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Immerse yourself in Exchange 2013 literature

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.” – William Faulkner

As an editor and writer, being an avid reader isn’t necessarily a requirement — but it should be. I read various blogs, websites, Twitter, technical forums and more. Simply put, it’s one of the best things I can do to continually get better at what I do.

I’d like to pass along that same sentiment to you. Maybe you’ve been considering a move to Exchange 2013 or maybe you’re already there. Either way, there’s a wealth of knowledge on topic available. The more you read about it, the more you’ll understand. Things will be subsequently prove easier for you and ultimately you’ll improve at your job.

You can turn to our site and read some of the helpful Exchange 2013 tips from some of the community’s best and brightest, though of course we can’t cover everything.

Below you’ll find a number of books on Exchange Server 2013, some are out now; others will be out within the next few months. Immerse yourself in as many as possible, they can only help you in the long run.

 * Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Unleashed (released December 7, 2012) by Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, Guy Yardeni and Chris Amaris

This one provides a basic, yet comprehensive look at new features, architectural changes, migrations paths and more. 

* Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 PowerShell Cookbook: Second Edition (released May 22, 2013) by Jonas Andersson and Mike Pfeiffer

By now, everyone agrees a superior grasp of PowerShell should be a large part of any Exchange administrator’s repertoire. Get the knowledge you need here.

You can also read some of Mike Pfeiffer’s contributions to, several of which include helpful PowerShell tips.

* Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging  Solution (due to release July 29, 2013) by Nathan Winters, Neil Johnson and Nicolas Blank

Not out yet, but sure to be top-notch due to whose involved, this book is aimed at those “in the trenches” and details processes necessary for the best possible Exchange 2013 deployment.

* Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (due to release Sept. 23, 2013) by David Elfassy 

This book is a continuation of the best-selling series. It promises step-by-step instructions for design, installation, administration and more, straight from Microsoft MCMs.

* Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out: Mailbox and High Availability by Tony Redmond (due to release Oct. 22, 2013)

A quick look at the title and author here, and you know exactly what you’re going to get: a deep dive into mailbox and high-availability tips from one of the world’s foremost Exchange experts.

* Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out: Connectivity, Clients, and UM by Paul Robichaux (due to release Oct. 22, 2013)

Top-notch expert advice again, this time from Paul Robichaux. Much like Tony, Paul has a number of technical books under his belt. This is definitely one to watch for.

What’s on your summer reading list? Write and let me know.

Until next time,


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