Exchange 2007 introduces many new concepts and capabilities, so Microsoft offers many free online resources to help you get better acquainted with it. Please feel free to share this information with anybody on your staff who will be working with Exchange 2007.
Exchange Server 2007 Proof of Concept (POC) in a Box: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4d1e4eca-0a59-4208-83d0-43b812bf0cd9 allows you to experience Exchange Server 2007 using four pre-configured virtual machines with the indicated server roles:
· Active Directory RMS
· Hub Transport, Mailbox, Client Access, Unified Messaging, Forefront Security for Exchange
· Edge Transport, Forefront Security for Exchange
· Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise
TechNet Exchange Server page: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb330841.aspx
Exchange Virtual Labs: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb499043.aspx
Exchange Server Webcasts and Podcasts: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb288465.aspx
Downloadable Technical Architecture of Exchange Server 2007: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b34fa7cc-8f13-4e21-ae87-eb824728ddd1&DisplayLang=en
Downloadable Exchange Server 2007 Management Tools: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6BE38633-7248-4532-929B-76E9C677E802&displaylang=en
Getting Started with Exchange Server 2007 (and Unified Messaging): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D67743AF-9A64-44C5-8BAE-BCA9E140C604&displaylang=en
Common Mistakes When Upgrading Exchange 2000/2003 to Exchange 2007: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555854
Exchange team blog: http://msexchangeteam.com/
Exchange Server forum: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/exchangeserver/
Evaluation Copy of Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (120 days): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb330851.aspx
Tools for Exchange Server 2007: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb330849.aspx
Last but definitely not least, here’s the entire TechNet Library Exchange 2007 overview:
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Applies to: Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 Topic Last Modified: 2007-10-31
Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, which provides a reliable messaging system, with built-in protection against spam and viruses. Using Exchange 2007, users throughout your organization can access e-mail, voice mail, calendars, and contacts from a wide variety of devices and from any location.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) introduces many new features and technologies that were not available in the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Exchange Server 2007. These new features and technologies will help to increase productivity and reduce administrative overhead. For more information about the new features and technologies in Exchange 2007 SP1, see What's New in Exchange Server 2007 SP1.
The technical documentation for Exchange 2007 consists of the following categories:
This technical documentation applies to both Exchange 2007 RTM and Exchange 2007 SP1. Some topics contain both RTM and SP1 content, while others are specific to RTM or SP1. The "Applies to" information at the beginning of each topic will let you know to which release of Exchange 2007 the content applies.
Use the Getting Started documentation to learn about the new features available with Exchange 2007, including basic concepts and the steps required to install a simple Exchange 2007 organization. This documentation provides you with a walk-through of Exchange 2007 features and functionality and gives you a first look at how you can use Exchange 2007 as your end-to-end messaging system.
Getting Started documentation includes:
Planning and Architecture
Use the Planning and Architecture documentation to help you design a highly reliable and consistently available messaging system. This documentation helps you identify concerns related to network infrastructure, hardware, the Active Directory directory service, and administration before you deploy Exchange 2007 in your organization.
Planning and Architecture documentation includes:
Use the Deployment documentation to get Exchange 2007 up and running in your organization. Whether you are new to Exchange Server or moving from an existing Exchange Server installation, this documentation helps you prepare and deploy a solid Exchange 2007 messaging system to meet your business needs.
Deployment documentation includes:
Use the Operations documentation to learn about the many aspects of operating your organization. This detailed documentation includes conceptual and procedural information about administration, disaster recovery, high availability, monitoring, performance, and troubleshooting.
Operations documentation includes:
Use the Troubleshooting documentation to help you diagnose the cause of issues or failures and to resolve problems.
Troubleshooting documentation includes:
Security and Protection
Use the Security and Protection documentation to help you locate information about deploying and operating a secure organization.
Use the Technical Reference documentation to learn about Exchange 2007 components and how these components can be used to more effectively manage and troubleshoot your Exchange 2007 organization. This documentation also includes detailed reference topics about Exchange 2007, including errors and events, features such as tools, scripting languages, and glossary terms.
Technical Reference documentation includes:
Use the Development documentation to learn about creating customized applications that work with Exchange 2007. Exchange 2007 includes new development technologies including Exchange Web services, access to the MIME parser and other content-conversion utilities, and a new agent-based protocol and transport event model. All the new APIs work with the .NET Framework 2.0 and managed code, so your applications can use the latest Microsoft programming tools and methods.
Development documentation includes information about:
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