Lalita Jat is a Premier Field Engineer from India who works on Exchange Server technologies. In this post she talks about Site Mailboxes, an exciting new collaboration feature.
This is the first post in a two part series in which we will discuss an exciting new feature in Exchange 2013 – Site Mailboxes. Using Site Mailboxes, we can integrate Exchange and SharePoint to enable users to collaborate better by leveraging the traditional strength of Exchange as an email application and SharePoint as a document repository.
In this post, I will introduce Site Mailboxes and explain how to setup SharePoint for Site Mailboxes. I will follow this up with another post detailing configuration and usage.
A site mailbox is a shared mailbox that supports SharePoint integration. This enables Outlook and Exchange to provide multiple collaboration types, where a central project oriented location aggregates documents and emails. More details about Site Mailboxes can be found at this site.
Why use Site Mailboxes? Well there are many reasons, the most common benefits are listed below:
For the integration between Exchange and SharePoint to work correctly, there are some specific things which need to be in place. We will cover many of the details in part 2 of our series, but for now keep in mind that:
There are certain assumptions or pre-requisites which need to be stated prior to actually starting the installation:
With these pre-requisites in place, we are ready to roll and start the installation!
Firstly, when installing SharePoint, ensure you select the ‘Complete’ Option:
Install Enterprise SQL 2012 SP1 (X64) or SQL 2008 R2 SP2 (X64). While we can deploy SQL on the same server, it is recommended to deploy SQL on a dedicated server to ensure sufficient resource availability. See this blog as well to check why we recommend using SQL 2012 SP1.
Thirdly, in the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard, select Create a new server farm.
Next, we specify configuration database settings or create a new Configuration database:
Configure Central Administration Web Application with a port number between 1 to 65535:
Expect the Wizard to take some time to complete! When all is done, you should get the screen below:
While that’s it for now, in the next part of this series, we will discuss the configuration needed on SharePoint and Exchange to be able to create Site Mailboxes. We will then explore how to use Site Mailboxes as well. So stay tuned!
Contributed by Lalita Jat; posted by Arvind Shyamsundar.