February 09, 2009, 3:42 PM — J. Peter Bruzzese, author of Exchange Server 2007 How-To, knows a thing or two about Exchange. His advice: "Get reacquainted with the command-line, my friend. It's not disappearing and any Exchange guru (or Windows guru) worth his title these days is a command-line lover."
This is part of a regular series that highlights new books and their authors. Also in this series: Raffael Marty on security visualization, Joel Scambray on exposing the hacker's advantage, Brandon Carroll on wireless networking, and Scott Hogg on IPv6 security.
"What I like best about Exchange 2007," says J. Peter Bruzzese, author of Exchange Server 2007 How-To, "is the overall ease of use thanks to two, very different, management features: the Exchange Management Console (EMC), which is a GUI interface and the Exchange Management Shell (EMS) which is a command-line interface based on Microsoft's new PowerShell.
And then with SP1 we have several new features that really made the writing of another book on the subject an absolute must. For example, there is a new high availability feature called Standby Continuous Replication (SCR). There is a new console for public folder management. There are enhancements to the ActiveSync policies for your mobile devices. And did you know that Exchange 2007 has a Unified Messaging feature that will allow you to remove your VoIP solution and pull everything into a universal Inbox (email, voice and incoming faxes)?
What can readers expect to learn? The book begins with the basics of Exchange 2007 and builds from that point. So, everything from installation of Exchange to creating mailboxes, with the later chapters handling more advance subjects like High Availability and Unified Messaging.
The book is structured according to a Scenario/Problem introduction with a Solution presented. So, at times the scenario is simply that there is a new feature that requires explanation on how it works. Other times it's a scenario that involves a specific problem that has been experienced in the field (both simple and complex) and then we provide the solution to that problem.
- Read, read, read. Everything... but especially what is found on the Microsoft Exchange Team blog.
- Look up various MVP sites for Exchange. These folks post information for free regarding their personal experiences. It's a key.
- Nothing beats experience. Work through the how-tos in my book to ensure you have more than head knowledge.
- Try and attend at least one Exchange oriented conference each year. Tech Ed is a good one, TechMentor, Windows Connections, TEC. I speak at most of these and I love attending sessions and learning from other Exchange gurus.
- Teach someone else. You never learn a subject so thoroughly as when you have to teach it to others.