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Exchange 2013 Administration Center in Pictures (Part 1)

Alexander Zammit

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Alexander Zammit has been developing server applications for over 15 years. Most of his works involve Exchange integrated applications, including a FAX server, a mail security product and anti-spam products.

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Exchange 2013 has a brand new administrative interface, the Exchange Administrative Center EAC. This replaces the Exchange Management Console with a web-based interface. Exchange can now be administered using the browser from any machine without having to install anything extra.

 

Compliance Management

The Compliance Management category groups In-Place Discovery & Hold, Auditing, Data Loss Prevention, Retention Policies, Retention Tags and Journaling.

Here is what the In-Place Discovery & Hold interface looks like when clicking Add:

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | In-Place Discover and Hold

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | Discovery Mailbox

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | Discovery Query

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | Discovery Hold

Auditing gives us a choice of reports. Quoting directly from the interface we have:

  • Run a non-owner mailbox access report
  • Run a litigation hold report
  • Run an administrator role group report
  • Export mailbox audit logs
  • Export the administrator audit log

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | Auditing

Data Loss Prevention is an interesting addition that will merit a dedicated article. This is how the sub-category is described: 'Use DLP policies to protect email messages with sensitive content and to enforce protection requirements'.

Selecting the Data Loss Prevention and clicking Add we get:

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | Data Loss Prevention

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | Data Loss Prevention Policy

Here we get a list of templates. Each of these is designed to identify a specific class of sensitive information. For example the template 'Financial Data - US' is described as follows:

Detects the presence of data commonly considered to be financial information in the United States. This includes information like credit card, account numbers, and debit card data in email...

Here is a quick peek at Retention Policies and Retention Tags:

Retention Policies

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | Retention Tags

And this is what a Journaling rule looks like:

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | Journaling

Exchange 2013 | Compliance Management | Journaling Rule

 

Final Tips

Today we started our Exchange Administrative Center tour. My goal is to cut the talk and let you see as much as possible of the new administrative interface.

The Exchange 2007/2010 configuration was structured to reflect the various server roles. Now that version 2013 did away with distinct server roles, the configuration is categorized by functionality. This is a lot more intuitive.

Today we looked at the first three configuration categories Recipients, Permissions and Compliance Management. Many of the configuration elements available in earlier Exchange versions are still there, but we also peeked at the interface of some of the new features being introduced in version 2013.

In the next part we will continue with our tour, readying ourselves for the new Exchange release.

 

References

Exchange 2013 Administration Center in Pictures (Part 3)

Exchange 2013 Administration Center in Pictures (Part 2)

Exchange 2013 Preview Installation

 

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