Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Now Available

What’s new in Exchange Server 2010 SP1:

New Deployment Functionality

  • During an Exchange 2010 SP1 installation, you can now select a new option to install the required Windows roles and features for each selected Exchange 2010 SP1 server role.

Client Access Server Role Improvements

  • The improvements and new features in the Client Access server role fall under several key areas:
        • Federation certificates,
        • Exchange ActiveSync
        • SMS Sync,
        • Integrated Rights Management,
        • Microsoft Office Outlook Web App,
        • Reset virtual directories,
        • Client Throttling Policies

Improvements in Transport Functionality

  • MailTips access control over organization relationships
  • Enhanced monitoring and troubleshooting features for MailTips
  • Enhanced monitoring and troubleshooting features for message tracking
  • Message throttling enhancements
  • Shadow redundancy promotion
  • SMTP failover and load balancing improvements
  • Support for extended protection on SMTP connections
  • Send connector changes to reduce NDRs over well-defined connections

Permissions Functionality

  • Database scope support
  • Active Directory split permissions
  • Improved user interface

Exchange Store and Mailbox Database Functionality

  • With the New-MailboxRepairRequest cmdlet, you can detect and repair mailbox and database corruption issues.
  • Store limits were increased for administrative access.
  • The Database Log Growth Troubleshooter (Troubleshoot-DatabaseSpace.ps1) is a new script that allows you to control excessive log growth of mailbox databases.
  • Public Folders client permissions support was added to the Exchange Management Console (EMC).

Mailbox and Recipients Functionality

  • Calendar Repair Assistant supports more scenarios than were available in Exchange 2010 RTM.
  • Mailbox Assistants are now all throttle-based (changed from time-based in Exchange 2010 RTM).
  • Internet calendar publishing allows users in your Exchange organization to share their Outlook calendars with a broad Internet audience.
  • Importing and exporting .pst files now uses the Mailbox Replication service and doesn’t require Outlook.
  • Hierarchical address book support allows you to create and configure your address lists and offline address books in a hierarchical view.
  • Distribution group naming policies allow you to configure string text that will be appended or prepended to a distribution group’s name when it’s created.
  • Soft-delete of mailboxes after move completion.

High Availability and Site Resilience Functionality

  • Continuous replication – block mode
  • Active mailbox database redistribution
  • Enhanced datacenter activation coordination mode support
  • New and enhanced management and monitoring scripts
  • Exchange Management Console user interface enhancements
  • Improvements in failover performance

Messaging Policy and Compliance Functionality

  • Provision personal archive on a different mailbox database
  • Import historical mailbox data to personal archive
  • Delegate access to personal archive
  • New retention policy user interface
  • Support for creating retention policy tags for Calendar and Tasks default folders
  • Opt-in personal tags
  • Multi-Mailbox Search preview
  • Annotations in Multi-Mailbox Search
  • Multi-Mailbox Search data de-duplication
  • WebReady Document Viewing of IRM-protected messages in Outlook Web App
  • IRM in Exchange ActiveSync for protocol-level IRM
  • IRM logging
  • Mailbox audit logging

Unified Messaging Server Role Improvements

  • The Unified Messaging server role has been improved and has added new features in Exchange 2010 SP1. To use some of these features, you must correctly deploy Microsoft Office Communications Server “14” in your environment.
    • UM reporting – The reports for Call Statistics and User Call Logs found in the Exchange Management Console are displayed in the Exchange Control Panel.
    • UM management in the Exchange Control Panel – You can use the ECP to manage UM components in a cross-premises environment.
    • Cross-Forest UM-enabled mailbox migration – In Exchange 2010 SP1, you can use the New-MoveRequest cmdlet with the Mailbox Replication Service (MRS) to move a UM-enabled mailbox within a local forest and multiple forests in an enterprise.
    • Outlook Voice Access improvements – Outlook Voice Access users can log on to their Exchange 2010 mailbox and choose the order to listen to unread voice mail messages, from the oldest message first or the newest message first.
    • Caller Name Display support – Exchange 2010 SP1 includes support for enhanced caller ID resolution for displaying names for voice mails from unresolved numbers using Caller Name Display (CND).
    • Test-ExchangeUMCallFlow cmdlet – With this Exchange 2010 SP1 cmdlet, you can test UM connectivity and call flow.
    • New UM Dial Plan wizard – An additional page has been added to the New UM Dial Plan wizard that allows you to add a UM server to the dial plan.
    • Office Communications Server “14” Support – Migrating SIP URI dial plans and Message Waiting Indicator (MWI) notifications in a cross-premises environment has been added.
    • Secondary UM dial plan support – You can add a secondary UM dial plan for a UM-enabled user.
    • UM language packs added – New UM language packs are now available in Exchange 2010 SP1. In addition, the Spanish (Spain) (es-ES) UM language pack available for Exchange 2010 SP1 now includes Voice Mail Preview, a feature that wasn’t available in the Exchange 2010 RTM release of that language pack.
    • Call answering rules improvements – There are three updates to Call Answering Rules for UM-enabled users in SP1.
    • Unified Communications Managed API/speech platform improvements – Beginning with Exchange 2010 SP1, the UM server relies on Unified Communications Managed API v. 2.0 (UCMA) for its underlying SIP signaling and speech processing.
    • UM auto attendant update – In Exchange 2010 SP1, a UM auto attendant will play only the holiday greeting on a holiday.
Audit Logging Improvements
  • Improvements in administrator audit logging
  • New mailbox audit logging

Support for Coexistence with Exchange Online

  • Migration of UM-enabled mailboxes
  • IRM support for coexistence
  • Remote Mailboxes

Support for Multi-Tenancy

  • With Exchange 2010 2010 SP1 built-in multi-tenant support, service providers that use Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) no longer need a solution such as Microsoft Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 4.5 to host multiple organizations,” Microsoft revealed.
Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) RTM is available for download here .

About David Lim

David has over 15 years of experience in IT industry in designing and implementing Microsoft Solutions ranging from small to enterprise customer. He also has experience in designing and developing Microsoft Unified Communications, Collaboration and Office 365 solutions with focus on Exchange, Lync & SharePoint as well as strategic migration planning in complex business environments. He is specializing in architecture and design of Lync Voice deployments. He has been actively involved in various speaking engagements, the recent being the sessions on Lync On-Premise and Office Interoperability in September 2011 and Office 365 Introduction in November 2011. In recognition of his high-quality real-world technical excellence with the community and with Microsoft, David received the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award in April 2011.
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