By casting about for an evaluation copy of BackOffice, you can get access to Exchange without even possessing MCSE credentials. Another way to get the software is to take a Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) course on Exchange, in which case you'll get a two-user version of the software with the other course materials. Finally, if you have a TechNet subscription or an MSDN subscription, an Exchange server software package is available in each of those packages. For TechNet, it's an evaluation copy; for MSDN, it's the "real thing."
This was first published in October 2001