After a wait of almost 24 hours – the download is available.
Yesterday, the Microsoft Exchange team announced the immediate availability of the Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate with this posting. However…. there was a complication… it wasn’t available!
As of a few minutes ago (1630 EST) the situation was resolved and you can now download the RC here.
A couple of quick notes about this release:
This is the Enterprise edition of Exchange Server
To use the DAG functionality, you’ll need the Enterprise Edition of Windows Server
Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are both supported – but no version of Server 2003 or earlier version of Server 2008
You will be able to upgrade to the released version of Exchange Server when it is released, but you CANNOT upgrade from Enterprise RC to Standard RTM
You cannot install DAG (which uses Windows Failover Clustering) and NLB on the same server (this is a Windows restriction, not an Exchange restriction)
This is an RC – that is, it is feature complete but may still have bugs.
There is a huge amount of additional functionality over Exchange Server 2007 – however, much of it is only available in the Exchange Management Shell. Since this release is feature complete, I don’t expect that to change prior to RTM.
Until next time…
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