All right, day one at the MEC has wrapped up and the “un-conference” thus far has been a success. Seeking to distance itself from the typical technical conference MEC has certainly provided a welcome departure from what we’ve all become accustomed to recently. Most notable among the differences is the atmosphere at the keynotes, each thus far has provided a hefty dose interesting content, witty humor, and shots at a whole host of targets.
In anticipation of the returning Microsoft Exchange Conference next week I thought I’d take the opportunity to provide an overview of some of the new features that will be part of the next release of Microsoft’s Exchange Server. Up front the thing that stands out the most is the server roles that are available in Exchange 2013, Client Access and Mailbox. Yes all other roles are eliminated (Edge role will be available in a later service pack, 2013 will be compatible with 2010 Edge). The Client Access Server role has absorbed internet facing SMTP transport while the Mailbox role has absorbed internal SMTP transport. Outwardly that’s the largest difference in the new version; however there are a number of internal architectural differences as well as new features.
In a few weeks we’ll be attending the revived Microsoft Exchange Conference in Orlando. I have to say I’m quite excited about the prospect as this conference has been absent for the last 10 years. At Tech-Ed in June there was quite a bit of buzz around the return of the conference divided largely by those who have attended the MEC before its disappearance and those who haven’t. I sadly must admit I am one of the many who have not attended a previous MEC, and based on the discussions by those who have, very excited to see its return.