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articlemicrosoftindustryus February 21, 2013 by Ryan Korock
Quite a few of our customers who have been using the BIG-IP(s) to provide load balancing of the Lync Edge Servers have also been using the same BIG-IP(s) to act as the Lync Reverse Proxy as well. Now that TMG has been EOS’d, even more customers have expressed interest in leveraging their F5 investment to fill this void that TMGs demise has left. The good news is that BIG-IP has been widely deployed as the Lync Reverse Proxy for years now at numerous customer sites, and with its advanced traffic ...
articlemicrosoftpartnerindustryus September 21, 2012 by Ryan Korock
Although predicted by some, Microsoft caused quite a stir last week by formally announcing the discontinuation of Forefront Threat Management Gateway. One of the primary use cases of TMG has been to externally publish Microsoft applications, and F5 has often co-existed in these environments. With the sunset of the TMG line, it's time to look at alternative technologies to replace the responsibilities of TMG, and the F5 gear that you already have in the network may be the best solution. I am putt...
articlemicrosoftpartnerindustryus September 12, 2012 by Ryan Korock
Application Layer Traffic Management (aka Layer 7) has been a critical component of an optimized Exchange 2010 architecture for addressing some very specific challenges around application awareness, load balancing and connection persistence. By leveraging the application layer intelligence in the BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager, Exchange 2010 system administrators have been able take advantage of benefits such as faster end user response times, increased server performance, and enhanced perimeter s...
articlemicrosoftpartnerus October 14, 2011 by Ryan Korock
Over in the DevCentral Microsoft forums there has been quite a bit of noise around deploying BIG-IP LTM to provide load balancing for Microsoft’s Application Virtualization (App-V). Attempting to live up to a commitment I made, here is some guidance on how to configure App-V load balancing using the BIG-IP.     Architecture: There are several ways to architect the network for App-V, and this is one of the few instances in which F5 advocates the use of deploying with Direct Server Return (als...
Having worked on a few large Lync deployments recently, I have realized that there is still a lot of confusion around properly architecting the network for load balancing Lync Edge Servers. Guidance on this subject has changed from OCS 2007 to OCS 2007 R2 and now to Lync Server 2010, and it's important that care is taken while planning the design. It's also important to know that although a certain architecture may seem to work, it could be very far from best practice. I'll explain what I mean b...
articlemicrosoftpartnerdellindustryus August 06, 2010 by Ryan Korock
Yesterday my esteemed colleague, Fred Johnson, posted a great article on Dell’s Enterprise Technology Center about some joint F5 & Dell testing on Exchange 2010 that recently took place. There are some architectural changes within the way Exchange 2010 is deployed that make having a hardware load balancer even more critical when trying to scale and provide high availability. This article discusses those changes, discusses the testing that was done, and also goes into depth on the results and fi...
articlemicrosoftpartnerus June 08, 2010 by Ryan Korock
BranchCache is a technology that Microsoft released with Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 which can have a profound effect on where users actually source their content and the bandwidth consumed in retrieving that data. It’s fairly common in today’s work world to see global enterprises have multiple branch offices with users who regularly access data from a single centralized datacenter. If you take a look at the data that these users are commonly requesting, you’ll quickly realize that there is o...
articleaccessdeploymentus January 03, 2010 by Ryan Korock
F5 has been working with Microsoft over the last few months on building a solution for using BIG-IP LTM to scale the newly RTM’d Forefront Unified Access Gateway. For those of you who don’t know, UAG is the next evolution in Microsoft’s Internet Access Gateway (IAG) solution, incorporating several well-known and new access methods into one package. There are a few unique features within UAG which makes the technology compelling. Starting off with it’s broad support of access protocols (SSL, IPS...
articlemicrosoftpartnerus October 01, 2008 by Ryan Korock
Just wanted to drop this note and let everyone know that we'll be back in Barcelona for Tech·Ed EMEA as a sponsor this year. We were there last year, and got to meet quite a few partners and customers. Overall, it was a great show, and we look forward to another great event this year.   F5 will have a booth in the exhibitors lounge during the IT Professionals Conference (Nov 3rd-7th), so please drop by and say hello!!
Our extended Microsoft Partner Team spent last week in Las Vegas for the Microsoft Management Summit. While a few members of our team attended the sessions & trainings, the rest of us manned the F5 booth. We had a phenomenal turnout, and it was great to meet those of you who stopped by! There were several highlights from the show. We brought several members from our ControlPoint team, who gave the first public demos of the upcoming product. For those of you who aren't aware of ControlPoint yet,...
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