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Microsoft Exchange Admin What do I need ?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by katanauk, May 7, 2012.

  1. katanauk

    katanauk New Member

    Ok let me just state I am a 45yr old Guy and fundamentally a 2nd line desktop support person since 1994 with limited server support exposure, but I wish to become an Exchange Administrator. I would really appreciate some guidance.

    The last 2 years I have been out of work due to losing my left leg, so recovery has been long and hard, but I now want to get back to work.

    If somebody could explain the best way to go achieve this e.g. what training path to take, I would be eternally grateful.

    Please assume my knowledge is zero as my skill set is woefully out of date....

    Kind Regards
  2. sheepluv

    sheepluv Byte Poster

    Maybe for experience setup a lab in the house, get a few decentish machines and get Win server running, install exchange then do some certs. MCITP is good, others will advise on exchange ..
    Certifications: CCNA | HND | 70-646
  3. TechTock

    TechTock Byte Poster

    Get yourself a good lab. I think the HP Microservers should be powerful enough to run Exchange (double check though) and I think HP still do the £100 cashback so they can be picked up for around £120 each (after cashback). As Exchange roles can be separated I would install EXSi (virtualization and will allow you to install multiple copies of Windows 2008R2 and separate the roles to give a better idea of how it all pieces together) or buy 2x Microservers (which I would recommend as they aren't too powerful). You will also need to install a server as a Domain Controller. I think you can download a trial version of Exchange and Windows 2008R2 otherwise get a technet account which gives you access to full copies of virtually all MS software for testing purposes and costs around £150 (I think). Lastly get a good couple of Exchange books and if you can afford it get some video training from Trainsignal or CBT Nuggets. Unfortunately IT costs money to do and learn and once you get past the basics you really need a lab.
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician | PRINCE2 Foundation | VCP5
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  4. katanauk

    katanauk New Member

    many thx guys some good advice much apriciated
  5. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Try and get some server admin experience if you can mate. Many Exchange admins come from a server admin background but then decide to specialise in Exchange.
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Exchange 2007\2010
  6. sheepluv

    sheepluv Byte Poster

    You can do it with workstations too, even build a machine fairly cheap - you can pick up cheap mainboard bundles (and a get any other parts like bigger psu). Not sure how it compares out in specs v the HP though.

    Windows server 2008 R2 is available for download off ms site for a trial, you can reactivate it so it works for a few months.
    Certifications: CCNA | HND | 70-646
  7. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    Get a decent understanding of Active Directory and Powershell as you will need both.
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).

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