Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP2

, posted: 3-Aug-2009 20:03

Microsoft appear to be on the verge of releasing Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2007. This release comes just weeks ahead of when Exchange Server 2010 is likely to be released to manufacturing.

A key highlight of this service pack is functionality that enables the Windows Server 2008 backup tool to properly backup Exchange Server 2007 data. The lack of this capability was a cause of frustration for many small businesses when Windows Server 2008 was released.

This service pack will install on Microsoft's Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008), but you should read this important Microsoft blog post before going ahead with this upgrade.

If you wish to add an Exchange Server 2010 installation on your network you will need to update existing 2007 Servers to the SP 2 release.

Highlights of SP2:
  • 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.

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