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Exchange 2013 SP1 Architecture Poster

Exchange 2013 SP1 Architecture Poster

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In the smelly MEC 2014 man purse, there was  a shiny Exchange 2103 SP1 architecture poster.  The MEC attendees were the first ones to get the update to the older Exchange 2013 RTM poster, which is now published for everyone! 

I created a deep zoom of the poster so that it is easy to scroll around on phones and tablet devices.  Click theUse This Control Box In the Zoom Poster To Navigate toggle  button at the bottom right hand corner to enter full screen mode. 

Use these controls to zoom in on touch devices rather than the native pinch zoom, else the text will not be readable as you will not be zooming just stretching the currently rendered image.   If you have a mouse and scroll wheel that can also be used to zoom in and out.  Pressing ‘Esc’ will exit the zoom, and return to the blog.

You can also directly download the Exchange 2013 SP1 poster from the Microsoft Download Center.

The Exchange architecture posters have been a very popular wallpaper choice for messaging engineers to adorn their cubicle walls with!  Over the years there have been multiple iterations of the poster, and for reference the older ones are here: 



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  • Thanks for the poster link!

  • I was here, I appreciate the posters, I walked away a happy customer.

  • @Milo: ..a happy customer, hmm? Then a couple of months later you realize no matter how fancy these different architecture posters are, when the on-premise version of all the MS server products are considered in Redmond as 2nd class citizen against the big Office 365 and Online cloud.
    Thats the big weapon of MS: they have excellent marketing, to make the enthusiast believe what they want. Teched is a very 1-sided event: there is no way for the competition to tell you the other side of the truth that MS is stating regarding their products. Most of the MS products are somehow okay -at best-, but all have annoying defects. If for this reason you want a more sophisticated solution, it always turns out that you must buy a 3rd party.

    Exchange has built-in spam protection... though serious big multinational companies always use 3rd party anti-spam systems instead of the exchange one. Direct Access VPN-access is great.. still big companies user rather Junos, Checkpoint etc than DA. Lync has response group, but its completely useless for any type of serious call center / contact center functionality. Windows Server 2012 has IP address management, its still a stupid childs toy compared to some 3rd party IPAM systems. Thats what MS products are most of the time: cheap products for cheap people. If you have anything more serious requirements, than Average Joes 10-people IT startup, you must invest in 3rd party. Now thats the message you never hear on any of those famous Teched events.

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