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#1 freak180

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:30

I have no experience with servers and the differents kinds of servers that exist .. Well I guess its pretty embarrassing for me to ask this but what is Exchange server? Is it like an OS like Windows Server 2008 r2?
Reason I ask this now is because whenever I apply for a desktop support position I tend to see one of the requirements asking for Microsoft Exchange experience which obviously I don't have nor know how to train myself on using it..
Please help me get a better understanding of what it is and where is the best place to learn more about it.. Sadly I work better with hands on experience.

Thank you!


#2 busdude

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:57

http://en.wikipedia....Exchange_Server

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:12

After Windows, Exchange is my favourite product of Microsoft's. In simple terms it's a mail server with other features like shared calendars, shared mailboxes. It does a whole lot more. It's basically the backend engine that Outlook is the front end for.

I suggest you get some virtualisation software and install the product. Depending on your hardware you might need to try an older release like 2007.

I would imagine a desktop support role would only need to know basics like configuring and troubleshooting Outlook to connect to the Exchange services.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:14

Know powershell for Exchange 2013.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:35

Know powershell for Exchange 2013.

for 'Desktop Support' ? Hardly a requirement, that's more a 'Server Admin' sort of thang yo ;)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:42

you know, not to sound like that *******, but it's not hard to go to google and type in "Microsoft Exchange Server" to at least find out what the product is (a mail server in this case)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:44

^ This.

Using the tools available to you before requesting help is an important part of any administrative/support role :)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:46

for 'Desktop Support' ? Hardly a requirement, that's more a 'Server Admin' sort of thang yo ;)


I agree. Exchange Server knowledge falls far outside the scope of "Desktop Support." Unless, of course, they mean the ability to configure an outlook client to connect to Exchange, I suppose.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:47

Good news is that it is very intuitive. I don't think a lot of people know exchange 2013 as it is 6 months old. They might advertise desktop support but your duties might include troubleshooting mailbox/outlook issues but highly unlikely. I would state in the interview that I have never supported exchange before as it is not desktop software.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 15:29

for 'Desktop Support' ? Hardly a requirement, that's more a 'Server Admin' sort of thang yo ;)

You have no idea how many apps Ive seen that mention it. Trust me they want that experience and usually when i say that i dont have any during the phone interview thats not a good thing. I only shoot for desktop support positions only too.

you know, not to sound like that *******, but it's not hard to go to google and type in "Microsoft Exchange Server" to at least find out what the product is (a mail server in this case)

Obviously I have, but I have a hard time understanding certain terms.. Some things need to be well...dumb down for me. I figure neowin could give me a simple explanation which they already have. Thanks for all of your replies!

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 19:53

I tried installing it on a windows 8 VM and got these errors :(

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 19:54

lol don't install it on a client os man you need a server so and an active directory domain

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 19:57

Exchange is a mail server, you install it onto of your Active Directory Server. If you want to play with it. Install Windows Server 2008/2012, Create a Domain and then Install onto that Server.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 20:00

lol don't install it on a client os man you need a server so and an active directory domain

I told you I'm new to this all LOL

Exchange is a mail server, you install it onto of your Active Directory Server. If you want to play with it. Install Windows Server 2008/2012, Create a Domain and then Install onto that Server.

Okay I will take your advice! hopefully I still have a copy of Server 2008. I'm doing all of this through VMware.. would that be a problem?

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 20:03

IT isn't the correct line of work for you.