Microsoft Exchange Server Training
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 forms the basis of Microsoft's communications platform, combining mailboxes, calendars and internet telephony across a range of devices, whilst providing control for deployment options, on-site, in the cloud or a hybrid of the two.
The latest edition of Exchange Server seeks to address three key areas for a communications platform, security, control, and device compatibility. In terms of security Microsoft strives to prevent both external threats to security and limit the possibilities of data leakages from your enterprise's networks. Externally this is achieved through built in defences against malware, spam and phishing attacks. The internal security systems revolve around two components, with automated Data Loss Prevention monitoring and protecting sensitive information whilst informing Outlook users about any potential policy breaches. Additionally the new eDiscovery Center can be used to hold and analyse data from multiple sources, reducing the need for separate stores of data.
High levels of control are extended to both users and management, starting with a seamless transition to cloud infrastructure, along with the ability to share calendars regardless of the environment of users' mailboxes. Management tools are packaged together in the Exchange Administration Centre, allowing for control capabilities to be managed more simply, along with giving specialist users and helpdesk staff the ability to perform some tasks that previously would require administrative permissions.
Exchange allows for the greatest number of features to be enjoyed by end users across a variety of devices. Outlook and SharePoint can be utilised to allow for collaboration between team members with co-authoring and storage of documents along with messaging. Further plug-in access can be added to web-apps allowing for single sign-in to multiple applications across devices, allowing for greater productivity and a simplified administration structure.
Microsoft Exchange Server offers a number of potential benefits as a communications platform starting with its ease of deployment and maintenance. The latest iteration of Exchange Server is fully integrated into Microsoft's cloud computing model and remains flexible, allowing for deployment across varied platforms, from a fully cloud based solution to on-site. The installation and upgrade process has also been simplified with custom instructions for the most popular deployment options. Maintenance has also been similarly streamlined, with the introduction of a single application system, the Exchange Administration Center. This brings new functionality, such as the ability to designate permissions to specialist users without giving them full Exchange management permissions, allowing for better feature management according to job function.
Exchange Server is also a leader in terms of security, aimed at an environment with end users on a variety of different devices. Tools are introduced to ensure mobile device security, with approved mobile device lists, PIN locks and the ability to remove company data from lost devices. Data Loss Prevention is improved with greater identification power to identify sensitive information and prevent users from sending content to unauthorized people. To simplify secure storage an In-Place Archive is available for end users, providing a user friendly experience whilst maintaining centralised storage of important data.
Exchange Server also offers one of the most cost effective solutions without sacrificing always on capabilities. The nature of Exchange's "building block" model allows for simplified deployment at all scales, allowing for greater high availability than was previously possible whilst also bringing additional client load balancing capabilities at some scales. Built in monitoring and managed availability provide self-healing to recover from failure automatically. With support for multiple databases per volume as well as improved load-balancing options Exchange Server allows for the most cost effective use of computing resources whilst also improving flexibility and scaling options. To further improve cost effectiveness Exchange Server allows for the use of larger and typically less expensive storage disks.
Whilst Exchange 2013 helps simplify the structure of your communications platform there is still the need for trained employees for proper deployment and maintenance. To transfer to cloud computing models it is also useful to have certified employees to ensure that this shift is made in as smooth a manner as possible. Training ensures that personnel are more familiar with the technologies they work with and can help speed up transition from older technologies and the deployment of new infrastructure. A better service should be available to end-users, with reduced downtime allowing for greater productivity in other elements of your organisation.
With more trained and experienced staff comes the ability to undertake larger scale infrastructure changes and projects in a more cost efficient manner. Better trained staff will be able to deploy and maintain more complex systems with greater speed and ease than would otherwise be possible.
Training allows employers to have confidence that their staff will be able to fulfil their roles in an efficient manner, without needing external contractors, lending a degree of credibility to individuals and teams as a whole in being able to deliver high level services. The knowledge that your staff can perform to the highest standards lends productivity and efficiency advantages over competitors.
As an IT professional training ultimately leads to the acquisition of certifications that recognise your technical expertise. This is the key to gaining visibility in the currently highly competitive marketplace for IT professionals, with certifications giving an edge over other candidates for positions involving the use of Exchange Server. More details of the job markets for specific technologies or certifications can be seen at IT Jobs Watch.
Certification can also translate directly into opportunities for career advancement, both in terms of qualifying for higher level positions but also as a way of gaining access to the community of certified Microsoft professionals, allowing you to make contact with potential employers and seek advice regarding future certification options. IT professionals also gain an average 9 per cent salary increase immediately after receiving certification, and 29 per cent over the long term, against those who are not certified. (CompTIA, Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, Jan 2011)
If you manage or implement enterprise level communications solutions with Exchange Server then you may want to consider obtaining either Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification, or other certifications relating to older versions of Exchange Server.
The only current certification relating to Exchange Server 2013 is the MCSE Messaging certification, allowing for specialisation that builds upon the previous skillset obtained from MCSA Windows Server 2012. Certifications for Exchange Server 2012 follow the retired naming pattern and demonstrate a strong set of skills required to further your professional career with these technologies.
To view information & other resources for the certifications offered by Microsoft select from the options below:
MCSE Messaging is intended for those looking for positions in network and communications systems administration, with an emphasis on cloud readiness, data security and user flexibility.
Other Exchange Sever certifications are intended for those working with the 2010 iteration of Exchange Server who want to establish or further enhance their professional skills.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
Public Scheduled and On-Site Courses (delivered on customer site)
- M20341 - Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
- M20342 - Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Public Scheduled and On-Site Courses (delivered on customer site)
- M10135 - Configuring, Managing and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
- M10233 - Design and Deploy Messaging with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
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