Microsoft Windows 7 Administration Instant Reference


An on-the-spot reference for Windows 7 administrators

Hundreds of thousands of IT administrators, network administrators, and IT support technicians work daily with Windows 7. This well-organized, portable reference covers every facet of Windows 7, providing no-nonsense instruction that is readily accessible when you need it. Designed for busy administrators, it features thumb tabs and chapter outlines to make answers easy to find.

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An on-the-spot reference for Windows 7 administrators

Hundreds of thousands of IT administrators, network administrators, and IT support technicians work daily with Windows 7. This well-organized, portable reference covers every facet of Windows 7, providing no-nonsense instruction that is readily accessible when you need it. Designed for busy administrators, it features thumb tabs and chapter outlines to make answers easy to find.

  • Windows 7 administrative and support personnel need quick answers to situations they confront each day; this Instant Reference is designed to provide information, solutions, and best practices on the spot
  • Designed for quick navigation, with thumb tabs, chapter outlines, tables, lists, and concise answers in a conveniently sized, portable volume
  • Covers disk configuration, desktop management, remote assistance, security, and much more, with step-by-step instruction

Microsoft Windows 7 Administration Instant Reference is the perfect partner to more comprehensive guidebooks, helping you to easily find answers and solve problems onsite.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470650479
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William Panek, MCTS, MCITP, MCT, CCNA, CHFI, is founder of Stellacon Corporation, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and Certified Learning Solutions Provider and a leading training provider on the East Coast. He is the coauthor of Mastering Windows 7 Administration.

