Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Exchange 2013 Ready for Production!

Exchange 2013 after a long wait is finally ready for production.  Exchange 2013 was released by Microsoft back October 2012 with a number of limitations and problems.  The removal of EMC and major changes to the product architecture had the Exchange community stunned.

The original release of Exchange 2013 outraged some members of the IT community as the product was not fit for production with some saying Microsoft should have held off on the product release until the product was in a more developed state.  The original release was full of bugs and lacked fundamental features such as the ability to co-exist in an Active Directory environment running Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010 making migrating to Exchange 2013 impossible meaning it could only be deployed in greenfield deployments.

Up until the 24th of February 2014 another major product limitation existed such as the ability to run Exchange 2013 on the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system.  Customers were waiting for over half a year for support to be added to the product as Windows Server 2012 R2 has significant enhancements operational interface making the original Windows Server 2012 feel like a prototype.

Finally as of the 25th of February 2014, Microsoft has finally released the first official service pack to Exchange 2013 which has resolved many of the original bugs which came with the RTM build as well as adding significant enhancements.  New enhancements to the product include but are not limited to:
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Support
  • The ability to log Cmdlet commands in the Exchange Admin Centre (EAC)
  • Edge Transport Role
  • New Communication Method between Exchange and Outlook called MAPI over HTTP, a replacement for RPC over HTTP.  This needs to be enabled and is disabled by default.  MAPI over HTTP provides significant enhancements.
  • SSL Offloading support between Mailbox and Client Access Servers
  • Significant enhancements to Exchange 2013 Data Loss Protection (DLP).  For more information refer to http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2014/02/25/data-loss-prevention-in-exchange-just-got-better.aspx
Almost a year and a half later after the products initial release, Exchange 2013 is ready for production.  It is now in a stable state and packed full of rich features.  For more information on changes made in Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1, please refer to the official blog release post which can be found here:


To download Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1, please navigate to the following website:


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