Introduction to Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Design and SupportMicrosoft Exchange Server 2019 is a self-hosted release of Exchange that enables hybrid implementations with Office 365 Exchange Online. A headline enhancement is the ability to operate with Windows Server 2019 Core, which minimizes the target size vulnerable to a malware exploit and dispenses with unnecessary services that waste network resources. Refinements over Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 include enhanced security, higher performance and expandability, 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. Exchange Server 2019 no longer includes the Unified Messaging role, and therefore does not offer voicemail or auto attendant support. If your business are upgrading from Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Server 2016 and have deployed Unified Messaging (UM) services, Microsoft advises that you subscribe to the Cloud Voicemail Service available in Microsoft 365. Skype for Business 2019 and Microsoft Teams utilize this voice messaging technology for Microsoft Exchange 2019 mailboxes. Generally, moving to Exchange Server 2019 can demand a serious update effort.

Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified experts can help your organization with any aspect of your upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange Server 2016, Microsoft Exchange 2013, or from legacy versions of Microsoft Exchange Server. Progent offers remote and on-premises guidance for system design; configuring hybrid architectures; building pilot systems; incorporating fault-tolerant techniques such as HLB and DAG groups; confirming server and CAL licensing compliance; setting up host servers based on Microsoft Windows Server 2019; planning and deploying Windows Hyper-V VMs; updating your voicemail system; and quantifying disk storage requirements for VMs, critical databases and system logs. Progent's Exchange Server consultants are on call to provide on-demand assistance to assist you take care of an occasional technical issue or Progent can deliver comprehensive project management expertise to ensure your Exchange Server 2019 upgrade is carried out on time and on budget.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Architecture
Exchange Server 2019 is engineered on the streamlined architecture introduced by Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. This architecture consolidates transport services, mailbox databases, and user access services in the Mailbox server. This significantly simplifies upgrades, deployment, scale, administration, and debugging compared to older versions of Exchange Server. The Edge Transport Server role includes filtering agents that enable your perimeter network to manage Internet-facing email traffic and guard against information leaks, spam and malware.

Microsoft Exchange 2019 Architecture Consultants

Exchange 2019's architecture makes it easier to manage than older versions

Exchange 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport servers and management tools need Standard or Datacenter version of Windows Server 2019. To manage these servers from a Windows client you need an up-to-date 64-bit version of Windows 10. (Exchange Server 2016 can be run on Windows Server 2012 R2 and administered with Windows 8.1 or higher.) Progent offers online or on-premises Windows Server 2019 planning and integration expertise and Windows 10 configuration consulting to help you modernize your email environment.

Cybersecurity 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 hosting Microsoft Exchange Server 2019. You can also implement Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 on Windows Server 2019 with Desktop Experience, although this alternative exposes a larger target for malware assaults. By default, Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 uses TLS 1.2 transport protocol and removes legacy hashing algorithms. Some standards organizations require the use of TLS 1.2. Another cybersecurity enhancement is the ability in Exchange Server 2019 to prevent external users from connecting to the Exchange admin center console and the Exchange Management Shell command-line interface. This means you can make sure that the management of Exchange Server 2019 can be performed exclusively from within the security perimeter of your system.

For higher performance and expandability, Exchange Server 2019 can use up to 48 processor cores (as opposed to 24 with Exchange Server 2016) and 256GB of RAM memory (vs. 192GB for Exchange Server 2016). Suggested minimum in-box RAM has been upped to 128GB. The proven cloud search technology incorporated in Exchange Online has been ported to Exchange Server 2019 to deliver enhanced search response and faster database failovers, support larger files for indexing, and streamline administration. Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 also supports bigger disk drives. To counter the increased latency associated with high-density spinning disk drives, the new MetaCacheDatabase feature of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 allows you to configure SSD caching when you implement Database Availability Groups (DAGs). Based on features developed for Exchange Online, MCDB can significantly enhance the quality of the end user experience. Throughput is further enhanced by changes 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 scale each Exchange server to accommodate additional users, integrate larger disk drives, and increase the performance of many end-user operations.

Enhancements for Exchange Server 2019 Clients
Exchange Server 2019 can be used with Microsoft Outlook 2013, 2016 and 2019. Enhancements to the client experience include the Do-Not-Forward function that allows only a meeting's organizer to create invitations other attendees. Out-of-Office (OOF) features have also been expanded. Also, a new Remove-CalendarEvents cmdlet enables administrators to remove calendar events organized by a worker who has left the company.

