Exchange & Outlook UPDATE, Exchange Edition, June 07, 2002

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June 7, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • A Fine Mess: Microsoft's New Licensing Scheme

2. NEWS AND VIEWS

  • Exchange Deployment Kit Now Available
  • Upcoming TechNet Chats: .NET Enterprise Server (with Paul Flessner), Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000 Migrations, and Exchange Documentation

3. ANNOUNCEMENT

  • Get Valuable Info for Free with IT Consultant Newsletter

4. RESOURCES

  • Exchange HOWTO: Use COPY in WebDAV to Copy a Mail Item to Another Folder
  • Featured Thread: Security Tools for Exchange Server 5.5

5. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • MaXware International Releases Directory Explorer 4.0

6. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by Jerry Cochran, News Editor, [email protected])

  • A FINE MESS: MICROSOFT'S NEW LICENSING SCHEME

  • My head hurts. I've been trying to figure out Microsoft's new Exchange Server licensing and the new programs the company is forcing us into. Let me tell you, anytime Microsoft needs to dedicate an entire Web page and document (see the URLs at the end of this commentary) to helping us figure out Exchange licensing, things have gotten out of control. The big deal that's causing all the confusion is Microsoft Licensing 6.0 (it's pretty sad when even your licensing model has versions). The problem is the complexity of the new scheme. Whatever happened to the good old days of Microsoft licensing—when you didn't need a Juris Doctor to figure out the options? This week, I want to spend some time trying to sort through this mess.

    Microsoft launched Licensing 6.0 in October 2001 and offered a transition period until July 31, 2002, during which customers can upgrade their licenses (e.g., Exchange server licenses, Exchange Client Access Licenses—CALs) to the new program, which officially begins on August 1, 2002. In the past, most customers have licensed Exchange under the Open License, Select License, and Enterprise Agreement (EA) programs. Now you must move to new programs under the Licensing 6.0 umbrella: License (L), License & Software Assurance (L&SA), and new EA programs (the company is discontinuing some of the original EA plans). Microsoft has left it to customers to figure out exactly how to update all their licenses by July 31.

    The standard L program will be a basic product-usage license and rights. When you choose the L&SA program, you get those features plus Software Assurance (SA), which gives you rights to any future versions of Exchange that Microsoft releases during the covered period. During the transition period, Microsoft is offering SA separately to Exchange 2000 Server customers who are still running Exchange under the old Open License and Select License programs. After July 31, SA will be available only as part of the L&SA program.

    This offer definitely provides benefits to customers who are running Exchange 2000, but the offer doesn't apply to Exchange Server 5.5 customers. To remedy this hole in the strategy, Microsoft is providing a program called Upgrade Advantage. UA applies to customers who are running Exchange 5.5 under the old Open License or Select License programs. If these customers purchase UA before July 31, they're eligible to purchase separate SA coverage for Exchange 5.5 after that date. After the July 31 deadline, the only option for Exchange 5.5 customers will be to purchase one of the more costly Licensing 6.0 core programs (i.e., L, L&SA, or EA) when they upgrade.

    What's a poor Exchange administrator to do? Well, Microsoft recommends the following: If you have Exchange 2000 server licenses and CALs, purchase SA now. Doing so will supposedly save you as much as 50 percent compared to buying an L&SA license. If you have Exchange 5.5 server licenses and CALs, Microsoft recommends the UA program, which will supposedly save you 28 percent to 36 percent (depending on your current license) compared to the purchase of an L&SA license. Of course, Microsoft ultimately recommends that customers purchase EAs for the highest levels of savings and upgrade protection.

    I understand that Microsoft needs to make money and that product licensing is the way to accomplish this goal. However, can't the company make things a little easier? The software industry is headed for trouble when Microsoft's licensing documentation starts to approach the page count of the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Code. For more information about the new programs, see the following Microsoft sites or Windows & .NET Magazine articles:

    Microsoft Guide to Licensing 6.0—Microsoft Exchange Server
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/sa/exchange.asp
    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/downloads/exchange.doc

    Paul Thurrott, "When Alternatives Make Sense," Windows & .NET Perspectives, May 21, 2002
    http://www.winnetmag.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=25264

    Kathy Ivens, "License 6.0: The New Deal," Windows & .NET Magazine, February 19, 2002 Web Exclusive
    http://www.winnetmag.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=24032


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    2. NEWS AND VIEWS
    (contributed by Jerry Cochran, News Editor, [email protected])

  • EXCHANGE DEPLOYMENT KIT NOW AVAILABLE

  • The Exchange 2000 Deployment Kit provides information and recommends solutions to help your company benefit from the reliability and scalability features in Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2). You can use the information in the kit to plan, deploy, and manage your move to Exchange 2000 and Active Directory (AD).
    http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/techinfo/deployment/2000/deploymentcd.asp

  • UPCOMING TECHNET CHATS: .NET ENTERPRISE SERVER (WITH PAUL FLESSNER), EXCHANGE 5.5 TO EXCHANGE 2000 MIGRATIONS, AND EXCHANGE DOCUMENTATION

  • Several upcoming TechNet chats might be of interest to Exchange Server administrators. See the URL below for information about the following chats:
    • Thursday, June 13, 2002, 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time:
      Chat with Paul Flessner, senior vice president of the Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers division, about any topics related to .NET Enterprise Servers.
    • Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time:
      Consultants from the US and the UK will answer your questions about migrating from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2000 Server.
    • Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Pacific Time:
      Join Exchange documentation experts to discuss your experience with Exchange documentation and what you'd like to see in the future.
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/itcommunity/chats/default.asp

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS
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    4. RESOURCES

  • EXCHANGE HOWTO: USE COPY IN WEBDAV TO COPY A MAIL ITEM TO ANOTHER FOLDER

  • Each week, Microsoft posts several Exchange Server how-to articles to its Knowledge Base. This week, learn how to use the Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) COPY command to copy a mail item from one folder to another.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q290407

  • FEATURED THREAD: SECURITY TOOLS FOR EXCHANGE SERVER 5.5

  • Casey is looking for a tool that will provide detailed information about Exchange Server 5.5 and Outlook events that appear in the event logs. To offer your advice or join the discussion, go to the following URL:
    http://www.exchangeadmin.com/forums/thread.cfm?cfapp=72&thread_id=106376&mc=1

    5. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Bob Kretschman, [email protected])

  • MAXWARE INTERNATIONAL RELEASES DIRECTORY EXPLORER 4.0

  • MaXware International released MaXware Directory Explorer 4.0, software that plugs into Windows Explorer and Outlook and lets users browse for information such as names, postal and email addresses, phone numbers, photos, and certificates. The product automatically inserts retrieved email addresses into new messages. New features in MaXware Directory Explorer 4.0 include support for Outlook XP and the ability to send email to predefined groups. For more information about the product and its pricing, contact MaXware at 732-409-5000 or [email protected]
    http://www.maxware.com

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