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Getting Started With Microsoft Exchange PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dejan Foro   
Aug 05, 2007 at 01:39 AM

You want to start working with Microsoft Exchange but don’t know where to look? This article is a basic compilation of links which should give you starting directions and an idea what kinds of resources are available.

Official Microsoft ExchangeWeb site – this is a place to start with. It contains all general information most of the directions to resources you will need, trial software etc.

Exchange Server TechCenter  on Microsoft TechNet contains technical information for IT Professionals.

Exchange Server Development center  on MSDN - Microsoft Developer Network contains technical information for developers.

Script Center is devoted to scripting technologies like VBScript, PowerShell in combination with Exchange.


You Had me at Ehlo – is the blog of the Exchange development team which often contains interesting technical articles, and possibility to give feedback directly to people who actually are creating Microsoft Exchange.


Outlook team blog - the blog of the Outlook client development team.


IT's show time – excellent collection of video recordings of sessions delivered by top speakers from Microsoft conferences from all over the world.


Webcasts are live online lectures, usually given by people from Microsoft Exchange team around specific technical topics where you and you can ask questions. All webcasts are recorded and there is an archive of past webcast recordings available.

Virtual Labs gives you access to preconfigured „sandbox“ environment and is perfect if you don't have much time or hardware resources to build your own lab. You get a downloadable manual and usually 90 minute online time slot.


Virtual images downloads - again if you don't have time to build your labs you can use preinstalled images that can be used with Microsoft Virtual Server or Microsoft Virtual PC.

Microsoft Learning is a general starting point for all training needs like available classroom courses, e-learning courses, certification, exams, and Microsoft Press books.


Support Knowledge base  - very good resource for self-help when things are not working.


Newsgroups - just direct your newsreader to and you will get free access to numerous newsgroups where you can post your questions.

Communities – this page gives you some pointers to online communities, user groups, MVPs, blogs, etc.

And at the end I would suggest you have a look at some non-Microsoft resources as well:

At the web site of Exchange User Group Europe you can find a useful link library with over 500 links to 3rd party tools and add-ons for Exchange, and independent sources of technical information.


Web site is also devoted to Microsof Exchange related topics with many useful technical articles and tutorials.

Last Updated ( Dec 12, 2009 at 03:00 PM )