Introduction to Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2019 Design and SupportMicrosoft Exchange Server 2019 is an on-premises version of Exchange that supports hybrid implementations with Microsoft 365 Exchange Online. A major feature is support for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core, which minimizes the surface area vulnerable to a malware attack and dispenses with unnecessary services that waste CPU, RAM and storage. Improvements over Exchange Server 2016 include better data protection, higher performance and capacity, and a multitude of useful Exchange client benefits.

The Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles as well as management tools for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 require Windows Server 2019. Exchange Server 2019 no longer includes the Unified Messaging role, and so does not provide voicemail or auto attendant support. If your organization are moving from Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Server 2016 and have deployed UM services, Microsoft recommends that you subscribe to the 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 Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 can require a comprehensive update effort.

Progent's Microsoft-certified experts can assist your business with any phase of your migration to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange Server 2016, Exchange 2013, or from end-of-support (EOS) releases of Microsoft Exchange Server. Progent offers remote and onsite expertise for system planning; configuring hybrid architectures; building test lab environments; installing high availability technology including hardware load balancing and DAG groups; reviewing licensing compliance; setting up host servers powered by Windows Server 2019; planning and deploying Hyper-V virtualization; modernizing your voicemail system; and quantifying storage demands for virtual machines, critical databases and system logs. Progent's Microsoft Exchange Server consultants are ready to deliver on-demand support to assist you resolve an urgent technical bottleneck or Progent can deliver comprehensive project management services to make sure your Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 migration is completed on schedule and on budget.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Architecture
Exchange Server 2019 is engineered on the efficient architecture introduced by Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. This architecture combines transport services, mailboxes, and user access services in the Mailbox server. This significantly simplifies migration, deployment, scale, management, and debugging in comparison to older versions of Microsoft Exchange Server. The Edge Transport Server role comes with filtering agents that enable your perimeter network to manage Internet-facing email traffic and guard against data leaks, spam and malware.

Exchange 2019 Architecture Experts

Microsoft Exchange 2019's compact design makes it easier to manage than legacy releases

Microsoft Exchange 2019 Mailbox and Edge Transport servers and management utilities need Standard or Datacenter version of Windows Server 2019. To manage these servers from a Windows client requires an up-to-date 64-bit release of Windows 10. (Exchange 2016 can be hosted by Windows Server 2012 R2 and administered with Windows 8.1 or later.) Progent can provide remote or onsite Windows Server 2019 planning and integration expertise, Windows 11 system design and migration support, and Windows 10 configuration consulting to help your organization update your email solution.

Security and Speed Improvements in Exchange Server 2019
Exchange Server 2019 is optimized for being hosted on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core, which provides the safest environment for Exchange Server 2019. You can also implement Exchange Server 2019 on Microsoft Windows Server 2019 with Desktop Experience, although this option exposes a bigger target for malicious assaults. By default, Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 utilizes Transport Layer Security protocol version 1.2 (TLS 1.2) and replaces legacy ciphers. Some standards organizations call for the use of TLS 1.2. Another cybersecurity enhancement is the capability in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 to block external users from accessing the Exchange admin center console and the Exchange Management Shell command-line interface. This means you can make sure that the management of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 can be performed only from within the security boundaries of your system.

For improved throughput and scale, Exchange Server 2019 can utilize up to 48 processor cores (as opposed to 24 for Exchange 2016) and 256GB of RAM memory (vs. 192GB with Exchange 2016). Recommended minimum in-box RAM has been increased to 128GB. The well-tested cloud search infrastructure incorporated in Exchange Online has been ported to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 to deliver improved search response and quicker database failovers, support bigger files for indexing, and streamline administration. Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 also allows bigger storage drives. To counter the increased latency associated with high-capacity spinning disks, the innovative MetaCacheDatabase (MCDB) feature of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 allows you to set up solid state disk (SSD) caching when you implement Database Availability Groups. Powered by features developed for cloud-hosted Exchange Online, MCDB can significantly enhance the quality of the end user experience. Performance is further increased by improvements in Exchange Server 2019 algorithms that make more RAM available for caching active database copies. These improvements in Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 make it possible to configure each Exchange server to support more users, deploy higher capacity disk drives, and improve the performance of many end-user processes.

Changes for 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 conference's organizer to create invitations other attendees. Out-of-Office (OOF) features have also been expanded. Also, a Remove-CalendarEvents cmdlet enables admins to delete calendar events organized by a worker who is no longer with the business.

