In this video, learn the physical and software requirements for the deployment of Exchange Server 2019. Without these requirements being met, the installation may not work and that could cause a significant delay in deployment.
- [Instructor] Prior to installing Exchange Server 2019, we need to meet certain minimum requirements. Let's start with the hardware. We need to have at least a 64-bit Intel processor, or a 64-bit AMD processor. A 32-bit processor is no longer an option for Exchange Server 2019. When we talk about RAM, this is also known as memory. The Mailbox server should have 128 gigabits, and the Edge Transport server should have 64 gigabit. There is no minimum RAM required. These are just recommendations, unlike the processor that does need to be at least 64-bit, and there's also going to be storage requirements that we'll talk about in just a minute. I would like to mention the two different server types that you see here for Exchange Server 2019. We see both a Mailbox server and an Edge Transport server. We're going to be demonstrating these two different types of servers in upcoming videos. However, the two different types of mail servers have different amounts of RAM as you see here for the recommendation. So what causes this great difference in the amount of RAM recommended between the two? The Mailbox server will store all of the email as well as serve up the email using either websites or using Outlook or mobile. The Edge Transport server is just a pass-through server after having the email scrubbed for spam and viruses and then sending it on to the Mailbox server. So it's not doing nearly as much as the Mailbox server is, which is why it doesn't need as much RAM. When it comes to storage, there's a minimum of 30 gigabits where Exchange Server 2019 is installed, and you need to have at least 200 megabits free on the system drive where Windows is installed. There's also a 500 megabit requirement for the Message Queue drive where the messages will be sitting and waiting to be delivered to the clients. When we go to format our file system, we need to be using NTFS on all storage. We could also use ReFS, which is the newer file system on Mailbox databases and logs, and this is optional. ReFS can handle much larger partition sizes, and also does run faster with auto-healing capabilities. If you decide to have your databases and logs on separate partitions than the Exchange Server 2019 installation itself, you can choose ReFS for a better experience. Now let's talk about software. First off we have to be using Windows Server 2019 to install our Exchange Server 2019. This is a newer requirement, as the beta version of Exchange Server 2019 did install on Windows Server 2016, but this is no longer the case while we're using the actual retail or release to manufacturing product. We also need to make sure that we're installing .NET 4.7.2. 4.7.1 is no longer going to work with Exchange Server 2019. And it is possible, as Exchange Server does upgrade throughout the next few years, you may be required to use a newer version. Fortunately, this is a free download from Microsoft at Microsoft.com. Make sure you have all the minimum and recommended requirements prior to installing Exchange Server 2019, so your deployment will go smoothly and avoid significant delays.
- Planning an Exchange Server deployment
- Installing Exchange
- Installing authentication certificates
- Configuring authentication methods
- Designing mail flow
- Configuring send and receive connections
- Configuring transport rules
- Creating database availability groups for HA
- Managing database cluster failover for HA
- Accessing Exchange using Outlook