I know we still have been testing on SP1 and its possibilities and capabilities. You do not have to wait for long time, now get ready and read more about the new features that we can expect in the next version of Exchange 2010 Service Pack (SP2). There is a blog from Tony Redmond about few enhancements in Exchange 2010 SP2, expected to release by end of this year. There are three major changes/additions of features in new service pack, which are,

  1. Address Book Policies (ABPs), also known as “GAL segmentation”
  2. Hybrid co-existence
  3. Device overload

In the entire above features, I feel the Address Book Policies (ABP) will be used widely.  ABP also like the other policies (OWA, Active Sync), now administrator can decide what object in the GAL can be viewed by a user. As like other policies it also have the default policy which will allow the user to see  the GAL without any filtrations. Now with the GAL Segmentation, you can create department, Location GAL etc. If you would like to more on this area, see the exchange team blog written by Kevin(Exchange's General Manager).

At least some of us would have faced issue with Blackberry device sending duplicate messages which are connecting an Exchange 2010 SP1 RU3 environment. Upon receiving the bug report, the download link for RU3 was removed from the download site and the exchange team was working with RIM to identify and fix the issue.

Microsoft has confirmed that and they have released the new version V3 of Exchange 2010 SP1 RU3, which has the fix for the above scenario.
Download it here:

Tips for the installation:
If you have already installed the RU3, it is not necessary that you have to uninstall. You may go ahead with the installation of RU3 (v3) without removing the existing R3. Others can simply follow the installation wizard.

But, follow below steps those who are running Forefront Security for Exchange.
Disable Forefront Security ( ‘fscutility /disable’ )and enable it(‘fscutility /enable’) after the installation of RU3 (v3). If you don’t follow these steps, you will have trouble in starting Information Store and Transport services.

Ref – Microsoft Exchange Blog


Thursday, 17 February 2011 14:54

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM and Exchange

On February 16th Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers as well as Volume License customers. On February 22nd, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will become generally available for folks to download via the Microsoft Download Center and available on Windows Update.

Microsoft Exchange team has already tested the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on below version of exchange. All the below version of exchange are supported to run on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1(RTM version).

  • Exchange 2007 SP3
  • Exchange 2010 RTM
  • Exchange 2010 SP1

Also note that the exchange 2007 was not supported run on Windows 2008 R2 until Microsoft released the Exchange 2007 SP3, read more.

Important - Windows 2008 R2 SP1 includes the hotfixes required to install Exchange 2010 SP1 (listed in Exchange 2010 SP1 FAQ and Known Issues — 979744, 983440, 979099, 982867 and 977020). If you're installing Exchange 2010 SP1 on a server running Windows 2008 R2 SP1, you don't need to install these hotfixes separately.

Ref - msexchangeteam article.


Monday, 24 January 2011 09:34

Exchange 2010, the Best Mail Server !!!

Listen all Microsoft Exchange Server Lovers!!!!

Microsoft Exchange 2010 has won InfoWorld Technology of the Year award for the best Mail Server!


Best mail server!!!

Microsoft Exchange 2010 continues Redmond's longstanding market leadership in mail servers and related software. This release shows why the company's once-reviled product continues to be deployed widely in enterprises: it works, it scales, and it continues to gain important new features.  In our tests, we saw improved management, administration, and reliability features plus an enhanced experience for users that includes automatic transcription of voicemails, delivery reports for messages, and extensive self-service options. Although light on wholesale changes and heavy on refinements, Exchange 2010 is nevertheless a major step up from Exchange 2007.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010 17:40

Download Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Now!

I know we all were waiting for the Exchange 2010 SP1 to be available for download. Do not wait anymore, here you go. Download the exchange server 2010 SP1 and enjoy the new enhancements.

Download your copy of Exchange 2010 SP1 here

Exchange 2010 SP1 software can be used to update an existing Exchange 2010 installation and to perform new installation.

The SP1 software is supported on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard; Windows Vista 64-bit Editions Service Pack 1.

To know features included in Exchange 2010 SP1, read here.

Ref - Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Is Now Available


This documents describes how the exchange environment for is installed. This includes the steps by step process of installing exchange in a new environment.

Exchange and AD Environment Pre-requirement 
  • Ensure that the Active Directory® directory service is in 2003 Native mode. If Active Directory is not in native mode, we will not be able to install Exchange 14.
Monday, 31 May 2010 16:53

Mailtips in exchange 2010

Let us now discuss about interesting and useful feature of Exchange 2010, MailTips!

Mail tips are messages, rather informative messages displayed to the user(who composes the email) while they composing it.

 In some situation we think to send out emails for auto response to know whether the user(recipient) is on leave or out of office etc, am I right? Mail tips gives you a way around for this. This small article will give you a little lights on the same.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 uses client throttling policies to manage the performance of the Exchange org. In other words, the throttling concept of Exchange 2010 allows an administrator to control how much activity a user is able to perform against an Exchange 2010 client access server.

Tuesday, 08 June 2010 17:33

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta

Microsoft has released the beta version of Exchange 2010 SP1. Click here to download.

The beta version has number of features including the personal archive on different mailbox store, few OWA improvements as discussed in my previous article.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 10:15

RPC Client Access Service Exchange 2010

Now most of us are aware some new very interesting features of Exchange 2010 including the DAG, Mail Tips, and Transport shadow server etc.  Here I have tried to explain how client access server works in exchange 2010 as middle tier.

In Exchange 2007 the CAS server provides a connection end point for all the client requests except for MAPI (outlook) and Entourage. This helped in improving the processing handled by the back end mailbox servers in turn improving the performance. In Exchange 2010 CAS design Microsoft has introduced a new service called RPC client access service. This intern moves all the RPC and directory (AD query) client access connection to middle tier CAS. So, now onwards MAPI clients no longer connects a mailbox server to open the mailbox and will use the RPC client access service in CAS server to connect to AD and Exchange mailbox server. For directory information they talks to NSPI (Name Service Provider Interface) end point on CAS server, which replaces the DSProxy component (this change has first introduced in exchange 2007).

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