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    I have a company that's lookign to delay the software costs for about 1-2 months. Could I do this for them by using the Exchange 2007 Trial and then licensing fully in 60 days or so?

    Are there any restrictions on the trial that I need to be aware of?

    (answered the second part with searches, thankyou)
    Last edited by crrazychicken; 21st July 2008, 18:12.

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    Re: Exchange 2007 Trial restrictions

    The 64 bit edition is fully functioning during the trial period and just needs to have the key entered to activate it. The 32 bit edition cannot be activated - and while it is fully functioning it will not receive updates for the antispam functionality.

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      Re: Exchange 2007 Trial restrictions

      Originally posted by Sembee View Post
      The 64 bit edition is fully functioning during the trial period and just needs to have the key entered to activate it. The 32 bit edition cannot be activated - and while it is fully functioning it will not receive updates for the antispam functionality.

      Simon.
      Sembee can you elaborate exactly on the limits of the 32 bit edition. I built one about a year ago for a dev enviroment that is still working with no loss of functionality. The server contains all roles other than the Edge Transport. Are there any limitations in comparison to the 64bit edition at all? Is it possible to apply SP1 to that install? And are MS going to ease the administrative features of Exchange 2007 by using the GUI more as opposed to the cmdlets with future service pack releases?

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        Re: Exchange 2007 Trial restrictions

        I'm not answering for Sembee but he did state "it is fully functioning it will not receive updates for the antispam functionality"
        32bit is not for production environments therefore it is fine for your test lab.
        There is a 32bit SP1 on MS website. LINK
        The cmdlets are far superior to the GUI. MS may bring in a bit more functionality (who knows really!) but to be fair there is so much more you can do with cmdlets that would be a real pain just to configure in the GUI to get the same result.
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          Re: Exchange 2007 Trial restrictions

          Originally posted by AndyJG247 View Post
          I'm not answering for Sembee but he did state "it is fully functioning it will not receive updates for the antispam functionality"
          32bit is not for production environments therefore it is fine for your test lab.
          There is a 32bit SP1 on MS website. LINK
          The cmdlets are far superior to the GUI. MS may bring in a bit more functionality (who knows really!) but to be fair there is so much more you can do with cmdlets that would be a real pain just to configure in the GUI to get the same result.
          Im aware already that the 32 bit version is not supported by MS in production enviroments. As i stated already it was built in a dev enviroment quite some time ago and long before SP1 was released. Just out of interest "how" do you find the scriplets more useful than a GUI interface? Bearing in mind all previous administrative functionality of exchange was done from ESM? Surely if MS are moving more towards a command line interface for mail exchange then we shouldnt all just ditch exchange and use a linux/unix equivalent like postfix or Exim.

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            Re: Exchange 2007 Trial restrictions

            Exchange 2007 is completely built on the command line. The GUI simply runs the command line scripts for you. EVERYTHING in the GUI can be done in the command line, the GUI just displays it more effectively.

            Comparing Postfix/ENIM to Exchange is like comparing a Ferrari with a van.
            They both do the basics, get you from A to B, but their functionality is very different. While Exchange is mainly a mail server it does a lot else. I fail to see why everyone should move to another product just because Microsoft have decided to implement command line implementation for their main products.

            The scripts are more useful because if you are doing the same thing time and time again, you simply write a script to do it once and then re-run the script. While you may not see the benefits if you are managing a small site with a couple of 100 users, if you are managing a large site in five or six figures with many servers, then scripting becomes very valuable.
            Don't fall in to the small business trap that many people do - complaining that Microsoft aren't interested in the small business and are making things harder by forcing the use of the command line. That simply isn't true. Once the server has been setup, then the command line use is greatly limited.

            Simon.
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