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Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator's Reference: Upgrading, Deploying, Managing, and Securing Windows 7 [Kindle Edition]

Jorge Orchilles
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"Arguably of greatest benefit to those IT professionals who need to get up to speed with managing Windows systems (or, given its focus on Windows 7 specifically, who need to update their skills for the new platform).. The book's subtitle - 'Upgrading, Deploying, Managing and Securing Windows 7' - shows that there's something specifically for security professionals in here, too."--Network Security

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Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator’s Reference gives you a complete overview of all the important day-to-day duties for which administrators are responsible. From a complete overview of upgrading and implementing to a detailed view of security in Windows 7, this book will keep you on track. Coverage includes: installing and deployment, managing the new Windows 7 environment, overview of the new desktop features, and technical help for troubleshooting and networking (to name a few).

Written by current systems administrators with a deep experience in Windows, security, and networked and enterprise environments, this book is like having your own on-site consultant in the trenches with you. Each chapter of Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator’s Reference is designed to give you easy access to the answers you need most. Whether you are looking for quick troubleshooting information, a compilation of the new desktop environment, or even virtualization and mobility information, you’ll find it quickly.



  • Covers Powershell V2, Bitlocker, and mobility issues
  • Includes comprehensive details for configuration, deployment, and troubleshooting
  • Consists of content written for system administrators by system administrators

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11780 KB
  • Print Length: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDNYZ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,526,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 25 Oct. 2013
By El Den
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Being a long term user of XP I have found this book extremely useful in taking the leap to Windows 7. As I still have some programs that do not function under Windows 7, I learnt from the book how to establish a virtual system for running XP as a temporary solution for this problem. The book is full of useful information well presented an highly recommended,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Guide for Anyone who Really wants to know about Windows 7 12 Sept. 2010
By Admiralu - Published on Amazon.com
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This reference guide is a detailed tome for administering Windows 7. Jorge Orchilles has done a wonderful job of providing information for various levels of administration, be it the home user setting up a home group, a power user (like me) who uses administrative tools in the Business edition of Windows 7, and for administrators in the business and enterprise environments. This book is organized somewhat differently than other admin books I have read and I like the approach. The author presents you with information on how Windows 7 was designed and updated from Vista, (and includes his own opinions, not just Microsoft recommended tips, notably recommending using Firefox instead of IE), the various versions of Vista and Windows 7 that were release (a complete listing, including editions I had never heard of), descriptions of new features added and the environments encountered. The book is written in a manner that describes in detail, features, tips, tricks and procedures for installing, deploying, securing connecting, managing, securing and troubleshooting the Windows 7 environment. I really like the straight forward approach and descriptions of many admin services that Windows 7 has. Having read the Inside Out series and the Windows 7 Bible series, which are at the opposite ends of the spectrum for users, the former for advanced users and the latter for more basic users (though the Bible series does mention some advanced features), I like this book because it simply explains many processes in easy to understand language. Despite the suggested focus of a reference for business and enterprise deployment and advanced users, I think anyone who would really like to learn more about Windows 7 should read this book. This guide contains the best sections I have seen for installing and upgrading to Windows 7, with a strong feature on planning, including tips and descriptions not covered in the Inside Out Series. It also has many nice screen shots of topics mentioned. You should have this book before you plan to install or upgrade Windows 7 whether you are a home user or admin or an IT professional. I hope the author makes this a new series of books that will be updated when new versions of Windows come out. It may not be as large as other computer tomes, but it packs a great deal of truly useful information about the Windows 7 system. I look forward to seeing more from this author. Well done!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A General Purpose Overview More Than A Reference 22 July 2010
By Logical Paradox - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is an initial appraisal of this book's content and I will try to update it once I've spent some time actually using it in real world scenarios. What follows are my preliminary thoughts.

The problem with a lot of good technology reference books is that they struggle to meet the needs of too wide a group of readers. MS Windows 7 Administrator's Reference falls into this same trap of failing to find a niche, while also falling far short of being comprehensive.

There are many things to like about this book. It contains a decent overview of concepts and topics related to upgrading, deploying, managing, and securing Windows 7 (exactly as the title advertised). There is a lot of good information here, with nearly every major topic covered in a way that is very accessible. If you are new to Windows 7, this book would certainly prove useful. Key facets of the OS are explained in a way that will leave the reader with a good sense of the features, capabilities, and management aspects of this operating system.

However, calling this a reference is a bit of a stretch for me. Simply thumb through the book, and you'll see what I mean. The overview is enough to make one question what level of technical expertise this book is really supposed to cover. For example, in the list of free antiviruses that is provided that gives only the most basic description of each option, without making any real recommendations or highlighting differences between the products. While in a reference I would expect, well, a reference, this book falls quite short on giving up the details on things like the various cmdlets in PowerShell. True reference books would look more like a dictionary , with lots of definitions, lists of commands and settings, and so forth. For example, in an HTML reference, one would expect to find a comprehensive list of tags with an exhaustive description of each one's intended use, nuances in implementation, and various attributes and settings. This book more resembles a basic encyclopedia, with a brief overview of nearly any topic. In other words, it is like an HTML "reference" that goes over what HTML is and various facets of using it, but does not give you details on, say, what options are available for a particular variable of a particular tag. Similarly, do not expect to have a go to resource for syntax and function of all the switches for the Robocopy command! You're left to other books, or to the mighty Google for those needs.

