For companies that rely on Microsoft Exchange Server as their main server platform, having IT professionals on call to solve customer problems is crucial. Many companies are faced with an array of IT issues including application downtime, server downtime, email outage, database downtime, hardware glitches and network downtime. Having professional IT personnel on call gives these companies additional advantages such as reduced IT costs and improved productivity, even during times of minimal IT staffing. With increased efficiency and better quality of service, companies will experience fewer system downtime events which affect their business operations.
Microsoft Exchange Server is a flexible, reliable, and easy-to-use platform for managing and coordinating the exchange of business content, information, and applications. Microsoft Exchange Server solutions provide end-to-end integration with mail, calendar, contact, tasks and projects management, social networking tools, mobile devices, and digital asset management. This comprehensive integrated system is designed to manage all the aspects of communication, while empowering organizations with the ability to create, track, manage, and search for email, contacts, and other content and information. Microsoft Exchange Server solutions provide end-to-end integration with Microsoft Outlook, Windows Exchange, and Microsoft Sharepoint services, increasing company visibility and functionality.
Microsoft Exchange Server is the largest and most widely used contact and content management platform in the world, offering end-to-end integration with Microsoft Office. It is capable of connecting to the outside world through its extensive technical infrastructure, allowing for e-mail, calendar, task management, marketing, and communications applications to be accessed across the web. This high availability service offers powerful mobile device access, high-speed access to Exchange data, and automatic synchronization and real-time access to documents from any mobile device. Additionally, it supports a wide variety of communication features, including fax, email, telephony, and file and printer sharing technologies, which make it easy to access all forms of business content from anywhere in the world.
When planning for Microsoft Exchange Server migrations, business owners can look to experienced Microsoft consultants to offer services that will help them achieve their goals. Depending on the size and scope of a business, some migrations may require a custom solution. A well-designed custom solution can provide the benefits of Exchange Server without the cost of a third-party solution, as well as offering higher levels of security and flexibility.
Microsoft Exchange Server has two active modes:
Hybrid mode and Ready upgrade. In Hybrid mode, a user connects to an existing Exchange Server database through the use of Microsoft Outlook Express, while an Exchange Server backup starts up after the connection has been completed. The process of creating an Exchange Server backup typically involves creating an offline copy of all mailboxes, users, and items stored on Microsoft Exchange servers, prior to making changes to them. On the other hand, ready upgrade combines changes made to the active database with an Exchange Server backup to create a seamless migration. Microsoft Exchange Server is available in both version: Microsoft Exchange Server 2021.
Microsoft Exchange Server migrations can also be based on the installation of Active Directory or on a completely separate mechanism, such as that of a web-based application. Microsoft Exchange Active Directory allows users to add, change, or remove mailboxes, email addresses, and associated email features. With Microsoft Exchange Active Directory, users will have the ability to perform tasks similar to those performed by Microsoft SharePoint and other web-based applications.
A cloud-based email guard, such as that of Microsoft Exchange Server,
can be more complex and more tightly integrated than a standard on-premise system. A cloud email guard provides the following benefits: enhanced recovery and privacy protection, real-time email protection and mobility, and more efficient and effective management of individual employee inboxes. When setting up a Microsoft Exchange Server hybrid email guard, business owners should consider adding the Microsoft Exchange Server provider tool. This is an optional component that many consultants include with the purchase of a Microsoft Exchange Server system. The tool will enable the company to set up permission-based access to the contents of the user mailbox and to set up custom policies for the protection of specific folders and items.
In terms of cost, Microsoft Exchange Enterprise Manager (MEM) costs less than a traditional on-premise system. While consulting services will be necessary to set up and deploy a hybrid topology, the price savings are offset by the increased complexity.
- When purchasing Microsoft Exchange Server, business owners can set up an installation that combines the functionality of on-premise and third-party software.
- This approach could be beneficial for companies that already have systems managed by Microsoft such as Microsoft Outlook.
- Consultants can also help business owners set up a self-service MSS, which will allow them to manage their own emails, contacts, and calendar without the assistance of Microsoft personnel.