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Get a head start evaluating Window 8. Based on the Release Preview of the software, this guide introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how to plan for, deploy, and maintain Windows 8 in an enterprise environment.

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Overview

Get a head start evaluating Window 8. Based on the Release Preview of the software, this guide introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how to plan for, deploy, and maintain Windows 8 in an enterprise environment.

Network administrators will get an early, high-level view of these topics and more:

  • Performance, reliability, and security features
  • Deployment options
  • Managing the new UI using Group Policy and Windows PowerShell
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Virtualization and cloud solutions
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
  • Recovery features

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735670501
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2012
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Honeycutt is an expert on Windows technologies and has written more than 25 books, including Microsoft Windows Desktop Deployment Resource Kit.

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Table of Contents

Introduction;
Acknowledgments;
About the Author;
Errata & book support;
We want to hear from you;
Stay in touch;
Chapter 1: Overview;
1.1 Why Windows 8?;
1.2 What’s new for Windows 8?;
1.3 Hardware recommendations;
1.4 Hardware innovation;
1.5 Windows 8 editions;
1.6 Getting started with Windows 8;
1.7 Summary;
Chapter 2: Experiencing Windows 8;
2.1 Like Windows 7—Only better;
2.2 Improvements to tools;
2.3 Summary;
Chapter 3: Windows 8 for IT pros;
3.1 Reimagined system applications;
3.2 Customizing and configuring Windows 8;
3.3 Client Hyper-V;
3.4 Redesigned NTFS health model and chkdsk;
3.5 Windows PowerShell 3.0;
3.6 Networking enhancements;
3.7 Remote Server Administration Tools;
3.8 Windows Server 2012;
3.9 Summary;
Chapter 4: Preparing for deployment;
4.1 Windows 8 SKUs;
4.2 Application compatibility;
4.3 User state migration;
4.4 Deployment strategies;
4.5 New deployment scenarios;
4.6 Summary;
Chapter 5: Deploying Windows 8;
5.1 Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit;
5.2 Deployment options;
5.3 Windows To Go;
5.4 Summary;
Chapter 6: Delivering Windows apps;
6.1 A look at Windows apps;
6.2 Building a Windows app;
6.3 Distributing in the Windows Store;
6.4 Distributing within an Enterprise;
6.5 Managing Windows apps;
6.6 Summary;
Chapter 7: Windows 8 recovery;
7.1 The Windows Recovery Environment;
7.2 Refresh and reset;
7.3 Customizing the Windows Recovery Environment;
7.4 Enhanced recovery with DaRT;
7.5 Summary;
Chapter 8: Windows 8 management;
8.1 Windows PowerShell;
8.2 Group Policy improvements;
8.3 System Center 2012 Configuration Manager;
8.4 Windows Intune;
8.5 Summary;
Chapter 9: Windows 8 security;
9.1 Protecting the client against threats;
9.2 Protecting sensitive data;
9.3 Secure access to resources;
9.4 Summary;
Chapter 10: Internet Explorer 10;
10.1 Using Internet Explorer for the desktop;
10.2 Using Internet Explorer;
10.3 New features in Internet Explorer 10;
10.4 Group Policy in Internet Explorer 10;
10.5 Summary;
Chapter 11: Windows 8 virtualization;
11.1 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure;
11.2 Choosing the right VDI deployment;
11.3 Complete desktop virtualization;
11.4 Client Hyper-V;
11.5 Summary;

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    I must admit, I started reading this book from a very negative p

    I must admit, I started reading this book from a very negative point of view. I had heard much about Windows 8 over the past few months, and everything I heard made me more and more frustrated, negative, and scared. 
    I haven't had time to actually install the operating system anywhere, but I know that, as an IT professional, I would have to at some point, so I used this book as a sort of "primer."




    Now that I have finished it, my feelings are a bit more mixed. Jerry Honeycott explains things fairly well, and in enough detail for me. I still have an intense dislike for the "Modern UI" (previously known as the Metro UI) and apps. As someone who routinely has five or six windows open on the screen at a time (and another ten or twenty applications running), which you can't do on the Windows 8 Modern UI which only shows one (two at the most) applications at a time, it's not going to work for me on the PC.
    I had previously read that the familiar Windows Desktop was available on Windows 8, but I also read somewhere that it was provided as a "bridge" or "backward compatibility feature," and wouldn't be available come Windows 9. This book doesn't mention anything about that, and so I must assume that the plan is for the Desktop to always be available, which I would welcome.




    I'm excited about the new management and security features in Windows 8, and the new virtualisation options as well (Pooled VMs look amazing!). It's also pretty cool that users can do a "Refresh" of their installation from the troubleshooting screen, which I think it basically a new version of System Restore. However, Windows 8 will also allow any user to, at the click of a button, completely format their hard drive and install Windows from scratch! Providing that functionality to end users who have no IT training or experience, with no passwords or failsafes... Are they insane?!




    So in conclusion, I'm still not crazy about the prospect of running Windows 8 on my PC, but I'm not quite as dead set against it as I was. Thanks Jerry! :)

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