- Exchange Web Services Managed API (EwsAPI): This provides a managed interface for developing client applications that use Exchange Web Services, so this will help you develop or migrate your Exchange applications over to 2010.
- Management Pack for Exchange Server 2010 (SCOM MP): Remembering that Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) is now System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), there is a new 2010 management pack that lets you monitor Exchange 2010. Note: This pack works only on SCOM 2007 SP1 or SCOM 2007 R2.
- Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer: This online tool lets you test client connectivity and inbound e-mail scenarios. Note: You can use this tool to test your Exchange 2007 connectivity as well.
- Microsoft Exchange Server JetStress Tool for Exchange Server 2010: This helps Exchange administrators confirm the performance and stability of the disk subsystem before releasing Exchange 2010 into the production environment.
- Microsoft Exchange Load Generator (LoadGen) for Exchange Server 2010: This simulation tool measures the impact of MAPI, OWA, IMAP, POP, and SMTP clients.
Microsoft has gone to great lengths to take Exchange from humble beginnings all the way to the powerful position it holds (about two-thirds of the mail server market). Exchange 2010 will continue that trend as more and more organizations switch to Exchange each year. If you're new to Exchange, be sure to check out Microsoft's free e-learning tools. Even if you're not about to switch to Exchange 2010, having Exchange skills can be helpful in this volatile job market.
I'd like to hear from readers regarding what messaging platform you currently use, Microsoft or otherwise. In addition, if you have any requests for the Microsoft Exchange team to consider as it develops future versions of Exchange, please comment on those; I'll be sure to share them with the team.
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