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Exchange 2013 Architecture Poster and Outlook Connectivity to Office 365 Troubleshooter

Update 06/15: Microsoft Exchange team released a PDF version of the Exchange Server 2013 Architecture Poster.

“This is the poster that we handed out at the Office booth and in various Exchange 2013 breakout sessions last week at TechEd North America 2013 in New Orleans, LA,” the team wrote. “We’ll also be handing out printed copies of the poster at TechEd Europe 2013 in Madrid, Spain in a couple of weeks,” the team added.

This poster highlights the significantly updated and modernized architecture in Exchange 2013, and highlights the new technologies in Exchange 2013, such as Managed Availability, the new storage and high availability features, and integration with SharePoint and Lync.

In addition, it illustrates the new transport architecture in Exchange 2013.

You can download the PDF file here (pdf) as shown below:

Exchange Server 2013 Architecture Poster PDF

Also, Outlook Connectivity to Office 365 troubleshooter to assist you with issues Outlook performance, connectivity, profile corruption, or some other unknown Outlook disease before retirement.

It is no secret that if you are an Exchange/Office 365 administrator you will no doubt have to troubleshoot Outlook connectivity at some point. Whether you use Exchange Online, on-premises, or some combination of both, you will inevitably have an issue. “The purpose of this walk through is to assist you in resolving these complex issues by focusing on the scoping and steps used to isolate and resolve problems. Therefore the walk through starts by focusing on commonly encountered symptoms related to Outlook connectivity,” explains exchange team.

The new Guided Walk Through (GWT) for troubleshooting Outlook Connectivity issues in Office 365 can be accessed here.

In addition, it will be embedded in various Outlook connectivity technical resources such as the following: “2757863; 2404385; and Fix Outlook connection problems after Office 365 upgrade.”

Microsoft also published a free guided-walk-through “Hybrid Environment Free/Busy Troubleshooter,” that describes how to troubleshoot free/busy issues that may occur in a hybrid deployment of an on-premises Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Exchange Online in Office 365.

Visti the Hybrid Environment Free/busy Troubleshooter here.

Exchange Server Hybrid Free Busy Troubleshooter

“A Hybrid Deployment consists of an on-premises Exchange server environment that has at least one Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013 server. In this environment there is also a DirSync (Directory Synchronization) server, and in many cases, a deployment of ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) to provide single sign-on capabilities to the users.

The idea of the hybrid environment is to allow two separate organizations (Exchange Online and Exchange On-Premises) to feel like one organization. To accomplish this, we rely on a token authorization process that is made possible through a combination of Organizations Relationships and Federation Trusts with the Microsoft Federation Gateway.

When this is configured properly, you can do basic things like redirect OWA requests to their proper destination, see “MailTips” for a user, and of course the most common feature, view availability information for another user cross-premises.

If you are the type that does not like running into issues you can attempt to avoid them, all you have to do is deploy using the Hybrid Configuration Wizard and the Exchange Deployment Assistant.”

Update 07/11: Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) released to the Microsoft Download Center today, alongside the Exchange 2013 RTM release notes (updated for CU2) are also available.

The final build number for Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 is 15.0.712.22.

You can download CU2 update here, and read the release notes online on TechNet.

Also, release today is the new version of the Jetstress 2013 Guide, that introduces some modifications to accommodate the storage changes within Exchange Server 2013, however “the planning, configuration and results interpretation process remain largely the same as they were in Jetstress 2010,” writes the Exchange team.

As with the previous 2010 version of the Jetstress, the document aims to: “ldquo;Explain how Jetstress works; Provide storage validation planning and configuration guidance; and Provide Jetstress results interpretation guidance.”

You can find the updated guide at TechNet Gallery.

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