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Exchange Server 2007

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will reach end of support on April 11, 2017. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.


Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, which provides a reliable messaging system, with built-in protection against spam and viruses. Using Exchange 2007, users throughout your organization can access e-mail, voice mail, calendars, and contacts from a wide variety of devices and from any location.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2) introduce many new features and technologies that were not available in the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Exchange Server 2007. These new features and technologies will help to increase productivity and reduce administrative overhead. For more information about the new features and technologies in Exchange 2007 SP1 and Exchange 2007 SP2, see What's New in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 and What's New in Exchange Server 2007 SP2.

The technical documentation for Exchange 2007 consists of the following categories:

This technical documentation applies to Exchange 2007 RTM, Exchange 2007 SP1, and Exchange 2007 SP2. Some topics contain RTM, SP1, and SP2 content, while others are specific to RTM, SP1, or SP2. The "Applies to" information at the beginning of each topic will let you know to which release of Exchange 2007 the content applies.

Getting Started

Use the Getting Started documentation to learn about the new features available with Exchange 2007, including basic concepts and the steps required to install a simple Exchange 2007 organization. This documentation provides you with a walk-through of Exchange 2007 features and functionality and gives you a first look at how you can use Exchange 2007 as your end-to-end messaging system.

Getting Started documentation includes:

Planning and Architecture

Use the Planning and Architecture documentation to help you design a highly reliable and consistently available messaging system. This documentation helps you identify concerns related to network infrastructure, hardware, the Active Directory directory service, and administration before you deploy Exchange 2007 in your organization.

Planning and Architecture documentation includes:


Use the Deployment documentation to get Exchange 2007 up and running in your organization. Whether you are new to Exchange Server or moving from an existing Exchange Server installation, this documentation helps you prepare and deploy a solid Exchange 2007 messaging system to meet your business needs.

Deployment documentation includes:


Use the Operations documentation to learn about the many aspects of operating your organization. This detailed documentation includes conceptual and procedural information about administration, disaster recovery, high availability, monitoring, performance, and troubleshooting.

Operations documentation includes:

  • Management Interfaces   Information about the Exchange Management Console and Exchange Management Shell.

  • Configuring Permissions   Detailed information about the permissions that are needed for operating your Exchange 2007 organization.

  • Educating Information Workers   Information your end users need to know before using various Exchange 2007 features, such as Microsoft Outlook Web Access and Exchange ActiveSync.

  • Managing Mailbox Features   Information about address lists, the offline address book (OAB), scheduling resources, Out of Office Assistant, content indexing, and storage groups and databases (including public folder management).

  • Managing Client Access   Information about managing Outlook Web Access, Microsoft Outlook Anywhere, Exchange ActiveSync, POP3 and IMAP4 clients, Autodiscover, and the Availability service.

  • Managing Recipients   Information about managing mailboxes, contacts, and groups.

  • Managing Unified Messaging   Information about configuring and managing Unified Messaging (UM) with Exchange 2007.

  • Managing Transport Servers   Information about managing accepted domains, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) connectors, remote domains, the Pickup directory, the Replay directory, the categorizer, transport agents, the Store driver, delivery status notifications (DSNs), queues, message tracking, protocol logging, and the Address Rewriting agent.

  • Managing Anti-Spam and Antivirus Features    Information about configuring anti-spam and antivirus features.

  • Managing Messaging Policy and Compliance Features   Information about messaging records management (MRM).

  • Disaster Recovery   Information about how to back up and restore your Exchange 2007 data, and other disaster recovery procedures, strategies, and tools.

  • High Availability   Information about high availability, site resilience, clustered mailbox servers, local continuous replication (LCR), cluster continuous replication (CCR), standby continuous replication (SCR), and single copy clusters (SCC).

  • Monitoring and Operations Management   Information about monitoring the daily operations of your Exchange 2007 organization and information about using Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) and the Exchange Management Pack.


Use the Troubleshooting documentation to help you diagnose the cause of issues or failures and to resolve problems.

Troubleshooting documentation includes:

Security and Protection

Use the Security and Protection documentation to help you locate information about deploying and operating a secure organization.

Technical Reference

Use the Technical Reference documentation to learn about Exchange 2007 components and how these components can be used to more effectively manage and troubleshoot your Exchange 2007 organization. This documentation also includes detailed reference topics about Exchange 2007, including errors and events, features such as tools, scripting languages, and glossary terms.

Technical Reference documentation includes:

  • Active Directory Schema Changes   Information about the changes that will be made to the Active Directory schema when you install Exchange 2007.

  • Exchange 2007 Cmdlets   Detailed information about the Exchange Management Shell commands in Exchange 2007 SP1.

  • Exchange Management Shell (RTM)   Detailed information about the Exchange Management Shell commands in Exchange 2007 RTM.

  • Help Reference   Help topics that are available on demand as you perform tasks in the Exchange 2007 SP1 version of the Exchange Management Console.

  • Help Reference (RTM)   Help topics that are available on demand as you perform tasks in the Exchange 2007 RTM version of the Exchange Management Console.

  • Errors and Events Reference   Detailed information about Exchange 2007 errors and events.

  • Performance Counters   Information about Exchange 2007 performance counters.

  • Glossary   A list of Exchange 2007 terminology.


Use the Development documentation to learn about creating customized applications that work with Exchange 2007. Exchange 2007 includes new development technologies including Exchange Web services, access to the MIME parser and other content-conversion utilities, and a new agent-based protocol and transport event model. All the new APIs work with the .NET Framework 2.0 and managed code, so your applications can use the latest Microsoft programming tools and methods.

Development documentation includes information about:

  • Selecting the Exchange 2007 development technology that is right for your application needs.

  • Working with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the new Exchange 2007 development technologies.

  • Migrating applications from Exchange 2003 technologies to the new APIs.

  • Learning a variety of important programming tasks using the technologies available in Exchange 2007.

  • Technical reference material needed to effectively use the Exchange 2007 APIs, including the new Exchange 2007 Web services, agents, and content conversion APIs.