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Windows NT in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference for System Administration (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) Paperback – June 11, 1997

ISBN-13: 063-6920923169 ISBN-10: 1565922514 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565922514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565922518
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,472,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Books that explain the workings of functionally similar command-line operating systems, such as Unix, are essentially big lists of text commands. But documenting Windows NT presents a challenge. Since Windows NT has a largely graphical interface, how does an author create a handy guide to all of its interface elements?

In Windows NT in a Nutshell, Eric Pearce seems to have solved the problem. He surveys the entire environment, one piece at a time, and depicts dialog boxes and their contents in a graphical tree format. With this style, he makes it fairly clear as to what you need to click in order to bring up the interface element you want. This book covers Windows NT Server 4.0 and Windows NT Workstation 4.0, though there's no mention of the Windows NT Resource Kit or particular Service Packs.

Though the tree-like graphics that represent various parts of the Windows NT GUI require a short figuring-out period, they're some of the best tools around for demystifying dialog boxes, their subsidiaries, and the various options and commands available in each. Classic, man-page-like entries back up these graphics, so you get details as well as the big picture.

The most valuable treasure in Windows NT in a Nutshell is a chapter called "Uncommon Sense," in which Pearce flits from one Windows NT topic to the next, spouting advice that clearly derives from considerable experience. Buy this book for its interface documentation, but be sure to read "Uncommon Sense" in full right away. --David Wall

About the Author

Eric Pearce is an author and technical resource for O'Reilly & Associates. In addition to co-authoring this book, he is also responsible for developing CD-ROM companion disks for books produced by O'Reilly & Associates. Eric's interests include promoting public domain software, Internet connectivity, and network services. Before coming to work for O'Reilly & Associates, Eric worked as a systems programmer for Boston University, which he also attended as a student. His favorite activities include bicycling, snowboarding, rock climbing, and dangerous sports.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
this book goes into a lot of topics, but handles a lot superficially. for the price and for a nutshell book, it is a good reference. but don't assume it will give you detailed information about all topics. all in all worth buying, but also get a more detailed book like minasi's server 4 or the equivalent for workstation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
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This is a great book is you are looking to get into NT and haven't really worked with it before. You will definitely need to get other books if you want to delve into specifics (such as security, TCP/IP, etc.) try other O'Reilly books or Mark Minasi's HUGE Mastering Windows NT Server 4.0.
It does need a second edition...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1997
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I am a MCP soon to be a MCSE. Thus, I have seen many books written on Windows NT. In terms of information, organization, correctedness, usability, and value, this title definitely ranks among one of the best, if not the best. The diagrams and concise explanations given to every feature are magnificently documented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By calvin_leong@earthlink.net on December 13, 1998
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There are some books that sit on the book shelf and others that become dog-earred through usage -- my book is pretty worn with usage.
I found the section on NT command line reference to be the most useful. The command line can be more convenient an doesn't rely on the GUI NT overhead and can be utilized in batch scripts.
I didn't utilize the GUI navigation charts very much, since I tend to learn navigation through pratice and hopefully relevant navigation labels.
The author doesn't show any bias toward Microsoft and speaks in plain language. This is a pleasant contrast to many of the technical authors that seem to deliberately confuse the new user to make an impression that they are a master of the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lem Bryant (lem@lem.net) on November 25, 1997
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Another great "Nutshell" book. Eric Pearce does an outstanding job of laying the Windows NT interface out for your inspection. The entire book is very well laid out, with accurate and concise information. I found chapter 7, Uncommon Sense, to be very useful. Here you will find additional tricks and tips to help peak the performance of your system. Whether you are looking for information to use with the Graphical User Interface (GUI) or for that obscure option switch to type on a command line, you will find it in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1997
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This is the best reference on Windows NT I have used in the past five years. If you are an NT administrator, novice or experienced, buy this book.

You will find easy to understand explanations of important concepts, including TCPIP. The chapter on Uncommon Sense provides detailed information unavailable in the Microsoft texts but available through on line support (at a cost higher than the price of this book!). O'Reilly titles are uniformly a great buy for IS/IT professionals.
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