June 2010 - Posts
The so long awaited Service Pack 3 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 has finally arrived! Exchange Server 2007 is now fully supported on Windows Server 2008 R2.
Don’t forget to read How to Install the Latest Service Pack or Update Rollup for Exchange 2007!
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3) has been designed specifically to meet the challenges facing our customers and to help address the needs of all the different businesses and organizations utilizing our Exchange Server 2007 enterprise messaging system.
Exchange Server 2007 SP3 is a mission-critical communications tool that enables employees to be more productive and access their information anywhere and anytime while providing a messaging system that enables rich, efficient access to e-mail, calendar items, voice mail, and contacts.
For administrators, Exchange Server 2007 SP3 provides further flexibility with the addition of Windows Server 2008 R2 support for server roles and Windows 7 support for the Exchange management tools. These additions, along with enhancements for the advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses and the tools which help manage internal compliance and high availability needs provide Exchange administrators with the tools they need to manage their Exchange 2007 environments efficiently.
Clean installations of Exchange 2007 SP3 on a new server are possible by using this download in the same manner as you would install Exchange 2007 RTM, Exchange 2007 SP1 or Exchange 2007 SP2.
For an overview of the new features that are available in Exchange Server 2007 SP3, see "What's New in Exchange Server 2007 SP3".
- Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 x64 Edition; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 3
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 Unified Messaging Language Packs
With the release of SP3, there are also updated versions of the Unified Messaging Language Packs, 32 and 64-bit.
While reading Scott Schnoll’s blog, I got the news that 2 great Exchange tools have recently RTM’ed:
- Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress 2010 (64 bit) – Use Jetstress 2010 to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, 2007 and 2010 server into production. Jetstress helps verify disk performance by simulating Exchange disk Input/Output (I/O) load. Specifically, Jetstress simulates the Exchange database and log file loads produced by a specific number of users. You use Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, and ESEUTIL in conjunction with Jetstress to verify that your disk subsystem meets or exceeds the performance criteria you establish. After a successful completion of the Jetstress Disk Performance and Stress Tests in a non-production environment, you will have ensured that your Exchange disk subsystem is adequately sized (in terms of performance criteria you establish) for the user count and user profiles you have established. It is highly recommended that the Jetstress user read through the tool documentation before using the tool.
- Exchange Load Generator 2010 (64 bit) – Use Microsoft Exchange Load Generator 2010 (LoadGen) as a simulation tool to measure the impact of MAPI, OWA, ActiveSync, IMAP, POP and SMTP clients on Exchange 2010 and 2007 servers. LoadGen allows you to test how a server running Exchange 2010/2007 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.
This version is intended for Microsoft Exchange 2010 and 2007 Servers only.
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.
At the same time, the Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 Mailbox Calculators were also updated. For a list of changes, follow any of these links:
“Couldn’t make it to all the sessions? Watch them online!”, this is the tagline for Microsoft Tech•Ed Online, a site with lots of video recordings from the technical sessions that took place on that event.
There is an entire track dedicated to Unified Communications, where, besides others, you can find these cool Exchange sessions from the Tech•Ed North America 2010 (there are lots more from previous events):
Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 (KB982639) was recently released.
Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2010 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2010 customers.
For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see KB982639.
This is a cumulative update rollup and replaces the following:
- KB976573 Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 (KB976573)
- KB979611 Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2010 (KB979611)
- KB981401 Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2010 (KB981401)
Please read Released: Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010, a blog post by the Microsoft Exchange Team, where they provide more details (there is some important guidance for Forefront users!), and, of course, the corresponding Knowledge Base article: KB 982639.
I have already installed it in my test lab, and the setup process went really well.
Microsoft recently released two new open source tools to help developers take advantage of the .PST file format that's been gradually open by Microsoft.
- The PST Data Structure View Tool (http://pstviewtool.codeplex.com/) is a graphical tool allowing the developers to browse the internal data structures of a PST file. The primary goal of this tool is to assist people who are learning .pst format and help them to better understand the documentation.
- The PST File Format SDK (http://pstsdk.codeplex.com/) is a cross platform C++ library for reading .pst files that can be incorporated into solutions that run on top of the .pst file format. The capability to write data to .pst files is part of the roadmap will be added to the SDK.
Microsoft has recently released the June 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:
Exchange Server Active Directory Schema Changes Reference, June 2010 is available to download.
This download includes the Active Directory Schema Reference, which provides information about the changes that Microsoft Exchange Server makes to the Active Directory schema when it is installed.
This download includes the Active Directory Schema Reference, which provides information about the changes that Microsoft Exchange Server makes to the Active Directory schema when it is installed. The Active Directory Schema Changes Reference includes changes made Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1, Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007, and Exchange Server 2003.
Unless you have been living outside planet Earth for the last week, by now you already know that Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta has been made available. Some of the features updates are: archiving and discovery enhancements, a faster Outlook Web App (OWA), upgraded mobility features, and several improvements in the management UI. For more details, please read Yes Virginia, there is an Exchange Server 2010 SP1.
The downloadable software is for evaluation purposes only and is not a released product. If you plan to install the software on your primary computer, it is recommended that you back up your existing data prior to installation. Before you install the Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta, we recommend that you review the summary of system requirements and technical information located in the Exchange Server 2010 Technical Documentation Library.
This time-limited, free pre-release version of Exchange Server 2010 SP1 will end 120 days after installation.
To learn more about Exchange Server 2010, visit http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/2010.
The Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta UM Language Packs are also available to download (YESSS!!!! Language Pack pt-PT is finally released!).
Unified Messaging (UM) language packs allow an Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta UM server to speak additional languages to callers and recognize other languages when callers use ASR or when voice messages are transcribed. UM language packs contain:
- Pre-recorded prompts, for example "After the tone, please record your message. When you’ve finished recording, hang up, or press the # key for more options." in the language of the UM language pack.
- Grammar files that are used by a UM server to lookup the names of given users in the directory in the language of the UM language pack.
- Text to Speech (TTS) translation so that content (e-mail, calendar, contact information, etc.) can be read to callers in the language of the UM language pack.
- Support for Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), which allows callers to interact with UM using the voice user interface (VUI) in the language of the UM language pack.
- Support for Voice Mail Preview which allows users to read the transcript of voice mail messages in a specific language from within a supported e-mail client such as Outlook or Outlook Web Access.
Download the file, and use Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta setup to install the UM language pack.
Example: Setup.com /AddUmLanguagePack:UmLanguagePackName /s: d:\MyLocalFolder
U-BTech has made available a free tool to manage Exchange Server 2007 certificates: Certificate Manager for Exchange 2007.
Exchange 2007 enables SSL within IIS by default. Using PowerShell commands, certificate creation and management is quite confusing and often results with incorrect results due to the nature of the syntax. U-BTech Solutions is providing Certificate Manager for Exchange Server 2007 freely, to ease the process with a simple, easy to use GUI which enables you to:
1) Manage your current server certificates.
2) Enable certificates for Exchange 2007 Services (POP, IMAP, SMTP, IIS, UM).
3) Generate an Exchange 2007 Certificate Signing Request and process the Certificate Authority answer.
4) Generate an Exchange 2007 Self-Signed certificate (not for production use).
5) Easily include additional subject names in a single certificate.
6) Import & Export ability for existing certificates.
To read more about Certificate Use in Exchange 2007 at Microsoft TechNet follow the link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb851505.aspx
Certificate Manager for Exchange Server 2007 is currently offered by U-BTech Solutions free of charge, enjoy!
The June 2010 edition of the TechNet Magazine is now available for online reading.