Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 is ready to roll

Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 is ready to roll

Summary: Microsoft promised to deliver Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack (SP) 1 in the fourth quarter of 2007. It looks like the company is going to make good on its word, with the first SP looking like it will hit this week.

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Microsoft promised to deliver Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack (SP) 1 in the fourth quarter of 2007. It looks like the company is going to make good on its word, with the first SP looking like it will hit this week.

Microsoft posted to its Download Center over the weekend a standalone, downloadable version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Help, as well as the Exchange 2007 SP1 Management Shell Help.

The most eagerly awaited new feature that will be part of Exchange Server 2007 SP1 is standby continuous replication, which enables administrators to replicate an Exchange Server to another location for disaster-recovery purposes. (Thanks to Winbeta.org for that SearchWinIT link.) One of Microsoft's TechNet bloggers has a comprehensive list of other Exchange Server 2007 SP1 features. Microsoft released to manufacturing Exchange Server 2007 in December 2007.

If I were a betting woman, I'd say it's likely that Microsoft will take the wraps off Exchange Server 2007 SP1 during TechEd IT Forum in Barcelona this week. Maybe we'll hear more this week, too about Office 2007 SP1, as well. An astute reader noted that Microsoft recently posted some new Office 2007 SP1 content to its Support Center. (I asked Microsoft for a timeframe when it plans to release Office 2007 SP1 but got back a no comment.)

Update: It looks like the Softies are talking about Office 2007 SP1 at TechEd IT Forum this week. ActiveWin is reporting that Office 2007 SP1 is slated for Q1 2008 and will be feature-compatible with Windows Server 2008.

Topics: Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Software

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  • Simply wrong

    Anyone who has had the displeasure of setting up and administering an exchnage 2007 server knows the most eagerly awaited feature is a FREAKING GUI - the powershell is a fancy way of saying DOS commands - however most people know DOS commands - most don't know the arcane secret necromancer lingo required to run exchange in powershell/dos. WOW what an upgrade - we're putting back in some more of the GUI control you've already had in the previous 3 versions.
    boed
    • Ditto

      I cannot agree more....

      I got the impression from some folks at MS Support that I was somehow less of an IT-er by wanting a GUI. It's not that I'm adverse to command-line... I'm adverse to half-assed implementations. Having to do half of the management in GUI and half in CL is ridiculous.

      Hopefully MS will get Ex2007 to be at least as functional as Ex2003...
      STSanford
  • Ugh, Windows admins...

    It's apparent by all the complaints I've seen around the 'net that Microsoft has fostered a generation of so-called 'admins' unable and/or unwilling to learn valuable command-line functionality. These people seem terrified and outraged by having to type (with tab completion, no less)! Imagine the horror!

    As someone who works regularly with Cisco, Linux, and Microsoft, I applauded the addition of PowerShell to Exchange 2007 and could care less whether the GUI exists or not, frankly. Within 2 days of administering my new Exchange 2007 CCR cluster I stopped using the GUI as a whole, given the ability to use tab completion and massively chained commands that allowed us to administer Exchange in a much more intuitive and intelligent way, just as I would with Cisco IOS. GUI's are worthless and teach one nothing intelligent other than how to click around enough menus to find what they're looking for.

    Thank you Microsoft, from the bottom of my heart, for finally doing the right thing and giving true admins a powerful, scriptable way to administer your server applications.
    ryanjwh
    • I'm not opposed to DOS - but why not have a GUI TOO?

      Yes - it is so much easier to type 20 lines of code to see the size of mailboxes than to click on a word - BRILLIANT - time saving indeed!
      boed
    • spare me...

      get-aLife -identity "LinuxAdmins" | now

      Microsoft, give me back the Exchange GUI!
      ncluett
  • SP1 isn't exactly right...

    Take the import-mailbox toolset (that SHOULD have been GUI and SHOULD have been aprt of the abse product at launch). Has anyone at Microsfot actually administered a server using that tool?

    First it can't run on the server since it isn't supported in 64-bit. That right there is absolutley FUBAR.

    Second, installing it on the client actually requires 6 separate downloads (ie. .net 20, .net 20 sp1, powershell, mmc, exchange 32-bit server, exchange 23-bit server sp1. This, as you can imagine...can take HOURS. I guess you can't manage any of your Exchange servers if you've standardized on 64-bit Vista for your company (which also requires a horrid admin pack install process).

    Third, since it relies on Outlook, if your PST is corrupt it will crash powershell. No joke. The thread will simply die. Re-running the imports result in...you guessed it...duplicate messages, caledar entries, etc. There is no "only import changes" option or anything that is helpful. In addition, it actually scrolls the error messages above the default windows screen size, so unless you are paying attention you don't notice the errors.

    Fourth, it's not GUI. Hilarious. They've taken away exmerge and replaced it with something nobody wanted to handle pst tasks.

    I could go on...but I'm pretty disgusted with the clear differences between what we, as paying customers, ask for...and what Microsoft wants to try and force on us. This is a clear step-backwards.
    lawryll9
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