Huzzah, huzzah, my list of the top ten tasks for new Exchange admins has been published on the Exchange web site: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/techinfo/administration/beginner.asp.
It was fun to write, because I only came up with the idea in the first week of October. I like seeing small pieces of content go live so quickly (perhaps one of the reasons I'm really enjoying blogging, eh?). I cobbled together a list of about 30 tasks, narrowed it down to 10 and wrote up the steps. Then I took suggestions on a couple of different tasks, deleted some of my original, and wrote up the steps for the suggestions. After a round of tech/editorial reviews, the web page is live.
I hope to get around to documenting the rest of the tasks on the list, but for now there are some other projects that I need to spend time on instead. Oh and of course, there's the twist this week: I'm being reorged again :-). Fortunately I'll still be doing much of the same things, but I'll be moving to a new team and reporting to a different person. Reorgs, like moving buildings, is a staple of the Microsoft diet. Sometimes I think that it's the executives' way of keeping us on our toes, to make sure we can turn on a dime.
By the way - my thanks go out to the Exchange MVPs, David, Mike Lee & Paul Bowden for helping me with ideas for tasks as well as tech review.