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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator's Reference: The Administrator's Essential Reference 1st Edition

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The Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrator’s Reference is the essential guide to deploying, configuring, and administering a Windows Server 2008 R2 infrastructure. This book includes in-depth discussions and step-by-step exercises to help administrators of all skill levels manage and maintain the Windows Server 2008 R2 family of operating systems. This reference will give you insights to designing, troubleshooting, and upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2 and use detailed exercises to walk you through installing and configuring features such as Hyper-V, DirectAccess, Remote Desktop Services, BranchCache, and Active Directory. Whether you are supporting a small Windows network or large enterprise, this reference will provide you with the knowledge needed to maintain a reliable and healthy Windows Server deployment.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597495786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597495783
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Timothy Walker VINE VOICE on September 11, 2010
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Having worked with Windows servers off and on for a decade, I was very eager to receive this book. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend it. Read on to find out why.

THE GOOD: This book provides a solid overview of Windows Server 2008 R2 functionality and features for the beginning administrator, with step-by-step walkthroughs of different configuration tasks. While it is obvious that this is the author's first book - more on that in a moment - it is also apparent that Mr. Hannifin has a deep understanding of the subject matter. I did not find any factual errors.

THE BAD: Many pages consist of a single scant paragraph and one massive screen shot. Not only does this give the book a "working on a ten-page paper the night before it's due" feel, the images are so large that they disrupt the flow of the text, the point they were intended to illustrate having been made pages earlier.

THE UGLY: English was evidently not the first language of this book's proofreading team, if it had one. Spelling and grammar errors plus poor formatting decisions diminish the entire book, and the writing is clumsily redundant to the point of parody. I can overlook typos like "rouge software" and "smaller attack service", but sentences like "While RRAS, was just plain old RAS with Windows NT 4.0." are simply unacceptable. If you think me hypercritical, please read the first paragraph of Chapter 11, below:

"[W]e will introduce you to PowerShell and its many powerful features... you will benefit from the overview of its many uses and its great new features. If you are new to PowerShell, do not despair; we will go over its powerful features and how they can help make your job easier and more productive. PowerShell will make administration a lot easier with its many features.
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At it's size, I really thought I'd get a good reference, but it feels padded with screenshots. The books seems too breif and too long at the same time. It's like a bad powerpoint presentation--it might last an hour but you really don't feel like you learned much, but at the same time you can't find anything specificly bad to say about it. Does that make any sense?

While there are step by step things through some problems, you're going to have to go somewhere else for help--no troubleshooting issues here!

I guess a large part of the problem is the missing answer to the question "why?". So there's a section in chapter 2 called configuring disk drives. It tells you that you can choose basic or dynamic disk types (dynamic being software raids). It says that if you have hardware raid, you should use the basic disk type (one helpful tip, yah!). Then it has 4 or 5 pages on the different types of dynaic disks and how to set them up. Oh my goodness, it's so basic it's stupid to have pages of this. But nowhere is a single mention of why to use basic, dynamic, or hardware raid. If you really are such a beginner that you need that 4 pages, you need a bit of the why too! So it's way to long and lacking real meat that an advanced user needs, but at the same time it lacks the instruction that a novice needs.

I did gain some familiarization with 2008 R2, but I wanted a reference I could go back to, not a one time familiarization. I feel that I could have read a microsoft pdf about 2008 R2 new features and learned everything I learned here.
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Disclaimer: I have been in the IT field for 14 years. I am an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer).

I found this book somewhat disappointing. At 678 pages you would think that there would be some meat here but no. The book gives a good but very basic overview of most subjects covering Server 2008 R2 including server planning configuration and installation. It doesn't have the depth in any one subject for the novice Server Administrator.

Reading this book a novice wouldn't be able to install and configure Server 2008 R2 and be guaranted success. The problem is that if there is some kind of hang up there isn't much in the way of troubleshooting help and the book is like this for all of the subjects. There could be more meat if this book didn't have so many oversized screenshots and many repeat themselves through out the book

Troubleshooting installation issues, well there isn't much help for that here. If you run into trouble installing or configuring hyper-v or your having trouble creating AD groups with the right security restrictions well good luck.

There isn't enough here to come close to guaranteeing a successful install for the novice Server administrator. The subjects of DNS, dynamic DNS, IP, Active directory, Hyper-V, IIS 7.5, and almost every other subject here while discussed are painfully brief.

This book would be of little help the novice server administrator because there isn't enough here on any one subject to guarantee success but provides a good cursory knowledge on how to plan and install Server 2008 R2. For the intermediate to advanced server administrator they would already know most of the stuff covered here. Again no real troubleshooting help.
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