Anyone interested in being an Exchange professional should know the differences between the 2003 and 2007 versions. Microsoft Exchange training does a good job of teaching the differences between the two. And of course, if you are already trained in 2003 you can engage in Exchange 2007 training to learn more. In fact, anyone interested in becoming an up to date professional will take Exchange 2007 training classes. The following differences are just some of the basics you should be aware of when it comes to Exchange Server 2003 and Exchanger Server 2007.
Exchange Server 2003
Exchange Server 2003 may be run on the Windows 2000 Server if the fourth service pack has already been installed. It may also be run on 32 bit Windows Server 2003. There is a new disaster recovery feature that is even better than before. It allows the server to experience less downtime. The Exchange Server 2003 received some features form Microsoft Mobile Information server as well. These include Outlook Mobile Access as well as ActiveSync. Improved versions of anti-spam and anti-virus were also included. Management tools for mailboxes and messages have been improved and Instant Messaging and Exchange Conferencing Server are now separate products. There are two versions available of Exchange Server 2003. These include the Enterprise edition and the Standard edition. There are many other features that are available on Exchange Server 2003.
Exchange Server 2007
When Exchange Server 2003 was released there were no immediate plans as to what would happen to the product. A 2005 edition was dropped and it was not until the end of 2006 that the new version was released. Some of the new features included integration of voicemail, improved filtering, Web service support, and Outlook Web Access interface. The new edition was run on a 64 bit x 64 version of Windows Server. This increase the performance significantly. There are quite a few improvements to Exchange Server 2007. These include better calendaring, improved web access, unified messages, and better mobility. From a system protection standpoint there is more clustering, antivirus, anti spam, and compliance included. The IT experience is improved overall with a 64-bit performance. Deployment is better; routing is simplified as well as the command line shell and GUI.
There have been many changes and improvements to the Exchange Server 2007 and it is better than ever. There are no definite plans as to what Microsoft has in store for Exchange Server but the next version will certainly be better than ever.