A community preview version of Exchange 2003 SP2 is almost here – What does a community preview release actually mean ?

Well “Please be aware that CTP releases of any product will not display the stability of a shipped Microsoft product. Customers may encounter problems with Exchange Server 2003 SP2 that could possibly result in a loss or destruction of data. Some of the mobility features contained in this CTP download are not yet available for testing, pending availability of Windows Mobile 5.0 devices that have the Messaging & Security Feature Pack installed.  Those devices will be available later in 2005 and 2006.  Also some of the security features in SP2 are only available when used with Outlook 2003 SP2 which will not release until later in 2005.  This build is available only in English.”

So in short, please don’t go and put it on a live system – try it out in a lab and wait for the official release.

As well as the great Mobile e-mail improvements and the better protection against SPAM one of the great little hidden gems of this service pack is the increase of the store limit of 16GB for Exchange 2003 Standard Edition to 75GB. Even so, please don’t be tempted to install this on a live server.

If you’d like more information on the features in this upcoming service pack then go here

And if you want to try out the CTP release of Exchange 2003 SP2 then click here