Join David Elfassy for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting familiar with the Exchange admin center, part of Office 365: Administration.
- [Instructor] Few administrators would argue about the relevance and the importance of Exchange Online for Office 365. In fact, Office 365 was initially a suite of products that started with Exchange Online and an online version of Exchange Email Services. Many organizations have used Exchange as the primary driver for moving to Office 365. Microsoft recognizes that and that's why this infrastructure service, this email service is a backbone of Office 365 and at the center of most conversations that circle around Office 365.
In this course, we look in detail at the email services, how they are managed, implemented, and troubleshooted within Office 365. Now in order to manage your email services, we need to use a separate portal and that is the Exchange Admin Center. And if I click on the Exchange Admin Center that is available in the left-hand pane here, I will go ahead and access all of my Exchange Admin Services. And the Exchange Admin Center will be my central console for managing all of my Exchange email-specific configuration settings.
Now, any of you that have managed an on-premise deployment of Exchange Server 2013 has seen an interface that looks very much like this. Used to be called the Exchange Control Panel and in Exchange 2013, the Exchange Admin Center is a completely web-based management interface for your on-premises Exchange 2013. Now, the main difference between that interface, for on-premises, and this interface right here is we have a couple of missing menu options on the left. On the left-hand side, there's a menu option that allows you to manage databases and servers.
Well, being that we are now hosted in the cloud, we don't manage servers and we don't manage databases. All of that is managed within Office 365 by Microsoft. So what I'm left with is all my configurations for my mail flow, managing my users, managing permissions, compliance, anti-spam, security, and also public folders. This electrical dashboard of information that's stored and accessible through Outlook. I can also manage my mobile devices, manage their security policies, and all the configurations that are associated with those.
All of this is, again, through the Exchange Admin Center. Now, when I first go into my dashboard of my Exchange Admin Center, you'll notice that it's drastically different than the one you saw in Office 365. This is not providing me status, it's providing me pure links that will drill down to various configuration options. So, think of those as direct links, as opposed to having to browse through all the menu options on the left. You can click on any one of those and you will be brought to directly the right place where you can manage an Outlook Web App policy.
- Managing global subscription settings, domain names, and user settings
- Managing Exchange user mailboxes
- Implementing Exchange distribution and security groups
- Using a message trace
- Implementing Exchange rules
- Managing SharePoint compliance settings
- Managing Lync settings
- Using remote PowerShell to manage Office 365