive edge by taking advantage of new features like Unified Messaging from data center to desktop.



Advancing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 with 64-bit AMD Opteron™ Processors

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 takes a big step forward in managing large e-mail databases and offers breakthrough features such as Unified Messaging, which allows e-mail, voice mail, attachments, and faxes to be combined into a common Microsoft Outlook® in-box. Energy-efficient 64-bit AMD Opteron™ processors can accelerate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 performance while minimizing power consumption to help keep operating costs low.



Protecting Critical Enterprise Applications with Symantec Backup Exec 11d

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Symantec® Backup Exec™ 11d for Windows Servers introduces significant backup and recovery capabilities for Microsoft® Exchange environments, including Granular Recovery Technology and Continuous Protection Server, as well as robust capabilities for systems running Microsoft SQL Server™, Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server, and Oracle® software.



Design Considerations for Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Creating appropriate Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 deployments can be challenging. The Dell Exchange 2007 Advisor online tool is designed to reduce the complexity of such deployments, recommending Exchange configurations for enterprises of all sizes based on their specific goals, mailbox design, and requirements for application and data availability.



A Blueprint for Implementing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Storage Infrastructures

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Designing a consolidated storage infrastructure is the first step toward successfully implementing Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 to help manage ever-increasing e-mail growth. EMC has created an integrated, cost-effective storage infrastructure blueprint for Exchange Server 2007 deployments using Dell/EMC CX3 UltraScale™ series storage arrays and EMC® software that can deliver high availability and performance while scaling effectively for future growth.



Understanding the Architecture and Features of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 includes significant changes from Exchange Server 2003. This article describes key technical aspects of these changes—including its core architecture, mailbox data access, and secure deployment features—to enable administrators to effectively prepare for migrations to Exchange Server 2007.



The Business of IT: Planning a Strategic Framework for Anywhere Data Access

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

As communication technologies converge in the workplace, IT decision makers must find new approaches to messaging infrastructure design, security, and compliance. By keeping the needs of highly mobile clients in mind during the Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 planning process, organizations can simplify operations, optimize solutions, and sustain value across the overall IT infrastructure.



Access Everywhere. Business Anywhere. How Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Makes It Happen

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

With intellectual capital flowing through messaging systems and an increasingly mobile workforce, enterprises face significant challenges surrounding data access, operational efficiency, security, and data protection. Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 addresses these concerns by providing a comprehensive, integrated, end-to-end messaging solution designed to reduce costs and complexity, enhance performance, and simplify compliance.



Brave New Worlds

Fri, 04 May 2007 05:00:00 CST

The implications of unified messaging are blurring the lines between corporate e-mail and traditionally separate, proprietary telephony systems.



Enabling Real-Time Protection for Microsoft Exchange with Symantec Backup Exec 11d and Continuous Protection Server

Thu, 01 February 2007 05:00:00 CST

Symantec® Backup Exec™ 11d for Windows Servers software, along with the Continuous Protection Server feature and Backup Exec Agent for Microsoft Exchange Server, can provide fast, flexible technology to help protect vital enterprise messaging data in Microsoft® Exchange environments. This article examines how this software can protect Exchange data on Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers with Dell PowerVault™ storage.



Strengthening Communications with Dell Secure Exchange

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

As the scope of business communication expands, Dell greets the challenges of a changing messaging infrastructure with comprehensive solutions featuring best-of-breed hardware, software, and services.



Implementing the Dell Secure Exchange Reference Architecture

Wed, 01 Nov 2006 05:00:00 CST

The industry standards–based Dell Secure Exchange Reference Architecture is a comprehensive architecture for Microsoft® Exchange Server designed to help improve security, availability, and scalability in messaging environments. This article discusses the components and best practices of this reference architecture.



Best Practices for Managing a Global Migration to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

The Dell IT operations team is the first to hear about lost revenue when the company's business-critical messaging infrastructure goes down. So over the years it has developed well-honed strategies for managing an enterprise-wide Microsoft






Best Practices for Managing a Global Migration to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

The Dell IT operations team is the first to hear about lost revenue when the company's business-critical messaging infrastructure goes down. So over the years it has developed well-honed strategies for managing an enterprise-wide Microsoft






Providing Multi-Tiered Security for Microsoft Exchange Environments

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

For most enterprise IT organizations, eradicating spam and virus-laden e-mail traffic can be a daunting task. By deploying a multi-tiered protection strategy involving the desktop, file server, mail server, gateway, and network boundary, administrators can provide a strong defense against attacks and disruptions. A select set of products from Symantec and Dell can help fortify enterprise messaging environments.






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Backup Strategies for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

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Using VMware ESX Server Virtual CPU Shares in a Microsoft Outlook Web Access Environment

Tue, 1 May 2006 05:00:00 CST

Dell engineers explored virtual CPU resource-management options and the benefits of using a dynamic resource-allocation mechanism to help meet quality of service requirements for various Internet mail protocol scenarios. In this study, the test team ran the Microsoft



An Integrated Virtualization Solution for Microsoft Exchange

Thu, 8 May 2008 05:00:00 CST

Building a simple, flexible, resilient infrastructure can be essential to successful Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 deployments. By using a virtualized solution based on VMware® Infrastructure 3 software, Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers, and Dell/EMC CX3-20 storage arrays, organizations can create a scalable and highly available Exchange implementation.



Accessing E-mail with Dell On-Demand Desktop Streaming

Thu, 8 May 2008 05:00:00 CST

The Dell™ On-Demand Desktop Streaming™ solution can enhance IT manageability, reliability, and security, but may limit software features not designed for networked storage. This article outlines four approaches organizations can take to help accommodate end-user requirements for offline storage of e-mail when using a platform such as Microsoft® Exchange.



Getting the Message Across

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 05:00:00 CST

Taylor’s University College is one of Malaysia’s leading educational institutions and the world’s largest center for preuniversity studies. For the large, dispersed community of staff and students spread across five campuses, e-mail messaging is vital to the smooth operation of services. However, the existing IBM® Lotus® Notes infrastructure did not integrate well with the college’s Microsoft® Active Directory® domain servers and had proven incapable of supporting an intended expansion.This case study describes how Dell Global Infrastructure Consulting Services helped Taylor’s deploy clustered Dell™ PowerEdge™ 2950 servers with Intel® Xeon® processors, a Dell/EMC CX3-20c storage area network (SAN) array, Dell Fibre Channel switches, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to help centralize and manage its messaging infrastructure. The migration was completed in six months, from design to deployment, and its impact was felt almost immediately—providing convenient e-mail access for staff, helping ensure data integrity and redundancy, and offering headroom to balance a growing environment. Integrating Microsoft Exchange and consolidating to a single Active Directory domain helped improve efficiency by 30 percent, reduce support queries by 20 percent, and simplify troubleshooting for IT staff.The solution has simplified messaging operations throughout Taylor’s. Dell trained support staff and some users on how to use, manage, and administer the solution, and Taylor’s cites the excellent working relationship with Dell as key to the project’s success.