RECOMMENDED - Exchange Management Shell: TFM
On a recent rainy day, I spent a lovely afternoon trying to improve my PowerShell skills by reading Exchange Management Shell: TFM, a book authored by Ilse Van Criekinge, Exchange MVP and winner of Tech.Ed EMEA 2007 Speaker Idol Contest.
"Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 was the first application designed to be managed 100% in Windows PowerShell - so how do you do it? How can you break the bonds of GUI-based administration, stop clicking buttons, and learn to be more effective and efficient? Exchange Management Shell: TFM provides the answers in a "cookbook" format that focuses on real-world Exchange Server 2007 management tasks, and how to accomplish them in Windows PowerShell. This authoritative and comprehensive book includes a standardized "crash course" in Windows PowerShell for newcomers, and dives right into the nuts and bolts of becoming a leading-edge, command-line Exchange administrator."
During my delightful reading, I found myself testing cmdlets, experimenting different parameters, revisiting old stuff, learning new things.
And what was my first thought after finishing it? This is the kind of book that any Exchange Administrator should have on his desk!
As Ilse says, the book will not explain the ins and outs of Exchange 2007, it's rather a cookbook, a reference for Exchange professionals looking for solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday tasks.
If you think the Exchange Management Console is keeping you from effectively manage, automate, and streamline Exchange Server 2007, read this book and find out, throughout the numerous examples included, how PowerShell can really enhance your Exchange experience.