I apologise for the vague title - but I wasn't sure quite how to word it.
I'm trying to gain practical and useful experience in Exchange 2003/2007 in order to act as a good foundation for undertaking the MCSE: Messaging extension certification (I already have the MCSE).
Unfortunately the school doesn't use Exchange as it's provided by our LA.
So my question is - where should I start?
Are there any websites that give simple information on Exchange 2003/2007 - or perhaps something that gives you exercises in how to learn more about Exchange through doing things with it?
I can't set it up in the school as we have no plans to host it ourselves but I want to pursue the Exchange certification tracks (as I'm already looking at the Security tracks).
I know many of you run Exchange in your schools - but where did you start?
Normally I'd simply build a server, connect it up and have a play - but Exchange (like AD) is one of those things that you may not experience all kinds of things without a user-base who use it regularly.
One of the best resources is Microsoft Exchange Server Resource Site: Articles & Tutorials. Get an eval version, set it up for basic communication, then explore/play. I would recommend running it in a virtual environment that you can snapshot so if you break something you can quickly recover. You may want to make a test domain as well and can be on the same server although in production it's not best practice.