We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, by William Stanek, is now available for purchase in bookstores (Microsoft Press, 2010; ISBN: 9780735627123; 688 pages)!
Here’s the author’s Introduction:
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant is designed to be a concise and compulsively usable resource for Exchange Server 2010 administrators. This is the readable resource guide that you’ll want on your desk at all times. The book covers everything you need to perform the core administrative tasks for Exchange Server 2010, whether your servers are running on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Because the focus of this book is on giving you maximum value in a pocket-size guide, you don’t have to wade through hundreds of pages of extraneous information to find what you’re looking for. Instead, you’ll find exactly what you need to get the job done.
In short, this book is designed to be the one resource you turn to whenever you have questions regarding Exchange Server 2010 administration. To this end, the book zeroes in on daily administrative procedures, frequently performed tasks, documented examples, and options that are representative although not necessarily inclusive. One of the goals is to keep the content so concise that the book remains compact and easy to navigate while at the same time ensuring that the book is packed with as much information as possible—making it a valuable resource. Thus, instead of a hefty 1,000-page tome or a lightweight 100-page quick reference, you get a valuable resource guide that can help you quickly and easily perform common tasks, solve problems, and implement advanced Exchange Server 2010 technologies such as EdgeSync subscriptions, local continuous replication, Outlook Anywhere, SMTP connectors, and Active Directory site links.
Who Is This Book For?
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant covers the Standard and Enterprise editions of Exchange Server 2010. The book is designed for the following readers:
- Current Exchange Server 2010 administrators
- Current Windows administrators who want to learn Exchange Server 2010
- Administrators upgrading to Exchange Server 2010 from Exchange 2007
- Administrators upgrading to Exchange Server 2010 from Exchange 2003
- Administrators transferring from other messaging servers
- Managers and supervisors who have been delegated authority to manage mailboxes or other aspects of Exchange Server 2010
To pack in as much information as possible, I had to assume that you have basic networking skills and a basic understanding of e-mail and messaging servers. With this in mind, I don’t devote entire chapters to explaining why e-mail systems are needed or how they work. I don’t devote entire chapters to installing Exchange Server 2010 either. I do, however, provide complete details on the components of Exchange organizations and how you can use these components to build a fully redundant and highly available messaging environment. You will also find complete details on all the essential Exchange administration tasks.
I also assume that you are fairly familiar with Windows Server. If you need help learning Windows Server, I highly recommend that you buy Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant or Windows Server 2008 Inside Out.
How Is This Book Organized?
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant is designed to be used in the daily administration of Exchange Server 2010. As such, the book is organized by job-related tasks rather than by Exchange Server 2010 features. If you are reading this book, you should be aware of the relationship between Pocket Consultants and Administrator’s Companions. Both types of books are designed to be part of an administrator’s library. Pocket Consultants are the down-and-dirty, in-the-trenches books, while Administrator’s Companions are the comprehensive tutorials and references that cover every aspect of deploying a product or technology in the enterprise.
Speed and ease of reference are essential parts of this hands-on guide. The book has an expanded table of contents and an extensive index for finding answers to problems quickly. Many other quick reference features have been added as well. These features include quick step-by-step instructions, lists, tables with fast facts, and extensive cross-references.
The first two chapters provide an overview of Exchange servers and Exchange clients. Chapter 1 provides an overview of Exchange Server 2010 administration concepts, tools, and techniques. Chapter 2 discusses deploying Exchange Server.
Next I cover the fundamental tasks you need for Exchange Server administration. Chapter 3 details how Exchange environments are organized, how information is stored in Exchange Server, and how Exchange Server works. The chapter also explores Exchange message queues and Exchange Server service management. Chapter 4 discusses Windows PowerShell and the Exchange Management Shell, providing the essential background for using these powerful command-line environments for Exchange Server administration. Chapter 5 takes a look at creating and managing users and contacts. You’ll learn all about Exchange aliases, enabling and disabling exchange mail for individual users, forwarding mail offsite, and more. Chapter 6 discusses mailbox administration, including techniques for configuring special-purpose resource mailboxes, moving mailboxes, and configuring mailbox delivery restrictions. In Chapter 7, you’ll find a detailed discussion of how to use distribution groups and address lists. You’ll also learn how to manage these resources. Chapter 8 covers how to implement Exchange security.
In the next several chapters, I discuss advanced tasks for managing and maintaining Exchange organizations. Chapter 9 provides the essentials for managing database availability groups and using full-text indexing. Chapter 10 examines administration of mailbox and public folder databases. The chapter also covers how to recover disconnected mailboxes and deleted messaging items. Chapter 11 looks at how you can use public folders in the enterprise.
Chapter 12 provides a comprehensive discussion of deploying and managing Hub Transport servers and Edge Transport servers. The chapter examines SMTP connectors, Active Directory sites, Active Directory links, and connecting to Exchange 2003 routing groups. The chapter also examines configuring EdgeSync subscriptions, journal rules, transport rules, and anti-spam features. Chapter 13 provides a comprehensive discussion of deploying and managing Client Access servers. The chapter examines IIS Web servers, POP3, IMAP4, and Outlook Anywhere. The chapter also examines configuring Exchange Server features for mobile devices, including Autodiscover, Direct Push, Exchange ActiveSync Mailbox Policy, Remote Device Wipe, Password Recovery, Direct File Access, Remote File Access, and WebReady Document Viewing.
In Chapter 14, you’ll learn about troubleshooting essentials as well as Exchange maintenance, monitoring, and queuing. You’ll learn key techniques for using message tracking, protocol logging, and connectivity logging for troubleshooting. You’ll also learn techniques for automated monitoring and managing Exchange message queues—both of which can help ensure that your Exchange organization runs smoothly. Chapter 15 details how to back up and restore Exchange Server. You’ll learn key techniques that can help you reliably back up and, more important, recover Exchange Server in case of failure.
Chapter 16 covers Exchange client setup and management, and Chapter 17 extends the Exchange client discussion and looks at mobile Microsoft Office Outlook users as well as Exchange Active Sync, Outlook Web App, and Outlook Anywhere. With more and more users working on the road or from home, this chapter helps ensure that you can give these mobile users the best support possible.
To download sample chapters, as well as learning snacks and online clinics, be sure to visit the Microsoft Learning Exchange Server 2010 Training Portal.