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Windows® Group Policy Administrators Pocket Consultant: Administrator's Pocket Consultant [Paperback]

William R. Stanek
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Book Description

February 18, 2009 0735626766 978-0735626768 1

Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for the day-to-day administration of Group Policy. Zero in on core support and maintenance tasks using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You’ll get the focused information you need to solve problems and get the job done—whether at your desk or in the field!

Get fast facts to:

  • Configure Local GPOs and Active Directory®-based GPOs
  • Manage policy preferences and settings
  • Model policy changes through the console
  • Migrate and maintain the SYSVOL
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot replication issues
  • Know when to enforce, block, or override inheritance
  • Filter policy settings, search GPOs, and manage permissions
  • Use Advanced Group Policy Management, including change control
  • Manage operating system-specific deployment issues

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About the Author

William R. Stanek has over 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He has written nearly 100 books including: Microsoft Windows Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Windows Server 2008 Inside Out, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition, and Microsoft IIS 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (all from Microsoft Press). He also wrote MCSE Core Exams in a Nutshell and Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide for O'Reilly.

Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Consultant
  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (February 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626768
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Stanek is the author of many books for Microsoft and other publishers. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers, and network engineers all over the world. Dubbed 'A Face Behind the Future' in 1996 by The Olympian, William's been helping to shape the future of the written word for over two decades. William's 150th book was published in 2013.

William has been involved in the commercial Internet community since 1991. His core business and technology experience comes from over 11 years of military service. He has substantial experience in developing server technology, encryption, and Internet solutions. He has written many technical white papers and training courses on a wide variety of topics. He frequently serves as a subject matter expert and consultant.

William has an MS with distinction in information systems and a BS in computer science, magna cum laude. He is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

William recently rediscovered his love of the great outdoors. When he's not writing, teaching, or making presentations, he can be found hiking, biking, backpacking, traveling, or trekking in search of adventure.

Please visit to find links to stay in touch with William. Join William Stanek and over 50,000 fans on Facebook at and on Twitter at William also writes as Robert Stanek. To learn more about Ruin Mist, Magic Lands, Bugville Critters, visit

William R. Stanek ( lived in Japan from 1985 to 1989. He traveled extensively and made many friends. While living in Japan, he spent much of his free time in Aomori (青森), Hachinohe (八戸), Misawa (三沢), and Tokyo (東京). He misses the wonderful food and drink and the good friends he made. He says, "On break, I traveled all over. On the island of Hokkaidô in Sapporo they have these wonderful Ice Festivals. My favorite thing about spring was the Cherry Blossom Festival. I'd take day trips to Aomori (青森) and Hachinohe (八戸) all the time. While in Japan, I studied kendo, the Japanese language, and Buddhism."

William lived in Europe from 1989 to 1991. During that time, he lived in Germany (mostly) and had several extended stays in the UK and Scotland including deployments to Mildenhall, UK. He spent his time in the UK travelling, and especially enjoyed his visits to Cambridge and London. He's been a football (soccer) fan since he was old enough to kick a ball and especially enjoyed being in Kaiserslautern for the championships. He misses the wonderful food and drink and the good friends he made. He says, "There's nothing like Fridays at the pub or Saturday market."

William lived in Hawaii from 1991 to 1996. During that time, he worked shift-work at Kunia Field Station, attended Hawaii Pacific University and University of Hawaii, and spent a lot of time at the beach. He and his wife's first child was born in Hawaii. William's writing career began in Hawaii when his first book, Electronic Publishing Unleashed, was published in 1995. The runaway success of that book and its sequel, Web Publishing Unleashed, helped establish him as a leader and innovator in technical writing.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good balance of material October 11, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has a good balance of foundational information and practical applications of Powershell 2.0. If there was a version of this for Powershell 1.0 I wish I had known about it. :-) The author assumes that you have some background in scripting so it doesn't come across as a pure beginner's book. The book provides practical examples for Powershell in the Windows environment and some background information on each subject. It has an appropriate balance between detail and maintaining a "big picture" view of teaching you about how to use Powershell.

The only request I make of the author in a future edition is to provide a little more coverage on loading assemblies through the Reflection.Assembly class. This is a minor issue though because he does discuss when to use it and of course one can always consult the online Microsoft documentation for additional methods.

Some of the big pluses in the book include a "real world" view and I particularly liked the quick overview of SQL Server support and how to add the supporting snapins to the basic Powershell environment - that saved me a lot of time!

