Microsoft Exchange Server is a popular enterprise-class collaboration tool that mainly focuses on storing, sending and receiving email messages. In addition to handling email message traffic, Exchange Server also offers a number of other related collaboration features, such as, shared calendar, chat, contacts, mailboxes and task lists. It also helps you in developing, managing, organizing and monitoring your organization’s workforce, especially if you have a large number of workers who access the Exchange Server through one connection (such as in an IT support center). There are several IT support services which provide assistance to organizations and businesses with Microsoft Exchange Server. Below is a list of these services:
Microsoft SharePoint Services for business. SharePoint is a collaboration and content management platform. It allows users to easily share documents, calendars and other items with other people through the Web. SharePoint Online is the free version of SharePoint services.
Microsoft Exchange Server for small businesses.
Small businesses usually use Microsoft Exchange Server for managing their small business. It also provides the features required by organizations such as file management, document scanning and electronic mailing. This service comes with two versions, namely, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2009. There is also a version available for smaller companies, which is a Microsoft Business Partner (MBP) v 2010.
Microsoft Exchange Server for information technology (IT)
This is the foremost contact point for all departments of an organization. If an individual does not have access to a computer, the only way for him/her to access the Microsoft Exchange Server is via the Active Directory (LDAP) server. From there, the user can access all the files and folders stored on the Microsoft Exchange Server, even if he/she was not present in the particular computer where the exchange of information occurs. This is the most popular Microsoft Exchange Server version for users who were not able to upgrade to the first version.
Microsoft Exchange Server for information technology (IT) – The database availability groups provide the user access to multiple email accounts. Users can manage more than one email account at a time. For example, the user can have an email address for his business and an email address for his personal account. Similarly, the client access can be divided into two parts; these are the directory service and the active directory service. Directory service allows the user to search for the emails or other items stored in the exchange server using the name that is contained in the address of the directory service.
Microsoft SharePoint Services 2010 – This is the next generation of MS SharePoint services. The database availability groups that are featured in this release are the eConnect, Microsoft extensibility resource library, Microsoft Dynamics GP, NAV, and ODBC without column dictionary. This is one of the most popular web portal applications developed by Microsoft and is used for managing business processes that involve multiple databases and data sources. Users can create web portals by using the Microsoft SharePoint Designer. This web portal is accessible to users through their email addresses and it provides them with various solutions such as task management, file management, calendar, contacts, document management, project management, work management, and organization features.
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for information technology – The other version of Microsoft Exchange Server also has the following major features: active topology, client accessibility, database availability groups, multi-site connectivity, permission based access, group management, role based access, single sign-on (SSO), and virtual private database (VPD) service. Active topology enables the exchange of mailboxes between two or more servers and provides the ability to create mailboxes on-demand. Database availability groups provide improved scalability and performance of the Microsoft Exchange Server. Finally, the other version of the server provides the ability to connect to multiple external webmail services such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail.
- On the other hand, the process of configuring Active Directory permissions is done differently on these two versions of Exchange.
- On Microsoft SharePoint, users are able to create groups and assign permissions to them.
- On the other hand, the process of creating a new instance of Microsoft Exchange Server consists of following steps.