Whether or not your business transactions happen online, you need a reliable email and communications host. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 can help you achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment, administration and compliance. Exchange Server delivers a wide range of deployment options and advanced compliance capabilities. This article will highlight seven of the many great features of Exchange Server 2010.
The top features of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 include:
Hybrid Configuration Wizard
Exchange Server 2010 introduces the Hybrid Configuration Wizard that provides you with a streamlined process to configure a hybrid deployment between on-premises and Office 365 Exchange organizations. Hybrid deployments provide the seamless look and feel of a single Exchange organization and offer administrators the ability to extend the feature-rich experience and administrative control of an on-premises organization to the cloud.
Address Book Policies
Address book policies provide a simpler mechanism to accomplish Global Address List (GAL) separation for the on-premises organization that needs to run disparate GALs. GAL segmentation or GAL segregation is the process whereby administrators can segment users into specific groups to provide customized views of their organization’s GAL. To simplify the process, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 introduces address book policies (ABPs). When creating an ABP, you assign a GAL, an offline address book (OAB), a room list, and one or more address lists to the policy. You can then assign the ABP to mailbox users, providing them with access to a customized GAL in Outlook and Outlook Web App. Here the goal is to provide a simpler mechanism to accomplish GAL segmentation for on-premises organizations that require multiple GALs.
Cross-Site Silent Redirection for Outlook Web App
With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, you can enable a silent redirection when a Client Access Server (CAS) receives a client request that is better serviced by a Client Access Server located in another Active Directory site. This silent redirection can also provide a single sign-on experience when forms-based authentication is enabled on each CAS. Exchange Server 2010 lets administrators configure cross-site silent redirection. Cross-site silent redirection performs silent redirection for client requests that are destined for a CAS that is located in a different Active Directory site in the same Exchange organization. For example, a user with a mailbox in Active Directory Site A who accesses the Outlook Web App URL in Active Directory Site B will be silently redirected to the Outlook Web App URL for Active Directory in Site A.
Mailbox Replication Service
In Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, two parameters have been added to the New-WebServicesVirtualDirectory and Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory cmdlets so that you don’t have to perform the manual configuration. The two parameters are: MRSProxyEnabled and MaxMRSProxyConnections.
Mini Version of Outlook Web App
The mini version of Outlook Web App is a lightweight browser-based client, similar to the Outlook Mobile Access client in Exchange 2003. It’s designed to be used on a mobile operating system. The mini version of Outlook Web App is implemented as a virtual directory named
OMA, which is created below the Outlook Web App virtual directory. You can access the mini version of Outlook Web App by appending /oma to your Outlook Web App URL. The mini version of Outlook Web App provides users with the basic functionalities such as access to e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks and the global address list; access to e-mail subfolders; compose, reply to, and forward e-mail messages; create and edit calendar, contact, and task items; and set the time zone and automatic reply messages.
Multi-Valued Custom Attributes
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 introduces five new multi-value custom attributes that can be used to store additional information for mail recipient objects. The ExtensionCustomAttribute1 to ExtensionCustomAttribute5 parameters can each hold up to 1,300 values. You can specify multiple values as a comma-delimited list. The cmdlets that support these parameters are Set-DistributionGroup, Set-DynamicDistributionGroup, Set-Mailbox, Set-MailContact, Set-MailPublicFolder, and Set-RemoteMailbox.
Advanced Email Security
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 makes it easier to protect both your data and messaging system. With Exchange 2010, you get automatic encryption at both the channel and message levels to help control access to data and ensure trusted communications both inside and outside the network. Multi-layered anti-spam filtering comes with continuous updates to help guard against increasingly sophisticated spam and phishing threats. To protect against malware, leading anti-virus solutions can be integrated throughout the Exchange 2010 network
With Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange and Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is the only leading messaging solution to offer multiple scanning engines in a single solution. Multiple-engine scanning is proven to promote faster detection rates of new threats than single-engine solutions. Learn more about Exchange Server 2010 and buy yours today!
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Satish K. contributed to this article.