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Mastering Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 1st Edition

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Your Essential Guide to Windows Server 2008 R2

If you're a systems administrator, Windows Server 2008 R2 can help you streamline workflows, automate functions, virtualize, and get the most out of Windows 7. And with the step-by-step instruction in this comprehensive guide from leading Windows authority Mark Minasi, you'll get there even faster.

This book not only walks you through Windows Server 2008 R2 from the ground up, it also describes features and workarounds to help you optimize your Server 2008 environment. It's packed with information—you'll soon master the new Active Directory®, Remote Desktop Services, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, and much more. This is the perfectgo-to reference on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Coverage includes:

  • Getting up to speed on all the new technology and features in R2

  • Performing a clean, manual installation on a virtual or lab machine, or doing an unattended installation

  • Understanding Server Core and what is new in Windows Server 2008 iPv4

  • Creating a one-domain, one-location, simple Active Directory (AD)

  • Managing user accounts, group policies, and files and filesharing

  • Setting up routing, VPNs, additional sites in Active Directory, and more

  • Adding Mac clients and administering Remote Desktop Services

  • Updating your system with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

Deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 in Your Enterprise

Learn Tips and Workarounds from Windows Guru Mark Minasi

Master Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, Remote Desktop Services, and More

Integrate with Windows 7

Streamline and Automate Routine Server Administration Tasks

Reinforce Your Skills with Real-World Examples

About the Author

Mark Minasi, CS Directory Services MVP, is one of the world's leading Windows authorities. He teaches classes in two dozen countries and is a much sought-after speaker at conferences and industry gathering keynotes. His firm, MR&D, has taught tens of thousands of people to design and run Windows networks. Mark has written over 15 books for Sybex, including the market-leading Mastering Windows Server 2003 and The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1488 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470532866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470532867
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tom Carpenter VINE VOICE on March 2, 2010
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I must say, unlike many people, I was not as excited about the Mastering Windows Server 2003 book (though I liked the SP1 and R2 Update Edition book very much). I felt the 2003 book was lacking that insightful depth that I so enjoyed when I first encountered Mark's books back in the 1990s. I assumed it was just that I knew much more about Windows environments now, but this book proves that was not the case.

I've been working with Windows Server 2008 R2 since the first TechNet Beta was released back in, I think it was, January of '09. I spent hours diving into the new features and then did the same with the release candidate and the RTM. However, I've had this book for less than two days and I've already encountered several excellent sections that clarified poorly written Microsoft documentation or provided new thoughts for the same technologies Microsoft covers in a different way.

The team for this book seems to have changed from the excellent team that delivered the Server 2003 Update Edition book and I was a little concerned when I saw this; however, my concerns were not well-founded. This team may be the best that Mark has ever put together for his Mastering series of books.

Now, for those who've worked with Windows Server 2008 over the past couple of years, you will love the small but important sections all through the book that cover "New... in Windows Server 2008 R2". You can replace the ... with Active Directory, TCP, DNS and many more. The point is that the book works for those completely new to Server 2008 or 2008 R2 and it helps those who've worked with Server 2008 find those nuggets of newness related only to Server 2008 R2. One of my favorite features, which the book addresses, is the new ability to use Server Manager to manage remote Windows Server 2008 R2 machines.

I can give this excellent book no less than five stars. Way to go team Minasi! This series is back on track.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Duncan on January 13, 2011
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My first review of this book was very high, that was after I'd read through it and before I'd actually implemented many of the suggestions. To be fair the book focuses on 2008 R2 and Vista, our environment is 2008 R2 and Windows 7, so *maybe* some of the issues I uncovered, discrepancies between what Minasi instructs and how things actually work, has to do with Windows 7 vs. Vista... but I seriously doubt it, since W7 is built on Vista.

That said, things that don't work as profiled in the book:
Folder redirection with DFS and Offline files. This created a nightmare for us with the 'redirected folders' really only living ina a hidden cache file on the user's local machine and the actual files never getting copied to the targeted folder on the server.
DFS replication/ Multimaster DFS Replication: If you look through the Microsoft documentation, limited to folders that are "not dynamic on this you realize it has a *very limited* implementation limited to folder that are *not dynamic*... meaning anything that changes with any reasonable frequency, like, say Roaming Profile folders, or shared network drives.

Bottom line, the book is good at explaining some of the theory and definitions behind the topics, but actual implementation may lead you down a road you really don't want to travel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lefteris Karafilis on October 29, 2010
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I am following Mark Minasi and the Mastering Windows Series of books since 2000. I am very pleased with the content spectrum and the way it is delivered. It is a great source of information for IT professionals who want to cover most of Windows 2008 R2 with a single publication and for those who want to use it as a reference book.

It covers many of Windows 2008 R2 technologies including Networking Services, AD, IIS, VPN, etc and is full of configuration examples. Authors also summarize the theory behind the technologies in order to better understand why and how to use them
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Irvin A. Turberville on October 24, 2010
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I purchased this book mainly because I neede a resource that included Server 2008 R2. I'm studying for the MCTS Applications Infrastructure 70-643 exam.This book has proved to be an excellent resource for this.
Some things that the authors missed in the book though. This is probably due to the timing of their publication and such. MS now has Sharepoint Foundation 2010 and they only cover Sharepoint 3.0. They also totally neglected to cover media services. Overall they did an excellent job
The chapters written by coauthor Darril Gibson I found to be concise, informative, and covered the material very well. I would have liked if he had covered Remote Desktop Virtualization Host more as that is one area in RDS where I have a lot of interest. I perused the other areas he wrote and found those chapters to be an easy read.
Overall a good book for those with real world server experience who need to learn Server 2008 R2. For me personally, I also got the Server 2008 R2 Unleashed book to help fill in the gray areas.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Xenon 6 on June 24, 2010
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This book is very well written and highly readable. A great way to learn about Windows 2008 R2. Mark Minasi and his co-authors have a great writing style making it much more readable than the Microsoft books. This is the last book in a series of books that has run since the days of Windows NT 3.51. Windows has grown over that time and it is a struggle to get compressive coverage into a single book so it ends up being a bit light on many topics.

Advanced Systems Engineers will need more specialist books but I highly recommend this to Intermediate level administrators or Desktop support people wanting to move to Level 3 server support.
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