Introduction to Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 is a self-hosted version of Exchange that supports hybrid deployments with Office 365 Exchange Online. A headline feature is the ability to operate with Windows Server 2019 Core, which minimizes the surface area exposed to a malware attack and eliminates unneeded services that waste CPU, RAM and storage. Improvements over Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 include enhanced data protection, greater performance and capacity, and a variety of novel email client features.
The Mailbox and Edge Transport services as well as admin tools for Exchange Server 2019 need Windows Server 2019. Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 does not include the Unified Messaging (UM) role, and so does not offer voicemail or auto attendant support. If you are migrating from Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Server 2016 and have implemented Unified Messaging (UM) services, Microsoft advises that you subscribe to the Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service offered in Microsoft 365. Skype for Business 2019 and Teams utilize this voice messaging technology for Microsoft Exchange 2019 mailboxes. Generally, migration to Exchange Server 2019 can require a comprehensive modernization project.
Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can help your organization with any facet of your move to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange Server 2016, Exchange Server 2013, or from legacy versions of Microsoft Exchange Server. Progent offers remote and on-premises expertise for solution planning; configuring hybrid architectures; creating test lab environments; installing fault-tolerant technology including hardware load balancing and database availability groups (DAGs); checking licensing compliance; configuring host systems powered by Microsoft Windows Server 2019; setting up Windows Hyper-V virtualization; updating your voicemail services; and quantifying disk storage needs for VMs, databases and logs. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server consultants are available to provide as-needed assistance to assist your business take care of an occasional technical impasse or Progent can deliver end-to-end project management expertise to ensure your Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 upgrade is carried out on schedule and within budget.
Exchange Server 2019 Design
Exchange Server 2019 is engineered on the streamlined architecture introduced by Exchange Server 2016. This design combines transport services, mailboxes, and client access services in the Mailbox server. This significantly simplifies migration, configuration, expansion, administration, and debugging compared to legacy versions of Microsoft Exchange Server. The optional Edge Transport Server role comes with filtering agents that enable your perimeter network to control Internet-facing mail traffic and guard against information leakage, spam and viruses.
Microsoft Exchange 2019's architecture makes it simpler to manage than legacy versions
Microsoft Exchange 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport servers and management utilities require Standard or Datacenter editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2019. To administer these Exchange servers from a Windows client requires a current 64-bit release of Windows 10. (Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 can be hosted by Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and administered with Windows 8.1 or later.) Progent can provide online or onsite Windows Server 2019 configuration guidance and Windows 10 configuration expertise to assist your business update your Exchange solution.
Security and Performance Enhancements in Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2019 is optimized for being hosted on Windows Server 2019 Core, which provides the most secure deployment for Exchange Server 2019. You can also run Exchange Server 2019 on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 with Desktop Experience, although this option exposes a larger target for malware assaults. Out of the box, Exchange Server 2019 uses TLS 1.2 transport protocol and removes outdated ciphers. Some standards organizations call for the use of TLS 1.2. Another security enhancement is the ability in Exchange Server 2019 to block external users from accessing the Exchange admin center (EAC) and the Exchange Management Shell. This means you can make sure that the management of Exchange Server 2019 can occur only from inside the security boundaries of your network.
For higher throughput and expandability, Exchange Server 2019 can utilize up to 48 processor cores (as opposed to 24 with Exchange 2016) and 256GB of RAM memory (as opposed to 192GB with Exchange Server 2016). Suggested minimum in-box memory has been increased to 128GB. The well-tested cloud search technology used by Microsoft Exchange Online has been ported to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 for enhanced search response and quicker database failovers, support larger files for indexing, and streamline administration. Exchange Server 2019 also allows bigger disk drives. To counter the longer latency characteristic of high-capacity rotating disk drives, the innovative MetaCacheDatabase feature of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 allows you to set up solid state disk caching when you implement Database Availability Groups (DAGs). Based on features originally developed for cloud-hosted Microsoft Exchange Online, MCDB can dramatically enhance the quality of the end user experience. Performance is further increased by changes in Exchange Server 2019 algorithms that make more RAM available for caching active database copies. These improvements in Exchange Server 2019 make it practical to configure each Exchange server to support additional users, integrate higher capacity drives, and improve the responsiveness of many end-user operations.
Enhancements for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Clients
Exchange Server 2019 can be used with Outlook 2013, 2016 and 2019. Improvements to the client experience include the Do-Not-Forward feature that allows only a meeting's organizer to create invitations additional attendees. Out-of-Office (OOF) options have also been expanded. In addition, a new Remove-CalendarEvents cmdlet allows admins to remove events organized by an employee who has left the company.
