Exchange Server 2013 delivers a number of new features as well as improvements on existing features that are already familiar to those who have worked with Exchange Server 2010.
Here are a few of the highlights:
- Reduction in server roles to just two; Client Access server and Mailbox server
- New streamlined Outlook 2013 and Outlook Web App user interfaces, and offline access for OWA
- No more Exchange Management Console, all administration is now performed using the new web-based Exchange Administration Center and the Exchange Management Shell (using PowerShell 3.0)
- Improvements to high availability features and manageability
- Public folders are now stored in mailbox databases and can take advantage of Database Availability Groups for replication and high availability
- Data loss prevention capabilities that can be integrated into Transport Rules
Getting Started with Exchange Server 2013
The Exchange 2013 Preview has been publicly released so that you can try it yourself. Note that it is not supported to run Exchange Server 2013 Preview in production environments (in fact it currently has no co-existence support with previous versions).
- Download Exchange Server 2013 from Microsoft
- Installing Exchange Server 2013 Pre-Requisites on Windows Server 2008 R2
- Installing Exchange Server 2013 Pre-Requisites on Windows Server 2012
- How to Install Exchange Server 2013
Explore some of the features of Exchange Server 2013:
- Understanding Exchange Server 2013 Server Roles
- Exchange Server 2013 Management Tools
- SSL Certificates in Exchange Server 2013
- Mail Flow in Exchange Server 2013
- Transport Rules in Exchange Server 2013
- Room and Equipment Mailboxes in Exchange Server 2013
- Exchange Server 2013 Database Availability Groups
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