Yesterday, Microsoft announced that "With the release of Exchange Server 2010 SP2 later this year, we will add a new feature known as Address Book Policies. Following this addition, hosters who wish to deploy the standard on-premises configuration of Exchange and use <acronym title="Address Book Policies">ABP</acronym> will be supported." (source http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/08/30/exchange-server-2010-sp2-and-support-for-hosting-exchange.aspx)
Does WSP team plan to integrate support for this service pack? It seems like many hosters consider /hosting mode as a bad way for their business and pray for this SP to be published asap.
Are there some chances that WSP team cooperates with MS and evaluates beta versions of this SP?
Unfortunately for us Zimbra is very aggressive, MachPanel too. We bet on WSP an year ago and I am afraid it was a bet on a lame rooster.
- Changed type Lloyd ZhangModerator Tuesday, September 06, 2011 6:03 AM
we tried doing Exchange hosting and it was a nightmare, everything is so complex with Exchange, yet same tasks take minutes with SmarterMail or Google Apps.
We are running old Exchange 2007, and I am considering whether or not to give upon hellish exchange hosting or whether to update to 20101, what is the problem with /hosting mode ?
WSP product team has no immediate plans to add Exchange 2010 SP2 support at this time. We encourage customers to add their feature request here http://websitepanel.codeplex.com/workitem/list/basic so that they are considered in future updates
Exchange 2010 SP2 was published yesterday.
Hosting automation tools and control panel solutions will be provided by our hosting ISV partners. We are working closely with them to ensure their solutions meet our hosting guidelines (and will therefore be supported).
This has been announced in : http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/10/13/future-of-hosting-mode.aspx
Therefore lets hope so that Exchange SP2 would be supported with WSP too. Apart from WSP other good alternatives which are there are Hosting Controller and Parallels but the control panel which would make the market in Exchange Hosters would be the one which would follow the guidelines of Microsoft i.e to avoid /Hosting mode of Exchange 2010.
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All the best.
It is odd that WSP is not listed on the new hosting site from Microsoft for being one of the recommendations for Exchange SP2. I saw that at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/hh563895.aspx
Maybe because it is not 100% compliant based on http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/12/06/exchange-2010-service-pack-2-and-hosting.aspx
i hope it get's updated for Exchange SP2 support. I actually have not deployed it as I am waiting for this fix/support so I don't have to do a forest migration.
Denis Shchepetov - AMD Telecom declared that he is willing to create module to cover Exchange Server 2010 SP2 so you can contact him for more info.
I have installed SP2 now in my production environment with no changes to WSP and everything is functioning without an issue. We will be working on getting support for the new addressbook segregation next. I can confirm that following the same directions as you need to in SP1 will work in SP2 as well, seems whatever changes were made in SP2 do not affect any portion of the API WSP uses. We have placed this configuration in production.
Omar Armenteros Virtuworks
I have posted a fork of the source code project with changes required to enable addressbook policy support in SP2 in an on-premise installation of Exchange. you can find it here.
It needs to be compiled and ran as framework 3.5 as described here.
This code does not check for Exchange version, this still needs to be added so placing this code in a non-sp2 on-premise environment will fail.
For existing organizations you will need to manually create address book policys named "orgname Address Policy" and apply them to all existing users which is a pretty simple task using EMC i was able to do about 30 organizations in about 1 hour of work. It can be scripted though.
This code only adds the functionality to create, delete and apply address book policies to new users from the point of it's deployment.
Omar Armenteros Virtuworks