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F5 solution for microsoft exchange 2010 james hendergart business development manager helen johnson solution engineer

F5 Solution for Microsoft Exchange 2010

James Hendergart

Business Development Manager

Helen Johnson

Solution Engineer


What s new in exchange server 2010

What’s new in Exchange Server 2010?

  • Elevation of Client Access Server (CAS) role

    • All client connections, regardless of protocol, are with CAS servers

    • CAS servers rely on ADC for high-availability

CAS is critical


Exchange 2010 architecture

Exchange 2010 Architecture

Enterprise Network

Phone system (PBX or VoIP)

Hub Transport

Routing and policy

Edge Transport

Routing and AV/AS

External

SMTPservers

Unified Messaging

Voice mail and voice access

Mailbox

Storage of mailbox items

Mobile phone

Client Access

Client connectivity

Web services

Web browser

Outlook (remote user)

Line of business application

Outlook (local user)


What s new in exchange server 20101

What’s new in Exchange Server 2010?

ADC for highest availability

  • Elevation of Client Access Server (CAS) role

    • All client connections, regardless of protocol, are with CAS servers

    • CAS servers rely on ADC for high-availability

CAS is critical

  • Microsoft recommends hardware load balancing for every Exchange 2010 deployment

    • ADC recommended over NLB

    • Includes multi-role Exchange server installations

    • Includes installations with Microsoft clustering services


The f5 solution for exchange server 2010

The F5 Solution for Exchange Server 2010

  • Prevent these pains

    • Dropped sessions  re-authentication, reconnection

    • Failed network connections  retries, delay

    • Slow response  trapped users

  • These capabilities

    • Health monitoring and intelligent load-balancing

    • Client persistence

    • Server off-load

    • Availability of servers, arrays and sites


What s new in exchange server 20102

What’s new in Exchange Server 2010?

HWLB for highest availability

All clients need BIG-IP

  • Elevation of Client Access Server (CAS) role

    • All client connections, regardless of protocol, are with CAS servers

  • Microsoft recommends hardware load balancing over NLB

    • Multi-role Exchange server installations

    • Installations with Microsoft clustering services

Technical white paper on the MS internal Exchange design: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff829232.aspx


The f5 solution for exchange server 20101

The F5 Solution for Exchange Server 2010

  • High-availability and superior user response

  • Site resilience

  • Reduced time and cost to replicate mail store

  • SPAM filtering and web client security


F5 solution for exchange server 2010

F5 Solution for Exchange Server 2010

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Configuration we have a template for that

Configuration - we have a template for that


Availability

Availability

  • Health monitoring

    • Port/protocol requests

    • Real-time in memory connection tables

  • Intelligent load-balancing

    • BIG-IP always knows the most available server

    • Least connection method

    • See application template

  • Cross site availability

    • Site level health

    • Prioritized decision tree


Persistence

Persistence

  • Also known as affinity, or sticky sessions, persistence can help enhance a user’s application experience

  • Different types of persistence:

    • Source IP

    • Cookie

    • SSL ID

  • Each Exchange client connection type has a recommended persistence method


Configuring persistence profiles in big ip

Configuring persistence profiles in BIG-IP

LocalTrafficProfilesPersistenceCreate

Source IP and SSL ID

Cookie


Performance ssl termination

Performance - SSL termination

  • Reduce cost and overhead of managing certificates by moving them to BIG-IP

  • BIG-IP is designed with dedicated chipset for encryption/decryption calculations

  • Increase Exchange server CPU utilization and network connections per second


Security

Security

  • Bi-directional proxy

  • Secure remote access

  • Pre-authentication

  • Application layer security for web clients

  • SPAM filtering


Multi datacenter considerations

Multi-datacenter considerations

  • Multiple datacenters provides additional options for redundancy and load-balancing

    • Load-balancing and Failover across locations

    • DNS management

    • Secure, accelerated application data synchronization

    • Seamless integration with systems management tools

  • Key enabling functionality

    • BIG-IP LTM – GTM communication

    • iSessions

    • iControl

    • F5 PRO-Enabled Management Pack


Summary

Summary

  • Highest availability through intelligent, hardware-based load-balancing of client connections to CAS servers

  • Dramatically increased server processing power through off-loading of SSL, caching, compression and client connection isolation.

  • F5 enables cross-site availability and resilience

  • Pre-authenticate users in the perimeter network

  • F5 devices can be controlled using PowerShell and Management Packs


Next steps

Next steps

  • Reply to your Coffee Talk calendar invite or your follow-up email to schedule an appointment with your F5 customer team.

  • Please complete our 30-second survey and receive your $5 Starbuck’s coffee card!


Exchange related resources

Exchange related resources

  • Sysmex case study

    • http://www.f5.com/pdf/case-studies/sysmex-america-cs.pdf

  • F5 video demo – how to configure BIG-IP for Exchange 2010

    • http://www.vimeo.com/album/1537190

  • F5 Deployment Guide

    • http://www.f5.com/pdf/deployment-guides/f5-exchange-2010-dg.pdf

  • F5 Solution page for Exchange Server

    • http://www.f5.com/solutions/microsoft/exchange

  • F5 online user community for Microsoft solutions

    • http://devcentral.f5.com/microsoft

  • Technical white paper on Microsoft’s internal deployment

    • http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/5/D/85D61478-8719-4219-96BA-E5C53DD4F436/0941_ExchangeServer2010ArchitectureTWP.docx

  • Load-balancing requirements from Microsoft TechNet

    • http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff625247.aspx

  • Microsoft TechNet wiki

    • http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/exchange-2010-client-access-array-amp-load-balancing-resources.aspx


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