on 29 August 2011
I've been teaching Microsoft Exchange courses since 1999 beginning with Exchange 5.5 through to the present version of Exchange 2010. I also work as a Microsoft Exchange consultant. One of the most profound changes in Exchange Management starting with Exchange 2007 is the fact that in the background all Exchange management is done via Powershell and the Exchange Managment shell. When you manage Exchange via the GUI in the Exchange Management Console the reality is that management shell commands are being executed to complete your configuration changes.
This new method of managing Exchange means that no matter how much Microsoft develops the Management Console there will always be a need to use the Management Shell for certain types of configuration.
In addition you cannot easily use the Management Console to perform batch changes in Exchange. This may be necessary when creating recipients, modifying recipients, configuring databases or servers and in many other areas.
With all that in mind all serious Exchange support staff should at least be familiar with the Management Shell. Not only will this allow you to better perform you job it will also enhance your chances of having a good job interview and getting that new job.
Darril Gibson & Richard Robb have done a wonderful job in writing this book. Not only does it explain in clear concise English the commands and how to use them, it also explains why you would use the commands. This helps you to not only understand the commands better, it also gives you a better understanding of Exchange and how it works. Your Exchange skills will be much improved by reading this book.
I highly recommend this book. All Exchange support staff should have a copy of this book by their side.
Microsoft Certified Trainer, MCSE, MCITP including Messagaing