Microsoft releases preview build of Exchange Server 2019

Microsoft recently unveiled a preview build of Exchange Server 2019. The new version of Exchange Server is now available for download on the company’s website, including new features aimed at delivering improved administration and management capabilities along with the security and performance you’ve come to expect from other Exchange Server builds. Here are some of the key features that make up Exchange Server 2019.


Microsoft is offering support for installing Exchange Server 2019 right onto Windows Server Core. That combination is meant to provide the most secure platform for Exchange. You also have the option of installing it onto Windows Server 2016/2019 with Desktop Experience. But the installation onto Windows Server Core 2019 is said to be the most secure option.


Exchange Server is able to utilize the larger core and memory packed systems that you purchase. In fact, the company says that it can run successfully with up to 48 processor cores and 256GB of RAM. Microsoft is also re-engineering the search function with Bing technology to make it faster and easier, while also allowing the database to run more efficiently. The new system keeps indexes within the actual database instead of creating separate log files that need to be managed. This also allows the index to continually stay up to date on all database copies.

Exchange Server 2019 end-user experience

The new version of Exchange Server is also changing things for end users. One of the biggest updates in this area is calendaring. Since large enterprises tend to rely heavily on calendars to manage functions and schedules, the tool is integrating this format into its functionality. This includes the introduction of a few key features like Do Not Forward and Simplified Calendar Sharing from Office 365 to on-premises Exchange. This should make managing those calendar and office functions more seamless for team members within an organization, thus making life easier for IT. Admins will also get some new calendar features as well. You can now manage events directly on users’ calendars and easily assign or delegate permissions.

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