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Windows Server 2012 Unleashed Hardcover – Sep 16 2012
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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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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.
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:
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
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.
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.
I found the writing style to be clear and concise. The writers utilized a casual style, offering advice and best practices throughout the book. As a result I didn't find myself getting mentally bored or distracted like when reading a dry technical book. The writers also assume a certain technical level among their audience which made for quicker reading. Additionally I found the images (screenshots) to be very useful.
This book is hardly a certification training guide, should you be looking for one. It is rather a massive one-stop resource for the IT professional seeking information on Windows Server 2012. If you are a current IT professional and are looking to understand new features and how to plan your migration to 2012, among other topics, you will find this book an excellent resource.
The particular book I reviewed is a first printing. Often first printings come with some grammatical errors, as the other reviewers pointed out. I have noticed some of these errors already being addressed on the publisher's errata page. More serious, I did find a few technical errors. I wouldn't slam the entire book for it, but sadly the errors do hold it back from receiving a 5 star rating.
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