Exchange 2010 has arrived, What’s New?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2009 in Exchange 2010

So word has hit the streets and Exchange 2010 RTM is officially available for download as a 120 trial from the Microsoft Download Centre and from the Microsoft Licensing download site for all Microsoft paying customers.   Microsoft Exchange 2010 introduces a number of enhancements and new features over it’s most recent predecessor Exchange 2007 and whilst many customers are still using Exchange 2003, Exchange 2010 has a lot to offer over Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007.  I first blogged about Exchange 2010 when it was in beta form and you can access these articles below;

Exchange 2010 Beta, First Look, Installation – Part 1
Exchange 2010 Beta, Configuration – Part 2
Exchange 2010 Beta, So what’s new – Part 3

Further to the above links, I will briefly outline some of the new changes that come with Exchange 2010 which I will further expand on in future posts.

  • Say good bye to Cluster continuous replication (CCR), Local continuous replication (LCR), Standby continuous replication (SCR) and say hello to Database Availability Group (DAG).  DAG is the best of CCR and SCR technologies allowing you to create a collection of up 16 Exchange Servers, each of which can contain a replica of a mailbox database.  DAG not only simplifies clustering matters but provides much greater resiliency over the traditional 2 node CCR cluster.
  • Enhanced Outlook Web App (OWA), formerly known as Outlook Web Access (OWA) provides you with a much closer experience to Microsoft Outlook more than any other previous version .  The most welcomed enhancement of Outlook Web App would also have to be the ability to run the “premium” client on Internet Browsers other than Internet Explorer.  You can now run premium OWA on Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari, a welcome inclusion for Linux and Mac users. Here is a link to some screen captures.
  • Exchange Server 2010 introduces the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) and Role Based Access Control (RBC).  This is a welcome addition in particular to larger organisations providing them with the ability to associate permissions against various roles which are further mapped to various Exchange tasks such as adding mailboxes etc.  The ECP console empowers these users to perform Exchange tasks delegated to them using a friendly interface.
  • Enhancements to Exchange Unified Communications roles such as Voicemail Preview, allowing you to receive a text version of your voicemail messages, WOW!
  • Exchange 2010 provides 70% less disk I/O over Exchange 2007 which had a 70% less disk I/O over Exchange 2003.  With these figures, Microsoft are comfortable in stating that Exchange 2010 will work with cheaper disks such as Direct Attached Storage (DAS) versus the notably more expensive Storage Area Network (SAN).  This brings huge savings to organisations looking at deploying Exchange 2010.
  • Exchange 2010 introduces end user archiving providing each user with a special personal mailbox that is linked to the user’s primary mailbox.  While it may not compete with solutions such as Symantec Vault or Quest Archive Manager, it is a welcome addition for smaller markets who would like to be compliant and enforce mailbox retention.  A new feature labelled Legal Hold, provides administrators with the ability to capture users deleted and edited messages, appointments and tasks from their mailbox and personal archives.
  • Exchange 2010 also provides enhancements to Exchange ActiveSync and Windows Mobile Devices.  These include but are not limited to conversation view and SMS Sync.  More information on Exchange 2010 mobility can be found here.

The above is by no means a complete definitive list and you can access a more comprehensive list of What’s New in Exchange 2010 from the Microsoft TechNet site here. I have also appended this article with a list of Resources around Exchange 2010.

Are you just as excited as I am, and how soon will you be deploying, transitioning or maybe even migrating to this new and exciting platform.

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Microsoft Exchange 2010 Home Page;

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 120 Day Trial;

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 RC VHD;

Top 10 reasons to try Microsoft Exchange Server 2010