Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What is Server Configuration Node and how to use it

The Server Configuration Node is used to view a list of all the Servers in the Exchange Organization and perform server role-specific tasks like viewing the Exchange certificates in the Work pane. The main thing you’ve to remember is, the Nodes that are under Server Configuration show only the Microsoft Exchange servers that have a specific server role installed. The following sub-nodes are in the Server Configuration Node.
•    Mailbox Use this node to manage the features of Mailbox servers, including viewing the properties of database copies.
•    Client Access Use this node to manage the features of Client Access servers, including POP3 and IMAP4, Exchange ActiveSync, Outlook Web App, the Exchange Control Panel, and offline address book (OAB) distribution.
•    Hub Transport Use this node to manage the features of Hub Transport server and receive connectors.
•    Unified Messaging Use this node to manage the features of Unified Messaging (UM) servers, including enabling and disabling UM.
You can view the following actions when you select Server Configuration node either by right clicking on it or by using he action pane.

Modify Configuration Domain Controller
If you want to select the domain controller that you want to use for server and organization configuration, you have to click Modify Configuration Domain Controller.
Export List
As the name suggests, you can click on the Export List to open the Export List dialog box. Moreover, you can also use this dialog box to save the list of recipients in the result pane to a text file.
In order to modify the way of the objects that are displayed in the console, to record and view the Exchange Management Shell commands that run in the console, you can click View. The following options may vary depending on the location in the console tree.
•    View Exchange Management Shell Command Log
If you want to view the Shell Command Log dialog box, you can click View Exchange Management Shell Command Log. At the same time, the Command Log allows you to view all the Shell commands that have been executed in the console.
•    Add/Remove Columns
You have to click Add/Remove Columns to select which columns you want to display in the result pane and to change the order. At the same time, the available columns depend on the Node that you select. As the MMC automatically saves your settings, you can click Restore Defaults in the Add/Remove Columns dialog box.
•   Visual Effects
As the name suggests, you can click Visual Effects to set the visual effects to be never on or automatic. Moreover, you can use the visual effects setting to configure how Exchange wizards are displayed. You can increase the performance by turning OFF visual effects, if your connection is slow when running the wizards. You can use the Automatic Setting to have the console detect if your System should have visual effects turned ON or OFF.
•    Save Current Filter as Default
You can click Save Current Filter as Default in order to make the existing filter the default for the servers listed in the result pane.
•   Customize
These settings apply to the entire console. Use this Customize option to select the console components and snap-ins to display or hide.
If you want to refresh the information displayed in the result pane, you can use the Refresh.