Exchange Connector 3.0 for SCSM is Here and it is Here to Stay

Exchange Connector 3.0 RTM is finally released and it is supported by MSFT. In order to deploy it you have to:

  • Install UR2 for SCSM 2012 SP1;
  • Remove Exchange Connector 3.0 RC if you have it installed.

You can find the full announcement here.

You can download the connector with a great guide for it here.

Additionally you can extend the connector with Service Manager SendEmail for Incidents

Microsoft Kind Of Brings New Features in SC 2012 SP1 UR2

Last year we were surprised when Service Pack 1 of System Center 2012 was revealed and we found out that it will bring a lot of new features. We were used to get new features on R2 and R3 release of a product. But seems Microsoft is entering a new redefined cycle for supporting their products (examples: SP1 for SC 2012, the CU updates in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012). Now we are surprised again because System Center team announces kind of new feature in Update Rollup 2 for SC 2012 SP1 which is scheduled for early April. This new feature is called Exchange Connector for SCSM. Let me state out that the Exchange connector existed before this announcement but it was separate download without Microsoft support. Exchange Connector 3.0 Release Candidate with compatibility for SC 2012 was announced somewhere in April 2012 but RTM version was never released. With the release of SP1 many have doubt that RTM version will be released soon. So after a lot of queries against SCSM team for the Exchange Connector Travis Wright responded with official response on SCSM Team blog. The final version of Exchange Connector for SCSM will be included in Update Rollup 2 for SC 2012 SP1 and will be fully supported.