Exchange 2007 SP3 has been released

Recently, Microsoft released Exchange 2007 SP3. It introduces many new features for each server role, a few of them has been listed below:

1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Support

Exchange Server 2007 SP3 supports all Exchange 2007 roles on the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.

Exchange 2007 SP3 provides support only for a new installation of Exchange on Windows Server 2008 R2. Exchange 2007 SP3 is not supported in an upgrade scenario on Windows Server 2008 R2. For example, Exchange 2007 SP3 does not support the following installation scenarios:

  • A new Exchange 2007 SP3 installation on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Server 2008
  • Upgrading Exchange 2007 SP2 to Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Server 2008
  • Upgrading the operating system from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 on a computer that has Exchange 2007 SP3 installed

For more information about the installation prerequisites for installing Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer, see How to Install Exchange 2007 SP1 and SP2 Prerequisites on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista.

2. Windows 7 Support

Exchange 2007 SP3 supports the installation of the Exchange 2007 management tools on a computer that is running Windows 7. Additionally, Exchange 2007 SP3 provides support for the installation of the Exchange 2007 Management Tools together with the Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools on the same Windows 7-based computer.

Exchange 2007 SP3 provides support only for a new installation of the Exchange Management Tools on Windows 7. Exchange 2007 SP3 is not supported in an upgrade scenario on Windows 7. For example, Exchange 2007 SP3 does not support the following installation scenarios:

  • A new Exchange 2007 SP3 installation on a Windows 7-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Vista
  • Upgrading Exchange 2007 SP2 to Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows 7-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Vista
  • Upgrading the operating system from Windows Vista to Windows 7 with Exchange 2007 on a computer that has Exchange 2007 SP3 installed

For more information about how to install the Exchange 2007 management tools, see How to Install the Exchange 2007 Management Tools.

3. Improved Password Reset Functionality

Exchange 2007 SP3 introduces password reset functionality for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7. For more information, see How to Enable the Exchange 2007 SP3 Password Reset Tool.

4. Updated Search Functionality

Exchange 2007 SP3 includes updates to the Exchange Search (MSSearch) component. MSSearch provides support for creating full text indexes for Exchange stores. Exchange 2007 SP3 updates the MSSearch binary files to MSSearch 3.1.

5. Schema Changes

Exchange 2007 SP3 includes Active Directory schema changes for certain Unified Messaging (UM) mailbox attributes. For more information, see Active Directory Schema Changes (SP3).

6. Support for Right-to-Left Disclaimer Text

Exchange 2007 SP3 includes support for Right-to-Left text in e-mail message disclaimers in a right-to-left language, such as Arabic. In earlier versions of Exchange, when you use a transport rule to create a disclaimer in a right-to-left language on an Exchange 2007 Hub Transport server, the text appears incorrectly when you view it from Outlook 2007.

Exchange 2007 SP3 adds functionality to the transport rule setting to fully support right-to-left text in disclaimers.

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Update Rollup 3 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 has been released!!

Yesterday, Microsoft launched it Rollup Update 3 for Exchange 2007 SP2. The next update expected would be SP1 for Exchange 2010, hoping that there is no Rollup Update in between.

For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see KB 979784.
Download : RU3 for Exchange 2007 SP2

Exchange 2007 and 2010 help files

The Exchange Server Help can help you in the day-to-day administration of Exchange. Use this information to guide you through Exchange Server 2010/2007 features, tasks, and administration procedures.

1. Exchange 2010

Updated Standalone version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Help file (CHM) is now available to download. This Help content is also available online from the Exchange 2010 TechCenter. Its updated on 8th February 2010 and the file size is around 15MB.

Download : Exch2010Help.exe

2. Exchange 2007

Along with the Exchange 2010 help, Microsoft also released an updated Exchange Server 2007 SP2 Standalone Help File (.chm) for download.Its updated on 3rd February 2010 and the file size is around 21 MB.

Download : ExchHelp.exe

Note : The self extractor default install location is C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Bin. To view the most recent version of the Help file within Exchange Server, be sure to extract the Help file (exchhelp.chm) to the folder where the Help file is currently installed. You can search your local drive to find the location where the Help file is installed (typically C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\Bin).

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant

Microsoft have released a Deployment Assistant Wizard which allows you to create Exchange 2010 deployment instructions that are customized to your environment. The Deployment Assistant asks a small set of questions, and based on your answers, it provides a set of instructions that are designed to get you up and running on Exchange 2010. Instead of reading dozens of topics in the Exchange 2010 library, you simply answer a few questions, and the Deployment Assistant gives you customized content to install Exchange 2010.

There are 4 different scenarios which are available now

  • Upgrade from Exchange 2003
  • Upgrade from Exchange 2007
  • Upgrade from Exchange 2003 & 2007 (Mixed Mode)
  • New installation of Exchange 2010

Website : Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant
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Rollup Update 2 for Exchange Server 2007 SP2 has been released

A couple of weeks back Microsoft released Rollup Update 1 for Exchange Server 2010, and now its the turn of Exchange 2007 SP2. Recently Microsoft have released RU2 for Exchange 2007 SP2. Check the link below for more information

Description of Update Rollup 2 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2
Download Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2

Rollup Update 1 for Exchange Server 2007 SP 2 has been released!

