Introduction to Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 is a self-hosted release of Exchange that enables hybrid implementations that include Microsoft 365 Exchange Online. A major feature is support for Windows Server 2019 Core, which minimizes the surface area exposed to a malware exploit and dispenses with unneeded services that use up network resources. Improvements over Exchange Server 2016 include enhanced data protection, greater throughput and expandability, and a multitude of novel Exchange client features.
The Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles as well as management utilities for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 require Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Exchange Server 2019 no longer includes the Unified Messaging role, and so does not provide voicemail or auto attendant services. If your organization are upgrading from Exchange Server 2013 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 and have implemented Unified Messaging services, Microsoft advises that you move to the Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service offered in Microsoft 365. Skype for Business 2019 and Microsoft Teams utilize this voice messaging service for Microsoft Exchange 2019 mailboxes. Essentially, migration to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 can demand a comprehensive modernization project.
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist you with any phase of your upgrade to Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange Server 2016, Exchange Server 2013, or from legacy versions of Microsoft Exchange Server. Progent can provide remote and on-premises guidance for solution planning; configuring hybrid deployment models; creating test lab environments; incorporating fault-tolerant techniques such as hardware load balancing and DAG groups; confirming licensing compliance; setting up host systems based on Microsoft Windows Server 2019; planning and deploying Hyper-V virtualization; modernizing your voicemail services; and estimating storage needs for virtual machines, databases and system logs. Progent's Exchange Server experts are ready to deliver on-demand assistance to assist your business resolve an urgent technical issue or Progent can deliver end-to-end project management expertise to ensure your Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 upgrade is carried out on schedule and on budget.
Exchange Server 2019 Design
Exchange Server 2019 is engineered on the efficient architecture introduced by Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. This architecture combines transport services, mailbox databases, and client access services in the Mailbox server. This significantly simplifies upgrades, configuration, scale, administration, and troubleshooting compared to older releases of Exchange Server. The Edge Transport Server role includes filtering agents that enable your perimeter network to manage Internet-facing email flow and protect against information leaks, spam and viruses.
Microsoft Exchange 2019's architecture makes it easier to manage than legacy versions
Exchange 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport servers and management tools require Standard or Datacenter editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2019. To administer these servers from a Windows client requires an up-to-date 64-bit release of Windows 10. (Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 can be run on Windows Server 2012 R2 and managed with Windows 8.1 or higher.) Progent can provide online or on-premises Windows Server 2019 planning and integration consulting, Windows 11 planning and migration assistance, and Windows 10 integration guidance to assist you modernize your email environment.
Cybersecurity and Speed Enhancements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2019 is tuned for being hosted on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core, which offers the safest deployment for hosting Microsoft Exchange Server 2019. You can also run Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 with Desktop Experience, although this option presents a bigger attack service for malware assaults. By default, Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 uses Transport Layer Security protocol version 1.2 (TLS 1.2) and replaces legacy ciphers. Several standards bodies mandate the use of TLS 1.2. Another security enhancement is the capability in Exchange Server 2019 to prevent outside users from accessing the Exchange admin center console and the Exchange Management Shell command-line interface. This allows you to make sure that the administration of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 may occur exclusively from within the security perimeter of your system.
For higher throughput and scale, Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 can use up to 48 processor cores (as opposed to 24 with Exchange Server 2016) and 256GB of RAM (as opposed to 192GB with Exchange Server 2016). Suggested minimum in-box memory has been upped to 128GB. The proven cloud search infrastructure incorporated in Exchange Online has been ported to Exchange Server 2019 to deliver improved search response and more rapid database failovers, allow larger files for indexing, and streamline administration. Exchange Server 2019 also supports bigger disk drives. To offset the increased latency characteristic of high-capacity spinning disks, the new MetaCacheDatabase feature of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 enables you to configure solid state disk caching when you deploy Database Availability Groups. Based on features developed for cloud-hosted Microsoft Exchange Online, MetaCacheDatabase can significantly enhance the quality of the end user environment. Performance is further enhanced by improvements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 algorithms that allocate more RAM for caching live database copies. These improvements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 make it possible to configure each server to handle additional users, deploy larger disk drives, and improve the performance of many end-user processes.
Enhancements for Exchange Server 2019 Clients
Exchange Server 2019 works with Outlook 2013, 2016 and 2019. Enhancements to the client experience include the Do-Not-Forward feature that enables only a meeting's organizer to invite additional guests. Out-of-Office features have also increased. Also, a new Remove-CalendarEvents cmdlet enables admins to remove calendar events organized by a worker who is no longer with the business.
