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What's New in Exchange Server 2007 SP1

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP1

Topic Last Modified: 2007-10-22

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) introduces many new features for each server role. This topic discusses the new and improved features that are added when you install Exchange 2007 SP1.

To download Exchange 2007 SP1, see Exchange Server 2007 Downloads.

You can install Exchange 2007 SP1 on a computer that is running the Windows Server 2008 operating system. For more information about the installation prerequisites for installing Exchange 2007 SP1 on a Windows Server 2008 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 SP1, see Exchange 2007 System Requirements.

If Exchange 2007 SP1 is deployed on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008, you can enter IP addresses and IP address ranges in the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) format, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) format, or both formats. A default installation of Windows Server 2008 enables support for IPv4 and IPv6. If Exchange 2007 SP1 is deployed in this configuration, all server roles can send data to and receive data from devices, servers, and clients that use IPv6 addresses. For more information about Exchange 2007 SP1 support for IPv6 addresses, see IPv6 Support in Exchange 2007 SP1 and SP2.

The Client Access server role includes enhancements for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and Microsoft Outlook Web Access. There is a new administration management interface for managing Post Office Protocol Version 3 (POP3) and Internet Message Access Protocol version 4 revision 1 (IMAP4). There are also several changes that affect the setup and configuration of proxying and redirection.

Exchange ActiveSync in Exchange 2007 SP1 includes the following enhancements for the administrator and for the end user:

  • An Exchange ActiveSync default mailbox policy is created.

  • Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync mailbox policy settings have been added.

  • Remote Wipe confirmation has been added.

  • Direct Push performance enhancements have been added.

For more information about the new Exchange ActiveSync features in Exchange 2007 SP1 see New Client Access Features in Exchange 2007 SP1.

Outlook Web Access is an ideal client for users who do not have access to Outlook, such as users who are traveling or who rely on shared workstations for access to e-mail and calendar information. Outlook Web Access was completely rewritten for Exchange 2007, which gave us an opportunity to add many new features. With Exchange 2007 SP1, the following new features have been added:

Changes to Outlook Web Access Light   With Exchange 2007 SP1, Outlook Web Access Light will monitor user activity so that Outlook Web Access does not time out while a user is composing a long entry.

Changes to Outlook Web Access Premium   The following features have been added to Outlook Web Access Premium in Exchange 2007 SP1:

  • Users can create and edit Personal Distribution Lists.

  • Users can create and edit server side rules.

  • WebReady Document Viewing has added support for some Office 2007 file formats.

  • Users will have access to the dumpster from Outlook Web Access and will be able to use the Recover Deleted Items feature.

  • A monthly calendar view has been added.

  • Move and copy commands have been added to the Outlook Web Access user interface.

  • Public Folders are supported through the /owa virtual directory.

  • S/MIME support has been added.

  • Additional customization features as follows:

    • Ability to integrate with custom message types in the Exchange store so that they are displayed correctly in Outlook Web Access

    • Ability to customize the Outlook Web Access user interface to seamlessly integrate custom applications together with Outlook Web Access

For more information about new Outlook Web Access features in Exchange 2007 SP1 see New Client Access Features in Exchange 2007 SP1.

A new administration user interface has been added to the Exchange Management Console for the POP3 and IMAP4 protocols. This administration user interface enables you to configure the following settings for POP3 and IMAP4 for your individual Client Access server:

  • Port settings

  • Authentication settings

  • Connection settings

  • Message and calendar settings

For more information about new POP3 and IMAP4 features in Exchange 2007 SP1 see New Client Access Features in Exchange 2007 SP1.

Exchange 2007 SP1 includes the following improvements to core transport functionality:

  • Back pressure algorithm improvements

  • The addition of transport configuration options to the Exchange Management Console

Exchange 2007 SP1 includes the following enhancements to message processing and routing functionality on the Hub Transport server role:

  • Priority queuing

  • Message size limits on Active Directory site links

  • Message size limits on routing group connectors

  • The addition of Send connector configuration options to the Exchange Management Console

  • The addition of the Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) agent

  • X.400 authoritative domains

  • Transport rules are now able to act on Unified Messaging messages

Exchange 2007 SP1 includes the following enhancements to the Edge Transport server role:

  • Improvements to the following EdgeSync cmdlets:

    • Start-EdgeSynchronization cmdlet

    • Test-EdgeSynchronization cmdlet

  • Improvements to the cloned configuration scripts

For more information about improvements to the Transport server roles in Exchange 2007 SP1, see New Transport Features in Exchange 2007 SP1.

