Overview of Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2019 is an on-premises version of Exchange that enables hybrid deployments with Microsoft 365 Exchange Online. A headline enhancement is the ability to operate with Windows Server 2019 Core, which reduces the surface area exposed to a cybersecurity assault and dispenses with unnecessary services that use up network resources. Improvements over Exchange Server 2016 include better security, higher throughput and capacity, and a multitude of new email client features.
The Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles as well as admin utilities for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 require Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 no longer includes the Unified Messaging (UM) role, and so does not provide voicemail or auto attendant support. If your business are upgrading from Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Server 2016 and have deployed Unified Messaging (UM) 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. Essentially, moving to Exchange Server 2019 can demand a comprehensive update effort.
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified experts can help your business with any phase of your upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 from Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, or from end-of-support (EOS) releases of Microsoft Exchange Server. Progent can provide online and onsite guidance for solution planning; configuring hybrid deployment models; building test lab environments; incorporating fault-tolerant technology including hardware load balancing (HLB) and database availability groups (DAGs); reviewing licensing compliance; setting up host servers based on Windows Server 2019; setting up Windows Hyper-V virtualization; updating your voicemail services; and estimating storage demands for VMs, databases and logs. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server experts are ready to provide as-needed support to assist your organization take care of an urgent technical bottleneck or Progent can provide comprehensive project management or co-management expertise to make sure your Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 migration is carried out on time and within budget.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Design
Exchange Server 2019 is built on the efficient architecture used for Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. This architecture consolidates transport services, mailbox databases, and user access services in the Mailbox server. This dramatically simplifies migration, deployment, expansion, administration, and debugging in comparison to older releases of Exchange Server. The optional Edge Transport Server role includes filtering agents that enable your perimeter network to control Internet-facing email traffic and guard against data leakage, spam and viruses.
Microsoft Exchange 2019's compact design is easier to manage than older versions
Exchange 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport servers and management utilities require Standard or Datacenter editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2019. To administer these servers from a Windows client requires a current 64-bit release of Windows 10. (Microsoft Exchange 2016 can be hosted by Windows Server 2012 R2 and administered with Windows 8.1 or higher.) Progent offers remote or onsite Windows Server 2019 configuration guidance and Windows 10 configuration consulting to help your organization modernize your email environment.
Security and Speed Improvements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 is tuned for running on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core, which provides the most secure environment for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019. You can also implement Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 with Desktop Experience, although this alternative presents a larger attack service for malicious attacks. By default, Exchange Server 2019 uses Transport Layer Security protocol version 1.2 (TLS 1.2) and removes legacy ciphers. Some standards bodies mandate the use of TLS 1.2. Another cybersecurity improvement is the ability in Exchange Server 2019 to prevent external users from accessing the Exchange admin center console and the management shell. This allows you to require that the administration of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 may occur exclusively from within the security boundaries of your network.
For higher throughput and expandability, Exchange Server 2019 can utilize as many as 48 processor cores (as opposed to 24 for Exchange 2016) and 256GB of RAM memory (as opposed to 192GB with Exchange 2016). Recommended minimum in-box RAM has been increased to 128GB. The proven cloud search infrastructure incorporated in Microsoft Exchange Online has been brought to Exchange Server 2019 for improved search response and more rapid database failovers, support larger files for indexing, and simplify administration. Exchange Server 2019 also allows larger storage drives. To offset the increased latency characteristic of high-density spinning disk drives, the innovative MCDB feature of Exchange Server 2019 enables you to set up solid state disk (SSD) caching when you implement DAGs. Based on features originally developed for Exchange Online, MetaCacheDatabase can significantly improve the quality of the end user environment. Performance is also enhanced by changes in 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 support more users, deploy higher capacity disk drives, and improve the responsiveness of common end-user operations.
Enhancements for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Clients
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 supports Microsoft Outlook 2013, 2016 and 2019. Improvements to the client interface include the Do-Not-Forward function that allows only a meeting's organizer to invite additional attendees. Out-of-Office options have also been expanded. Also, a new Remove-CalendarEvents cmdlet allows administrators to delete calendar events organized by a worker who has left the business.