Cloud Voicemail for Exchange 2019
Exchange Server 2019 does not include the UM services offered in previous versions of Microsoft Exchange. UM services include voicemail and auto attendant. Microsoft Skype for Business 2019 depends on Microsoft Cloud Voicemail Service for voice messaging support for Exchange Server 2019 mailboxes. (Skype for Business 2019 continues to support Exchange Unified Messaging services for Exchange 2013 and Exchange Server 2016.) Microsoft suggests that customers moving 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 architecture with a combination of Exchange 2019 and Exchange Online mailboxes so that both on-premises Exchange 2019 clients and Exchange Online cloud users have full access to advanced voice messaging features.

Exchange 2019 Voicemail Experts

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

This voice messaging environment offers voicemail answering and deposit; voice-to-text and text-to-voice services; voice mail access through Outlook or Skype for Business; voicemail administration via the M365 portal; and hybrid support for Microsoft Exchange mailboxes self-hosted or in the cloud. Administration is made easier because you have a uniform set of management utilities for both Exchange 2019 and Microsoft Exchange Online mailboxes. Progent can help your organization to adhere to best practices to configure a hybrid network model that allows all your Exchange users to connect to the Microsoft Cloud Voicemail service.

How Progent Can Help You to Configure and Manage Exchange 2019
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 has reached end of life (EOL). Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 are all unsupported legacy products. Microsoft Exchange 2019, Microsoft Windows Server 2019, Skype for Business 2019, and SharePoint Server 2019 have all been enhanced with Microsoft's proven cloud environment and optimized for hybrid network architectures. Given this situation, it makes sense to think about updating your email and collaboration infrastructure. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help your organization to assess the business advantages and integration challenges related to moving to Microsoft Exchange 2019 and other modern platforms; decide whether a self-hosted, cloud, or hybrid architecture makes sense for your business; design and record a migration strategy that makes effective use of your existing resources; and carry out a migration from your existing Exchange deployment to a modern email ecosystem powered by Microsoft Exchange 2019.

Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist businesses of any size to follow best practices for designing and carrying out an efficient migration to Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange 2016, Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2007, or Exchange 2003. Progent offers a wide array of remote and onsite guidance such as project planning review; network topology documentation; setting up Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Core to host Microsoft Exchange Server 2019; implementing Skype for Business 2019 and Cloud Voicemail Service; diagramming the network schema, domain, and forest for Exchange Server 2019; designing and implementing Database Availability Groups and hardware load balancing (HLB) for high availability and fast restore; implementing DirSync; updating your firewalls, generating SSL certs and troubleshooting SSL problems; setting up IIS; writing PowerShell scripts; and checking mail flow.

Exchange Server 2019 Database Availability Groups (DAGs) Consultants

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

Progent's certified Microsoft Windows Server 2019 consultants, Microsoft Skype for Business specialists, Microsoft SharePoint 2019 programming experts and Microsoft 365 integration consultants can help your business to create advanced, cohesive email solutions powered by Exchange 2019. To support mobile devices with Microsoft Exchange 2019, Progent can provide Apple iPhone integration expertise and Google Android smartphone and tablet consulting. Progent's high availability load balancing consultants are experienced in designing and debugging affordable technology from top vendors like Barracuda, Cisco, Citrix NetScaler, Fortinet, and Kemp Technologies.

Progent's disaster recovery/business continuity preparedness experts can help your business to create, deploy and validate a disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) strategy for Exchange Server 2019 based on multiple geo-dispersed data centers or a combination of physical and cloud-based resources. Progent's ISSAP and GIAC certified security and compliance consultants can create and enforce company-wide mail policies that comply with corporate standards and government regulations. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network engineers can help you to plan, configure and troubleshoot an affordable, protected, and resilient network architecture for your Exchange Server 2019 environment. Progent has over 20 years of experience supporting Microsoft's Exchange products and can guide you how to adhere to industry best practices as you proceed through the critical stages of Exchange migration including Exchange version coexistence, proof of concept, mailbox migration, legacy technology retirement, troubleshooting, training, and tuning.

Microsoft 365 Integration with On-prem Exchange
Microsoft 365 Integration with on-prem ExchangeMicrosoft supports seamless hybrid ecosystems that integrate Microsoft 365 and local Exchange deployments. This permits you to have certain mailboxes hosted on your on-premises datacenter and other mailboxes hosted by Microsoft 365. Progent's Microsoft-certified Exchange consultants can help you with any facet of designing, integrating and debugging your hybrid Exchange solution. Progent's Exchange specialists can provide as-needed expertise to help you resolve challenging technical issues and also can provide extensive project management outsourcing or co-sourcing to ensure your hybrid Exchange solution is carried out on time and within budget. For details about Progent's consulting support for hybrid Microsoft 365 and on-prem Exchange environments, go to Microsoft 365 integration solutions with on-prem Exchange.

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