Exchange 2007 introduces many new concepts and capabilities, so Microsoft offers many free online resources to help you get better acquainted with it. Please feel free to share this information with anybody on your staff who will be working with Exchange 2007.
Exchange Server 2007 Proof of Concept (POC) in a Box: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4d1e4eca-0a59-4208-83d0-43b812bf0cd9 allows you to experience Exchange Server 2007 using four pre-configured virtual machines with the indicated server roles:
· Active Directory RMS
· Hub Transport, Mailbox, Client Access, Unified Messaging, Forefront Security for Exchange
· Edge Transport, Forefront Security for Exchange
· Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise
TechNet Exchange Server page: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb330841.aspx
Exchange Virtual Labs: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb499043.aspx
Exchange Server Webcasts and Podcasts: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb288465.aspx
Downloadable Technical Architecture of Exchange Server 2007: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b34fa7cc-8f13-4e21-ae87-eb824728ddd1&DisplayLang=en
Downloadable Exchange Server 2007 Management Tools: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6BE38633-7248-4532-929B-76E9C677E802&displaylang=en
Getting Started with Exchange Server 2007 (and Unified Messaging): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D67743AF-9A64-44C5-8BAE-BCA9E140C604&displaylang=en
Common Mistakes When Upgrading Exchange 2000/2003 to Exchange 2007: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555854
Exchange team blog: http://msexchangeteam.com/
Exchange Server forum: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/exchangeserver/
Evaluation Copy of Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (120 days): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb330851.aspx
Tools for Exchange Server 2007: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb330849.aspx
Last but definitely not least, here’s the entire TechNet Library Exchange 2007 overview:
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 Topic Last Modified: 2007-10-31
Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, which provides a reliable messaging system, with built-in protection against spam and viruses. Using Exchange 2007, users throughout your organization can access e-mail, voice mail, calendars, and contacts from a wide variety of devices and from any location.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) introduces many new features and technologies that were not available in the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Exchange Server 2007. These new features and technologies will help to increase productivity and reduce administrative overhead. For more information about the new features and technologies in Exchange 2007 SP1, see What's New in Exchange Server 2007 SP1.
The technical documentation for Exchange 2007 consists of the following categories:
- Getting Started
- Planning and Architecture
- Security and Protection
- Technical Reference
This technical documentation applies to both Exchange 2007 RTM and Exchange 2007 SP1. Some topics contain both RTM and SP1 content, while others are specific to RTM or SP1. The "Applies to" information at the beginning of each topic will let you know to which release of Exchange 2007 the content applies.
Use the Getting Started documentation to learn about the new features available with Exchange 2007, including basic concepts and the steps required to install a simple Exchange 2007 organization. This documentation provides you with a walk-through of Exchange 2007 features and functionality and gives you a first look at how you can use Exchange 2007 as your end-to-end messaging system.
Getting Started documentation includes:
- Server Role Roadmap Roadmap to the Exchange 2007 documentation based on server roles.
- Feature-Based Roadmap Roadmap to the Exchange 2007 documentation based on features.
- What's New Detailed information about the new features found in Exchange 2007.
- Overview Detailed overview of the features and functionality in Exchange 2007.
- Setting up Exchange 2007 Checklist for planning, installing, and configuring Exchange 2007.
- Frequently Asked Questions Frequently asked questions about Exchange 2007.
- Exchange 2007 Language Support Information about the specific languages that are supported for each feature and component within Exchange 2007.
- Getting Assistance Information about how to get assistance Exchange 2007.
- How to Use Exchange Documentation Information about using the Help Viewer.
Use the Planning and Architecture documentation to help you design a highly reliable and consistently available messaging system. This documentation helps you identify concerns related to network infrastructure, hardware, the Active Directory directory service, and administration before you deploy Exchange 2007 in your organization.
Planning and Architecture documentation includes:
- Planning Your Deployment Guidance and best practices for deploying Exchange 2007 organizations of all sizes.
- Planning Active Directory Information about how Exchange Server integrates with Active Directory.
- Planning for Client Access Servers Planning considerations specific to Client Access servers.
- Planning for Edge Transport Servers Planning considerations specific to Edge Transport servers.
- Planning for Hub Transport Servers Planning considerations specific to Hub Transport servers.
- Planning for Mailbox Servers Planning considerations specific to Mailbox servers.
- Planning for Unified Messaging Servers Planning considerations specific to Unified Messaging servers.
- Technical Architecture Information about the architecture of Exchange 2007.
Use the Deployment documentation to get Exchange 2007 up and running in your organization. Whether you are new to Exchange Server or moving from an existing Exchange Server installation, this documentation helps you prepare and deploy a solid Exchange 2007 messaging system to meet your business needs.
Deployment documentation includes:
- Preparing to Deploy Exchange 2007 Information about system requirements for installing Exchange 2007.
- New Installation Information about deploying a new installation of Exchange 2007 in your organization.
- Upgrading to Exchange 2007 Information about upgrading an existing Exchange or non-Exchange messaging system to Exchange 2007.
- Post-Installation Tasks Information about required and optional tasks to complete your Exchange 2007 deployment.
- Removing and Modifying Exchange 2007 Information about the four scenarios for removing and modifying Exchange 2007.
- Recommended Deployments Information about how to deploy various Exchange 2007 topologies.
