Welcome to the new episode of tech talks with outstanding Microsoft community members from all over the world. Most interviews are with Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), and if you are not familiar with that program yet, I recommend you reading my recent introductory interview. In this episode I talk with Marcelo Vighi , a Brasil based MVP, expert for Exchange and Messaging Solutions. Enjoy reading!
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Flo: Marcelo could you introduce yourself to the community?
Marcelo: My name is Marcelo Vighi, and I live in greater Porto Alegre, RS – Brazil. My hometown is located in the extreme south of Brazil, close to countries like Argentina and Uruguay. I am married and I have no kids. I am 31 years old. I started working in the IT field really young. I have had over 14 years of experience in the IT field, always focusing on Microsoft Exchange Server, Active Directory, and other Microsoft Infrastructure solutions like: PKI, Clusters, DNS, WINS, etc.
Flo: What is your focus area as MVP?
Marcelo: I am an Exchange Server Most Valuable Professional focused on Exchange Server architecture. But I have also focused a big part of my career working with Active Directory design, implementation, and architecture.
Flo: Let us talk about your daily work. Your work for Dell as Systems Integration Sr. Advisor at Dell. What do you do there and what are your everyday tasks?
Marcelo: Currently I am a Systems Integration Sr. Advisor for the Dell™ Email Management Services (EMS) for Microsoft Exchange Server in Brazil. I am responsible for onboarding new customers to our Email Management Services (EMS) solutions. As part of this job, on a daily basis, I also provide planning, deployment, and training for Dell™ Email Management Services (EMS), EMS Email Archive, Email Security, Wireless Continuity solutions for enterprise and small business customers.
Flo: Could you tell us something about upcoming projects? If yes how do they look like and what is the challenge?
Marcelo: All I can tell is that I will start writing for a very important Exchange resource website in Portuguese where I will add content on a weekly basis. Also I am working, with other MVPs, for creating new free online training sessions in Portuguese regarding Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 for the Microsoft Virtual Academy website.
Flo: We all know Exchange 2013 is RTM now. Could you explain us the major changes between 2010 and 2013?
Marcelo: I think that the major changes in Exchange 2013 are related with the product’s architecture. Up front the thing that stands out the most is the server roles that are available in Exchange 2013, Client Access and Mailbox. Yes, all other roles are eliminated (Edge role will be available in a later service pack, 2013 will be compatible with 2010 Edge). The Client Access Server role has absorbed internet facing SMTP transport while the Mailbox role has absorbed internal SMTP transport. Outwardly that’s the largest difference in the new version; however there are a number of internal architectural differences as well as new features.
Flo: What is the absolute killer feature for you in exchange 2013?
Marcelo: I think that we can start with some nuances, like data loss prevention, a new Managed Store, high availability improvements and so forth. Those who hated the slowness of the Exchange Management Console will love the speed increases gained with the new EAC. There are now more controls in one place than ever before, and the logical grouping of said controls makes a lot of sense. For those with (just of bunch of disks) JBOD deployments, the AutoReseed feature for Exchange 2013 database availability groups should be very exciting.
Flo: How about PowerShell integration? Could you tell us something about the changes and improvements?
Marcelo: A total of 187 #PowerShell cmdlets were added in the new Exchange. Also, we’ve lost 13 cmdlets, mainly due to the changes in Public Folders. The PowerShell cmdlets are executed only on Mailbox servers, so you need to have an Exchange 2013 Mailbox server available to be able to manage the environment. So, Microsoft recommends that you either install both roles on the first Exchange 2013 server installed or make sure that at least one server of each type is deployed.
Flo: Thank you very much. Is there anything else you would like to share with our community?
Marcelo: You’re welcome, Flo. I would like to say to the community that Exchange 2013 is a brand new product, and before implementing it in a production environment they must perform tests in a lab environment, mainly if they need to upgrade from Exchange 2010, the new version must be tested prior to implementing it in a production environment.
Also, I would like to say that is really important to share knowledge within the communities, so keep studying and sharing knowledge with others!