Chapter 24. Basic Exchange Tasks

In this chapter, we will show you how to automate some of the basic Exchange settings, specifically concerning users (and by extension inetOrgPersons), groups, and contacts. Although tools to manage Exchange settings already exist (e.g., Active Directory Users and Computers), scripting allows you quickly handle mailbox-enabling or moving thousands of users based on whatever business logic you require. Simple scripts can take the place of Exchange migration or management utilities that you would possibly otherwise need to purchase.

Notes on Managing Exchange

Managing Exchange is a little different from managing most other Microsoft applications. The computer where you run the tools or scripts must be a member of a domain in the forest where the Exchange organization resides; this is true whether you are using a script or the GUI. Also, Exchange doesn’t allow you to select other organizations to manage. This can be troublesome for someone managing multiple Exchange organizations or a mobile worker who moves between sites or companies and likes to run her workstation in workgroup mode instead of being a member of any specific domain.

Permissions are very important and often misunderstood in Exchange. Permissions can be set up very simply or in a very complicated way; it is tough to find a middle ground. The simplest method is to give your Domain Admin access to your Exchange administrators. This is pretty standard in small companies where the Exchange ...

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