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Rand Morimoto, Ph.D., MVP, MCITP, CISSP, has been in the computer industry for more than 30 years and has authored, coauthored, or been a contributing writer for dozens of books on Windows, Security, Exchange, BizTalk, and Remote and Mobile Computing. Rand is the president of Convergent Computing, an IT-consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay area that has been one of the key early adopter program partners with Microsoft, implementing the latest Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, System Center 2012, Windows 7, Exchange Server 2013, Windows Server 2012, and SharePoint 2010 in production environments more than 18 months before the initial product releases.

 

Michael Noel, MCITP, MVP, is an internationally recognized technology expert, bestselling author, and well-known public speaker on a broad range of IT topics. He authored multiple major industry books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Michael has presented at over one hundred technical and business conferences in more than fifty countries around the world and on all seven continents, including the first ever IT conference in Antarctica. Currently a partner at Convergent Computing (www.cco.com) in the San Francisco Bay area, Michael’s writing and extensive public-speaking experience across all seven continents leverage his real-world expertise in helping organizations realize business value from Information Technology infrastructure.

 

Guy Yardeni, MCITP, CISSP, MVP, is an accomplished infrastructure architect, author, and overall geek-for-hire. Guy has been working in the IT industry for more than 15 years and has extensive experience designing, implementing, and supporting enterprise technology solutions. Guy is an expert at connecting business requirements to technology solutions and driving to successful completion the technical details of the effort while maintaining overall goals and vision. Guy maintains a widely read technical blog at www.rdpfiles.com and is a Windows MVP.

 

Omar Droubi, MCSE, MCTS, has maintained a successful career and delivered quality work as a senior Information Technology professional for more than 20 years by keeping current with the latest technological developments and trends. As a writer, he has coauthored several Sams Publishing best-selling books, including Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed, Windows Server 2008 Unleashed, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed. Omar has also been a contributing writer and technical reviewer on several Microsoft Exchange Server books and publications. He has been deeply involved in testing, designing, and prototyping Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 for the past several years and plans to assist organizations in getting the most out of the latest features included in the products.

 

Andrew Abbate enjoys the position of principal consultant and partner at Convergent Computing. With nearly 20 years of experience in IT, Andrew’s area of expertise is understanding a business’s needs and translating that to process and technologies to solve real problems. Having worked with companies from the Fortune Ten to companies of 10, Andrew has a unique perspective on IT and a grasp on “big picture” consulting. Andrew has also written eight industry books on varying technologies ranging from Windows to Security to Unified Communications.

 

Chris Amaris, MCITP, MCTS, CISSP/ISSAP, CHS III, is the chief technology officer and cofounder of Convergent Computing. He has more than 20 years experience consulting for Fortune 500 companies, leading companies in the technology selection, design, planning, and implementation of complex information technology projects. Chris has worked with Microsoft System Center products such as Operations Manager and Configuration Manager since their original releases in 2000 and 1994. He specializes in messaging, security, performance tuning, systems management, and migration. Receiving his first Microsoft technologies certification in 1993, Chris is a current Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) with multiple Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications in System Center technologies, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with an Information System Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) concentration, Certified Homeland Security (CHS III), a Novell CNE, a Banyan CBE, and a Certified Project Manager. Chris is also an author, writer, and technical editor for a number of IT books, including System Center 2012 Unleashed, Network Security for Government and Corporate Executives, Exchange 2010 Unleashed , and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed.

 


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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Complete waste of time Nov. 26 2012
By Jay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is, as my title states, a complete waste of time. When reading through the book, it has the feel of a 2008 R2 book that was hacked and made into a 2012 book. There are countless errors, both technical and grammatical, so many in fact that it's hard to accept what the book says without looking it up to verify it. Just as an example, they mot the maximum supported memory of 2012 Standard incorrect, the book states 32GB max, whereas Microsoft states 4TB. They also stated migration paths from 2008/R2 to 2012 incorrectly as well. These are things that are so basic, seeing them printed incorrectly just doesn't give me much faith in anything else it has to say.

