In the final part in my Exchange 2013 series, I will cover workload Management, malware and spam protection, site mailboxes, Lync integration, In-Place eDiscovery, and In-Place Hold.

Exchange workload management ^

Exchange workload management helps optimize resource utilization to provide the best user experience. Exchange balances high- and low-priority processes and provides more resources to high-priority processes when required. Exchange workload management monitors key resources like the CPU, mailbox database RPC latency, mailbox database replication health, content indexing retry queue size, and content indexing age of last notification. Based on consumption of these resources, Exchange manages the workload without degrading the user experience.

Malware and spam protection ^

Malware and spam protection is a built-in feature of Exchange 2013. Anti-malware protects email from viruses and spyware and is enabled by default in Exchange 2013. The administrator can view and edit the settings but not remove/disable anti-malware protection.

Exchange 2013 - Anti-malware configuration

Exchange 2013 - Anti-malware configuration

Anti-spam helps to protect from spam emails. This feature was already available in Exchange 2010. However, the installation and configuration has been completely changed. Anti-spam is not enabled by default. Administrators have to install and configure it for all server roles, and this task must be done independently on each server.

SharePoint integration (site mailbox) ^

Site mailbox helps to integrate SharePoint with Exchange by giving SharePoint users access to Exchange mailboxes.

Lync integration ^

Lync integration has reached the next level with Exchange 2013. Lync archiving uses Exchange to archive its contents, which enables you to send email messages and Lync messages through a single user interface. Lync also uses Exchange to store user contacts and photos that can be managed with the Lync client, Outlook, and OWA.

In-Place eDiscovery and In-Place Hold ^

In-Place eDiscovery allows you to search contents from multiple mailboxes. It can even perform a search against Lync and SharePoint. You can also export the search result to a mailbox or a .pst file for further review. Microsoft has removed the Enterprise CAL requirement for multi-mailbox search.

Exchange 2013 - In-Place eDiscovery search options

Exchange 2013 - In-Place eDiscovery search options

In-Place Hold was known as Legal Hold in Exchange 2010. It can be used to prevent emails from deletion by users. In Exchange 2013, we can define a timeframe for how long a mailbox should be In-Place Hold, which will simplify the management of this feature.

Conclusion ^

Exchange 2013 RTM is expected to launch by end of year 2012. In my opinion, it offers quite a few must-have features, and I believe many organizations will upgrade sooner rather than later. I hope you liked this Exchange 2013 series. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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