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Main article: History of Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft had sold a number of simpler email products before, but the first release of Exchange Exchange Server 4.
As of , there have been nine releases. Current version[ edit ] The current version, Exchange Server ,  was released in October One of the key features of the new release is that Exchange Server can be deployed onto Windows Server Core for the first time, additionally Microsoft has retired the Unified Messaging feature of Exchange, meaning that Skype for Business on-premises customers will have to use alternative solutions for voicemail, such as Azure cloud voicemail.
New Features[ edit ] Security: Exchange Server also introduced active-active clustering, but for two-node clusters only.
In this setup, both servers in the cluster are allowed to be active simultaneously. This is opposed to Exchange's more common active-passive mode in which the failover servers in any cluster node cannot be used at all while their corresponding home servers are active. They must wait, inactive, for the home servers in the node to fail.
Subsequent performance issues with active-active mode have led Microsoft to recommend that it should no longer be used. Exchange's clustering active-active or active-passive mode has been criticized because of its requirement for servers in the cluster nodes to share the same data. The clustering in Exchange Server provides redundancy for Exchange Server as an application, but not for Exchange data.
This type of cluster can be inexpensive and deployed in one, or "stretched" across two data centers for protection against site-wide failures such as natural disasters. The limitation of CCR clusters is the ability to have only two nodes and the third node known as "voter node" or file share witness that prevents "split brain"  scenarios, generally hosted as a file share on a Hub Transport Server. The second type of cluster is the traditional clustering that was available in previous versions, and is now being referred to as SCC Single Copy Cluster.
It is designed to allow for data replication to an alternative drive attached to the same system and is intended to provide protection against local storage failures.
It does not protect against the case where the server itself fails. Unlike CCR, which requires that both servers belong to a Windows cluster typically residing in the same datacenter, SCR can replicate data to a non-clustered server, located in a separate datacenter. When a Mailbox server is added to a DAG, the Failover Clustering Windows role is installed on the server and all required clustering resources are created. It also comes as part of the Core CAL.
User and Device CALs have the same price, however, they cannot be used interchangeably. Two types of Exchange CAL are available: Clients capable of using the proprietary features of Exchange Server include Evolution  , Hiri and Microsoft Outlook.
These protocols must be enabled on the server. Microsoft Exchange Server up to version 5. After version 5. Later, in Exchange Server 5. As part of Exchange Server 5. It allows a compliant device such as a Windows Mobile device or smartphone to securely synchronize mail, contacts and other data directly with an Exchange server and has become a popular mobile access standard for businesses due to support from companies like Nokia and Apple Inc.
Exchange ActiveSync Policies allow administrators to control which devices can connect to the organization, remotely deactivate features, and remotely wipe a lost or stolen devices. Third-party providers[ edit ] This has been possible from a number of providers  for more than 10 years, but as of June is that many providers have been marketing the service as "cloud computing" or "Software-as-a-Service.
It is built on the same technologies as on-premises Exchange Server, and offers essentially the same services as third-party providers which host Exchange Server instances. Hybrid implementations are popular for organizations that are unsure of the need or urgency to do a full transition to Exchange Online, and also allows for staggered email migration. Hybrid tools can cover the main stack of Microsoft Exchange, Lync , SharePoint, Windows, and Active Directory servers, in addition to using replica data to report cloud user experience.
Exchange Server was developed concurrently as a server product and for the Exchange Online service.
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After you've prepared a Windows Server with the Exchange Server pre-requisites you can proceed with the installation of Exchange Server itself. In this tutorial we'll cover: Preparing Active Directory for Exchange Server installation Installing the Exchange Server Mailbox server role on a new server Before you start there are a few things to be aware of: Installing Exchange Server requires an Active Directory schema update.
We'll look at that in more detail shortly. Aside from the schema update installing Exchange Server makes other irreversible changes to your Active Directory forest. If you've never backed up your Active Directory, or you've never heard of a forest recovery, here's some reading for you.
If you're installing Exchange into the forest for the first time you will be choosing an organization name. The Exchange organization can't be renamed at a later date, so choose a name you're happy with keeping forever. Preparing Active Directory A new installation of Exchange Server involves applying an Active Directory schema update, as do most Exchange Server cumulative updates, as well as preparing the Active Directory domains where Exchange Server and any mail-enabled objects will be located.
In an Active Directory forest with a single domain this can all be performed as one task. The Active Directory schema update will automatically apply when you run Exchange Server setup on the first server in your environment. NET Framework version shown below to be installed first.
NET Framework 4. These are high privilege groups I recommend you plan to remove your account from the groups when you're done with this task. Note, if you've just added yourself to these groups you'll need to log out and back in to the server for the new group membership to take effect. The server you're running the schema update from must be located in the same Active Directory site as the Schema Master. SchemaMaster PS C: SchemaMaster Now we're ready to run the Active Directory schema update and and preparation.
If you've already got Exchange Server running in your environment you can check the current Exchange schema version before applying the update, so that you can see what the before and after version numbers are. Extract the Exchange Server setup files into a folder, open a command prompt window, and then navigate to the location where the Exchange setup files were extracted.
To apply only the schema update run the following command: File copy complete. Setup will now collect additional information needed for installation.