Windows Server 2008 R2 doesn’t support Exchange 2007. That is a fact and it has caused confusion, consternation & anger among many of Microsoft’s customers and indeed partners (I can confirm that!).
The big question was “Why"?”…as when Server 2008 R2 was released in September, Exchange 2007 was the current version. While Exchange 2010 is almost upon us it is still unlikely that companies will instantly move to the new version…particularly on something as important as their email infrastructure. So that meant either:
a) Customers stayed on Exchange 2007 and Server 2008
b) Customers had a mixed Server 2008/2008 R2 environment
and, aside from the technical aspect, many people viewed it as a cynical ploy by Redmond to force them to upgrade. The message alongside Windows 7 is “Deploy with Server 2008 R2, they’re better together” (which is true!) but then it seemed a little like “Gotcha! Now you’re got R2…you’ve got to buy Exchange 2010”. While that wasn’t the case, that’s how it seemed to customers and really-that’s what matters. Vista wasn’t anywhere near a terrible as a lot of people say it is…but it didn’t do very well did it…and that was because of user perception.
Now however, that’s all changed! This post on the Exchange Team Blog (You had me at EHLO) reveals that:
“In the coming calendar year we will issue an update for Exchange 2007 enabling full support of Windows Server 2008 R2”
They say that customers spoke, Microsoft listened and the change is happening…brilliant 🙂
Good work Microsoft!
Thanks to @JohnFontana for the tweet that flagged this up…