Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 broke new ground for enterprise-class email in the areas of security, accessibility, performance, availability, and collaboration. However, Exchange 2007 is a legacy email platform and has been superseded by Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013, and Exchange 2016. Progent's Microsoft-certified messaging professionals can help you maintain your Exchange 2007 environment or can help you upgrade to a later release of Exchange by providing Exchange Server 2019 migration consulting or Exchange Server 2016 migration services.
New Architecture for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
The architecture of Exchange Server 2007 has been updated to take advantage of 64-bit hardware, simplified administration and routing, and to enable an Exchange server to host one or more server roles. In Exchange Server 2007, role-based deployment has been expanded, allowing you to assign predefined roles to specific servers. These roles allow organizations to control mail flow, increase security, and distribute services:
You can run Exchange Server 2007 on a single server, as with Microsoft Small Business Server. However, you can enhance security and simplify administration if you install Exchange Server 2007 across more than one machine. Unlike previous versions of Exchange Server, roles in Exchange Server 2007 are predefined and chosen during installation. The role selected during installation ensures that only the necessary services and components are installed. This simplifies deployment and allows more efficient management and hardware utilization over time. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you understand the trade-offs between cost and business value when you plan your installation of Exchange Server 2007. For example, the optional Edge Transport role requires a server running in a perimeter network that is not a member of Active Directory, but the extra deployment cost of an Edge Transport server can significantly improve email security, antivirus, and anti-spam services for Exchange Server 2007.
Designed for Maximum Availability
Exchange Server 2007 offers a number of options that allow you to increase availability through redundant Exchange services and mailbox databases. Prior to the release of Exchange Server 2007, Exchange clustering offered redundant Exchange services, but providing mailbox database redundancy for Exchange was only possible using third-party hardware or software solutions. To provide redundancy for both Exchange services and information stores, Exchange Server 2007 provides Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR). Similar to clustering solutions available with earlier versions of Exchange, CCR uses Windows Clustering Services to provide virtual servers and failover capabilities. However, with CCR, shared storage is not required because each node has its own copy of the information stores. This allows you to implement a variety of storage options such as Direct Attached Storage, Serial Attached SCSI, and Storage Area Networks. This solution uses a form of log file shipping that is found in databases such as Microsoft SQL Server.
Aside from the benefits of having your databases replicated across multiple nodes, you can also back up the database and transaction logs on the passive node without impacting performance on the active node. After backup is complete on the passive node, and the proper transaction logs are deleted, the transaction logs on the active node are also deleted. The cluster nodes must be on the same subnet, but if the subnet spans physical networks, you can place the active node and passive node in different physical locations. This means that replicating your Exchange databases to a remote disaster recovery site is now possible.
Local Continuous Replication (LCR) takes the database replication technology from CCR and applies it to a stand-alone Exchange Server 2007 server. With LCR, databases are replicated to another location on the local server. If the database becomes corrupt or a disk fails, the Information Store can be pointed to the local copy and service can continue.
Ideal for small or medium-sized organizations, LCR allows for rapid recovery from disk or database issues and only requires an additional disk or disks to host the database replicas. While backups (with off-site storage) are a must for disaster recovery, LCR is an affordable way to provide increased availability.
Similar to traditional clustering but without database redundancy, LCR only provides half of a redundancy solution by not having multiple nodes for service failover. However, for organizations without the need or budget for a multi-node cluster, LCR is a good way to provide affordable redundancy that can reduce downtime in the event of a disk failure or database corruption. Progent's server clustering consultants can help you determine what level of redundancy makes the best business sense for your company and can help you design and configure a high-availability Exchange Server 2007 architecture that will maximize the productivity of your network.
Unified Messaging with Exchange Server 2007
Exchange Server 2007 marks a significant advance over previous versions of Exchange by offering Unified Messaging (UM) capabilities. Unified Messaging refers to the integration of various messaging media, such as voice mail and email, into a messaging solution accessible from a single location - the Exchange inbox. Voicemail, faxes, and email are seamlessly delivered to the mailbox, where you can access them by using familiar clients such as Outlook, the improved Outlook Web Access, and a variety of mobile devices, and even from ordinary telephones through new Outlook Voice Access with speech recognition. You can now phone into the UM server from any location and access your Exchange voice mail, email, calendar, and contacts. You can also work with any of these types of communication, independent of their format and method of access.
Unified Messaging can reduce cost by consolidating two messaging systems (electronic and voice) into one. Unified Messaging can also save time by allowing office workers to stay in Outlook to receive voice mail. Mobile workers can receive all their communications on their mobile device, which broadens access to information that helps keep them productive when on the road. Progent's communications consultants can help you configure a Unified Messaging solution powered by Exchange Server 2007 and incorporating your current IP-PBX system or your traditional PBX telephone switch.
How Progent Can Help You Build an Exchange Backup and Restore Solution Based on Microsoft DPM
Microsoft's Data Protection Manager is a revolutionary fault-tolerant backup and recovery technology that uses high-speed disk subsystems to improve the reliability, performance, and manageability of backing up and restoring Microsoft Exchange Server data. Progent's certified System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can help your company develop an effective business continuity strategy, design an affordable fault-tolerant network infrastructure, implement a Microsoft Data Protection Manager-powered data backup and restore system for Exchange Server, thoroughly test your DPM solution, train your IT staff or regular consultants to manage Data Protection Manager, or handle extensive information technology outsourcing services including off-site hosting of Data Protection Manager machines in Progent's world-class data center. To find out more, see Microsoft Data Protection Manager consulting services.
How Progent Can Help You Upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Progent's Exchange consultants can help you create, cost-justify, and execute an efficient upgrade plan to Exchange 2007 from Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2000 that minimizes business disruption, enhances company-wide security, and makes your messaging environment easier to use and manage. For complicated multi-site upgrades, Progent has the background to finish projects on time and within budget. Progent's Microsoft Exchange consulting, support, monitoring, and IT outsourcing services include expertise with integration with legacy email systems as well as the selection and support of Exchange 2007 security and availability options that make the most sense for your business.
Progent's 64-bit migration consultants can help your company analyze the business benefits of upgrading to a 64-bit Exchange Server and can assist you to plan and carry out an efficient migration from 32-bit Exchange Server to 64-bit Exchange Server. Progent can also help you upgrade other Microsoft Servers such as SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 to 64-bit versions for improved stability, scalability, and performance. For your Exchange clients, Progent's Microsoft-certified Windows 7 consultants can help you design and implement a network-wide upgrade to the 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows 7.
Progent can also help your company to evaluate the advantages, costs, and challenges of Exchange Server 2019 migration or migrating to Exchange Server 2016 from Exchange Server 2007 and assist you to develop and execute an affordable deployment plan that minimizes business disruption and delivers fast return on investment.
Microsoft 365 Integration with On-prem Exchange
Microsoft has made a strong effort to enable transparent hybrid ecosystems that integrate Microsoft 365 and on-premises installations of Exchange. This allows you to have certain mailboxes hosted at your corporate datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Microsoft 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can help your organization with any phase of designing, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide as-needed support to help you through challenging technical bottlenecks and also offer comprehensive project management outsourcing to make sure your hybrid Exchange initiative is completed on schedule and on budget. To find out more about Progent's consulting expertise for hybrid Microsoft 365 and local Exchange environments, see Microsoft 365 integration solutions with on-prem Exchange.
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