MS pumps out near-ready version of Exchange Server 2010
Release Candidate enters fray
Microsoft has spun out another test build of Exchange Server 2010.
MS also said in a blog post that more than ten million people were testing the online service version of Exchange Server 2010 across the globe in what it described as “the broadest server beta in Microsoft history”.
However, the company didn’t confirm when the product will hit RTM. It’s expected to be pushed out by Microsoft before the end of this
century decade, and the fact that Exchange Server 2010 has now reached RC status suggests that it could rock up soon.
The company additionally released RC1 test builds of its Forefront Security product that helps battle malware and spam in Exchange Server 2010. ®
"the only reason you wouldn't have an upgrade path is if you are currently on a 32bit platform. "
Well that's not the case: Exchange 2003 64bit to Exchange 2007 64 is a migration, due to architectural changes. it's also true of 2007 to 2010.
I'd imagine, given that we're currently supporting a 2003 32bit environment, that that customer will likely go straight to 2010.
RE: Exchange is not rocket science
Fair enough mate, well put. I think we are about to get 25 grand or so to refresh / replace some hardware. I'm sure some of it will end up in the Exchange infrastructure.
@AC - Exchange is not rocket science
I don't see what's difficult about it. You are ready for a hardware refresh, you install a new server, you migrate the mailboxes onto the new server. A bit of fiddling if the old server was the first in the Exchange org, but that takes 1/2 an hour, uninstall, done.
If you're not ready for a hardware refresh, fine. Leave it there for 5 years, no big. I've worked with Exchange over a decade, and I've never ever done an in-place upgrade. Parallel migration is always the way. I really don't understand the "stable" platform thing you keep going on about. Mainstream support lasts 5 years, just as it always has.
As for SQL server, hello, there are three main flavours, as there have always been - enterprise (for clustering/HA), standard and sql express (MSDE). Ok, MS recently invented some stupid little versions to save the cost of driving a website and nothing else, but you just ignore those unless you actually fit that profile.