Rule #1: Don’t Assume You Know Everything
Most people who think they know all about Exchange Server make the mistake of assuming that they know everything. Don’t be one of those clueless Exchange Servers administrators who are fooled by a simple-sounding solution to the problems you’re facing and continue to cause problems.
You can find a multitude of solutions that help reduce the complexity of Exchange Server. Some of them actually have been used by large organizations for a number of years and they’ve never failed. Still, some of them aren’t proven to be effective for any size of business and may never be used in a large scale.
It’s your responsibility as an Exchange Server Admin to choose a well-proven Exchange Server solution that not only solves your problem but also proves to be cost effective and maintenance free. These solutions have actually worked for other businesses and you should know which one will work for you.
You’ll need to look at some basic information on the product you’re considering. For example, which version do you need? Also, how many users will it support and how many databases will you need?
The second thing you’ll need to consider is the size of your company.
The size of your business doesn’t necessarily need to be the same as the size of your company. As long as you have a reasonable working capacity you can run most Exchange Server tools without issue.
Your decision making process has to take into account the needs of your organization. When you choose a product, make sure that you make a sound decision on this basis. After all, you don’t want to have to explain your product decision to anyone.
Some of the top quality products can be quite expensive. This isn’t a sign of something wrong with the product, it’s a reflection of the kind of customer service that’s available with those products. The fact that they charge more than the average solution tells you that they are offering superior customer service.
It also shows that the product is reliable. It also indicates that the vendor can accurately forecast the growth of your company and is willing to implement the new technologies needed to meet those needs. Consider these kinds of things when evaluating products.
Even if the products cost a lot, there’s no reason you can’t find a viable solution. A company’s size, available resources and available time to implement any particular technology can all affect what products they can make. They may be expensive, but they can be good products.
With the right combination of technical expertise and skill you can learn enough about Exchange Server to have a clear understanding of what needs to be done and the exact solution. It’s only after you’ve had an experience running a server that you can actually give the product or vendor a try and then decide whether you agree with them or not.
These skills are not necessarily unique to Exchange Server. It’s true that experts who are experts at other technologies might help you through your troubles, but it doesn’t mean you can’t learn the basics about Exchange Server. In fact, if you can demonstrate to them that you can understand the concepts, they will likely give you more time to improve your knowledge of the product.
Take the time to review your situation and determine the appropriate method for solving your problems. Look for an Exchange Server solution that matches your needs and looks to be cost effective.