Microsoft Exchange Server is the exchange, address book, conferencing and scheduling platform of Microsoft. It is usually deployed on the Windows Server OS (winstation) for commercial usage. Microsoft designed Exchange Server as a solution to give internet users access to their mail, calendar, contacts and other communication tools over the internet. In short, this server is a mail client with advanced features that can be customized according to user needs. This platform has various components including Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Sharepoint Online and Microsoft Visio Office Products.
Microsoft Exchange Server consists of two main components:
Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Sharepoint Online. These components work together to allow users to manage their business emails, contacts and messages from any location. With the help of this Microsoft Sharepoint online application users can organize their shared business information into a virtual address book that can be accessed from any location. Moreover, with this type of service provider, businesses can also benefit from the latest trends in communication technology like the cloud, web mail or even mobile emails.
Microsoft Sharepoint is an enterprise-level platform developed as part of the Microsoft Office Suite, specifically for internet intranet users. It can be used as an extensible platform for web applications and online document management services. Sharepoint allows users to create and share documents and share information among other online users through the web portals created by them. Some of the important features of this server operating system are: it is mostly free software, it is an enterprise solution, it provides centralized storage and processing of large volumes of data, it helps in integration of various applications such as email servers, social networks, calendars and other sites and it supports the development of new web applications.
Microsoft SharePoint is one of the most popular and widely used servers nowadays.
It was introduced as a replacement for the then popular Microsoft Lotus Notes and later on it was improved and enhanced with great efforts. Microsoft SharePoint comes with great benefits for organizations like: it is very flexible and allows the business to build high-end and highly personalized websites, it helps in email client connectivity and enables fast content loading on the web. In the past, it was difficult for organizations to access the application on different platforms like Macs, PCs and other gadgets. In order to overcome these difficulties, Microsoft developed and released the load Balancing technology which improves the performance of the SharePoint servers. This technology makes sure that the loads are distributed and are evenly spread across all the computers connected to a single SharePoint browser and server.
In order to make it more efficient, load balancing has been introduced and Microsoft has also incorporated the “red zone” feature. The red zone is a separate set of servers located on different geographical locations which are not supposed to be connected to each other and are hence ignored by the other servers. This effectively divides the client connections and distributes the load amongst them. Each of these server groups is assigned with a certain role like displaying an icon, displaying a list of objects, updating an item or creating a new item. This way, the client connections are not affected and everything runs smoothly. So, the Sharepoint applications and websites are rendered without any delays.
Another great innovation made by Microsoft Exchange Server 2021 is the “third-site witness”. A third-site witness is a server which does the role of load balancing but doesn’t actually participate in the exchange traffic. It monitors the requests sent and received by the other nodes and distributes them accordingly. The result is that your e-mail, calendar and contacts are never offline and always active. The following figure shows how this system works:
As soon as the two nodes are booted, the first node sends the request to the second node. Once it receives the request, it will also send back an acknowledgement. If the request was denied, the second node returns an error. In the dacp bit, the exchange loads the request from the secondary exchange and sends it to the first node.
Microsoft Exchange Server also included several server control features like the ability to enable or disable messages, create or remove auto responders, set the permission for a message to be delivered to multiple recipients and so on.
- However, you can also test your messages in the browser of Microsoft Exchange Server by using the Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail simulator, which is available free of charge.
- You can also test your application in the test environment provided by Microsoft Exchange Server.
- So, if you are not sure about the performance of your application in the data center, you can always try to test it in the data centers and see the difference for yourself.