For anyone looking to buy this book, I would highly recommend you wait until the MS Press books, or the Mastering 2012 book is released.
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
I'm feeling really misled.... Oct. 26 2012
By Pen Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So, i'm three chapters into this book. Obviously it's a doozy...we're looking at over 1000 pages.
Reading it carefully, I'm getting very annoyed at the obviousness & repetition of some of this stuff.
I don't need to be told that automatic update will do automatic update. I know that it's in the name, so tell me something I don't know. Secondly - STOP trying to get me in the MS customer experience program. It's like buying a freaking car...you're trying to sell me on something and instead are just aggravating me.
Finally, the biggest and most severe problem I've found & the one that may have me returning the book shortly. The author says:
Note
As with the previous two versions of the operating system, there is no choice as to the file system on the partition. Windows Server 2012 automatically uses the new ReFS file system for all created partitions. ReFS is an improved and updated version of the NTFS file system. You can find more information aboutReFS in Chapter 28, "File System Management and Fault Tolerance."

This is untrue. The system volume is NTFS, NOT ReFS, if that what it's saying. Minimally, it's confusing but I think it's just flat wrong. If the writers got this level of credibility wrong, I'm beginning to suspect everything I'm reading & may soon consider the book a waste of time.

Further, the book is extremely obvious in some places. There are places where I wanted to more detail and the book failed to deliver. I'll have more about what I like / don't like as I go
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Not as Good as Previous Unleashed Books Nov. 7 2012
By R. Finger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of the Windows Server Unleashed books. I have purchased editions for Server 2008 and R2 and enjoyed them. I think this time around they were in too much of a hurry.

I'm 23 pages into the book, and on every page there has been some glaring error, from randomly misplaced punctuation to sentences so poorly written I have to read them multiple times and guess what they were trying to say. It looks like it got a quick one-pass proofread before going to the press.

The hallmark of the Unleashed series is that they work with beta versions of the software and try to give a real-world, experienced account of using the software in a production environment. Since this book is so poorly written, I don't have a lot of confidence in the accuracy of its contents.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good in some areas, feels rushed to press Dec 12 2012
By T. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have previously relied on the Mark Minasi "Mastering" series of books for general reference volumes. I picked up the Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed volume, and found it excellent, as good as the Mastering series, even with more than twice as many authors. Unfortunately, the 2012 Unleashed volume feels as if it was rushed to press, as other reviewers have indicated. There are cases of typos, double words, and what are I assume are punctuation mistakes. I hope they clean this up if they do future revisions.

The Active Directory coverage is good throughout the book, from basic design principals to Group Policies, to security considerations to day-to-day administration. Network services, from the basics like DNS/DNSSEC, DHCP, and WINS to IPv6 usage to more advanced features such as IP Address Management, NAP and RRAS are all covered. There is a good mix of material for both small and large, distributed site structures. The book also provides extensive PowerShell coverage, both in its own chapter, and mixed throughout the rest of the material where appropriate.

The chapter on IIS 8 (the new version included in Server 2012) is disappointingly short, no longer than it was in the 2008 R2 Unleashed book. I would have liked to see this section expanded, especially the use of application pools, which is becoming more and more common in my experience. The chapter on Hyper-V is longer and more comprehensive than in the previous volume (and there is some coverage of the new and upgraded features for Hyper-V).

I still think the "Best Practices" section at end of each chapter is very valuable, and going through each of these would give you a good overview of everything Windows Server 2012 offers.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book/Reference Sept. 22 2012
By Lisandro Grullon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had the opportunity to get this book through my University. The book is very detail oriented and many of the chapters are easy to understand and follow, yet the author in some instances assumes basic knowledge of Windows server 2003/2008 as prior experience in some of the advance concepts. I am very happy with the book and I would recommend to any system administrator that would like to focus in learning the operating system from the ground up or contemplating the idea of getting certify in Windows server 2012. I was skeptical at first since the book has so many pages (1600+), but it is well worth the time to evaluate books authored by Dr. Rand Morimoto, he is an excellent writer and subject expert, he and his team provide a lot of insight from his own experience into the subject matter. Any beginner, intermediate or advance windows system administrator would benefit from reading this book, I would call it the "Bible of Windows Server 2012" instead of "Windows Server 2012 Unleashed".

Best Regards,
Lisandro Grullon, Ph.D.


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