The long awaited Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 has finally been released. There are many exciting new features, but if I would like to highlight 2 of them:
- Exchange Server 2010 support: SP2 is a pre-requisite for installing Exchange Server 2010 on an existing Exchange Server 2007 Organization.
- Windows Server 2008 Backup support: it’s now possible to backup (and restore!) Exchange Server 2007 using the Windows Server 2008 Backup Tool.
Here’s the complete list of new features, taken from the You Had Me At EHLO blog:
- Enhanced Auditing - New Exchange auditing events and audit log repository enable Exchange administrators to more easily audit the activities occurring on their Exchange servers. It allows the right balance of granularity, performance, and easy access to audited events via a dedicated audit log repository. This simplifies the auditing process and makes review of audited events easier by segregating audited events in a dedicated location.
- Exchange Volume Snapshot Backup Functionality - A new backup plug-in has been added to the product that will enable customers to create Exchange backups when a backup is invoked through the Windows Server 2008 Backup tool. Exchange Server 2007 didn't have this capability on Windows Server 2008 and additional solutions were required to perform this task.
- Dynamic Active Directory Schema Update and Validation - The dynamic AD schema update and validation feature allows for future schema updates to be dynamic deployed as well as proactively preventing conflicts whenever a new property is added to the AD schema. Once this capability is deployed it will enable easier management of future schema updates and will prevent support issues when adding properties that don't exist in the AD schema.
- Public Folder Quota Management - SP2 enables a consistent way to manage quotas by improving the current PowerShell cmdlets to perform quota management tasks.
- Centralized Organizational Settings - SP2 introduces new PowerShell option that enable centralized management of many of the Exchange organization settings.
- Named Properties cmdlets - SP2 enables Exchange administrators to monitor their named property usage per database.
- New User Interface for Managing Diagnostic Logging- SP2 enables Exchange administrators to easily configure and manage diagnostic logging from within the Exchange Management Console.
Before installing Exchange Server 2007 SP2 I strongly advise you to read the release notes. Here are some remarks regarding the installation:
- Windows Installer version 4.5 is required to install Exchange 2007 SP2 (Windows Server 2008 SP2 includes Windows Installer 4.5). After the installation of Windows Installer 4.5, a restart is required.
- The Setup Wizard will validate whether Windows Installer 4.5 is installed or not. In case there isn’t, the following warning will pop-up:
- Since I was still using Windows 2008 SP1, I decided to install SP2. After Windows 2008 SP2 setup finished, I kicked the Exchange SP2 installation. It was with a little bit of surprise that I realized one more reboot was needed:
- The release notes mention that “you must first prepare Active Directory and the domains” in 2 specific occasions:
a) an in-place upgrade from a beta version of Exchange 2007 SP2
b) the first installation of Exchange 2007 SP2 in an organization
In my case (scenario b), when I first installed SP2, the Setup GUI did all the work for me, as you can see in the following pictures:
- Here’s a screenshot of my server with SP2, the version is now 8.2 (Build 176.2). Please notice I didn’t follow the recommended path: CAS > UM > Hub > Edge > Mailbox!
How could I miss this??? I was looking for these shapes for ages!!!
Are you familiar with those “simplified” Visio shapes that appear a lot, mostly on Microsoft technical documentation? Well, they are available to download from the Microsoft site, the set is called Visio stencils for IT Pro posters.
Download this zip file of Microsoft Office Visio stencils to create your own diagrams for models of server deployments. For examples of how the IT pro content publishing team for Microsoft Office used these shapes, see these pages:
Download and uncompress .zip file
The .zip file contains the following files:
- Download the .zip file by clicking Download.
- Find the downloaded file on your computer.
- Decompress the .zip file to the folder C:\Users\User_Name\Documents\My Shapes, where User_Name is your Windows user name .
Open stencils in Visio
- Open Visio.
- Create a new drawing.
- On the File menu, click Shapes, point to My Shapes, and then click one of the files listed above.
- Repeat for all six files.
- If you want these shape stencils to open whenever you create this kind of drawing, you can save the drawing as a template.
