Q: What do I get with the Exchange Enterprise CAL vs. the Exchange Standard CAL?
A: In addition to the improvements and new capabilities that are available with the ExchangeStandard CAL, the Exchange Enterprise CAL includes Unified Messaging, advanced compliancecapabilities, and on-premises and hosted antivirus and anti-spam protection. For more informationabout Exchange Server 2007 editions and Client Access Licenses, seeExchange Server 2007Editions and Client Access Licenses.
Q: What are the different editions of Exchange Server 2007?
A: Exchange Server 2007 is offered in two server editions: Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition.Exchange Server 2007 Standard Edition is designed to meet the messaging and collaboration needsof small and medium organizations. It may also be appropriate for specific server roles or branchoffices. Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition, designed for large enterprise organizations,enables the creation of multiple storage groups and databases. For more information about ExchangeServer 2007 editions and Client Access Licenses, seeExchange Server 2007 Editions and ClientAccess Licenses.Hardware and Software Requirements
Q: Will I have to buy new hardware to run Exchange Server 2007?
A: If you are running 64-bit hardware in your current messaging environment, you may not have tobuy additional hardware. However, Exchange 2007 does require hardware and an operating systemthat are 64-bit. 64-bit hardware provides the system architecture that is required to support theincreased memory, storage, and enhanced security requirements in a more cost-effective manner.For more information about how to select the hardware for Exchange 2007, seeHow to chooseserver hardware for Exchange Server 2003 that can be effectively re-used for Exchange 2007.
Q: Which 64-bit processors are supported by Exchange Server 2007?
A: Exchange Server 2007 supports servers that have "x64" processors. Most new servers includeprocessors from Intel and AMD that provide this x64 support. The Intel processors are called IntelExtended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T), and the AMD processors are called AMD64.Exchange Server 2007 does not support Itanium (IA-64) processors.
Q: Should servers that are running Active Directory domain controllers and the globalcatalog be upgraded to 64-bit?
A: For the best performance, when an Active Directory organization contains more than 20,000objects, you should upgrade to 64-bit. Upgrading servers that run Active Directory domaincontrollers and the global catalog to 64-bit improves the overall performance and scalability of yourExchange Server 2007 environment. However, 32-bit domain controllers are still supported.Lookup and response times between the Exchange 2007 categorizer and the Active Directorydirectory service will improve with the use of 64-bit. The size of the Extensible Storage Engine(ESE) database that holds Active Directory can frequently be larger than 3.0 gigabytes (GB). Thisprevents caching of the contents of the whole database, and therefore increases lookup and responsetimes. By using 64-bit, the available RAM for caching can be increased beyond 4.0 GB. This islarge enough to cache the whole ESE database, even for large Active Directory organizations, andwill improve Exchange 2007 lookup and response times.