Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administration Guide

Browse Exchange Server 2003 administration best practices, tips, and tools that will help you manage all aspects of your Microsoft email environment.

Successful Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 administration requires knowledge and competency in many areas -- including deployment and configuration, backup and recovery, security, mobile device management, public folders, performance monitoring, and storage. This compendium of best practices, tips, and tools will help you master the myriad mechanics of Exchange 2003 management and safely guide you through the pitfalls of supporting an Exchange 2003 email environment.

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   Exchange Server 2003 QuickStart
   Exchange 2003 Deployment and Migration
   Exchange Server 2003 Administration
   Exchange Server 2003 Security
   Exchange Server 2003 Resources

  Exchange Server 2003 QuickStart  Return to Top

  • Glossary: What is Microsoft Exchange Server 2003?

  • Get a brief overview of the history and development of Microsoft Exchange Server, from Exchange 4.0 to Exchange 2003, and learn about the many new features introduced in Exchange Server 2003, including improved disaster recovery and antispam protection. (Wikipedia)

  • 7 tips in 7 minutes: Exchange Server 2003 tips and tricks

  • Discover tools, tips and tricks for Exchange Server 2003, Outlook Web Access 2003, and Microsoft Outlook 2003 that improve their performance, security and usability. (

  • Guide: The 10 most common Exchange 2003 issues and how to avoid them

  • In this best practices guide, Exchange MVP Bharat Suneja presents 10 of the most common issues that negatively impact Exchange Server performance and availability, and explains how to prevent them in your own Exchange Server organization. (

  • Q&A: Exchange Server 2003 backup and recovery best practices

  • From performing system state and database backups to dealing with brick-levels and transaction logs, learn best practices that improve Exchange backup and recovery operations. (

  • Crash Course: Exchange Server 2003 storage management options

  • Exchange 2003 supports three primary types of storage: SAN, NAS, and DAS. Find out how each option works and discover its pros and cons for Exchange Server storage management. (

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  • 11 tips in 11 minutes: Migrating from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange 2003

  • Excerpted from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed, by Rand Morimoto, these tips explain best practices for migrating from Microsoft Exchange 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003. (

  • Tip: Preparing for an Exchange 2003 upgrade

  • Before migrating to Exchange Server 2003, preparation is an absolute must. This tip outlines four important factors you need to consider prior to an Exchange 2003 deployment. (

  • Expert Advice: Common mistakes when upgrading to Exchange 2003

  • Don't fall victim to these common pitfalls when migrating to Exchange Server 2003. (

  • Expert Advice: Performing an Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2003 upgrade

  • Follow these steps to properly perform an Exchange 2000 Server to Exchange Server 2003 upgrade. (

  • Expert Advice: Troubleshoot mail flow issues after Exchange 2003 upgrade

  • Identify the root cause of mail flow issues after an Exchange Server 2003 upgrade with the Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant tool. (

  • Tip: Moving mailboxes across administrative groups in Exchange 2003

  • Learn about a sample script that automates the task of moving mailboxes between stores, storage groups and servers -- and a "gotcha" you need to watch out for when using it. (

  • Article: 'Move Mailbox' improvements in Exchange Server 2003

  • Discover how to use the Move Mailbox tool in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to simplify mailbox management. (Microsoft)

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  • 15 tips in 15 minutes: Managing recipients and distribution lists

  • Take a look inside Learning Exchange Server 2003, by William Boswell, with this collection of 15 tips. Boswell uses screen shots, diagrams and step-by-step instructions to teach you how to set up Exchange 2003 distribution lists, recipient policies, system policies, security groups -- and much more. (

  • Checklist: Exchange Server 2003 disaster recovery planning

  • The prospect of designing an email disaster recovery plan can be intimidating. This checklist of tried and true best practices for Microsoft Exchange disaster recovery will help you get started. (

  • FAQ: Exchange Server backup and recovery

  • From troubleshooting long backup cycles to the difference between backups and archives, you'll learn something new about protecting and recovering Microsoft Exchange Server data in this collection of frequently asked questions. (

  • Guide: Set up Microsoft Operations Manager for Exchange 2003 monitoring

  • Learn how to set up Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 to monitor Exchange Server 2003 performance, interpret the results and display them in an easy-to-understand manner. (

  • Tutorial: Configuring Direct Push technology for Exchange 2003

  • Discover how Microsoft Direct Push technology works and find out how to configure and implement Direct Push in an Exchange 2003 SP2 email environment. (

  • Crash Course: Microsoft Exchange 2003 cluster configuration

  • Master Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 cluster configuration with this crash course, including planning, installation and deployment best practices. (

  • Guide: An administrator's guide to Exchange public folders

  • This collection of articles, tutorials, tips, tools, downloads, and expert advice will teach you how to better manage every aspect of your Exchange public folder environment. (

  • Resource Center: Exchange Server 2003 administration tools

  • Find downloads and details about freeware tools that troubleshoot and simplify difficult and tedious Exchange Server tasks. (

  • Fast Guide: Scripting solutions for Exchange Server administrators

  • Get scripting shortcuts to automate everyday Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Outlook administration tasks. (

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  • 5 tips in 5 minutes: Securing Exchange Server 2003

  • Learn about client-side and server-side security features in Exchange Server 2003, including Kerberos authentication, SSL security, and RPC over HTTP. (

  • Step-by-Step Guide: How to set up a VPN

  • VPN technology is extremely useful in Exchange Server 2003 organizations with a lot of remote users, but it can be somewhat complicated to set up. This guide will walk you step-by-step through the process. (

  • Crash Course: Exchange Intelligent Message Filter

  • Discover how to update your Intellilgent Message Filter spam definitions using Microsoft Update, display SCL rankings in Outlook for incoming email, and enable IMF on authenticated SMTP connections. Also discover third-party tools that allow more granular control over Exchange Server 2003's IMF functionality. (

  • Guide: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 security hardening

  • This guide provides essential information about how to solidify your Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 environment. Learn strategies for combating spam, viruses, and other external threats to your Exchange 2003 messaging system. (Microsoft)

      Exchange Server 2003 Resources  Return to Top
    The online resources below are continuously updated. Bookmark them and check back often for the most current tips, expert advice and references for Exchange Server 2003.

  • Reference Center: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 tips and expert advice

  • Reference Center: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 tutorials
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