The following are Exchange resources from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes." This content is excerpted from Scott Schnoll's book, "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," brought to you by © (2004) Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Addison-Wesley Professional. Return to the main page for more tips on this topic.
The TechNet Exchange Center at http://w ww.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/exchange2003/default.asp is an excellent technical clearinghouse of resources and information related to Exchange 2003. Information on this site is conveniently broken down into the natural lifecycle categories for a product such as Exchange: evaluate, plan, deploy, support, and train.
While the TechNet Exchange Center is not new (it existed for Exchange 5.5 and Exchange 2000), what is new to the TechNet site is the Exchange Server 2003 Technical Documentation Library (TDL). The TDL is a catalog of Exchange-related technical documents that have been reviewed and approved by the Exchange product team. You'll want to check this site frequently because there are some upcoming technical documents yet to be published. As of this writing, the following documents are scheduled for future release around the following estimated dates:
- Exchange 2003 Automation Guide (March 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Backup, Restore, and Disaster Recovery Guide (March 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Client Access Guide (March 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Interoperability and Migration Guide (March 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Message Security Guide (March 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Performance and Scalability Guide (March 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Reliability and Clustering Guide (March 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Security Guide (June 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Technical Overview (June 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Transport and Routing Guide (June 2004)
- Exchange 2003 Troubleshooting Guide (June 2004)
- Unsupported Exchange 2003 Deployments (June 2004)
- Welcome to Microsoft Messaging (March 2004)
All documents that have an expiration date will have a checked book icon next to them in the TDL. On or before the document's expiration date, a newer replacement document will be posted (often, although not always, with the same name). You may hear these referred to as living documents because they will grow and evolve along with Exchange 2003. The TDL can be accessed directly from http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/library . If you ever want to provide feedback to Microsoft about an Exchange 2003 technical document, you can do so by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the author: Scott Schnoll, an Expert on SearchExchange.com, is an MCT, MCSA and a long-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
In addition to writing "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," he is a co-author of the upcoming "Exchange 2003 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press" and lead author for "Exchange 2000 Server: The Complete Reference."
Scott has written numerous articles for Exchange & Outlook Magazine, and is a regular speaker at Microsoft conferences, including MEC and TechEd, as well as industry conferences such as Comdex and MCP TechMentor, where he covers topics such as Exchange, clustering, Internet Information Services and security.