Inside Exchange Server 2010: A First Look

By William Stanek
December 1, 2009 | Comments: 1

William here, talking about my new book Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant. This book is designed to be a concise and compulsively usable resource for Exchange Server 2010 administrators.

Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 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 Release 2. 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 2010 administration.

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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 delegated authority

The book 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. 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.

Part I, "Exchange Server 2010 Administration Fundamentals," provides 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.

In Part II, "Exchange Server 2010 Administration Essentials," 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 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. 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 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 Exchanged 2003 routing groups. The chapter also examines configuring EdgeSync subscriptions, journal rules, transport rules, and antispam features. Chapter 13 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 2010 Optimization and Maintenance," discusses optimization and maintenance. Chapter 14 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 15 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. Chapter 16 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 17 covers Exchange client setup and management. Chapter 18 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.

Thanks for reading, time for me to get back to work! Hope you'll take a look at Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant is now available in O'Reilly Media's new Microsoft Press area.

William R. Stanek
williamstanek at aol dot com


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Thank you for the review. I was wondering if the ES2010 is indeed what I need.
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Lilia Gephardt | UK VPS

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