My good buddy Shane and friends at SharePoint911.com have written a great paper:
Administrator’s Guide of Topics to Consider before Deployment
If you just learning SharePoint because your company has decided to deploy….yes you know who you are…..then this paper is for you. It is a great introduction to all things you need to know to get up speed quickly.
So, don’t you dare run setup.exe before reading this!
Also, I was fortunate enough to spend all last week with Shane co-teaching the Professional SharePoint Server 2007 Administration course to 28 folks in the Columbus, OH area. It was great fun. We put this together as an “invite-only” offering with the help from Jeff Warnat (Microsoft SharePoint Strategist) and Microsoft, and it was hosted at the Microsoft office.
If you have a chance to take the course you gotta do it.