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Recently Steve Goodman’s first book was released: iPhone with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: Business Integration and Deployment.
Although I don’t know Steve personally I’ve always found his contributions to the Exchange community interesting and very valuable. He has made numerous contributions that are used widely. Two of his most well-know items are without any doubt his Exchange 2010 HAProxy and the Exchange Environment Report.
As soon as it was announced what the book was about, I took interest and pre-ordered it.
I can assure you that my expectations were set quite high: Jef Guillet and Henrik Walter have reviewed the book technically. Both are well-known and -respected in the Exchange community and have proven their skills and experience on numerous occasions.
What follows is a short overview of my thoughts on the book. The comments are my own and my own only and therefore subject to my personal preference. Nonetheless I try to stay as objective as possible hoping that by sharing my thoughts, you get a good idea of what to expect.
Although I usually dislike reading books, the author’s writing style makes it easy to read and even tends to render it into a real page turner. In fact, I managed reading the book in one afternoon which is – at least for me – an achievement. The content of the book is quite broad allowing readers who don’t have that much experience with Exchange Server 2010 to retrieve quite some additional value from it as well. The first few chapters are dedicated to giving an overview of what capabilities Exchange Server and Office 365 provide, supplemented with some additional information on the overall architecture ranging planning to deployment.
Based on a fictive company the book takes you on a journey through iOS-land, covering topics such as deployment, authentication, security and device management. I especially liked chapters 6 to 9 that talked about Certificate Based Authentication, Device Provisioning & –Management and some of the limitations of ActiveSync. The latter includes some very useful information on widely used functions like shared mailboxes and shared calendars. Something you probably will stumble upon when rolling out smartphones!
Maybe one remark: perhaps it would’ve been worth mentioning there’ a beta of the Exchange Client Network Bandwidth Calculator available. A tool which allows you to determine your bandwidth requirements based on the number of users and their profiles (including ActiveSync usage).
If you are seriously thinking about implementing iOS-based devices in your organization or perhaps you already have, whether you are using Exchange Server 2010 On-Premise or Office 365, I can most certainly recommend the book. It will not only provide you a global overview of what capabilities Exchange Server 2010 offers you but it will also give you some necessary insights, tips and tricks that come with the deployment, usage and management of such devices in an enterprise environment.
If you want to grab your copy of the book, please visit the Publisher’s website: www.packtpub.com (http://www.packtpub.com/iphone-with-microsoft-exchange-server-2010/book)
Michael Van Horenbeeck