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Microsoft have now released Exchange 2016 and Office 2016 for general availability. For those customers using Infor CRM we do not recommend upgrading to these versions at this time as they have not passed certification with Infor products. We will update this as more information is released.
With Exchange 2016 the following was observed:
- You will require the .NET 4.5.2 distribution and the Unified Communications API prior to the installation continuing. The links are shown in the setup wizard.
- Minimum Windows 2008 R2 as Domain Controller
- Minimum Windows 2012 R2 as Exchange Server
- Minimum Office 2010 for Clients (Outlook) - and these now use MAPI over HTTP as opposed to RPC over HTTP as the standard communications protocol.
As has been the norm for a while with Exchange there is no in-place upgrade available. You install Exchange 2016 into the domain as a new server, and then migrate mailboxes to the new server. However, the ability to have multiple mailbox databases split across NAS /Servers and SANS more than makes up for that restriction. It also provides an opportunity to clean up your existing system.
Public folders now exist within the Mailbox Database, as opposed to its own database. This will affect any recovery tools you may have.
Office 2016 is broadly similar to Office 2013 - with enhancements around collaboration and team working.
Installation of both products did not bring any surprises - other than the usual distribution being out of step with current requirements, you will need to download the items shown above to be able to continue the install. The AD Schema is modified to support Exchange 2016. The new Exchange Administration Centre replaces the old Exchange Control Panel and brings together most administration features of Exchange into one tool.
Windows Server 2016
We also took a brief look at Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 - but this was still early days with a very mixed Windows 10, Windows 8.1 interface. We will wait for newer updates before posting anything further on this build.
As Microsoft move towards a July 29th release date for Windows 10 - we ran a few tests of Inform CRM 8.2 and Windows 10 Insider Preview - check out our report to see how it all went.