Exchange 2007 SP1 introduces several new features for the Mailbox server role including the following:

  • Public folder management by using the Exchange Management Console

  • New public folder features

  • Mailbox management improvements

  • Ability to import and export mailbox by using .pst files

  • Changes to Messaging Records Management (MRM)

  • New performance monitor counters for online database defragmentation

For more information about the Mailbox server role improvements in Exchange 2007 SP1, see New Mailbox Features in Exchange 2007 SP1.

Exchange 2007 SP1 introduces several new features for high availability, in addition to improvements to existing high availability features. The new and improved features extend the scenarios in which you can achieve data and service availability for your Exchange 2007 server roles. The new scenarios enable organizations to separate high availability scenarios from site resilience scenarios, and to deploy configurations that are customized for the specific needs of your organization in each separate area.

The following new features for high availability and improvements to existing high availability features are available in Exchange 2007 SP1:

  • Standby continuous replication

  • Support for Windows Server 2008

    • Support for multi-subnet failover clusters

    • Support for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) IPv4

    • Support for IPv6

    • New quorum models (disk and file share witness)

  • Continuous replication (log shipping and seeding) over redundant cluster networks in a cluster continuous replication environment

  • Reporting and monitoring improvements

  • Performance improvements

  • Transport dumpster improvements

  • Exchange Management Console improvements

For more information about the high availability features in Exchange 2007 SP1, see New High Availability Features in Exchange 2007 SP1.

Unified Messaging has been improved and has added new features in Exchange 2007 SP1. To use some of these features, you must correctly deploy Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 in your environment.

To correctly plan and deploy Exchange 2007 SP1 and Communications Server 2007 in your Unified Messaging environment, you must follow the planning and deployment steps that are provided in the Office Communications Server and Client Documentation Rollup.

The following is a summary of the Unified Messaging features that are available in an integrated Exchange 2007 SP1 and Communications Server 2007 environment:

  • Ability to create SIP URI and E.164 dial plans by using the New Dial Plan wizard

  • Additional logic for resolving internal calling number

  • Notification of forwarding when leaving voice messages in scenarios where the destination uses call forwarding

  • Support for recording high-fidelity voice messages in Exchange Unified Messaging

  • Access to Outlook Voice Access from Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 without requiring the user to enter a PIN

  • Ability for Office Communicator 2007 clients to associate subjects and priorities to voice messages

  • Support for media streams to traverse firewalls

  • Integration of missed call notification e-mail messages with Office Communicator 2007

  • Ability to prohibit Play on Phone calls that are placed by using Office Communicator 2007 from being subjected to call forwarding rules that are configured

The following features are available in Exchange 2007 SP1 without integrating your Unified Messaging environment together with Communications Server 2007:

  • Support for Secure Realtime Transport Protocol (SRTP).

  • Exchange Management Console support for configuring Mutual Transport Layer Security (mutual TLS) for dial plans.

  • Ability to add a SIP or E.164 address for a user by using the Enable Unified Messaging Wizard.

  • Ability to modify extension numbers and SIP and E.164 addresses for a UM-enabled user by using the Exchange Management Console.

  • In-band fax tone detection. By default, this feature is disabled but can be enabled in environments that use IP PBXs.

  • Quality of Service (QoS) support.

  • For more information about each of these features in Unified Messaging and Exchange 2007 SP1, see New Unified Messaging Features in Exchange 2007 SP1.

Exchange 2007 SP1 introduces several enhancements to the Exchange API set. The most significant of those changes are to the Exchange Web Services.

Exchange 2007 SP1 introduces the following new functionality and improvements to the Exchange Web Services API. The following list identifies functionality now available in Exchange 2007 SP1:

  • Support for public folder access. Public folders can now be created, deleted, edited, and synchronized by using the Exchange Web Services.

  • Improved delegate access.

  • Delegate management.

  • Item identifier translation between identifier formats.

  • Folder level permissions.

  • Proxy to the best Client Access server.

For more information about Microsoft Exchange development and enhancements made to the Microsoft Exchange APIs, visit the Exchange Server Developer Center.

 
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