Exchange 2000 Server relies heavily on Internet technologies and integrates tightly with Windows 2000 Server. Integration with Active Directory opens options for single-seat administration even in complex environments. Attributes and settings for Exchange 2000 are
Beyond simple e-mail messaging, Exchange 2000 provides
Exchange 2000 is easy to integrate in heterogeneous environments. It supports seamless mixing with earlier Exchange Server versions. It also provides all required components for coexistence with MS Mail, Lotus cc:Mail, Lotus Notes, and Novell GroupWise. Connectivity to other messaging systems must be established via Exchange Server 5 connectors, such as for PROFS or SNADS, or via common messaging standards, such as SMTP and X.400.
The following review questions can help you determine if you have sufficiently familiarized yourself with the material covered in this chapter. You can find the answers to these questions at the end of this book in Appendix A, "Questions and Answers."
Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server takes full advantage of the features of Microsoft Windows 2000 such as the network architecture, security features, and directory services. In fact, Microsoft's new messaging and collaboration platform integrates so tightly with the operating system that it appears to be a Windows 2000 extension rather than a separate server platform. That is why a thorough understanding of Windows 2000 is an essential prerequisite for effective Exchange 2000 Server administration.
At first glance, you might find the new management tools of Windows 2000 puzzling because they rely thoroughly on Microsoft Management Console (MMC). It seems that nothing is where it once was in Windows NT. However, you will soon appreciate the new tools because they give you powerful capabilities for managing your network resources—this includes Exchange 2000 Server—via Active Directory directory service.
This chapter provides you with an overview of how Exchange 2000 Server is built into Windows 2000. You will read about the MMC framework and customized management tools. That is followed by an introduction to how Exchange 2000 Server utilizes Active Directory. The last lesson examines important networking
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