I've been looking into the world of Exchange for quite some time now. You begin to see the real solid locations you can go to for free advice, the locations where it is worth it to pay a bit to get the knowledge you need ... even the books and DVDs you might want to really enhance your knowledge. It can be a daunting task to filter through them all, so here is a short list to help:
Books: Personally, I like the smaller books, but Exchange is not a small subject in the least. Even the pocket How-To with Exchange 2007 SP1 that I am writing for Sams is going to weigh in at about 400 pages. But if you need a book that has it all AND covers the newly released SP1 information in the process, you won't be disappointed with the Complete Reference Exchange 2007 by Bharat Suneja (and others). Yes, Bharat is a friend of mine, but in all fairness he gave me the book a while back and I wouldn't review it until I could honestly say I had read a good portion of it. The content is solid, but what I especially appreciated was the amount of Exchange Management Shell coverage that was given. For practically every GUI reference, there was a PowerShell cmdlet and command to follow that was very helpful. I also love that the screenshots are huge ... easy to see the screens and the settings. The Foreward is from Scott Schnoll, who is well known as the Principal Technical Writer on the Exchange Server Product Team.
As for a list of incredible sites for learning more about Exchange, some of these are going to be well known, others perhaps not:
- The Microsoft Exchange Team Blog. Brian Tirch, the Exchange Genie, writes some incredibly in-depth step-by-step information for free).
- Jim McBee's blog site. Jim is an MVP and he is a very funny writer. His book "Mastering Exchange 2007" is from Sybex and actually made me laugh because of his acerbic wit.
- There is ExclusivelyExchange.com by yours truly, which is a collection of screencasts offered for free to help users learn more about Exchange and PowerShell.
- The Microsoft TechNet Site for Exchange 2007.
- And last but not least, is Bharat's blog called Exchangepedia, which is one of the finest on the planet.