Monday, July 11, 2011

Exchange Server: How to understand and use the Exchange Control Panel

In order to provide the services for the Exchange Organizations, the Exchange Control Panel is used. It is a Web Application that is capable of running a Client Access Server. If you install the Client Access Service, this Exchange Control Panel will be automatically installed. If you wish to manage Exchange from just about anywhere, you can simply enter the URL path for the application in the address field of your browser. Then, you can access the Exchange Control Panel. By default, the Exchange Control Panel URL will be https://yourserver.yourdomain.com/ecp
The Client Access Server which you connect is capable of processing the remote actions via the ECP application running on the default Web site. The physical directory of this application is %ExchangeInstallPath%\ClientAccess\Ec. Then, it runs the context of an application pool named MSExchangeECPAppPool. In the %ExchangeInstallPath%\ClientAccess\Ecp directory on your server, you’ll find a web.config file that defines the settings for the ECP application.



If you’re installing an Exchange Server, the setup process will create a self-signed Security Certificate as this default certificate isn’t issued by a trusted authority and you can see a related error message when you use HTTPs to access services hosted by your Client Access Servers.

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