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New Microsoft Exchange: Advantages and Disadvantages

New Microsoft Exchange: Advantages and Disadvantages

January 17
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Microsoft Exchange is one of the leading corporate email technologies for big and small businesses. Exchange handles much of the email routing and configurations needed to look professional as a business. Email is almost expected by most customers, so it’s important to offer some kind of digital communications for customers to email concerns, support questions and communications with employees. Your business might be tempted to keep older versions of Exchange, but it also might be time for an upgrade. The upgrade advantages depend on your current Exchange version.

Better Admin Console

Most admins are talking about the new administration console available in Microsoft Exchange 2013. The Exchange console has had many changes, and with each change, admins criticized the difficulty of the new layout. With Exchange 2013, Microsoft incorporated many of the advantages of old systems and removed the disadvantages.

The new admin center has a simple navigation panel with options to the left, and a list of users, configurations and settings on the right. This also makes it easier for new admins to learn the interface. The new Exchange also integrates with Microsoft Powershell, which is a convenient tool for setting up automation.

Introduction to New Roles

Roles are a way for admins to segment users into specific groups. These roles also control access and block users from specific, private information. Exchange 2013 has new roles to control user access, and these roles make it easier for administrators to segment user access.

Need a Better Server

Server hardware is under the disadvantage category. If your company doesn’t already have the server hardware to support the new Exchange, then it’s expensive to upgrade. Exchange needs good servers to support its need for good memory and CPU speed. If you don’t have the hardware, Exchange can slow down and cause issues for users.

Upgrades and Maintenance

Microsoft is known for its upgrades and patches, and part of the disadvantages of Exchange is the need for upgrades. Administrators must always keep track of the latest server upgrades, so they can install the latest patches. These patches take care of some of the malware and bugs that target email servers.

Exchange is a great way to handle corporate email, but it comes with an expense. If your corporate needs an upgrade, Microsoft Exchange can be the perfect way to create a new, fast email server that has a great GUI for administrators to easily handle large email volume.

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