Cool Exchange 2013 feature No. 3: Enhanced e-discovery
I hated the ineffectual multimailbox search in Exchange 2010. With Exchange 2013, we see real strides in e-discovery. FAST Search has been built into Exchange 2013, and the value shows up in many ways, including the speed and flexibility of the new In-Place eDiscovery & Hold feature. It also enhances the Legal Hold (or Litigation Hold) options from Exchange 2010, which are designed to stop users from deleting important emails for legal cases.
Cool Exchange 2013 feature No. 4: Data loss prevention
On the surface, Exchange 2013 data loss prevention is just a set of templates for creating transport rules to help block or deter the sending of sensitive end-user data via email. This might include Social Security numbers, credit card information, and so forth. But again, having this functionality built in is a great plus for admins. And it works. It can use a mail tip to help users make the right decision, or it can enforce more stringent policies automatically. The templates make it much easier to implement, and they are based on existing legislature, such as the Patriot Act or, depending on your country, other regulations.
Cool Exchange 2013 feature No. 5: Modern Public Folders
Although the migration process for legacy versions of Exchange is still hazy, I've really liked what Microsoft has done with Public Folders in Exchange 2013. On the one hand, there is no longer a Public Folder database; now you create a Public Folder mailbox inside the mailbox database. On the plus side, this means that a Public Folder mailbox can be included in high-availability DAG (database availability group) setups. On the negative side, we don't have replicas where you can put Public Folder content closer to employees in other locations -- the Public Folder mailbox approach only serves content from the active database location. But the method for setting these up is easier than ever.
As the year progresses, I'm sure I'll uncover more things to like about Exchange 2013. And as more folks make the transition, we should keep one another informed of our findings. Happy hunting.
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