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Slimming Down Exchange 2013

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  • Greetings, I'm looking for information on reducing the resource impact of Exchange 2013 server.

    My environment is a single Exchange 2013 standard trial server, running the CAS and mailbox roles.  The version is 15.0.712.24 aka CU2(a).  There are 10 mailboxes, 3 DGs and 0 DDGs.  The AD is in 2008 native mode.

    First question, do I need IPV6 in my environment?

    Second question, I'd like to turn off all unnecessary Exchange services.  I can't seem to find much information about this.  Here's a list of my installed services and their startup type.  Which of these may be safely disabled in my environment?

    Microsoft Exchange Active Directory Topology,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Anti-spam Update,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange DAG Management,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Diagnostics,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange EdgeSync,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Frontend Transport,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Health Manager,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange IMAP4,Disabled
    Microsoft Exchange IMAP4 Backend,Disabled
    Microsoft Exchange Information Store,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Assistants,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Replication,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Transport Delivery,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Transport Submission,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange POP3,Disabled
    Microsoft Exchange POP3 Backend,Disabled
    Microsoft Exchange Replication,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange RPC Client Access,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Search,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Search Host Controller,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Server Extension for Windows Server Backup,Manual
    Microsoft Exchange Service Host,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Throttling,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Transport,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Transport Log Search,Automatic
    Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging,Disabled
    Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging Call Router,Disabled

    Thank you for any assistance which you may be able to offer :)


    Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:03 PM

Answers

  • 1. In Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, IPv6 is supported only when IPv4 is also installed and enabled

    ref: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg144561(v=exchg.150).aspx

    2. for disabling the services,

    You can stop only these services for your environment.

    Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging
    Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging Call Router
    Microsoft Exchange POP3
    Microsoft Exchange POP3 Backend
    Microsoft Exchange IMAP4
    Microsoft Exchange IMAP4 Backend

    Run Test-ServiceHealth on Exchange Management Shell, it will list out the services that are required for functional exchange 2013

    Tuesday, August 06, 2013 8:53 PM

All replies

  • 1. In Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, IPv6 is supported only when IPv4 is also installed and enabled

    ref: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg144561(v=exchg.150).aspx

    2. for disabling the services,

    You can stop only these services for your environment.

    Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging
    Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging Call Router
    Microsoft Exchange POP3
    Microsoft Exchange POP3 Backend
    Microsoft Exchange IMAP4
    Microsoft Exchange IMAP4 Backend

    Run Test-ServiceHealth on Exchange Management Shell, it will list out the services that are required for functional exchange 2013

    Tuesday, August 06, 2013 8:53 PM
  • http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee423542(v=exchg.141).aspx

    Found this :)

    Still, the description of the Microsoft Exchange Replication service is different in the services MMC, where the wording makes it seem unimportant to a single-server environment.  The TechNet page is more accurate, because it definitely says that the service supplies database mounting services to all mailbox servers (DAG or no).

    Any other gotchas which anyone would like to discuss?  :)

    Tuesday, August 06, 2013 9:22 PM