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Exchange Server 2010 SP1 hits the streets

UPDATE! (8/27/2010)

My colleague Bridget Botelho has written a more detailed rundown of the SP1, with insight from Directions on Microsoft’s Rob Sanfilippo.

ORIGINAL POST (8/25/2010)

Let the upgrades begin? Microsoft has officially launched the first service pack for Exchange Server 2010, nearly three months after the beta was announced at TechEd North America this year.

The update includes archiving and discovery improvements along with various UI enhancements to the Exchange Management Console and Control Panel. Customers can also expect new mobile management features and a faster Outlook Web App (OWA) reading experience, according to Microsoft.

The archiving enhancements include the ability to import historical data from .PST files and automated deletion and archiving of email, along with other capabilities. Microsoft’s Michael Atalla posted a pretty detailed rundown of what’s new with SP1 back in April.

So what’s missing?

One planned update that didn’t make it into the first service pack is an Outlook 2007 enhancement designed to provide users with access to the Exchange Server 2010 personal archiving feature. Microsoft expects the feature to be available along with other tweaks by early 2011. (Permabit’s Bob Spurzem provides a good explanation of how personal archiving works in Exchange 2010 on the Ferris Research blog.)

Another area that has not yet been cleaned up involves the issue of Address List Segregation. This is an Exchange Server 2007 SP1 feature that allows admins to configure multiple address lists for different user groups and set security policies restricting access to different lists. Microsoft provides documentation for setting up the process with Exchange 2007, but not Exchange 2010. Customers reported problems when attempting to apply the 2007 documentation to Exchange 2010, and the company warned against doing so earlier this year.

Microsoft stated that a “new document was in the works” back in January, but it has not been made available with the release of SP1.

For more information on Exchange Server 2010, visit SearchExchange.com.

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