Exchange 2010

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Dose anyone know what would be the best source for learning Exchange 2010?
Also dose Exchange use SQL? In other words will I also need to learn SQL in order to administer Exchange?
I'm looking at Train Signal for the videos any suggestions on it?
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There is a free ebook, which will give you a good understanding and get you up to speed:

No Exchange does not use SQL, it uses a Jet database. To be honest in your role of IT admin, you never should need to touch anything on the database level, all admin is via Powershell or the GUI.

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>> Dose anyone know what would be the best source for learning Exchange 2010?

Download an evaluation edition of Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010 SP1 from the Microsoft download center and install on a spare box or in a virtual machine (try VirtualBox for a low maintenance VM environment for testing). You aren't messing with any production environments then.

Use the Technet resource centre and the Exchange blogs available in the community (including religiously. EE also has many articles you can read for best practices. That has a wealth of information the most reputable source out there.

You do, of course, have the option to use MCTS or MCITP training courses if you have the funding to do so. That would get you the best hands on experience in a classroom type environment, but isn't free.

There are also plenty of excellent companion books available from Microsoft Press.

>> Also dose Exchange use SQL? In other words will I also need to learn SQL in order to administer Exchange?

No. There has been talk and discussion of Exchange switching to a SQL back-end, since this would consolidate Microsoft's product offering and move towards a constant database back-end (SQL Server) across most of the enterprise products in their product range. The justification behind this is around the idea most corporates already have SQL Server clusters deployed, so the capital expenditure involved in adding Exchange just decreased considerably. For smaller organisations without a SQL Server back-end, it increases complexity. I really don't know which way that idea will go (it's been a while since I last heard it discussed).

Exchange uses a version of the JET engine to store its data. It also uses Active Directory to store configuration information, users, groups etc, which again, uses the JET engine to store data in the AD database on your DCs. On the surface, you wouldn't have a need to read/write to the database files directly; you use the tools to do that, and playing with database files is usually something to save for when you are in trouble.



I agree, just wanted to make 100% sure before I embarked on Exchange 2010...
I'll also suggest Testout training application as it offers more than training videos. You'll also have opportunity to play with LAB sims and solve  problems using their in-built session and chapter quiz. This will provide you with an in-depth tech know-how on MS Exchange while working on a VM as earlier suggested to you by tigermatt.

Hope this helps :)


Thank you all...

don't forget to look up books on powershell and the exchange shell.   Without knowledge of powershell you will not be successful at mastering exchange since  exchange 2010 runs on top of powershell.


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