Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3 Released

Microsoft released Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3 today and this can be downloaded from the following link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1687160b-634a-43cb-a65a-f355cff0afa6&displaylang=en

Overview
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (SP3) has been designed specifically to meet the challenges facing our customers and to help address the needs of all the different businesses and organizations utilizing our Exchange Server 2007 enterprise messaging system.

Exchange Server 2007 SP3 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 administrators, Exchange Server 2007 SP3 provides further flexibility with the addition of Windows Server 2008 R2 support for server roles and Windows 7 support for the Exchange management tools. These additions, along with enhancements for the advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses and the tools which help manage internal compliance and high availability needs provide Exchange administrators with the tools they need to manage their Exchange 2007 environments efficiently.

Clean installations of Exchange 2007 SP3 on a new server are possible by using this download in the same manner as you would install Exchange 2007 RTM, Exchange 2007 SP1 or Exchange 2007 SP2.

> New Deployment Options
> Windows Server 2008 R2 Support
Exchange Server 2007 SP3 supports all Exchange 2007 roles on the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.

Exchange 2007 SP3 provides support only for a new installation of Exchange on Windows Server 2008 R2. Exchange 2007 SP3 is not supported in an upgrade scenario on Windows Server 2008 R2. For example, Exchange 2007 SP3 does not support the following installation scenarios:

A new Exchange 2007 SP3 installation on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Server 2008

Upgrading Exchange 2007 SP2 to Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Server 2008

Upgrading the operating system from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 on a computer that has Exchange 2007 SP3 installed

For more information about the installation prerequisites for installing Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer, see How to Install Exchange 2007 SP1 and SP2 Prerequisites on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista. For more information about the supported operating systems for Exchange 2007 SP3, see Exchange 2007 System Requirements.

> Windows 7 Support
Exchange 2007 SP3 supports the installation of the Exchange 2007 management tools on a computer that is running Windows 7. Additionally, Exchange 2007 SP3 provides support for the installation of the Exchange 2007 Management Tools together with the Exchange Server 2010 Management Tools on the same Windows 7-based computer.

Exchange 2007 SP3 provides support only for a new installation of the Exchange Management Tools on Windows 7. Exchange 2007 SP3 is not supported in an upgrade scenario on Windows 7. For example, Exchange 2007 SP3 does not support the following installation scenarios:

A new Exchange 2007 SP3 installation on a Windows 7-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Vista

Upgrading Exchange 2007 SP2 to Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows 7-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Vista

Upgrading the operating system from Windows Vista to Windows 7 with Exchange 2007 on a computer that has Exchange 2007 SP3 installed

For more information about how to install the Exchange 2007 management tools, see How to Install the Exchange 2007 Management Tools.

> Improved Password Reset Functionality
Exchange 2007 SP3 introduces password reset functionality for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7. For more information, see How to Enable the Exchange 2007 SP3 Password Reset Tool.

> Updated Search Functionality
Exchange 2007 SP3 includes updates to the Exchange Search (MSSearch) component. MSSearch provides support for creating full text indexes for Exchange stores. Exchange 2007 SP3 updates the MSSearch binary files to MSSearch 3.1.

> Schema Changes
Exchange 2007 SP3 includes Active Directory schema changes for certain Unified Messaging (UM) mailbox attributes. For more information, see Active Directory Schema Changes (SP3).

> Support for Right-to-Left Disclaimer Text
Exchange 2007 SP3 includes support for Right-to-Left text in e-mail message disclaimers in a right-to-left language, such as Arabic. In earlier versions of Exchange, when you use a transport rule to create a disclaimer in a right-to-left language on an Exchange 2007 Hub Transport server, the text appears incorrectly when you view it from Outlook 2007.

Exchange 2007 SP3 adds functionality to the transport rule setting to fully support right-to-left text in disclaimers.

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Exchange 2010 Update Rollup 4 Released

Microsoft has today released Update Rollup 4 For Microsoft Exchange 2010 and this can be downloaded from:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=09b4973e-3a80-4fb9-9f60-5c6e2b7a2727&displaylang=en

Issues that have been addressed by this update are:

979342 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979342/ ) An attachment is not visible when an Exchange Server 2010 user opens a signed mail message by using Outlook 2003
979517 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979517/ ) You cannot send a message to a Dynamic Distribution Group in a mixed Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010 environment
979790 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979790/ ) An IMAP4 client crashes when accessing an Exchange Server 2010 mailbox
979801 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979801/ ) An error message is generated in Exchange Server 2010 when you use Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant
979810 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979810/ ) You cannot connect an Exchange Server 2010 mailbox by using a MAPI client
979848 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979848/ ) Event ID 1066 is logged and you cannot move a mailbox from an Exchange Server 2003 server to an Exchange Server 2010 server
979862 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979862/ ) Event ID 4999 and Event ID 7031 are logged when you move a mailbox to an Exchange Server 2010 server
979921 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/979921/ ) You cannot replicate a public folder from one Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 server to another, and Event ID 3079 is logged on the target server
980149 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980149/ ) The Add-MailboxDatabaseCopy command fails when it is used to add a database copy to a Database Availability Group in an Exchange Server 2010 environment
980353 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980353/ ) A MAPI application that is used to access Exchange Server 2010 mailboxes crashes when the application accesses an address book
980354 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980354/ ) “MAPI_E_INVALID_PARAMETER” error message when you copy email messages from an Exchange Server 2010 mailbox
980364 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980364/ ) Microsoft Exchange Transport service on an Exchange Server 2010 server crashes when a certain message is processed
980701 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980701/ ) An Exchange Server 2010 mailbox user receives a NDR error message when the user sends an email message to multiple internal users
980852 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980852/ ) The RpcClientAccess process on an Exchange Server 2010 server crashes when you access a mailbox by using a MAPI application
981033 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981033/ ) Error message when you expand the Microsoft Exchange On-Premises node in the EMC of Exchange Server 2010
981961 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981961/ ) Event ID 4033 is logged and the Free/Busy replication from an Exchange Server 2003 server to an Exchange Server 2010 server fails
982209 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982209/ ) Some embedded messages are corrupted when they are contained in a message that is sent from an Exchange Server 2010 mailbox address
982378 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982378/ ) A delegate receives only one meeting request when someone sends a meeting request to several principals in an Exchange Server 2010 RU1 or later environment
982944 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982944/ ) The msExchVersion attribute value of a user is stamped incorrectly after you run the Enable-MailUser cmdlet to mail-enable the user
983200 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/983200/ ) The .xls file as an attachment is empty when you access an Exchange Server 2010 mailbox by using OWA
983631 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/983631/ ) “redirect it to people or distribution list” rule does not work on an Exchange Server 2010 mailbox address
2084061 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2084061/ ) A user intermittently fails to access an Exchange Server 2010 mailbox after the mailbox is moved

Unlimited Mobile Data Plans – A Thing Of The Past

According to O2 today, from June 2010, a new Mobile Data Tariff will come into effect limiting users to a fixed amount of data for a set price and that the current ‘unlimited’ data plan is history.

The idea behind this change is that 97% of it’s users use less than 500mb of data per month and that heavy users of data will have to pay to consume more than 500mb per month. This is driven by the demand for data doubling every 4 months predominantly caused by the increase in the number of Smartphones that are being used.

If you want to read more, please visit the O2 blog entry:
http://blog.o2.co.uk/home/2010/06/offering-fair-and-transparent-access-to-mobile-data.html