Exchange Server 2010 won't ship until later this year, so most IT administrators are likely to focus energy on a second service pack for Exchange Server 2007, which is available this week from Microsoft.
Exchange Server 2007 SP2 includes some new features and interoperates with Exchange Server 2010. Rob Sanfilippo, an analyst with Kirkland, Wash.-based Directions on Microsoft, an independent organization that tracks Microsoft, suggests that IT pros quickly move to SP2 for two reasons.
"When Microsoft releases a new service pack, support for the previous service pack only lasts for one year. People have about a year to evaluate and get on SP2," Sanfilippo said. "People planning to migrate to Exchange 2010 might want to get on it sooner because it is the only way they will be able to interoperate."
The Exchange Server 2010 release candidate became available earlier this month. Since Windows Server 2008 R2 will not support Exchange Server 2007, IT shops that are upgrading their OSes will also need to upgrade to Exchange 2010.
With that, interoperability is probably the most important piece of this service pack, Sanfilippo said.
Exchange 2007 SP2 includes new features, some of which will also be in Exchange 2010.
The service pack includes new auditing events and an audit log repository that simplifies the auditing process and makes these events easier to review.
Exchange 2007 SP2 also includes a backup plug-in that lets admins create Exchange backups when one is invoked through the Windows Server 2008 Backup tool. Exchange Server 2007 didn't have this capability on Windows Server 2008.
Other additions include a Dynamic Active Directory schema update, validation features and public folder quota management with improved PowerShell cmdlets (command-let) for performing quota-management tasks. A PowerShell option that allows administrators to centrally manage some Exchange organization settings is also available.
The latest service pack can be downloaded from Microsoft Corp.'s website.
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