Sunday, January 23, 2005

Hosted Messaging And Collaboration 3.0

The next version of Hosted Exchange 2003 (HE2003), Krakatoa, now renamed to Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 3.0 (HMC 3.0) has been released. It continues the evolution from HE2003 and adds "true" support for Sharepoint Services and Live Communications Server 2005. Furthermore the reference architecture has been updated significantly with -

Support for running on MPS on Windows Server 2003 (As opposed to HE2003)
SQL Reporting Services
Microsoft Operations Manager 2005
Migration tools from to migrate users from other platforms
ISA 2004
Intelligent Message Filtering
Resource Manager Rebuilder Tool (Used when AD and MPS is out of sync)
OAB Migration Tool (Used when moving from "standard" Exchange OAB implementation to dedicated OAB servers)

And much more - I will be back with further info when I've had the time to test and use the product. Until then you can check links to the press release here and what the press has to say about it here.

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