Last week Microsoft announced the public preview of Exchange 2019. It is expected that Exchange 2019 will ship later this year.
You can download the preview bits using the link below. Please note, that this is preview code and you should not deploy this in production.
Server Core supported for Exchange 2019
The biggest announcement is that Exchange 2019 is the first version of Exchange to work on Windows Server Core. The benefit of Server Core is added security. Server core reduces your attack footprint and a smaller footprint means fewer things to secure and keep up to date.
It’s worth noting that from an administrative standpoint Server Core is a bit of a different animal. If you access Server Core via a console or remote session you are only going to see a command line. You will quickly notice that programs which use an MMC, such as Services or Event Viewer, are unavailable. In addition, shell programs such as Windows Explorer, or, Task Manager are also unavailable.
For Exchange, this is not much of an issue because the Exchange Admin Center and Exchange Management Shell can be run remotely from anywhere. For everything else, you will need to use Remote Server Administration Tools or remote PowerShell. For a list of tools that are directly accessible on Server Core check out the article: What is the Server Core installation option in Windows Server?
For a great write-up on installing Exchange 2019 on Windows Server Core, check out this article from the Exchange Team.
Of course, if you prefer to have the full desktop experience you can still install Exchange 2019 on a server with a GUI. [Read more…] about Exchange 2019 Public Preview Released