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How to learn more about softwares

I have looked for administrator manuals for softwares like Symantec Backup Exec, and Symantec Endpoint, also would like to have an administrative or userguide for Server O/S's like 2003 and 2008, however, most stuff I've found are for certifications, and get down to the nitty gritty like telling me where the bloody start button is...I'm looking more for a high level overview so that if I want to know more about a particular subject (i.e. exchange 2010), it will tell me where I can go to learn more.

My boss told me to RTFM, and I'm having a terrible time locating any manuals (other than quick start guides which tend to be completely useless).
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I would suggest going to Amazon.com.  That's where I get almost all of my supplemental material for the software we use.  You can almost always find a book from QUE that will very thoroughly cover the topic you are interested in learning more about.
Here are some "How To's" regarding Beckup Exec 2010.  http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH77887

Here's Symantec's Administrator's Guide for SEP http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=DOC2349

Microsoft windows 2008 Step by Step guides  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17157

Everything you wanted to know about Windows 2003 is here  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc706993(WS.10).aspx

Hope this helps.
mgedlamanAuthor Commented:
Thank you Gents.  It seems as though a lot of that material looks a lot like the certification materials that I was studying when my boss told me that was a waste of time because a lot of that material is not all that practical for the server environments I maintain...

The backup Exec 2010 How To's link you have provided is invalid.

The Symantec endpoint material is good to know about...their version is very old though, I will have to check it out next time I'm on their server.  Now that I know about that material, I can attempt to locate the same material for their older version.

thank you again guys

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