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The following are Exchange resources from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

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 term blog is short for Weblog. A blog is essentially a Web-based, diarystyle journal. Blogs are updated at various intervals; some daily, others less frequently. These often-updated Web sites provide links to other interesting information on the Web, typically adding their comments and other information about the links. Blogs are a kind of personal community because the bloggers, those who write blogs, form pockets of communities with other bloggers and followers of their blogs.

You might be surprised to know that blogs are as old as the Web. In fact, Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Web, also created the first blog (which you can still find on the Web at http://www.w3.org/History/19921103-hypertext/hypertext/WWW/News/9201.html) in 1992. It wasn't called a Weblog, though; that term wasn't coined until December 1997. As for sites that specifically considered themselves blogs, in the beginning of 1999, there were only 23. But throughout the beginning months of 1999, blogs began growing in numbers.

In July 1999, the first free do-it-yourself blogging tool was launched by Pitas. Within months there were many more freely available blogging tools that made it easy for anyone to blog. No HTML, no Web site code, no heavy lifting at all; just enter your thoughts, opinions, and links as if you were sending an e-mail to a friend and post it for your readers to consume. Blogs continue to grow in numbers and in popularity. A number of Exchange-related blogs are worth checking out -- I've listed the ones I visit.

  • MS Exchange Blog (http://www.msexchange.co.uk): This blog is the combined efforts of Chris Meirick, Neil Hobson and William Lefkovics, three Exchange MVPs who share tips, news and links related to Exchange.
  • Kase's Blog (http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/kclemson/): This blog is kept by KC Lemson, a program manager on the Exchange Server product team at Microsoft. KC provides tips on Outlook, Exchange, and software development, as well as messaging trivia and an insider's view on what it's like to work on the Exchange team at Microsoft.
  • David Lemson -- Exchange Guy (http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/dlemson/): This blog is kept by David Lemson, another program manager on the Exchange Server product team at Microsoft. Like KC, David also provides tips on Exchange. David posts some great information on the transport components in Exchange 2003 (and since he has worked in the core transport group on the Exchange team since 1998, you know I mean great!).
  • E2K Security (http://www.e2ksecurity.com): This blog is kept by Paul Robichaux, an author of 12 technical books and numerous Exchange related articles, a noted Exchange guru and speaker, and an Exchange MVP. Paul's blog focuses primarily on Exchange security.
  • You Had Me at EHLO (http://blogs.msdn.com/exchange): This is a brand new blog from the folks on the Exchange team at Microsoft. It will feature a rotating cast of participants from all areas of Exchange, including development, PSS, user education, SDK and so forth. I highly recommend frequent visits to this blog.


    Get more "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes." Return to the main page.

    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.

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