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Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Second Edition

ISBN: 978-0735625860
Writing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition was a lot of fun—and a lot of work. As you'll see, Exchange Server 2007 with SP1 or later has many enhancements over its predecessors and that meant a lot of research to ensure the book was as accurate as it could be. I hope you'll agree all the hard work was worth it and that this is one of the best practical, portable guides to Exchange Server 2007 running SP1 or later.

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The Amazon.com Review
The Pocket Consultant series has begun to earn a good name for itself, as an increasing number of system administrators discover that the books are generally of top quality and consistently long on detail. Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Second Edition fits in with its mates, providing concise but complete coverage of Microsoft's latest back-end product for workplace collaboration. The goal isn't to teach about Exchange Server 2007 or explain how it fits into an organization's computing infrastructure--instead, the goal is to document the entire server package concisely, enough to jog the memory of an administrator who needs to perform some task or be reminded of how a feature works.

In a typical section, the book takes on the intricacies of the Exchange Server 2007 data stores. After a speedy but accurate introduction to what each store is for and how it works, the book outlines recommendations (several, actually, each suited for an organization of a particular size and with specific performance requirements) for fitting databases onto disks and protecting those disks with RAID schemes. Coverage of the Exchange Server 2007 database infrastructure is detailed similarly: there's background information, for example, about the performance advantages of zeroing out deleted database pages, and steps to follow for scheduling indexing jobs.l

Topics covered:

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, from the administrator's perspective
The relationship between Exchange Server 2007 and Active Directory
Management of users and groups
Management of online and offline address lists
Database design and upkeep
Server optimization
Message routing


Here’s the utterly practical, pocket-sized reference for IT professionals who support Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 with SP1 or later. 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 Consultant 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!
This "pocket" (5.5x8") guide provides step-by-step instructions for managing desktop, mobile, and remote messaging with Exchange Server 2007. The guide focuses on daily administration procedures, frequently used tasks, documented examples, and options that are representative, with sections on administration fundamentals, active directory services, data store administration, and group administration. The book is designed for current Exchange Server 2007 administrators and Windows administrators familiar with Windows Server 2007. Stanek has written previous books on computing. Annotation ©Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, 2nd Edition is designed to be a concise and compulsively usable resource for Exchange Server 2007 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 2007 with SP1 or later, whether your servers are running on Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008. Because the focus is on giving you maximum value in a pocket-sized 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, the book is designed to be the one resource you turn to whenever you have questions regarding Exchange Server 2007 administration. To this end, the book zeroes in on daily administrative procedures, frequently used 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 2007 technologies such as Edge Sync subscriptions, Local Continuous Replication, Outlook Anywhere, SMTP connectors, and Active Directory site links.

Who Is This Book For?
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, 2nd Edition covers the standard and enterprise editions of Exchange Server 2007. The book is designed for the following readers:
• Current Exchange Server 2007 administrators
• Current Windows administrators who want to learn Exchange Server 2007
• Administrators upgrading to Exchange Server 2007 from Exchange 2000
• Administrators upgrading to Exchange Server 2007 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 2007

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 2007, 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 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Inside Out.

How Is This Book Organized?
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, 2nd Edition is designed to be used in the daily administration of Exchange Server 2007. As such, the book is organized by job-related tasks rather than by Exchange Server 2007 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 a part of an administrator’s library. While Pocket Consultants are the down-and-dirty, in-the trenches books, 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 is an essential part 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 book is broken down into both parts and chapters. Each part contains an opening paragraph or two about the chapters contained in that part.
     Part I, “Exchange Server 2007 Administration Overview,” provides an overview of Exchange servers and Exchange clients. Chapter 1 provides an overview of Exchange Server 2007 administration concepts, tools, and techniques. Chapter 2 discusses deploying Exchange Server. Chapter 3 covers Exchange client setup and management. Chapter 4 extends the Exchange client discussion and looks at mobile Microsoft Office Outlook users as well as Exchange Active Sync, Outlook Web Access, 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.
     In Part II, “Exchange Server 2007 Administration Essentials,” I cover the fundamental tasks you need for Exchange Server administration. Chapter 5 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 6 discusses Windows PowerShell and Exchange Management Shell, providing the essential background for using these powerful command-line environments for Exchange Server administration. Chapter 7 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 8 discusses mailbox administration, including techniques for configuring special-purpose resource mailboxes, moving mailboxes, and configuring mailbox delivery restrictions. In Chapter 9, you’ll find a detailed discussion of how to use distribution groups and address lists. You’ll also learn how to manage these resources. The final chapter in this part covers implementing Exchange security.
     In Part III, “Server and Group Administration,” I discuss advanced tasks for managing and maintaining Exchange organizations. Chapter 11 provides the essentials for managing the Exchange information store, implementing Local Continuous Replication, managing storage groups, and using full-text indexing. Chapter 12 examines administration of mailbox and public folder databases. The chapter also covers how to recover disconnected mailboxes and deleted messaging items. Chapter 13 discusses how you can use messaging resource management to help retain messaging content that your organization may need for business or legal reasons and how to delete messages that are no longer needed. Chapter 14 looks at how you can use public folders in the enterprise.
Chapter 15 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 2000 and Exchanged 2003 routing groups. The chapter also examines configuring Edge Sync subscriptions, journal rules, transport rules, and antispam features. Chapter 16 provides a comprehensive discussion of deploying and managing Client Access servers. The chapter examines HTTP virtual servers, POP3, IMAP4, and Outlook Anywhere. The chapter also examines configuring Exchange Server features for mobile devices including Autodiscovery, Direct Push, Exchange ActiveSync Mailbox Policy, Remote Device Wipe, Password Recovery, Direct File Access, Remote File Access, and WebReady Document Viewing.
     Part IV, “Exchange Server 2007 Optimization and Maintenance,” discusses optimization and maintenance. Chapter 17 discusses 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. Finally, Chapter 18 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.

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