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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (26 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617290971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617290978
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Helmick has two decades of experiences as an IT consultant, trainer, and author. He's the Director of PowerShell Technologies at Interface Technical Training where he focuses on teaching administration and automation of Active Directory and Internet Information Services. Jason is the founder of the Arizona PowerShell User Group (AZPOSH) in Phoenix, Arizona.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great concept, great writing, not so great execution. 17 Aug 2014
By Networker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The concept of teaching any subject "in a month of lunches" is a very good one. Information is presented in bite-sized pieces and the chapters can actually be read and the labs finished in the allotted time. If everything goes right and you have no problems of any kind. (But if you never have a problem working through this book, you probably don't need it in the first place.)

Another positive is that when you register the book, you also get to download a PDF of it. Big thumbs-up for that.

The author starts out by having you set up the lab environment. One server is all you need for the first twelve chapters, but it is recommended that you also set up two more servers that will be used as pure web servers later on. The first server should be an Active Directory/Domain Controller as well as a web server. All this seems to work reasonably well. At least it did for me. If you have problems with this part the author says you can go to MoreLunches.com for help and specific instructions.

Except you can't. There are no instructions to be found anywhere. There is a forum where the author used to hang out doing pre-release marketing, but the last entry I found from him was earlier this summer (June 2014, but I didn't examine the whole site) and no help can be found. This web site is mentioned several times in the first seven chapter indicating you can get tips and help there. Again, you can't. It's a marketing/PR site.

Hence my 3-star review. I'm in the lab of chapter 7, doing the "try this" sections and I'm at a dead stop with ApplicationPool permissions. The instructions says to add the "IIS AppPool\<your pool here>" to the security tab, but it doesn't work. The pool is not found. And I cannot proceed.

So while I like the book, the writing style, and the concept, it is very important that in an instructional text like this, the info is actually correct. I realize that there may be differences between versions of servers and IIS, I am using a 2012R2 server and IIS 8.5 and I have noticed quite a few discrepancies, but this is what the MoreLunches.com web site should be all about; updates to the text to cover updates to the software.

So I will do more research, if everything else fails I will install IIS 7.5 on a 2008R2 server and see if I can make it work there. However, that is more work than I should have to do. All in all, a disappointing experience. Too bad really, it's such an easy fix.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Practical. Structured. Well-written. 12 Mar 2014
By Sergey Selyugin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the things I especially liked about this book is that it perfectly matches the declared goal and audience. The author claims that the book targets "inadvertent" system administrtors and not core system engineers with multi-year experience in the field. You do not need to be a certified Cisco professional in networking and routing, a professional web-developer or Microsoft systems engineer to make use of this book. It does not mean that the book would not be useful for that kind of specialists - it means that it can be understood by people with rather basic skills. The book does not refer to RFC documents or vendor documentation which may scare some readers. Instead it is quite self-contained and introduces many concepts (like SSL and certificates, search optimization, DMZ and firewalls, etc) in a very friendly way.
The author teaches you IIS topics at the same time sharing his expertise, best practices and tricks without overloading the reader with excessive details. You will not find long listings of numerous options many of which are normally not being covered in the examples. At the same time the author covers material related to support of legacy features (like IIS 6 compatibility mode, SMTP, FTP) to prepare the reader to face these things and related issues in their production environments.
It should be especially noted that the book is written in very simple language. The phrases are short and concise, you do not need to spend half of your efforts to understand what the author wants to say. Just one more thing which can be beneficial for readers who are not native English speakers.
The author actively but gently pushes the reader to actively expand his/her skills. He does not let the reader to be stuck with user interface. The author shows how you may achieve the same goals using Powershell without using interface at all. All examples are straighforward and the author gives exactly enough information to enable the reader to do the lab without the need to read one more book to study shell which may be new for the reader. Labs are not just something to utilize the feature. They represent true tasks being faced by web administrators every day.
It does not make sense to run through all the chapters but one thing should be outlined. Almost half of the book is dedicated to building web farm and high availability solutions using IIS. This is one more manifestation of being "effective immediately" motto of the series editors motto. You will not be left with the knowledge how to setup IIS on your PC/notebook. Instead you will be armed with skills relevant for the modern IT world where disaster recovery and high availability are crucial factors for any business.
This is great book for practitioner no matter what his/her background is, for someone who wants to use IIS and build or support web-sites running on this platform. Maybe it would be great to have a short appendix related to DNS basics and how to setup it on Windows platform in the book. Still in case you feel that you need more background on network basics to fully understand the material in "Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches", let me recommend "TCP/IP foundations" by Andrew J. Blank (these books are of approximately the same size).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great tool to learn IIS! 3 Mar 2014
By J Frisby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a great resource for administering IIS. The author does an awesome job illustrating and informing the reader how to set up a proper IIS 8 environment on Windows Server 2008 and 2012. While you may need basic networking knowledge to get the full gist of the material presented you do not need any programming, scripting or IIS experience. The author uses PowerShell from time-to-time to perform and automate certain tasks but goes very in-depth with explanations for the solutions provided. What I love about the "Month of Lunches" series is that the information provided is presented in a fashion that allows it to be taken in quickly. The book suggests that you should allot 1 hour of your time for reading a chapter and doing the labs which worked out perfectly on my 1-hour lunch breaks. This book serves as a great guide to deploying a solid IIS environment and touches up on security, best practices and much more. I definitely recommend it.
Five Stars 24 Nov 2014
By PTurPam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
outstanding- I have never had a better IT book.
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