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After literally years of work, I am very pleased to announce that my co-authors and I have completed the first Mastering Windows Server book since 2006, and it's available for sale right now. It's essentially the "volume 2" to my 2008 networking basics book Mastering Windows Server 2008: Networking Fundamentals.
In Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2, you'll find 1488 pages packed with explanation of the many features of Windows Server that arrived with Server 2008 and 2008 R2. Features like what? Well, for example, we cover the changes to Active Directory like the AD Recycle Bin, flexible password policies, and managed service accounts. The book covers the very important changes to Sysvol that 2008 brought but that no one seems to know about. And when Microsoft decided to take Windows SharePoint Services out Server, we decided that it was still important enough to cover. Similarly, no 2008 or R2 book would be complete without Hyper-V coverage, and you'll find that aplenty in here. And while you've almost certainly heard of Hyper-V and the AD Recycle Bin, what about 2008's new VPN technology, "SSTP?" You'll find that in the book as well. You can see the entire table of contents here on the Wiley site:
But if you've read my other books, then you'll know that this book contains more than just "this is what R2 can do" -- heck, you can find a lot of that out on the Microsoft site for free! No, as with my other books, we've tried to tell the whole story, and explain not only what R2 can do, but also what R2 can't do.
You can read the first chapter, a quick overview of what's new in R2, also on the Wiley site here:
I hope you decide to pick up a copy of Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2 and that you find it useful -- clicking the cover photo to the left takes you to Amazon. And remember, I'm always available to answer any questions that the book doesn't cover at "help" at "minasi" dot "com." Thanks for taking the time to read this page.
Oh, and one very important point on prerequisites: again, this builds on Networking Fundamentals, which was intended as our "Windows server networking basics" book. That volume covers things like TCP/IP fundamentals, WINS, DNS basics, DHCP and lots more, so please give the table of contents for the R2 book a look so that you can decide whether you'd be best served by picking Networking Fundamentals first. Thanks!