July 25, 2012 2:34 PM
Posted by: Matt Gervais
, Exchange Server 2013
, Outlook 2013
It seems like just yesterday that the Exchange team announced that the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) would be returning. This morning I booted up my laptop, looked at my calendar and realized that it’s only two months away.
For those who haven’t heard, MEC was a long-slumbering conference — completely focused on Exchange and Exchange-related technologies — that is being revived for the first time in a decade. And the timing couldn’t be better. You’ve got the Exchange 2013 release coming up (the Exchange 2013 preview was recently made available for download), Office/Outlook 2013, and more companies are contemplating a move to Office 365 every day.
This conference is exciting for me personally because it’s the first show I’ll attend that is focused solely around the technology and people I edit and write for every day on SearchExchange.com. It’s always gratifying to speak to attendees who mention that they enjoys the work we do; whether it’s a tip or news feature or how they were able to fix a nagging problem thanks to the content on our site.
I’m looking forward to listening to and engaging speakers like Tony Redmond, J. Peter Bruzzese, Nicolas Blank, Scott Schnoll and everyone else from the Exchange team. I’m also really excited to (hopefully) speak with many of you. If you’ll be in Orlando, drop me an email, I’d love the chance to speak with you and hear about your experiences, problems, successes and whatever else is on your mind.
Until next time,
Site Editor, SearchExchange.com
July 17, 2012 7:43 PM
Posted by: Matt Gervais
Hello SearchExchange.com readers and welcome to our new blog. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and explain what we’re trying to accomplish here. As many of you may know from our homepage and my various articles, my name is Matt Gervais and I’m the site editor on SearchExchange.com.
With so many upcoming announcements, it’s a great time to start writing more about Exchange, Office 365, Outlook and all the in’s and out’s of the products. Also, now that Exchange 2013 and Outlook 2013 previews have been released and Office 365 is a year old, it’s going to be an exciting time for those that read SearchExchange.com.
Most importantly, I’m hoping for this to be an interactive blog. It’s always great to hear what you folks are working on, and what you find compelling. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @ExchangeTT if you have a topic you find interesting or a problem you need help fixing.
Looking forward to getting feedback on what you’re working on and what you find most interesting in the world of Exchange.
Matt Gervais, Editor for SearchExchange.com
July 17, 2012 6:55 PM
Posted by: Matt Gervais
Back in May at The Expert Conference 2012, Exchange GM Kevin Allison made four important points about the future of Exchange:
- Three generations are/will be using Exchange,
- Exchange needs to be both flexible and reliable,
- Exchange needs to offer “anywhere access,” and
- Security and compliance are critical.
With the release of the Exchange Server 2013 preview and accompanying preview notes, it seems Allison was letting on more than those in attendance could have known.
If you look at the first point at the “What’s new in Exchange 2013 preview” page, you’ll notice that the first bullet details “supporting a multigenerational workforce.” As the new, younger workforce relies on things like Facebook and Twitter, more seasoned users still rely primarily on email. Exchange 2013 will track users’ social communication and behavior, helping enhance search results in Exchange.
The documentation also points out that Exchange 2013 Preview provides a more resilient solution (see flexible and reliable above). Exchange 2013 has built upon Exchange 2010’s strengths and has been redesigned to simplify scalability, hardware utilization and failure isolation.
In regards to the “anywhere access” comment, not only has Outlook Web App been redesigned, but the mobile device experience has also been improved and all devices are supported.
Additionally, compliance tools have been seriously improved, allowing users to search across not only Exchange, but also SharePoint 2013 Preview, Lync 2013 Preview and Windows file servers.
Exchange Server 2013 server role architecture changes
One of the most interesting changes is that Exchange server roles have decreased from five down to two. Exchange 2010 included the client access server role, the hub transport server role, the edge transport server role, the mailbox server role and the unified messaging server role. Exchange 2013 consists of only the client access server (CAS) role and the mailbox server role.
Also, in acronym news, the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) has replaced both the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and the short-lived Exchange Control Panel (ECP). According to Microsoft documentation, public folder management is handled via the EAC, so I guess they really aren’t going anywhere.
What are your first impressions of Exchange 2013? Write me at email@example.com, I’d love to chat and hear your thoughts.
Till next time,