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Training Guide: Administering Windows Server 2012 (Training Guides) [Paperback]

Orin Thomas

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9 Jun 2013 0735674132 978-0735674134 1

Designed to help enterprise administrators develop real-world, job-role-specific skills—this Training Guide focuses on deploying and managing Windows Server 2012. Build hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices—and help maximize your performance on the job.

This Microsoft Training Guide:

  • Provides in-depth, hands-on training you take at your own pace
  • Focuses on job-role-specific expertise for deploying and managing Windows Server 2012
  • Creates a foundation of skills which, along with on-the-job experience, can be measured by Microsoft Certification exams such as 70-411

Sharpen your skills. Increase your expertise.

  • Deploy and update Windows Server 2012
  • Manage account policies and service accounts
  • Configure name resolution
  • Administer Active Directory
  • Manage Group Policy application and infrastructure
  • Work with Group Policy settings and preferences
  • Administer network policies
  • Configure the network to enable remote access
  • Manage file services
  • Monitor and audit Windows Server 2012

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About the Author

Orin Thomas is a consultant, writer, and Microsoft MVP whose books include the Microsoft Press Training Kits for Exams 70-646, 70-647, 70-662, and 70-680. He is also a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro magazine.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Taste it slowly to learn it deeper 3 Sep 2013
By Giuseppe Simpatia - Published on
The very first word of this title gives the real idea of the scope of this book: training.
If you are looking for a way to put into practice what you've learned across pages and pages of concepts and labyrinthine abstractions, you can find here dozens of practical exercises and real world situations.
On my opinion, the major benefit of the practical approach is that you can get an immediate sense of how to apply the theory and its effective reflections on a day-by-day job experience.

This book is not an exam guide.
If you are preparing the 70-411 Microsoft Exam, you'd better choose other e-books to integrate this one with more consistent objectives.
This book covers the majority of the 70-411 aspects, but "the idea behind this book is that by reading it, you can learn how to perform tasks you may need to perform on a day-by-day basis in your role as a Windows Server 2012 administrator".
In other words, what you will learn accomplishing the exercises of this book is probably more of what you will be able to do after successfully passing the 70-411, but paradoxically it could be not enough to pass the exam.
As just said, this is a training book with practical exercises, so just after a few pages the reader is required to stop and take the time to set a virtual machine, then download, install and perform a basic configuration of a 180 days trial copy of Windows Server 2012.
Only with all this stuff in place, he can start working at the tasks described.
A reader who must take an exam won't probably have time for that.

This book is divided into 10 chapters and each chapter into lessons.
The most positive impression that this book gives is that it faces the problems by directly approaching them.
Compared to other books about Administering Windows Server 2008, I found here many useful objectives elsewhere ignored.
For example, about configuring and deploying Windows 2012 Server images or about generating reports with the file server role.

What really lacks in this book is a perspective dedicated to the PowerShell.
PS plays an important role in Microsoft 2012 Server, but the exercises take into consideration only the GUI method.

Despite this, I would definitely recommend this book. This is one of the most interesting e-books I have ever read.

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Program
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource for the 70-411 exam 18 Nov 2013
By John V Allen - Published on
Well laid out and comprehensive. This book covered all the material I needed to pass the exam and was refreshingly free of the factual and grammatical errors plaguing other texts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the 70-411 17 July 2013
By Renzo Patricio - Published on
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I got this book when I failed to pass the 70-411 test.
The content of this book and the exercises helped me to get more hands-on in Windows 2012 and pass the test.
But the content doesn't end there, I will keep this book handy for implementing solutions.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For skills and certification 26 Jun 2013
By JUAN JOSE DE LEON - Published on
Teach you core skills for administering a Windows Server network. If your are looking for certification it covers most of the topics that are the subject of the Microsoft certification exam 70-411 and its organized by exam objectives. It has lots of practices exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Administering Guide for Better Job Performance 20 Aug 2014
By Bob Monroe - Published on
Every so often I'll come across a rare gem of a book. It might be a book about woodworking, DNS, Arp spoofing or even ways to make a good bean soup. Administrating Windows Server 2012 R2 Training Guide by Orin Thomas is one of those rare finds. I don't work much with servers and I thank the lord for that. However, it is amazing to learn what a difficult job that really is. The book isn't really a study guide to prepare you for the 70-411 certification. Orin Thomas seems to have written this book for those of you who probably already have that credential but need a great operators manual.