Rollup Update 1 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is out now. Around 3 months back Microsoft released Exchange 2007 SP2 and now we have a Rollup Update for the Exchange 2007 SP2.

Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2007 SP2 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2007 SP2 customers.  For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see KB971534.

This update rollup does not apply to Exchange Server 2007 Release To Manufacturing (RTM) or Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1). For a list of update rollups applicable to Exchange Server 2007 RTM or Exchange Server 2007 SP1, refer to the Knowledge Base article KB937052.

Download : Microsoft

OWA Version Comparison

Feature

Feature Description

Premium Version (IE 6.0)

Basic Version (All Browsers)

General User Interface Improvements

User interface updates

New color scheme, reorganized toolbars

Yes

Yes

Item window sizing

During an Outlook Web Access session, item windows open at the last window size that was set by the user instead of always opening to a window size of 500 by 700 pixels.

Yes

No

View Improvements

Two-line mail view

New view orients the message list vertically instead of horizontally; it works well with the Preview Pane.

Yes

No 

Preview pane

The Preview pane appears to the right of the message; attachments can be opened directly in the pane.

Yes 

No

Mark as read or unread

Command permits users to mark unread messages as read, or to mark read messages as unread.

Yes 

No

Quick flagging

Command permits users to assign a follow-up flag to messages.

Yes 

No 

Shortcut menu

A shortcut menu available in mail view; special shortcut menu also is available when you right-click the quick flag icon.

Yes 

No

Keyboard shortcuts

When the message list is active, users can use keyboard shortcuts to perform common actions like creating a new message, marking messages as read or unread, or replying and forwarding messages list.

Yes 

No

Items per page

Users can determine how many items appear per page in the E-mail, Contacts, and Tasks views.

Yes

Yes

Mail icons

Icons display the stage a message is at and the type of message.

Yes

Yes 

Deferred view update

The view is refreshed automatically only after 20 percent of the messages are moved or deleted from a page, not after each deletion. This improves performance.

Yes 

No 

Navigation Improvements

New Navigation Pane

The unified user interface contains module shortcuts, a full folder tree, and the user can customize the width of the pane.

Yes

No

Search folders 

Folders that a user creates by using Microsoft Outlook are shown in the folder tree.

Yes 

No 

Notifications

New e-mail and reminder notifications are shown in the Navigation pane.

Yes

No

Public folders 

Public folders are shown in new window

Yes

No

Logoff in toolbar 

Logoff is moved out of the Navigation Pane to the toolbar.

Yes

No

Workflow Improvements

Spelling Checkers

Spelling checker is provided for e-mail messages.

Yes

No 

New addressing wells 

New integrated look and easier deletion of recipients.

Yes 

No 

Global Address List properties sheets 

Properties sheets display the name, the address, and the phone information for resolved Global Address List users.

Yes: Available in received items, draft items, Check Names dialog box, Find Names dialog box

Yes: Only available in received items and draft items 

Add to contacts 

Users can add resolved recipients in received mail or in drafts to main Contacts folder.

Yes: Feature in Properties sheets

No 

Send mail from the Find Names dialog box 

Users can send new messages to addresses that are found in the Find Names dialog box when the dialog box is invoked from View.

Yes 

No 

Open the Find Names dialog box from a message

Users can open the Find Names dialog box from a message and use it to add new recipients to a draft message. Users can also use the Find Names dialog box to add recipients to a contact distribution list.

Yes 

Yes   

Contacts in the Find Names dialog box

Users can search the main Contacts folder in the Find Names dialog box.

Yes   

Automatic signature

Users can create a signature that is automatically included in the e-mail messages that they create.

Yes   

Yes: Plain test formatting;

No: on demand insertion

Default mail editor font

Users can customize a default font for the e-mail editor.

Yes   

Block external content in HTML e-mail messages

Users can control options to block external content in e-mail.

Yes   

Yes   

Attachment blocking

Administrator options restrict access to some or all attachments that are in messages.

Yes   

Yes   

Sensitivity information bar

Sensitivity information appears in the information bar in the message header.

Yes   

Yes   

Reply and Forward information bar

Reply and Forward information appears in the info bar in the message header.

Yes   

Yes   

No indent in replies

The reply header and the reply body are no longer indented.

Yes 

Yes: Basic Outlook Web Access never indented 

Encrypted and signed mail

Sending and receiving encrypted and signed e-mail is supported.

Yes: Internet Explorer 6 on Window 2000 or Window XP only 

No 

Rules Improvements    

Rules

Users can create and manage server-based e-mail handling rules

Yes 

No 

Task Improvements    

Personal tasks 

Users can create and manage personal tasks, and receive reminders for these tasks.

Yes 

Yes: But no reminder 

Calendar Improvements   

Reply and Forward for Meeting Requests

Users can now reply to senders of meeting requests and forward meeting request to other users.

Yes 

Yes 

Attendee reminder

Attendees can set their own reminder times for meeting requests that they receive.

Yes 

No 

View Calendar from a meeting request

Attendees can open Calendar from a meeting request

Yes 

No