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Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 High Availability by Nuno Mota

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Introducing modern Public Folders

Public Folders (PFs), first introduced in Exchange 4.0, were initially designed as a method of collecting, organizing, and easily sharing information with other users. These days, they are still widely used to share e-mails, contacts, and documents. Users are also able to send e-mails to PFs when these are mail-enabled, allowing PFs to act as a discussion forum or distribution group archive.

Up until Exchange 2013, PFs always had their own dedicated database which could be replicated between servers to achieve resilience and high availability. This also allowed for PFs (or a replica) to be, from a network perspective, closer to users, improving performance and saving bandwidth. One of the biggest headaches with ...

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