Microsoft Cloud Voicemail for Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 does not include the Unified Messaging services incorporated in prior versions of Exchange. Unified Messaging services include voicemail and auto attendant. Skype for Business 2019 depends on Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service to provide voice messaging support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 mailboxes. (Skype for Business 2019 still supports Exchange Unified Messaging services for Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Exchange Server 2016.) Microsoft recommends that organizations moving to Exchange 2019 adopt Skype for Business Server 2019 and use Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service. Exchange Server 2019 and Skype for Business 2019 can be set up in a hybrid architecture with a mix of Exchange Server 2019 and cloud-hosted Exchange Online mailboxes so that both on-premises Exchange 2019 users and Microsoft Exchange Online cloud clients have complete access to advanced voice messaging services.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 enables hybrid integration with Microsoft's Cloud Voicemail Service
This hybrid voice messaging environment provides voicemail answering and deposit; voice-to-text and text-to-voice transcription; voice mail access through Outlook or Skype for Business; voicemail administration through the M365 portal; and hybrid deployment support for Microsoft Exchange mailboxes self-hosted or in the cloud. Administration is simplified because of a uniform set of control utilities for both Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and Microsoft Exchange Online mailboxes. Progent can assist your organization to adhere to leading practices to configure a hybrid topology that allows all your Exchange clients to connect to the Microsoft Cloud Voicemail service.
How Progent Can Help You to Deploy and Manage Microsoft Exchange 2019
Exchange Server 2003 has reached end of life. Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 have become unsupported legacy platforms. Exchange Server 2019, Microsoft Windows Server 2019, Microsoft Skype for Business 2019, and SharePoint Server 2019 have all been enhanced with Microsoft's tested cloud technology and tuned for hybrid deployments. Given this situation, it is prudent to consider modernizing your email and collaboration environment. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist your organization to assess the business advantages and technical challenges associated with migrating to Exchange 2019 and other modern platforms; determine if an on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid network model works best for your organization; plan and document a deployment strategy that makes effective use of your current resources; and carry out an upgrade from your existing Exchange deployment to a modern email ecosystem based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2019.
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified experts can assist organizations of all sizes to adhere to best practices for planning and implementing a cost-effective upgrade to Exchange 2019 from Exchange 2016, Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2007, or Exchange 2003. Progent can provide a wide array of remote and onsite services such as process design assessment; architecture documentation; setting up Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core to run Microsoft Exchange 2019; implementing Skype for Business 2019 and Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service; diagramming the network schema, domain, and forest for Exchange 2019; designing and configuring Database Availability Groups and hardware load balancing (HLB) for HA and fast restore; deployment DirSync; optimizing firewalls, creating SSL certs and resolving SSL issues; setting up Internet Information Services; writing PowerShell scripts; and checking mail flow.
Progent can assist you design and configure DAGs and load balancing for Exchange Server 2019
Progent's certified Microsoft Windows Server 2019 consultants, Skype for Business specialists, Microsoft SharePoint 2019 programming experts and Microsoft 365 integration experts can assist you to create modern, cohesive email solutions based on Exchange Server 2019. To enable mobility with Microsoft Exchange 2019, Progent can provide Apple iPhone consulting and Android smartphone consulting. Progent's high availability load balancing experts are skilled at designing and troubleshooting affordable solutions from top providers such as Barracuda, Cisco, Citrix NetScaler, Coyote Point/Fortinet, and NGINX.
Progent's disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) preparedness consultants can assist your organization to create, deploy and validate a disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) strategy for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 based on multiple geo-dispersed IT facilities or a mix of physical and cloud resources. Progent's CISM and CRISC certified cybersecurity experts can create and enforce company-wide mail policies that adhere to industry requirements and government mandates. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified infrastructure engineers can assist your organization to plan, configure and troubleshoot an affordable, protected, and resilient network architecture for your Exchange 2019 solution. Progent has more than two decades of experience supporting Microsoft's Exchange products and can guide you how to adhere to leading practices as you proceed through the key stages of Exchange migration including coexistence, pilot testing, mailbox migration, legacy technology decommissioning, debugging, training, and tuning.
Microsoft 365 Integration with On-prem Exchange
Microsoft allows you to create seamless hybrid ecosystems that integrate Microsoft 365 Exchange Online and on-premises Exchange deployments. This permits you to have some mailboxes located at your physical datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes hosted by Microsoft 365. Progent's certified Exchange consulting team can assist your organization with any facet of planning, implementing and debugging your hybrid Exchange network. Progent's Exchange consultants can provide occasional expertise to help you resolve challenging technical issues and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing to make sure your hybrid Exchange initiative is completed on schedule and on budget. To learn more about Progent's online consulting expertise for hybrid Microsoft 365 and local Exchange systems, visit Microsoft 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
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