The Bottom Line: If you need a backpack friendly reference guide to (almost) everything Exchange 2003, you can go wrong with the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.
I recently started a new job as a Senior Systems Engineer for a mid-sized Mid-West financial company and one of my primary job functions is running the Microsoft Exchange 2003 installation. Although I have installed, configured and administered Exchange 5.5 installations, and administered Exchange 2000 systems, I am new to Microsoft Exchange 2003. Not that there are many major differences between Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003, but there are enough under-the-hood tweaks to the email program that I felt a little help in the form of the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, was in order.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant is divided into the following four parts:
Part I Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administration Fundamentals Part II - Active Directory Services and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Part III - Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Data Store Administrative Part IV - Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Group Administration
The 496 page Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, published by coincidence by Microsoft Press, is a small (5.5x8") blue paperback guide that provides step-by-step instructions for managing day-to-day desktop, mobile, and remote messaging with Microsoft Exchange 2003. Rather than immersing the reader in the minutia of Microsoft Exchange 2003 installation and configuration, the guide focuses on daily Microsoft Exchange 2003 administration procedures and frequently used tasks. The book is replete with documented procedural examples that cover administration fundamentals (user mailbox administration), active directory services, data store administration, and group administration. The book is specifically designed for current Microsoft Exchange 2003 administrators and those who have more than a passing familiarity with Windows Server 2003 and Active Directory (AD).
From the Publisher:Here's the utterly practical, pocket-sized reference for IT professionals who support Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. This unique guide provides essential details for using this next-generation messaging and collaboration platform to deliver better performance, interoperability, and end-user experience. Written by an award-winning author of more than two dozen computer books, this POCKET CONSULANT puts expert installation, migration, administration, and troubleshooting advice right at your fingertips. Featuring quick-reference tables, concise lists, and step-by-step instructions, this handy, one-stop guide provides fast, accurate answers on the spot-whether you're at your desk or in the field!
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant allows you to:
Configure and manage Exchange clients Use Active Directory service to administer users and contacts Set up mailbox rights, permissions, and storage limits Implement Exchange policies and security settings Manage storage groups, data stores, and databases Use security and distribution groups, address lists, and templates Create and administer public folders Configure SMTP, IMAP4, POP3, and HTTP virtual servers Support mobile Microsoft Outlook users and Outlook Web Access Perform backups and recovery and monitor server performance
Since assuming my new duties I have found the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant invaluable ally in the almost daily barrage of administrative chores associated with even a mid-sized Exchange 2003 installation. Granted, a large portion of my administrative functions associated with Exchange consisted creating, or editing, renaming or deleting user mailboxes, and or distribution lists, but there is fair amount of behind-the-scenes work that needs to be accomplished. From monitoring the database stores, to tracking processor, disk, and memory usage, to creating and maintaining public stores, the functionality built into Exchange can be overwhelming.
That is where the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant really makes a difference in the amount of time I can spend looking for answers. For instance Part I covers everything from Configuring Microsoft Outlook for the First Time, to Managing Wireless Browsing. Most of the answers I have sought have been within the pages of this very concise and mostly complete book.
That is not to say that the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant has all of the answers; it doesnt, nor would I expect it to, but it does contain the most common administrative tasks one might encounter.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant is well laid out, and I believe written in an easy to follow, logically laid out format that make finding the answer easy. Is it the only book or reference material you should have at your disposal? Of course not, but it can certainly enhance your Microsoft Exchange 2003 reference arsenal, and give you a quick a compact guide to look for answers.
Could I be a successful Exchange Administrator without the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant? Sure, but I would be a lot harder and a touch more time-consuming, and time is not something I have a lot of. If you need a backpack friendly reference guide to (almost) everything Exchange 2003, you can go wrong with the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, from Microsoft Press.
About the Author:William R. Stanek has 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He is a leading technology expert and an award-winning author. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers and network engineers all over the world. He has written more than two dozen computer books. Current or forthcoming books include Microsoft Windows XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Microsoft Windows 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.
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