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Exchange Server Protocols

Exchange Protocols

This documentation contains detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols that are implemented and used by Exchange Server to interoperate or communicate with other Microsoft products. It also contains technical specifications for extensions to industry-standard and other published protocols that are used by Exchange Server. In addition, the documentation includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

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Protocols

Exchange Server Protocols Overview Document

Provides information about the protocols and other technologies that are included in the Exchange Server Protocols documentation set and the relationships among those technologies.

Specifications

Exchange Server Protocols Technical Documents

Provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) and other technologies that are used by Exchange Server to communicate with other Microsoft products.

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