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  • Blog Post: Teach yourself windows server 2008 in 24 hours

    A bold quote, and one I have to say I can’t claim it as mine.   This comes from Sams Publishing , it relates to their new publication of the same name and I have to say, the book does do exactly what it says on the cover (the back cover that is) “In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you will...
  • Blog Post: Download your free e-book of Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

    Available today is the recently released Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 e-book. Download your free copy today.
  • Blog Post: Dive deep with Windows Server 2008 Unleashed from SAMS

    In a previous entry I review the Windows Server 2008 Inside Out publication from MS Press. In my view the Microsoft publication is ideal for those coming to Windows Server 2008 new or with a general working knowledge of the "legacy" versions of Windows. The "Unleashed" series is a little more indepth...
  • Blog Post: The Power Guide to PowerShell: Windows PowerShell Scripting Guide

    If, like me, automation is a critical part of you job, then any scripting language that makes routine or mundane tasks easier and quicker is going to be worth looking at. So in PowerShell we have an environment that provides a powerful scripting language. So the first criteria was met and I've downloaded...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Press Books for Sale on Apple's iBookstore

    EBooks are an increasingly popular format. My own E-Reader has a number of publications on it. I can carry way more information to various engagements than before I switched. Since the distribution partnership between Microsoft Press and O’Reilly, many MS Press publications have been converted into the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit Reviewed

    After what seemed an age of waiting the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit is here. Now, is it worth the wait? Actually it is. Until now the best publication on Hyper-V was SAMS Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Unleashed, but this guide now takes that position. It’s a typical resource kit, lots of technical...
  • Blog Post: How Definitive A Guide to Windows Server 2008 does O’Reilly Deliver?

    You choice of reference book for Windows Server 2008 is increasing rapidly. With this variety comes the difficult decision of which one to purchase. So let me tell you my views of O’Reilly’s Definitive Guide to Windows Server 2008. I have to say that when this book turned up I was slightly surprised...
  • Blog Post: Get into the details of Microsoft Exchange 2010 with “Exchange Server 2010 Unleashed” by SAMS

    For me, the Sams “Unleashed” series has a reputation for comprehensive in-depth coverage of a product, and often it’s one of the first published on that product, the new Exchange Server 2010 edition continues this tradition. Like the product, it is based heavily on the Exchange 2007 edition, owners of...
  • Blog Post: YOUR WINDOWS SERVER 2008 ADMINISTRATORS COMPANION IS IN THE HOUSE

    For me the Microsoft Press book I’ve been waiting a while to see was the full Administrators companion. I will admit to being a fan of this series, both the full Companion and it’s pocket sized sister. I think I might have the complete sets of both in my bookcases somewhere, most are good, some are a...
  • Blog Post: Easy Access to Unified Access Gateway!

    The “Deploying” series of books Microsoft Press have brought out are short to the point manuals. The three published all cover the Forefront Product range, Threat Management Gateway 2010 , Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server and this one Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 . Will there be...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Inside Out delivers the details

    MS Press US Site: http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/books/11448.aspx MS Press UK Site: http://www.microsoft-press.co.uk/scripts/product.asp?ref=855937 At over 1400 pages there is certainly no shortage of information in the latest version of the Inside Out series. The back cover describes the...
  • Blog Post: Getting to Grips with Group Policy

    Group Policy is one of the most powerful features of Windows Server 2008 and to fully understand it requires a good resource. The good news is that since the first publications on Policy settings in Windows NT came out, the resources have gotten better. The latest addition to this family...
  • Blog Post: Free Virtualization e-book offer from Microsoft Press

    Written by industry expert Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Teams, Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions.  The technologies...
  • Blog Post: My Path to eReadership. How and why I converted from the printed word to ebooks.

    I’m a bookworm, I’ll admit that upfront now. I like the printed word.When I had my office in Redmond I had so many books on shelves it allegedly kept my room temperature a couple of degrees higher than those offices around me. So we are talking quite a few books. But recently I’ve changed. I’m moving...