We now know what will be provided as part of Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1.
The enhancements we will be seeing are:
- The ability to specify a different mailbox store for the users archive mailbox. This gives us the advantage if being able to place the mailbox cheaper/slower storage on a different drive. This will be an excellent aditional to the archive functionality.
- Server side import functionality of historical email stored in PST files. We now have the ability to import our PST files directly in to the archive mailbox.
- The ability to delegate permissions to the archive mailbox whereas previously it was only available to the primary mailbox user.
SP1 also updates the Exchange Management Console with new tools to create Retention Policy Tags which allows the automation of email deletion and archiving.
Improvements have also been made to the Multi-Mailbox Search features. There is now have a preview function which will provide an estimate of the number of items that will be copied to the discovery mailbox. There is also the ability to copy one instance of a message that appears in multiple mailboxes rather than every instance. There will also be the ability to annotate reviewed items.
On top of these we see improvements to Outlook Web App and ActiveSync can now be provisioned for Information Rights Management (IRM) without first teathering the device with Mobile Sync Centre.
There will also lots of improvements in the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and Exchange Control Panel (ECP) with the following enhancements:
- Create/configure Retention Tags + Retention Policies in EMC
- Configure Transport Rules in ECP
- Configure Journal Rules in ECP
- Configure MailTips in ECP
- Provision and configure the Personal Archive in ECP
- Configure Litigation Hold in ECP & EMC
- Configure Allow/Block/Quarantine mobile device policies in ECP
- RBAC role management in ECP
- Configure Database Availability Group (DAG) IP Addresses and Alternate Witness Server in EMC
- Recursive public folder settings management (including permissions) in EMC
And finally we will the ability to access the archive mailbox from Outlook 2007 which was previously only available in Outlook 2010 or Outlook Web App (OWA).
Well done to the Exchange Team these look like some really great enhancements to an already fantastic product.
For the full blog from the MS Exchange Team please see this post http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/04/07/454533.aspx