Posted by: kurtsh | August 25, 2009

RELEASE: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 RTMs

image Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) has been designed specifically to help meet the challenges of any business and the needs of all the different groups with a stake in the messaging system.

Exchange Server 2007 SP2 is a mission-critical communications tool that enables employees to be more productive and access their information anywhere and anytime while providing a messaging system that enables rich, efficient access to e-mail, calendar items, voice mail, and contacts.

For the administrator, Exchange Server 2007 SP2 provides advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses, as well as the tools to help manage internal compliance and high availability needs. For an overview of the new features that are available in Exchange Server 2007 SP2, see "What’s New in Exchange Server 2007 SP2".

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) introduces many new features for each server role. This topic discusses the new and improved features that are added when you install Exchange 2007 SP1.

To download Exchange 2007 SP2, see Exchange Server 2007 Downloads.

  • Deploying Exchange Server 2010
    You can deploy Exchange Server 2010 in your organization once all of the Client Access servers in your organization have been upgraded to Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2). In addition, any Exchange 2007 Server, regardless of server role, in the Active Directory site you are transitioning, must be upgraded to Exchange 2007 SP2.
  • Exchange Backup Functionality
    Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 includes a VSS plug-in for Windows Server Backup to support Exchange backups. Once SP2 is installed, you can use Windows Server Backup to back up and restore your Exchange 2007 SP2 databases. The new plug-in is delivered in the form of a single executable called WSBExchange.exe. This plug-in is automatically installed by SP2 on all Exchange 2007 Mailbox servers. The plug-in enables Windows Server Backup to be able to make Exchange-aware VSS backups. For more information about this feature and how to use it, see Using Windows Server Backup to Back Up and Restore Exchange Data.
  • Enhanced Auditing
    New Exchange auditing events and audit log repository enable Exchange administrators to more easily audit the activities occurring on their Exchange servers. It allows the right balance of granularity, performance, and easy access to audited events via a dedicated audit log repository. This simplifies the auditing process and makes review of audited events easier by segregating audited events in a dedicated location. For more information about the new auditing features available with SP2, see Understanding Mailbox Access Auditing with Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2.
  • Dynamic Active Directory Schema 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. For more information about Dynamic Active Directory Schema Validation, see Understanding Dynamic Schema Updates and Validation in Exchange 2007 SP2.
  • Public Folder Quota Management
    Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 provides a more efficient way to manage Public Folder quotas by improving the current cmdlets and removing the dependency on the Public Folder Distributed Authoring and Versioning Administration to perform management tasks. For more information about the new public folder quota management features, see the Set-PublicFolder cmdlet documentation.
  • Centralized Organizational Settings
    There are several new cmdlet parameters that have been added that enable centralized management of many of the Exchange organization settings.

DOWNLOAD:  Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (884MB)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4c4bd2a3-5e50-42b0-8bbb-2cc9afe3216a

WHITEPAPER:  What’s New in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee221150.aspx

WHITEPAPER:  Releases Notes
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ee7829a3-0ae8-44de-822c-908cd1034523&displaylang=en

WHITEPAPER:  Active Directory Schema Changes
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee221142.aspx

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