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Simple ways to improve an Exchange 2013 setup

Every organization has different needs, but there are five general areas where all admins can improve how well Exchange works.

Although Exchange Server 2013 is a reliable system, there is always room for administrators to improve how Exchange deployments run within an organization. There are five common areas all Exchange admins can look to if they want to improve an Exchange 2013 setup.

Assessment tools for an Exchange 2013 setup

There are a number of free tools that can help admins assess the state of their Exchange 2013 setups, particularly with meeting best practices and performance. These tools can determine what's required for certain roles to run as well as check adherence to a few hundred configuration items.

Boost Exchange performance with Outlook optimization

Older versions of Outlook may not always respond well to features in Exchange 2013, which could cause some problems with performance in an organization. Admins should realize that most of these problems stem from the Outlook side of things before they decide how to make sure their end users use newer Outlook versions.

Protect Exchange 2013 with stronger security measures

Because email is frequently used within organizations to send confidential and sensitive information, it's a common target for attacks. Admins should get to know the different kinds of steps they can take to prevent any serious damage from occurring to their Exchange setup and which critical areas they should regularly check.

Use load balancing to spread out workloads

Exchange 2013 can support roles over multiple server nodes, but admins must use some kind of load balancing in a multi-node deployment to help prevent the nodes from overexerting themselves, which could lead to problems. Admins should get to know what kinds of load balancing options are available their Exchange Server 2013 implementation, as well as any possible shortcomings with them.

Consider virtualizing an Exchange 2013 setup

Exchange 2013 can also support a number of hypervisors, which may be the selling point for some organizations to virtualize their Exchange setup. But admins should fully understand the caveats of what comes with virtualizing an Exchange 2013 setup, particularly with the role memory size will play should their organization decide to virtualize.

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