Microsoft Exchange Server is an online email server and virtual calendaring system developed and maintained by Microsoft Corporation. It runs on Windows operating systems alone. It can be accessed by Microsoft Outlook, Exchange ActiveSync, Exchange Web Services, or any of its integration products. Microsoft Exchange Server also has other features such as an online storage system for email and calendar information. It also helps clients connect to the organization’s intranet system with the help of web browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Online storage can include files from the Microsoft Outlook server
such as emails, contacts, task tickets, attachments, and so on. This file is then synchronized in Microsoft Exchange to the Outlook client. In order to access this file, clients have to open an internet browser to access the Exchange ActiveSync page.
The Exchange Server manages all the tasks related to the organization’s business. One of its most useful features is its ability to provide an online calendar and contact manager for its users. Its email service allows its users to check their mail, send newsletters, share contacts, schedule appointments, and so on through its online interface.
In addition, there is also the capability of the Service Provider to help their clients send newsletters, announcements, and news on their events and meetings through the online calendar. In addition, it also enables clients to send text messages via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync service. A client can use Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to communicate with the Exchange Manager and to create calendar entries.
In case of an organization that has multiple locations, Microsoft Exchange provides them the option of connecting all the locations using its unified data center. With this, a single server can host the applications for a number of locations. The Exchange Manager service and the Exchange Administrator services are two types of features that can be configured by a Microsoft Exchange server administrator.
A Microsoft Exchange server administrator can add or remove users, create groups, change password, and assign permissions to different types of users. It also manages the migration of data from one version of Windows to another.
As a result, the services provided by an Exchange service can be categorized into two categories
– dedicated and managed. Dedicated services are the ones that are designed only for managing one client while unmanaged ones are the ones that can be accessed for managing multiple clients. These services are usually very complex and therefore need a server administrator to manage them effectively.
It is not difficult for an administrator to administer these dedicated services. It is also advisable to choose the type that provides support for several versions of Windows, which means that the same server will always be able to provide access to a particular type of service. The same server can offer managed and unmanaged services. Managed services are less complicated than dedicated ones. There are several third-party web-hosting companies that are available on the internet that offer managed services.
In order to run an Exchange Service, a Windows operating system is used as well as an account with the Microsoft Exchange Company. All the required services can be installed by an administrator. An administrator can control the services by installing or uninstalling any of them. The administrators can also decide whether the services should be managed by an Exchange Manager or by an Exchange Administrator.
An Exchange Manager can manage any of the managed services, while the Administrator can manage the managed services. An Exchange Manager can also perform some actions on the managed services while the Administrator can perform other operations on the managed services. However, both of them cannot do the same operations. In addition, both of them have their own set of commands that they can use to create and modify the user data in the database.
- When an Exchange server is running
- It must be kept at a consistent level of security.
- This includes the firewall, the anti-virus, anti-spyware,spyware and the security applications.
Microsoft Exchange can also be managed by using a hosted Exchange Management Service (EMS). If there is an error in a hosted Exchange Management Service, it needs to be immediately repaired so as not to affect the other data on the server.