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Exchange Server 2019 is considered an extension of Exchange 2016 as it has not brought any significant changes in the overall setup. Still, it has changed many security, performance, and client-based features, making managing mailboxes more secure and quicker. With each new version of Exchange Server, Microsoft brings some better changes to its central email server. Microsoft also advises users to move their mailboxes to the latest version of Exchange to take the benefits of newer features.
Exchange 2016 to 2019 Migration Guides
In each aspect of email management, Exchange 2019 has made the following upgrades:
Security is the focal point of Exchange 2019, and it has several new features for increasing the stability and security of mailbox data.
So, you have decided to move from older versions of Exchange Server to the latest Exchange Server 2019. You may be contemplating adopting the new version entirely and decommissioning the older one, but before going for full deployment, there are several considerable checkpoints that you should review. Deploying Exchange Server 2019 will change your email management completely.
We are presenting you some of the critical components of Exchange that you should check in your current version of Exchange Server.
Exchange 2019 supports only two kinds of server roles –
The installation of Exchange Server 2019 will change the Active Directory schema based on its supported attributes and objects. If you have multiple departments and users in your organization, ask the Active Directory management team to update the schema. It may take numerous hours and days to complete.
Microsoft recommends you test the schema update before installation and take the backup of Active Directory.
Exchange requires Transport Layer Certificates as they help to protect email communication between clients and servers. Some third-party certificate authorities can provide you with their certificates; they can be private or self-signed certificates.
You should check which certificate will be suitable for Exchange Server 2019.
Office Online Server enables the Exchange accounts connected in Outlook on the Web to view attachments without downloading them. Although Exchange 2019 accounts do not require such a feature, you can enable it manually.
A split Domain Name System is an important feature where you can configure different IP addresses for your organization. They can come from different sources like internal, external, or third-party. Exchange Server 2019 can be deployed in this Split DNS configuration, and it will help the users work smoothly after creating mailboxes.
Exchange Server 2019 is accessible to various Outlook clients. The following is a list –
All the applications should be updated with the latest service packs, and it will provide the best user experience for Exchange 2019 mailboxes.
When you have installed Exchange Server 2019, you can migrate your mailboxes from on-premises to Office 365 or vice-e-versa. It provides a single environment and look & feel to Exchange users present on both on-premises and Exchange Online.
These parts of the Exchange Server should be checked before Exchange 2019 installation. If you plan all these features, it will be easy to verify hardware and software prerequisites for Exchange. It will also help in assigning required permissions.