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Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, 2nd Edition by Vladimir Meloski, Byron Wright, Brian Svidergol, Clifton Leonard

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Chapter 8Understanding Server Roles and Configurations

Exchange Server 2016, similarly to Exchange Server 2013, 2010, and 2007, provides a role-based installation procedure. This procedure provides only two server-role choices: the Mailbox server role and the Edge Transport server role. As discussed in previous chapters, the former Client Access, Hub Transport, and Unified Messaging server role functionalities from Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 and the Client Access role functionalities from Exchange Server 2013 have been now rolled into the Mailbox server role, providing a simplified installation process and deployment architecture. This chapter will discuss the server roles, their preferred deployment options, and the components installed with each role.

IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL LEARN TO:

  • Understand the importance of server roles
  • Understand the Exchange Server 2016 server roles
  • Explore server role configurations

The Roles of Server Roles

Although the concept of roles is not new, the number of roles available in Exchange Server 2016 has changed from previous versions. In Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010, you had five roles to select from during installation: Mailbox, Hub Transport, Client Access, Unified Messaging, and Edge Transport. In Exchange Server 2013, the number of roles was reduced to three: Mailbox, Client Access, and Edge Transport; in Exchange 2016, it has been reduced to only two, Mailbox and Edge Transport. All of the components of the Client ...

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