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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Setting email address policies (part 2)

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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.

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Rename and move the default mailbox database and logs (part 3)

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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.

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Change mailbox size limits (part 4)

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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.

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Create a send connector (part 5)

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Following on from the previous post Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Change mailbox size limits (Part 4), in the fifth part of the series I’ll look at creating a send connector.

By default when you install Exchange 2013 it does not have a send connector, only receive connectors. To be able to send outbound email to other domains you need a send connector.

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Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Set the offline address book (part 6)

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Following on from the previous post Exchange 2013 Initial Configuration Settings: Create a send connector (Part 5), in the sixth part of the series I’ll look at creating a setting the offline address book.

The offline address book (OAB) is used by Outlook clients using cached mode for address lookups when the clients are offline.

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How to install Exchange 2013 (SP1) on Windows Server 2012 R2

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Exchange 2013  SP1 was released in February this year providing support for Windows Server 2012 R2. In this blog we’ll run through the installation process.

The demo environment I am using includes a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controller and a Server 2012 R2 member server.

In the demo environment no previous versions of Exchange have been installed so as part of the installation the Exchange 2013 SP1 we will upgrade the AD Schema, even if you are running Exchange 2013, the installation of SP1 requires a Schema update. Note in this scenario we are going to jump straight to installing Exchange 2013 SP1, without installing Exchange 2013 first.

Finally before we start, always test in a demo environment before deploying in Production!

I hope this walk through helps.

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