Microsoft readies second service pack for Exchange 2010

Microsoft readies second service pack for Exchange 2010

Summary: Microsoft shared features and timing for the second service pack for its Exchange 2010 product during its TechEd 2011 conference on May 17.

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Microsoft shared features and timing for the second service pack for its Exchange 2010 product during its TechEd 2011 conference on May 17.

SP2 will be out in the second half of calendar 2011, according to Microsoft execs. The SP will include 500 or so bug fixes, plus at least four new features, officials told TechEd attendees. (After years of hearing Microsoft execs say service packs were meant for bug fixes only, Microsoft is back to saying "service packs these days are about bugs AND features.")

Among the new features that will be in SP2, according to a new blog post on the Exchange Team blog are: Outlook Web App (OWA) Mini: The browse-only version of OWA for low-bandwidth and low-resolution devices. (It's basically OMA revisited, a Microsoft exec told show attendees and provides a simple text-based interface to navigate mailboxes and access global address lists.)

Hybrid Configuarion Wizard: A tool designed to streamline the process of setting-up on-premises Exchange and Office 365 and getting them to work together in hybrid mode.

Address Book Policies (also known as Global Address List, or GAL, Segmentation): Allows organizations to segment their address books into smaller scoped subsets of users providing a more refined user experience than the previous manual configuration approach.

Cross-Site Silent Redirection for Outlook Web App: Enables silent redirection when the client-access server (CAS) must redirect an OWA request to CAS infrastructure located in another Active Directory site. Silent redirection can also provide a single sign-on experience when Forms-Based Authentication is used.

Exchange 2010 SP2 also will include "customer requested fixes," which means update rollups released prior to Service Pack 2 will also be contained within SP2.

Microsoft shipped Exchange 2010 SP1 in August 2010.

Blogger Steven Bink first reported Microsoft's plans for Exchange SP2, and has some additional details in his post.

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  • RE: Microsoft readies second service pack for Exchange 2010

    Not to start a flame war, or anything like that. But Microsoft should lose the year designations on their products. By putting a year designation on products, they are limiting the value of the products.
    Rick_K
    • I agree

      I recommend they use the number of users than can be reliably supported:

      Exchange 5 = Exchange 2000

      Exchange 25 = Exchange 2003

      Exchange 50 = Exchange 2010 SP1

      Exchange 55 = Exchange 2010 SP2

      etc
      Richard Flude
      • RE: Microsoft readies second service pack for Exchange 2010

        @Richard Flude Considering the largest single customer base as the best barometer of reliability, that would make it:

        Exchange 190,000 -and-
        Google 9,998
        Your Non Advocate
      • And Richard Fluid -1

        @facebook@...

        Exchange 190,000
        Google 9,998
        Richard Fluid -1

        :|
        Tim Cook
      • Good one

        An Exchange Server supporting 190,000 mailboxes;-)
        Richard Flude
      • LOL! Who knew you had a sense of humor

        @Mr. Spock!
        :)
        Will Pharaoh
  • RE: Microsoft readies second service pack for Exchange 2010

    Exchange has become one of those products that we take for granted. It is very mature and has continued to evolve to meet the needs ot oorgnaizations (hosting and mobility are the huge ones here). Hats off to the Exchange team for continuing to build value.
    frankwick
  • SPs are for fixes Jim Allchin Days

    I believe it was Jim Allchin who instituted those policies with the release of NT 4 SP3 that Service Packs would no longer include features. Considering that he has been gone from the company for so many years now, I guess the changing landscape of IT with its consumerization and the competition with Google Apps, that SP policy is no longer relevant.
    Mr. Dee
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