Exchange Management Tools (Exchange 2010)

Out of the box, Exchange 2010 comes with two primary tools for managing your environment – the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and the Exchange Management Shell (EMS). With just these two tools a good admin can do almost anything management asks of them 😉

The Exchange 2010 Management Console (EMC)
The Exchange Management Console (EMC). Thick management tool installs 4 life!

The EMC is the GUI tool, which is great to get a quick idea of how a server is configured, how many Transport Rules you have, or do anything that only has to be done a handful of times.

The EMS on the other hand, is great for when you need to pull information from dozens, hundreds, or thousands of items. Imaging if someone asked you who has the largest mailbox in the environment. You could click through thousands of mailboxes in the EMC, or just run a quick cmdlet in the EMS and let PowerShell do the heavy lifting. The EMS also allows you to run more complex scripts that will make your life a lot easier.

The Exchange Management Shell (EMS)
The Exchange Management Shell (EMS). I know consoles can be intimidating but in the right hands, the EMS can get you anything you want.

With these two Exchange management tools, any Exchange admin can rule the world (of Exchange)!

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