Microsoft Gets Security Message
Beta shows Exchange Server 2003 will be worthy upgrade, won't cause platform switches.Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Beta 2, the first public beta release of Microsoft Corp.s enterprise messaging platform, shows incremental, but useful, improvements over its predecessor, Exchange 2000. Exchange 2000 introduced AD (Active Directory), which requires customers upgrading from 5.5 to 2000 to change their entire messaging architecture. Exchange Server 2003 also uses AD, so a migration from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003 would be just as challenging, but there are no drastic implementation changes for sites moving from Exchange 2000 to the next version.
Although this releases security and usability improvements will probably make it a welcome upgrade for Exchange shops, there are no earth-shattering changes to compel IT managers on other enterprise platforms, such as IBMs Lotus Software divisions Domino and Novell Inc.s GroupWise, to scrap their current infrastructures. Nevertheless, the relatively small changes should be a relief to most Microsoft sites, many of which are grappling with difficult migrations to Windows 2000, Active Directories and Exchange.