Introduction to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2019 ConsultingExchange Server 2019 is an on-premises version of Exchange that enables hybrid deployments with Microsoft 365 Exchange Online. A major feature is support for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core, which minimizes the target size exposed to a malware attack and dispenses with unnecessary server roles that waste network resources. Improvements over Exchange Server 2016 include enhanced security, higher performance and expandability, and a multitude of novel Exchange client benefits.

The Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles plus management utilities for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 require Microsoft Windows Server 2019. Exchange Server 2019 does not include the UM role, and therefore does not provide voicemail or auto attendant services. If your organization are upgrading from Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Server 2016 and have deployed Unified Messaging services, Microsoft advises that you move 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 Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 can require an all-out update project.

Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified experts can assist you with any aspect of your move to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange Server 2016, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, or from end-of-support (EOS) versions of Exchange Server. Progent can provide remote and onsite guidance for solution planning; configuring hybrid deployment models; creating test lab environments; incorporating fault-tolerant techniques such as hardware load balancing (HLB) and DAG groups; checking server and CAL licensing compliance; configuring host systems based on Microsoft Windows Server 2019; setting up Hyper-V virtual machines; updating your voicemail services; and quantifying storage requirements for virtual machines, databases and system logs. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server consultants are ready to deliver on-demand support to help your organization resolve an unexpected technical issue or Progent can deliver end-to-end project management expertise to make sure your Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 upgrade is completed on schedule and on budget.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Design
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 is built on the efficient architecture used for Exchange Server 2016. This architecture combines transport services, mailbox databases, and client access services in the Exchange Mailbox server. This dramatically simplifies upgrades, deployment, expansion, administration, and debugging compared to older releases of Exchange Server. The Edge Transport Server role includes filtering agents that allow your perimeter network to control Internet-facing mail flow and protect against data leakage, spam and viruses.

Exchange 2019 Architecture Experts

Microsoft Exchange 2019's compact design makes it simpler to manage than legacy versions

Exchange 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport servers and management utilities need Standard or Datacenter editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2019. To administer these Exchange servers from a Windows client requires a current 64-bit version of Windows 10. (Exchange 2016 can be run on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and administered using Windows 8.1 or later.) Progent can provide remote or onsite Microsoft Windows Server 2019 planning and integration consulting, Windows 11 system design and migration assistance, and Windows 10 integration consulting to help your business update your Exchange solution.

Security and Performance Enhancements in Exchange Server 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 is tuned for being hosted 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 exposes a larger attack service for malicious attacks. By default, Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 uses TLS 1.2 transport protocol and removes outdated ciphers and hashing algorithms. Some standards organizations call for 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 allows you to make sure that the management of Exchange Server 2019 can occur only from inside the security boundaries of your network.

For improved throughput and scale, Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 can utilize as many as 48 processor cores (as opposed to 24 with Exchange 2016) and 256GB of RAM memory (as opposed to 192GB for Exchange 2016). Recommended minimum in-box RAM has been increased to 128GB. The well-tested search infrastructure incorporated in Microsoft Exchange Online has been brought to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 for enhanced search performance and more rapid database failovers, allow larger files for indexing, and simplify management. Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 also allows bigger disk drives. To counter the increased latency associated with high-density rotating disk drives, the innovative MetaCacheDatabase technology of Exchange Server 2019 allows you to configure SSD caching when you deploy DAGs. Powered by features originally developed for cloud-hosted Microsoft Exchange Online, MetaCacheDatabase can dramatically enhance the responsiveness of the user environment. Performance is also enhanced by changes in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 algorithms that allow more RAM for caching active database copies. These enhancements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 make it practical to scale each Exchange server to support additional users, integrate higher capacity disk drives, and increase the performance of common end-user processes.

Enhancements for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Clients
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 works with Outlook 2013, 2016 and 2019. Enhancements to the client experience include the Do-Not-Forward feature that allows only a conference's organizer to invite additional guests. Out-of-Office features have also increased. Also, a new Remove-CalendarEvents cmdlet allows admins to remove events organized by a worker who has left the company.

