Microsoft Exchange Server is Microsoft’s online email, calendar, address book, contact and scheduling platform. It’s deployed primarily on the Windows Server platform (OS) for domestic usage. Microsoft designed Exchange Server to provide users access to this messaging platform from a variety of computer devices, desktops and even web-based applications. In addition, it provides an integrated platform that allows users to manage their mailboxes, contacts, calendars, tasks and notes. It also offers advanced features like Microsoft Project Server, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 as part of a comprehensive solution for businesses.
As far as business functionality is concerned, there are two ways to run Exchange Server – on-site and off-site.
Microsoft has chosen to deploy Exchange Server on-site so that it can enjoy the extended support and greater functionality that comes with a hosted exchange. For small enterprises, who don’t have an IT department on their own, Microsoft provides the on-site option. On-site service provider gives you the opportunity to access Exchange Server through the browser from any location.
One of the key benefits of running Exchange on-site is the high availability and redundancy that it brings.
The on-site service provider of Microsoft Exchange Server is Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is a powerful piece of software that enables users to take advantage of their exchange server through a customized web experience. The software offers high availability, redundancy and security for your messages, contacts and calendars. With this service, your business will run smoothly because of the additional storage and bandwidth capacity provided by Microsoft 365.
Another benefit offered by Microsoft 365 is Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge provides an enhanced browsing experience with support for tiles, tabbed navigation, address bar and Microsoft logo. This is a great service provider for any business that requires client access through the browser. The browser automatically pulls up the Microsoft Exchange Server while viewing a web page.
One of the newest additions to Microsoft outlook is Microsoft overload. This overload is a feature that allows multiple mailboxes to be linked together through Microsoft connection or gateway. Once the mailboxes are set up, all mail sent to one or more of the accounts will go to all the accounts in the overload group. This overload feature is provided in Microsoft Dynamics GP as Outlook or Word for Business.
Microsoft overload comes with a number of benefits. First, the mailboxes can be organized on the basis of tags, which helps organizing emails and contacts and also reducing the load on the Exchange server. In addition to load balancing, Microsoft overload also provides some other great benefits such as mailbox consolidation and database availability groups. Database availability groups allows a particular group of database to be available to data entry tasks. This enables data entry tasks to be completed more efficiently without affecting other users in the organization.
Another great advantage of this new feature is datacenter isolation. This is basically setting the datacenter separate from other servers or workstations within the organization. There are two different ways to establish this setting. One is to be connected via a connection device between the two different servers and the other is through the use of the datacenter name or display name. If you use the connection device method, you basically put the primary site on a separate Ethernet network whereas, the secondary site is connected to the first site through the use of the site name.
When you use the dac mode, it allows you to specify the number of servers per physical platform. Basically, there are four types of server isolation: clustered, managed, stand-alone and collocation.
- Clustered is the most widely used while managing and stand-alone is the second most used.
- The cluster method basically allows multiple copies of the application to be installed on each node while only one copy is installed on each individual node in the collocation setting.
- You should also take note that, both of these options have their own disadvantages.