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Best Practices

The following are best practices from this chapter:

  • Use DAGs to distribute multiple copies of all mailboxes to multiple locations, taking advantage of high availability and disaster recovery capabilities that are built in to Exchange Server 2013.
  • Separate the Exchange Server log and database files onto separate physical volumes.
  • Plan for a Windows Server 2003 forest functional level and at least one Windows Server 2003 SP2 or later domain controller in each site that will run Exchange Server.
  • Integrate a backup strategy into Exchange Server design.
  • Install at least two global catalog servers in the same site as any Exchange server.
  • Keep the OS and Exchange Server up to date through service packs and software patches, either manually or via Windows Software Update Services.
  • Keep the AD DS design simple, with a single forest and single domain, unless a specific need exists to create more complexity.
  • Identify the client access methods that will be supported and match them with the appropriate Exchange Server 2013 technology.
  • Monitor DNS functionality closely in the environment on the AD DS domain controllers.
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