E12 Virgin Install, Plunge method


WARNING: This is my initial plunge into E12 Beta 1. This is not a final product, this is not a review of E12 and all of this is a lie. While pretty much everyone is out getting drunk, yours truly, the Exchange MVP remained home on a Friday afternoon working on the internal E12 deployment. Oooooh my god is this thing f'n awesome. For the first deployment I wanted to be as close to what an average "Exchange" system administrator does so I plowed through the install program without reading any documentation, release notes or prompts it threw back at me. I just kept on hitting next and OK to install. While this is not a very true representation of an average environment Exchange admins have (in that my Active Directory was properly configured and stable) I think I have gone far enough to the point of even getting into OWA. I have to say (sip of Koolade) that the Exchange 12 team did an incredible job. I say this with absolutely no sarcasm implied or intended: Illiterate and semi-literate admins will only be able to hurt themselves. By default Beta1 does not create any connectors or bindings whatsoever. In order to recieve email you have to drop to the new Exchange Management Shell (cute name for Monad/MSH) and create it by yourself. Documentation is awesome. Not only does it link back and forth in a relevant way but it also includes code examples, snippets, ability to search and send feedback. As for the features… wow. I am not allowed to comment on specific stuff due to the beta and the NDA but suffice to say it looks unreal. The marketing is interesting too, it ties into the new scheme you may see on live.com or Windows Mobile or at least that is my impression.

7 Responses to E12 Virgin Install, Plunge method

  1. jerry_lancaster says:

    I hate to do this… but… um… Where’s the SBS Show man?

  2. Jamie Daniels says:

    Pretty interesting Vlad. Screenshots? Review?

  3. Vlad says:


    I’m checking with the product team what is ok and what is not. This early in the stage it is hard and dangerous to guess/speculate on what the product may include so showing you vapor is a waste of everyone’s time.

    At this point there is no product to “review” nor do I think they would appreciate hype of the product. Look at how well Origami worked out for em.


  4. Anonymous says:

    So E12 launches with Vista in a few months? How is it still not feature complete?

  5. Vlad says:

    No no no no no. Exchange 12 (which is not its name either) will not ship at the same time as Vista. Server products generally trail the OS release. Exchange 2003 was released at the same time as Office 2003 which was a long time after XP.


  6. StaceyC says:

    I’d like to see the migration plans a long, long time before it actually launches. Any chance of you covering that?

  7. happyfunboy says:

    hmmmmm…vlad writing a migration article for exchange 12?

    lemme ask ya this, stacey.

    is the pope catholic?

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