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Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 1st Edition

2.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover

All the Documentation You Need for Successfully Deploying Exchange Server 2003

Author Barry Gerber shares his extensive real-world experience in easy-to-understand language in this comprehensive guide to Microsoft's messaging and collaboration server. Mastering Exchange Server 2003 systematically and sequentially walks you through all the essential concepts of planning and design, installation, deployment, administration and management, maintenance, and troubleshooting. With detailed background information, clear step-by-step, hands-on instructions, and realistic examples, Gerber teaches you how to devise and implement a system that is just right for your environment. He then leads you to the next level with advanced coverage on reliability and availability, disaster recovery, security solutions, wireless access, and building custom e-mail forms for Outlook.

Coverage Includes:

  • Designing a new Exchange 2003 system
  • Upgrading to Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003
  • Installing and configuring Exchange Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 as a domain controller, and Outlook 2003 from a customized server image
  • Organizing Exchange users, distribution groups, and contacts
  • Managing the Exchange Server hierarchy and core components
  • Managing Exchange 2003 Internet services and services for Internet clients
  • Installing and administrating additional Exchange Servers
  • Performing advanced administration and management
  • Ensuring Exchange Server reliability and availability
  • Building Exchange Server system security
  • Configuring wireless access to Exchange Server 2003
  • Creating and managing Outlook forms designer applications
  • Exploring third-party applications for Exchange/Outlook clients and Exchange Server

About the Author

Barry Gerber is an IS consultant focusing on communications systems, networking, and advanced database technologies. A founding editor of Network Computing Magazine, he has served as Director of Social Sciences Computing at UCLA, Vice President of Distributed Data Processing at a major insurance company, and Computing Director for a federally funded health-care program.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (September 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782142044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782142044
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,247,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Gerber on May 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
First I support a web site with additions and corrections to the book. There's lots of information there, based mostly on comments and questions from readers. You can find the site at [...] Page past the hot news section for a numbered list of very specific questions followed by answers.
The comments that have been expressed about my book "Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2003" are interesting. They seem to come from two basic types of readers: those that have a hands-on job to do and those focusing on the Exchange Server certification process.
The book is for those who have a hands-on job to do -- install and run Exchange Server. Comments I receive from readers with that task, especially those starting anew with Exchange Server are almost always complementary. They also ask questions to which I usually respond quickly.
Hands-on people looking for a more advanced book on Exchange Server 2003, should read Jim McBee's "Exchange Server 2003 24seven," also from Sybex. I was privileged to work with Jim on this edition of his book and am listed as a contributing author on the cover.
People who are collecting facts for certification tests should turn to the many books on Exchange certification. There isn't time or space in a book the size of mine to deal with every detail of the Exchange system. For example, contrary to a comment by an earlier Amazon reviewer, you can actually upgrade an Exchange 5.5 system to Exchange 2000 or 2003, operate it successfully and ultimately remove 5.5 components without knowing that SRS, the Site Replication Service, participates in Exchange 5.5-Exchange 2000 or 2003 data replication. Certification is valuable, but it can't replace hands-on experience when it comes time to do a real job.
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By A Customer on March 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a network admin for a small company (100 users) that was running Exchange 5.5 on an old server that could not be upgraded. We were also in the middle of a domain migration from NT 4 to 2003, and the old exchange server could not be migrated, as it was the PDC for our old domain. I know what you are thinking, and believe me I was not involved in that.
I used the book to come up with a migration strategy, but had some questions about Public Folder migration that were not addressed in the book. I emailed Barry Gerber (Author) about it, and he responded within 1/2 hour giving me details about the public folder migration. He actually acted as a very valuable resource for me, and his book is informative, although maybe not for someone who is trying to just pass an exam or a complete novice. It is detailed with regards to migration and security, and Barry provides some excellent real-word stories that help understand some of the best practices of top-notch Exchange administrators.
I recommend this book to all who are serious about truly mastering Exchange 2003. I have pulled off the migration with no other books, have implemented an outlook 2003 rollout, and 2003 Outlook Web Access all from this resource, and could not be happier. Neither can my supervisors!
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I did NOT like this book for many reasons. I bought it because it was one of 3 first books sold on Amazon related to subject. Completed chapter 18 by now
- The book merely covers very basic aspects of MS Exchange. The rest of topics related to networking poorly explained making me think Mr.Gerber not exactly knows what he is writing about :(
- The way book is written makes me feel that Mr.Gerber is trying to sell me one of his MS Exchange projects however I believe it suppose to provide solid material about MS Exchange 2003 and it does not...
- Could not find any info about author's certification, degree or personal info (i believe that is important), some basic info about company - Barry Gerber's experience in IT industry is still a mystery to me...
- About Sybex. This book cannot belong to the "Mastering(tm)" series as it is strictly targeted for people who have no idea about Xchange. I am very disappointed by the fact Sybex was confusing me and I would reconsider purchasing materials published this company :(
- The book could be shorted to about 300 pages with no harm at all, so much stuff not related to Xchange...
On the other side the author is speaking mostly from personal experience. That obviously has positive impact on readers who might have only some basic theoretical knowledge about MS Xchange. The useful part of material is presented in very simplified form with hundreds of screenshots covering most of basics which is also a good point :)
With my best wishes. There is always a place for improvement
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This book has generally good easily digestible explanations for Exchange 2003. I really appreciate the informal down-to-Earth style and discussion of a lot of pieces. I was especially happy to see some good coverage of LDAP, IMAP, and POP configuration, which is seldom adequately covered in other Exchange books.

Despite the excellent overview in many areas, I wish the book was more practical in real world situations. It is great to know about key technologies, which makes the book a worthy of perusal, but still we need to implement and deploy this stuff, which unfortunately involves bizarre tweaks and configurations combined with third party tools and maybe even scripting. I just don't get this practical real-world oriented sense from this book.

One area that irked me quite a bit was coverage of security. There is some coverage of securing open insecure technologies like POP and IMAP, but only on the client. In the security chapter, there's a few paragraphs stating that security is a client issue and should not be covered in the scope of the book. I think it is important both to setup the security on the client and the server, so that the clients can use it, and so that potential hackers don't get passwords for domain accounts. The author does attempt to give a short blurb on how to setup SSL, but I found that the instructions did not work. I was probably missing some other pieces, Certificate Authority?

In conclusion, overall decent coverage of Exchange 2003 with good explanations, but one needs more material, perhaps other books in order to put all the pieces together and get the job done.
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