Exchange Q&A: Exchange 2013 Basic

1.What is the difference  between Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 Mailbox Server?

The Exchange Server 2010 hosts Mailbox Database, Public Folder Database and provides E-mail message storage, in Exchange Server 2013, the Mailbox Server Role also includes the Client Access protocols, Transport Service, Mailbox Databases and Unified Messaging components.

2.Which Server Roles that Exchange 2010 contains?

  • Mailbox Server;
  • Client Access Server;
  • Edge Transport Server (with Service Pack 1).

3.What does the Client Access Server provide?

The Client Access server provides authentication, proxy, and limited redirection services, and offers all the usual client access protocols: HTTP, POP, IMAP, and SMTP.

4.What are the features of Client Access Server?

  • Stateless server;
  • Connection pooling.

5.Which tasks that can be performed on the Client Access Server?

  • The management of digital certificates is primarily performed on the Client Access server;
  • Some of the client protocol management for Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, and IMAP4 is also handled on the Client Access server.

6.Where the message processed by the Edge Transport Server will be routed?

If the Client Access server and the Mailbox server are installed on separate computers, mail is routed to the Transport service on the Mailbox server. The Client Access server is bypassed for inbound SMTP mail flow.

If the Client Access server and the Mailbox server are installed on the same computer, mail is routed to the Front End Transport service on the Client Access server and then to the Transport service on the Mailbox server.

7.What are the features of Unified Messaging that facing to end users?

  • Access to Exchange information;
  • Play on phone;
  • Voice mail form;
  • User Configuration;
  • Call Answering;
  • Call Answering Rules;
  • Voice Mail Preview;
  • Message Waiting Indicator;
  • Missed call and voice mail notifications using SMS;
  • Protected Voice Mail;
  • Outlook Voice Access;
  • Group addressing using Outlook Voice Access.

8.What are the features of Unified Messaging that facing to administrators?

  • A complete voice mail system;
  • An Exchange security model;
  • Consolidation of voice mail systems;
  • Built-in Unified Messaging administrative roles;
  • Incoming fax support;
  • Support for multiple languages;
  • Auto attendant.

9.What are the areas that we should  consider and evaluate when planning for Unified Messaging in our organization?

  • The needs of our organization;
  • The security requirements in our organization;
  • Our existing telephony, circuit-switched network, and our current voice mail system;
  • Our current packet-switched IP network design. This includes our local area network (LAN) and WAN connectivity points and devices;
  • Our current Active Directory environment;
  • The number of users that we’ll have to support;
  • The number of Client Access and Mailbox servers we’ll need;
  • Whether we’ll be integrating UM with Microsoft Lync Server to enable Enterprise Voice;
  • The placement of VoIP gateways, telephony equipment, and Client Access and Mailbox servers;
  • The type of UM deployment: on-premises or hybrid;
  • The storage requirements for voice mail users.

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