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Exchange Server 2003


Exchange Server, the Microsoft messaging and collaboration server, is software that runs on servers that enables you to send and receive electronic mail and other forms of interactive communication through computer networks. Designed to interoperate with a software client application such as Microsoft Outlook, Exchange Server also interoperates with Outlook Express and other e-mail client applications.

Client access functionality. Exchange Server offers you integrated collaborative messaging features such as scheduling, contact, and task management capabilities. Exchange Server 2003 runs on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server operating systems. Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 runs on Windows-based computers and communicates with the server running Exchange Server through the MAPI protocol that includes powerful messaging and rich collaboration capabilities. Exchange Server also accommodates other client access through its support for Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) and Internet Message Access Protocol 4 (IMAP4) protocols as well as support for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). Microsoft Outlook Web Access, a service in Exchange Server, accommodates what are known as thin clients (Web browser–based access clients).

Mobile access functionality. Exchange Server 2003 supports mobile devices such as Pocket PC and Smartphones and enables you to synchronize your Inbox, Calendar, and Contacts and Tasks lists so you can remotely check your appointments and other important information. Mobile device browsers are also supported through Exchange Outlook Mobile Access, which enables HTML, compressed HTML (CHTML), and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) browser–based devices to access Exchange Server. The following diagram illustrates the types of clients that Exchange Server supports:

Types of clients supported by Exchange Server


• Share e-mail with coworkers, customers, partners, and suppliers.
• Get e-mail over the Internet.
• Organize incoming e-mail into folders or flag e-mail from important clients.

• Keep a calendar of appointments.
• Share daily schedules to easily plan meetings.
• Delegate schedules to administrative assistants to keep you up-to-date.

Contact management
• Track and organize all your business and personal contacts.
• Share all customer information and correspondence, such as e-mail, documents, and meeting notes in a public folder.

Task management
• Create daily to-do lists and check them off when you’re done.
• Delegate and assign tasks through e-mail.

Team folders
• Set up workspaces for teams to share project-related messages, files, schedules, tasks, and applications.
• Set rules so that only team members can gain access to the folder.

Online forms
• Standardize paper forms, put them online, and route them to people who need to see them. Vacation requests, timecards, and help-desk requests are just a few examples.
• Mobile users can save money and time by submitting expense reports while out of the office.

File searching
• Search Outlook folders and messages to find misplaced e-mail.
• Search through your company’s public folders to find lost entries.

Remote messaging
• Log on from the road with the same functionality as if you were sitting in the office.
• Retrieve messages over the Internet from any browser.

Offline capabilities
• Work offline with your e-mail, contacts, tasks, schedules, and applications.
• Synchronize folders and applications when reconnecting with the network

Unified messaging
• Integrate e-mail, voice mail, and fax messaging so all your communications are available within Outlook.
• Have anywhere, anytime access to all your messages.

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