In a mixed environment where we have exchange 2003 , 2007 and 2010 objects interspersed with others, which management methods can we use over which object types? Below is a matrix to show what we can manage with what..

   This was liberated from The Microsoft Exchange Team Blog

Exchange Object Versions

Exchange
management tools generally take some action against objects that are
stored in the Active Directory (AD) directory. These objects can be
recipient objects (Mailbox enabled accounts, mail enabled accounts,
mail contacts, etc…) or they can be Exchange configuration objects
(Exchange servers, mailbox databases, connectors, etc…)

Exchange uses a property that tags an object as "belonging" to one specific version of Exchange. The property in AD is msExchangeVersion. To quickly check the Exchange version of an object, from the Exchange Management Shell, use the "Get" cmdlet for that object type, and issue a command like the following which gets the ExchangeVersion property value for a mailbox enabled user:

[PS] C:> Get-Mailbox user1 | Format-List ExchangeVersion
ExchangeVersion : 0.10 (14.0.100.0)

In
this example, the version is 14.0.100. This is the version of Exchange
that was used to create this recipient object. For a management tool to
be able to manage this object, it must be for version 14.0.100 or
higher.

All Exchange objects are stamped
with an ExchangeVersion value, and it is in this way that management
tool interoperability is controlled.

Exchange 2003 Interoperability

The Exchange System Manager
(ESM) is the primary management interface for Exchange 2003. The ESM
does not have a direct interface for managing recipient objects,
instead relying on the Active Directory Users and Computers
(ADUC) to be installed on the same machine to expose property pages for
recipient objects. The following limitations apply to management tool
interoperability:

  • Exchange 2010 management tools can be used to view Exchange 2003 recipient objects, but not the other way around.
  • The ESM cannot be used to manage any configuration objects for Exchange 2010.
  • The
    Exchange 2010 management tools can be used to view certain Exchange
    2003 configuration objects, but not make any modifications.
Exchange 2007 Interoperability

Both
Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 use their own versions of EMC and EMS.
Interoperability limitations between Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010
management tools can be more difficult to understand because of the
similarity between the tools.

The following matrix will help to determine what can be done from each tool.

EMC Management Tool Interoperability:

2003 Object

ESM on 2003

EMC on 2007

EMC on 2010

View Users, Contact, DDL

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Users, Contacts, DDL

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Provision (Create) mailboxes

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

View Mailboxes

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Mailboxes (Edit/Remove)

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Manage Mobile Devices

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Import MBX from PST and Export to 2007 (Open Issue)

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

View Disconnected MBXs

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Connect Disconnected Mailbox

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Connect to Public Folder DB

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Manage Send As permissions

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

manage Full Access permissions

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Enable/Disable UM

N/A

N/A

N/A

Manage Global Objects (Address Lists/GALs)

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Provision (Create) OAB

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

View OAB

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage EAP

N/A

N/A

N/A

Manage MRM Objects (Default folders, custom folders, mailbox policies)

N/A

N/A

N/A

View Transport Rules & Journal Rules

N/A

N/A

N/A

Manage remote domains, accepted domains, send connectors, Edge subscriptions

N/A

N/A

N/A

View UM Dial Plans,UM IP Gateways,UM Mailbox,UM Auto Attendants

N/A

N/A

N/A

Manage UM Dial Plans,UM IP Gateways,UM Mailbox,UM Auto Attendants

N/A

N/A

N/A

Manage Active Sync Mailbox Policies

N/A

N/A

N/A

View per-server objects (Servers, Virtual directories,POP3,IMAP4,Receive Connectors)

Servers, Virtual Directories,

POP3,IMAP4

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Manage Databases

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

View Databases

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

2007 Object

ESM on 2003

EMC on 2007

EMC on 2010

View Users, Contact, DDL

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Users, Contacts, DDL

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Provision (Create) mailboxes

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

View Mailboxes

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Mailboxes (Edit/Remove)

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Mobile Devices

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Import MBX from PST and Export to 2007 (Open Issue)

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View Disconnected MBXs

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Connect Disconnected Mailbox

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Connect to Public Folder DB

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Send As permissions

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

manage Full Access permissions

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Enable/Disable UM

N/A

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Manage Global Objects (Address Lists/GALs)

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Provision (Create) OAB

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

View OAB

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage EAP

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage MRM Objects (Default folders, custom folders, mailbox policies)

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View Transport Rules & Journal Rules

N/A

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Manage remote domains, accepted domains, send connectors, Edge subscriptions

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View UM Dial Plans,UM IP Gateways,UM Mailbox,UM Auto Attendants

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage UM Dial Plans,UM IP Gateways,UM Mailbox,UM Auto Attendants

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Active Sync Mailbox Policies

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View per-server objects (Servers, Virtual directories,POP3,IMAP4,Receive Connectors)

Default SMTP Virtual Server Directory
Server Objects

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

Manage Databases

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

View Databases

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

2010 Object

ESM on 2003

EMC on 2007

EMC on 2010

View Users, Contact, DDL

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Users, Contacts, DDL

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Provision (Create) mailboxes

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View Mailboxes

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Mailboxes (Edit/Remove)

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Mobile Devices

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Import MBX from PST and Export to 2007 (Open Issue)

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View Disconnected MBXs

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Connect Disconnected Mailbox

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Connect to Public Folder DB

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Send As permissions

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Full Access permissions

N/A

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Enable/Disable UM

N/A

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Global Objects (Address Lists/GALs)

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Provision (Create) OAB

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View OAB

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage EAP

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage MRM Objects (Default folders, custom folders, mailbox policies)

N/A

MRM V2 components are not exposed in the EMC on 2007, only V1 components (managed folders, content settings, policy).

SUPPORTED

View Transport Rules & Journal Rules

N/A

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage remote domains, accepted domains, send connectors, Edge subscriptions

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View UM Dial Plans,UM IP Gateways,UM Mailbox,UM Auto Attendants

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage UM Dial Plans,UM IP Gateways,UM Mailbox,UM Auto Attendants

N/A

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Active Sync Mailbox Policies

N/A

SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View per-server objects (Servers, Virtual directories,POP3,IMAP4,Receive Connectors)

Default SMTP Virtual Server Directory
Server Objects

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

Manage Databases

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

View Databases

NOT SUPPORTED

NOT SUPPORTED

SUPPORTED

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