Configuring a Mimecast Synchronization Engine Site

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This page applies to the MSE v3.x or later.

The site configuration utility is used to configure and view information about your Mimecast Synchronization Engine (MSE) site.

 

Configuring the Microsoft Mailbox

 

The Microsoft Mailbox defines the user context that MSE uses when connecting to your Microsoft infrastructure. The account entered must have the relevant permissions for each feature. For full details on these requirements read the following:

 

To set the Microsoft mailbox:

  1. Open the Site Configure utility on the server where MSE is installed.
  2. Click the Accounts tab.
  3. Complete the tab as follows:

    Field / OptionDescription
    SMTP AddressEnter the primary email address of the user you want to use to access your environment.
    PasswordEnter the password of the primary email address entered in the "SMTP Address" field.
    Use Exchange ImpersonationSelect this option to allow the user to impersonate other users in your organization to perform tasks on their behalf.
    Directory Type

    The option to specify in this drop down is controlled by the type of deployment you are using. Refer to the table below for the value to select:

     

    Target EnvironmentDirectory Type
    Microsoft Exchange (On-Premises)Microsoft Active Directory
    Microsoft Active Directory (On-Premises)Microsoft Active Directory
    Microsoft Office 365 (Hybrid)Microsoft Active Directory
    Microsoft Office 365 (Standalone)Microsoft Office 365 Directory

    Changing the Directory Type affects where group / address resolution occurs. This is will either be the On-Premises Active Directory, or Microsoft Office 365.

           
    Requires AuthenticationSelect whether authentication is required.
  4. Click the Apply button.
  5. Start the Site Bind process described below.

 

connection.pngChanging the MSE Connection Settings

 

If required, the MSE can be configured to use a proxy server for connections from the host server to Mimecast.

 

To do this:

  1. Open the Site Configure utility on the server where MSE is installed.
  2. Click the Connection tab.
  3. Complete the tab as follows:

    Field / OptionDescription
    Use ProxySelect this option to enable you to enter your proxy connection settings.
    Proxy HostEnter your proxy host.
    Proxy PortEnter the port number of your proxy host.
    Requires AuthenticationSelect this if your proxy server requires authentication for outbound connections.
    UsernameIf the "Requires Authentication" option is selected, enter a user that has permission to connect outbound mail to Mimecast in the format that your proxy server expects.
    PasswordIf the "Requires Authentication" option is selected, enter the password for the user entered in the "Username" field.
  4. Click the Apply button.
  5. Start the Site Bind process described below.

 

Binding a Site

 

In the context of the MSE, a binding is a security association between the application and Mimecast. The binding is created when a user with the required permissions successfully authenticates using the site Bind process on the server where the MSE in installed. Binding is required for you to view the MSE site in the Administration Console, and start applying scheduled tasks.

 

To successfully create a binding you'll need:

  • Outbound connectivity using HTTPS (port 443) from the server where the MSE is installed to Mimecast.
  • Access to the server where the MSE is installed.
  • The email address and password for the Mimecast account. See the Mimecast Synchronization Engine: Synchronization Engine Administrator Role page for a suitable role for this account with minimal permissions for day to day operational requirements.

 

Bind Process v4Binding a v4.x Site

 

To bind an MSE v4.x site:

  1. Open Mimecast Synchronization Engine.
  2. Configure the Accounts tab. See the Mimecast Synchronization Engine (MSE) Site Configuration page for further details.
  3. Clicking on the Apply button. The site bind process starts.
  4. Provide the Mimecast Credentials in the Validation dialog as follows:

    Field / OptionDescription
    Email AddressSpecify the email address of the user with the Synchronization Engine Administrator role.
    PasswordSpecify the password of the user with the Synchronization Engine Administrator role.
    Authentication TypeSpecify a Authentication Type. Check you have the correct value before continuing.
    Failure to provide correct credentials for the selected authentication type, or using a user with insufficient permissions, results in the site bind failing.
  5. Click on the Bind button. A validation dialog displays confirmation on whether the site bind was a success or failure.

    Bind Validation
  6. Click on the Close button on the validation dialog.
  7. Click on the Close button on the Mimecast Synchronization Engine dialog.

 

Binding a v3.x Site

 

To bind an MSE v3.x site:

  1. Open the Site Configure utility on the server where MSE is installed.

  2. Click the Apply button to display the Validation dialog.

    Bind Valiadation

  3. Enter the Primary Email Address and Password of a Mimecast Administrator account. This can be either a Cloud or Active Directory password.

  4. Click the Bind button.

 

The utility automatically runs through the following steps to:

  • Find the Mimecast account associated with the domain name of the email address entered.
  • Register (bind) the site with the discovered account.
  • Validate that the configured Microsoft mailbox can successfully query the configured Directory Type.
  • Validate that the configured Microsoft Mailbox can successfully access Exchange.
  • Save the binding information to local storage.

 

After a successful site bind the following text will display in the dialog box:

[+] ALL SETTINGS ARE VALID, close this window to save the settings

 

Once a binding has been successfully created, you can view your installation in the Mimecast Administration Console by clicking the Administration | Services | Synchronization Engine Sites menu item.

 

Displaying your MSE Site Configuration

 

You can display the configuration of your MSE site:

  1. Open the Site Configure utility on the server where MSE is installed.
  2. Click the Site tab. The tab displays the following configuration details:

    Field / OptionDescription
    Server NameThis is automatically populated with the server's hostname.
    Display NameBy default this is set to the server's hostname. You can change this by clicking in the field, entering the required value, and clicking the Apply button.
    Site CodeThis is populated by an automatically generated code to uniquely identify the site.
    RegionThis is automatically detected based on the region that your Mimecast account is hosted.
    CompanyThis is automatically populated once your site is bound with the company name registered to your Mimecast account.
    VersionDisplays the application's version.
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