Link : Content Transformation Services + Interaction Management Services – CTS – (Business Logic layer in Exchange 2013)

What are CTS and IMS as referred in the Exchange 2013 architecture slides ?


(XSO = Exchange Server Object – structure i.e. properties, attributes, methods associated with the the Exchange Server Object into the AD for example)

CTS = Content Transformation Services + IMS = Interaction Management Services both part of the FAST search engine, acquired by Microsoft years ago.

In summary:

- CTS (referred on the E2013 slides) = Workflow that prepares the DATA (data side) to be indexed

- IMS (not referred above but good to know)= Workflow that processes the searches requests and that sends the search results back to the user.

- XSO = Exchange Server Object


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