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Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange

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Mail Security can simplify the management of one or more Microsoft Exchange Servers across your organization. You can create the server groups that have a common purpose and, therefore, require the same protection. By grouping servers, you can apply a common set of protection settings once, rather than repeatedly to each server. The reduction in configuration time and maintenance costs can be considerable in a large network with multiple servers that perform similar roles.

Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft exchange primarily consists of two components, server and console. With this console, you can manage your Mail Security from a single computer. When you open this console, mail security automatically logs onto all of your managed servers. The console logs onto a server to check status or apply settings to it. Several settings like remote install and upgrade can be done with the console. As per your requirement you can create various server groups that serve a similar purpose. You can also deploy settings to all you managed servers in the group from the console. By grouping servers, you can apply a set of security rules or policies settings once, rather than repeatedly to each server.

You can configure settings for each server individually. You can use the following groups to configure and manage multiple servers:

Global Group

The Global Group consists of all of the servers that you manage through the Mail Security console.

The changes are propagated to all servers in all groups when you configure and apply Global Group settings. Changes that are made at the Global Group level overwrite all individual server and user-defined server group settings.

Mail Security provides the following Global Groups:

  • Global Group - Exchange 2007

    All Exchange 2007 servers belong to the Global Group - Exchange 2007. No other exchange server group other than Exchange 2007 Server is supported in this group.

  • Global Group - Exchange 2010

    All Exchange 2010 servers belong to the Global Group - Exchange 2010. No other exchange server group other than Exchange 2010 Server is supported in this group.

  • Global Group - Exchange 2013

    All Exchange 2013 servers belong to the Global Group - Exchange 2013. No other exchange server group other than Exchange 2013 Server is supported in this group.

  • Global Group - Exchange 2016

    All Exchange 2016 servers belong to the Global Group - Exchange 2016. No other exchange server group other than Exchange 2016 Server is supported in this group.

Global Groups include the servers that are added to user-defined groups as well as servers that are added to multi-server management control but are not assigned to a specific server group.

You cannot create or delete Global Groups.

User-defined server group(s)

A user-defined server group is a grouping of servers that have common roles and, therefore, require similar configurations. You can create a user-defined server group and configure settings for the group to simplify server management. For example, a server group might be all of the mail servers that are used by a department (for example, marketing) or the physical location of a group of mail servers (for example, third floor servers in Building A).

A managed server can only belong to one user-defined group.

See Moving a server to another user-defined server group

See Viewing the status of a server

Settings for an individual server are stored by that server. Mail Security saves the settings for groups in the following default file location:

\Program Files (x86)\Symantec\CMaF\2.3\Settings\Groups

The associated files are automatically deleted when you delete a group.