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However, at the same time "Oracle Waveset 8.1.1 Resources Reference" says:
"Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is supported only on Windows Server 2003 R2 or Windows Server 2003 or newer"
which I find somewhat ambiguous with regard to the word "newer". Does that mean later versions of Windows Server, e.g. w2k8 or just newer patch levels of W2k3. Personally, I's also suspect that they don't mean W2k8 but the customer is under the impression that someone somewhere (Oracle?) sort of promised that it would work with W2k8. The customer's problem is that their support agreement for W2k3 runs out soon and they are moving on to W2k8 company wide.
I would agree that the statement you cited from the Resource Reference means newer patch levels of W2K3.
I would recommend considering an inevitable need to move to Exchange 2010, which uses the new connector as opposed to the adapter. Then the gateway isn't needed at all.
I think it's definitely worth exploring that option at this point given what you mentioned below about their support for W2K3 ending soon.
Hope this helps.
It's getting a bit off topic but yes, they will be moving to Exchange 2010 some time during or after the summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) which in all likelihood will mean Q1 2013. In the meantime we have to take care of the existing installations. I am beginning to test out the connector based approach, though, and that's where we are going with this eventually but they do want to send e-mails before that happens...