Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 provides many enhancements to help organizations better manage their email, extend their messaging platform with Unified Communications technologies, and provide greater reliability and security. IT Pros are challenged with upgrading or migrating their existing email platform to Exchange 2007, while at the same time being keenly aware of the fact that email is something that can never go down. This session will teach you the best practices to migrate to Exchange 2007 so that you can be successful at acquiring the benefits of Exchange 2007 by a well-planned and executed migration. We will dive into migration and transition planning where you will learn scenarios to migrate environments such as Exchange Server 5.5, 2000, and 2003, Novell GroupWise and Lotus Domino to Exchange Server 2007. You will be trained to recognize and plan which of the different migration scenarios is best for you. You will learn what’s required to support multi-client environments (Outlook 2003 and earlier, as well as Outlook 2007) and what is required for coexistence planning.

About the Speaker:
Richard Claus is a bilingual Senior IT Pro Advisor working for Microsoft Canada. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Rick is focused on engaging “the IT Pro community” by establishing relationships and giving support to various IT Professional focused initiatives, user groups and professional associations. He is very excited to have a position where he is empowered to reach out and share his passion for technology with the Canadian IT Professional community.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Rick most recently worked as an Enterprise Architect at a Microsoft Gold Partner. His previous design experience includes Virtualization strategies, Active Directory implementations and migrations, highly available Exchange messaging solutions, and overall systems management and interoperability. Besides design and consulting work, Rick brings over 17 years of IT experience, ranging from front line “in the trenches” admin duties, to training/mentoring/facilitating individuals and teams on how to use technology more effectively in their organizations.

Rick is an integral part of the Microsoft community team which drives awareness, education and training through special in person and online events. In addition to planning and delivering these events, his group directly engages with Canada’s professional communities, including IT managers, infrastructure specialists and architects, systems integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs) and community leaders.

Microsoft Canada Co.
100 Queen Street Suite 500
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J9


Date: Oct 23rd 2008


5:00 p.m.  Event registration
5:30 p.m.  Presentation
7:30 p.m.  Q & A
8:00 p.m.  Door Prizes

Notes: Pizza and Pop will be served, Please RSVP to help us order enough of both.