The Exchange Team has made a big shift in the administration of Exchange 2013, by replacing the familiar management console and control panel with a web based admin console.
In Exchange 2013, the EMC that we are used to in 2007 & 2010 is the Exchange Control Panel with a big facelift. Since the console is now web based, it can be used from any machine without the need of installing any management tools. This new console replaces the EMC and ECP that we are familiar with in the 2010 world. Microsoft supports the EAC on a number of OS & browser combinations. The table below (from TechNet) shows the supportability.
In order to login to the EAC, navigate to https://<servername>/ecp using your preferred browser. Login using your admin credentials.
Once signed in, you get the option to set the language and time zone (similar to OWA 2010). This only happens when you login for the first time.
You will now be presented with the options to manage your 2013 environment, provided you have the rights assigned. If you are familiar with 2010 EMC, the layout is similar. You don’t be lost!
This new web based console allows you to manage your 2013 on-premise, online and hybrid deployments, all from the same window.
This is a quick intro to the new Exchange Admin Center in 2013. Setup a test lab and play with the different options in EAC 2013 to make yourself familiar with the tool to use in the next Exchange version