Microsoft Exchange Server is an award winning email server and calendaring server developed by Microsoft Corporation. It runs on Windows Server operating systems exclusively. Before it was launched, it was known as Exchange Server 4.0. Since then, it has evolved into one of the most robust, the most popular and the most used email server, if not THE most used email server!
Microsoft Exchange Server helps you organize your business, regardless of size. The email system supports various types of document formats, which include Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF, HTML, and more. Microsoft Exchange Server also includes Microsoft Outlook as a core application, along with the ability to send and receive emails through the web, with or without a website, SMS, or fax. Microsoft Exchange Server also allows for Microsoft Lync, which is a collaboration tool that works across multiple platforms. Microsoft Sharepoint is a business collaboration environment that supports document management, content management, and planning, while Microsoft Sharepoint is a platform for internet collaboration, groupware, social networking, and project management
These are just some of the many features of the Microsoft Exchange Server, which was introduced in the previous years. Microsoft Exchange Server 2021 is the next version of this application, which is fully integrated with Microsoft Windows. It is capable of running not only on the Microsoft Windows platform but also on non-Microsoft Windows platforms. Some of the important technologies that have been added to this application include Microsoft Sharepoint, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Outlook Web Services, Microsoft Exchange Server Search, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Microsoft Exchange Server comes with its own online storage system called Active Directory.
Active Directory stores all the email addresses, contact information, and other relevant information about users in the organization. On the back-end, Microsoft Exchange Server stores all the messages, emails, attachments, notes, and other things into a directory, known as the Microsoft Exchange Server mailbox. While this was a feature present in previous versions of the server, it is one of the new additions that Microsoft has included in the latest release of the exchange server. Users can check their email on their desktops, mobile devices, or Internet mailboxes regardless of where they are in the organization. They will be able to get their messages delivered directly without having to send them through other servers or senders.
Active Directory service is the backbone of Microsoft Exchange Server.
Users can access the Active Directory from the front-office site, or from any location on the internet by using a web browser. Microsoft Sharepoint is one of the standard applications that are pre-installed with the exchange server version that comes with Active Directory. Users can connect to Sharepoint from their on-premises workstations or from other clients’ computers by using a web browser or client access software such as Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook.
Microsoft Exchange Server also features the Microsoft Exchange Server clustered functionality. Clustering is one of the new features that Microsoft has integrated into the exchange server. Users are not required to know how to use cluster; instead, the on-premise Exchange Server automatically takes care of all the necessary configuration and cluster settings. The two main types of clusters are the on-premise and the passive-active clusters.
A cloud based virtualization provider can provide the necessary services for on-premises users to migrate from on-premises to cloud. Microsoft provides two cloud computing solutions, the hybrid deployment and the local cloud. With the hybrid deployment, an on-premise server is placed in a data center, while other virtual machines are set up on the client computers. With the local cloud, a user can access the server, and his data, through any web browser. The hybrid deployment is more economical than the local cloud because it costs less for Microsoft to maintain the server and other machines on the client’s network.
- Microsoft Exchange Server allows the Exchange backup to occur in two different ways.
- First is the offline backup, which saves a data file on a remote location.
- Second is the online backup, which occurs when a user logs on to the Exchange Server.
- There are three types of Exchange backup, and these are device-based, application-based, and the centralized-store management.
- Device-based backups to store all the data in the computer on which the Exchange data storage is kept, while application-based backups use data deduplication and data compression to store the data remotely.