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Exchange Server admins work hard all year long -- ensuring Exchange setups run smoothly, fielding end-user complaints and fixing their mistakes. With the holiday season upon us, it's time to reward yourself for all that you do.
We asked our contributors what's on their holiday wish lists and what Exchange gifts they'd want to see in their stockings this year. So if you're still trying to figure out what to put on your list, here are some ideas for Exchange gifts.
Exchange MVP Steve Goodman: Technical Architect, Ciber UK
My wife has been asking the same question -- and I dare not answer -- as she already thinks I'm a massive geek. My list of things I'll never ask for but really want include a 28" 4K monitor, iPad Air 2 and a new lab server with 64 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD [solid-state] drive.
If I was to ask for something Exchange-related, I'd ask to be surprised with something really innovative.
Exchange MVP Michael Van Horenbeeck: Product Manager, E-Now
There are many fun things and gadgets to get as a present. A shameless plug would be our new book, Deploying and Managing Exchange Server 2013 High Availability.
But I think it really depends on whom you're dealing with. If we allow ourselves to get caught in the stereotypes, I would definitely suggest getting an Exchange admin a fitness tracker of some sort. This year definitely seemed [to be] the year in which these devices broke through. For me, especially Microsoft's Band looks interesting. But even if your Exchange admin is an Apple fan boy, he/she will have an option soon too.
The reason why I brought up the fitness tracker is not only because it is a fun gadget, but it is also a good motivator to shape up. There's nothing like a wristband telling you that you've been sitting too long on your royal behind and to take the stairs instead of the elevator!
Kevin Beaver: Information security consultant, Principle Logic, LLC
Working in IT over the past 26 years, I have come to realize the importance of being a good communicator and understanding core business principles. It's true that we all have to keep up with the latest information regarding IT and security. However, I have found the non-technical aspects of this field to be way more valuable in the long run.
These would be my top picks for Exchange administrators who are looking to make a difference in their work and their careers:
- Focal Point by Brian Tracy
- Selling 101: What Every Successful Sales Professional Needs to Know by Zig Ziglar
- The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude by Jeffrey Gitomer
- A CD or digital recording of The Strangest Secretby Earl Nightingale
- A subscription to The Wall Street Journal
There's no reason you cannot excel in IT by learning the wisdom found in these publications. Everything else you need to know is purely technical -- relatively easy stuff that can be researched or figured out in a flash. Merry Christmas, everyone!