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Table of Contents


PART I Installation 1

Chapter 1 Installing Windows 7 3

Understand Windows 7's New Features 4

Understand Windows 7's Architecture 7

Prepare to Install Windows 7 9

Windows 7 Editions 9

Hardware Requirements 12

The Hardware Compatibility List 13

New Install or Upgrade? 14

Disk Space Partitioning 21

Install Windows 7 22

Performing a Clean Install of Windows 7 23

Performing an Upgrade to Windows 7 29

Troubleshooting Installation Problems 30

Migrating Files and Settings 33

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 36

Supporting Multiboot Options 39

Using Windows Activation 41

Using Windows Update 41

Installing Windows Service Packs 45

Chapter 2 Automating a Windows 7 Installation 47

Use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 48

Installing MDT 2010 49

Configuring MDT 2010 50

Perform Unattended Installations 52

The Advantages of an Unattended Installation 54

The Disadvantages of an Unattended Installation 54

Using Windows Deployment Services 55

Using the System Preparation Tool and Disk Imaging 56

Using the Windows AIK 60

Summarizing Windows 7 Deployment Tools 61

Deploy Unattended Installations 64

Using the System Preparation Tool to Prepare an Installation for Imaging 65

Preparing a Windows 7 Installation 67

Using ImageX to Create a Disk Image 68

Installing from a Disk Image 69

Using Windows System Image Manager to Create Answer Files 71

Using Windows Deployment Services 77

Use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 84

MAP System Requirements 86

Installing MAP 87

Configuring and Testing the Server 89

Work with Windows PE 90

Using Windows PE Tools 90

Configuring a Windows PE Environment 91

Setting Up a Windows PE Bootable Media Device 92

Chapter 3 Configuring Disks 93

Configure File Systems 94

Selecting a File systems 94

Converting a File systems 97

Configure Disk Storage 98

Basic Storage 98

DYnamic Stroage 99

GUID Partition Table 102

Access and Manage the Disk Management Utility 103

Using the MMC 103

Accessing the MMC 104

Accessing the Disk Management Utility 107

Managing Administrative Hard Disk Tasks 108

Manage Dynamic Storage 122

Creating Simple, Spanned, and striped Volumes 123

Creating Extended Volumes 123

Troubleshoot with Disk Management 125

Using Disk Managgement Status Codes 125

Troubleshooting Disks That Fail to Initialize 126

Manage Data Compression 127

Using the Compact Command-Line Utility 129

Manage Data Encryption with EFS 130

Encrypting and Decrypting Folders and Files 131

Managing EFS File Sharing 132

Using the DRA to Recover Encrypted Data 133

Creating a DRA on a Stand-Alone Windows 7 Computer 133

Recovering Encrypted Files 135

Using the Cipher Utility 135

Use Disk Maintenance Tools 137

Running the Disk Defragmenter Utility 137

Running the Disk Cleanup Utility 138

Running the Check Disk Utility 139

PART II Configuration 141

Chapter 4 Managing the Desktop 143

Configure Desktop Settings 144

Configuring Windows Aero 150

Customizing the Taskbar and Start Menu 152

Configuring Shortcuts 158

Configure Windows Gadgets 159

Manage Multiple Languages and Regional Settings 161

Configuring Multilingual Technology 162

Configuring Windows 7 Multilanguage Support 163

Enabling and Configuring Multilinguage Support 164

Configure Accessibility Features 168

Setting Accessibility Options 168

Configuring Accessibility Utilities 172

Configure the Power Button 174

Manage a Multiple-User Environment 176

Creating Default Settings for New Users 176

Managing User Profiles 177

Chapter 5 Managing the Interface 179

Configure the Windows 7 Operating System 180

Using Control Panel 180

Understanding the System Utility 199

Using the Registry Editor 206

Manage Display Devices 207

Configuring Video Adapters 207

Using Multiple-Display Support 210

Use Power Management for Mobile Computer Hardware 212

Recognizing the Improvements to Power Management 213

Managing Power States 213

Managing Power Options 215

Configuring Power Plans 215

Configure Advanced Power Settings 216

Configuring Hibernation 217

Managing Power Consumption Using the Battery Meter 218

Using Windows ReadyBoost and Windows 7 218

Configuring Advanced Settings 219

Manage Windows 7 Services 219

Service Properties 221

Chapter 6 Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance 225

Use Remote Assistance 226

New/Updated Features 227

Easy Connect 227

Invitation as a File 234

Invitation as E-mail 235

Live Messenger Remote Assistance 236

Command-Line Remote Assistance 236

Use a Remote Desktop 242

New/Updated Features 242

Configuring a Computer for Remote Desktop 243

Remote Desktop Connection Options 246

Command-Line Remote Desktop 251

PART III User and Security 257

Chapter 7 Configuring Users and Groups 259

Understand Windows 7 User Accounts 260

Working with Account Types 261

Using Built-in Accounts 262

Using Local and Domain User Accounts 263

Log On and Log Off 264

Understanding the Local User Logon Authentication Process 264

Logging Off Windows 7 265

