Microsoft Exchange Server is a business platform offering mobile, personal, and integrated access to information. As an IT Solutions Provider for Microsoft, you will be involved in managing the servers, users, email, and content in your clientele’s company mailbox. The following is more information about Microsoft Exchange Server and its role as a cloud-based, managed service provider.
Microsoft Exchange Server comes with various solutions such as the Microsoft Exchange Server Core,
Microsoft Exchange Server for Outlook, Microsoft Exchange Server for Citrix, Microsoft Exchange Server for SQL, Microsoft SharePoint Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Business Solutions, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Microsoft Exchange Server costs $7. 92 per month for a single server. For businesses that require more than one server, they can opt for Microsoft Exchange Server for Web-based services. Microsoft Exchange Server costs less than fourteen dollars for every month of business use. You have to pay a one time, initial, non-refundable license fee to Microsoft prior to you can utilize the Microsoft Exchange Server within your company.
On the other hand, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics GP servers come with their own inbuilt license and are sold as add ons to Microsoft Exchange Server. You also need to purchase other licensing options such as Microsoft Office Online and Microsoft 365 to make use of these services. Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics GP come with the Microsoft Certified Systems (MCS) or Microsoft Certified Systems Approved (MCSAP) certifications.
Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics GP are two of the most popular choices of application software within the small to mid-size business markets. A small to mid-size business market typically consists of companies with fewer than fifty employees. Businesses that belong to this market are usually web-based and do not have their own on-site server. Rather, they make use of third party vendors who provide them with SharePoint servers, or a virtual private server (VPS) running on Microsoft Exchange Server.
Businesses in the larger markets tend to choose Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Dynamics GP,
and they do so because of their shared server approach. In this scenario, an organization’s IT department provides the servers and network to the third party service provider who provides the required applications. Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics GP are two of the more widely known varieties of SharePoint services which are offered by third parties.
There is also another option for enterprises that do not want to commit resources to onsite Microsoft Exchange Server hosting: They can opt for cloud computing. There are many companies today offering cloud based email, calendar, collaboration and data handling applications which run on a platform of web browsers. These solutions are similar to the Microsoft Office Outlook web service and are hosted on third party web services platforms. Many organizations that use this method of delivery do not realize how much they actually save since they do not need to purchase and install any applications before they are able to access them. An important thing to note is that while this method does offer some advantages over onsite Microsoft Exchange Server hosting, it is not viable for large enterprises.
One thing to keep in mind when choosing between on-premises and cloud services is the mobility factor. With on-premises deployment, an organization has complete control over the configuration and the deployment of the server and its associated applications. With a cloud based solution, the same information is always stored on multiple on-site locations. Migrations from on-premises mail servers to the clouds requires customization of the software on the client’s end as well as the server’s end, something that most businesses prefer to avoid.
- There are a number of different ways in which users can test out their skills on the latest Microsoft Exchange Server versions.
- If you have Microsoft Office 2021 or above, you will be able to connect to an online Microsoft Exchange Server instance through the Internet browser or a tool such as the popular Google Chrome.
- You can then run a series of tests, from simple text messages detection, to full Excel or Microsoft Word conversion tests.
- These tools work especially well with Microsoft Office 2021 as it includes a variety of additional features, such as macros, tracking changes in file paths and events, as well as integration with popular third party apps.