Enhancements to Client Access Services and Web Services in Exchange Server 2007: Webcast (8-14-2006)

Good afternoon all of my Exchange 2007 Client Access,

Thank you for attending my web cast on Exchange 2007 client access,  Harold Wong and Kevin Remde did an excellent job and handled the questions that came into the queue.  Please comment if you have any additional questions.

Also if you can watch the stream of the web cast here:
Enhancements to Client Access Services and Web Services in Exchange Server 2007

Question: The slide says Beta 1.
Answer: The slide was developed prior to Beta 2 releasing. Technically, the information covered today is the same in Beta 2 as in Beta 1. I provided information that is valid for Beta 2.

Question: Can Exchange 2007 be co-existed with Exchange 2000, which is serving IM only?
Answer: Yes. However, you should also have at least one Exchange 2003 server in the org and the Exchange org. needs to be at "Exchange 2000 Native" mode or higher.

Question: Are we still looking at end of 2006 for Exchange 2007 to be released?
Answer: Yes, end of 2006 or very early 2007 (January timeframe). This will depend on the feedback we receive from our customers during the Beta 2 phase.

Question: What is the address of the Exchange Server 2007 home page?
Answer: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/default.mspx

Question: Exchange 2007 Technical Library - a great place to look for answers to all of your technical questions on Exchange Server 2007:

Question: Currently, I have Ex2000 (IM) and Exchange 2003 (BE). If I choose to upgrade Ex2003 to Exchange 2007, what happens to IM?
Answer Privately: Good question. Any mailbox that you move to Exchange 2007 will not be able to integrate with Exchange 2000 IM (sorry).

Question: Is there a PBX emulator that allows testing of Unified Messaging in a test environment?
Answer: Yes, there are soft phones available as well as hardware devices that emulate this environment.

Question: The currently "in development" documentation on planning for Unified Messaging is found here:
Answer: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/E2k7Help/eb8372d6-6270-4fb5-a96b-49c7a7f6dbc2.mspx?mfr=true

Question: Where can I download the PBX emulator for Exchange 2007?
Answer: I don't know of a free one that is available on the Internet. The ones I saw were from vendors that charge for them.

Question: When the next version of LCS 2005 and Exchange 2007 will be available?
Answer: The next release of LCS will be out in the summer of 2007 (planned). The current version (LCS 2005 SP1) will work fine with an Exchange 2003 and 2007 environment. Exchange 2007 should be out at the end of this year or very early part of 2007.

Question: Will the "end of August" refresh of Beta 2 have moved to PowerShell from Monad?|
Answer: Moved to Monad? I don't understand what you mean. "Monad" is what we WERE calling the new shell, which is now officially called "PowerShell". They are the same thing - one was the code name, and the other is the official name.

Question: What's the advantage of a Form Based Authentication? (No cookies??)
Answer: Actually, it's still using cookies for session information. The benefit is that your users have a secure (via SSL) form for prompting them for their information. They can choose between public and private location. And you have the ability to customize that form, also.

Question: Exchange 2007 Beta is available as both 32 bit and 64 bit. What is the final product not going to be available in 32 bit especially for the Small Business users that just made a major investment in 32 bit servers?
Answer: The supported version of Exchange 2007 in production is 64 bit. We will continue to have a 32 bit for demo, labs and training purposes only. This version will not be supported in production. In terms of SBS users who want to go to Exchange 2007, you have the option of installing an additional server into your environment.

Question: Microsoft Exchange Team Blog:

Question: Can you publish your Virtual PC?
Answer: That would be a hard thing to do. I do highly recommend that if you haven't already, you should download Beta 2, and try it out in a test environment (or virtual machines). Beta 2 download is here:

Question: Can Exchange 2007 Enterprise Edition run on a 64-bit Windows 2003 standard?
Answer: Yes

Question: Does Clustering Continues Replication (CCR) only relies on Ex2007 Enterprise Edition? In other words, CCR can run on Win 2003 Standard Edition!
Answer: Yes, that's true. There are no dependencies on OS functionality, I'm aware of for that functionality to work.

Question: I understand that Ex2007 does not use AD for User Account info and control. Answer: I guess this depends on what exactly you are referring to. Exchange 2007 does store information in AD (just like Exchange 2003 and 200). In Exchange 2007, you can no longer use the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) console to manage Exchange related components like in Exchange 2003 and 2000.

Question: PowerShell uses .ps1 file extensions for example. Beta 2 of Exchange 2007 currently uses .msh file extension for scripts. When is the transition to PowerShell from Monad to be made?
Answer: I'm not sure which version of PowerShell you are using, but Exchange 2007 currently does not support the RC1 build of PowerShell. Perhaps that is where the change is occurring and if so, then the PowerShell will register .ps1 files as valid script extensions. At that point, the Exchange Command Shell will also support the extension, but currently, we are not there.

Question: Has Antigen been integrated with Exchange 2007? If so, is license of AV free so that we can get rid of third party AV for Exchange Server?
Answer: The Forefront (new name for Antigen) product will not be included as part of Exchange for free. Customers who purchase the Enterprise Exchange CAL will get Anti-Virus included along with Unified Messaging and access to some components of Exchange Hosted Services. Outside of this, customers can purchase Forefront or a third party anti-virus solution.

Question: Did you say the SMS text message that was sent to your mobile device to wake it up was used in Exchange 2003 SP2 or that is was no longer used starting with that version?
Answer: It and still will be used in that version IF your phone isn't running Windows Mobile 5.0 with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP). The MSFP on the phone is able to take advantage of the TRUE "direct push".

Comments (4)

  1. bill says:

    There’s still no PBX emulator for Exchange 2007 to download?

  2. Matt Hester says:

    I do not seem them eihter,  when I find them I will make a separate post, good catch bill

  3. Andy Helsby says:

    I went back to my customer to install activesync with their phone today only to find that you still can’t sync notes even if you use Activesync as Microsoft have removed the Notes application from Windows Mobile 5 and therefore there is no point in syncing the content if there is no application to use them. NOT very impressive!  The workaround is to use something like phatnotes (www.phatware.com/phatnotes) or smartphonenotes (www.syncdata.it/sphnotes.html)

  4. Matt Hester says:

    Good afternoon Andy,

    I am sorry you are having trouble with notes and syncing.  Before I talk about that, I want to be clear… Microsoft has never removed the notes application from any mobile OS.  In fact the notes application is in the next version of the mobile os as well.  My concern here is that the mobile provider has removed the notes application in their build of the phone.   In regards to syncing notes, you cannot use over the air sync for notes, but this should work just fine with a cradle or a syncing cable.  What provider are you using.  Please feel free to email me, and we can talk more about this and get you fixed up.

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