At the end of this video, the student will learn how to access and utilize the Exchange admin center. The EAC is where administrators can access and manage their Exchange server.
- [Instructor] You're in Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. Let's take a look at the Exchange Admin Center to see the different categories we have and what we can set up and manage in Exchange Server. We access Exchange Admin Center by going to the name of our domain followed by /ecp for Exchange Control Panel, which was the old name of the Exchange Admin Center in 2013. Let's go ahead and sign in.
The Exchange Admin Center is where administrators can access and manage their Exchange Server. Up to Exchange Server 2010 there was a graphical user interface, which was a program that was installed on the server, but now we access everything using the built-in Exchange Admin Center website after we install Exchange. Based on the type of access we have we will see various different categories on the left hand side. Now in our case we logged in as the administrator, so we're going to see all the different categories that are installed with Exchange Server.
In an upcoming video I'm going to demonstrate how to create another Exchange Server administrator, but with lesser roles and rights, so you won't see quite as many options on the left hand side when you're not logged in with all of the administrative rights. In this course we're going to go over most of these different options, but in this video we're going to focus on the three main areas and that is going to be the servers option, the mail flow, and the recipients.
Let's start by clicking on servers. When we click on servers we're going to see the servers option at the top left and here we see the name of our two servers, EXCHANGE2 and EXCHANGE3. You can also see the roles that they contain and in this case they both have the Mailbox and the Client Access role. In Exchange Server 2016 the Mailbox role includes the Client Access, whereas in previous versions it was a separate role.
So even though we only installed the Mailbox role in a previous video in our Deploying Exchange Server course it actually shows up as the Client Access along with it, as it is now a subrole to the Mailbox role. You can also see to the right hand side the Version of Exchange Server that we are running. And if we click on databases we can see the databases that we have installed on these two servers. Now in this case we've installed a database on EXCHANGE2 and a database on EXCHANGE3, and if we expand the left hand side we can see the names of those databases.
We can also click on the pencil, which gives us the Edit option, and it shows us various different options that we can change in the database. We will be editing a lot of those options in upcoming videos in this course. Let's click on database availability groups. This shows us a high availability group that we created in a previous video in our Deploying Exchange course. Not all Exchange deployments are going to have high availability, you need multiple servers and you need storage that is equal to each server in the database availability group.
You can certainly run Exchange without high availability, you just don't have the redundancy in case one of the nodes goes down. Let's click on virtual directories. Virtual directories are directly tied to IIS, which is Internet Information Server. This is the built-in web server in Windows Server 2012 or whatever version you are running Exchange Server on. The default settings are set up in a way that makes this all very functional and there is no reason to make any changes, unless you are having some sort of problems that you need to troubleshoot.
Let's move onto certificates. Certificates are installed by default, but they're all self-signed in internal certificates, which are not going to be trusted by our Outlook 2016 Client, so we're gonna need to install a public certificate, which you can see we have here where it says mail.clickvideo.org. These certificates can be purchased from various different companies, such as DigiCert, GoDaddy, and others. Let's move onto our next category, which is going to be mail flow.
We're going to focus on a few options at the top and the first one is going to be accepted domains. This is the list of different email domains that you will receive email on. So in our case we have two, we have the built-in internal that was installed using the Active Directory name, and we have the clickvideo.org, which our public email domain. You can add as many as you want, and you also don't even need to have any public ones if you're just going to send internal email to each other.
However, if you are going to send email out to the internet or going to receive email from internet sources you are going to need a public name that you can register at various different registrars, such as Network Solutions, register.com, et cetera. The next area we're going to focus on is receive connectors. There are five receive connectors and by default they're already created and typically you only need to go in and edit each one to make sure that you have the security set the way you want.
Such as, in most cases, you'll want to have the Anonymous users option checked, so people can send and receive without using a username and password from the outside as people send email inbound. If you want to only allow specific users with a username and password to send email to your users then you can uncheck that. Next we have the send connectors, and by default there is no send connectors, so we created this in a previous video in our Deploying Exchange course.
And if we edit the outbound connector we created we can see various different options that we used, such as we set up so there is no authentication needed to send outbound email. You may choose to change that to the Exchange Server authentication, or Externally secured. That would give you additional security, but add additional layers of responsibility on the users every time they wanted to send an outbound email. If we click on scoping we can see that our Address space for sending outbound email is set to this * that you see here.
That means we can send email out to anyone. And if we double-click on that we can see the Type is Simple Mail Transport Protocol, or SMTP. We also see at the bottom the Source server is EXCHANGE2, meaning that all outbound email is going to go out EXCHANGE2. We can add EXCHANGE3 if we want and that way if EXCHANGE2 is down all email can get sent out an alternate Exchange Server. In an upcoming video we'll show how to create custom address spaces and set up smart hosts.
We have many exciting videos coming up in our Microsoft Exchange 2016 Administration course. We're going to be heavily relying on our Exchange Admin Center, which is where administrators go to manage their Exchange Server 2016 environment.
Need to set up Exchange Server for the first time? Check out Robert's previous course, Deploying Exchange Server 2016.
Note: This course maps to the certification exam for Exchange Server 2016. Review the course and exam blueprint for the Exchange Server 13 exam here and here.
- Reviewing the Exchange Control Panel
- Managing the Mailbox role
- Configuring permissions and delegates
- Managing and troubleshooting mail transport
- Troubleshooting SMTP mail flow and domain security
- Designing an Exchange SLA
- Backup and recovery
- Planning high availability
- Troubleshooting connectivity