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Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 Unleashed (3rd Edition) Paperback – April 8, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0672335402 ISBN-10: 0672335409 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 3 edition (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672335409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672335402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul McFedries is a Windows expert and full-time technical writer. He has been authoring computer books since 1991 and has more than 70 books to his credit, which combined have sold more than four million copies worldwide. His recent titles include the Sams Publishing book Windows 7 Unleashed and the Que Publishing books Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista and Tweak It and Freak It: A Killer Guide to Making Windows Run Your Way. Paul is also the proprietor of Word Spy (www.wordspy.com), a website devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases that have entered the English language. Please drop by Paul’s website at www.mcfedries.com, or follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/paulmcf and twitter.com/wordspy.


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Paul McFedries runs Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company, and has been writing computer books for more than 17 years. He is the author or coauthor of more than 60 books that have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Paul is also the proprietor of Wordspy.com, a website that tracks new words and phrases as they enter the language.

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It is well written and easy to navigate.
David Helcel
It is easy to always have it at hand and not a pain to lug around a 5 pound hard copy like we used to have to, especially with MS press books.
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It's a good book, generally well written and reasonably comprehensive covering the basics.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Steve on May 6, 2011
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This is a good general reference book for any technical level, BUT it is very lacking in installation and setup procedures and general do's and don'ts. This is especially true if you have never install the WHS2011 or the earlier WHS v1. I also feel that more detailed setup procedures, with step by step instructions and explanations of the options available at each step would have been most helpful.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Cayton on May 2, 2011
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I have been working with the Vail pre-release for months and moving slowly in using the server in any meaningful way. Now this book is out and I'm immediately finding many ways to quickly utilize various features on our home server. I can't put this book down!

This was my first home server install and I can say this book is just fine for folks new to home server and have some basic technical background. Example, I messed up and didn't configure my homeserver with a static IP. The book simply outlines why this is important, and it saved me much troubleshooting a month later after the install and the dynamic server IP address changed.

While Home Server 2011 unleashed contains fairly obvious features like file sharing and management, security, and web access, the book goes on to explain areas not so obvious. Following the step by step instructions on setting up a sharepoint site on the windows home server, I now have sharepoint foundation (free limited version of Sharepoint) running for the family to share pictures, files, calendar events and collaboration. Since two of my kids are in college, I have a local computer set up where the kids can connect via a remote session and share or pull information. The book clearly outlines how to connect via the internet so all family members can still participate. Need to keep your windows patches up to date, chapter 14 explains how to install, configure and manage WSUS. Have a Mac (or Linux) and want to connect to the home server, there is a section on how to do that. It provides step by step instructions on how to first get your Mac onto the home server network and than how to specifically connect the Mac.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ITBeast on April 27, 2011
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I'm a current Windows Home Server Owner of Version 1 and did do some Beta testing of WHS 2011 when it was still known by it's Code Name "Vail". I just got through reading the book and was very impressed how much the author covered on Microsoft's Newest Version of it's Home Server OS.

Not only does he covers the basic things most people know about Home Server in general (I.E. Backing Up PC's, Sharing out Files, Remote Access from the outside, etc...) But he also covers the other things you can also do to make the most out it, For Example...

- Registry Hacks to improve performace
- Using automated scripts (supplied in the book and downloadable)
- Installing and Using WSUS
- Installing and Using a Sharepoint site
- Using other DNS Services other than MSN

He even gives alternate suggestions on how to use other methods of trying to keep redundancy in your Home Server without the use of the Drive Extender which Microsoft still has not offically given us an answer as to why they abondoned the technology as of this writing.

I will be honest this book was not really written for beginners/average users, I would look more for a rudimetry book once it comes out that just covers the basics if that is what you are looking for. This book is more written for the Intermediate to Advanced User with a sturdy IT Hobbyist/professional background who are looking into fully exploiting the Windows Server 2008 R2 code on which this OS is based on and going beyond what Microsoft had originally intended this OS to do. That is who I would recommend this book for.

I would also recommend on picking this book up first before implementing your Windows Home Server Infrastructure or even upgrading your existing one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Davebrass62 on May 26, 2011
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There are huge differences between Home Server and Home Server 2011(I have both). This book is a great reference book. It also explains in simple (not too much geek speak) yet detailed terms on how to get the most out of Home Server 2011. This book saved me hours of poking around under the hood trying to figure out where things moved to, what changed and how to to exploit all the new goodies included Home Server 2011. I highly recommend this book for those of who want maximum performance and benefit out of their Home Server
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 18, 2013
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I replaced my old HP Media Smart server (WHS v1) with a LaCie 5big Office (WHS 2011) and 4TB. LaCie ship the 5big Office with zero documentation beyond plug it in and connect with this web address. That's it. Nada. When I contacted tech support with questions they said effectively "don't ask us, it is Microsoft product". This book turned that experience from being a potential nightmare (and returned product) to a very happy user. So far it has supplied everything I needed to know and the index is sufficiently well done that I have not needed to search the online version. So, "Thank You" to Paul McFedries. I think if LaCie bundled access to the online version of this book with their product they would have a real winner.
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