Book Review - Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
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Published: 11 Oct 2011
Abstract
If you are a Windows geek or an Administrator then you should master all the advanced concepts associated with Windows 7. Windows 7 Administrators Pocket Consultant by renowned Windows expert William R. Stanek provides a glimpse of all the concepts related to management and administration of Windows 7. Does this book help you in your quest to master Windows 7? Find it out by reading Anand's review.
by Anand Narayanaswamy
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Introduction

Windows 7 is one of the most popular operating systems in use. Many users, especially beginners, will be eager to master the advanced concepts of Windows 7 once they become familiar with the basic concepts. However, it would be nice to have a book such as Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant which examines the advanced topics associated with Windows 7.

Inside the Book

Authored by William R. Stanek, the book is comprised of 17 chapters. While Chapter 1 provides a short introduction to Windows 7 Administration, Chapter 2 examines the various concepts associated with the deployment of Windows 7. Chapter 3 provides an in-depth overview of all the steps associated with the configuration of user and computer policies. You will learn the usage of File and Data Management Policies, Access and Connectivity Policies, Computer and Script User Policies including Logon and Startup policies.

With Windows 7, you can automate the configuration. Chapter 4 analyzes this aspect in detail. While Chapter 5 examines the management of User Accounts, Chapter 6 provides a detailed overview of configuration of computers loaded with Windows 7. In addition to various concepts, you will also learn the steps required to manage Workstations using remote access.

Chapter 7 examines the customization of Desktop elements such as Menus, Startup Applications, Taskbar, Toolbars, Themes, Screen Saver, Display including configuration of Video Settings. Chapters 8 provide a brief coverage of the management of hardware devices and drivers. Chapters 9 and 10 examine the installation and maintenance of Programs, Firmware and Boot Configuration files.

Chapter 11 examines the usage of TPM and BitLocker Drive Encyrption, which I hope will be useful for advanced users. Chapters 12 & 13 provide a detailed analysis of managing Disk Drives, File Systems, File Security and Resource Sharing. You will learn the steps required to configure Windows Explorer Options including the management of Offline files, Disk Quota Configuration and the usage of Branch Caching in Chapter 14.

The final chapters examine the configuration and troubleshooting of TCP/IP networking as well as mobile networking including remote access. Moreover, the author provides a concise coverage of the usage of remote assistance to troubleshoot Windows 7 independently by users including the steps required to backup and restore a computer. You will also learn how to detect and resolve Windows 7 errors, schedule maintenance tasks and troubleshooting Startup and Shutdown.

Conclusion

Even though the book is mainly theory oriented the author has examined all the concepts with screenshots. The author has provided few concepts in tabular format which I hope will be useful for learners. I would prefer to see a chapter which examines Windows 7 programming as well. It would also be helpful if the author devotes an appendix related to various free tools available for tweaking the functionality of Windows 7.

Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant will be useful for users who are well-versed with the fundamentals of Windows 7. I would not recommend the book for beginners as it would be difficult for them to grasp the concepts. If you are a beginner then I would suggest you to buy introductory books on Windows 7 before reading this book.

About the Reviewer

Anand Narayanaswamy is the author of Community Server Quickly. He works as a freelance writer based in Trivandrum, India and runs http://www.technoenclave.com, which provides reviews of Windows based freeware tools and articles related to Windows 7.

About the Book

Title

Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

Author

William R. Stanek

Publisher

Microsoft Press

ISBN - 13

978-0735626997

Edition

AugustĀ  2009

Pages

702

Price

$34.99

Amazon Price

$20.99

Rating

****

 



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