The Evolution of Microsoft Exchange Training


Cathy Habas, Negosentro |  Microsoft exchange training is designed for IT professionals that are messaging administrators, architects, or consultants.  

It helps educate industry professionals on the design and deployment of the most recent Exchange Server, and includes previous Exchange Server versions as well.  

For those interested in getting certified in the most recent Exchange Server, it helps to have an understanding of how far the Exchange Servers have come since their inception.

That’s why today we are going to look at the evolution of Microsoft Exchange Servers.

Exchange Server 4.0

Introduced in 1996, this breakthrough Exchange Server was available for installation on the Windows NT Server 3.51.

At a time when the internet was just becoming public, users were able to connect their 4.0 Server to the internet and easily exchange emails with others using internet-connected email.

Exchange Server 5.0

One year later, the next Server version was released and installed on the OS Windows NT Server 4.0.

Supporting the first Outlook version released on Microsoft Office 97, this Exchange Server combined email, calendaring, and an address book.

Exchange Server 5.5

With better integration of email, calendaring, contacts, and tasks, this Exchange version provided an impressive 16GB of data storage.

It also came faster and easier to use, and was the active testing ground for Active Directory.  

Active Directory, part of Windows 2000’s architecture, featured a centralized system automating network management of user data, security, and distributed resources.

Exchange Server 2000

Requiring Windows 2000, this exchange Server used Active Directory for the Global Address Book (GAL).  

This intuitive release also featured drag & drop technology in the Outlook Web Access (OWA) email client, which mimicked the traditional Outlook email client, but was accessible on all devices whether equipped with Outlook or not.

Exchange Server 2003

This update was deemed one of the most important to the Exchange Server.  Here’s why:

  • Improved user experience with less downtime
  • Optimal performance in all areas
  • The ability to sync mobile devices to the Exchange Server

This version also introduced the Clustering service.  This service linked individual servers so that if one server failed, the workload shifted to another server and finished the task at hand.

Exchange 2007 Server

This new version of the Exchange introduced the 5 roles:  Schema Master, Domain Name Master, Infrastructure Master, Relative ID Master (RID), and PDC Emulator.

It also ended the front and backend concept, eliminated Routing Groups, and enabled anti-spam functionality.

Exchange 2010 Server

With the Exchange 2010 Server, the following features were released:

  • Role Based Access Control (RBAC).  Manage and set permissions.
  • Database Availability Group (DAG).  Continuous backup and replication technology.
  • Integrated Archiving Retention.  Archive old emails.

Additionally, the ability to re-send emails sent during a server failure was implemented so nothing went undelivered.

Exchange 2013 Server

As the exchange Servers continued to advance, this newest version came packed with functionality related to data loss prevention, built-in anti-malware, an Office 365 environment, and even apps for Microsoft Office for both Outlook and OWA.

Exchange 2016 Server

Receiving Microsoft exchange training will get you prepared to utilize the latest Exchange Server version.  

For example, OWA has officially been replaced with Outlook on the Web, it is easier to use SharePoint and OneDrive for collaboration, it has an advanced search functionality, it is cloud based, and it has increased reliability during failovers.

In the end, as a successful IT professional it is best to have a full understanding of the Exchange Servers that once were, so that when you receive training in the new versions, you can have a fuller appreciation for what technology has afforded users.

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