A primer on Exchange 2007 server roles

One of the first concepts you need to understand when planning an Exchange Server 2007 deployment (even in a lab) is what the server roles are and when to use them. The server roles in Exchange 2007 are:

  • Mailbox Server
  • Client Access Server
  • Hub Transport Server
  • Edge Transport Server
  • Unified Messaging Server

In this tutorial, I provide a closer look at each of these server roles and explain its significance in an Exchange Server 2007 design and infrastructure.

Figure 1: Selecting server roles during Exchange Server 2007 Setup


 Home: Introduction
 Part 1:

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The Exchange 2007 Client Access Server (CAS) role
 Part 2: The Exchange 2007 Hub Transport Server role
 Part 3: The Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server role
 Part 4: The Exchange 2007 Edge Transport Server role
 Part 5: The Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging Server role
 Part 6: Server role installation caveats and supporting information

David Sengupta, Microsoft Exchange MVP
David Sengupta (mailman@quest.com), based in Ottawa, Canada, is a Group Product Manager in Quest Software's Infrastructure Management group and a Microsoft Exchange MVP. He has contributed to Exchange Server books, magazines, and white papers; is a regular Exchange Server columnist and speaker; and speaks at Microsoft Exchange events, Tech-Ed and IT Forum conferences. .

This was first published in March 2008

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