Sunday, 12 August 2012 08:33

Where is my EMC? How to use Exchange 2013 Administration Center (EAC)?

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The first question that came to mind when I open the EMC (Exchange Management Console) after the successful installation of Exchange Server 2013 is, how we do the GUI management of this new version of Exchange. And I was not surprised to know that MS has come up with the Web based administration console by replacing the EMC administration, as all is going towards the web based management. Microsoft Exchange development team has replaced the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and Exchange Control panel with the introduction of Exchange Administration Center (EAC). Yes, now we manage exchange using the web based administrative console called EAC in short.

Now let us look at how it looks like, and what all the major tasks which can be managed through the EAC (Exchange Administration Console or Exchange Admin Center).

To open the Exchange Administration Console, type https://<<server name>>/ecp on your web browser, if you wish to change

Important Elements of EAC is explained here,

As you can see, the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) is almost similar to our EMC. Each of the important potions of EAC is briefly explained here,

GUI_Admin_GUI_Explained_from_MS

Left Navigation Pane:

  • Recipients: - You manage the recipients here, including all types of mailboxes, contacts, groups, mailbox migration tasks etc.

Exchange 2013, Recipient Management Center

  • Permissions: - manage the administrative roles, user roles and OWA polcies

Exchange Server 2013 Permission Management

  • Compliance Management: - Manage your e-discovery, Auditing, Retention Policies, Retention Tags, and Journaling etc.

Compliance_Management

  • Organization:- Manage Federated Shares, Outlook Apps, Address Lists etc

Exchange 2013 Organization Management Center

  • Protection: - Anti-malware protections etc.
  • Mail Flow: - Similar to Transport management in Exchange 2007 and 2010. Here you manage rules, delivery reports, accepted domains, email address policies, and send and receive connectors

Exchange 2013 Mailflow/Transport Management

  • Mobile: - As the name implies, you manage the mobile devices, its access policies and rules.
  • Public Folder: - Manage your public folder if exists.
  • Servers: - Manage Mailbox and CAS servers, DAGs, Mailbox Databases, Virtual Directories, certificates etc.

Exchange 2013 Server Management Center

  • Hybrid: - Manage your Hybrid configuration

Now, let's look at the other major areas on the Exchange Administration Center, each area marked in the first figure has been elaborated here.

Tabs: - Tabs marked in the above picture is the second level of navigation

Toolbar: - As the name indicates are the actions which we can take on each level of navigation. It is similar to the action pane of EMC/ECP.

List View – Lists all the objects in the navigated area, where you can select the object on which you wish to execute some actions.

Details Pane, displays the information about he selected object from List View.

Notification shows any in-progress/long running tasks. You also see a link enabled “View Details” which will take you to the location to know more about the tasks.

There are more to give about the administration tasks on Exchange Server 2013, which I hope will be able to cover up on upcoming posts…

The details about this topic is available on Exchange Administration Center

-Praveen

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