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OK….I’ve been around teaching Exchange since (using old man voice) “Back in my day I used Exchange 5.5…back when snail-mail was still faster then the internet…we didn’t have that fancy web interface you young whippersnappers are so use to…Our email traveled uphill….both ways… 3 feet of snow…” I could go on, but the point is Exchange has dramatically improved over the years.  Ever since Exchange 2007, I’ve found myself looking that the features/technologies, and saying “Wow….IT’S ABOUT TIME MICROSOFT!”….and I have to say as far as study guides go….”WOW….IT’S ABOUT TIME MICROSOFT!”

For years I’ve seen and recommended different study guides for my students that were trying to prep for a Microsoft Exam.  Unfortunately, most study guides are just a printout of some brain dumps.  I then found myself having a conversation with my students about using those types of guides and how they actually “hurt” the certification and the student’s career (I’ll have to post my thoughts on that later).

To make this short and sweet….I loved this book.  This book is fill with “meat” (no potatoes)as far as information goes.  Not only does the author (Orin Thomas) teach you the concepts of Exchange 2010, but he shows you the “why’s”, which to me (as a MCT)  is SO important for understanding and learning of my students.  Orin (hope I can just use your first name  ), also takes the time to explain complicated technologies in a way that will make sense to students/readers that are new to some of the concepts.  Another cool feature of this book is that at the end of each chapter, Orin tests your comprehension with a great Q/A section!

So instead of drilling answers to questions into your head from some stupid “here…cheat with the answers and then wonder why you can’t get past a technical interview” study guide, just to take a test….MAN-UP (or WOMAN-UP…don’t want to be sexiest)  and learn the in’s, out’s, and why’s of Exchange 2010 with this book.  You know, this book is good enough to be used as reference materials for your career as well.  For me personally, I’ll be looking at this series of books for my study needs.

Now that I think about it…”Hey Microsoft why didn’t you have these types of materials for us back in the day!?  Back when I was a poor student pulling out my hair for an exam”…how about a free Xbox for all my troubles!

Wanna read a sample?


About this Author

Dale Meredith has been heavily engaged in the IT industry for over 20 years.  During that time he has worked as a CTO, Senior Technical Manager, Analyst and IT trainer.  Dale is a tremendously well-rounded IT professional, and currently an extremely sought after IT trainer.

As a Microsoft Certified Trainer (since 1998), Dale has had the opportunity to teach in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, corporate, universities, military and government agencies.  Dale was instrumental in the training of the IT teams at Homeland Security and Customs & Border Patrol during their transition from Novell to Microsoft technologies. His ability to take complex topics and make them easy to understand is one of the talents that sets Dale apart from other trainers.

Dale has enjoyed much success in these areas because of his excellent training and presentation skills.  His delivery style (what he calls Edu-tainment)   and his in-depth knowledge of the subject matter; backed by years of real-world experience, has allowed SuperDale (as his students call him) to captivate and excite his students with the technologies he presents.

Dale holds several certifications including MCT, MCP+I, MCSE, MCSA, MCITP, MCTS, CEH, and CEI.  His specialties include Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, IIS, Windows 7, System Center Configuration Manager, Hyper-V and Certified Ethical Hacker.

When Dale isn’t hacking/configuring something, he’s feeding his addiction for all things Batman (admitting he has a problem is the first step to recovery ;-) ).

Dale started his blog site ( several years ago, as what he calls his “Memory Dump”.  There he post articles and videos that he finds “to cool to forget”, but has quickly become a resource for his students and followers worldwide.

Dale is currently a Contract IT Trainer based out of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Dale’s high packed schedule keeps him traveling from coast to coast serving a diverse array of clients.

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