What's coming in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1

What's coming in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1

Summary: It wasn't all that long ago (October 2009) that Microsoft released to manufacturing its Exchange Server 2010 product. Yet on April 7, company officials started talking about what's coming in the first service pack (SP) for the product, via the Exchange Server Team blog.


It wasn't all that long ago (October 2009) that Microsoft released to manufacturing its Exchange Server 2010 product. Yet on April 7, company officials started talking about what's coming in the first service pack (SP) for the product, via the Exchange Server Team blog.

In a post entitled "Yes Virginia, there is an Exchange Server 2010 SP1," the team shared information on some of the features -- beyond the expected fixes and "roll-up of the roll-ups released to date -- that are coming with the SP1 update. The team also committed to providing the final version of Exchange Server 2010 SP1 before the end of calendar 2010, and said to expect a beta of SP1 in June, around the time of the TechEd 2010 North America conference.

New features/functionality on tap for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 include archiving and discovery updates, Outlook Web App improvements, mobile user and management improvements and "some highly sought after additional UI for management tasks," the Exchange team said.

On the archive/discovery front, SP1 will add the capability to provision a user's Personal Archive to a different mailbox database from their primary mailbox. There also will be an update for support for access to a user's Personal Archive with Outlook 2007. Via SP1, users also will be able to import historical e-mail data from .PST files directly into Exchange. The Exchange Management Console will be getting new tools for creating Retention Policy Tags. And the Multi-Mailbox Search feature will get updates to help with e-discovery of e-mail "for legal, regulatory or other reasons," according to the Softies.

On the Outlook Web App front, SP1 will get a faster reading experience, as a result of enhancements for pre-fetching message content, according to the blog post, as well as other UI-related updates that will make OWA "much friendlier to the smaller screens of ever popular Netbooks." Additionally, users will be able to share calendars with anonymous viewers via the Web (if admins enable this functionality), the team said.

There are other information-rights-management and console improvements detailed in the full post on the team blog.

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Maybe it'll finally support inline attachments. [nt]

    • Inline attachments

      That has been supported by Outlook since the dawn of time. (I assume you're whinging about Outlook, not Exchange here?) If you really need inline attachments (which are rediculously annoying 99% of the time), just switch the message format to RTF. Done.

      The reason you don't get them by default is because the world is trying to move AWAY from that (usually) clumsy model. There are cases where it's better, but those are really quite rare. Just two mouse clicks to make the switch if you need it, though.
    • re: Inline Attachments

      Inline attachments are really just good for virus propagation. Any system admin won't allow you to view an email with embedded content without at least choosing "Download Pictures".

      If you want pretty emails, the industry needs to get a new mail protoocol that makes email truly traceable. it can be done, but it isn't being done because there's so much profit in spamming, profit in pwning machines, profit in selling AV and anti-spam equipment.
      • That and

        SPF was Microsoft's idea so no one else wants to implement it for no reason other than it came from Redmond.
  • Things I'd like :

    I've set up a few Exchange 2010 servers so far. The certificates is much better than 2007 but it still doesn't handle all things properly so I still use a powershell script I've used since Exchange 2007 to assign a standard certificate to all exchange functions.

    Listing mailbox sizes - please don't tell us powershell can do this easily - A GUI is easy, any time you use PS you are making it more cumbersome. We'd all be using Linux without a gui if scripting was more popular than windows or OSX gui.

    They added online archive folders - great idea - putting them in the same database - absurd. If you want to run maintenance, as quickly as possible I'd like to run it on just production mailboxes.
    • Agree 100%

      I don't mind everything being available in powershell, I see the reasoning of running without a GUI on the server, but please let us see mailbox size in the gui. Just let us add another column to the mailbox view like System Manager.

      And the archive-to-same-database was kind of pointless. I'm glad they are letting you move it to a separate one.
  • RE: What's coming in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1

    Yeah - I've been requesting they put back the the mailbox sizes available in the gui of 2003 and previous versions of Exchange since Exchange 2007 beta was released.

    Unfortunately you get the Linux scripting powershell AKA DOS fanboys telling us how much more powerful POS is. POS /Powershell may be powerful for people who do nothing but script or manage exchange servers but for those of us who have to develop IT budgets, manage IT staff, have human interaction with our clients, manage a significant number of other servers, set up workstations, printers, phones and just about anything that plugs in POS isn't that handy. I still have to try and figure out identity and just about every other variable I need to use whenever I have to use the arcane POS interface. What I used to do in 5 seconds by clicking on an icon in 2003 takes me minutes to an hour to figure out in 2007 because I don't sit around using POS all day and because GUI's are intuitive and conjuring spells in POS is not.

    I'm not against them offering POS to manage exchange servers but everything should be available in the GUI as well.