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MSExchange.org Newsletter of June 2006

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MSExchange.org Newsletter
June 2006

In this issue: Welcome to the MSExchange.org newsletter! Each month we will bring you interesting and helpful information on Exchange Server. We want to know what all *you* are interested in hearing about. Please send your suggestions for future newsletter content to: henrik@msexchange.org

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1. Exchange 2007 Edge Transport Server Role

By Henrik Walther, Exchange MVP, MCSE

Welcome to the June issue of the MSExchange.org newsletter. In this edition I want to talk a bit about the new Edge Transport Server role in Exchange Server 2007.

The Edge Transport Server role (formerly known as the Gateway server) is a new role in Exchange Server 2007 that helps safeguard data for users as well as the organization in general. The server role provides virus protection and spam filtering at the network perimeter before dangerous data can affect your network. The Edge Transport Server is meant to be the Internet-facing SMTP server that handles all inbound as well as outbound message flow to/from the Internet. It provides optimal message hygiene by filtering out spam, e-mail borne viruses and other unwanted messages using a set of filtering agents (see Figure 1 below).


Figure 1: Exchange 2007 Edge Transport Services console

In addition to the message hygiene features, the Edge Transport server can filter, process, and store e-mail messages sent between users in the organization and any partner organization(s). This is done using a collection of messaging records management agents, which helps the organization to comply with the legal and regulatory requirements that it may have.

The Edge Transport server also has other messaging security features such as domain security which provides an elevated level of e-mail security between two business partners, which send and receive mail to each other over the Internet. A business-to-business domain security relationship can reduce management overhead that might otherwise be required to provide domain security between two business partners. Domain security enables message-level encryption and digital signatures, ad-hoc business-to-business, and partner-to-partner message security.

Since the Edge Transport Services is meant to be deployed the in your perimeter network, some of you might wonder whether the server should be member of the Active Directory forest? And if the answer is no, how can the server lookup mail-enabled Active Directory objects etc. in the Active Directory? Well I can inform you that the Edge Transport Server role should be running on a stand-alone server. In addition it will use its own local ADAM store, which can then be configured to synchronize recipient information with Active Directory using a special ADAMSync tool. The communication between ADAM and Active Directory will, by default, happen over LDAP port 1389 or if secure LDAP is used, port 1636. You can however change this to your desired needs. Since the Edge Transport Server role will be running on a stand-alone server not part of an Active Directory domain, it can of course not be installed together with any of the other Exchange 2007 roles, as they all require that the server is a member server.

Today many organizations use either a UNIX-based solution or a 3rd party application running on top of Windows as their Internet-facing SMTP Gateway. The Edge Services have been developed to give you an alternative to these existing solutions, and if you ask me, a good alternative since the Edge Transport Services is an integrated part of the Exchange Server 2007 product.

I'll delve further into the Edge Transport Server role in an article which will be published on MSExchange.org in a near future. Until then you might want to check out the videos below:

That was all for this time. Should you have any ideas for content in future editions of the MSExchange.org newsletter or on my blog, you're more than welcome to shoot me an email at Henrik@msexchange.org.

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3. MSExchange.org Learning Zone Articles of Interest

We have a great group of articles in the Learning Zone that will help you get a handle on your most difficult configuration issues. Here are just a few of the newer and more interesting articles:

4. KB Articles of the Month

Here are some interesting and useful MSExchange related articles posted by Microsoft in the last month:

5. Tip of the Month

Those of you who had a chance to play with OWA 2007 will agree with me that the Microsoft Exchange team put a tremendous effort into making the already best web-based mail client even better. There are so many new features as well as improvements to already existing features (for an overview of some of them I recommend you check out this post over at the MS Exchange Team blog). I've tested the OWA 2007 client heavily since I received my first Exchange 2007 build back in December 2005, but I still keep finding nifty features, such as the one I found a couple of days ago. By coincidence I hovered the cursor over the mailbox item in the left pane, and a little box informing me of the current size of the mailbox appeared, as can be seen in the Figure 2 below.


Figure 2: Mailbox size in OWA 2007

Is that cool or what? :)

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6. MSExchange Links of the Month

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 - Learning Portal:
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exchange2007/default.mspx

Exchange 2007 Beta 2 On the Way (Interview with Terry Myerson):
http://virtualteched.com/archive/2006/06/13/93.aspx

Microsoft Exchange Server: Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 Demos:
http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/evaluation/demos.mspx

Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 Features:
http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/features.mspx

Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 Product Overview:
http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/evaluation/overview.mspx

Language Selection in Exchange 2007 OWA:
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/06/12/427936.aspx

Q&A: Microsoft Readies Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2: As part of Microsoft's goal to ensure that people can easily embrace the power of information technology, Microsoft Exchange's new mobile features have been designed to make life simpler and less harried for IT pros and end users:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/jun06/06-12Exchange.mspx

Choosing Exchange Hardware for Reuse:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/articles/e2k3-e12hardware.mspx

Microsoft Antigen: Antigen Trial Software:
http://www.microsoft.com/antigen/downloads/trial-software.mspx

Stopping and Resuming Public Folder Content Replication with Exchange 2003 SP2:
http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2006/06/05/427875.aspx

7. Ask Henrik Walther a question

QUESTION: I was wondering whether you know when we can expect Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 to be released to the public?

ANSWER: Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 will be released to the public in the end of July. Yes I'm not kidding and to make things even better, I can inform you that the Beta 2 release will be more or less feature complete, which means that from here we're only talking bug fixes etc.

If you still haven't done so be sure to go here and register for the beta now. By doing so you'll be among the first to know when the Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 is available.

To prepare for Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2, also be sure to check out all the Exchange Server 2007 links in the Exchange Server Links of the Month section in this newsletter.

Who's guarding your Exchange Server?

Did you know that according to the 2005 FBI Computer Crime Survey, 84% of organizations have been affected by a virus at least once during the year? A single virus scanning engine is no longer enough to guarantee protection against viruses! Beef up your mail server protection with GFI MailSecurity for Exchange/SMTP, the only product to offer ten layers of email security. Version 10 is out now, including 5 anti-virus engines and RSS Quarantine feeds!

Download your free trial today.