Exchange Server 2007 idiocy | Real World Computing | PC Pro:
Jon Honeyball despairs with Exchange Server 2007's failure to play nicely with other key parts of the Microsoft Server family
Dear Mr. Honeyball. I read your article and there's some clarifications that need to be made. First regarding the concern that the instructions for applying Exchange 2007 sp2 on SBS 2008 appears ... well... a bit much. Yes the SBS team tested that Exchange Service pack. Which is why there's a block in place in the first place. The block is there because there is a SP2 'wrapper' that is currently in beta that bangs Forefront over the head (as you so aptly put it), installs the SP2, reruns the fix my network wizard in the background and turns back on Forefront. There is no registry key to do with this wrapper because the wrapper will do it for you. To be clear there's really no rush for this service pack in the first place as we already have the Exchange aware backup in SBS and they've already released an update rollup 1 that fixes issues with the SP2. That said it will be out shortly. If someone has not applied rollups to their Exchange 2007 on SBS 2008 they really and truly should do so and NOT wait for this Service pack if they were waiting for it. If you've installed those Extended authentication (security advisory) updates from December, if you do not have Update rollup 9 on the box in fact your Outlook clients will get prompted over and over again for credentials. So don't wait for service packs in this update rollup era of Exchange. Evaluate them as they come out and install after a good backup.
The Official SBS Blog : Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP2 installation is blocked on Windows SBS 2008:
Microsoft Windows SBS team is working on a Microsoft Exchange 2007 SP2 installation tool on Windows SBS 2008. The tool will automate the Exchange 2007 SP2 installation with a better user experience. With this tool released, users can download the tool to the Exchange 2007 SP2 setup folder and launch the SP2 setup from the tool. The tool will remove the prompt, stop the FSE services, launch Exchange 2007 setup UI, and then perform post-setup cleanup after SP2 installation is successfully completed.
For users who want to deploy Exchange 2007 SP2 on their Windows SBS machines urgently, manual steps are provided in KB 973862. However, we strongly recommend users to leverage our upcoming installation tool for a successful SP2 installation. We will inform you via this blog when this tool is available.
Now as to Exchange on Windows 2008 r2, there's news on that front as well. You'll need to wait for Exchange 2007 sp3 which will allow it to be installed on Windows 2008 r2.
As I recently blogged about, we will be adding support for Exchange 2007 on the Windows Server 2008 R2 platform. While we had hoped to add this application/operating system combination quickly, unfortunately adding this support requires code changes to setup in Exchange 2007. Therefore, our vehicle for adding this support will be via a third Service Pack for Exchange 2007 in the second half of calendar year 2010.
Granted there are times I question the sanity of the Exchange development team but rest assured that both issues are being addressed. It actually was a bit interesting to say that first they weren't going to support Exchange 2007 on Win2k8 R2 and then very publically change their minds, again in public. Granted the 'duhhh' event here was that I wouldn't have put my foot down publically first and say that Exchange 2007 wasn't to be supported on Win2k8 R2, I would have asked around if this was an important scenerio to do and apply resources as I really get annoyed by what I call "blogging" events where someone has to have a near hissy fit on a blog, gather like minded voices and storm the castle demanding that the King change his mind (as I'll admit doing and contemplating around this blog site a time or two). It's more professional to me to ask for feedback rather than get the blog storm effect. But obviously I don't run the Exchange team or make decisions for them.
Now then as to your SBS is aimed at the small business sector where there is no IT on site... I would challenge that statement. If there was no IT on site (like in my case) or they did not HIRE a var/vap there would be no SBS in that firm. This has long not been NOT a DIY box. The idea that someone with no tech expertise can run it... now that's the idiocy at play here. It's a complicated beast and those partners that support it should pat themselves on the back for doing so.
So in conclusion, there's a specific SBSized wrapper for Exchange 2007 sp2. Yes, we've given feedback that we hope when SP3 comes out that the experience will be a lot more satisfying, and yes, that is the version you'll need to wait for on Windows 2008 r2 to support Exchange 2007 on it.