Exchange Admin Center cmdlet logging: I really liked this capability in Exchange 2010 and was disappointed that Microsoft removed it in the original release of Exchange 2013. With this capability, when you do something in the GUI, you can see the underlying PowerShell commands being executed. It is a great way to learn or simply understand what is happening under the hood. The returned logging feature allows you to capture and review recent commands executed (as many as 500). I really like this feature.
MAPI over HTTP: Now this is an interesting capability. I thought MAPI was dead with Exchange 2013, whose connections were focused on remote procedure calls (RPCs) over HTTP (aka Outlook Anywhere). But in SP1, this new feature (which requires that you run Outlook 2013 SP1) allows for MAPI across HTTP without using RPCs. This will, according to Microsoft, simplify connectivity troubleshooting and improve the user connection experience when resuming from hibernation or when switching networks. To get the full story of how it all works, check out MVP Redmond's "Exchange Server 2013 Transitions from RPC to HTTP" post.
DLP enhancements: Data loss prevention capability exists in the original Exchange 2013 releaase, built on existing features like transport rules and mail tips. SP1 adds new features such as DLP Policy Tips for OWA (Outlook Web Access) and OWA for Devices, DLP Document Fingerprinting, and DLP sensitive information types for new regions.
Along with those key feature updates, Exchange 2013 adds the following:
- ADFS for OWA: This is claims-based authentication for organizations working with Active Directory Federation Services.
- OWA formatting: OWA now has a rich text editor.
- S/MIME support for OWA returns: OWA users can send and receive signed and encrypted email. This feature requires IE9 or later.
- Database availability groups (DAGs) without Cluster Administration Server (CAS) access points: This optional DAG configuration (aka IP-less DAG) requires Windows Server 2012 R2.
- SSL offloading: This capability lets you move the SSL encryption/decryption workload for inbound CAS connections to a load balancer
SP1 also comes with a host of bug fixes.
Exchange 2013 SP1 brings a healthy set of improvements across the board and shows that the Exchange team at Microsoft is listening to requests and giving folks what they want and need.
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