System Manager, a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in for server-based administration, replaces the Administrator program in Exchange 5.5.
MMC contains administrative tools that you can use to administer computers, services, networks, and other system components. Exchange 2000 Server is hosted within MMC. Exchange includes a console file named System Manager, which you can use to manage your Exchange system. For ease of use, System Manager displays your Exchange objects graphically.
Exchange objects include policies, connectors, protocols, storage, routing groups, public folder trees, servers, conferencing services, and chat communities. Some objects, such as folders and administrative groups, are containers for other objects and subcontainers. Other objects, such as policies, are not containers.
Most objects can be copied or moved between containers using familiar Windows drag-and-drop or cut-and-paste operations.
Exchange uses the security model of Windows 2000 and Active Directory to manage objects. Each Exchange object is an Active Directory object with a set of user or group permissions, such as Read, Write, and Delete. If the object is a container, all objects added to it inherit its permissions by default. Some objects also have special extended permissions that are specific to Exchange.
There is one default Exchange administrative group account, which is named Exchange Servers. In most cases, you can use this account as the starting point for your security model. By default, all Exchange objects inherit its permissions.
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