If you are a sys admin with a few years under your weary eyes and you are running Windows Server 2012, this book is for you. It even says so in the beginning of the book. Yet, the contents start you from the beginning of setting of a server and lead you all the way through the steps of setting up accounts, creating policies, maintaining/housecleaning and branching off into many sophisticated ways to manage your job responsibilities.

As with all Microsoft publications the guide is clear, clean and concise (that was a joke for those of you who never had to read any of their security publications before TechNet came along). Mr. Thomas turned his years of sweat and blisters as a sys admin into an easy to understand manual for those running Windows Servers. He approaches the reader with caution by letting them know that there are several ways to do a given task and the reader is free to choose their pain level. He offers the reader his own opinion on ways to accomplish difficult or time consuming tasks with hints as to why you will want to follow his advice instead of making your life more difficult.

In other words, he doesn't tell the reader that they have to do a task one specific way but if the reader wants to do it another way, he give them straight advice as to why they should follow his method. That is what I love about the book. The guide is overflowing with mentoring tips to ease the job of administering Windows Servers 2012.

Take chapter two Managing account policies and services accounts, as an example. Passwords are painful to work with. Sys admins have been known to make policies either too stringent or too lax. Nobody in an organization is ever happy with password policies, more-so the people who set up those policies and the help desk personnel who have to reset forgotten passwords. Chapter two is written with what appears to be many years of experience in the area of trying to make everyone happy regarding passwords. I felt Mr. Thomas's pain as he gently nudges the reader to be cautious when establishing password policies.

The author provided excellent tips and outstanding recommendations on which settings should be used and why those were the best options. Only a person with several years of people complaining to them would truly appreciate the sound decisions he proposes (those weary eyed ones). If you happen to be recently 70-411 certified, heed the information in this book. Think of this guide as your roadmap to a successful career as a server administrator. It has plenty of helpful material to help you study for the certification but I felt it serves a higher purpose as a “How to do your job” guide.

This book alone will not be enough to get you to pass the 70-411 examination and the authors makes that quite clear throughout the guide. I was surprised to find out how much Windows server installations, configurations, maintenance and supervision relied on the command line interface otherwise known as Windows Powershell. What happened to GUI? There are default settings for everything with Windows Server 2012 but no network is ever a cut and paste network. There is plenty of settings that have to be manually adjusted and Mr. Thomas goes through all of them in great detail. He also explains alternatives to his methods as well as the consequences or possible outcomes of not adhering to his suggestions.

The guide provides small segments for each chapter topic, sort of like hit and runs. He shoots the important information to the reader, gives examples and instructions for completing the task and then summarizes what he just wrote about. Next, he reenforces the subtopic knowledge by giving the reader a couple of basic questions. Then, he is on to the next subtopic. Once the full task is covered, he goes into exercises that follow step by step on how to perform the task that was just read.

The reader is expected to either set up a virtual server using a trial version of Windows Server 2012 or the reader is already administering a server. Either way, the reader is walked and talked through every function they can expect to see as part of their role as a sys admin. The book doesn't just focus on setting up a single server, rather each chapter tells the reader how to run all types of servers and all sorts of functions. I had no idea that a service could have it's own account. That's in the book too.

One of my favorite parts of each chapter is where Mr. Thomas provides a segment called Real World. Each of these segments cover mistakes most administrators make, why they make those mistakes and how the reader can avoid the pain of making those same mistakes. Again, this book was written by someone who has experienced years of pain as a sys admin and has taken notes on every one of those painful mistakes.

I heard that high levels of stress will shorten your life. Save your own life and buy this book.

Read it, then read it again. Keep it in your car or hide it in your desk so others around you don't know where you are getting all this wisdom from. If you keep it in your car, you can run out to your vehicle when a problem arises and come back to the office with a brilliant solution. If you place it on your desk where others might see it, put a fake book cover over it so that others will think you are a Windows 2012 server guru. This guide will reduce your chances of having a stress-based heart attack and increase your pay scale, I would almost guarantee except that I'm neither a doctor nor your employee.
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