Microsoft Cloud Voicemail for Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft 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 depends on Cloud Voicemail Service to provide voice messaging functions for Exchange Server 2019 mailboxes. (Skype for Business 2019 still supports Exchange UM services for Microsoft Exchange 2013 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2016.) Microsoft recommends that organizations upgrading to Microsoft Exchange 2019 adopt Skype for Business Server 2019 and integrate Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service. Microsoft 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 users have complete access to the latest voice messaging features.
Exchange 2019 supports hybrid integration with Microsoft's Cloud Voicemail Service
This voice messaging environment provides voicemail answering and deposit; voice-to-text and text-to-voice transcription; voice mail access via Microsoft Outlook or Skype for Business; voicemail management via the O365 portal; and hybrid support for Microsoft Exchange mailboxes on premises or cloud resident. Administration is made easier because of a uniform collection of control utilities for both Exchange Server 2019 and Exchange Online mailboxes. Progent's consultants can help you to adhere to best practices to plan and implement a hybrid topology that enables all your Exchange users to connect to the Cloud Voicemail service.
How Progent Can Help You to Deploy and Manage Exchange Server 2019
Exchange 2003 has reached end of life. Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 have become unsupported legacy platforms. Exchange 2019, Microsoft Windows 2019, Microsoft Skype for Business 2019, and SharePoint 2019 have all been enhanced with Microsoft's proven cloud environment and tuned for hybrid network architectures. Given this situation, it makes sense to think about updating your messaging and groupware solutions. Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help your business to evaluate the strategic benefits and technical hurdles related to moving to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and other modern solutions; decide whether a self-hosted, cloud, or hybrid network model is best suited for your organization; design and record a deployment strategy that makes effective use of your existing resources; and carry out a migration from your current Microsoft Exchange deployment to a current email solution based on Exchange Server 2019.
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist organizations of all sizes to follow leading practices for designing and carrying out a cost-effective migration to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange 2016, Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2007, or Exchange 2003. Progent offers a broad range of online and onsite guidance including project design assessment; architecture documentation; setting up Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core to run Microsoft Exchange 2019; integrating Skype for Business 2019 and Cloud Voicemail Service; diagramming the schema, domain, and forest for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019; defining and configuring Database Availability Groups and HLB for high availability and fast restore; setting up DirSync; tuning firewalls, creating SSL certs and resolving SSL problems; configuring Internet Information Services; creating 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 experts, Microsoft SharePoint 2019 programming consultants and Office 365 integration consultants can help your business to build advanced, integrated collaboration solutions powered by Microsoft Exchange 2019. To enable mobility with Microsoft Exchange 2019, Progent offers Apple iPhone expertise and Google Android smartphone expertise. Progent's high availability load balancing experts are skilled at implementing and debugging cost-effective solutions from leading vendors such as Barracuda, Cisco, Citrix NetScaler, Coyote Point/Fortinet, and Kemp Technologies.
Progent's disaster recovery/business continuity preparedness experts can help your business to design, deploy and test a disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) strategy for Exchange 2019 that uses multiple physical data centers or a mix of physical and cloud resources. Progent's CISSP and CISA certified cybersecurity consultants can design and configure email security policies that adhere to industry requirements and government mandates. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts can assist your organization to design, deploy and tune an affordable, secure, and resilient network architecture for your Microsoft Exchange 2019 environment. Progent has over 20 years of experience working with Microsoft's Exchange products and can guide you how to follow industry best practices as you move through the critical phases of Exchange migration including coexistence, proof of concept, mailbox migration, legacy technology decommissioning, troubleshooting, training, and optimization.
Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Integration with On-premises Exchange
Microsoft allows you to create seamless hybrid ecosystems that combine Office 365 Exchange Online and on-premises installations of Exchange. This allows you to have some Exchange mailboxes hosted on your corporate datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Office 365. Progent's certified Exchange consultants can assist you with any facet of designing, integrating and troubleshooting your hybrid Office 365 solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can deliver as-needed expertise to help you resolve challenging technical issues and also can provide comprehensive project management outsourcing to ensure your hybrid Office 365 solution is completed on schedule and within budget. To learn more about Progent's online consulting expertise for hybrid Microsoft 365 and on-premises Exchange environments, visit Office 365 integration solutions with on-premises Exchange.
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