The Windows Server Notebook

Nov 6 2009   3:27PM GMT

Admins rejoice! Windows 2008 R2 will support Exchange 2007 after all



Posted by: Bcournoyer
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Exchange Server
Windows Server
Windows Server 2008 R2

UPDATE! (06/22/2010)

And there you go. Exchange 2007 SP3 is now available with Windows 2008 R2 support.

UPDATE! (06/15/2010)

The SP3 for Exchange Server 2007 will be available by the end of June with added R2 support, though Microsoft still recommends that those who have yet to install 2007 should opt for Exchange 2010 instead.

UPDATE! (12/03/2009)

Microsoft has officially announced that support on R2 will not be ready until Exchange Server 2007 SP3 is released late next year.

ORIGINAL POST (11/06/2009)

Who says peer pressure is a bad thing?

Over the summer it was reported that Windows Server 2008 R2 would be out in October — without native support for Exchange Server 2007. Needless to say, this decision had many customers calling for Microsoft’s heads mildly dismayed.

Well guess what? The people have prevailed.


Due to high public demand, Microsoft has reportedly reconsidered, and the company is currently working on an update that will enable full Exchange Server 2007 support with Windows 2008 R2.

“We heard from many customers that this was important for streamlining their operations and reducing administrative challenges, so we have changed course and will add R2 support,” said Microsoft’s Kevin Allison, general manager of Exchange customer experience, in a post on the company’s Exchange Team blog. “We are still working through the specifics and will let you know once we have more to share on the timing of this update.”

There is no definitive timeline for when this update will be complete, though Allison said customers can expect it at some point in 2010. Still, at least they are working on it, right?

The major issue was that Microsoft didn’t exactly make a grand announcement when news first broke that R2 would not include Exchange 2007 support. The result was that many customers began to prepare for an upgrade to the new OS without even realizing they would have to migrate to the next version of Exchange Server as well.

Some people viewed this as the company strong-arming them into upgrading to Exchange Server 2010, which naturally didn’t go over too well. Thus, the Internet was flooded with questions from frustrated users.

The good news is that at least this time Microsoft seems to have listened, and those frustrations will be over soon – or at least sometime next year.

For more information on Windows Server 2008 R2, visit SearchWindowsServer.com.

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