Technical IT blogs can be a terrific source of information, if you know how to find them. I know Exchange admins are busy and don't have a lot of time to search the Web to find solutions to problems. Even when they do, the solutions they discover may or may not be relevant to the task at hand.
As a way to take some of the leg work out of that process, I have listed some of my favorite Exchange Server blogs. Frankly, I recommend bookmarking all of them. They're all updated regularly and contain superior content from those in the know when it comes to Exchange Server.
1. Microsoft Exchange team blog
This one might seem obvious, but if you haven't bookmarked the Microsoft Exchange team blog, you need to do so -- now. Various members of the Exchange team take turns updating the blog, which runs the gamut from ongoing technical issues to trends, and includes a healthy dose of personality in every post.
The blog not only keeps the Exchange community abreast of recent rollups and service pack updates, but it also includes deep technical information, tips and little-known tricks straight from the horse's mouth.
- You can also follow the Microsoft Exchange team on Twitter @MSFTExchange.
While not technically a blog, Paul Cunningham's Exchangeserverpro site impresses with the sheer amount of Exchange Server information it makes available. The site looks great and includes tutorials, articles, product reviews, PowerShell scripts and pretty much anything else an Exchange admin could possibly want.
Readers will also find a very active forum on the site, where they can pose Exchange Server-specific questions and get answers from their peers. The forum currently has over 7,000 unique members and 450-plus threads.
- You can also follow Exchangeserverpro on Twitter @exchservpro.
3. Tony Redmond's Thoughtsofanidlemind's blog
Many of you know Tony as an engaging speaker, author, Exchange MVP and friend to SearchExchange.com, but he's quite a prolific blogger as well. Tony's personal blog includes the type of in-depth information (think Exchange 2013, Office 365 migrations and more) readers expect from a long-time Exchange MVP, as well as a critical -- and often witty -- voice that does not hold back.
Each month, Tony also compiles posts from his WindowsIT blog into an easy-to-digest format. Readers get a clear and concise summary of the post, as well as a link to the full story.
You'll also get some of Tony's personality outside the Exchange universe as he finds the time to mix in a bit of rugby and traveling commentary as well.
- You can also follow Tony on Twitter @12knocksinna.
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Exchange MVP Andy Grogan's Exchange Server blog is one of the first I came across when I started as an editor on SearchExchange.com. I was immediately struck by the high level of technical information he offers; think database availability groups, PowerShell scripts, Exchange installations, etc.
As I kept clicking, I also came to appreciate his easy-to-read style and the incredible depth in which he covers each topic. You'll find screenshots, helpful links and a lot of other useful information in each of Andy's posts.
Another cool aspect of Andy's site is that readers can translate it into various languages via a Google translator plugin on the right-hand side of the page.
- Follow Andy on Twitter @a_J_grogan.
Exchange MVP Clint Boessen's blog
Exchange MVP Mike Pfeiffer's blog
Exchange MVP Mike Crowley's whiteboard
Exchange MCM Nicolas Blank's blog
Exchange MVP J. Peter Bruzzese's ExclusivelyExchange blog
Exchange MVP Steve Goodman's blog
Another blog you'll want to visit on a regular basis is ProExchange.be. ProExchange focuses on the standalone versions of Exchange Server, and Lync, as well as Office 365, and is maintained by a number of Belgian IT professionals. The blog is updated often with extremely comprehensive posts. You'll find loads of information on Lync and it already contains a number of Exchange Server 2013 posts.
ProExchange.be also contains a forum, as well as a "media" section where you can download Powerpoint presentations, PDFs and other helpful files. As more companies adopt Office 365 and Lync, this is a blog to keep your eyes on.
This was first published in September 2012