Introduction - Pro Exchange 2013 SP1 PowerShell Administration: For Exchange On-Premises and Office 365 (2014)

Pro Exchange 2013 SP1 PowerShell Administration: For Exchange On-Premises and Office 365 (2014)


The Microsoft UC solutions are changing rapidly, especially from on-premises operations to cloud solutions. This makes it hard to write a book about Exchange 2013. Changing the subject to PowerShell Administration makes it a bit more version independent, but even during this writing, we found the applications were changing rapidly. The book is based on Exchange 2013 SP1, but you’ll find some information regarding subsequent cumulative updates, as these are released on a quarterly basis.

This book is aimed at IT Pro’s, the Exchange administrators with a couple of years experience who need guidance in deploying and managing Exchange Server 2013 on-premises, especially when it comes to managing PowerShell. Inside these pages are eleven chapters that cover the following topics:

· Chapter 1 - Introduction to Exchange 2013. This is an overview of Exchange Server 2013, including new and discontinued features, integration with Active Directory, and an architectural overview of the product.

· Chapter 2 - Installing Exchange Server 2013. The first part of this chapter covers the installation of Exchange Server 2013, both on Windows Server 2008 R2 and on Windows Server 2012 R2. The normal graphic setup is discussed; also here is the unattended setup with all the command-line switches that are available, including the post-installation configuration options. The second part includes information regarding coexistence with Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2007.

· Chapter 3 - Client Access Server. This covers the Client Access server, Client Access technologies, and all available clients for use with Exchange 2013. Namespaces, SSL certificates, load balancing, and Publishing Exchange 2013 Client Access server are the most important topics here.

· Chapter 4 - Mailbox Server. This covers the Mailbox server, including the available recipients like mailboxes, distribution groups, and public folders, as well as how to manage them. Except for mailboxes, another important part of the Mailbox server is message transport, which is also covered here.

· Chapter 5 - High Availability. High Availability is an important and complex aspect of every Exchange 2013 deployment. This chapter covers the basics of the database availability group and how to build and configure it. The chapter covers also Client Access High Availability and Transport High Availability.

· Chapter 6 - Message Hygiene. This topic is new in Exchange 2013 SP1, and so the chapter discusses the Edge Transport server and how to implement all available anti-spam features, plus how it integrates with the Exchange 2013 Mailbox server.

· Chapter 7 - Backup, Restore, and Disaster Recovery. This discusses backup technologies and how backup technologies interact with Mailbox database technologies. Other topics in this chapter are restore technologies and the Microsoft Native Data Protections, sometimes also referred to as “backup-less environment.”

· Chapter 8 - Unified Messaging. This explores the UM feature set, shows how to configure Exchange UM for supported IP telephony solutions, and explains how to integrate Exchange UM with Lync. Other topics are UM mailbox policies, UM auto attendants, Unified Contact Store, call answering rules, and voice-mail preview.

· Chapter 9 - Compliance. This discusses the compliance-related features of Exchange 2013, such as in-place archiving to manage the primary mailbox, in combination with message records management and in-place discovery that, in conjunction with in-place hold, can be used to support legal investigations or other purposes. Data loss prevention and fingerprinting are discussed as features to prevent data leakage. Other topics are administrator and mailbox auditing.

· Chapter 10 - Security. This explores the role-based access model and all its components, such as management roles, scopes, role groups, and special-purpose features like unscoped top-level management groups. Other topics are the split-permissions model for organizations with separated management of Active Directory and Exchange, and S/MIME.

· Chapter 11 - Office 365 and Exchange Online. This shows how to connect to Office 365, and discusses Autodiscover, as well as how to federate organizations to share information such as calendaring. It also covers how to configure directory synchronization with Azure Active Directory and how to configure Active Directory Federation Services and Multi-Factor Authentication. Additionally, it explains how to move mailboxes between on-premises and Office 365, Exchange Online Archiving, and how to reconfigure mail flow when using Exchange hybrid.