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Feb082013

The road to Exchange 2013

My first major project that I am going to blog about is transition from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013. 

As of this writing Microsoft has not released Exchange 2010 SP3 which is required to perform an upgrade, Microsoft has said  that SP3 will be released sometime in the first quarter of 2013. So in the mean time I can take the time to plan and test so I will be ready when SP3 is released. 

When starting this project my goal was to complete everything using 100% powershell. I find Powershell to be extremely powerful, as someone with a pretty extensive programming background I find powershell very easy to understand. I wanted to be able to script everything from configuring network interfaces to Equallogic SANs and even Kemp Load Balancers. Microsoft has made Powershell more powerful in version 3 that ships with Server 2012/ Windows 8 and in a download for Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. When starting this project I found a lacking of posts talking about all of the cool new things that Powershell 3 can do, I hope to document my findings here.

Coming up next I will talk about some design decisions. I highly recommend listening to The UC Architects podcast at: theucarchitects.com to keep up on the latest news on Lync and Exchange.

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