Exchange Server 2016 – Performance, architecture and compliance updates
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Exchange Server 2016 – Performance, architecture and compliance updates


With Exchange Server 2016 we’ve taken what we
learned running Exchange Online to apply to on-premises Exchange and over the
next couple of minutes I’m going to show you how we’ve refined the Exchange
architecture rolls, what we’re doing to prevent to recover from data
corruption and provide an update on how Exchange can leverage cloud services. To simplify Exchange server deployment we’ve now taken away the CAS roll (Client
Access Roll) and we’ve added the client services to the mailbox role. So now you only have one roll to install the Exchange mailbox server. For the past two releases our guidance has been to
collocate roles and with 2016 we’re simply building that guidance into the product.
Not only just putting the roles onto just one server makes sense in terms of
performance, as the role of complement each other really well in terms of how
they use system resources, it also means you can raise the overall availability of the
system and reduce the number of servers you have to deploy. To illustrate let’s look at an example let’s imagine your deployment of CAS and mailbox servers to
be rowers in a boat. With previous versions of Exchange you might have deployed
four CAS and 10 mailbox servers but by colocating the roles you will actually
end up with more CAS servicing clients than you would have previously had and you
can probably reduce the overall server count as you are spreading the load more
effectively. So you have more mailbox and CAS but overall you have fewer servers
and of course that also means the loss of any one server has a smaller impact on
the overall system. We’re also bringing a lot of the work we’ve been doing in
Exchange Online to make Exchange faster in recovering from failure and more
reliable to our on-prem release. The first change to mention is related to ReFS the
Resilient File System and you might be wondering why I mention this because you
know we added support for ReFS volumes with Exchange Server 2013. Well it’s because with Exchange Server
2016 we’re making this are recommended file system. Why? Well, it’s more resilient,
the clue is in the name of the feature afterall, and we’ve learned that using it
decreases the number file system corruption incidents which for
Exchange specifically means it decreases the number of database receipts. Now if you watched the preview video we did, you’ll remember we talked
about the work we’ve been doing to allow search indexes to be created from
passive database copies. Well we’re not gonna have a specific
feature ready in time for RTM but when we do ship it an upcoming CU you
will also notice that database failover times have decreased failovers are faster. It’s a side
effect of the indexing work we did and we’ll think you’ll find those two changes
are worth waiting for. Speaking of CUs we also plan on
releasing the first Exchange Service 2016 CU you early in calendar year 2016. And one
last thing here, Exchange 2016 runs better than ever and commodity hardware. You
don’t need SANs, you don’t need big servers filled with memory and processors.
What you need are cheap two socket boxes with local storage and a minimal amount
of RAM. That’s exactly how we running Office 365 that’s exactly how you should run
it on-prem. Don’t forget, scale out and not up. The last area to talk about is how
we’ve made changes to the way Exchange can connect to and consume services from the cloud plus we have some comments on
e-discovery and compliance. We’ve continued to develop a hybrid deployment
capabilities giving you the choice to deploy mailboxes on-prem or in the cloud. We’ve updated the wizard so it’s
downloaded from the cloud each time you run it so you always get the latest and
greatest version of the tool and it backs up our belief that you can benefit
from features we offer the cloud even if you want to keep your mailboxes on-prem. Features like Advanced Threat Protection a feature you can add to an
Exchange Online Protection subscription that’s a great example. Advanced Threat
Protection uses some very cool technology to scan and process mail that
you receive from the internet and can protect users in several different ways.
For example, it can identify and protect your users against unknown viruses and
malware. It’s giving your users zero-day protection.
Messages and attachments that are suspected of being suspicious are sent to a special hypervisor environment where they are pass-through tools that can detect if their
intent is malicious. And if it is? They take care of it right there and then. ATP can also protect against the very common tricks spammers try to play today where
they try to send messages containing links that appear valid, trying to trick
the user into clicking them. Well ATP can spot those messages and replace the URLs in
the messages before they get to the user pretty cool and simple bolt on to your on-prem Exchange Server deployment. Well last but certainly not least, we’ve added 13 new
sensitive information types to Exchanges DLP capabilities and we’ve re-architected e-discovery cert to increase the speed of results. Also new is the ability to place data
in public folders on hold to allow archiving and eDiscovery. That’s been
a longstanding requests from customers and we’re excited to deliver it in this release. These are just a
few highlights of the work our team has done to simplify architecture, improve
reliability, recoverability and hybrid coexistence with Exchange Server 2016.
You can start evaluating and deploying Exchange Server 2016 today. Thank you for watching. Office Mechanics Microsoft Office Office.com/Mechanics

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