Follow the steps below to get Exchange Ingestion up and running in your environment.
Step 1: Prepare for Exchange Ingestion
To use Exchange Ingestion you will need version 4.3 or later of the Mimecast Synchronization Engine installed in your environment.
The Mimecast Synchronization Engine installer is presented as an executable file that launches a wizard guiding you through the install.
Requirements and recommendations
- The Mimecast Synchronization Engine must be installed on a Windows Server operating system in conjunction with the .Net Framework version 4.
- The Mimecast Synchronization Engine can be installed on Windows Server 2008 through to Windows Server 2012 R2.
- Exchange Ingestion has support for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 through to Exchange Server 2013 as well as Office 365 in standalone and hybrid configurations.
- For the best performance in an on-premises Exchange environment, the Mimecast Synchronization Engine should be installed on the same LAN as the Exchange server(s) hosting the mailboxes you wish to ingest.
- The Mimecast Synchronization Engine must be able to connect outbound using HTTPS (port 443) from the host server to the Mimecast IP range.
Once the Mimecast Synchronization Engine is successfully installed you need to configure the application to use a master mailbox with permission to access the mailboxes you want to ingest.
Select the guide from the list below that best matches your organization's environment for guidance on configuring the Mimecast Synchronization Engine
- Mimecast Synchronization Engine Requirements
- Mimecast Synchronization Engine Best Practice
- Installing / Upgrading the Mimecast Synchronization Engine
- Configuring a Mimecast Synchronization Engine Site
Step 2: Create and manage an ingestion batch
Exchange Ingestion allows you to ingest messages from user mailboxes in batches. These batches are created and managed in the Administration Console.
Consider creating a test batch of 1 or 2 mailboxes before ingesting all of your user mailboxes. This will allow you to measure the performance of the data ingestion from your environment and help you plan the optimal number of mailboxes to include in a production batch.