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Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

ISBN: 0-7356-1978-6
Writing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant was a lot of fun—and a lot of work. As you'll see, Exchange Server 2003 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 2003.

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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 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 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 2003 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 2003 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 2003 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 2003, from the administrator's perspective
The relationship between Exchange Server 2003 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 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 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 2003. 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 2003 administrators and Windows administrators familiar with Windows Server 2003. Stanek has written previous books on computing. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Table of Contents

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 2003 Administration Fundamentals,” covers the fundamental tasks you need for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 administration. Chapter 1 provides an overview of Exchange Server 2003 administration concepts, tools, and techniques. Chapter 2 covers Exchange client setup and management. Chapter 3 extends the Exchange client discussion and looks at mobile Outlook users as well as Outlook Web Access. 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, “Active Directory and Exchange Server 2003,” I show you how to manage resources that are stored in the Active Directory database. You'll also learn about the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 features that are integrated with Active Directory services. Chapter 4 examines essential concepts and tasks that you need to know to work with Exchange Server 2003. 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, moving and recovering mailboxes. In Chapter 7, you’ll find a detailed discussion of how to use address lists, distribution groups, and templates. You’ll also learn how to manage these resources. The final chapter in this part covers directory security and Exchange policies.

Part III, “Data Store Administration” covers Exchange Server 2003 data store administration. In Chapter 9, you learn how to manage Exchange data and storage groups. Chapter 10 examines administration of mailbox and public folder stores. Chapter 11 looks at how you can use public folders in the enterprise. Finally, chapter 12 details how to back up and restore Exchange server. You’ll learn key techniques that can help you reliably backup and more importantly, recover Exchange server in case of failure.

In Part IV, “Server and Group Administration”, I discuss advanced tasks for managing and maintaining Exchange organizations. Chapter 13 provides the essentials for managing servers, administrative groups and routing groups. You’ll also learn how to configure global settings for the organization. Chapter 14 explores message routing within the organization. The discussion starts with a look at the X.400 Message Transfer Agent and X.400 stacks then goes on to detail how to install and use connectors for routing groups, SMTP and X.400. Chapter 15 explores tasks for configuring SMTP, IMAP4 and POP3 virtual servers. Chapter 16 covers HTTP virtual servers and also discusses how they are used with Outlook Web Access and Outlook Mobile Access. Finally, Chapter 17 discusses Exchange maintenance, monitoring and queuing.

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