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VMware vCloud Air Microsoft Exchange

VMware vCloud Air Microsoft Exchange and SRM

Over the past few months I have been working on a number of scenarios for VMware vCloud Air and deploying Microsoft Exchange in a Hybrid Cloud design. I have written a couple of blog articles about the subject too. VMware vCloud Air Microsoft Exchange The first one was about how you would deploy Microsoft Exchange in a hybrid cloud and at a high level how you would do this. Read the article here. The second article, I wrote for VMware blogs, which discusses the business reasons behind why you would actually want too, and this article can be read here. At a high level these are: • Growth – Speed – Agility – Expansion – Fluidity • Leverage Existing Infrastructure – Backups – Archiving • Disaster Recovery – Build a highly resilient messaging solution • Operational efficiency – SLAs from cloud In the first article, I talk about why you […]

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host microsoft exchange cloud

Host Microsoft Exchange in a hybrid cloud

After a crazy few days at PEX, and lots of conversations with people, one of the questions that kept coming up was how can I design and host Microsoft Exchange Cloud in a hybrid cloud model. Great Question!! This is a great use case for the hybrid cloud.  One of the easiest answers is You could split up your exchange design however you see fit.  Client Access Servers could be hosted on vCHS providing the public facing part of Exchange, with the backend Mailbox servers on Premise perhaps, or split across multiple clouds for DR? Anyone who knows exchange, will be thinking now of all the different possibilities you could have. In my opinion Exchange is the best product to come from Microsoft.  They have advanced it tremendously with every release, and with Exchange 2013 you have all the built in Disaster Recovery and Disaster Avoidance features that really make […]

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vCloud Connector Firewall ports

vCloud Connector Firewall ports

I have been trying to export some VMs from my home lab to my public cloud provider, however when I tried to select a cloud I received the error that the vCloud Connector Node was not available.  After logging into the vCloud Connector server, I could see both nodes were down. I had enabled the firewall on both my public clouds yesterday, so I realised I had blocked the ports that the vCloud Connector Node uses to talk to the vCC server and other nodes. So I wondered which ports needed to be enabled. Reading through the vCloud Installation and Configuration guide for vCC 1.5.0 there is a great diagram on page 37 that explains the end to end data flow. As you can see by the diagram above the vCloud Connector Nodes talk on port 8443.  You need to open this port at both sides, your private cloud and your public […]

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