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Windows Server 2008 R2 Secrets 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
When you open this book, you'll feel as though you're sitting down with an expert who is disclosing rare information about Windows Server 2008 R2. Orin Thomas shares knowledge garnered from his years of experience so that you can benefit from his tactics, strategies, and secrets for managing, administering, and deploying Windows Server 2008 R2. Covering all aspects of the operating system in an easy-to-follow format, this book reveals helpful and advanced insight on configuring Windows roles such as Remote Access, Remote Desktop Services, Windows Server Update Services, Hyper-V, Active Directory maintenance, and much more.
The Insider's Guide to:
Choosing the edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 that is right for you
Knowing how to use new features such as Hyper-V dynamic memory
Learning how to leverage advanced features including Windows System Resource Manager and File Server Resource Manager
Securing the network and keeping data private
Implementing Windows Server 2008 R2 data protection
Understanding how to optimize the deployment of updates
Configuring and deploying remote access
The Secrets series reveals:
Authoritative information in highlighted areas
Exceptional advice in the margin notes
Unique insight from years of author experience
Rarely revealed tips and techniques
Invaluable shortcuts and workarounds
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is excellent for any Windows administrator because it provides a balanced view of all the major Windows Server roles and features. It doesn't delve into staggering and bewildering depths, but it also doesn't skim the surface. It provides satisfactory levels of technical and summary content on every aspect of Windows Server, generally proving that while you certainly do know your stuff in the areas you deal with every day, there are always useful things to learn.
It is also an excellent resource for learning about areas of Windows Server which you may not be as familiar with. Written for experienced administrators, the book assumes that while you may not know much about a particular area, you certainly don't need hand-holding to get up to speed quickly.
In Orin's usual style, the tone is friendly and accessible. Personally, I have already learned a few things which I'm going to try in my next server build, and have had my attention drawn to some areas which I'd overlooked, and now want to spend more time with.
Books like this also serve to re-engage Windows administrators with the product they use every day. Keep a copy on your desk - you won't regret it :-)
I also found the 'how to' section for each topic really useful because it meant that i could try out the new things i'd come across without having to go off to research them online first.
I'd recommend this book to any sysadmin who's familiar with the basics, has administered servers for a while but wants a quick 'catch me up' on the new operating systems features.
Definitely one of the best technical books I've come across in a long time.
I enjoyed the physical layout of the book, 'highlighting' in the text, and notes in the margins - an easy way to absorb additional information without losing context. Most chapters are about ~30 pages, so it was possible to cover the whole book in a week, reading a few chapters on the train to and from work.
The content within the book, was also well done. Clearly Orin has spent a lot of time with a lot of people, and the book is written in a (almost an uncanny) way, of pre-empting your next question.
In summary, a good solid text for already savvy administrators who want to know more; lots of supporting links and references, and a wealth of information "from the trenches" that is relevant.
By assuming a level of existing knowledge the author is able to dive quickly into the more interesting parts of the technologies and deliver you a rapidly acquired skill that you can put to use immediately.
I got particular value out of the chapters on PKI and Group Policy, since I don't get the opportunity to deal with those parts of Windows Server very often these days so I wasn't completely up to date on those topics (and more).
I'd like to see more books written like this for Microsoft focused IT pros.
The book glosses over the basic stuff that you learn in your first week on the job, and delves more into the advanced things you're not likely to have ever played with. This is a must-have for a Windows administrator who may be comfortable with domain controllers, file servers, print servers, IIS servers et al, but want to gain a more in-depth knowledge of each. The book seems to skim over why things happen in certain ways; it's definitely not a book you should be using to study for your MCTS or MCITP exams, and again, not something for beginner admins.
All in all, if you're a Windows Administrator who does a bit of everything, this is a guide that you'll definitely want on your bookshelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book for getting more out of 2008 R2. i've been working with it since release and thought i knew quite a few tricks, but this book has taught me even more. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Seiryth
I recommend this book to my System Administrator friends. It is very concisely written and covers majority of the roles and features that you are able to install & configure on... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by DarkSim905
I would suggest purchasing the printed manual, it has notes written by Orin in the margins to highlight the nuggets of wisdom. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Paul Angus
I've been working with, and teaching about, System/Network Administration since the days of Netware 2.15 and DOS 3.3. Back then (yes, we rode dinosaurs to work! Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by Wayne McGlinn