Windows Vista Administration: The Definitive Guide
The all-in-one guide to managing Windows Vista for power users and business
By Brian Culp
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2007
Pages: 800

Whether you're a system administrator responsible for hundreds of Windows clients, or a just a roomful of computers, this book will help you install, configure, and maintain Microsoft's newest OS. Written in jargon-free English that puts concepts in proper context, the book gives you a better understanding of Vista's innovations and capabilities, teaches you how to leverage Vista to increase worker productivity, and demonstrates how the system can best protect sensitive data.

Best of all, Windows Vista Administration: The Definitive Guide is a problem-solving reference that lets you quickly access the solutions you need, and helps you unlock certain features to improve system performance -- without forcing you to page through the entire book.

In part, the book's topics include:

  • A tour of what's new -- including the Aero user interface, Sidebar, BitLocker Drive Encryption, Vista Search
  • An overview of all five versions of Windows Vista
  • Getting started -- with workgroup networks, user profiles, VPN connections
  • Personalizing Vista -- with virtual folders, Flip 3D, the new Control Panel
  • Working with software and hardware -- such as installing printers, storage devices, software
  • Configuring Internet Explorer 7 -- phishing filters, cookies and privacy, popup blocker, RSS feeds
  • Deploying Windows Vista -- installation, imaging software, modules, migrating data
  • Optimizing performance -- memory, processor, disks, applications, network, command line administration
  • Security -- auditing, disk quotas, account policies, user rights, group rights, IP security
  • Troubleshooting tips -- Startup repair tool, frozen applications, remote assistance, backup and restore
And that just scratches the surface. Which new features will significantly improve the operating system experience, and which are mere eye candy? What new features make Windows Vista worth the investment? Author Brian Culp supplies the answers with information-packed chapters, including one on Cool Vista Tricks that explains how to write your own gadgets for Sidebar, how to disable IM and email notifications using Vista Presenter, and a lot more.
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lower level

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Comments about oreilly Windows Vista Administration: The Definitive Guide:

I found this book to be slightly lower-level than I would expect from an O'Reilly tome.

I assumed the book would focus mostly on administrative-level tasks, with an eye towards group policy, but instead it seemed geared towards home or small business owners rather than customers working in an enterprise environment.

There were also curious absences: the section on the command prompt for instance, omitted any reference to Powershell, instead focusing on the differences between cmd.exe and command.com, a distinction completely useless to those of us getting up to speed on Powershell. Network Access Protection was also given only a cursory mention, with a line saying that "NAP is entirely setup on the corporate network..."

For a small office or a starting sysadmin, WVA could be useful. But in a larger environment it comes up a little short.

 
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Comments about oreilly Windows Vista Administration: The Definitive Guide:

A very useful and easy to read publication, "Microsoft Windows Administration" is more than a collection of "recipes". A book administrators and other professionals would be proud to have on their selves.

Starting with the first, and proceeding through to the last chapter, the book's 15 chapters are full of insight and how to-do techniques.

In this highly recommended book, readers are guided through installation and usage of the new and controversial Vista's administrative tools, without forgetting the simpler tasks of installing and troubleshooting Vista.



The publication is easy to read by the average user, yet, the book still covers enough material to interest readers up to higher knowledge levels.

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