Introduction to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
Exchange 2019 ConsultingExchange Server 2019 is an on-premises version of Exchange that supports hybrid deployments with Office 365 tenants. A headline enhancement is support for Windows Server 2019 Core, which minimizes the surface area exposed to attack and reduces the number of components to manage. The Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles as well as management tools for Exchange Server 2019 require Windows Server 2019 Standard or Datacenter, so migration can require a serious modernization effort. Improvements over Exchange Server 2016 include tighter security, higher performance, and a variety of new or enhanced email client features.

Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist you with any facet of your migrating to Exchange 2019 from Exchange Server 2016 or from legacy versions of Exchange Server. Progent offers online and onsite expertise for solution design; building test lab environments; deploying high availability technology including hardware load balancing (HLB) and high availability (HA) DAG groups for transparent failover; reviewing server and CAL licensing compliance; configuring hosts systems based on Windows Server 2019; setting up Windows Hyper-V virtualization; and calculating storage requirements for VMs, databases and logs. Progent's Exchange consultants are available to provider on-demand support to help you resolve occasional technical roadblocks or Progent can deliver end-to-end project management or co-management services to make sure your Exchange Server 2019 migration is carried out on schedule and within budget.

Exchange Server 2019 Architecture
Exchange Server 2019's architecture is based on the streamlined design introduced by Exchange Server 2016. This approach consolidates transport services, mailbox databases, client access services, and Unified Messaging services in the Mailbox server. This dramatically simplifies migration, deployment, scale, administration, and troubleshooting. The optional Edge Transport Server role includes filtering agents that allow your perimeter network to manage Internet-facing mail flow and protect against data leakage, spam and viruses.

Exchange 2019 Architecture Consultants

Exchange Server 2019's architecture is more secure and simpler to manage than legacy versions

Exchange 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport servers and management tools require Standard or Datacenter versions of Windows Server 2019. To manage these servers from a Windows client requires a current 64-bit versions of Windows 10. (Exchange 2016 can be run on Windows Server 2012 R2 and managed with Windows 8.1 or later.) Progent can provide online or onsite Windows Server 2019 consulting and Windows 10 integration expertise to help.

Security and Performance Improvements in Exchange Server 2019
Exchange 2019 is optimized for running on Windows Server 2019 Core, which provides the most secure environment for hosting Exchange 2019. You can also run Exchange 2019 on Windows Server 2019 with Desktop Experience, although this option exposes a larger attack service for malware. Out of the box, Exchange Server 2019 uses Transport Layer Security protocol version 1.2 (TLS 1.2) and removes legacy ciphers and hashing algorithms. A number of standards organizations mandate the use of TLS 1.2. Another security improvement is the ability in Exchange 2019 to prevent external users from accessing the Exchange admin center (EAC) and the Exchange Management Shell. This means you can require that the administration of Exchange can only be performed from within the security perimeter of your network.

For improved performance, Exchange Server 2019 can utilize 48 processor cores (vs. 24 for Exchange 2016) and 256GB of RAM (vs. 192GB for Exchange 2016). The proven Exchange Online search infrastrucrure has been adopted by Exchange Server 2019 to deliver higher search performance and faster database failovers, support larger files for indexing, and simplify management. Exchange Server 2019 also supports larger disk drives. By supporting Solid State Drives (SSDs) for dual-storage read/write capabilities, Exchange Server 2019 allows you to configure ultra-fast caching for creating a dramatically more responsive environment for users. The end-user experience is further improved by changes in Exchange 2019 caching algorithms that make more RAM available for caching active database copies. Improvements incorporated in Exchange Server 2019 make it possible to scale each server to support more users, integrate larger disk drives, and drastically reduce the latency of many end-user operations.

  • Interface updates that take advantage of specific features of iPhones and Android phones
  • Support for emojis
  • The ability to propose a new time for meeting invitations
  • The ability to add contacts from a LinkedIn account
  • Email reminders for Calendar events, improved Calendar search, and birthday calendars
  • An optional single-line reading pane for optimizing screen utilization
  • Expanded filtering including data ranges and related senders
  • Over a dozen new graphic themes
  • Rich previews of the destinations of links pasted into messages with support for video links
  • Pins to keep tagged email at the top of the Inbox
  • Flags to mark items for follow-up, and the ability to find flagged items with Inbox filters or via the new Task module
  • A new action pane shows common actions including the new functions Archive, Sweep, and Undo
Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) over HTTP, introduced in Exchange 2013, replaces RPC over HTTP in Exchange 2016 as the default transport protocol used for Outlook clients to access Exchange. Clients without support for MAPI over HTTP revert to RPC over HTTP. By using the industry-standard HTTP model for the transport layer, Exchange Server 2016 offers faster reconnection times by eliminating the need to rebuild a connection after a break caused by common events such as device hibernation or switching from a wired to a wireless network. In these cases, you can configure the period of time that Exchange 2016 will maintain the session context.

As an alternative to file attachments, documents stored in OneDrive for Business in an on-premises SharePoint Server can be linked to and shared by Outlook users they same way as with Office 365. Outlook users can also save or upload a file to OneDrive or see online as well as local files on Most Recently Used lists.

Enhanced Message Policy and Compliance Features
Exchange 2016 offers important improvements in the areas of message policy and compliance including enhanced data loss prevention, in-place archiving, retention and eDiscovery.

Data loss prevention (DLP) policy and transport rules in Exchange 2016 provide improved protection against the unauthorized or accidental disclosure of 80 kinds of sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) by incorporating several new conditions and actions. Examples of PII that can be detected by its character pattern include credit card numbers, social security numbers, bank account and ABA routing numbers, and driver's license numbers.

