Five Things About Exchange Server 2007 You Probably Don’t Know

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If you’ve ever visited an old style well, you could look down the well and only see blackness. If you cast down a bucket on a rope, you’ll pull up only one bucket of water at a time. Unless you have a strong understanding of geology, from whence the water comes is at least a bit of a mystery for many wells.

Similarly, there is a well-spring of features and capabilities of Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2007 messaging platform. The longer you use Exchange Server 2007, the more treasures you can pull up from the deep. We’ll avoid some of the more obvious or often stated aspects such as that only 64-bit (x64) servers (hardware, plus Windows Server operating system) can be used on production Exchange Server 2007 servers. Instead, let’s look at five things you probably don’t know about Exchange Server 2007. Keep score at home (work) and let us know how many of these you already knew!

1. Unified Messaging costs $35 US per person, but with it you get other features and support for free!

Well, just to be clear, here’s what I’m really trying to say. First, the Exchange Server 2007 licenses for the server itself do not include client access. As shown at <http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/2007/howtobuy/default.mspx>, a $699 US or $3,999 US server license is separate from the CLIENT access licenses (CALs).  Second, an Outlook 2007 license is separate from these too. Third, a standard E2K7 CAL, which retails for a list price of $67 US, could be used for access to the core features of E2K7 which are hosted by any number of E2K7 Standard and/or E2K7 Enterprise licensed servers. These are independent variables.

What core features of E2K7 does the Standard CAL allow us to use? Access to a mailbox via smartphone (OWA, EAS, etc.), or Netbook, Notebook, or workstation via OWA, POP, IMAP, MAPI/RPC, or Outlook Anywhere (MAPI/RPC/HTTP) are supported (the computer could potentially be running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc.). Basic mailbox management of default folders is include.

Unified Messaging is not include in the Standard CAL. Four, an add-on “Enterprise” CAL in addition to the Standard CAL could be added per user to include Unified Messaging functionality. Although the estimated price is $35 US for the Enterprise CAL, as Microsoft’s site states, it’s not available as a simple retail ticket item. The Unified Messaging features allow inbound voicemail, inbound FAX, and Outlook Voice Access. Of course, one or more of your licensed servers need to host the Unified Messaging (UM) role for such clients and much configuration and integration with voice networks needs to be done as well. The details of all that are certainly another topic.

But with the Enterprise CAL comes more than just Unified Messaging features. Most importantly, the pricing is for Licensing and Software Assurance (L&SA) until you explicitly choose a license-only deal. Also, many other features are included in the Enterprise CAL, such as ForeFront Security for Exchange Server for anti-virus handling, Exchange hosted filtering, and support for more advanced mailbox policies than the Standard CAL gives, including custom managed folders.

In the next post, I’ll continue with 4 more things you might not have known about Exchange Server 2007. Until then, take care!

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