Introduction to the New Exchange Server 2007 Administrator Interface: Webcast (11-13-2006)

Good evening everyone,

I am sorry for the delay in getting this psoted.  Again thank you to Harold Wong for helping out on the web cast.  I hope you enjoyed learning about the new Exchange Server 2007 Administrator Interface.

To watch a replay of the webcast: Introduction to the New Exchange Server 2007 Administrator Interface

Question: Has Exchange 2007 RTM’d?
Answer: No, Exchange Server 2007 has not RTM'd yet. That is due sometime in December.

Question: Does the resurgence of command-line and shell interfaces actually signal the demise of gui-based operating systems?
Answer: No, the GUI is not going away. We have received feedback from customers that our products need to support more of the command line environment for scriptability.

Question: Why has Microsoft in Exchange 2007 created a greater focus on getting things done via a command line or script? Wouldn't it be better and easier to do administration via Graphical User Interfaces?
Answer: The underlying "engine" for management is the PowerShell. The Exchange Management Console is built upon the Exchange Management Shell (PowerShell). This provides power and extensibility.

Question: Does the toolbox auto-update from the web to the latest version?
Answer: It does not auto-update as a whole, but the individual components will.

Question: How can I find the users current mailbox size?
Answer: I would use the Exchange Management Shell - get-mailboxfolderstatistics will get this for you. Here's the command "get-mailboxfolderstatistics administrator | ft folderandsubfoldersize" The first number returned will be the overall size of the mailbox.
You can also view it in the GUI, but you do have to look at the General Tab for each individual Mailbox.

Question: With all the different roles, what happens to the company that has only one server for Exchange? Will they be able to run all the roles on one server?
Answer: The Mailbox, Hub Transport, Client Access and Unified Messaging Roles can all be run on the same server.

Question: Does the 2007 Admin interface allow you to manage public folders?
Answer: The GUI does not allow you to directly manage the folders. You can manage the settings for the PF configuration overall.

Question: When creating a new user mailbox will it propagate the information entered into AD?
Answer: Yes, when you create a new user from the Exchange Management Console, AD is updated.

Question: With the GUI filter, can you export the attribute or properties?
Answer: The view filter on the view within Exchange Management Console, you cannot export from there.

Question: We have a whole bunch of mail-enabled public folders, what is the best way to have them go away by the time exchange 2007?
Answer: If you have a business need to keep those, then keep them. There's no mandate to get rid of them.

Question: In a small company (70 employees, about 35 users), does Microsoft recommend a separate front-end and back-end server or would a single server be sufficient enough?
Answer: I would assume a single server should be fine. The only question will be related to the Edge Transport - do you install this in the DMZ or not??

Question: How will the edge transport role be handled in licensing, do i need to buy a extra license if i want one?
Answer: Yes, it is an additional license of Exchange Server.

Question: Can a different 3rd party appliance replace the edge transport or can only an edge box do this filtering?
Answer: You can use any SMTP Relay / Smarthost that you want. However, Edge does offer a few integrations that we built such as Edge Sync of Recipients as well as integration of Outlook Safe Senders List.

Question: Is the edge server not connected to AD domain - means a standalone server?
Answer: You do not join the Edge Transport Server to your production Domain or your Exchange Organization. It can be a member of a domain, but that would probably be a DMZ domain from a management perspective.

Question: Can A Windows Server 2003 Web Edition Server used for the Edge Transport role? I'm asking this because Web Edition has lower cost than Standard Edition
Answer: No, that is against the licensing EULA for Web Edition.

Question: Can the mailbox still be created under ADUC?
Answer: No.

Question: CCR: needs MCS (ie: W2K3 EntEd)?
Answer: Yes, Clustered Continuous Replication uses the Microsoft Clustering Service. Her is some great information on CCR:

Question: Will create new room give us the option for appointment management and auto acceptance of resources?
Answer: That will still be handled as part of a script or Outlook management. However, the new scheduling service handles a lot of the auto accepts at the server level.

Question: Is journaling still available?
Answer: Yes. It is under the Organization Configuration tree with Hub Transport.

Question: How stable are transport rules?
Answer: Transport Rules are very stable.

Question: How easy will migration from existing Exchange 200x be?
Answer: It will be fairly straight forward. The challenge is that you cannot perform an in-place upgrade of your existing Exchange 2000 / 2003 box to Exchange 2007. It will be a move mailbox migration.

Question: Can you add a disclaimer from Outlook? Is it possible?
Answer: From Outlook, that would be part of the client settings and would be in the signature. From the Server side, that is the Hub Transport Rules.

Question: Will ExMerge still be supported? PFInfo? for migration
Answer: ExMerge is no longer being developed for Exchange 2007. The functionality is built into Exchange 2007 via Shell.

Question: If a message is sent from a user1 on DB1 to user2 also on DB1 - does it go through the "Transport Hub" to get any transport rules that shoudl be applied to ALL users?
Answer: Yes, it is enacted upon by the Hub Transport. There is an excellent article in the recent issue of TechNet magazine:

Question: Is it possible to use power shell to sync a user's contacts with updated data AD (like an email address change due to a marriage)?
Answer: In way yes, but that really is a function of how you update the global address lists and how often they are updated

Question: Can we still use ADSI to add mailboxes
Answer: Yes, although I have not tested this yet and it is not as efficient as the Exchange Management Shell.

Question: Concerning migrating public folders to sharepoint, what tool will I use?
Answer: I was able to find some tools from Quest and Casahl. Take a look at both of those partners.

Comments (1)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good evening everyone, Here is the Q/A log as promised from the web cast to learn more about the adminstraors

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