One of the things that makes life much, much easier on a team of Exchange admins is having a shared server that everyone can connect to and manage the Exchange environment. Every time I work in a new environment and see that they don’t have one setup I recommend it early in the process, and use the following points to help sell the idea:
- The Exchange tools only need to be installed once for all the admins to use.
- You can more easily control which version of the Exchange tools are used
- The Admin server can act as a repository for your Exchange ISOs, rollups, cumulative updates, admin tools, etc.
- Tasks that need to run on a reoccurring basis, such as CAS log cleanup scripts, can be setup and centrally managed on the Admin server
- All scripts used by the team can be consolidated, and documentation can be created to ensure the right script is used for the right purpose
- You can use an Admin server as your DAG File Share Witness (FSW)
- Working from an Admin server means you can keep people off the actual Exchange servers
- You can give the helpdesk access to the server and build your training and documentation around the single access point (and keep them off the Exchange servers)