Good evening everyone,
Here is the Q/A log as promised from the web cast to learn more about the adminstraors tools. Thank you to Shawn Travers to helping with the Q/A. Here is the log and if I missed any questions please comment.
To watch a replay click here: Giving Administrators More Control in Exchange Server 2007
I also did another web cast on the new administrative benefits here: http://blogs.technet.com/matthewms/archive/2006/12/01/introduction-to-the-new-exchange-server-2007-administrator-interface-webcast-11-13-2006.aspx
Question: Does the Edge role communicate with the Hub transport server via secure LDAP?
Answer: No, the Edge talks to the Hub through SMTP. However, ADAM talks to an internal DC over Secure LDAP. Which means that ADAM is installed on the Edge server?
Question: What VoIP PBX’s will Unified Messaging support?
Answer: There are essentially 3 Intel models and 2 AudioCodes systems VoIP systems that have been tested and supported to date. PBX has a restriction of a single device only, but any single device should work.
Question: Will existing Exchange public folders migrate into exchange 2007?
Answer: Yes, however, Exchange 2007 no longer uses public folders for services such as free and busy database, offline address books, and organizational forms. This means that, unless you have a content or application-based need for public folders, you do not have to deploy or maintain a public folder database. Other than that, current 2003 public folders can be migrated to 2007.
Question: Does the Edge server role by default on provide antispam? What about anti-virus?
Answer: Yes, the Edge Server would provide antispam (However, if you decide not to deploy an edge server, then antispam would be done by the Hub servers) by default. In other words, you do not need Forefront for spam protection. Forefront does offer ADVANCED antispam functionality, however, like automated reputation filters and IMF. Antivirus protection does require the Forefront Security for Exchange. Forefront for Exchange is provided in the Exchange Enterprise CAL. Check out the FAQ for more information on licensing. http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/serversecurity/exchange/faq.mspx
Question: Can you add\remove Exchange Server 2007 roles after the fact?
Answer: Sure, you can add/remove features, role servers, and security options after the fact.
Question: When we move the mailbox role to another server, the date will be move too. Is that a one step process?
Answer: Well, it’s not quite that easy. You’ll want to check out http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/e2k7help/550490a6-c9c7-4d3c-8ab8-9630421b98f0.mspx?mfr=true
Question: I heard that I can buy an Enterprise user CAL and use it with Exchange Standard Server 2007. The Enterprise CAL can be purchased initially or later, and the Enterprise CAL adds UM, anti-spam. Is all of this correct? Has pricing for the Enterprise CAL been set?
Answer: That sounds accurate to me, however, be aware that we have no licensing experts on Q&A today. I’ll defer you to the little bit of information on the Exchange 2007 FAQ for more information. BTW, I don’t know that final pricing has been determined yet. http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/faq.mspx
Question: Is there any good documentation where we can learn more about the Exchange Management Shell?
Answer: Powershell getting started guide and primer: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B4720B00-9A66-430F-BD56-EC48BFCA154F&displaylang=en
Also the recent issue of TechNet magazine had a great article on the Exchange Management shell: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2006/12/managementshell/default.aspx
Question: What happens if link between cluster servers breaks down?
Answer: Log shipping would queue on the Active Server, event logs would be generated, and failover would not be available until the issue was resolved.
Question: What about X400 connectors in Exchange 2007
Answer: X.400 connectors and the MTA object in Exchange System Manager are deprecated in Exchange 2007. However, because the configuration is ignored by Exchange 2007 servers, you can use Exchange System Manager to manage X.400 connectors and MTA objects that are located in Exchange 2003 routing groups.