Microsoft Exchange Team announced the launch of Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2007 to be expected in third quarter of 2009. Few things you can expect from SP2:
- Exchange Server 2007 Auditing features:
For those who have already started working on / testing Exchange 2010 Beta it may not be a new concept. Yes, they are offering the auditing features on Exchange 2007 as well. This is a great feature when you operate a giant environment and you need to keep track of what your administrators and helpdesk folks are doing with mailboxes and server configurations. Exchange 2010 has it built in already and it works well. It would be nice feature from the compliance and security perspectives. This feature will offer a performance based model and will make sure that the logs generated by auditing should go into a separate repository.
- Added Backup facility:
One of the most critical aspect in the day to day administration is to have your exchange databases backed up regularly. Like NTBACKUP on legacy versions of Windows could backup exchange databases. Windows Server 2008 backup tool was not efficient enough to understand exchange stores correctly. SP2 will add an extended functionality in the form of a plug in for Windows Server 2008 users to allow them backing up their databases with native windows tools itself. This will be a great added advantage for smaller companies who can not invest more money into backup solutions.
- Dynamic Active Directory Schema Update and Validation:
The dynamic AD schema update and validation feature allows for future schema updates to be dynamic deployed as well as proactively preventing conflicts whenever a new property is added to the AD schema. Once this capability is deployed it will enable easier management of future schema updates and will prevent support issues when adding properties that don’t exist in the AD schema.
- Public Folder Quota Management:
SP2 enables a consistent way to manage quotas by improving the current PowerShell cmdlets to perform quota management tasks.
- Centralized Organizational Settings:
Exchange Server 2007 SP2 will have new PowerShell option added that enables centralized management of many of the Exchange organization settings.
- Named Properties cmdlets:
Named properties sometimes are headaches for Exchange Administrators. Applications may also loose the connectivity to stores. SP2 will allow the administrators to monitor the named properties quota per database.
- New User Interface for Managing Diagnostic Logging:
One of the options that Exchange 2007 did not have was the diagnostics logging options in its GUI based console though diagnostics logging related tasks can yet be done using EMS. Exchange 2007 SP2 enables Exchange administrators to easily configure and manage diagnostic logging from within the Exchange Management Console.
Exchange team talks more about this at http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/05/11/451281.aspx
You can click on above link and get to Exchange team’s official blog to read more.