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Exchange 2007 Documentation available

by griffon In reply to IT Notes

<p>Exchange 2007 (still in beta) will be next generation of messaging software developped by Microsoft. The Beta 2 is availalbe as a download. Have a look <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/default.mspx">here</a> and you should find your way to the download page. </p><p> </p><p>This version of Exchange introduces a lot of changes. When Microsoft released Exchange 2000 software, Exchange admininistrators had hard time to get used to the new architecture and new management console.  Exchange 2007 is providing a new management console, new scripting capabilites, new server roles, and more.   </p><p> </p><p>More and more, Microsoft makes documentation available for their software.  Exchange 2007 documentation (still a pre-release, i think) is availalbe.  You can have a look online <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/E2k7Help/cb24ddb7-0659-4d9d-9057-52843f861ba8.mspx?mfr=true">here</a>.  You can aslo download the documentation from <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=555f5974-9258-475a-b150-0399b133fede&DisplayLang=en">here</a>.  </p><p> </p><p>Exchange 2007 will be available soon. It's time to have a look to all these new features and changes that this version wil bring. </p><p> </p>

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New Features in Exchange 2007....

by griffon In reply to IT Notes

<h4 align="left">Introduction</h4><p align="justify">Exchange 2007 introduces big changes in terms of management tools, concepts and definitions. Concepts between Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 are completely different. For example, routing groups does not longer exists in Exchange 2007. This document will quickly present some of the new features availalbe in Exchange 2007 and what differences exists with Exchange 2003 software product. </p><p align="left"> </p><h4 align="left">Management Tools</h4><p align="justify">Exchange 2007 introduces new management approach to messaging system.<span>  </span>The Exchange management Console has been completely redesigned.<span>  </span>The Exchange Management Console is built on the top of the improved Microsoft Management console (MMC) 3.0.<span>  The Exchange Management console is completely different from the Exchange 2003 console.  At first glance, the MMC console seems cleaner and easy to use.</span></p><p align="left"><span></span></p><p align="left"><span></span></p><p align="justify"><span>Exchange 2007 introduce the<strong> Exchange Management Shell </strong>tool.  The Exchange Management Shell is built on Microsoft Windows Powershell and provides to Exchange Administrators a powerfull command line interface that can be used to administer Exchange Server 2007. In fact, the Command line allow an administrator to perform tasks that are not available within the Exchange Management Console.  </span></p><h4 align="left">Exchange Server Roles</h4><p align="justify">Exchange 2007 has been re-engineed and introduces the concepts of <strong>Server Roles.</strong>  With Exchange 2003, you can also assign some server roles (i.e. back-end server /front-end server). Exchange 2007 introduces 5 distinct roles that allow to bring a lot of flexibility in the design of your Exchange organization.  </p><p align="left">The five roles are </p><ol><ol><li><p align="justify"><strong>Mailbox Server Role</strong> : server that will host mailboxes and public folders (if in use) </p></li><li><p align="justify"><strong>Client Access Server Role</strong> :   This server will handle client requests to Exchange 2007 from different clients. Connection can be made via Outlook Web Access, Outlook, POP3, IMAP4,ActiveSnc,...</p></li><li><p align="justify"><strong>Hub Transport Server Role</strong> : This server will handle all mail flow inside the Organization.  This server role is required in Exchange 2007 Organization. This server is also responsible for handling Journaling rules, Transport rules and other activities. (For more information, check Exchange 2007 Documentation)</p></li><li><p align="justify"><strong>Edge Transport Server Role</strong> : This server is also a bridgehead server. it is installed as a stand alone machine and is facing Internet.   </p></li><li><p align="justify"><strong>Unified Messaging server Role</strong> : Unified Messaging combines voice messaging, fax and email into a single messaging infrastructure. In other words, a user will be able to access e-mail,voice or fax messages from the Exchange 2007 Server using different type of devices (Outlook, smartphone,...). By installing agents, this server Role can also perform anti-virus and anti-spam activities.</p></li></ol></ol><h4 align="left">Anti-virus & Anti-spam </h4><p align="left">Exchange 2007 introduce and improves anti-spam and antivirus that was introduced in Exchange Server 2003. Features such as <strong>Connection filtering, content filtering, spam quarantine, recipient filtering</strong>,..can help organzation to better protect their exchange environement. </p><p align="left">Microsoft has also release Forefront Security for Exchange Server.  This is an antivirus software package that can offer additional protection to your Exchange environement.   ForeFront Security for Exchange is the new name of the well- known Exchange Anti-virus software called <strong>Antigen.  </strong>The product has been bought by Microsoft and has been integrated into their new security software suite. </p><h4 align="left">New Concept : Continuous replication</h4><p align="left">Exchange 2007 offers new ways to ensure high availability of your messaging system : continuous replication.   Basically, the continuous replication will create a copy of a storage group and maintain the copy up to date using log shipping and replay. In case of problem, an administrator will be able to quickly restore the service by connecting the Copy of the Storage group.  Exchange 2007 support <strong>Local Continuous replication</strong> (LCR) and the <strong>cluster continuous replication (CCR).  Basically, CCR is the same as the LCR but applied to Cluster Servers. </strong></p><p> </p><h4>CONCLUSION</h4><p><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">This document has provide you a quick overview of what to expect from the new Exchange server  2007.  Here, we have simply introduced the most important features.  This is only the visible part of the iceberg.  Exchange 2007 has been really re-enginereed and this will impact the way the design, deployment and management of Exchange infrastructure will be performed within enteprises.  </font></p><p><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2"></font></p><p><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2"></font></p><p><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">In a future post, we will have a look on how to install/deploy Exchange 2007 server.  </font></p><p> </p><p><font face="Tahoma" size="1"></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma" size="1"></font></p>

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