So I attended the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Orlando to check out the upcoming version of Exchange. It has some cool new features that will make it a platform to use.
First I should mention, if you’re on Exchange 2003, get to Exchange 2010 now. There will not be an upgrade path from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2013, so be looking to get upgraded soon. To upgrade from Exchange 2003 to 2013, you’ll need to set up a 2007 or 2010 jump server environment.
Support for public folders is in Exchange 2013. I know that will make some people happy, and some people are still wishing they would just go away.
Load Balancing needs have gotten simpler in Exchange 2013. You’ll still need a hardware load balancer, but it’ll be a simpler need.
Everything goes through the CAS. The CAS is more of a front end server in 2013. Even public folders goes through the CAS. Every goes through except SIP. SIP gets proxied to the back end.
Its still unclear if there will be an Exchange 2013 Edge server. Right now the recommendation is still use Exchange 2010 edge.
A single namespace. This is a big one in my book. A single namespace for multiple sites. I’ll be looking at how that’s working.
I’ll look at it all in the upcoming months, so stop back frequently.