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Chapter 10: Managing Exchange Server 2007

In this chapter:

  • Microsoft Management Console

  • Using the Exchange Management Console

  • Using the Exchange Management Shell

  • Summary



Now that you’ve installed Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, you’re probably eager to start working with it. You’ll want to begin creating mailboxes, groups, and other recipients, but first you need to know some basics of managing the Exchange system.

Exchange Server 2007 introduces a radical shift in the way you manage an Exchange server or organization. Exchange Server 2007 is built entirely upon a new command-line interface named Exchange Management Shell—a modified version of the new Windows PowerShell. You can perform just about every imaginable administrative function with Exchange Server 2007 by using shell commands called cmdlets.

The graphical management interface for Exchange Server 2007 is Exchange Management Console. It is essentially a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that is built to run commands from the Exchange Management Shell. Whenever you configure an object in the console or run a wizard, the interface actually is using the underlying Exchange Management Shell to issue the appropriate commands. In fact, when you issue a command in the console, it even provides information about how to issue those same commands from the Exchange Management Shell, providing a friendly way to get to know the shell interface and command structure.

This chapter introduces you to the Microsoft Management Console, the Exchange Management Console, and the Exchange Management Shell. Throughout this book, you learn about ways to perform administrative functions in both interfaces. This chapter is meant to give you grounding in the two interfaces you’ll be using to manage Exchange Server 2007.

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