Introduction to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 is a self-hosted release of Exchange that supports hybrid implementations with Office 365 Exchange Online. A major enhancement is support for Windows Server 2019 Core, which minimizes the surface area vulnerable to a cybersecurity assault and dispenses with unnecessary services that waste network resources. Refinements over Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 include enhanced security, higher performance and scale, and a variety of novel email client benefits.
The Mailbox and Edge Transport services as well as management utilities for Exchange Server 2019 require Windows Server 2019. Exchange Server 2019 does not include the Unified Messaging (UM) role, and therefore does not offer voicemail or auto attendant support. If you are moving from Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Server 2016 and have implemented Unified Messaging services, Microsoft recommends that you move to the Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service available in Microsoft 365. Skype for Business 2019 and Microsoft Teams utilize this voice messaging service for Microsoft Exchange 2019 mailboxes. Generally, moving to Exchange Server 2019 can require an all-out update effort.
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist you with any phase of your upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange Server 2016, Exchange Server 2013, or from end-of-support (EOS) versions of Microsoft Exchange Server. Progent can provide remote and onsite expertise for solution planning; implementing hybrid architectures; creating pilot systems; installing fault-tolerant technology such as hardware load balancing (HLB) and database availability groups (DAGs); checking server and CAL licensing compliance; configuring host servers based on Microsoft Windows Server 2019; planning and deploying Hyper-V virtual machines; updating your voicemail system; and quantifying storage demands for virtual machines, critical databases and system logs. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server experts are ready to deliver as-needed support to help your organization take care of an unexpected technical bottleneck or Progent can provide comprehensive project management services to ensure your Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 migration is completed on schedule and within budget.
Exchange Server 2019 Architecture
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 is engineered on the efficient architecture introduced by Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. This architecture consolidates transport services, mailboxes, and user access services in the Mailbox server. This significantly simplifies migration, configuration, expansion, administration, and troubleshooting compared to legacy releases of Exchange Server. The Edge Transport Server role comes with filtering agents that enable your perimeter network to control Internet-facing email traffic and guard against data leakage, spam and malware.
Microsoft Exchange 2019's architecture is easier to manage than older versions
Microsoft Exchange 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport servers and management tools need Standard or Datacenter editions of 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 run on Windows Server 2012 R2 and managed with Windows 8.1 or higher.) Progent offers remote or onsite Microsoft Windows Server 2019 deployment consulting and Windows 10 integration expertise to assist you modernize your Exchange solution.
Cybersecurity and Performance Improvements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2019 is tuned for running on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core, which provides the most secure deployment for hosting Microsoft Exchange Server 2019. You can also implement Exchange Server 2019 on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 with Desktop Experience, although this alternative presents a larger attack service for malware attacks. Out of the box, Exchange Server 2019 uses Transport Layer Security protocol version 1.2 (TLS 1.2) and replaces outdated hashing algorithms. Some standards organizations mandate the adoption of TLS 1.2. Another security improvement is the capability in Exchange Server 2019 to prevent outside users from connecting to the Exchange admin center (EAC) and the management shell. This allows you to make sure that the management of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 can be performed only from inside the security boundaries of your system.
For higher performance and scale, Exchange Server 2019 can use up to 48 processor cores (as opposed to 24 for Exchange 2016) and 256GB of RAM memory (vs. 192GB for Exchange Server 2016). Suggested minimum in-box RAM has been upped to 128GB. The proven search technology used by Microsoft Exchange Online has been ported to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 for enhanced search performance and more rapid database failovers, allow bigger files for indexing, and streamline management. Exchange Server 2019 also works with bigger storage drives. To offset the longer latency characteristic of high-density spinning disk drives, the new MetaCacheDatabase feature of Exchange Server 2019 enables you to set up solid state disk caching when you implement DAGs. Powered by features originally developed for cloud-hosted Microsoft Exchange Online, MetaCacheDatabase can significantly enhance the responsiveness of the user experience. Performance is further enhanced by improvements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 algorithms that make more RAM available for caching active database copies. These improvements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 make it practical to configure each server to accommodate more users, integrate higher capacity disk drives, and increase the performance of common end-user processes.
Changes for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Clients
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 works with Outlook 2013, 2016 and 2019. Enhancements to the client interface include the Do-Not-Forward feature that enables only a conference's organizer to create invitations other attendees. Out-of-Office (OOF) features have also increased. In addition, a Remove-CalendarEvents cmdlet enables admins to delete events organized by a worker who is no longer with the company.
