Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 2

Microsoft released Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) to the Microsoft Download Center. In addition to this article, the Exchange 2013 RTM release notes (updated for CU2) will also be available.
The final build number for Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 is 15.0.712.22.

Changes in Exchange 2013 RTM CU2

In addition to bug fixes, Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 introduces enhancements in the following areas.
  • Per-server database support: - Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 increases the per-server database support from 50 databases to 100 databases in the Enterprise Edition of the product.   
  • OWA Redirection: - providing a single sign-on experience when Forms-Based Authentication (FBA) is used on the source and destination OWA virtual directories by issuing back to the web browser a hidden FBA form with the fields populated. This hidden form contains the same information as what the user had originally submitted to the source CAS FBA page (username, password, public/private selector) as well as, a redirect to the target Exchange specific path and query string. As soon as this form is loaded it is immediately submitted to the target URL. The result is the user is automatically authenticated and can access the mailbox data.
  • High Availability: - Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 introduces a new service, the DAG Management Service. The DAG Management service contains non-critical code that used to reside in the Replication service.
  • Managed Availability: - Improvements in various probes and monitors, there have been changes to the responder throttling framework.
  • Cmdlet Help: - Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 introduces the capability for administrators to get updates to Exchange Management Shell cmdlets without needing to deploy a new service pack or cumulative update. Administrators can launch the Exchange Management Shell and run the Update-ExchangeHelp cmdlet to update their local Shell help.
  • OWA Search Improvements: - Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 improves OWA’s search results highlighting in three ways:
  1. Conversation items are auto-expanded that have hits in them.
  2. Whenever you search for a term and select a conversation from the result list, OWA will move the scroll position of the reading pane so that the first item part with that search term is in view.
  3. Hit navigation within a conversation – you can jump between search hits quickly using a control built into the reading pane
  • Malware Filter Rules : Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 introduces the MalwareFilterRule cmdlets. You can use the MalwareFilterRule cmdlets to apply custom malware filter policies to specific users, groups, or domains in your organization. Custom policies always take precedence over the default company-wide policy, but you can change the priority (that is, the running order) of your custom policies.