Use the Operations documentation to learn about the many aspects of operating your organization. This detailed documentation includes conceptual and procedural information about administration, disaster recovery, high availability, monitoring, performance, and troubleshooting.
Operations documentation includes:
- Management Interfaces Information about the Exchange Management Console and Exchange Management Shell.
- Configuring Permissions Detailed information about the permissions that are needed for operating your Exchange 2007 organization.
- Educating Information Workers Information your end users need to know before using various Exchange 2007 features, such as Microsoft Outlook Web Access and Exchange ActiveSync.
- Managing Mailbox Features Information about address lists, the offline address book (OAB), scheduling resources, Out of Office Assistant, content indexing, and storage groups and databases (including public folder management).
- Managing Client Access Information about managing Outlook Web Access, Microsoft Outlook Anywhere, Exchange ActiveSync, POP3 and IMAP4 clients, Autodiscover, and the Availability service.
- Managing Recipients Information about managing mailboxes, contacts, and groups.
- Managing Unified Messaging Information about configuring and managing Unified Messaging (UM) with Exchange 2007.
- Managing Transport Servers Information about managing accepted domains, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) connectors, remote domains, the Pickup directory, the Replay directory, the categorizer, transport agents, the Store driver, delivery status notifications (DSNs), queues, message tracking, protocol logging, and the Address Rewriting agent.
- Managing Anti-Spam and Antivirus Features Information about configuring anti-spam and antivirus features.
- Managing Messaging Policy and Compliance Features Information about messaging records management (MRM).
- Disaster Recovery Information about how to back up and restore your Exchange 2007 data, and other disaster recovery procedures, strategies, and tools.
- High Availability Information about high availability, site resilience, clustered mailbox servers, local continuous replication (LCR), cluster continuous replication (CCR), standby continuous replication (SCR), and single copy clusters (SCC).
- Monitoring and Operations Management Information about monitoring the daily operations of your Exchange 2007 organization and information about using Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) and the Exchange Management Pack.
Use the Troubleshooting documentation to help you diagnose the cause of issues or failures and to resolve problems.
Troubleshooting documentation includes:
- Offline Address Book, Address List, and Recipient Issues Descriptions of event log entries, error codes, sequence numbers, and other information to help you troubleshoot issues.
- Performance Issues Information about isolating the causes of performance problems.
- Public Folder Issues Information about using the Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer to troubleshoot public folder issues.
- Transport and Mailflow Issues Information about using pipeline tracing to diagnose transport problems, and information about non-delivery reports.
- Tools for Troubleshooting A list of all the tools available to help troubleshoot issues and information about how to install and run those tools.
- Unified Messaging Server Issues Specific information for troubleshooting problems with unified messaging.
Use the Security and Protection documentation to help you locate information about deploying and operating a secure organization.
- Data Path Security Reference Information about ports, authentication, and encryption for all data paths used by Exchange 2007.
- Exchange 2007 Permissions: Frequently Asked Questions Answers to common permissions-related questions.
- Exchange 2007 Server Setup Permissions Reference Detailed information about the permissions required to set up an Exchange 2007 organization.
- Securing Exchange Server 2007 Client Access Information about the security and authentication options that are available for the Client Access server role.
- Securing a Unified Messaging Environment Information about the security options that are available for the Unified Messaging server role.
- SMTP TLS Certificate Selection Information about how the Microsoft Exchange Transport service selects certificates for Transport Layer Security (TLS).
Use the Technical Reference documentation to learn about Exchange 2007 components and how these components can be used to more effectively manage and troubleshoot your Exchange 2007 organization. This documentation also includes detailed reference topics about Exchange 2007, including errors and events, features such as tools, scripting languages, and glossary terms.
Technical Reference documentation includes:
- Active Directory Schema Changes Information about the changes that will be made to the Active Directory schema when you install Exchange 2007.
- Exchange Management Shell (SP1) Detailed information about the Exchange Management Shell commands in Exchange 2007 SP1.
- Exchange Management Shell (RTM) Detailed information about the Exchange Management Shell commands in Exchange 2007 RTM.
- Help Reference (SP1) Help topics that are available on demand as you perform tasks in the Exchange 2007 SP1 version of the Exchange Management Console.
- Help Reference (RTM) Help topics that are available on demand as you perform tasks in the Exchange 2007 RTM version of the Exchange Management Console.
- Errors and Events Reference Detailed information about Exchange 2007 errors and events.
- Performance Counters Information about Exchange 2007 performance counters.
- Glossary A list of Exchange 2007 terminology.
Use the Development documentation to learn about creating customized applications that work with Exchange 2007. Exchange 2007 includes new development technologies including Exchange Web services, access to the MIME parser and other content-conversion utilities, and a new agent-based protocol and transport event model. All the new APIs work with the .NET Framework 2.0 and managed code, so your applications can use the latest Microsoft programming tools and methods.
Development documentation includes information about:
- Selecting the Exchange 2007 development technology that is right for your application needs.
- Working with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the new Exchange 2007 development technologies.
- Migrating applications from Exchange 2003 technologies to the new APIs.
- Learning a variety of important programming tasks using the technologies available in Exchange 2007.
- Technical reference material needed to effectively use the Exchange 2007 APIs, including the new Exchange 2007 Web services, agents, and content conversion APIs.
# Thanks to Michelle Z for this information
# Thanks to Michelle Z for this information