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Exams 70-076, Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 5 and 70-081, Implementing and supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, are elective MCSE exams.

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The Microsoft Exchange Server exam is noted as one of the most difficult MCSE exams available. It is not recommended to take this exam unless you already support Exchange Server. Hands-on experience with this product is a must! If you don't have hands-on experience, we strongly suggest you combine reading Self-Study books along with taking an approved course. Concentrate on studying disaster recovery, internet connectivity, and migration. Troubleshooting knowledge is also very helpful.

 

Introduction
Businesses today rely on their messaging and collaboration servers more than ever before. This reliance means that you do not just need a way to send e-mail or create workgroup software, you also need a comprehensive messaging platform that includes the tools necessary to create rich collaboration applications. Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 offers the features that make it the messaging platform to choose.

A Solid Messaging Foundation
A messaging platform should have a solid foundation that is scalable, reliable, and secure. It should also have services and a support organization that can manage your department needs as well as the needs of your whole company. Exchange Server 5.5 provides these features so you can create your messaging platform with confidence.

Scalability

bulletUnlimited message store. Exchange Server provides an unlimited message store that removes the restraints on the number of users and the amount of data that a single server can manage. The only limit is your hardware.
bulletSingle-instance message store. You can maximize your hard disk space with a single-instance message store. This provides a high performance level and eliminates the need for additional administrative work.
bulletSymmetric multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities. Exchange Server enables the hosting of thousands of users per server on Microsoft Windows NT® class hardware.
bulletHot backups. For your large server requirements, Exchange Server provides hot backup capability so you can copy your data without taking your server offline.
bulletFast backups. Backup performance has also been improved, with backup speeds of 25 gigabytes (GB) of data per hour. This is compared to the 2-3 GB per hour of typical systems.
bulletAutomatic detection. An Exchange Server infrastructure can automatically detect a new Exchange Server and add it to the data and directory replication schema.
bulletNative implementation of Internet standards. This implementation provides the fastest MAPI, POP3, IMAP4, and NNTP server so users don't have to wait for the server to respond to their requests.

Reliability

bulletTransacted message store. Each transaction is written to a log file using a write-ahead model, which updates the log file simultaneously when the transaction occurs. If a server quits working, you can replay the log and recover all server data up to the point of the problem.
bulletMicrosoft Cluster Server. A server cluster is a group of servers managed as a single system. This provides higher availability and easier manageability of data and applications, so users can keep working uninterrupted should a server stop working.
bulletServer Monitor. This utility monitors the health of your server and takes predetermined action in the event of a problem.
bulletLink Monitor. This utility proactively monitors links between sites, and to the Internet and X.400 cloud.
bulletDynamic rerouting. If a link anywhere in the system is unreachable, messages are rerouted through the next available link, without administrative intervention.
bulletMessage Tracker. Administrators can track messages anywhere in a LAN or WAN, or into the Internet or X.400 cloud using the message ID, recipient name, data sent, or sender name.

Security

bulletIntegration with the Windows NT Server security model. Each mailbox has a corresponding Windows NT user account, and Windows NT Server must authenticate users before they can access mailbox contents. In addition, users can take advantage of unified logon, using the same password for their Windows NT user account, Microsoft Exchange mailbox, and other network services. Using this, administrators can set password expiration dates, require users to use new passwords instead of recycled old passwords, and lock a user out after a set number of bad password attempts. You can setup Public Folders and discussion groups to use Windows NT Access Control Lists to determine who can or cannot access a folder.
bulletRemote Procedure Call (RPC) encryption and Secure Sockets Layer Protocol (SSL). Using RPC encryption or SSL over SMTP, data moving between the client and servers is encrypted. The type of encryption used depends on the client.
bulletMicrosoft Exchange Key Management Server (KMS). KMS manages digitally signed or encrypted individual messages. Once administrators assign keys, users can send digitally signed and encrypted messages to other users within the organization. KMS also provides Person to Person Key Exchange, key recovery, bulk creation and distribution of security keys, multiple administrative passwords, and integrated setup with Exchange Server.
bulletS/MIME and X.509 v3 certificate support. S/MIME support enables S/MIME-aware clients to send encrypted mail to each another through Exchange Server. X.509 v3 enables Exchange Server to accept and understand X.509 certificates issued by intranet certificate authorities.
bulletMessage transfer agents (MTAs). MTAs help determine if your mail reached its destination, and whether it was read.

