A more serious disappointment is the clustering question. Microsoft has always discouraged the practice of active-to-active Exchange clustering, preferring instead an active Exchange server talking to a passive standby server in the background. But you were welcome to try active-to-active if you had the technical know-how and some patience. Apparently, a few too many of you went this route, so Microsoft may be taking the option out of Exchange 12 altogether. Again, this is just a rumor so far, and Microsoft’s release schedule for Exchange 12 is so far out that the powers-that-be could change their minds about all of this. Nonetheless, it’s a disturbing development.
Then again, maybe those companies forced out of business by Redmond integrating VoIP with Exchange 12 can instead come up with a third-party mechanism to do active-to-active server clustering. Or they could just bury their loft wedges into their cubemates’ foreheads. Birdies and bogeys.
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