Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 comes with features such as so-called soft-deleted mailboxes. Microsoft's offering is meant to compete against those from Cisco Systems and Mozilla, among others.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 is now generally available,
with feature enhancements to areas such as the management user interface. The
Service Pack follows the June release of the Exchange SP1 beta, which Microsoft
claims was downloaded by over 500,000 Technology Adoption Program customers.
Exchange Server 2010 SP1 is
Based on a list provided by Microsoft, it looks like the additions in SP1
are relatively extensive, ranging from new deployment functionality to Client Access
server role improvements and support for multitenancy.
Another tweak involves client throttling policies, which allow IT
administrators to manage performance of Client Access servers. In Exchange
Server 2010 RTM, only the policies limiting the number of concurrent client
connections were default-enabled, whereas with SP1, all client-throttling
policies are now default.
Microsoft also tinkered with the process for moving mailboxes. "When
mailboxes are moved from an Exchange 2010 SP1 database to any other database,
Exchange no longer fully deletes the mailbox from the source database
immediately upon completion of the move," reads the
Release Notes for Exchange Server 2010 SP1.
"Instead, the mailbox in
the source mailbox database is switched to a soft-deleted state, which allows
mailbox data to be accessed during a mailbox restore operation by using the new
MailboxRestoreRequest set of cmdlets."
The "soft-deleted" mailboxes are retained in the source database
until the end of an expiration period, or until a manual purge by the IT
Microsoft originally announced the worldwide launch of Exchange Server 2010
in November 2009, on the opening day of the TechEd Europe conference in Berlin.
In keeping with the global recessionary environment, Microsoft
presented the platform's baked-in features,
such as a unified approach to
data backup, as a way for enterprises to increase efficiency and save money.
Those features include Mobile Management Policies, which allow IT
administrators to control about 45 policies for devices connected to their
network, and an expansion of Outlook Web Access premium support to Apple
Safari. On the user side of the equation, the platform includes Conversation
View, which automatically groups message threads, and voice mail preview.
Microsoft's competitors in the messaging and collaboration arena include Cisco
Systems, which announced the release of Cisco WebEx Mail the same month, and Mozilla,
with its open-source Thunderbird client. Contributing to the mix is Google Apps
Sync for Microsoft Outlook, which lets Google Apps users access their messages
via the Outlook interface.