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Windows Server 2008 R2 Secrets 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470886588
ISBN-10: 0470886587
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From the Back Cover

Do What You Never Thought Possible with Windows Server 2008 R2

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

About the Author

Orin Thomas is a Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP), Microsoft MVP, author, systems administrator, and trainer who has written more than a dozen books related to Microsoft server and client technologies. He regularly speaks at events such as Microsoft's TechED.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470886587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470886588
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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Format: Kindle Edition
I've been using Windows Server for a long time, but like any experienced administrator, there are aspects of Windows Server which I simply don't use regularly, or even at all.

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 :-)
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By Simone on February 14, 2012
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I've been a sysadmin for 10 years and don't normally bother with technical books because they're aimed at beginners or passing a specific exam. However, this book is fantastic! I have no trouble working with server 2008 r2 day to day and can usually find an answer online when I need to but this book answered questions I didn't know that I needed to ask. It's well written, easy to read, concise and packed full of little tips that I was actually a itching to try out. Most importantly it's not full of jargon or long boring sales pitches, I found it interesting and light enough to read cover to cover.

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.
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These days I spend very little time with server systems, but lots of time meeting and mentoring with those people who do. I liked the text, and would reccomend it to any team of IT Pros, who are looking to invest in themselves and upskill.

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.
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I don't read many technical books these days because they aim them at a novice/beginner audience. This book was different though.

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.
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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 Server 2008 R2. The material is easy to digest, and also includes some pit-falls and considerations when deploying services. It also explains how these roles can be tied together. There are some obscure things in this book that aren't as well explained on the Internet; so it was well worth the purchase. I've referenced it numerous times in my quest to completing a task for my job. Very invaluable. I really hope there is a next edition for Server 2012.
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