Monday, April 4, 2011

Deploying Exchange Server 2010 Hosting mode (Part 2)

Install Exchange Server 2010 hosting mode
1. At Mail1, log in as Domain Administrator.
2. Launch "Windows Explorer", navigate to "C:\Software".
3. Double-click "Exchange2010-SP1-x64".
4. Extract the file to "C:\Exch".
5. Launch "Command Prompt", navigate to "C:\Exch".
6. Enter the following command to install Exchange 2010 Hosting mode: /m:install /r:m,ca,ht /hosting /on:Contoso

Figure 5: Installing Exchange 2010 hosting mode

7. When the installation finished, reboot Mail1.

Remark: A brand new Organizational unit "Microsoft Exchange Hosted Organization" is created in Active Directory Users and Computers.

Figure 6: Microsoft Exchange Hosted Organization

There are some new Microsoft Exchange Security Groups to be created.

Figure 7: The security groups of Microsoft Exchange

Service Plans files
After installing Exchange Server 2010 Hosting mode, there were some Service Plans template files to be created in “<Exchange Installation Path>\Exchange Server\V14\ClientAccess\ServicePlans”.

Figure 8: Service plan files

Service plans and mailbox plans allow you to easily provision tenant organizations with Exchange features so that the settings are automatically configured for each new tenant organization. This reduces the overhead of individually setting up and customizing features for each tenant organization.

Service plans
Service plans allow you to enable or disable Exchange features, define permissions, and customize offerings to customers. It is also within service plans that you create your mailbox plans. These plans are to be used as a starting point for creating your own organizations.

The service plan templates are XML files that contain organizational and mailbox features that you can offer you tenant organizations. You can use the templates to create custom service plans or custom mailbox plans.

The Service Plan contains two sections:

·   Organization   The Organization section allows you to modify settings that affect the entire tenant organization. You can set Global Elements, Permission Elements, and Quota Elements.

Figure 9: The example of the Organization in "HostingBusinessNonMapi_Sample" template file

·   Mailbox Plans   You can create descriptions of multiple mailbox plans that the tenant organization has available and these plans affect individual mailbox or user settings, such as access to ActiveSync and EWS, and send and receive quotas. For more information about Mailbox Plans, see the Mailbox Plans section later in this topic.

Figure 10: The example of the Mailbox Plans in "HostingBusinessNonMapi_Sample" template file

Remark: Don't use the sample plans file in your production environments.

Suggestion: The goal of service plans is to allow you to create just a few service plans to become the templates for all of your tenant organization. Creating too many service plans can become very hard to manage.

The "ServicePlanHostingremap.csv" is a file that maps a specific "programID" and "offerID" to a service plan.

Figure 11: ServicePlanHostingremap.csv

When you create a service plan, you add the service plan to the Service plan remap file. This file maps the program ID, Offer ID and service plan name.

The “ProgramID” can be thought of as an offering level, such as Business. Then the “OfferID” can be used as a sub-offering level, such as Medium Org or Small Org.

When you create a new organization, you must provide the program ID and Offer ID in the New-Organization command. Those two IDs will allow the command to see which service plan to use for the organization.


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