Microsoft has just made available for download the Service Pack 2 (SP2) for its Exchange Server 2010, meant to deliver increased reliability and performance capabilities.
The new Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) can provide better flexibility, as well as improved user experiences, while also enhancing the protection levels it can offer to business users.
One of the main changes that the new SP2 of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 brings along is the hybrid configuration wizard (HCW), aimed at automating the setup of a hybrid connection between Exchange Online running in Office 365 and an on-premises Exchange 2010 organization.
This eliminates the need for IT professionals to manually configure such connectivity, though there still are cases that require special attention from administrators.
At the same time, the new Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 brings Address Book Policies (ABPs), which should provide companies with the ability to limit the access of users to only section of their global Address List (GAL).
Administrators will be able to set filters for selecting items from the overall GAL so that they would be able to build a customized address book to be assigned to mailboxes based on policy.
An organization can operate with multiple ABPs at the same time, while users will be able to access only the one that has been assigned to their mailbox.
In SP2, Microsoft also brought back Outlook Mobile Access (OMA), but there are no other significant features to mention in this release, except maybe from the fact that, along with Exchange Server 2010 SP2, Microsoft also released a range of Unified Messaging (UM) language packs for the software.
Courtesy of these new languages, the Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) UM server will be able to speak additional languages with callers, while expanding its capabilities when it comes to transcribing voice messages or the like.
The Exchange Server 2010 SP2 is available for download both for new installation and for updating an existing Exchange Server 2010 installation to a new level.
When it comes to new installations, the software is available for use for 120 days without the need of entering a product key. However, it is meant only for demonstrations and internal evaluation.
As soon as the product key has been entered, the trial installation will be upgraded to Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Standard or Enterprise edition.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is available for download from Softpedia via this link.