If you have McAfee’s GroupShield deployed in your Exchange organization and are considering an Exchange 2007 deployment hosted on Windows Server 2008 then you are in luck. Here is a matrix of their supported environments.

Microsoft Operating System
GroupShield
7.0
GroupShield
6.0.3
GroupShield
6.0.2
GroupShield
6.0.1
Windows Small Business Server 2008 No No No No
Windows Server 2008 x64
Yes*
No
No

No

Windows Server 2008 x32
No
No
No
No
Windows Server 2003 x64 (SP1)

Yes*

Yes
No
No
Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 (Enterprise)

Yes*

Yes
No
No
Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 (Standard)

Yes*

Yes
No
No
Windows 2003 Enterprise Server (SP2)

Yes

No
Yes
Yes
Windows 2003 Server (SP2)

Yes

No
Yes
Yes
Windows 2000 Advanced Server (SP4)

Yes

No
Yes
Yes
Windows 2000 Server (SP4)

No

No
Yes
Yes
* To avoid potential issues it is recommended to install McAfee GroupShield 7.0.1 (7.0 Service Pack 1) on 64 bit Systems.

Click here for a complete listing of supported environments for GroupShield…

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LAST UDPATED: 06/10/2009 – Windows 2008 cluster deadlock issue

This is post is my attempt to bring all the materials of importance I could find about installing Exchange 2007 SP1 onto a Windows 2008 platform into one location.  This post will be updated from time to time as new resources are made available.

Recommended Links:

Known Issues:

Server Software:

Testing

  • Trial download of Exchange 2007 SP1 available here.  The trial software is only available is 32-bit.

Production:

  • You will need to download a licensed copy of Exchange 2007 SP1 (Std or Ent) 64-bit.

Installation:

Pre-requisites

  • Install the Exchange pre-requisites according to the guidelines here.  This can be done autmatically with these handy XML files found here.
  • For a new Install simply launch the Setup and perform the install in the same manner as you would with Windows Server 2003.
  • If you are going to migrate your Exchange 2007 services from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 you’ll want to take a read this.  There are some extra steps that you will need to undertake to ensure all the necessary services are migrated over correctly.

Post-Installation

  • Hub Transport Server Role fails when IPv6 is disabled on that server – FIXED
    If either of these 2 bullets occur, you need to fully disable IPv6 and not just uncheck it.

    • If IPv6 is disabled prior to the installation of Exchange Server 2007, when installing the Hub Transport Server role, your Hub Transport Server role will fail to install
    • If IPv6 is disabled after the installation of Exchange Server 2007, you may experience some Exchange services failing to start
  • Outlook Anywhere connectivity fails:  This issue has been addressed with Update Rollup 4 for Exchange 2007 SP1.  For reference you can read more about this problem here, and here.   For steps on disabling IP6 for Exchange 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008 go here.
  • (FIXED) Adjust IIS7 authentication to stop endless logon prompts when using Outlook Anywhere with NTLM.  Full details on this issue can be found here.

Note: This will be automatically set for you with Update Rollup 8 for Exchange 2007 SP1. If you prefer to specifiy the command manually or you just want to know what’s going on you can read more about it here.

That’s about it for now.  I’ll update this post from time to time as new information comes available.

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Just announced on the Communications Server Team blog the next revision of OCS will only support Windows Server 2003 x64 AND Windows Server 2008 x64 only.

As a part of the broad initiative across Microsoft to support 64 bit versions across many of its product lines, the next release of OCS will support 64-bit operating systems only. This decision will help meet customer demand and is a natural progression of the product that aligns with the same approach taken by the Exchange team (with Exchange 2007) and the SharePoint team (with SharePoint 2007) to support 64 bit operating systems only.

Click here to read the rest of the announcement…

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MS released a new hotfix for Windows Server 2003 to address the ongoing issues surrounding the scalable networking pack feature added by SP2. They are highly recommending that this update be applied to any server that will need to communicate with Vista or Windows Server 2008.

Read more about the update here and here.

Check out the KB article here…

Download the update: x32 & x64

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