Good morning Dallas!
Thanks for coming out and talking Exchange 2007 with me! I had a lot of fun and I am glad we had a great turn out! I look forward to speaking with you all again, please let me know if you need me or one of my other Dallas based teammates to come out during the week. You asked some fantastic questions and here is the answers. So if you need any clarification or more information, please comment!
Q: How does the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer (ExBPA) work in Small Business Server?
A: This tool can be run on SBS and should provide the same kind of information it does for an Exchange deployment. I’m not sure how many issues it will find, but if nothing else it will give you a snapshot of a lot of configuration properties that you can reference at a later time if needed.
Q: What is the time for Exchange 2007 and Small Business Server?
A: While I have no time frames as of yet the answer is YES! Exchange Server 2007 will be an integral part of the “Longhorn” (code name for the next Windows release) version of Small Business Server (SBS) and the recently announced “Centro” mid-market server offering. SBS and Centro are expected to be released six to twelve months following the release of Microsoft Windows Vista.
Q: What are the costs of Exchange 2007 Server will the new server roles have new prices?
A: While it does not look like there will be separate costs with the roles, here is a good FAQ:http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/faq.mspx#EHE
Q: How is OWA built (technically it is now OOWA) J?
A: Here are the browser requirements: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/E2k7Help/eea895d1-01a3-44e1-be6b-cfb32c538cb3.mspx?mfr=true
Q: Where is the free & busy information stored?
A: The Free and busy information is now being managed by the availability service. In a pure Exchange 2007 environment the public folder is not used. If you have a mixed system of Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2003, the free and busy information will still be stored in public folders. In this configuration Exchange 2007 will help proxy the information for the clients of the Exchange 2007 mail servers. There is not a lot of information on how it all works yet but here is a good start: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/E2k7Help/eea895d1-01a3-44e1-be6b-cfb32c538cb3.mspx?mfr=true
Q: Where can I learn more about Powershell (formerly Monad)?
A: Power Shell is the next generation of Windows scripting and is extremely powerful! There a lot of great resources located here on Power Shell: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/msh.mspx