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Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Paperback – September 5, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0735626997 ISBN-10: 0735626995 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Consultant
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (September 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626997
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here’s the ideal, on-the-go reference that desktop administrators and support professionals can carry with them as they support and manage Windows 7.

DISM Tool Techniques
The Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) ships with business editions of Windows 7. Using DISM, you can manage online and offline images of the Windows operating system, including images for deployment and those for virtual machines. Windows Image (.wim) files are used to deploy Windows 7. Virtual hard disk (.vhd) files are used with virtual machines. The same commands work on WIM and VHD files.

You can use DISM to:
--Add and remove packages. Packages can include language packs, patches, utilities, and so on.
--Enable and disable Windows features.
--Add and remove third-party device drivers.

You can run DISM at an elevated administrator command prompt by following these steps:
1. Click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Accessories.
2. Right-click the Command Prompt shortcut on the menu, and then click Run As Administrator. (If you see the User Account Control prompt, proceed as you normally would to allow the application to run with administrator privileges.)
3. In the Command Prompt window, enter dism /? to view available options for DISM.
4. To view commands available for working with online images, enter dism/online/?.

Although DISM is designed to work primarily with offline images and images you've mounted, you can use some DISM commands to get important information about the live operating system running on a computer.
For example, if you want to display a list of Windows editions to which a computer can be upgraded, you can enter the following command:
dism /online /get-targeteditions

You can customize a mounted boot or install image using the DISM utility. Available options for DISM are summarized in the table below. All components in an image are managed via the component store.
The Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool provides commands for working with WIM images. The syntax for mounting images is:
dism /mount-wim /wimfile: Path /index:Index /mountdir:MountPath

where Path is the full path to the WIM image, Index is the index position of the image number of the image within the .wim file to apply, and MountPath is the directory location where you'd like to mount the image, such as:

dism /mount-wim /wimfile:c:\winpe_x86\iso\sources\boot.wim /index:1
/mountdir:c:\win7


You can then modify the image as necessary. To commit your changes at any time, you can use Dism /Commit-Wim as shown in the following example:

dism /commit-wim /mountdir:c:\win7
Here, you commit changes to the WIM images mounted in the C:\Win7 directory.
To unmount a WIM file, you can use Dism /Unmount-Wim as shown in the following example:

dism /unmount-wim /mountdir:c:\win7

About the Author

William R. Stanek is a Microsoft MVP with 20+ years of experience in systems management and advanced programming. He is an award-winning author who’s written more than 100 books, including Windows Server 2012 Pocket Consultant and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant.


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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 www.WilliamRStanek.com to find links to stay in touch with William. Join William Stanek and over 50,000 fans on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WilliamStanekAuthor and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WilliamStanek. William also writes as Robert Stanek. To learn more about Ruin Mist, Magic Lands, Bugville Critters, visit http://www.imaginedlands.com/.

William R. Stanek (www.williamstanek.com) 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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Easy to read for the beginner and written well for the advanced user.
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Covers so many things other book don't even talk about, making it perfect for anyone wanting to know more.
Shannon Drake
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about Windows 7.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Doug Crawford on October 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Had this for few weeks now and read it cover to cover. As always, Stanek's writing is concise and clear, and like all his books, this one's packed with useful info and expert insights. Although it says "administrator" in the title, it's an excellent choice for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of Windows 7. I'll also add that at around 700 pages and having more useful info than some books with 2x the pages, there's nothing pocket-sized about this book (but the book is light and easy to tote around).
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Drake on November 5, 2009
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Worth the money and extremely helpful for 70-685 and 70-680. Also completely different from any other windows 7 book I bought and completely fantastic. Overall, this pocket consultant is informative and with everything I was looking for to understand windows 7 better. If you are running windows 7, you can't do without this book. Many tips, extras and more. Covers so many things other book don't even talk about, making it perfect for anyone wanting to know more.

I'm using it to help me study for exams 70-680 and 70-685 as its better in many ways than the exam books I bought. For Exam 70-680 covers, these areas exceptionally well:

Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7
*Perform a clean installation.
*Upgrade to Windows 7 from previous versions of Windows.

Deploying Windows 7
*Capture a system image.
*Prepare a system image for deployment.
*Deploy a system image.

Configuring Hardware and Applications
*Configure devices.
*Configure application compatibility.
*Configure Internet Explorer.

Configuring Network Connectivity
*Configure IPv4 network settings.
*Configure IPv6 network settings.
*Configure networking settings.
*Configure Windows Firewall.
*Configure remote management.

Configuring Access to Resources
*Configure shared resources.
*Configure file and folder access.
*Configure user account control (UAC).
*Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go.
*Configure mobility options.
*Configure remote connections.

Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7
*Configure updates to Windows 7.
*Manage disks.
*Monitor systems.
*Configure performance settings.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. D. Kennedy on December 1, 2009
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This is the nuts and bolts book for anyone wanting to understand and use Window 7. If you are thinking of upgrading for the Enterprise or just deciding to upgrade your personal laptop, this book will answer all your questions. The how too's are great, informative, and obviously well written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Crace on November 13, 2009
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I've purchased many Pocket consultants and ordered this as soon as I saw it. I've been reading it for the past 2 months now and I am VERY pleased with this book! Stanek knows more about Windows than anyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KC117MX on April 29, 2010
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I used this book to help me prepare for the 70-680 certification exam, Windows 7, Configuring. I like the way that the book was written. It is easy to read and makes sense. It will be my main pocket consultant for awhile unless I can find something smaller. This book will not fit in any of my pockets. But there is a lot of information to cover which makes the book thick.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven P. Nipe on April 27, 2010
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I don't know who could fit a book of this size in there pocket, unless the pocket is a pocketbook. But, the information is very useful. Full of information and good index to find what you need.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2009
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I just received this book as a gift for Christmas. I have used it to reference how to install the Windows 7 upgrade. It's great to use a a reference, and to learn about Windows 7. Very informative. It covers everything that you would want to know and more. Making it easy to understand how Windows 7 works. I thought the book would be a bit smaller than it is, more pocket size; it is larger and has a lot of information within it. Easy to read for the beginner and written well for the advanced user.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee Sergei on November 27, 2009
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This is a good little guide to Windows 7. It provides enough detail that you can understand how something works, though if you want more detail you should look at the resource kit. I recommend getting both this book and the resource kit, using this one if you want an overview and using the resource kit if you want to dive deeper into something. I liked the coverage of AppLocker in this book.
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