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MS-5053 - Designing a Messaging Infrastructure using Exchange 2007

This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to design a messaging infrastructure. Students will learn to assess an existing infrastructure and determine technical and business requirements for both new Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 deployments and migrations. Students will create a design that addresses security, architecture, scalability, co-existence, and client access needs. They will also learn strategies for gaining approval for designs from stakeholders.

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Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Must understand hardware concepts. For example, what RAID is, what a 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, DNS, group and organization unit structure and inheritance, etc.
  • Working experience with designing and implementing Active Directory in 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 (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3), how Exchange replicates data stores, client access methods, etc.
  • 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 System Manager/Exchange Management Console
  • Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA)
  • Microsoft Visio® (to create infrastructure diagrams)
  • Familiarity and experience with a Windows scripting or command line scripting

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Gathering Requirements for a Messaging Infrastructure

This module explains how to gather business and technical requirements for a messaging system.
Gathering Business Requirements
Identifying Additional Requirements
Analyzing the Current Messaging Environment
Creating a Requirements Document
Lab: Gathering Requirements for a Messaging Infrastructure
Exercise 1: Evaluating an Existing Messaging Infrastructure
Exercise 2: Gathering Business Requirements
Exercise 3: Creating a Requirements Document
Exercise 4: Discussion: Real-World Best Practices for Setting Budget Expectations

Module 2: Designing Active Directory and Message Routing

Designing an Active Directory Infrastructure
Designing Message Routing
Designing the Message Routing Perimeter

Module 3: Designing Exchange Servers

Designing Mailbox Servers
Designing Non-Mailbox Servers
Designing a Public Folder Architecture
Designing a Lab Environment

Module 4: Designing Security for a Messaging Environment

Designing an Administrative Model
Designing Message Security
Designing Antivirus and Anti-spam Solutions

Module 5: Designing Messaging Policies

Designing Exchange Recipient and Message Policies
Designing Mobile Device Policies
Designing Messaging Policies for Compliance

Module 6: Designing Coexistence and Interoperability Strategies with Other Messaging Systems

Overview of Coexistence and Interoperability with Other Messaging Systems
Designing a Coexistence Strategy with Previous Exchange Versions
Designing an Interoperability Strategy with Other Messaging Systems

Module 7: Designing an Exchange Server 2007 Upgrade Strategy

Overview of Available Upgrade Strategies
Designing a Transition From Previous Versions of Exchange
Designing a Migration From Other Messaging Systems

Module 8: Obtaining Approval for a Messaging Infrastructure Design

Preparing to Obtain Approval
Presenting and Finalizing a Design