This will be a quick post and one of the easiest steps in setting up your Exchange environment. In this seventh part of the series I’ll look at where to enter the product key for Exchange 2013.
Unless you deploy lots of Exchange 2013 servers, licensing an Exchange 2013 server may be something you only do once so here’s a quick guide on applying the license key in the Exchange admin center and via the Exchange Management Shell.
Once the license is applied you’ll need to restart the Information Store.
Following on from a previous post on How to install Exchange 2013 SP1, in this multi-part series I’ll look at the initial configuration steps to get Exchange 2013 sending and receiving emails.
The demo environment I am using includes a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller and a single Windows Server 2012 R2 member server running Exchange 2013 installed using the instructions in the link above.
In the demo environment no previous versions of Exchange have been installed so we are setting up everything from scratch.
Following on from previous posts on How to install Exchange 2013 SP1 and Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings, in this first part of a series of posts I’ll look at setting the SMTP accepted domain.
By default when you install Exchange 2013 the default accepted domain will be the fully qualified domain name of the Active Directory domain you installed the server into.
In my demo environment the AD domain is ad.oxfordsbsguy.com, so the default accepted domain is ad.oxfordsbsguy.com. Obviously we want to remove the ad part of the address to hide the internal ad structure and make the actual email address more useable, so let’s look at adding another accepted domain.
Following on from the previous post Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Setting SMTP accepted domains (Part 1) , in this second part of a series I’ll look at setting up an email address policy.
Until you create a new email address policy any recipients (users, resources, contacts, groups) you create will get their email address from the default email address policy. Therefore we’ll create a new email address policy with settings that we want before creating new recipients.
Another reason for having it in place before you create recipients is in large environments applying an email address policy can take a long time depending on the number of recipients it effects.
Following on from the previous post Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Setting default email address policies (Part 2), in the third part of the series I’ll look at renaming the mailbox database.
To help with Exchange Server management it is important to keep things as simple and logical as possible, and a properly named mailbox database can greatly aid in the administration of the server. Give it a unique descriptive name to your company for example e.g. OxSBSEngineeringMailbox01 or OXSBS-MBX-Execs-01, and once you have created a naming convetion stick to it.
In this example because I mostly work with SMEs who have one mailbox database so I’m going to call our database OxfordSBSGuy-Users-MBX01 for to me this means OxfordSBSGuy Users Mailbox Database 01.
Following on from the previous post Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Rename and move the default mailbox database and logs (Part 3), in the forth part of the series I’ll look at changing mailbox size limits.
Nowadays with storage reasonably cheap, mailbox size limits can be considerably bigger than the default 2GB, and the actual mailbox size limit you impose is more determined by practical management (backup and restore) than software / hardware limitations.
If you are doing a migration from another mail system and importing email, I’d advise removing or increase the mailbox size limits dramatically so that the import process isn’t halted by a small mailbox size limit.