February 6, 2007

In this Issue:

  • Perspective: Striking a Balance
  • January 2007 Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP Articles in PDF
  • Coming this Month
  • Share Your Exchange Experiences

Perspective: Striking a Balance

The retail build of Exchange Server 2007 has been available for almost two months as an evaluation version (which you can download at
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/eval/exchange/default.mspx), and a few enterprising IT pros are already talking about their Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange 2007 migrations. Mike Dragone, who wrote about his experiences testing the Exchange 2007 beta in "Run Exchange 2007 Under Virtual Server 2005", is undertaking a small-scale migration from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 on his home-office Exchange server and has budgeted for a larger-scale Exchange 2007 migration at his company later this year, with an eventual move to Exchange 2007's Unified Messaging. I've heard from another Exchange admin who just completed a 2003 to 2007 migration; he'll tell that story in an upcoming article on Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP. And our regular contributors, such as Paul Robichaux, Tony Redmond, and David Sengupta, have been working with Exchange 2007 for months and will continue to share their insights into the product's new features.

Early adopters notwithstanding, I expect that far greater numbers of organizations will pursue a more gradual Exchange 2007 upgrade path. In a nonscientific December 2006 Instant Poll on the Exchange Hot Topic site, 50 percent of those who responded said they'd either migrate to Exchange 2007 this year or would plan that migration, whereas the other half said they'll stay on Exchange 2003 (or earlier) as long as they can. Some of you can probably relate to the reader who's evaluating whether to move directly to Exchange 2007 from a legacy Exchange version or migrate to Exchange 2003 first. He asked me to recommend some Exchange 2003 migration articles; you can find that list of articles in "Tap into the Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP Knowledge Base".

Some vendors I've spoken with recently also foresee an unhurried migration to Exchange 2007. For instance, Randy DeMeno, CommVault's director of Advanced Applications and Microsoft Relationship, says that according to what he's heard from CommVault customers, he expects a faster migration to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 than Exchange 2007 this year. "Customers are more thoughtful about migrating to Exchange; they're doing more planning, because there's more riding on the upgrade," DeMeno said.

I want to make sure that Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP covers all the bases and provides a balance of coverage between the 2007 and 2003 versions of Exchange and Outlook. If you'll be moving to Exchange 2007 this year, we'll help you get up to speed with that product. If you plan to stay on Exchange 2003 a while longer, we'll continue to help you solve your day-to-day messaging problems while looking toward the future. I welcome your Exchange- or Outlook-related questions, article ideas and tips, news, and suggestions for ways that Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP can better serve you. You can send them to me at agrubb@windowsitpro.com, or submit them via the Ask the Editor box on the Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP Web site. Have a great month!

Anne Grubb, Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP Editor

January 2007 Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP Articles in PDF

If you're someone who prefers your newsletters in printed form, check out this .pdf. It contains all the security articles posted on the Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP Web site in January. Print and enjoy!

Coming this Month

"Exchange Unified Messaging Essentials," by Paul Robichaux
Learn how Exchange Server 2007's Unified Messaging (UM) implementation meets the promise of unification and find out what you’ll need to know to implement Exchange UM in your environment.

"Free/Busy Data Demystified," by Tony Redmond
Manage free/busy data and troubleshoot problems more effectively by understanding how Exchange and Outlook store, calculate, and manage users’ calendar data. Coming February 13.

"Whitelist Script Cuts Off Spam," by Bernie Pannone
An Exchange administrator's batch-file script uses a whitelist to abolish spam while letting the company retain its Intelligent Message Filter blacklist. Coming February 20.

"Lessons from the Field: Moving from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003," by Desmond Lee
With no direct supported migration path from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2007, migrating to Exchange 2003 becomes a necessary interim step. See how one company made the move. Coming February 27.

Share Your Exchange Experiences

As a messaging administrator, meeting technical problems head-on is a regular part of your job. Share your Exchange and Outlook discoveries, comments, solutions to problems, and experiences with messaging-related products with your fellow Exchange & Outlook Pro VIP readers. Email your written solutions to r2r@exchangeprovip.com. Please include your full name and phone number. We edit submissions for style, grammar, and length. If we publish your submission, you'll get $100.