Exchange 2007 SP1 Moves
a Step Closer"> Exchange Server 2003 SP2 had brought DirectPush and policies for Windows mobile devices, while 2007 had new policies to control those devices. SP1 would extend these further on the encryption, device and application management fronts, such as locking down the device to turn off the way that intellectual property could leave that device and go somewhere else. Asked whether he had any information about whether Apple had licensed ActiveSync for the iPhone, Mohrman said he did not. "I have no more information on that than you do," he said.Testers will also be able to run Exchange Server 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008 beta 3, he said. As of SP1, the Exchange 2007 management tools can now run on Windows Vista, but not Exchange 2007 itself. However, it can be deployed on Windows Server 2008 starting with beta 3. SP1 also has enhanced integration with Office Communications Server 2007, allowing users to retrieve voice mail messages from Microsoft Office Communicator with a single click. To read eWEEK Labs review of Exchange Server 2007, click here. Exchange Server 2007 SP1 also integrates with Microsoft Forefront Security Server SP1 for Exchange Server, which brings improvements in content filtering and scanning performance, as well as support for Windows Server 2008. Exchange Server 2007 SP1 also includes features that enhance the user experience in Outlook Web Access, and provide greater functionality in the Exchange Server 2007 Management Console. Asked if there were any plans to support Exchange 2007 in a virtual environment in production, Mohrman said most customers were interested in this in sandbox environments and test beds, which was one of the main reasons it supplied a 32-bit trial version for quick trials and training. "We havent had significant requests to virtualize the core of Exchange, but Microsoft had invested in virtualization in Exchange 2003 SP2, which was the first time the company supported Exchange in a virtual environment. Were definitely looking forward to the next release of Microsoft products to support that as well," he said. Mohrman declined to talk about Microsofts plans for Exchange appliances going forward, saying he had no news about any future release of Exchange outside SP1. With regard to the lack of complete public folder access in Exchange 2007, he said SP1 brought access to public folders through Outlook Web Access as well as from Outlook. "You can also access SharePoint sites through Outlook Web Access, which was new in Exchange 2007. So, customers who are transitioning to SharePoint still have public folders they can get to. SP1 also allows public folders to be managed through the graphical user interface rather than just through the command line, as had been the case with Exchange 2007 until now. This change is designed to make the transition to SharePoint easier, he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
Exchange SP1 also brings support for the upcoming Windows Server 2008 meaning that Exchange Server 2007 SP1 will run on either Windows Server 2003 SP2 or Windows Server 2008, giving them IPV6 support and enabling site level disaster recovery.