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Exchange Server 2013

Revamped with new technologies Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 supports organizations and their employees evolving from a communication focus to a collaboration focus.

Improved Exchange 2013 features decrease the time spent maintaining your messaging systems and allow users to increase productivity as they work together on teams and projects.

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New features and functionality in Exchange 2013 are designed to do the following:
Support a Multigenerational Workforce Social integration and making it easier to find people is important to users. Smart Search learns from users' communication and collaboration behavior to enhance and prioritize search results in Exchange. Also, with Exchange 2013, users can merge contacts from multiple sources to provide a single view of a person, by linking contact information pulled from multiple locations.
Provide an Engaging Experience Microsoft Outlook 2013 and Microsoft Outlook Web App have a fresh new look. Outlook Web App emphasizes a streamlined user interface that also supports the use of touch, enhancing the mobile device experience with Exchange.
Integrate with SharePoint and Lync Exchange 2013 offers greater integration with Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft Lync 2013 through site mailboxes and In-Place eDiscovery. Together, these products offer a suite of features that make scenarios such as enterprise eDiscovery and collaboration using site mailboxes possible.
Help Meet Evolving Compliance Needs Compliance and eDiscovery are challenging for many organizations. Exchange 2013 helps you find and search data not only in Exchange, but across your organization. With improved search and indexing, you can search across Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Windows file servers. In addition, data loss prevention (DLP) can help keep your organization safe from users mistakenly sending sensitive information to unauthorized people. DLP helps you identify, monitor, and protect sensitive data through deep content analysis.
Provide a Resilient Solution Exchange 2013 builds upon the Exchange Server 2010 architecture and has been redesigned for simplicity of scale, hardware utilization, and failure isolation.
Hardware Requirements for Exchange 2013
Component Requirement Notes
  • x64 architecture-based computer with Intel processor that supports Intel 64 architecture (formerly known as Intel EM64T)
  • AMD processor that supports the AMD64 platform
  • Intel Itanium IA64 processors not supported
See the "Operating system" section later in this topic for supported operating systems.
Memory Varies depending on Exchange roles that are installed:
  • Mailbox 8GB minimum
  • Client Access 4GB minimum
  • Mailbox and Client Access combined 8GB minimum
Paging File Size The page file size minimum and maximum must be set to physical RAM plus 10 MB The recommended page file size also accounts for the memory that's needed to collect information if the operating system stops unexpectedly. On 64-bit operating systems, memory can be written as a dump file to the paging file. This file must reside on the boot volume of the server.
Disk Space
  • At least 30 GB on the drive on which you install Exchange
  • An additional 500 MB of available disk space for each Unified Messaging (UM) language pack that you plan to install
  • 200 MB of available disk space on the system drive
  • A hard disk that stores the message queue database on with at least 500 MB of free space.
The minimum space requirements detailed here don't account for disk subsystem requirements for adequate performance.
Drive DVD-ROM drive, local or network accessible None.
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels or higher None.
File Format Disk partitions formatted as NTFS file systems, which applies to the following partitions:
  • System partition
  • Partitions that store Exchange binary files
  • Partitions containing transaction log files
  • Partitions containing database files
  • Partitions containing other Exchange files
The recommended hardware requirements for Exchange 2013 servers vary depending on a number of factors including the server roles that are installed and the anticipated load that will be placed on the servers. Please contact your software solutions specialist if you have questions regarding these requirements and/or about deploying Exchange 2013 in a virtualized environment.

Supported Operating Systems for Exchange 2013
Component Requirement
Mailbox and Client Access Server Roles One of the following:
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter RTM or later
Management Tools One of the following:
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter RTM or later
  • 64-bit edition of Windows 8
  • 64-bit edition of Windows 7 with SP1
The installation of Exchange 2013 on a computer that's running in Windows Server Core mode is not supported. The computer must be running the full installation of Windows Server. If you want to install Exchange 2013 on a computer that's running in Windows Server Core mode, you must convert the server to a full installation of Windows Server by doing one of the following:
  • Windows Server 2008 R2—Reinstall Windows Server and select the Full Installation option.
  • Windows Server 2012—Convert your Windows Server Core mode server to a full installation by running the following command.

Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra, Server-Gui-Shell -Restart

Exchange 2013 doesn't support being run on computers with the United States Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) compliant settings enabled.
If you have FIPS enabled on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Exchange 2013 will not function correctly. If you have additional questions, please contact one of our software solutions specialists.

Supported Clients
Exchange 2013 supports the following minimum versions of Microsoft Office Outlook and Microsoft Entourage for Mac:
  • Outlook 2013
  • Outlook 2010 SP1 with April 2012 Cumulative Update
  • Outlook 2007 SP3 with July 2012 Cumulative Update
  • Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition
  • Outlook for Mac 2011
  • The information above provides the minimum versions required for a client to connect to Exchange. We strongly recommend that you install the latest available service packs and updates available so that your users receive the best possible experience when connecting to Exchange.
  • Outlook clients earlier than Outlook 2007 are not supported. Email clients on Mac operating systems that require DAV, such as Entourage 2008 for Mac RTM and Entourage 2004, are not supported.
  • Outlook Web App supports several browsers on a variety of operating systems and devices.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact one of our software solutions specialists.

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