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Exchange 2007 Installation & Administration

Duration 5 days

Exchange 2007 Installation & Administration is a five day course which covers the tools and techniques necessary build and manage a simple Exchange 2007 based mail solution. You will start by learning about Mail Systems in general and Exchange in particular. You will become familiar with the Exchange Organisation and how it functions. You will look at networking, Active Directory and Windows 2003 Server from the focus of how these areas interact with Exchange. You will then progress to configuring the base operating system and installing Exchange 2007. Finally you will learn the steps needed to configure your new Mail system so that e-mail can be sent and received across the Internet. You will end this part of the course by considering how to upgrade earlier versions of Exchange.

Once you have a mail system running you will learn how to administer the system: you will discover how to manage Recipients, control storage, and configure the major Exchange Server roles.

Next you will consider the various clients available to Exchange you will look at setting up representative examples including Outlook Web Access (OWA).

Finally you will consider monitoring and troubleshooting Exchange server.

The course uses the “Lecture/Lab” format were you will be introduced to a topic by your Instructor and then have the chance to experiment on a working system usually guided by a written Lab or Exercise.

You will be encouraged to explore the subject in a “hands-on” way using the working network provided. You will work as part of a small team (typically two delegates) and have the use of two e-mail servers to experiment on. Occasionally you will link your system to that of other attendees to explore the implications of larger network models.

Documentation is included with the course, this consists of: a professionally written guide, hands-on labs, and handouts as necessary.

Target Audience

The following will benefit from this course:

  • Engineers and others charged with implementing an Exchange 2007 Mail solution
  • Network administrators and other support staff responsible for the day to day running of a Exchange 2007 based system
  • Network Managers seeking to understand the intricacies of Exchange and e-mail
  • Network Architects/designers who wish to understand the value Exchange may bring to their network
  • Those pursuing Microsoft Certification and requiring practical experience

Course Pre-requisites

You should be familiar with networks and networking and have an understanding of TCP/IP and the Internet

Course Content

Exchange & Mail Basics

This module acts as a foundation to the rest of the course. We will cover all the areas needed to provide you with a thorough understanding of all the activities that you will undertake with Exchange.

Major Topics

  • Networking: What you need to know
  • Common mail protocols
  • DNS in a Mail environment
  • Active Directory for Exchange
  • Internet Connectivity
  • Exchange - A brief primer
  • Exchange versions
  • Exchange 2007 - new features
  • Exchange Architecture
  • The Exchange Organisation
  • Management tools

Interactive: Testing connectivity, Configuring DNS, Testing Functional Levels, Operations Masters
Labs: Testing SMTP connectivity with Telnet, Using the Exchange Management Shell, Exploring Exchange Management Console


This section of the course looks at how to prepare a network and a server to receive Exchange then how to install the product.

Major Topics

  • Requirements to Install Exchange 2007
  • Understanding Server Roles
  • Installation Post-Installation
  • Migration overview

Labs: Pre-installation steps, Preparing the Forest, Installing Exchange 2007
Exercise: Planning an Exchange Solution

Managing Recipients

Recipients are objects that your Exchange system handles mail for. There are several types of recipients which you will examine. You will discover how to create and manage recipients.

Major Topics

  • Creating & configuring Mailboxes
  • Creating & configuring Users
  • Creating & configuring Groups Managing Address Lists
  • Public folder overview

Labs: Creating & Managing Recipients, Address Lists


Exchange 2007 holds mailbox data in a database - this part of the course looks at how you can create and manage these databases.

Major Topics

  • Storage Groups & Databases
  • Creating and Managing Storage Groups Creating & Managing Databases

Exercise: Planning a Storage Solution
Labs: Implementing Storage Groups, Mailbox and Public Folder databases

Managing Hub Transport Servers

Exchange 2007 introduced the concept of Server Roles. You will have been introduced to Server Roles in an earlier part of the course but now is the time to start delving into more depth. In this section you will look at the Hub Transport Server and discover how to manage it.

Major Topics

  • Exchange 2007 Transport Architecture
  • Inter & Intra Site communication configuration Connecting to the Internet
  • Managing Transport Servers

Lab: Examining the Transport Server
Lab: Configuring & Testing Internet connectivity

Client Access Servers

In this section of the course you will look at how to configure Exchange 2007 to accept client connections. You will be looking at the Server end of the process, a later part of the course will examine the clients themselves. A major emphasis will be on Outlook Web Access which has received significant changes in Exchange 2007.

Major Topics

  • Outlook Web Access
  • ActiveSync (overview) POP & IMAP
  • Outlook Anywhere

Lab: First look at Outlook Web Access
Lab: Advanced OWA configuration
Lab: Disabling OWA SSL
Lab: Setting up POP and IMAP access
Lab: Installing Outlook

Edge Transport Servers & Unified Messaging Overview

The Edge Transport Server sits between your internal mail system and the Internet and will be of interest to larger Exchange systems (with a bigger budget). Unified Messaging (UM) is a new capability to Exchange which allows you to hold voice mail, fax and traditional e-mail all in a single mailbox. UM is a very complex topic and requires dedicated hardware to implement. Both these roles will be covered in outline so that you can understand the topics enough to see if they would benefit your organisation.

Major Topics

  • Edge Transport Concepts Installation
  • UM Architecture
  • Installing & Enabling UM UM Objects
  • UM Users

Lab: Configuring UM on Exchange 2007

Securing Exchange 2007

Now that you have a working mail solution it is time to turn your attention to maintaining and securing the system. Security is woven into the course however this section brings several topics together. You will also be looking at (and working with) the Security Configuration Wizard

Major Topics

  • Security concepts
  • Security Configuration Wizard Securing Exchange Server Roles

Lab: Running the Security Configuration Wizard

Backup & Recovery

Previously you learned about the Exchange 2007 storage system, now is the time to look at how to backup and restore databases.

Major Topics

  • Database architecture
  • The Backup process
  • The Restore process Server role backup requirements
  • Advanced techniques
  • The Troubleshooting Assistant

Lab: Backing up & Restoration
Practical: Repairing a damaged database

Monitoring & Performance tuning

Monitoring is an essential maintenance skill. In your final session you will consider ways of measuring Exchange 2007 performance with the aim of maximising it’s response time . You will run two of the Wizards that Exchange 2007 offers and consider the information that they provide

Major Topics

  • Exchange Best Practices Analyser
  • Performance Monitoring Basics
  • Using Exchange Server Performance Monitor System Monitor
  • Exchange System Server Performance Troubleshooting Analyser

Lab: Running the Exchange Best Practices Analyser
Lab: Exchange Server Performance Monitor
Lab: Exchange System Server Performance Troubleshooting Analyser

Appendix A: Active Directory overview