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Exchange 2007 New Features & Installation

Created: 18 Jun 2009 • Updated: 18 Jun 2009
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This article will cover features of Exchange 2007 and the installation of Exchange 2007. With introduction of new roles (i.e. Edge, Hub and 64 bit) this environment really makes Exchange email platform more stable and secure.

Why you need upgrade to Exchange 2007 if you are running Exchange 2003

  1. Introduction of power shell- Power shell helps to do the difficult task in the form of scripts
  2. Introduction of Roles-
    a. Edge Server - Edge Transport Server is to route mail, configure transport rules, enable journaling, and associate company disclaimers.
    b. Hub Server - This server role handles all internal mail flow
    c. CAS Server - The Client Access Server (CAS) role replaces the front-end Server
    d. Mailbox Server- The Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server role hosts mailbox databases where user and resource mailboxes are stored
    e. Unified Messaging-With unified messaging Exchange 2007 will be able to accept incoming faxes and voice mails


  1. Cluster Continues Replication doing the same but it holds the copy on a network location.
  2. Microsoft Exchange server 2007, is 64 bit application and requires 64 bit hardware
  3. All data is stored in EDB format and no more STM format required.
  4. Routing Groups has been removed from exchange 2007; Exchange uses Active Directory Site and Services now.
  5. Public folder not created by default but can be created manually.
  6. In Exchange 2007 roles have been introduced; Edge Transport Server role replaces backend server in Exchange 2007
  7. Introduced new Management Console named Exchange Management Console
  8. The Hub Transport Server role replaces the Bridgehead Server in Exchange 2007
  9. Communications between Outlook and Exchange Server in encrypted form by default
  10. RPC over HTTPS replaces with Outlook Anywhere.
  11. Unified Messaging in Exchange 2007 has been introduced
  12. Exchange 2007 holds two copies to user's mail boxes.
  13. Local Continues Replication replicates users' data on a different Drive but on the same machine. So if you lost actual database, you can use it from second one copy.

Other Enhancements in Exchange 2007 over 2003

  • Outlook 2007 Experience
  • Access Security
  • Self-Service Support
  • Outlook Web Access Light
  • Voice Messaging System
  • Fax Messaging System
  • Speech-Enabled Automated Attendant
  • Self-Service Voice Mail Support
  • Outlook Voice Access
  • Play on Phone
  • New Voice Mail Alerts
  • Direct Dial into Outlook Voice Access
  • Exchange Management Console
  • Exchange Management Shell
  • Extended Integration with Active Directory
  • Exchange Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager
  • Exchange Troubleshooting Tools
  • Exchange Best Practices Analyzer
  • Auto discover
  • Single Migration Engine
  • Native x64
  • Windows Server 2008 Support
  • Free/Busy Web Service
  • NET Integration

Prerequisites for installation of Exchange 2007

  1. The Exchange server where Exchange 2007 needs to be installed should be part of domain and has the access of domain controllers with the necessary permissions
  2. Active directory domain functional level must be Windows 2000 native or higher
  3. DNS must be configured correctly in Active directory domain.
  4. .NET framework 2.0 should be installed
  5. MMC version 3 should be installed
  6. Windows Power shell should be installed

After presence of all the above requirements run setup. Exe from installation media


In Figure 1.1 you can see the Step 1-Step 3 are disabled as we had previously installed as a prerequisite, Proceed to step 4 Install Exchange 2007

Figure-1.2 - Press Next to start the installation process as shown in above screenshot

Figure-1.3 - Press I accept the terms of license agreement

Figure-1.4 - Select Yes in customer feedback form

Figure-1.5 - Select Typical and it will install Hub Transport, Client, Mailbox role, and Exchange Tools

Figure-1.6 - Specify Exchange Organization name

Figure-1.7 - Once all readiness check are performed, click install as it will show the status in progress bar

Figure 1.8 - when all the tasks are complete press Finish to complete the installation

Also Microsoft has released its new Exchange 2010 for public beta, for more information please read the blog post -