This is not to say that the book is wide in scope, but narrow in focus, because the book picks and chooses how advanced and how detailed it gets, and it does this in a way that could leave the reader satisfied, but is equally likely to leave the reader... well, reaching for another book. In fact, some of the facets covered seem quite advanced or aimed at enterprise-level solutions like alternative distribution methods, whereas some of the more basic topics seem like things you could easily read off the back of your Windows box! One questions who this book is actually aimed at: Seasoned sys admins or new users?

All in all, this will be a useful book to anyone who wants to become more familiar with Windows 7, but for those who want something more comprehensive that will allow them to become more intimately acquainted with the finer points of the OS, should look elsewhere. Also, those looking for a structured approach that introduces Windows 7 in a way that builds from basic to more advanced level concepts might well shop around a little also--this book definitely seems to be all over the place in that respect. Yet, while it fails to excel in purpose or stand out as something I would want as my "go to" desk reference, it is still a good general purpose Windows 7 book, provided you have supplemental materials and can forgive its faults.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks For Helping This IT Administrator Understand Windows 7 16 Jan. 2011
By Reuben Gathright - Published on Amazon.com
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The common phrase, "Early bird gets the worm", applies to technology books. In this case, Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator's Reference: Upgrading, Deploying, Managing, and Securing Windows 7 by Jorge Orchilles is easily my only choice for technical advice on this subject. As a database administrator and network specialist, I need to get my facts right the first time because I often making high dollar purchasing decisions based on the information in the books I read. This book has helped me time and again with vital detail about how Microsoft Windows 7 performs with Domain administration. The index in the back covers 9 pages worth of small print, text that is even subcategorized for those of us the need answers quickly.

In-Depth Coverage Of Windows Virtualization Techniques
With just Windows 7 Professional, you can host other operating systems as virtual machines. For those us that have little time to experiment how with the mechanics of Microsoft Windows, this book takes you step by step through over 35 pages of text to cover the fast administration of this complicated task. The real goal of hosting a virtual PC is to get the new features of Windows 7 while running in Windows XP. Many legacy systems will not run properly in Windows 7 Ultimate so the only option to give your CFO the ability to run his programs is by creating a virtual PC of Windows XP. In the pages that follow, the book tells you every step needed. I was able to follow and implement these steps in four hours. Not bad considering I am just a newbie to this new operating system!

Helpful Screenshots And Illustrations
If you are like me then you appreciate it when someone writes a technical manual that includes screenshots to cover advanced topics. No, I don't mean screenshots of wizards. In this book you will discover screenshots of command line parameters that are used to configure Windows Error Recovery and other advanced networking features.

Summary
If you need help with Windows 7 then this Microsoft Windows 7 reference book will get the job done. I was able to help many of my network users simulate Windows XP Professional and keep my company focused on their clients rather than IT. I am sure something better will be printed for Windows 7 in the next four years. Of course, you can pick this up now and get off the ground running while looking like a professional at the same time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of a guide and "how to" than a reference 5 Aug. 2010
By Richard C. Drew - Published on Amazon.com
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I spent a couple of hours thumbing through the book, without a specific goal in mind. Looking for those "oh, I did not know that!" areas and such. Then I left the book on the corner of my desk and would pick it up seeking solutions to specific real world problems.

There's so much depth to Windows 7, so many hidden features, utilities and settings, it's nearly impossible to say - "Hah - found one the book missed!" - I'd have to know it was there in the first place.

I found several new features to Windows 7 I did not know about, so that's always a plus. I found the manual to be more of a guided "how-to" than a reference.

It's not really for the extreme PC guru or tech-head. If you're in a small business with several Windows 7 PC's networked and wear many hats - no dedicated I.T. person - this is the perfect book for you. It's easy to understand for those with a working knowledge of PC's, and well organized.

If you're looking for a true reference, I'd skip this book. If you are looking for a how-to or guide to accomplish functions and solve problems, then by all means, get it!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview 22 Oct. 2010
By D. Sun - Published on Amazon.com
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This books spends quite a large amount of time exploring the differences between Win 7 and Vista, which a complete and utter waste. Vista is the Windows ME of the NT family - a waste of time and resource and anyone who has used either ME or Vista knows what an abomination both these operating systems were in their time.

As an administrator of desktops we all develop our images, settings, security, applications, restrictions, and perhaps general documentation for the average users in our work environments. In this regard the Administrator's reference does a decent job describing basic functionality, navigation, included tools, and features, but it does not go into in depth detail.

Spending a few hours in Win 7 and navigating the menus and exploring, while downloading a few basic guides from Google searches and even Microsoft's Win 7 section and FAQ's would offer most of the same utility and would offer the reader the ability to customize their own searches geared towards their particular needs and circumstances.

I do like the readability of this reference and the insight and ramblings of the author. It adds an extra layer and gives the dry and boring material another layer of interest.
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