Microsoft Cloud Voicemail for Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2019 does not include the UM services incorporated in prior releases of Exchange. Unified Messaging services include voicemail and auto attendant. Skype for Business 2019 relies on Cloud Voicemail Service for voice messaging functions for Exchange Server 2019 mailboxes. (Skype for Business 2019 still supports Exchange Unified Messaging services for Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Exchange Server 2016.) Microsoft suggests that organizations upgrading to Exchange 2019 migrate to Skype for Business Server 2019 and use Cloud Voicemail Service. Exchange Server 2019 and Skype for Business 2019 can be set up in a hybrid architecture with a mix of Microsoft Exchange 2019 and Exchange Online mailboxes so that both local Exchange 2019 users and Exchange Online cloud users have full access to the latest voice messaging features.
Exchange Server 2019 enables hybrid integration with Microsoft's Cloud Voicemail Service
This voice messaging solution provides voicemail answering and deposit; voice-to-text and text-to-voice services; voice mail access through either Microsoft Outlook or Skype for Business; voicemail administration via the Office 365 portal; and hybrid deployment support for Exchange mailboxes on premises or cloud resident. Management is simplified because of a uniform set of control utilities for both Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and Exchange Online mailboxes. Progent's consultants can assist you to follow best practices to configure a hybrid topology that allows all your Exchange users to connect to the Cloud Voicemail service.
How Progent Can Assist You to Configure and Maintain Exchange 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is at end of life. Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 have become legacy products. Microsoft Exchange 2019, Windows 2019, Skype for Business 2019, and SharePoint 2019 have all been enhanced with Microsoft's tested cloud environment and optimized for hybrid network architectures. Under these circumstances, it is prudent to consider updating your email and collaboration infrastructure. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help your business to evaluate the business benefits and integration hurdles associated with upgrading to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and other modern platforms; determine if an onsite, cloud, or hybrid network model works best for you; design and document a deployment plan that makes efficient use of your existing resources; and carry out an upgrade from your existing Exchange environment to a modern messaging solution based on Exchange 2019.
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help businesses of any size to adhere to leading practices for planning and carrying out a cost-effective migration to Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange 2016, Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2007, or Exchange 2003. Progent can provide a wide array of remote and onsite services including project planning review; architecture documentation; setting up Windows Server 2019 Core to run Exchange 2019; integrating Microsoft Skype for Business 2019 and Cloud Voicemail Service; developing the network schema, domain, and forest for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019; defining and implementing Database Availability Groups (DAGs) and hardware load balancing for HA and fast recovery; implementing DirSync; optimizing firewalls, creating SSL certs and resolving SSL issues; setting up Internet Information Services (IIS); writing PowerShell scripts; and verifying email flow.
Progent can help you plan and configure DAGs and load balancing for Exchange 2019
Progent's certified Windows Server 2019 consultants, Microsoft Skype for Business specialists, SharePoint 2019 solution design consultants and Microsoft Office 365 integration consultants can assist your organization to create modern, integrated collaboration solutions based on Microsoft Exchange 2019. To manage mobile devices with Microsoft Exchange 2019, Progent can provide Apple iOS consulting and Google Android phone expertise. Progent's high availability load balancing experts are experienced in implementing and debugging cost-effective technology from leading vendors such as Barracuda, Cisco, Citrix NetScaler, Fortinet, and Kemp Technologies.
Progent's disaster recovery/business continuity preparedness experts can assist your business to design, deploy and validate a disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) strategy for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 based on multiple physical IT facilities or a mix of physical and cloud-based resources. Progent's CISSP and CISA certified security and compliance consultants can create and configure email security policies that comply with corporate requirements and government regulations. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network experts can assist you to plan, deploy and tune an efficient, protected, and resilient network architecture for your Exchange Server 2019 environment. Progent has over 20 years of background working with Microsoft's Exchange products and can guide you how to adhere to industry best practices as you proceed through the key stages of Exchange migration including Exchange version coexistence, proof of concept, mailbox migration, legacy technology decommissioning, troubleshooting, training, and tuning.
Microsoft Office 365 Integration with On-premises Exchange
Microsoft supports transparent hybrid ecosystems that integrate Office 365 and on-premises Exchange. This permits you to have specific mailboxes located on your physical datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Microsoft 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consulting team can help your organization with any facet of planning, integrating and debugging your hybrid Office 365/Exchange network. Progent's Exchange consultants can deliver as-needed support to help you resolve stubborn technical bottlenecks and also offer extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to make sure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange solution is completed on time and on budget. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, visit Office 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
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