Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Editions and Licensing
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 version provides basic, proven and secure, as well as new features for all available editions, for sending e-mail and managing mailboxes, tasks and calendars in an organization.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is licensed according to the usual client/server model. This means that one server and all clients accessing it require a license. The functions available here are also determined by the type of access licenses required to use it - these are also available from Wiresoft. The Server License for Exchange 2013 is available in two editions, they differ mainly in the number of supported mailboxes:
- The Standard Edition is ready to meet the mailbox requirements of small and medium-sized businesses that do not need more than 5 mailbox databases.
- The Enterprise Edition is especially designed for larger companies that need more than 5 mailbox databases, it supports (with the Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update) even up to 100 mailboxes.
Key new features in Exchange Server 2013
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 offers a comprehensive set of new features and services compared to previous versions of Exchange to help users communicate and collaborate more effectively. In addition, these help to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs in companies. The Exchange Server functions can be provided both locally and in the cloud. Outlook Web App also offers an optimized user interface that supports touchscreens, extending the use of Exchange 2013 to mobile devices. The following features are the main innovations of the server version 2013:
Exchange Admin Center (EAC)
Exchange 2013 also offers a number of optimizations for administrators. For example, the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and the Exchange Control Panel (ECP), which were the two previous interfaces for managing Exchange Server, have been combined in the new web-based Exchange Admin Center (EAC). This is also optimized for local, online, and hybrid deployments. Web-based management allows administrators to customize user access to the Internet, intranet, and Exchange Management Console with client access rules.
Intelligent search function
The Intelligent Search tool in Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 improves not only the quality of search results, but also the collaboration and communication between teams and individuals: Users can now easily retrieve and summarize information from multiple sources.
Integration with SharePoint and Lync
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Standard provides enhanced integration with Microsoft Lync 2013 and Microsoft SharePoint 2013 with the Compliance eDiscovery feature and the Website mailboxes, which together provide key features that include collaboration with the Website mailboxes.
Support of compliance requirements
Simplifies compliance and policy adherence for organizations with in-place eDiscovery. In Exchange 2013, the improved search and indexing features make it much easier to find critical data. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) also prevents users from sending confidential information to unauthorized individuals.
Simplified e-mail transport
In Exchange Server 2013, the three services Front-End Transport Service (FET), Hub Transport Service (HT) and Mailbox Transport Service (MT) are now responsible for sending e-mail. They are part of the mailbox server role. The functions of the previous Hub Transport Server role are now performed by these services. The functions performed by the Unified Messaging server role in the previous Exchange 2010 version are provided here by the Unified Messaging service.
Differences between the Exchange Server 2013 Standard and Enterprise editions
As mentioned above, the main difference between the Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Standard and the Enterprise Edition is the number of databases it can manage. This means that they are aimed at companies of different sizes and therefore have different needs when scaling Exchange Server services. The Standard is limited to five databases per server, whereas the Enterprise Edition can manage up to 50 databases per server.
In addition, Microsoft offers some additional functions or an extended range of functions compared to the Standard for professional users when purchasing the Exchange Server 2013 Enterprise Edition. These include:
Journal Report Decryption - Journal Report Decryption
Exchange Server 2013 thus offers users the option of protecting their messages via Information Rights Management (IRM) in Microsoft Outlook and the Office Outlook Web App. Not only can certain protection rules be created, for example to automatically add IRM protection to messages before they are sent. Journal report decryption also provides the option to save an unencrypted copy of an IRM-protected message along with the original IRM-protected message in the journal reports.
Data Loss Prevention - DLP
Preventing data loss is an important aspect of a company's messaging system, especially when business-critical communications involve sending e-mails that contain confidential data. The data loss prevention capabilities in Exchange Server greatly simplify management and compliance with confidential data policies without impacting user productivity. DLP not only prevents data loss within an organization, but also prevents employees from accidentally or intentionally sending sensitive data to unauthorized individuals.
ActiveSync Mobile Management
While the ActiveSync Mobile Access feature is also included in the Standard Exchange Server 2013 to allow users to synchronize one or more mobile devices with their Exchange mailbox and access their calendars, contacts, and tasks, the Enterprise Edition of Exchange Server 2013 offers the ActiveSync Mobile Management feature with advanced policies to manage all services individually.
Voicemail with Unified Messaging (UM)
Unified messaging allows users to use not only voicemail, but also other voicemail services such as Outlook Voice Access. In order to combine voice or chat messages, audio and video conferences and also extended presence information in an integrated communication environment, UM can use the Microsoft Lync Server for this purpose. Users can use any telephone to listen to messages via their e-mail inbox or Outlook Voice Access.
Due to the compliance guidelines, a company or organization is obliged to retain all relevant, electronically stored information, including e-mail, for possible legal disputes. The compliance archiving in Exchange Server supports them in controlling the corresponding messaging data of an organization in that the previous storage of PST (Personal Store) files in Outlook is replaced by archiving in the compliance archive. The content analysis in Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Enterprise makes it even more efficient to protect and monitor confidential data according to requirements.
System requirements for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
The following minimum requirements are necessary to install or fully use Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 in the Standard or Enterprise version:
- Supported operating systems: Windows Server 2012 or R2 Standard or Datacenter and Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard or Enterprise with SP1 and R2 Datacenter RTM
- Processor: Intel 64 or AMD64
- Memory Mailbox: 8 GB minimum
- Working memory Client access at least 4 GB
- Edge Transport: 4 GB minimum
- Hard disk space: at least 30 GB, additional 500 MB disk space for each UM language pack and 200 MB disk space on the system drive
- Drive: DVD-ROM
- Screen resolution: at least 1,024 x 768 pixels
- Coexistence scenarios supported by Exchange 2013 with earlier versions:
Exchange 2013: including CU2
Exchange 2010: incl. SP3
Exchange 2007: incl. Update Roll-Up 10 for SP3
Exchange 2003 and earlier versions: not supported
There may also be other requirements.
Versions of Windows Exchange Server 2013 - cheaply available from Wiresoft
Wiresoft offers the Microsoft Exchange Server version 2013 in the two editions Standard and Enterprise at a particularly reasonable price. With the purchase of the Standard of Exchange 2013, all mailbox requirements of small to medium-sized companies and organizations are already excellently fulfilled. When purchasing the Enterprise edition, larger companies and institutions benefit not only from the scalability of the powerful mailbox management, but also from the full range of functions of this Exchange Server 2013 version.
Licensing of Windows Exchange Server 2013
When you purchase an Enterprise or Standard Edition of Exchange Server 2013 from Wiresoft, you are choosing an original Microsoft software product, which is from a European company and was legally sold or purchased from us. These are always unused licenses that have been checked by Wiresoft for absolute authenticity and full functionality. You as a customer benefit from the unbeatable price advantage we offer you. Just contact us for further information and if you have questions about your software license needs: