Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 has just been released to the web for Download. It even made the front page of the latest Technet Magazine which is quite surprising for a Service Pack.
There are many key enhancements in Service Pack 1 however from a mobile perspective there are some very important additions.
With Service Pack 1 we have added 30+ new policies for Exchange Activesync. These new policies will require a future version of Windows Mobile (similar to System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008) however they can be implemented within your Exchange 2007 environment now ready for when that version becomes available.
There are 2 different categories of policies - the first set control the Sync, Authentication and Encryption settings. The second set are really focused on controlling functions on the device.
Within the Synchronisation setup we have the ability to configure many of the synchronisation options on the device:
Configure message formats (HTML or plain txt)Include past email itemsEmail body truncation sizeHTML email body truncation sizeInclude past calendar items (Duration)Require manual sync while roaming
With the device password we can enforce more complexity as well as setting a password expiration and remembering password history
Minimum number of complex charactersEnable password recoveryAllow simple passwordPassword Expiration (Days)Enforce password historyAllow Windows file share accessAllow Windows SharePoint access
From a security perspective we can control the use of SMIME as well as whether Device Encryption is enforced
Require signed SMIME messagesRequire encrypted SMIME messagesRequire Signed SMIME algorithmRequire encrypted SMIME algorithmAllow SMIME encrypted algorithm negotiationAllow SMIME SoftCertsEnforce Device encryption
As I mentioned previously the second set of policies control much of the device, network and application functionality.
Disable desktop ActiveSyncDisable removable storageDisable cameraDisable SMS and any MMS text messaging
Disable Wi-FiDisable BluetoothDisable IrDAAllow internet sharing from deviceAllow desktop sharing from device
Disable POP3/IMAP4 emailAllow consumer emailAllow browserAllow unsigned applicationsAllow unsigned CABsApplication allow listApplication block list
All of the NEW Exchange Activesync policies are described on the Technet Website in detail HERE
There is also a whole host of documentation for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 available:
· What's New in Exchange Server 2007 SP1
· Standby Continuous Replication
· Upgrading Clustered Mailbox Servers to Exchange 2007 SP1
· Monitoring Continuous Replication
· New High Availability Features in Exchange 2007 SP1
· How to Install Exchange 2007 SP1 Prerequisites on Windows Server 2008
· Installing Cluster Continuous Replication on Windows Server 2008
· Installing Single Copy Clusters on Windows Server 2008
· New Client Access Features in Exchange 2007 SP1
· New Transport Features in Exchange 2007 SP1
· New Mailbox Features in Exchange 2007 SP1
· New Unified Messaging Features in Exchange 2007 SP1
· IPv6 Support in Exchange 2007 SP1