eBooks – Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Exchange Server 2016

eBooks – Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

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About the Authors

Clifton Leonard, MCSE: Exchange Server, has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT industry as an engineer, architect, consultant, trainer, and author. Clifton has extensive experience consulting on Active Directory, Exchange Server, Lync and Skype for Business Server, Identity Management, Office 365, and Azure cloud solutions. His clients include large energy corporations, K-12 schools, universities, technology manufacturers, financial institutions, the United States Air Force, and the Department of Defense. While Clifton cut his teeth on Microsoft Mail on Novell Netware and Exchange Server 5.0 on DEC Alpha, he has worked with every version of Exchange Server since then. He has also contributed as a subject matter expert to multiple Microsoft courses including Windows Desktop, Windows Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, HyperV, Identity Management, Office 365, and Azure. Helping organizations migrate to the latest versions of Microsoft Exchange Server has always been a key focus of Clifton’s consulting commitments.
Brian Svidergol builds Microsoft infrastructure and cloud solutions with Windows, Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, Office 365, and related technologies. He holds the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) – Server Infrastructure, and several other Microsoft and industry certifications. Brian has authored books on Active Directory, Windows Server, Exchange Server, and related infrastructure technologies. He served as an MCT Ambassador at TechEd North America 2013 and at Microsoft Ignite 2015. Brian works as a subject matter expert (SME) on many Microsoft Official Curriculum courses, edX courses, and Microsoft certification exams. He has authored a variety of training content, blog posts, and practice test questions and has been a technical reviewer for a large number of books.
Byron Wright is the owner of BTW Technology Solutions where he provides, designs, and implements solutions using Exchange Server and Office 365. He has been a consultant, author, and instructor for 20 years, specializing in Exchange Server, Windows Server, Office 365, network design, network security, and related technologies. Byron has been a Microsoft MVP for Exchange Server since 2012.
Vladimir Meloski is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional on Office Server and Services, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and consultant, providing unified communications and infrastructure solutions based on Microsoft Exchange Server, Skype for Business, Office 365, and Windows Server. With a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences, Vladimir has devoted more than 20 years of professional experience to information technology. Vladimir has been involved
in Microsoft conferences in Europe and in the United States as a speaker, moderator, proctor for hands-on labs, and technical expert. He also has been involved as an author and technical reviewer for Microsoft official courses, including Exchange Server 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007; Office 365; and Windows Server 2012. As a skilled IT professional and trainer, Vladimir shares his best practices, real-world experiences, and knowledge with his students and colleagues and is devoted to IT community development by collaborating with IT Pro and developer user groups worldwide.

Introduction

Thank you for purchasing (or considering the purchase of) Mastering Exchange Server 2016; this is the latest in a series of Mastering Exchange Server books that have helped thousands of readers to better understand Microsoft’s excellent messaging system. Along the way, we hope that this series of books has made you a better administrator and allowed you to support your organizations to the best of your abilities.
When we started planning the outline of this book more than a year before its release, Exchange Server 2016 appeared to be simply a minor series of improvements over Exchange Server 2013. Of course, the further we explored the product, the more we found that was not the case. Many of the improvements in Exchange Server 2016 were major improvements (such as Outlook on the web) and sometimes even complete rewrites (such as in the case of the Client Access services role) of how the product worked previously.
Another challenge then presented itself. The market penetration of Exchange Server 2013 was fairly dominant, but we found that many organizations still run Exchange Server 2010. Therefore, we needed to explain the differences for not only Exchange Server 2013 administrators but also for the Exchange Server 2010 administrators. On the other hand, Exchange Server 2003 reached end-of-life on April 8, 2014. As a result, Microsoft no longer provides security updates, offers free or paid support options, nor provides updated online content such as KB articles for Exchange Server 2003. Organizations with Exchange Server 2003 deployed after April 8, 2014, are responsible for their own support of the product and accept the risk associated with the deployment.
We took a step back and looked at the previous editions of the book to figure out how much of the previous material was still relevant. Some of the material from the Exchange Server 2013 book is still relevant but needed updating. Some required completely rewriting chapters to cover new technologies introduced in Exchange Server 2016 or technologies that have since taken on more importance in deployments and management. We faced the challenge of explaining two management interfaces, Exchange Management Shell and Exchange Admin Center, as well as describing the new roles and features.
We started working with the Exchange Server 2016 code more than a year before we expected to release the book. Much of the book was written using the RTM code that was first made available in October 2015, but as we continued writing the book, we made updates based on changes introduced in Cumulative Update 1 (March 2016). So, you can safely assume when reading this book that it is based on the latest bits of Exchange Server 2016 that released in late summer 2016.
In writing this book, we had a few goals for the book and the knowledge we wanted to impart to the reader:

  • We wanted to provide an appropriate context for the role of messaging services in an organization, outlining the primary skills required by an Exchange Server administrator.
  • We wanted the reader to feel comfortable when approaching an Exchange Server environment of any size. The content in this book can assist administrators of small companies with only one server, as well as administrators who handle large Exchange Server farms.
  • We wanted the skills and tasks covered in this book to be applicable to 80 percent of all
    organizations running Exchange Server.
  • We wanted the book to educate not only “new to product” administrators but also those “new to version” administrators who are upgrading from a previous version.
  • We wanted the book to familiarize administrators with Office 365 environments and the implementation of hybrid coexistence with on-premises Exchange Server deployments.
  • We wanted to provide familiar references for administrators of previous versions, ensuring that Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 administrators can easily find equivalent solutions in Exchange Server 2016

Microsoft listened to the advice of many of its customers, its internal consultants at Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSEs), Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), Microsoft Certified Solutions Masters (MCSMs), and Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) to find out what was missing from earlier versions of the product and what organizations’ needs were. Much of this work started even before Exchange Server 2016 was released.



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