Are you ready for Exchange 12?


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Comments (34)
  1. jeff honey says:

    No, I’m not ready for E12. I cannot install a 64-bit OS and run my existing Exchange 2003 server. When E12 comes out, I cannot run it on my current 32-bit OS server. Catch-22. I will have to do some interesting sleight-of-hand to upgrade to E12. On that note alone, I say *phooey* on E12. I have no upgrade path other than to completely wipe an existing server for E12 or purchase new hardware. Neither choice is palatable.

  2. Aaron Hall says:

    I’d love to test it out… if Microsoft is willing to provide a test server to go with it. I agree with the other poster, the down side of you guys going 64bit only with this release is that we have limited means to test a deployment right now.

    I, on the other hand, do have plans to upgrade to 64bit by the end of 2007, but until then there’s little chance of it being a reality for me.

  3. Looking for someone to assist with the installation of E12 CTP1 x86…  I have MMC3.0 installed but the setup.exe keeps telling me that its not installed, go download and install it..  somewhat frustrating to say the least!

  4. -Eleanor Hatem says:

    I am ready for Exchange 12. I budgeted for New Hardware for Q4 FY2006. and have budgeted for disks for the SAN.

    Have been doing all the webcasts and will be at TechEd and have signed up the hands on Exchange 12 course.

    I was a DECie and seeded many of the 64-bit Alphas. Been waiting for 64-bit.

  5. KC Lemson says:

    Eleanor – can you ping me at kclemson AT microsoft DOT com?

  6. Guillaume Groen says:

    We are running on 64bit hardware for quite a while but the applications that run on 64bit software are aren’t that widespread.

    When exchange 12 is available we will be upgrading.

  7. Jason Sherry says:

    To: jeff honey

    There is not a direct upgrade path to E12.  Exchange 2003 does not support W2k3 64 Bit.

    The upgrade parth to E12 is to install a new E12 Mailbox server in the existing, or new Admin Group, and move the mailboxes from the E2k3 server to the new E12 server.

  8. Lance Wilson says:

    I too am eagerliy awaiting Exchange 12.  I will also be attending TechEd and the hands on lab for 12…

  9. Peter Silks says:

    Is Exchange "12" going to require a SQL license?  One of the other IT guys swears that it is.

  10. kclemson says:

    Peter – absolutely not true. Have whoever thinks this please contact me if they’d like – kclemson AT microsoft DOT com.

  11. Joe Cool says:

    just move the DB files and go?

  12. Eric Thompson says:

    I am VERY excited about the Fax Server portion. We are just about to invest in a third party fax server and I would love to wait and put in x64. Unfortuantely for large organization like us we have blade or card server solutions so we will have to put exhange on a stand alone x64. But 64 is the way to go.  

  13. Eric – would love to hear more from you about your thoughts on e12. Please drop me a line at kclemson AT microsoft DOT com.

  14. Worth Norton says:

    I’m past ready! Does anyone know if we can host multible domains on one Exchange 12 server?

  15. Worth Norton says:

    I’m past ready! Does anyone know if we can host multiple domains on one Exchange 12 server?

  16. James Marcellus says:

    I am ready for Exch. 2007 My question to Microsoft is will this version allow us to run exchange servers in rudundance without a 3rd party app and not running in cluster mode? That would be great

  17. Tony Engel says:

    We are in the process of installing E12 CTP on an Intel x64 system and found something in the documentation that says the UM can only run on a 32 bit system.  Is that right or a typo?  [fingers crossed with hopes it runs on x64]

  18. KC Lemson says:

    Tony – it’s correct, but it’s temporary. UM uses some codecs from third parties and we weren’t able to get 64bit versions of those codecs in time for Beta 1. That has since been addressed in a later build. So if you are going to use x64 OS, you’ll need two machines for now in order to test the CTP.

  19. Eric Thompson says:

    I am VERY excited about the Fax Server portion. We are just about to invest in a third party fax server and I would love to wait and put in x64. Unfortuantely for large organization like us we have blade or card server solutions so we will have to put exhange on a stand alone x64. But 64 is the way to go.  

  20. kclemson says:

    Eric – would love to hear more from you about your thoughts on e12. Please drop me a line at kclemson AT microsoft DOT com.

  21. Worth Norton says:

    I’m past ready! Does anyone know if we can host multible domains on one Exchange 12 server?

  22. James Marcellus says:

    I am ready for Exch. 2007 My question to Microsoft is will this version allow us to run exchange servers in rudundance without a 3rd party app and not running in cluster mode? That would be great

  23. Tony Engel says:

    We are in the process of installing E12 CTP on an Intel x64 system and found something in the documentation that says the UM can only run on a 32 bit system.  Is that right or a typo?  [fingers crossed with hopes it runs on x64]

  24. KC Lemson says:

    Tony – it’s correct, but it’s temporary. UM uses some codecs from third parties and we weren’t able to get 64bit versions of those codecs in time for Beta 1. That has since been addressed in a later build. So if you are going to use x64 OS, you’ll need two machines for now in order to test the CTP.

  25. Adrian Romo says:

    What about upgrading a cluster?  Can you add an x64/Exchange 2007 server to an existing 2003 cluster?  Otherwise it’s going to be difficult to come up with another 1/2 TB of SAN storage just to migrate.

  26. MinTeYe says:

    it’ll be better when E12 also run on 32 bit version.

  27. Eric Murphy says:

    If anyone in the UK would like to trial a server for 2 months that can run 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Exchange, contact me at sun AT interfacesolutions DOT co DOT uk

    I am setting up some trials for 64bit apps with Microsoft and Sun, and would appreciate any feedback on what you would like to see.

  28. Rick Clark says:

    Darn right we are ready for Exchange 2007!  50 Stores, 8K pages, and the ability to increase our mailboxes to where users don’t complain that they have more space on MSN!  We budgeted for 5 new 64 bit servers, a second SPAM filter, and a SAN.  We have had numerous discussions with the server vendor, the SAN vendor, and the SAN vendor’s former Microsoft Exchange Ranger on planning.  For those who are concerned about 64bit get used to it. We will be moving to virtualized servers anyway and ESX 3.0 will fit the bill with 64 bit compatibility.  If I had the machines, which aren’t available until June 2006, I would already be running the Beta.

  29. canadamand says:

    I will be buying new hardware for my exchange 2k3 servers in the fiscal year beginning July 1st. If 2k3 does not support 64bit how should I proceed.

  30. Exchange says:

    canadamand,

    Please check specifically two posts that will answer this question:

    http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2005/11/18/414796.aspx

    and

    http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/03/13/421914.aspx

  31. Sridhar VG says:

    Going through the links, I am getting confused. Can some clarify, If I can install E12 Beta 1 on a system Intel 32 bit system running Windows 2003.

  32. Exchange says:

    Sridhar VG,

    If you have 32 bit version of Exchange 2007 Beta 1, then sure – you can do it. Even up to RTM, with later versions, 32 bit version can be installed on a 32 bit OS, yes. However do realize that 32 bit is not going to be supported in production and that you should not do any sort of performance / scalability testing on a 32 bit version as the 64 bit results will be significantly different.

  33. Poo says:

    Although Exchange 2007 has a great feature, we need 64bit hardware like mentioned in this forum. In addition, we need whitepapers to know more about this new product. Keep the plate hot, we would like to move forward.

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