After some speculation about Service Pack 1 for Exchange Server 2007, the Microsoft Exchange Team has finally published official information about the subject: Talking Exchange 2007 SP1…
First Beta will be released in April and the final release is targeted to the second half of this year, probably at the same time of RTM version of Longorh Server. Here’s a list of SP1 improvements:
Standby Continuous Replication (SCR)
For such a great feature, we obviously needed a new name! With Exchange 2007, we introduced Clustered Continuous Replication (CCR) for replication of data between 2 servers within a cluster within the same datacenter. With SCR, data replicates to a non-clustered server in a remote datacenter. If the primary datacenter becomes unavailable, the standby replica in the second datacenter is readily available to be activated.
We’ll have new policies for:
- Enforcing encryption of main memory contents on device
- Enforcing which applications are allowed/blocked from running on the device
- Enforcing networking capabilities: disable wifi, Bluetooth, infrared, external storage
- Enforcing communication capabilities: disable SMS, MMS, POP/IMAP, disable camera
SP1 will fill in the feature holes that we just didn’t have time to complete by RTM:
- Personal distribution lists
- Monthly calendar view
- Deleted items recovery
- Public folder access
OWA 2007 SP1 spell checking will add support for:
OWA 2007 SP1 will add support for viewing Office 2007 file formats as HTML.
Exchange Management Console
SP1 will fill in the GUI holes that we just didn’t have time to complete by RTM, including:
- Public folder configuration
- POP and IMAP configuration
- SendAs permission configuration
- Delegation wizard scenarios
New web service coverage will include:
- Public folder access
- Delegate management
- Folder permission management
On Longhorn Server, we will support Exchange 2007 on native IPv6 networks.
This vital tool administrator tool has been beefed up to include import and export to a .pst
Eileen Brown has some additional information about the subject: Exchange 2007 Sp1: Disclosure or not?
There’s a new update for Exchange Server 2003 that corrects a problem that may occur after you apply the update for daylight saving time changes (KB92666). More information can be found in this Knowledge Base article: The Exchange 2003 database does not mount, and event IDs 9518 and 9519 are logged in the Application log.
After applying a version of Store.exe that is later than 06.05.7651.26 on a computer that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, the Exchange databases may fail to mount if the security descriptor of the database object has been modified to include a well-known user or group and more than one domain exists in the forest. This problem can also occur if a security identifier (SID) in the database object has conflicting values with another object in Active Directory directory service for one of the following attributes:
These three attributes must be unique within the forest.
In the above conditions the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service will experience an ecAmbiguousAlias error when enumerating the groups and users that are assigned permissions to the store databases objects in Active Directory. This error prevents the affected database from mounting.
This update will enable the database object to be mounted by ignoring the well-known group objects and logging an error message when two objects are returned for a single SID.
Microsoft has just released the February update for the Outlook 2003/2007 Junk E-mail Filter.
“This update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail.“
- Description of the Update for Outlook 2007 Junk E-mail Filter (KB924884)
- Description of the Update for Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter (KB924885)
Microsoft released last week Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino 2007. This tool is used for interoperability and migration from Lotus Domino to Active Directory, Exchange Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.
Transporter Suite configures Directory and Free/Busy interoperability between Lotus Domino 6 or 7 and Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and migration of users, mail and applications from Lotus Domino 5, 6 or 7 to Active Directory, Exchange Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows XP with latest updates or 32-bit or 64-bit Windows Server 2003 with latest updates, Exchange Server 2007 or Exchange Management Console 2007 are required to migrate users and/or mail, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is required to migrate applications.
Download transporter32.msi for installation on 32 bit systems and transporter.msi for installation on 64 bit systems. Install on a workstation with Lotus Notes 6 or 7 installed and configured to access the Domino domain, Microsoft Management Console 3.0 and Windows PowerShell 1.0. Note: Exchange Management Console 2007 is required for user and/or mail migrations.
There are new technical documents available with guidance on how Microsoft IT handled the DST problem:
- MSIT DST Assessment Checklist
- MSIT DST Enterprise Response Plan
- MSIT DST Patching Overview
- MSIT DST Exchange TZ Update Tool Guidance
- MSIT DST Outlook TZ Update Package Guidance
If you’re concerned about this problem and want to know more abou it, I recommend the following links:
Microsoft has just released the February update for the Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter.
“Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content.“
Do you have some extra space on your office wall, but you don’t have the money to buy a nice Portuguese painting from Amadeo Souza-Cardoso or Paula Rego? Microsoft has the solution: the software giant published recently some nice Exchange Server 2007 Transport Server Role Architecture Diagrams.
Brief Description This download contains architectural diagrams of the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 transport server roles.
Overview Many components are involved in the transport of messages through the Exchange Server 2007 mail flow pipeline. These diagrams can help you understand how each component affects the processing of messages that enter the Exchange 2007 mail flow pipeline. Exchange administrators can use this information to help diagnose mail flow problems. Developers can use this information to help create third-party agents and applications to work with Exchange 2007.
Note: by the time of this post, the download links weren’t working correctly, they’ll probably be fixed very soon..
Exchange Load Generator is a simulation tool to measure the impact of MAPI clients on Exchange servers.
Use Microsoft Exchange Load Generator (LoadGen) as a simulation tool to measure the impact of MAPI clients on Exchange servers. LoadGen allows you to test how a server running Exchange responds to e-mail loads. To simulate the delivery of these messaging requests, you run LoadGen tests on client computers. These tests send multiple messaging requests to the Exchange server, thereby causing a mail load. LoadGen is a useful tool for administrators who are sizing servers and validating a deployment plan. Specifically, LoadGen helps you determine if each of your servers can handle the load to which they are intended to carry. Another use for LoadGen is to help validate the overall solution.
Important! LoadGen should be used only in laboratories that have no connection to the production environment. This tool should not be used in any way in a production environment or an environment that is mission critical or contains important information of any kind anywhere in the network.
Note: When creating accounts using the Load Generator graphical user interface, the Master Password and Master Domain parameters will not be used. Instead, the domain and password of the directory access account will be used for this purpose, so the created accounts will have the same password and domain as the directory access account.
Note If you use the recipient management features of this release to create users or other recipient objects and you have one or more Exchange Server 2007 servers in your test topology, you must run the Load Generator application with user credentials that have permission to manage Exchange recipients. The directory access account specified in the application configuration will not be used for this purpose.
In case you missed this, you can now try all the exciting new features of Exchange Server 2007. Just go to Exchange Server 2007 Hosted Trial and sign up for a demo account. Briefly after that you’ll get an email with login credentials which allow you to “feel” the new Outlook Web Access and also “talk” to Exchange Server.
“Welcome to the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Hosted Trial Web site. You can create a temporary account to experience the features of Exchange Server 2007 which will stay active for 5 days. Your account will be pre-populated with sample messages, calendar appointments and contacts to help you have a rich experience. You will be able to send and receive mail, schedule meetings, and adjust your options. You can access your account via Microsoft Outlook Web Access, Microsoft Office Outlook, or an Exchange ActiveSync compatible application.“
And the service is implemented and hosted by Unisys, my new employer since last Monday 😉