Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 – Advanced Solutions: Availability

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Exchange Server 2013 offers some new enhancements when it comes to high availability, storage, and site resiliency. This course describes these enhancements. You will also learn how to plan, configure, and manage site-resilient database availability groups and networks including planning a cross-site DAG configuration, recommending quorum options given customer requirements, and implementing Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC). This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server (70-342) 2013 exam.

Target Audience

This learning path is targeted at senior Microsoft Exchange administrators who plan and manage multi-site enterprise class deployments of Exchange servers. It is also designed for individuals who seek professional distinction through the Exchange 2013 MSCE. This is done by completing the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) – Office 365 certification and then taking the 70-341 – Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 exam and the 70-342 – Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 exam.



Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

Overview High Availability and Site Resilience

  • select examples of high availability using resiliency
  • Database Availability Groups Operational Overview I

  • describe how Database Availability Groups (DAGs) can provide high availability and resilience
  • Database Availability Groups Operational Overview II

  • describe the configuration of a Database Availability Group (DAG)
  • How Storage Enhancements Affect Availability

  • recognize how storage enhancement affects availability
  • Changes in Exchange 2013 Affecting Availability

  • describe how the Managed Availability Service affects availability
  • How High Availability Enhancements Affect Availability

  • describe the enhancements made to provide high availability and site resilience
  • High Availability Cmdlets

  • identify how cmdlets are used to create high availability for DAGs
  • Configuring DAG Networks (Part 1)

  • identify DAG network configuration requirements
  • Configuring DAG Networks (Part 2)

  • compare the DAG member’s client-facing and replication NIC
  • Configuring DAG Networks – Example Configurations

  • describe characteristics of a two member DAG located in the same site with two NIC cards in each; one connected to the MAPI network and one connected to the replication network
  • Configuring DAG Networks – iSCSI Networks

  • recognize best practices for using iSCSI with DAGs
  • Configuring DAG Networks – Encryption and Compression

  • describe DAG network encryption and compression support
  • Planning Cross-Site DAG Configuration – SLA

  • list the key DAG configuration considerations when designing a Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  • Planning Cross-Site DAG – Secondary Datacenters

  • list the key DAG configuration considerations when planning secondary datacenters
  • Planning Cross-Site DAG – Single DAG, Three AD Sites

  • describe how you can optimize a cross-site DAG configuration
  • Quorum Options – Quorum Concept

  • identify the functions of Quorum
  • Datacenter Activation Coordination (Part 1)

  • describe features of Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC) mode
  • Datacenter Activation Coordination (Part 2)

  • identify limitations when implementing DAC
  • Exercise: Implementing Database Availability Groups