Designing a High Availability Messaging Solution using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

This course teaches messaging engineers to design a high availability messaging solution using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Students will create a high availability design to meet service level agreement requirements and learn strategies for gaining approval for the design. They will learn how to identify risks and create mitigation plans to maintain the business continuity of the messaging system. Students will also learn how to design a backup strategy, disaster recovery procedures, and test plans for those procedures.
-Before attending this course students:-Must have a basic understanding of high availability concepts. For example, how clustering works at the operating system level (Windows clustering) and how network load balancing works.-Must have a basic familiarity with deriving business requirements. For example, gathering business requirements and understanding that business needs come from a variety of sources (direct personnel needs, regulatory, business operations requirements).-Must have a basic understanding of backup systems. For example, types of backups (disk to tape, disk to disk, Storage Area Networks (SAN) snapshot, imaging, etc.), backup rotation schemes, and offsite backup procedures.-Must already know how to use:-Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management tools-Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA)-WinNT backup (ntbackup.exe)-Microsoft Visio or Microsoft Office PowerPoint2003 (to create infrastructure diagrams)-Must understand hardware concepts. For example, what redundant array of independent disks (RAID) is, what a storage area network (SAN) is, processor options, memory requirements, how disk I/O functions and the limitations of disk I/O, and storage options for Exchange server. The differences in addressable memory spaces between 32 and 64 bit architectures.-Must have extensive detailed knowledge of Active Directory concepts and design principles. For example, site replication, integrated authentication, schema extension, Domain Name Systems (DNS), group and organization unit structure and inheritance, etc.-Must have working experience with designing and implementing Active Directory directory services in Microsoft Windows Server 2003.-Must understand Exchange architecture. For example, the purpose of server roles, functions of specific server roles, how message routing and queuing works in Exchange, standard messaging protocols (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol [SMTP], Internet Message Access Protocol version 4rev1 [IMAP4], Post Office Protocol version 3 [POP3]), how Exchange replicates data stores, client access methods, etc.-Must have working experience with Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007. For example, must have installed, maintained, and supported a production Exchange environment.-Must already know how to use:-Exchange Server 2007 management tools-Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA)-Microsoft Visio (to create infrastructure diagrams)-Must have familiarity and experience with a Windows scripting or command line scripting
2 Days/Lecture & Lab
This course is intended for people with 3 or more years experience working with previous versions of Exchange Server and experience implementing Exchange Server 2007. Most students will have managed enterprise-level Exchange Server organizations. Students are expected to be new to participating in designing high availability solutions for Exchange Server 2007 or be planning to design high availability solutions for Exchange Server 2007 in the near future. Students may have done some design for Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 deployments but want to learn how to design Exchange Server 2007 environments. Students may have experience in designing and managing high availability solutions for other network services.
  • Foundational High Availability Concepts for Messaging
  • Evaluating High Availability Technologies for Exchange Server 2007
  • Creating a High Availability Messaging Strategy
  • Designing the Messaging Portion of a Business Continuity Plan
  • Ensuring Recovery Readiness of a High Availability Messaging Environment

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