Connectivity and Coexistence
Messaging and collaboration servers should provide integrated connectivity to the Internet, legacy messaging systems, and to client machines. Exchange Server provides the following features that create interoperability and openness in your messaging system.

Internet Support

bulletMulti-protocol server. Exchange Server implements Internet protocols directly into the message store.
bulletAdministrative wizards. These wizards make it easy to configure Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) and Network News Transport Protocol (NNTP), so that you can enable or disable protocols on a per-site, per-server, or per-mailbox basis.
bulletInternet Message Access Protocol (IMAP). You can use Microsoft Outlook® Express, Netscape Communicator, Pine, or Simeon to send and read mail through Microsoft Exchange. Exchange Server also makes it possible to maintain a server-based message store, so you can download copies of messages to a client computer.
bulletLightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) v3. The LADP v3. enables users with appropriate permissions to change selected directory attributes using an LDAP client.
bulletSSL over SMTP. Exchange Server enables you to encrypt connections between SMTP servers.
bulletSimple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL). The SASL requires that SMTP clients provide authentication before a client to server connection is established.
bulletMIME Encapsulation of Aggregate HTML Documents (MHTML). This feature encapsulates HTML content in MIME.
bulletExtended turn (ETRN) support. This makes it easier for servers and clients that rely on dial-up connections to receive their queued mail when they establish a connection on Exchange Servers that act as both an SMTP Client and an SMTP Server.

LAN and Host-based Connectivity

bulletConnectivity and directory replication. Exchange Server enables connectivity and directory replication of Microsoft Mail, Lotus cc:Mail, X.400, Lotus Notes, Lotus Domino v4.6, IBM OfficeVision/VM, Novell GroupWise, SNADS, and Unix SendMail.
bulletMigration tools. Exchange Server contains tools to migrate users and data from Microsoft Mail, Lotus cc:Mail, Novell GroupWise, Netscape Collabra, IBM OfficeVision/VM, PROFS, DEC All-in-One, Verimation MEMO, IMAP clients, and LDAP directories.
bulletSMTP smart-host. The SMTP smart-host enables Exchange Server to reroute SMTP mail to other hosts as required. It also acts as a messaging switch.
bulletInter-organization replication. Exchange Server enables different organizations to share directory as well as collaborative information between organizations.

Client Enhancements

bulletOutlook 98. The software provides e-mail, group scheduling, and task and contact management for 32-bit computers.
bulletOutlook for Microsoft Windows 3.x operating system. This version of Outlook uses the same user interface and provides interoperability with the scheduling, task, and contact environments found in the 32-bit version of Outlook.
bulletOutlook for Macintosh operating system. This version of Outlook contains e-mail interoperability improvements, calendar and group scheduling, custom forms, improved visuals and interface, and supports the most recent version of the Macintosh operating system (Mac OS 8.5).
bulletMicrosoft Outlook Web Access. Using any standard Web Browser, users can securely access and update not only their e-mail, but their calendar and contacts as well. Users can also access Exchange directory information so they can look up users and collaborative applications.
bulletHTML forms. Using an integrated Web application development system or an HTML authoring tool, users can create HTML forms that can be run from Outlook and displayed in the user's default browser window. Wizards are also included to aid in the conversion of Outlook forms into HTML.

