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Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant [Paperback]

William R. Stanek
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29 Aug 2006 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers immediate answers for the day-to-day administration of Windows 7—from desktop configuration and management to networking and security issues. Zero in on core support and maintenance tasks by using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You’ll get the precise information you need to solve problems and get the job done—whether at your desk or in the field!


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  • Paperback: 706 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (29 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626997
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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William lived in Europe from 1989 to 1991. During that time, he had several extended stays in the UK and Scotland including deployments to Mildenhall, UK. He's been a football (soccer) fan since he was old enough to kick a ball and especially enjoyed being in Kaiserslautern for the championships. He spent his time in the UK traveling, and recalls fondly visits to Cambridge and London. He misses the wonderful food and drink and the good friends he made. He says, "There's nothing like Fridays at the pub or Saturday market." Find William on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WilliamStanekAuthor.

William has over 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He is a leading technology expert, an award-winning author, and a pretty-darn-good instructional trainer. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers, and network engineers all over the world. He has written more than 100 books.

William R. Stanek (www.williamstanek.com) has been involved in the commercial Internet community since 1991. His core business and technology experience comes from over 11 years of military service. He has substantial experience in developing server technology, encryption, and Internet solutions. He has written many technical white papers and training courses on a wide variety of topics. He frequently serves as a subject matter expert and consultant.

William has an MS with distinction in information systems and a BS in computer science, magna cum laude. He is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

William recently rediscovered his love of the great outdoors. When he's not writing, teaching, or making presentations, he can be found hiking, biking, backpacking, traveling, or trekking in search of adventure.

Follow William on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WilliamStanek. William also writes as Robert Stanek. Learn more about Ruin Mist, Magic Lands, and Bugville Critters at http://www.bugvillecritters.com.

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Use Windows 7 to take your organization’s computers to the next level and discover how truly powerful the operating system is.

Deploy faster: Manage online and offline images of the Windows 7 operating system including Windows Image (.wim) file for deployment and Virtual hard disk (.vhd) files for virtual machines using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool (DISM).

Manage users and computers more efficiently: Use managed settings, referred to as Group Policy settings, and unmanaged settings, referred to as Group Policy preferences to control the configuration of the operating system and its components.

Optimize power management: Control the behavior of computers in different power use situations using power plans and manage power options from the command line using the Power Configuration (Powercfg.exe) utility. Create power reports and identify components causing sleep or resume problems.

Enhance security: Use BitLocker Drive Encryption, BitLocker-To-Go and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) services to help protect computers and data stored on USB flash drives. BitLocker Drive Encryption is a full volume encryption technology. BitLocker-To-Go is a virtual volume encryption technology for USB flash drives. Use TPM with BitLocker Drive Encryption to enhance security.

Improve help desk support and reduce outages: Track failed installation and nonresponsive conditions of applications and drivers using Action Center. Automate troubleshooting using problem reporting and built-in in troubleshooters. See the exact problem the user is having without needing to access to the user’s computer with the Problem Steps Recorder (psr.exe).

Recover faster: Reduce recovery time and quickly resolve startup problems using the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE), which is installed automatically as part of the operating system setup process. Build custom Windows RE environments as well. --William R. Stanek, author of Windows 7 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant.

About the Author

William R. Stanek is a Microsoft MVP with 20+ years of experience in systems management and advanced programming. He is an award-winning author who’s written more than 100 books, including Windows 7 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant and Windows Server 2008 Inside Out. He is the series editor for the Pocket Consultant line of books.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book. 16 Oct 2009
By A. Kwabula VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This text is excellent in it's coverage of Windows 7. It is straight to the point on core features, giving step by step instructions on how to configure Windows 7 settings. I had two other earlier releases but found them too verbose (wordy)as I had to leaf through several pages to find what I needed. I am an IT Pro and bought this book to help with me with Windows 7 certification since the book for the Windows 7 exam is scheduled for release on 21 October and I wanted to take the exam in September. I did think it will be of much help, given the size and also because it is aimed at Windows 7 administration. I found most of the information i needed for the exam and was very impressive with the coverage of hot topics that cover,UAC, Branch cache, IP V6, Imagex, WIM,Windows PE, Internet Explorer 8, the all new DISM etc. Using this book, the Windows 7 unleashed, Technet resources and white papers from Microsoft I was able to pass the exam.

I got it after I had some 6 or so months hands-on experience with Windows 7 beta and RC so that may explain why I got upto speed with reading the book, but I think even those new to Windows 7 will find it easier to understand. Though some topics could be understood by all Windows 7 users, this book is certainly what it says it is - for IT Pros who will administer windows 7. The home user may find it difficult because it contains all the technical jargon that may not be appreciated by casual users. For those with a history with windows, certain topics will be a walkover. For instance I did not find differences on Disk Management when compared to Windows Vista, and the concepts of Dynamic and Basic disks is pretty much the same with that of Windows XP. So it will not be completely new. I could have given it 5 stars if it's binding was good. After more that a week of intensive use, it is showing signs of tear. The layer of glue holding the pages to the base is to thin so you will want to be more careful or else it will fall apart.
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Although the title of Stanek’s Pocket Consultant book for Windows 7 administrators might give you the impression that the content inside is ‘brief and basic’, on flicking through the introductory chapters it is evident that this book packs a serious amount of useful and precise information on every area of Windows 7 with helpful (albeit sporadically positioned) screenshots, tips and guidance to help you harness the potential of the advanced features of Microsoft’s most popular desktop operating system or explain basic system functions to others.

Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket ConsultantWhether you’re a system administrator, a student revising for a Microsoft Solutions Associate Examination or just a power user interested in maximising their knowledge of Windows 7, full coverage of all areas is provided in a 700-page in-depth package; the only noticeable compromise is the impossibility of fitting an A5-sized book of such a size in your pocket, although this is not an issue because of the extensive variety of topics covered suited to advanced users.

However, if you’re a new buyer or a casual user the title serves as advice to avoid this book as it obviously assumes intermediate-plus knowledge of general computing concepts and the Windows operating system; although focused on the excellent range of content, the presentation of the text is slightly too packed and would benefit from additional images.

In essence, Stanek’s Windows 7 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant is an excellent book that deserves to be part of any Windows administrator or power user’s collection, providing a detailed and precise explanation of every feature, function or topic that Windows 7 holds.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I would recommend this book as an excellent Windows 7 resource, it is very well layed out with great exercises, however, the book is not exactly pocket sized, unless you have very large pockets! and has quite small print
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardly Pocket Size 28 Sep 2009
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I received this book 1 day after ordering it, I think you would have to have rather a large pocket to fit this book in. A5 size and over 700 pages is hardly what I call a pocket size consultant but apart form that it is a brilliant book covering all aspects of the new Windows 7. If you are an administrator then you will found it an invaluable book to have, trust me go ahead and buy this book you won't be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep pockets needed! 1 Dec 2010
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At 690 pages it would be a stretch to both the concept and fabric to call this a pocket guide. There is however absolutely no froth or padding within its pages and it contains a colossal wealth of information. For most end users, IT Managers and System Administrators of small and medium sized networks this is likely to be the only Windows 7 reference book you will ever need. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 9 Aug 2014
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There are occasional needs to read up about things that do go wrong with Windows 7 (there are not that many) and this is the book which is proving useful
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