Cloud Voicemail for Exchange 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 does not provide the Unified Messaging services offered in previous versions of Microsoft Exchange. UM services include voicemail and auto attendant. Microsoft Skype for Business 2019 relies on Cloud Voicemail Service to provide voice messaging functions for Exchange Server 2019 mailboxes. (Skype for Business 2019 continues to support Exchange Unified Messaging services for Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2016.) Microsoft recommends that organizations moving to Exchange 2019 adopt Skype for Business Server 2019 and subscribe to Cloud Voicemail Service. Exchange Server 2019 and Skype for Business 2019 can be set up in a hybrid environment with a mix of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and Exchange Online mailboxes so that both local Exchange 2019 clients and Exchange Online cloud clients have full access to advanced voice messaging features.

Exchange 2019 Voicemail Consultants

Exchange Server 2019 supports hybrid integration with Microsoft's Cloud Voicemail Service

This hybrid voice messaging solution offers voicemail answering and deposit; voice-to-text and text-to-voice services; voice mail access via Outlook or Skype for Business; voicemail administration through the Office 365 portal; and hybrid support for Exchange mailboxes on premises or in the cloud. Management is simplified because you have a uniform collection of management utilities for both Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and Microsoft Exchange Online mailboxes. Progent's consultants can assist your business to follow leading practices to configure a hybrid topology that enables all your Exchange users to access the Cloud Voicemail service.

How Progent Can Assist You to Configure and Maintain Microsoft Exchange 2019
Exchange Server 2003 has reached end of life (EOL). Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange 2010 have become legacy platforms. Exchange 2019, Windows Server 2019, Skype for Business 2019, and SharePoint 2019 have all been enhanced with Microsoft's proven cloud environment and optimized for hybrid network architectures. Under these circumstances, it makes sense to think about updating your messaging and collaboration solutions. Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can help your business to evaluate the business benefits and integration hurdles related to upgrading to Exchange 2019 and other modern solutions; determine if an on-premises, cloud, or hybrid architecture makes sense for your business; design and document a migration plan that makes effective use of your existing resources; and carry out an upgrade from your existing Exchange environment to a modern messaging solution based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2019.

Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help organizations of all sizes to adhere to best practices for planning and implementing an efficient upgrade to Exchange 2019 from Exchange 2016, Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2007, or Exchange 2003. Progent offers a wide range of online and on-premises guidance such as project planning assessment; architecture documentation; configuring Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core to run Exchange 2019; integrating Microsoft Skype for Business 2019 and Cloud Voicemail Service; diagramming the network schema, domain, and forest for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019; defining and configuring Database Availability Groups and hardware load balancing (HLB) for high availability and rapid recovery; deployment DirSync; optimizing your firewalls, generating SSL certs and troubleshooting SSL issues; setting up Internet Information Services; creating PowerShell scripts; and checking mail flow.

Microsoft Exchange 2019 Database Availability Groups (DAGs) Experts

Progent can help you design and configure DAGs and load balancing for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019

Progent's certified Microsoft Windows Server 2019 consultants, Microsoft Skype for Business specialists, Microsoft SharePoint 2019 programming experts and Microsoft 365 integration experts can help your business to create modern, integrated email environments based on Microsoft Exchange 2019. To enable mobility with Microsoft Exchange Server 2019, Progent offers Apple iPhone consulting and Google Android smartphone and tablet expertise. Progent's load balancing experts are experienced in designing and debugging cost-effective technology from top vendors such as Barracuda, Cisco, NetScaler, Coyote Point/Fortinet, and NGINX.

Progent's disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) planning experts can help you to design, implement and validate a disaster recovery/business continuity strategy for Exchange Server 2019 based on multiple physical data centers 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 adhere to business standards and government mandates. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants can assist your organization to design, install and debug an efficient, protected, and robust network infrastructure for your Microsoft Exchange 2019 solution. Progent has more than 20 years of background supporting Microsoft's Exchange platform and can ensure that you adhere to industry best practices as you proceed through the critical phases of Exchange migration including coexistence, proof of concept, mailbox migration, technology decommissioning, troubleshooting, education, and tuning.

Office 365 Integration with On-premises Exchange
Office 365 Integration Solutions with On-premises ExchangeMicrosoft has made a strong effort to enable transparent hybrid networks that combine Office 365 Exchange Online and local installations of Exchange. This allows you to have certain mailboxes hosted at your on-premises datacenter or private cloud and other mailboxes resident on Microsoft 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consultants can help your organization with any facet of planning, implementing and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365 network. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver as-needed support to help you resolve challenging technical issues and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing to make sure your hybrid Microsoft 365 solution is carried out on time and within budget. To learn more about Progent's online consulting expertise for hybrid Office 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, go to Office 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.

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