Cloud Voicemail for Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2019 does not include the UM services incorporated in prior releases of Microsoft Exchange. UM services include voicemail and auto attendant. Microsoft Skype for Business 2019 relies on Cloud Voicemail Service for voice messaging functions 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 upgrading to Microsoft Exchange 2019 migrate to Skype for Business Server 2019 and use Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service. Exchange Server 2019 and Skype for Business 2019 can be configured in a hybrid environment with a combination of Exchange Server 2019 and cloud-hosted Exchange Online mailboxes so that both on-premises Exchange 2019 clients and Exchange Online cloud users have complete access to the latest voice messaging features.
Microsoft Exchange 2019 supports hybrid access to 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 via Outlook or Skype for Business; voicemail administration via the O365 portal; and hybrid support for Microsoft Exchange mailboxes self-hosted or in the cloud. Management is simplified because of a single collection of management tools for both Exchange 2019 and Microsoft Exchange Online mailboxes. Progent can help your business to adhere to leading practices to configure a hybrid network model that enables all your Exchange users to access the Cloud Voicemail service.
How Progent Can Help You to Configure and Maintain Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is at end of life. Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange 2010 have become legacy products. Microsoft Exchange Server 2019, Microsoft Windows Server 2019, Microsoft Skype for Business 2019, and SharePoint 2019 have all been enhanced with Microsoft's proven cloud technology and optimized for hybrid network models. Given this situation, it makes sense to consider updating your messaging and groupware environment. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified experts can assist your organization to evaluate the strategic advantages and integration challenges related to moving to Microsoft Exchange 2019 and related modern solutions; decide whether a self-hosted, cloud, or hybrid network model works best for your business; plan and record a deployment strategy that makes efficient use of your existing assets; and perform out a migration from your current Microsoft Exchange deployment to a current email ecosystem based on Exchange Server 2019.
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified experts can help organizations of any size 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 range of remote and onsite guidance including process design review; network topology documentation; setting up Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core to run Exchange 2019; implementing Skype for Business 2019 and Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service; developing the network schema, domain, and forest for Exchange 2019; designing and implementing Database Availability Groups and hardware load balancing (HLB) for high availability and fast recovery; deployment DirSync; tuning firewalls, generating SSL certs and troubleshooting SSL issues; setting up Internet Information Services; writing PowerShell scripts; and verifying mail flow.
Progent can help you design and set up DAGs and load balancing for Microsoft Exchange 2019
Progent's certified Windows Server 2019 experts, Microsoft Skype for Business experts, SharePoint 2019 programming experts and Microsoft 365 integration experts can help your business to build advanced, integrated email environments based on Exchange 2019. To support mobile devices with Exchange Server 2019, Progent offers iPhone and iPad integration expertise and Google Android smartphone consulting. Progent's load balancing consultants are experienced in designing and debugging cost-effective technology from top providers like Barracuda, Cisco, NetScaler, Fortinet, and Kemp Technologies.
Progent's disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) planning consultants can help you to design, deploy and validate a disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) plan for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 that uses multiple physical data centers or a mix of physical and cloud resources. Progent's CISSP and CISA certified security and compliance consultants can create and enforce company-wide mail security policies that adhere to business requirements and government regulations. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified infrastructure experts can help you to plan, install and debug an efficient, secure, and robust network architecture for your Microsoft Exchange 2019 solution. Progent has over two decades of experience working with Microsoft's Exchange products and can guide you how to adhere to leading practices as you proceed through the critical stages of Exchange migration including Exchange version coexistence, pilot testing, mailbox migration, technology decommissioning, debugging, education, and optimization.
Microsoft Office 365 Integration with On-premises Exchange
Microsoft allows you to create transparent hybrid environments that combine Office 365 and on-premises installations of Exchange. This permits you to have some mailboxes located on your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consultants can help your organization with any phase of designing, integrating and debugging your hybrid Office 365/Exchange network. Progent's Exchange consultants can provide as-needed support to help you through stubborn technical bottlenecks and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365/Exchange initiative is carried out on time and within budget. For details about Progent's consulting services for integrating Microsoft 365 and on-premises Exchange systems, go to Microsoft 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
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