Microsoft Cloud Voicemail for Exchange 2019
Exchange Server 2019 does not provide the Unified Messaging services offered in previous releases of Microsoft Exchange. UM services include voicemail and auto attendant. Skype for Business 2019 depends on Microsoft 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 Microsoft Exchange Server 2016.) Microsoft recommends that organizations upgrading to Microsoft Exchange 2019 adopt Skype for Business Server 2019 and subscribe to Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service. Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and Skype for Business 2019 can be configured in a hybrid environment with a combination of Microsoft Exchange 2019 and cloud-hosted 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 Voicemail Experts

Exchange 2019 enables hybrid integration with Microsoft's Cloud Voicemail Service

This voice messaging solution offers voicemail answering and deposit; voice-to-text and text-to-voice services; voice mail access through Microsoft Outlook or Skype for Business; voicemail administration via the Microsoft 365 portal; and hybrid deployment support for Microsoft Exchange mailboxes self-hosted or cloud resident. Management is simplified because of a uniform set of control tools for both Microsoft Exchange 2019 and Microsoft Exchange Online mailboxes. Progent can help you to adhere to leading practices to configure a hybrid network model that permits all your Exchange clients to access the Cloud Voicemail service.

How Progent Can Assist You to Configure and Manage Microsoft Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2003 has reached end of life. Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 are all unsupported legacy products. Microsoft Exchange 2019, Windows 2019, Microsoft Skype for Business 2019, and SharePoint 2019 have all been enhanced with Microsoft's proven cloud technology and tuned for hybrid deployments. Given this situation, it makes sense to think about updating your messaging and groupware environment. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help your business to evaluate the strategic advantages and integration challenges associated with migrating to Exchange 2019 and related advanced solutions; decide whether a self-hosted, cloud-based, or hybrid architecture is best suited for you; plan and document a migration strategy that makes effective use of your existing resources; and perform out an upgrade from your existing Microsoft Exchange deployment to a current email solution powered by Microsoft Exchange 2019.

Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified experts can assist businesses of all sizes to follow best practices for designing and carrying out 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 services such as process planning review; network topology documentation; configuring Windows Server 2019 Core to run Exchange 2019; implementing Microsoft Skype for Business 2019 and Cloud Voicemail Service; developing the network schema, domain, and forest for Microsoft Exchange 2019; defining and implementing Database Availability Groups and HLB for HA and rapid recovery; setting up DirSync; updating your firewalls, generating SSL certs and resolving SSL problems; configuring Internet Information Services; writing PowerShell scripts; and verifying mail flow.

Exchange 2019 Database Availability Groups Configuration Consultants

Progent can assist you design and set up DAGs and load balancing for Microsoft Exchange 2019

Progent's certified Microsoft Windows Server 2019 experts, Microsoft Skype for Business specialists, SharePoint 2019 programming experts and Microsoft 365 integration experts can assist your organization to build modern, integrated email environments based on Microsoft Exchange 2019. To manage mobility with Microsoft Exchange 2019, Progent offers iPhone and iPad consulting and Google Android smartphone expertise. Progent's load balancing consultants are skilled at implementing and troubleshooting cost-effective technology from leading vendors like Barracuda, Cisco, NetScaler, Coyote Point/Fortinet, and NGINX.

Progent's disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) planning consultants can assist your organization to design, implement and test a disaster recovery/business continuity strategy for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 based on multiple geo-dispersed IT facilities or a combination of physical and cloud-based resources. Progent's CISSP and CISA certified security and compliance experts can create and configure company-wide mail policies that comply with business standards and government mandates. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified infrastructure engineers can assist your organization to plan, configure and troubleshoot an affordable, secure, and robust network infrastructure for your Exchange Server 2019 solution. Progent has more than 20 years of experience supporting Microsoft's Exchange platform and can help you follow industry best practices as you proceed through the key phases of Exchange migration including coexistence, proof of concept, mailbox migration, legacy technology decommissioning, troubleshooting, education, and tuning.

Microsoft 365 Integration with On-premises Exchange
Microsoft 365 Integration with local Exchange ServerMicrosoft has made a strong effort to enable seamless hybrid environments that integrate Microsoft 365 and on-premises Exchange deployments. This permits you to have certain mailboxes located on your corporate datacenter and other mailboxes resident on Microsoft 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consulting team can assist your organization with any facet of designing, implementing and troubleshooting your hybrid Exchange solution. 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 ensure your hybrid Exchange initiative is successfully completed on time and within budget. For details about Progent's consulting support for integrating Microsoft 365 and on-prem Exchange environments, go to Microsoft 365 integration with local Exchange.

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