Common, Familiar Tools for Collaboration
In today's information age, collaboration through computers is becoming more common. Exchange Server contains collaboration and development tools to help you develop a wide range of collaborative solutions.

Collaboration Tools

bulletMicrosoft Exchange Scripting Agent. This tool enables you to create simple event- or time-driven collaborative applications that are run on the server using Microsoft Visual Basic® Scripting Edition (VBScript) or JavaScript. This enables integration with Microsoft SQL Server™, so that you can send messages triggered by SQL Server events.
bulletMicrosoft Exchange Chat Service. This service is capable of hosting 10,000 simultaneous users for real-time chats. Users can participate in chats using any IRC or IRCX client. This service can be added to an Active Server Page (ASP), making it part of a more comprehensive Web-based application.
bulletInternet Locator Server (ILS). With this program, you can host meetings, conduct discussions, and collaborate on documents or projects online and in real time.
bulletOutlook 98. Outlook provides a rich development environment and object model so that users or developers can automate business processes as well as create electronic forms. Since this form environment is shared across all of Microsoft Office, any user can create templates in Outlook using their favorite Office application.

Development Tools

bulletActive Server Pages (ASP). ASP provides the ability to write Web-based applications that provide access to Exchange Server data using VBScript.
bulletCollaboration Data Object (CDO). CDO makes it possible to create more powerful Exchange ASP applications. The CDO library includes calendar objects, enabling users to access and work with personal and group schedules using Outlook Web Access. Microsoft Internet Information Server integration is also possible through CDOs, so that you can access all the Exchange resources through a Web browser.
bulletDesign Time Controls and Wizards. These controls and wizards make it easy to write Microsoft ASP applications.
bulletMicrosoft Visual InterDev®. This visual development tool can be used to create HTML forms and collaborative applications.
bulletActive Directory Services Interface (ADSI) support. Build applications based on Exchange today that can be integrated with Microsoft Windows® 2000 Server and the Active Directory as soon as it ships.
bulletOutlook forms. The Outlook 98 forms development environment supports a complete toolkit for writing and debugging VBScript. It includes both a debugger and object browser, enabling faster development of Outlook forms that use scripting to specify workflow behavior. These forms can also be used in Outlook 97.

Management and Administration
A messaging and collaboration system should be easy to manage and administer. The integrated diagnostics, remote management, and flexible directory support in Exchange Server 5.5 result in the easiest setup, configuration, and administration on the market.

Management Tools

bulletIntegration with Windows NT Server management tools. Windows NT tools, such as Performance Monitor and Event Log, are integrated with Exchange Server, making it possible for administrators to use the same tools for their network operating system and their messaging and collaboration server.
bulletServer Monitor. This utility proactively monitors server health and takes predetermined action in the event of a problem.
bulletLink Monitor. The link monitor proactively monitors links between sites, the Intranet, and the X.400 cloud.
bulletMessage Tracker. This utility provides the capability to track messages anywhere in the LAN or WAN, and into the Internet or X.400 cloud, based on a number of criteria.
bulletDeleted Item Recovery. Items in the deleted folder are flagged as deleted and hidden from the user's view for a period of time (determined by the administrator). A user can recover the deleted items any time during this period, allowing the administrator to focus on other responsibilities.
bulletSimple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) using industry standard MADMAN MIB and Address space scoping. This enables an administrator to more effectively manage traffic by restricting connectors for specific use on a per-site or per-server location basis.
bulletIntegration with Microsoft Systems Management Server. This integration enables the deployment of Exchange clients and Outlook clients to user desktops and the monitoring of client software for upgrades.
bulletMicrosoft Exchange Move Server Wizard. The Microsoft Exchange Move Server Wizard allows administrators in organizations that use Exchange Server to change the structure of, or information about, their site or organization.

Multiple Organization Hosting
This tool allows the Microsoft Exchange directory to be separated into virtual containers, each of which can include the members of an individual business unit. Access permissions can be set so only members of a container can view its contents.

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