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ISBN-13: 978-0735620704
ISBN-10: 0735620709
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About the Author

Charlie Russel is an information technology consultant, specializing in combined Windows and UNIX networks. He is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Windows Server and Security. Together with Sharon Crawford, Charlie authored the top selling Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Microsoft Press as well as the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion. Charlie also co-authored the Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion.

Sharon Crawford is a veteran writer of computer books. Together with Charlie Russel, Sharon authored the top selling Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Microsoft Press as well as the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion.

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Product Details

  • Series: Admin Companion
  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735620709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735620704
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Schnackenburg on April 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting book since it's aimed at two very different audiences. The first is a business owner who would like to know a bit more about SBS 2008 based networking and what goes on under the hood. The other is of course an IT consultant who support such networks for a fee. Make no mistake, SBS is now getting close to where a moderately IT savvy business owner or employee can do most of the day to day work themselves and only call in the "experts" when necessary.
For the first audience (business owner) this book is excellent. The how and the why is covered every step of the way and the importance of planning first is underlined throughout. Most technical concepts are explained in good depth. Some discussions might go a tad too deep but then again, if you want to run your own server you should know what's going on. Choosing server hardware, disk types and hardware RAID, UPS, spare parts and even backup power generators are all covered as is installation, including installation in a virtual environment.
Migration from SBS 2003 is covered (there's even a short sidebar on Jeff Middleton's swing migration) with in depth coverage of the "official Microsoft method". This is certainly something that I hope the average business owner will call in an IT person to plan and execute as there are many steps where things can go wrong. All the initial steps of configuration are covered as well as DFS, FSRM, directory quotas, file screening, printers, and connecting clients, RWW, WSUS and Backup & Recovery (even the excellent product DPM 2007 is mentioned). Planning for disaster recovery is explained thoroughly, including the DR benefits of running SBS in Hyper V.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dt on February 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book has content written for two different audiences. Both a business owner wondering how to build a computer network as well as a consultant needing to know the specifics of the SBS products. Both will benefit from the knowledge obtained within this title.

The only complaint would be about the consistency of technical depth. While the book at times does an excellent job of explaining technical content, at other times it lacks the reasoning behind certain advice. In example: In an early chapter the author writes about the differences between KBps and kbps; however, the author does not explain the primary difference between a switch and a hub and the benefits. "Get a switch instead."

The book, although written for a small business, references many elements and topics that don't necessarily fit the SBS market. Although the information is beneficial, it may overwhelm a novice business owner looking for tips on how to maintain their IT infrastructure. Several of these references include discussions about data center, generators, and multiple server environments. Virtualization and DFS also fall into this realm. The book was completely lacking coverage of IPv6.

The book does an exceptional job expressing the importance of preplanning the project. An often overlooked aspect, the author drives this point to the reader. In every chapter of the book there is a listing of thoughts and considerations that should be made prior to installing the software product or initializing a specific feature.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan Le Marquand on July 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you've looked around for books on Windows Server 2008 then you know you have choice. I've done the searches, not just for 2008, but for 2000 and 2003 before it. But for any version I look out especially for the Administrators Companions, they form the core of my reference material and have helped on numerous occasions in the past. So I would really recommend starting with this one and then supplementing it with the Resource kits as and when you need them.
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By C. Brown on October 27, 2009
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I am very new to SBS08, yet I really didn't learn anything I didn't already know from this book. It basically just describes the new features, not much in depth. I think installing SBS08 and browsing around the OS would give you about the same amount of knowledge as this book does. And they call it an "Administrator's Companion." That's scary!

Try "Windows Small Business Server 2008 Unleashed." I've barely cracked it open and I've already found a lot of the answers I've been looking for.
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