The September edition of TechNet Magazine is now available online or, if you prefer, you can download as an HTML Help .chm file for offline reading.
The main subject of this edition is System Center and Datacenter orchestration, but there are some Exchange gems inside, such as the Exchange Q&A column: A Second Look at Exchange 2010 Features and Improvements.
Good news for all Exchange groupies out there! The Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate was made available yesterday (shame on me for posting this so late).
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate helps IT Professionals achieve new levels of reliability with greater flexibility, enhanced user experiences, and increased protection for business communications.
- Flexible and reliable - Exchange Server 2010 gives you the flexibility to tailor your deployment based on your company's unique needs and a simplified way to keep e-mail continuously available for your users.
- Anywhere access - Exchange Server 2010 helps your users get more done by giving them the freedom to securely access all their communications - e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging, and more - from virtually any platform, Web browser, or device.
- Protection and compliance - Exchange Server 2010 delivers integrated information loss prevention, and compliance tools aimed at helping you simplify the process of protecting your company's communications and meeting regulatory requirements.
This software is intended for evaluation purposes only. You must accept the license terms before you are authorized to use the software. There is no product support for this trial software. You are welcome to participate in the forums to share your trial experiences with others and to ask for advice.
- Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista
Additional requirements to run Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate
- Operating System for Installing Management Tools: The 64-bit editions of Windows Vista® SP2 or later, or Windows Server® 2008 SP2.
- PC: x64 architecture-based computer with Intel processor that supports Intel 64 architecture (formerly known as Intel EM64T) or AMD processor that supports the AMD64 platform.
Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate Prerequisites
- Memory - Minimum of 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM per server plus 5 megabytes (MB) of RAM recommended for each mailbox
- Disk space
- At least 1.2 GB on the drive used for installation
- An additional 500 MB of available disk space for each Unified Messaging (UM) language pack that you plan to install
- 200 MB of available disk space on the system drive
- Drive - DVD-ROM drive, local or network accessible
- File format - Disk partitions formatted as NTFS filing systems
- Monitor - Screen resolution 800 x 600 pixels or higher
If these required prerequisites are not already installed, the Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate setup process will prompt and provide links to the installation locations; Internet access will be required if the prerequisites are not already installed or available on a local network.
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
- Windows PowerShell v2.0
Actual requirements will vary based on system configuration and specific features installed. For more detailed system requirements, please refer to the Exchange Server 2010 Technical Documentation Library. For a list of Windows Server 2008 requirements, visit http://technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2008.
Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server Release Candidate is now publicly available to download from the Microsoft site.
Microsoft Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server provides fast and effective protection against malware and spam by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. It also integrates with Forefront Online Security for Exchange to provide the defense-in-depth benefits of hosted and on-premise filtering in a single solution.
Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server provides fast and effective detection of viruses, worms, spyware, and spam by integrating multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners. Its comprehensive messaging protection also prevents out-of-policy content from entering or leaving your network using content filtering. Through integration with Exchange Server and core Microsoft infrastructure technologies, Forefront Security 2010 for Exchange Server provides high performance, easily customized antivirus and antispam optimized for Exchange environments. It also integrates with Forefront Online Security for Exchange to provide the defense-in-depth benefits of hosted and on-premise filtering in a single solution.
The Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition is out of Beta and is now available to download from the Microsoft Download Center.
To take advantage of the latest innovations that Exchange 2007 has to offer, Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition uses Exchange Web Services to communicate with Exchange Server. In this update, Entourage uses Exchange Web Services to provide several calendaring improvements. The update includes support for notes, tasks, and category synchronization with the Exchange Server.
Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition uses Exchange Web Services as the primary protocol to communicate with Exchange Server. In addition to several calendaring improvements, this new version of Entourage synchronizes notes, tasks, and categories with Exchange Server. This update also enables logging that can be used for diagnostic purposes. For detailed information about this update, see the IT Pros section of the Microsoft Web site.
Applies to: Office 2008, Entourage 2008, Office 2008 Special Media Edition.
To install this update
Caution If you want to go back to the earlier version of Entourage after you install Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition, you have to remove the complete Office 2008 application.
