New Release of DELL Migration Manager for Exchange 8.11

While we were all waiting for the arrival of Migration Manager for Exchange 9.0, DELL Software released a new version 8.11 of its Exchange migration flagship.

New in the release 8.11 is the support for installing the Migration Manager components on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 OS platforms. On the other hand, installations on Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 are not supported anymore:

  • Migration Manager supports migration from the source Exchange 2013 organization to the target Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013 organization using Native Move Job.
  • All Dell Migration Manager components can now be installed on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Operating systems not supported from Migration Manager console:
    – Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 or higher (x86 edition)
    – Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or higher (x64 edition)
    – Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 or higher (x64 edition)
    – Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or higher (x86 edition)
  • Operating systems not supported from Migration Agent for Exchange:
    – Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 or higher (x86 edition)
    – Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 or higher (x64 edition)
    – Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or higher (x86 edition)

You can find a complete list of changes and release related information of the product here:

https://support.software.dell.com/download-install-detail/5775891?prodjid=1-7GCB8-249&utm_campaign=42330-32498-SU-GL-MigrationManagerforExchange&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Notes Migrator for Exchange (NME) Version 4.12 released

Notes Migrator for Exchange Version 4.12 released

Dell published the Version 4.12 of the Notes Migrator for Exchange. The new features are:

  • Configurable Subject field for migrated meetings in resource calendars – Set the Subject field as the actual meeting Subject or the organizer of the meeting to mimic native Outlook behavior
  • Custom, string-based migration filters for Mail/Calendar items and address books – Limit the data pulled from the migrating NSFs using the Data Migration Wizard
  • Expanded time counters – The elapsed and remaining time counters have been expanded to correctly report migration runs longer than 24 hours
  • Configurable locale for target folder names — Specify which locale section (in its Task Parameters) to use when assigning folder names to Outlook folders

Since there has also been a lot of bugfixing in the new version, we recommend to update installations.

Powershell 5 in Windows Management Framework V5 Preview

Microsoft released a Preview of the Windows Management Framework V5. As in the past, this package ships with the according version of Powershell. Powershell V5 will bring interesting new Features.

Among those are:

  1. OneGet module with a set of comandlets to manage Software packages
  2. Commandlets to manage L2 Layer Network Switches

Find the introduction article for Windows Managagement Framework V5 by Jeffrey Snover here on TechNet.

You can dowload the Preview here.

However, the mixture of Powershell Versions we find at customer Environments will get wider and wider. Same is valid for modules like ActiveDirectory or SnapIns for Exchange. One will need to start with a lot of checks in the beginning of the code when a script is planned to be used universally.

Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition – 8.5.1 release is out

Dell Software released Version 8.5.1 of Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition.

The new release ships with multiple new features which were requested by many customers for a Long time:

Building virtual test environments
In the past the clone wizard provided only limited capabilities to build a test lab on base of our production Active Directory. Now the built-in logic of the Forest Recovery is used to create virtual lab to mirror an existing Active Directory.
The program component Active Directory Virtualization Lab works with MS System Center Virtual Machine Manager, VMWare ESX and VMWare vCenter.

Active Directory management capabilities
The tool now helps to manage Global catalog functionality and FSMO roles throughout your Forest’s domain controller infrastructure

Web Interface

The new Web Interface for Recovery Manager for Active Directory allows you to distribute the tool’s frontend much more easily

Support for BitLocker Drive Encryption when recovering Domain Controllers
If BitLocker is enabled on the domain controllers to be recovered, the tool will take care to disable BitLocker before starting recovery and to enable afterwards.

Enhanced Management Shell
Release 8.5.1 also ships with new Powershell commandlets to manage RMAD activities by script:
Expand-RMADBackup extracts the content of a backup file to a location you can select (same functionality as Extract Wizard from GUI)
Remove-RMADUnpackedComponent cleans up unpacked data from former restore operations
Remove-RMADCollectionItem removes items from a specific computer collection.

With Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition (RMAD FE) 8.5.1 you can restore Domain Controllers running the following OS Versions:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1 (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 (including Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2

You can install Recovery Manager for Active Directory Forest Edition 8.5.1 on the following platforms:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows 7 without Service Pack or with Service Pack 1
  • possible but not recommended:
    Microsoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3

You can view all additional Information on the DELL Website here.

If you need assistance in deploying the Software and set up an Active Directory Forest Recovery plan with this tool, please get in contact here.

Coexistence Manager for Notes – new release 3.5.1

Dell Software released a new version of Coexistence Manager for Notes(R). Coexistence Manager for Notes version 3.5.1 provides coexistence between Exchange and Notes E-Mail Systems and eases migration activities in large scale infrastructures.
New features include:
• Expanded Free/Busy support to include Lotus Domino 8.5.3 FP2
• Improved message conversion provides more robust coexistence with Exchange 2003
• More granular control of object names when Directory Connector performs an update
• Improved HTML fidelity for Outlook 2003 users

Notes Migrator for Exchange (NME) – New Release 4.7 – BlackBerry migration support

Notes Migrator for Exchange Version 4.7 introduces a lot of new features and product enhancements

Dell published the Version 4.7.0.82 of the Notes Migrator for Exchange. One of the new features  is the BlackBerry migration support:

NME now supports migration of BlackBerry accounts and devices as part of a migration from Notes to Exchange. Specifically, NME supports migration from Domino BES 4.1 to Exchange BES 5.0

(Source: Quest Notes Migrator for Exchange 4.7.0.82 Release Notes, last revised 5/14/2013)

Migration Manager for Active Directory (QMM/AD) – version 8.10 is available with Windows 2012 Domain Controller support

Dell published the version 8.10 of the migration software Quest Migration Manager for Active Directory. The new release 8.10 will allow using Windows 2012 domains and domain controllers in Inter-Forest migration projects as migration target infrastructure.

  • Migrate objects to Windows 2012 Active Directory
  • Synchronize objects with Windows 2012 Active Directory in both directions
  • Synchronize passwords with Windows 2012 Active Directory
  • Migrate SID-History to Windows 2012 Active Directory
  • Migrate computers to Windows 2012 Active Directory

However, there is one limitation to mention at this point: Windows 2012’s breaking feature Dynamic Access Control (DAC) is not supported when trying to migrate from a non DAC to DAC permission model or from DAC to DAC.

(Source: Quest Migration Manager 8.10 Release Notes, last revised 5/7/2013)

Migration Manager for Exchange (QMM/EX) – version 8.10 is available with full Exchange 2013 support

Migration Manager for Exchange 8.10 is available for download via the Dell/Quest support website along with CPUU 5.2. Remarkable is the support for single-hop Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2013 migration scenarios and public folder migration coexistence to Exchange 2013 public folder mailbox technology.
Together with Exchange 2013 as target mailbox system, wave 15 of Office 365 is also officially supported.

According to the release notes, QMM Exchange 8.10 provides the following features:

  • Migrate Microsoft Exchange 2000–2010 mailboxes to Microsoft Exchange 2013 without locking users out of their mailboxes.
  • Benefit from direct one-step migration from legacy Microsoft Exchange 2000–2010 servers to Microsoft Exchange 2013.
  • Migrate your public folders from Microsoft Exchange 2000–2010 to Microsoft Exchange 2013 with co-existence enabled.
  • Benefit from full two-way calendar (free/busy) synchronization between Microsoft Exchange 2000-2010 and Microsoft Exchange 2013 organizations during the migration.
  • Migrate Microsoft Exchange 2000–2010 mailboxes to Microsoft Office 365 Wave 15 without locking users out of their mailboxes and without extra pre-migration steps. Set up full two-way calendar (free/busy) synchronization during the migration process.
  • Consolidate your multiple source forests into the single Office 365 cloud.
  • Migrate your Microsoft Exchange organization to an existing hybrid environment with single sign-on enabled.
  • Use Migration Manager for Active Directory to create mail-enabled user accounts, and benefit from using the native move job for your Microsoft Exchange 2003–2010 to Microsoft Exchange 2003–2010 migrations (an Exchange 2010 CAS server in the source or target organization is required).

Client Profile Updating Utility 5.2 (aka EMWProf):

  • Client Profile Updating Utility (CPUU): Support switching Microsoft Outlook 2013 user profiles from source to target Exchange server
  • Client Profile Updating Utility (CPUU): Support for Windows 8 as an end-user platform
  • Client Profile Updating Utility (CPUU): Support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 as a target.

(Source: “Release Notes for Quest Migration Manager for Exchange, April 30th”)

Coexistence Manager for Notes – new release 3.4.1

Version 3.4.1 corrects minor problems and contains all existing hotfixes

Dell/Quest Software released a new version of Coexistence Manager for Notes. Actual Version is now 3.4.1.
The 3.4.1 is mainly focussed on correcting bugs and improving product Quality.
Coexistence Manager for Notes provides coexistence between Exchange and Notes E-Mail Systems and eases migration activities in large scale infrastructures.

The release 3.4.1 is compatible with Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010 SP3 and Outlook 2013 and provides enhanced iOS Support.

Improved Features sinceversion 3.4.0:

  • a Directory Connector Engine for more granular control
  • Simplified customization of object naming, Attribute mapping and filtering
  • Exchange resource scheduling by Notes users during coexistence period.

Exchange Migration to Office 365 can change behind the scenes – wave 15 rolls in

In these days Microsoft is moving from wave 14 to wave 15 for Office 365 cloud installations. This means a service transition from Exchange 2010 Server backend to Exchange 2013 Server backend, Lync 2010 to Lync 2013 and other cool updates.

However, if you have travelled a long way to get a smooth migration setup (with all the back and forth of finding the right strategy and technical conditions) Microsoft can make you a big surprise by changing your Exchange target infrastructure. You started your migration project with Exchange 2010 in the cloud as target system and you end up with Exchange 2013.

This is “by design” when moving services to the cloud – as MVP Sean McNeill stated in his post [http://office365evangelist.com/?p=938]:
This is an important questions because with a move to the cloud, the company give up some control on when, and even if, you will go through an upgrade of the service. The company now relies on the Service Provider, Microsoft in this case, to handle the upgrade and the cadence of the upgrades. This needs to be fully understood and accepted by a company moving to the Cloud.”

To mitigate the risk of forcing the customers to update in times where it is just neither “comfortable” nor “amusable” – as it might be in the middle of an Exchange migration project – Microsoft offers to postpone the update one time. The Office 365 admins receive a notification e-mail which announces the update schedule. From that information the customer has 3 weeks to decide that he better postpone or let Microsoft execute. When he decides to postpone, Microsoft will not start the update for the next 2 months. The timespan to complete the wave 15 upgrade is end of 2013 latest, which means your upgrade cannot be later than this deadline.
http://community.office365.com/en-us/wikis/upgrade/what-to-expect-during-the-service-upgrade.aspx

For more information check the Office 365 Upgrade Center: http://community.office365.com/en-us/wikis/upgrade/office-365-service-upgrade-center-for-enterprise.aspx

Dell/Quest Software seems to recognize first problems in running migration projects and recommends to postpone the Office 365 tenant upgrade by contacting Microsoft.

https://support.quest.com/SolutionDetail.aspx?id=SOL105116&pr=Notes+Migrator+for+Exchange