A primer on Exchange 2007 server roles

When planning and designing an Exchange Server 2007 deployment (even in a lab), one of the first concepts you need to understand is what server roles are and when to use them. In this tutorial, Microsoft Exchange MVP David Sengupta introduces Exchange 2007's five server roles and explains their significance in an Exchange 2007 infrastructure.

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.

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Figure 1: Selecting server roles during Exchange Server 2007 Setup


TUTORIAL: A PRIMER ON EXCHANGE 2007 SERVER ROLES

 Home: Introduction
 Part 1: 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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
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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