- Paperback: 698 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 23, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596006330
- ISBN-13: 978-0596006334
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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About the Author
Robbie Allen is a Senior Systems Architect in the Advanced Services Technology Group at Cisco Systems. He was instrumental in the deployment and automation of Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP at Cisco. Robbie enjoys working on the Unix and Windows platforms, especially when Perl is installed. He is a firm believer that all system administrators should be proficient in at least one scripting language and most of his writings preach the benefits of automation. Robbie has a web site at www.rallenhome.com.
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For larger IT shops, I also recommend Robbie Allen's "Active Directory Cookbook" in conjunction with this title.
In the *nix and SQL worlds, it's long been the case that Real SysAdmins have at their disposal a toolkit chock-full-o'-scripts that are designed to get work done, from mundane one-off chores, to repetetive bulk operations, to specialized heavy lifting duties that are best left to well-debugged scripts.
In the old days, these scripts were personally hand-rolled into closely kept personal script libraries, accumulated over the course of years of duty out on the front lines. In O'Reilly times, serious-minded newcomers to System Administration have been able to quickly and usefully equip themselves with a wide range of tried and tested admin (and utility-gadget) scripts from celebrated titles like _UNIX_PowerTools_, etc.
Over the course of win32/win64 evolution, MS eventually gave SysAdmins a real command-line interface, an assortment of command-line admin tools and the ever whiz-bangy WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) interface. Very, very recently, MS has even begun to pull together the many pieceparts of MS-authored admin (and utility) scripts into downloadable Scripting Guides and the MS Script Center Repository. While these last efforts are all well and good, (no matter how late they are being brought to the table,) there are still too many things, scripted, that are missing in action in MS-land.
In this powerful, yet underserved, context, Robbie Allen's _Windows_Server_Cookbook_for_Windows_Server_2003_and_Windows_2000 (along with his equally impressive earlier effort, _ActiveDirectory_Cookbook_) is a very happy development. In _Windows_Server_Cookbook_, not only does Allen arm Windows SysAdmins with more than 500 genuinely useful, pre-rolled scripts, he *also* goes over the equivalent tools/steps in the Windows Graphical User Interface *and* even provides references to many powerful, specialized and (mostly) free tools that are to be had from the very good folks at SysInternals/WinInternals.
(Now, if only O'Reilly can find some equally good folks to kick out a _MS_SQL_Cookbook_...)
I also enjoy the Discussion section at the end of many of the recipes. Robbie goes more in-depth and explains the guts or the recipe for example; here is an excerpt from the discussion for Recipe 17.22 creating an address list
"Exchange doesn't actually use the filter to do an LDAP lookup against Active Directory. Instead, the RUS does its own compare on objects one by one. This is why you can't specify a search base where the address list should start; it encompasses the entire forest including the configuration container"
That is good information and that is what you will get in the discussion sections -- Great Stuff!!
In Addition Robbie also has a "See Also" section at the end of most of the recipes. These point the reader to Microsoft KB articles -- again another very useful part of this book.
I also recommend the Active Directory Cookbook and I can't wait to get the Exchange cookbook when it is released later this month.
The chapters are defined by the broad categories of these tasks. To a large extent, the chapter topics can be recognised by a sysadmin of any operating system - managing disks, running jobs, handling processes and so on. But some chapters are indeed very Microsoft-specific. Dealing with the Registry, IIS, Active Directory and Exchange Server.
All the recipes have the merit of being quick to read and understand. Which is the attraction. If you have a syadmin problem, it is worth checking here first, just in case. You can easily see whether or not a solution presents itself.