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Exchange 2013 Administration Center in Pictures (Part 3)

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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Today we conclude our Exchange 2013 Administration Center tour. Here we cover the categories Public Folders, Unified Messaging, Servers, and Hybrid. Highlighted changes include the relocation of Public Folders to the Mailbox Database store.

Public Folders

Exchange Public Folders were at risk of decapitation some years ago. Successive Exchange releases didn't add much to the original Public Folders functionality. This is changing in Exchange 2013 however.

The first time we select the Public Folders category we are greeted with an error:

Exchange 2013 | Public Folders | No active public folder mailbox

This alerts us that no active public folder mailbox was found. The error perfectly summarizes the key change Exchange 2013 is introducing. Public Folders no longer have their own database store. Instead everything is stored within a dedicated mailbox created specifically for this purpose.

We now only have one database type to manage, the Mailbox Database. This also means that the same High Availability functionality employed for mailboxes (DAGs) is now also applicable to Public Folders.

So after closing the error, we move to the Public Folders Mailboxes page and click Add to create our first public folder mailbox:

Exchange 2013 | Public Folders | Public Folders Mailboxes

Exchange 2013 | Public Folders | Public Folders Mailboxes | New

With that in place we can now go to the Public Folders page and start building the folder hierarchy. So I click Add to create a couple of folders under the root.

Exchange 2013 | Public Folders | Public Folders

Exchange 2013 | Public Folders | Public Folders | New

Exchange 2013 | Public Folders | Public Folders

After creating a folder, we can go back and edit the various properties assigned by default. Here are the properties of the Support folder just created:

Exchange 2013 | Public Folders | Public Folders | General

Exchange 2013 | Public Folders | Public Folders | Statistics

Exchange 2013 | Public Folders | Public Folders | Limits

 

Unified Messaging

Under Unified Messaging we have the UM Dial Plans and UM IP Gateways property pages. This is what the configuration of a Dial Plan looks like at the EAC:

Exchange 2013 | Unified Messaging | UM Dial Plans

Exchange 2013 | Unified Messaging | UM Dial Plans | New

This is what creating a new IP Gateway looks like:

Exchange 2013 | Unified Messaging | UM IP Gateways

Exchange 2013 | Unified Messaging | UM IP Gateways | New

 

Servers

The Servers category is very crowded. Here we have Servers, Databases, Database Availability Groups, Virtual Directories, and Certificates. You will recognize many of these configuration elements so I will leave the screenshots to talk for them.

Servers | Servers

From the Servers configuration page we can edit various options for the currently selected server. Here are all the settings that can be configured:

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers | General

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers | Databases

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers | POP3

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers | IMAP4

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers | Unified Messaging

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers | DNS Lookups

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers | Transport Limits

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers | Transport Logs

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Servers | Outlook Anywhere

 

Servers | Databases

Under Databases we can create and edit mailbox databases.

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Databases

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Databases | General

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Databases | Maintenance

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Databases | Limits

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Databases | Client Settings

 

Servers | Database Availability Groups

Here we create Database Availability Groups:

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Database Availability Groups

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Database Availability Groups | New

 

Servers | Virtual Directories

Here is the Virtual Directories configuration page and the settings for the ECP web site:

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Virtual Directories

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Virtual Directories | General

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Virtual Directories | Authentication

 

Servers | Certificates

The Certificates category is initially populated with self-signed certificates:

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Certificates

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Certificates | General

Exchange 2013 | Servers | Certificates | Services

 

Hybrid

The last EAC category is the one for Hybrid deployments.

Exchange 2013 | Hybrid

 

Final Tips

Today we completed our visual tour of the Exchange 2013 Administration Center. Here we looked at the changes in Public Folders. We also looked at Unified Messaging, Servers, and Hybrid showing how many of the Exchange 2010 settings got relocated.

 

References

Exchange 2013 Administration Center in Pictures (Part 2)

Exchange 2013 Administration Center in Pictures (Part 1)

Exchange 2013 Preview Installation

 

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