Work with User Accounts 266

Using Local Users and Groups 266

Using the User Accounts Item in Control Panel 268

Creating New Users 269

Disabling User Accounts 273

Deleting User Accounts 275

Renaming User Accounts 276

Changing a User's Password 277

Manage the User's Properties 278

Managing User Group Membership 279

Setting Up User Profiles, Logon Scripts, and Home Folders 280

Create and Manage Groups 285

Using Built-in Groups 285

Using Special Groups 289

Working with Groups 291

Chapter 8 Managing Security 297

Manage Security Configurations 298

Group Policy Objects and Active Directory 299

Active Directory Overview 300

Understanding GPO Inheritance 302

Using the Group Policy Result Tool 303

Create and Apply LGPOs 305

Configuring Local Security Policies 307

Using Account Policies 309

Setting Password Policies 310

Setting Account Lockout Policies 313

Using Local Policies 315

Setting Audit Policies 316

Configure User Account Contorl 333

Managing Privilege Elevation 334

Registry and File Virtualization 337

Use the Advanced Security Options 337

Configuring Windows Firewall 338

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security 340

Configure the Action Center 345

Use Windows Defender 345

Performing a Manual Scan 346

Configuring Windows Defender 348

Use BitLocker Drive Encryption 352

BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool 353

Configuring BitLocker 354

BitLocker To Go 355

BitLocker To GO Reader 356

PART IV Hardware and Networking 357

Chapter 9 Configuring Hardware and Printing 359

Configure Hardware 360

Device Stage 361

Using Device Manager 364

Installing and Updating Device Drivers 368

Manage I/O Devices 377

Configuring the Keyboard 377

Configuring the Mouse 379

Configuring Removable Storage Devices 385

Configure Printers 387

Installing Printers 388

Managing Printers 394

Removing a Printer 396

Chapter 10 Configuring Network Connectivity 397

Connect Network Devices 398

Installing a Network Adapter 399

Connecting to a Network Projector 407

Connecting to a Network Printer 408

Connect Wireless Devices 408

Configuring Wireless Network Settings 409

Configuring Wireless Network Security 413

Join and Share HomeGroups in Windows 7 419

Understand Network Protocols 426

Overview of TCP/IP 426

Using Deployment Options for TCP/IP Configurations 436

TCP/IP Troubleshooting 449

PART V Applications 451

Chapter 11 Configuring Internet Explorer 8 453

Use New IE8 Features 454

Defining IE8 Accelerators 454

Defining IE8 Web Slices 459

Browsing with IE8's Compatibility View 464

Use Updated Features of IE8 465

Exploring Address Bar and Tab Updates 466

Using Find On Page and Improved Zoom 468

Use IE8's New Security and Safety Features 470

Understanding Domain Highlighting 471

Defending Against XSS and Click-Jacking 471

Working with SmarrScreen Filters 472

Browsing with In Private Browsing and InPrivate Filtering 474

Use IE8's Enhanced Security and Safety Features 477

Protecting Users with Data Execution Prevention 478

Dealing with Automatic Crash Recovery 478

Controlling Browsing with Enhanced Delete Browsing History 478

Configure IE8 480

Taking Advantage of the Instant Search Box 480

Configuring RSS 482

Installing Add-ons to IE8 483

Controlling Pop-ups 484

Using Protected Mode 487

Configuring IE8 Options 488

Chapter 12 Installing and Configuring Applications 493

Use Getting Started in Windows 7 494

Access Email in Windows 7 498

Installing Live Mail 499

Setting Up Email Accounts Using Live Mail 499

Configuring Options in Live Mail 500

Setting Up Safety Parameters in Live Mail 507

Using the Live Mail Calendar 510

Using Live Mail Contacts 511

Integrate Windows Fax and Scan 513

Configuring Fax Support 514

Managing Imaging Devices 515

Use Windows Media Player 12 515

Understanding the Windows Media Player 12 Interface 516

Playing Music CDs in Windows Media Player 12 518

Playing DVDs in Windows Media Player 12 519

Control Digital Media with Windows Media Center 519

Using Windows Media Centers Menus 520

Accessing Other Devices on Your Network with Windows Media Center 523

Install and Uninstall Applications in Windows 7 523

Installing an Application from a Disk 523

Reparing or Changing an Application 526

Uninstalling an Application 528

Modifying Windows 7 Features (Built-in Programs) 529

PART VI Recovery 531

Chapter 13 Maintaining and Optimizing Windows 7 533

Optimize Windows 7 534

Using Resource Monitor 536

Utilizing Customized Counters in Performance Monitor 541

Managing Performance Monitor Data with Collector Sets 549

Managing System Performance 551

Managing Processor Performance 553

Managing the Disk Subsystem 555

Optimizing the Network Subsystem 556

Using Reliability Monitor 557

Use Windows 7 Tools to Discover System Information 559

Getting System Information 559

Using Task Manager 560

Using Event Viewer 566

Maintain Windows 7 with Backup and Restore 571

Creating a Backup 572

Restoring Files from a Backup 573

Using Advanced Backup Options 573

Using System Protection 574

Index 577

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