Exchange Server 2010 gets green light

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.10.2009 at 23:31

Microsoft released to manufacturing (RTM) Exchange Server 2010 last Thursday. The full release/public availability is scheduled for next month during TechEd.

Now would be a good time to have a quick recap on some of the new features in Exchange Server 2010:

 

  • Change in Permissions Model: 

    ADMINISTRATORS can define extremely broad or extremely granular permissions, and can manage permissions by adding or removing users to role groups.

    USERS can change their own personal information, contact information, join or leave a distribution group/mailing lists, etc on their own, if the administrator has allowed it.

  • New Admin features:

    You can now remotely manage Exchange 2010 servers over the network using Windows PowerShell thanks to the Windows Management Framework.

    Administrator audit logging allows logging of all administrator actions for later review.

  • IRM integration with Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS)
  • Cool new transport features, including MailTips (example below):

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  • New High Availability (HA) features:

    – Failover clusters invisible to the administrator,
    – Ability to create a cluster without on an existing installation without having to uninstall Exchange,
    – Ability to co-exist other roles on mailbox clusters to ensure overall availability of transport and client access roles.
    – Each mailbox server can have as many as 100 databases, and each database can have up to 16 copies
    – Online Move Mailbox operations supported
    – Database Availability Groups
    – Shadow Redundancy feature provides redundancy for messages while in transit.

  • New Outlook Web App (previously Outlook Web Access) features

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    Search folders
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    Ability to set categories from Outlook Web App
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    Grouping message threads (Conversation view): This saves time, and helps you delete or move a whole thread in just one quick step.
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    Chat integration in Outlook Web App
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    Side-by-side calendar view in Outlook Web App:
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    and many more new features.

  • Unified Messaging & text messaging enhancements
    I will cover these in another post.
  • Client Throttling
    Ensures that users don’t choke the system intentionally/unintentionally by enforcing client connection bandwidth limits.

Exchange Server 2010 also gives organizations the flexibility to host their email servers on-premises, or through a hosted services provider or have a mix of both.

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