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I never really had much time to blog about interesting topics or anything else when I was working at HP, but since I retired from full-time corporate life in March 2010 I have more time to contemplate issues such as the evolution of email (especially Microsoft Exchange Server), travel in Ireland, France, and elsewhere, or any other topics that I like to write about. I still do some consulting to help companies figure out issues of a strategic nature – not being very technical, I can’t really solve all the deep and dark technical issues for companies, but I have a great ability to ask annoying and pertinent questions.
My last book project was Microsoft Exchange 2013 Inside Out: Mailbox and High Availability (Microsoft Press). This is a two-volume project, where I wrote volume 1 covering the mailbox server role and high availability, while Paul Robichaux did a great job on volume 2, Microsoft Exchange 2013 Inside Out: Connectivity, Clients and Unified Messaging. The books have been available since October 2013 and have received a good response from the technical community, which is great. Exchange 2013 has not remained static since as Microsoft continue to push out cumulative updates on a regular (quarterly) basis. I am keeping the book content updated so that the updates will be covered if we have a chance to reprint. There’s always hope.
My Exchange 2010 book for Microsoft Press was completed in 2010 (printed copies have been available since December 1, 2010). It’s still valid in most areas and I think that it presents a pretty comprehensive view of the product, but it has inevitably aged due to changes in the product since. Guaranteed to send anyone to sleep after two pages or less and covering the ins and outs of Exchange 2010 SP1, the book is now available at Amazon.com and all good online booksellers… see Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out, also available at Amazon.co.uk. The book is also available in a Kindle edition. Other e-book formats for the book are available from the O’Reilly web site. I like the fact that O’Reilly provides access to five different e-book DRM-free formats that allow purchasers to read their books on the devices of their choice. It seems like a very liberating and worthwhile approach.
A bundle of the Exchange 2010 Best Practices book and my Exchange 2010 Inside Out book is also available from Amazon.com.
I continue to write for Windows IT Pro Magazine (you can click here to find my list of articles that have appeared in Windows IT Pro magazine over the years). Indeed, as and from August 2011 am writing a blog for Windowsitpro.com that covers topics relating to Microsoft Exchange Server. The advent of the Exchange Unwashed blog (for such is its name) means that I’ll be publishing less (or rather, different) Exchange content in the future in this blog, but I shall leave everything that has appeared to date intact for your reading.
I’m also an MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) for Exchange. This video explains all about the MVP program.
Click here to see my list of good technical books