Overall, one of the better books out there on the subject for those interested in a hands-on approach.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I assumed the book would focus on a bunch on PS One-Liners for basic administration tasks. Stanek proved me wrong, he jumped into key points that I assumed would have been left out because of the nature of the book e.g. "quick and dirty guide to just get it done". He proved me wrong. He touched on the skills required to actually write PS scripts, manage profiles and moved beyond just the quick PS One-Liners that you find in other books.

Another job well done by Stanek. I own every pocket consultant he has ever written. I even own second editions and almost own all of his non pocket consultant titles.

His books are a must have for any seasoned Windows IT administrator. Owning one of his books separates the men from the boys.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate administration quick reference May 27, 2011
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I got this book because the XML Pocket Consultant book by the same author was so good. The Powershell book is not so clearly written.

If you know Powershell and just need a quick reference focused on Windows admin tasks, then this book might be useful.

Otherwise, the Cookbook by Holmes (O'Reilly) explains specific solutions better. The Manning book Powershell in Action is the best written guide to Powershell in general.

This book mostly just sits on my bookshelf unused.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When You NEED to KNOW - You've Got to KNOW May 31, 2010
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This Book has it all right at your finger tips! Microsoft has done a superior job in expounding and down to the depths in PowerShell 2.0 with details, details, details - with How to's including images. Including the important information(s) of the possibilities "if you do this, then you might experience that" - with cautions, warnings, et cetera.

I MUST STRESS THIS EMPHASIS - Please take your time in reading this book! Do not rush through this, having a highlighter, colored pencil, write in it, make notes even though it comes with notes - read it all over again. While it does discuss both PowerShell v1.0 and v2.0; you will learn about both as well as the differing betwixt the two which can be very important to know in various areas. Especially for Businesses and Corporations that are working with both 64 bit and x86 aka 32 bit platforms.

I strongly recommend this book - this one is not going to be the one to be "thrown away or tossed aside" for one will want to return back to it for it is loaded with answers if one were to ever "run into a jam", in my humble opinion.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Developers May 7, 2011
This book is a little like the circle line tourist boats that navigate around the island of Manhattan. You get a big picture but not much else.

This book is primarily for command-line hackers only. It may get you jump-started into the subject of PowerShell but after that you will require a long slow charge to get up to speed. Most of the subjects are given brief discussions only and most of the code examples are simply snippets.

When I purchased this book, I was searching for a start to scripting in PowerShell. This book touches on scripts but
it is aimed primarily at sysadmins (as the cover states). If you are a developer, look elsewhere. The best tome I've discovered is Windows PowerShell 2.0. by Don Jones. It's a lot more expensive but how much is your development time worth?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be REQUIRED reading for all IT Pros March 12, 2009
William Stanek never ceases to amaze me with how much great info he can pack into his pocket consultants. There's not one that's not worth it's weight in gold and I mean that. His are the only books I've ever read front to back and then gone back in for a second or third read with highlighter in hand. Everyone in IT I work with has at least one of his books if not several and sometimes several copies of the ones they have.

I bought three copies of this and three copies of Active Directory® Administrator's Pocket Consultant (Administrators Pocket Consultant). I kept one of each and gave out the rest in my last staff meeting. There are no other books I will buy for my team, because no other books are as good. I am also grown up enough to admit knowledge I got from his books over the years are what earned me multiple promotions.

What makes this book so good is its relentless focus on what matters and the deep level of technical information William shares. William knows Windows and Microsoft products better than any 10 other tech experts on the planet put together.

No other Group Policy book I've ever read has been as good and what's even better is William does this in less than 320 pages. The 600+ page book I had before this didn't explain half of this even half as well. I'll finish by also saying this book should be used with William's Windows Server 2008 Inside Out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reference book...not for training
The book is more of a reference book of Powershell functions. It seems to be working on the basis you already had training or some experience with Powershell. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Group Policy help
I've been using this at my company to help me with our group policy. Very handy and useful and recommended.
Published on December 28, 2011 by Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have book
This is a Must-have book for server and domain administrators. easy reading and comprehensive. Recommend for administrating and customizing your domain preferences.
Published on October 13, 2011 by Hugo Julio
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative - must have for quick tips and tricks
I have 2 of this book because my first one was borrowed by a friend and didn't return it! Told him he can keep it and just got another one. Read more
Published on August 22, 2011 by chaian
4.0 out of 5 stars good pocket consultant on the subject
As a newbie to this subject I found this book very worthwhile to have and use while scripting. Organization is good although could be improved in a few places, particularly given... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doorstop
This book is like a lot of, maybe most, IT books. It is filled with information that won't help you in your job. If you're studying for something, maybe this will be of value. Read more
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