- Learn PowerShell and the Exchange Management Shell. PowerShell (formerly Monad), a management framework that combines a command line shell with a scripting language. PowerShell has been around since 2006 and is currently up to version 5. Exchange Management Shell (EMS) is an extensible command line interface for Exchange Server Management that sits on top of PowerShell. Learning how to use PowerShell and EMS are important to our jobs as Exchange Server 2013 Administrators. Unlike in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, where local Windows PowerShell is used, a Windows PowerShell snap-in for Exchange isn't loaded for Exchange 2013. PowerShell connects to the closest Exchange 2013 server using a required component called Windows Remote Management 3.0, performs authentication checks, and then creates a remote session for you to use. There are plenty of resources available online for you to learn more about PowerShell.
- Know the hardware Exchange Server 2013 is deployed on. If you are deploying Exchange Server 2013 at your location on purchased servers, you need to evaluate the following: Memory, CPU and disk space. You will need to purchase Client Access Servers and Mailbox servers. Investing in an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is highly recommended to allow you to properly shutdown the Exchange servers in case of a power outage. If you are going with Exchange Online and Office 365, the data center provides the hardware and will have the ability to scale out and scale up as needed. They will also have UPS for the servers in the data center.
- Review and Use the new Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator(formerly Exchange Storage Calculator) This tool from Microsoft is essential in giving us recommendations for:
- Deploying dedicated server roles, the minimum number of Client Access Processor Cores, minimum number of Client Access Servers and memory in each server.
- Deploying Multi-role servers(Client Access and Mailbox) The Client Access Role will be accounted for in the memory and CPU recommendations.
Download the latest version of the Exchange 2103 Server Role Requirements Calculator here.
We will be publishing an additional group of tips for Exchange Server 2013 Administrators so look out for it soon. If you have any thoughts, opinions or comments feel free to share them below.