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What’s New in Exchange Server 2019

Microsoft Exchange 2019 Vector ArtBenefits of Upgrading to Microsoft Exchange Server 2019

Released in October of 2018, Exchange Server 2019 is Microsoft’s proprietary mail and calendar server software. There are a number of changes, updates, and features that come with this new iteration of Exchange Server to further support users and organizations as the workplace evolves.

There are many reasons to upgrade to Exchange Server 2019. Detailed below is information about what’s new when deploying Exchange 2019.

Upgrading to Exchange 2019 from Exchange 2016

Updates to Security

Exchange Server 2019 comes with a number of security updates when migrating from Exchange 2016, such as:

Updates to Performance

Updates to Client Features

Upgrading to Exchange 2019 from Exchange 2013

If you are upgrading to Exchange 2019 from use of Exchange 2013, some of the updates are more significant. With advancements in CPU power, as well as drops in cost to reduce constraints to access, the primary design for Exchange 2019 was to utilize these advances to grant users a better experience.

Architecture in Exchange 2019

With Exchange 2019, Microsoft has reduced the number of server roles to two things: the Mailbox, and Edge Transport roles.

Unified Messaging (UM) has been removed from Exchange 2019. Otherwise the Mailbox server includes all server components from Exchange 2013 Mailbox and Client Access roles.

Edge Transport is normally deployed to a perimeter network outside of the Active Directory. The intent is to minimize the attack surface of Exchange deployment. It handles internet-facing mail flow and adds additional layers of protection and security to prevent viruses and spam. It can also apply mail flow and transport rules to control the flow of messages.

This new Mailbox can also allow proxy traffic from Exchange 2013 servers to Exchange 2019 to give more flexibility regarding how to move to Exchange 2019.

Client differences in Exchange 2019

There are many new client features in Exchange 2019. These features are designed to keep up with the current trends and needs to ensure companies have features at their disposal to better communicate in the workplace. Some of these features are more robust than others, but all are useful additions in the changing world of technology.

Office 365 Hybrid Use

Microsoft has made strides into moving their application to cloud-based technologies. However, you may still choose to configure a hybrid deployment in Exchange 2019. Doing so will prompt a download to install the wizard as a small app. This will function similarly to previous versions of Exchange, with a few additional benefits:

Additionally, multi-forest hybrid deployments are being simplified via Azure Active Directory Connect (AADConnect), introducing management agents to ease synchronizing multiple on-premises Active Directory forests with a single tenant of Office 365.

Updated Message and Compliance Features

Exchange Server 2019 comes with several improved and brand-new additions to their message policy and compliance features. These are to comply with business standards and industry regulations that have occurred, and as such have been implemented to meet those requirements.

With major changes to interface and integration, Exchange 2019 is providing a lot to allow organizations to take full advantage of emerging and existing technologies. To learn more about deploying Exchange Server 2019, or migrating from earlier versions of Exchange, you can contact LG Networks’ IT Help Desk/Desktop Support. Click here to schedule a consultation, or call us at 972-528-6546.

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