- Print this page if you want to use it as a reference when you are offline.
- Quit any applications that are running, including all Office applications, Microsoft Messenger, and Office Notifications, because they might interfere with installation.
- Make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements.
- Click Download, or click the link for the language version that you want.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to save the file to your hard disk. If you are using Safari, the downloaded file is saved to the desktop unless you specified a different location in the Preferences dialog box of Safari. To check your preferences, on the Safari menu, click Preferences, and then click General.
- Double-click the file that you downloaded in step 5 to put the Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition Update on your desktop, and then double-click the Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition Update to open it. This step might have been performed for you.
- In the Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition Update window, follow the instructions on the screen to start the installation process.
Note You cannot run Entourage 2008 for Mac and Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition, on the same computer. Also, during the installation process, your Entourage 2008 identity is not imported or upgraded automatically for use with Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition. You must import from the existing identity. When you first launch the new version of Entourage, you will have the option to import your existing Entourage 2008 identity. For detailed information about this update, see the IT Pros section of the Microsoft Web site.
To remove this update
Quit all applications before you run Remove Office. Also, you must have administrative credentials on the computer to remove Office.
- Open/username/Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Additional Tools/Remove Office/, and then double-click Remove Office.
- Follow the instructions to remove Office.
- On the Finder menu, click Empty Trash.
If you want to reinstall an earlier version of Office 2008 for Mac, you have to reinstall the complete Office 2008 suite from the Office 2008 for Mac disk. You will also have to import your Entourage 2008 identity from the archived Entourage 2008 database. You cannot use your Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition identity with the earlier version of Office 2008 for Mac.
Although SAN certificates are not exactly new, the release of Exchange Server 2007 and Office Communications Server 2007 created a new hype around these babies.
For some people, creating and managing SAN certificates is still not a trivial task. Fortunately, the technical community is permanently writing cool documents and developing neat tools to ease everyone’s work.
Recently, while reading the Pro-Exchange and TelnetPORT25 blogs I noticed these 2 fine resources that I would like to share with everyone:
- The Shortcut Guide to Subject Alternative Name Certificates - The Shortcut Guide to Subject Alternative Name Certificates provides information about SAN certificates to show how they can be used in a variety of technologies. These special certificates allow multiple hosts to use the same certificate, avoiding the costs of obtaining, deploying, and managing multiple nearly-identical certificates. This guide will explore what SAN certificates are, how they work, and how they can help you deploy server farms more efficiently. You may even discover that you already have SAN certificates available that can be put to good use with no additional expense!
- Exchange 2007 CSR Portable SAN Generation Tool - For many of us, we are just looking for a simple means to create an SSL certificate for our Client Access Servers which the DigiCert tool certainly offers, however – if like me you find (or found) yourself in the position where you have no direct access to the Internet from the Client Access Server (either for security reasons, or you are working on a machine with no web connection) you will have to remember the PS1 command syntax to generate the CSR. For situations like the above I decided to write the Exchange 2007 SAN CSR Generator which is a small Application based around the .NET 2.0 Framework which fits quite nicely on a USB pen or other media that you might use during the course of your Exchange endeavours.
Microsoft updated some of its migration tools from Lotus Notes to Exchange Server 2003.
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes v.06.05.8131 - The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes supports the migration of Lotus Domino R5 and R6 mailboxes and associated Domino directory information to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. This tool replaces the Migration Wizard that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and includes improved retention of contents and Unicode characters during the migration from Domino to Exchange Server 2003.
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes v.06.05.8131 - The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes supports messaging and calendaring interoperability between Lotus Domino R5/R6 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. This tool replaces the Connector that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and includes several updates to support better message fidelity when routing email between Exchange and Domino, support of iNotes and Domino Web Access clients, enhanced Unicode support and reliability.
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes v.06.05.8131 - The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes supports the sharing of calendar free/busy schedules between Lotus Domino R5 and R6 and Exchange Server 2003. This tool replaces the Calendar Connector that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and is designed to be used with the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector.
Microsoft has recently released the August 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."
The update is available for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003 or you can use Microsoft Update. As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article: