Understanding Exchange Server 2010 – A Beginner’s Choice Part 1

Understanding Exchange Server 2010 - A Beginner's Choice Part 1

Exchange 2010 - A Brief overview

As per the request from many of my friends, I'm starting a new series which will be updated along with the other series, this series is focused more on basics of Exchange Server 2010.
And main creteria remains to keep it as small and simple as possible, And for those who wish to learn on deeper level I will make sure to provide technet urls as reference.

So lets get started.

And to start with, lets speak about different roles of Exchange Server 2010.

Exchange 2010 Server is Role Based, which means it comes in following 5 server roles:

Mailbox Server
In simpler term, this server hosts Mailboxes and public folders.

Client Access Server
This is the server that hosts the client protocols, such as Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3), Internet Message Access Protocol 4 (IMAP4), Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS), Outlook Anywhere, Availability service, and Autodiscover service. The Client Access Server also hosts Web services.

Unified Messaging Server
This is the server that connects a Private Branch eXchange (PBX) system to Exchange 2010.

Hub Transport Server
This is the mail routing server that routes mail within and outside* the Exchange organization.
* Default configuration is to route mails within the organisation.

Edge Transport Server
This is the mail routing server that typically sits at the perimeter of the topology and routes mail in to and out of the Exchange organization.

One can choose to install Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role, Client Access Server Role, Hub Transport Server Role and Unified Messaging Server Role all on one server or on seperate servers.

Yes, i know some will have a question in mind, hey, you missed Edge Transport Server Role.
Actually not, that role cannot  be installed along with any other roles, and needs seperate server.

To know more about these in dept please refer to the below TechNet urls

Understanding Mailbox Server

Understanding Client Access

Understanding Unfied Messaging

Understanding Hub Transport

Understanding Edge transport

So thats about the different Roles of Exchange.
We will be talking more about overview in the next parts and finally step into Installation and Configurations.

So, Stay Tuned!

Comments (9)

  1. Anonymous says:

    can anyone tell me how to create a blog here?

    1. Dylan J says:

      Only Microsoft staff are able to create blogs. Perhaps it’s worth checking out the technet wiki site 🙂

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  4. Ed (DareDevil57) says:


  5. kumar says:

    i need information about how checksum is calculated inside the logical pages in exchange server 2010 ?

  6. Prakash says:

    I want to complete below topics , any suggestion please ?

    1) Microsoft Exchange Basics

    2) Microsoft Exchange 2003/2007/2010 Fundamentals

    3) Microsoft Exchange 2003/2007/2010 prerequisite (H/W and S/W)

    4) Understanding of Exchange 2007/2010 server roles

    5) Understanding Public Folders

    6) Understanding of Exchange Database Structure

    7) Exchange Server Monitoring

    8) Monitoring System Performance

    9) Microsoft Exchange 2003/2007/2010 Server Monitoring

    10) Exchange Backup Monitoring

    11) Server Mail queue Monitoring.

    12) Server Resource Monitoring.

    13) Creating Server and Usage Reports

    14) Managing Recipient Objects

    15) Working with Recipients, Groups, and Mailboxes

    16) Configuring Mail Contacts

    17) Configuring Resource Mailboxes

    18) Managing Recipient Objects

    19) Managing Mailboxes

  7. Abdul says:

    I would like to understand the course which is equivalent to Exchange admin (L3) or advance technology of Exchange or Messaging. Please let me know if you have any idea on this.

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