Exchange Server 2013 – Administration – Part 10

In part 10 of my series on the new Exchange Server 2013 RTM EAC, I will be covering the Server Tab. The Server tab is a centralized place to manage your server, databases, DAGs, Virtual Directories and Certificates. I find this tab to be most useful during setup of new Exchange 2013 Servers.

From the main screen you will see a list of your servers in the Exchange 2013 Environment. I cannot validate whether or not other versions of servers would be shown here as we are waiting for SP3 for Exchange 2010 and SP3 for Exchange 2007 which will allow coexistence.
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If you check the properties of your server, notice the ‘tabs’ on the left for different groups of properties for the server object [General, DAG/Databases,POP3, IMAP4, DNS, Transport Limits, Transport logs, Outlook Anywhere]:
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DAGs and Databases
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POP3
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IMAP4
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DNS Lookups
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Transport Limits
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Transport Logs
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Outlook Anywhere
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Configure External Access
From the same Server Tab you can configure External Access for your Exchange Servers. Click on the ‘wrench’ button after you highlight your server:
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This will bring up your configuration page for External Access.
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Add a server and modify the domain name you want to use:
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Database
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The menu items allow you to Add, Edit, Delete, Search, Refresh and Mount/’Dismount your databases:
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Let’s take a look at the database properties [Tabs – General, Maintenance, Limits and client Settings]:
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On the Limits tab, the only real change I noted here was the change of the limits to GB from MB from all previous versions of Exchange up to and including Exchange 2010.
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Client Settings, notice no Public Folder settings even though my environment has public folders.
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Now that we’ve looked at the properties of an existing database, let’s add a new database:
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Give the new database a name, database and log path.
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As you can see we have two databases now:
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Database Availability Groups
Database availability groups, first introduced in Exchange 2010, are our way of making the Exchange databases highly available to end users.
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Create a new DAG
[make sure you follow these instructions (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd351172.aspx) before create a DAG in the EAC]
Enter a name (make sure this is a Unique name on your network!), Witness server, Witness directory and a valid IP address.
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After you create the DAG, notice that the buttons on the page have changed:
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[Add, Edit, Delete, New DAG Network, Manage DAG Membership, Refresh]

Let’s add a server as a member of the DAG:
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After you click Save, Exchange will prep the server you selected to be a DAG member. This process includes installing the Windows Failover clustering service.
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Once the process is complete, click Close.
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Now if you review the DAG Tab you can see the DAG information on the far right:
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Virtual Directory

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What I found great about this tab is that all the various URLs that you would normally configure for your Exchange Servers are here in one place.

ECP Virtual Directory [example of one virtual directory]
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Also note that you can reset your changes as well:
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Certificates
With mobile devices and mobile access proliferating, certificates have become a vital importance to any Exchange installation. From this tab in the EAC we can see what certificates are installed in the environment.
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Only one of these was created by myself for AutoDiscover and OWA:
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Related PowerShell Commands

DAG’s and Databases
Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer
Add-MailboxDatabaseCopy
Dismount-Database
Get-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup
Get-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork
Get-MailboxDatabase
Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus
Get-PublicFolderDatabase
Mount-Database
Move-ActiveMailboxDatabase
Move-DatabasePath
New-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup
New-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork
New-MailboxDatabase
Remove-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup
Remove-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork
Remove-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer
Remove-MailboxDatabase
Remove-MailboxDatabaseCopy
Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup
Resume-MailboxDatabaseCopy
Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup
Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupNetwork
Set-MailboxDatabase
Set-MailboxDatabaseCopy
Start-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup
Stop-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup
Suspend-MailboxDatabaseCopy
Update-MailboxDatabaseCopy


Virtual Directories
Discover-EcpVirtualDirectoryForEmc
Get-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory
Get-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory
Get-EcpVirtualDirectory
Get-OabVirtualDirectory
Get-OwaVirtualDirectory
Get-PowerShellVirtualDirectory
Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory
New-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory
New-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory
New-EcpVirtualDirectory
New-OabVirtualDirectory
New-OwaVirtualDirectory
New-PowershellVirtualDirectory
New-WebServicesVirtualDirectory
Remove-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory
Remove-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory
Remove-EcpVirtualDirectory
Remove-OabVirtualDirectory
Remove-OwaVirtualDirectory
Remove-PowerShellVirtualDirectory
Remove-WebServicesVirtualDirectory
Set-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory
Set-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory
Set-EcpVirtualDirectory
Set-OabVirtualDirectory
Set-OwaVirtualDirectory
Set-PowerShellVirtualDirectory
Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory
Get-WebVirtualDirectory
New-WebVirtualDirectory
Remove-WebVirtualDirectory


Certificates
Enable-ExchangeCertificate
Export-ExchangeCertificate
Get-ExchangeCertificate
Import-ExchangeCertificate
New-ExchangeCertificate
Remove-ExchangeCertificate
Test-FederationTrustCertificate
Get-PfxCertificate

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