  • The condition Any attachment has these properties, including any of these words allows an Exchange transport rule to match specified words contained in an Office document attached to a message. This new condition allows you to integrate Exchange DLP policies with SharePoint Server and Windows Server 2012 R2 File Classification Infrastructure for an all-inclusive DLP solution.
  • The new action Notify the recipient with a message allows a transport rule to send the recipient a notice with the text which you can specify. For example, you could notify a recipient that a message has been rejected or placed into Junk Email.
  • The Exchange 2013 action Generate incident report and send it can now be directed to multiple distribution lists.
To provide enhanced support for litigation and audits, Exchange 2016 allows you to use In-Place eDiscovery to search or put an In-Place Hold on the content of public folders. Holds on public folders can be query-based or time-based. In Exchange 2013, In-Place Hold is only supported for user mailboxes.

The Exchange Management Shell makes available a new high-capacity, high-performance eDiscovery search tool called Compliance Search, which can quickly search an unlimited number of mailboxes in a single search. You can also run an unlimited number of searches in parallel. In contrast, In-Place eDiscovery allows you to search up to 10,000 mailboxes per search and supports up to two simultaneous searches.

The redesigned search architecture of Exchange 2016 has moved from a synchronous to an asynchronous and decentralized one. By distributing the workload across multiple servers, the new search architecture offers higher performance, more reliability, and greater scale. The number of mailboxes that can be searched using the console has doubled, and the number that can be searched using Exchange Management Shell is unlimited.

How Progent Can Help You Deploy and Maintain Exchange 2016
With Exchange 2003 at end of life and Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 becoming legacy email platforms, businesses have good reason to consider upgrading to Exchange 2019. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you assess the business benefits and costs of migrating to Exchange Server 2016; determine whether a local, cloud-based, or hybrid data center environment makes the most sense for your situation; design and document a deployment plan that makes optimal use of your existing resources; and execute a migration from your current Exchange solution to a messaging ecosystem based on Exchange 2019.

Progent's certified Exchange consultants can assist organizations of any size to follow industry best practices to plan and carry out an efficient migration to Exchange 2016 from Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2007, Exchange 2003, or Exchange 2000. Progent has experience with every facet of migrating to Exchange 2016 and can provide as-needed assistance with services such as documenting Exchange 2016 architecture with topo diagrams, specs and details; prepping the schema, domain, and forest for Exchange 2016; designing and configuring Database Availability Groups (DAGs) for fault tolerance and fast recovery; setting up DirSync; updating the firewall, creating SSL certs and resolving SSL issues; configuring IIS; writing PowerShell scripts; and verifying mail flow.

Progent's certified SharePoint consultants and Office 365 integration consultants can help you create on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid collaboration solutions. To support mobility with Exchange 2016, Progent can provide iPhone and iPad integration, Android phone and tablet consulting, and RIM BlackBerry expertise. Progent's load balancing consultants are expert at deploying and troubleshooting cost-effective ADC technology from a range of vendors including Barracuda, Cisco, Citrix NetScaler, Coyote Point/Fortinet, Kemp Technologies, and NGINX.

Progent's disaster recovery/business continuity consultants can help you develop and implement a comprehensive disaster recovery plan for Exchange 2016 based on geographically dispersed physical data centers or based on a combination of a local data center plus cloud-based resources, and Progent's certified information security consultants can help you define and validate messaging security policies compliant with your internal guidelines and with industry or government requirements. In addition, Progent's Cisco CCIE certified network engineers can help you design, build and troubleshoot a cost-effective, secure, and resilient network infrastructure to support your Exchange 2016 environment. Progent has decades of experience working with Exchange and can help you follow leading practices to move efficiently and non-disruptively through the key phases of coexistence (with Exchange 2010 SP3 or later), piloting, mailbox migration, decommissioning, and remediation.

Office 365 Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Integration Solutions with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft supports seamless hybrid ecosystems that combine Office 365 and local installations of Exchange. This allows you to have some Exchange mailboxes located at your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consulting team can help your organization with any facet of planning, implementing and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange consultants can deliver occasional expertise to help you through stubborn technical issues and also can provide extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365 initiative is carried out on time and on budget. For details about Progent's consulting services for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, visit Office 365 integration with on-premises Exchange.

Online Consulting Save Time and Money
A key to Progent's value proposition is the ability to provide advanced online consulting at an easily affordable price. Online consulting eliminates the costs and delays associated with travel and prevents needless loss of productivity. Progent has delivered successful online consulting, application development, and troubleshooting services to businesses of all sizes in every state in the U.S. (visit Progent's customer testimonials). Progent's seasoned IT consultants, developers and technical support specialists, including one of the country's largest independent teams of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, are available for as-needed expertise to solve particularly challenging problems or can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing for major initiatives such as Exchange 2016 migration. When necessary, Progent can also provide consultants onsite in major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.

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Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Technology
For companies of any size in the Bay Area or anywhere in the United States, Progent's Microsoft-authorized experts can provide low-cost remote computer assistance and IT consulting services for the whole array of Microsoft .NET servers. Progent can deliver Windows Server 2019 migration consulting, Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud integration, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment assistance, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 expertise, and Microsoft Windows 2003 Server technical support. Progent's planning, integration, update, and support capabilities include network design, configuration, and administration help for project analysis and documentation, on-site and remote IT help and network diagnosis, Help Desk Call Center Services, comprehensive security expertise, full-service outsourcing, Exchange hosting and management, and ProSight Virtual Hosting service.

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