Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Yes, you read that correctly. The Exchange 12 CTP is being mailed to a bunch of lucky Microsoft IT Pros. There is a catch however… They are being mailed to TechNet Plus subscribers. In fact, they started shipments on 2/28 so some of you may get the goods tomorrow. Now in an evil twist of irony, the MSDN subscribers expecting it on the download area will have to wait. What? Yes, you read that correctly as well. It gets better…
This morning I went and registered as an attendee for the webcasts running 3/14 – 3/17. As I was registering, I recalled that I had heard they were dropping Exchange 12 to the MSDN download area. I thought to myself, self, we need to fix this for our beloved TechNet IT Pros. I mean, what are we, chopped liver? So I started making some not so subtle queries to find out if we could load the TechNet Plus user ids into the MSDN download center.
I found out that instead, the Exchange 12 CTP is already being mailed out. This is great!!! So here are the registration links for the webcasts and some other resource links:
Exchange '12' Preview – Live Webcasts
TechNet Webcast: An Overview of Exchange “12” (Level 200)Tuesday, March 14, 20061:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M. Pacific Time
TechNet Webcast: Giving the Administrator More Control in Exchange “12” (Level 200)Wednesday, March 15, 20061:00 P.M.–2:30 P.M. Pacific Time
TechNet Webcast: Client Access and Web Services in Exchange “12” (Level 200)Thursday, March 16, 200611:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Pacific Time
TechNet Webcast: Message Security and Active Protection in Exchange “12” (Level 200)Friday, March 17, 20069:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Exchange 12 Preview Area – http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/default.mspx
Exchange 12 Overview – http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/overview.mspx
Exchange 12 FAQ – http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/faq.mspx
With Exchange 12 being x64, is there any reason to believe that the AD controllers will need to be x64 as well? I saw that 32-bit clients are supported, so I'm hoping that the AD servers in the domain can be 32-bit as well. Any insights?
No worries, you won't have to upgrade your entire world to support this change. The DC's for Active Directory will not need to be 32bit.
I'm sure there are other questions about which roles will run on what OS and why. See the webcasts next week that the Exchange team is giving. They'll answer a lot of those types of questions, and I'll be free to start doing demos and answering some questions, too.