Exchange Server 2010 – New Features

Exchange Server 2010 – Review of New Features

Exchange 2010 is a radical improvement on Exchange 2003.  Compared with 2007, it’s just that bit faster at handling mail.  There has been a pleasant trend to give the users more help and more control, as a result there should be less frustration and fewer calls to tech support.

Review of Exchange Server 2010 New Features


What’s New to Exchange Server 2010

If you are familiar with Exchange Server 2007, then you will find Exchange Server 2010 a polished upgrade offering more of the same.  For example, greater reliability (Databases are no longer associated with storage groups), faster performance (Page Size 32 kb), increased protection from malware.  Microsoft’s marketing department claim, Exchange Server 2010 helps you lower costs and enhances business communication; and they are probably correct.

If you are not familiar with Exchange 2007, (you only know Exchange 2003), then there are major improvements, and new ways of configuring your Exchange organization.

Exchange Server 2010 includes a host of new features customers will benefit from, including new integrated email archive and discovery functionality, new user features to battle inbox overload, voice mail management enhancements, and improvements that simplify administration.

New Features in Exchange Server 2010

  • Better storage and bigger inboxes. 
  • Improved Transport Rules

Exchange 2010 - Transport Rules

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  • Ability to delegate administration to power users via the Exchange Control Panel.  This results in lower support costs as users manage their own email settings.
  • New unified mailbox resilience model that provides high availability, disaster recovery, and back up capabilities.
  • Architecture change.  All client connections come through the CAS (Client Access Server).
  • Tips to advise users about potential mistakes before they send an email.
  • Re-designed information protection capabilities from email moderation to automatic email encryption.
  • The choice to run Exchange on-premises, as a service hosted by Microsoft or as a hybrid.
  • Integrated conversation view, this amalgamates messages in the Inbox, ‘Sent Items’ and Deleted folders.
  • New integrated archiving and discovery capabilities.
  • Users get a text preview of voice mail messages in the inbox.
  • New Call Answering Rules to easily create customized voice mail rules, such as call transfer options.
  • Ability to remove (or "mute") themselves from irrelevant conversations with the click of a button.
  • Exchange databases are no longer associated with storage groups.  Key PowerShell cmdlets, Get-MailboxDatabase and New-MailboxDatabase.
    See more on PowerShell for Exchange 2010.

New PowerShell Cmdlets for Exchange 2010

Perhaps the best development when using the shell for configuring Exchange 2010 is PowerShell v 2.0’s Remoting.  When Exchanged 2007 was released all we had as PowerShell 1.0 with little or no ability to issue commands over the network.

See here for a list of PowerShell’s exchange cmdlets.

Features Removed or Depricated in Exchange 2010

  • Storage Groups – Exchange 2010 relies on database copy instead
  • DSProxy – Replaced by RPC Client Access service and the Address Book service.
  • High availibility features: Continous replication (CCR, LCR and SCC) – Database availability groups (DAGs)
  • Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) streaming backup APIs – VSS (Volume Shadow-copy Service)
  • Exchange WebDAV – Now Exchange Web Services
  • Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) and X.400 message transfer agent (MTA)  – Gone!
  • SMTP virtual server instances – Exchange 2010 SMTP connectors
  • See other discontinued features.

Summary of Exchange Server 2010 – New Features Review

Microsoft has polished each facet of Server 2007 before they released Exchange 2010.  As a result there is a better user experience, underpinned by technical advances in the mail stores, the ESE engine and transport capabilities.

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