I finally remembered to check the Amazon reviews for the Exchange Server Cookbook tonight. I was amused by this line:Other recipes [I guess that’s the preferred term] assume you have an Active Directory server on your network, and show how to integrate your Exchange Server with it.
If you’re not immediately giggling, then let me explain that our book focuses on Exchange 2000/2003. Previous versions of Exchange included their own directory services, because Windows NT did not include any. Windows 2000 included Active Directory, and so Exchange integrates with an existing Windows 2000 Active Directory server rather than run its own directory service. It’s one of the basic requirements of how it works.
I wonder if that’s why we didn’t get the fifth start from that reviewer? At any rate, I’m not upset — 4/5 is great (thank you!) — I just wanted to be sure other folks didn’t somehow get worried we’d wasted space on things the average Exchange admin wouldn’t need.