Microsoft Windows Xp Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition

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Whether you support 50 users or 5000, this practical guide provides fast answers for the day-to-day administration of the Windows XP Professional operating system. This popular, pocket-sized resource has been fully updated for Windows XP Service Pack 2, with new information on security administration, networking, maintenance, and more. Focus on essential system support issues and procedures with quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You’ll get the precise information you need to solve problems and get ...

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Whether you support 50 users or 5000, this practical guide provides fast answers for the day-to-day administration of the Windows XP Professional operating system. This popular, pocket-sized resource has been fully updated for Windows XP Service Pack 2, with new information on security administration, networking, maintenance, and more. Focus on essential system support issues and procedures with quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You’ll get the precise information you need to solve problems and get the job done—whether you’re at your desk or in the field!

Get fast facts to:

  • Manage and troubleshoot the Windows environment
  • Configure hardware and network devices
  • Customize desktop settings and optimize the user workspace
  • Manage user accounts, system access, and passwords
  • Enable mobile networking and remote access
  • Configure offline files, disk quotas, and shadow copies
  • Schedule routine maintenance and backups
  • Troubleshoot system problems and optimize performance
  • NEW—Install and maintain programs, and manage disk drives and file systems
  • NEW—Utilize security features including Add-on Manager, Pop-up Blocker, and Windows Firewall
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Responsible for Windows clients? William Stanek has simplified your life. He’s distilled Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 into 500 pages of specific, reliable answers you can access fast.

While blessedly concise, Stanek manages to cover nearly every corner of XP Pro. Some areas of special focus: configuring the Windows environment and hardware; customizing and optimizing XP’s interface; managing user access; coping with laptops and remote access; and configuring networking and Internet connectivity. Want to set disk quotas? Configure offline files? Add a custom logo to Internet Explorer? Troubleshoot startup or shutdown? Set up dynamic disks? Lock taskbars so users can’t misplace them? Look no further.

No, this book won’t quite fit in your pocket. But it’s small enough to take almost anywhere -- and useful enough that you’ll want to. Bill Camarda, from the January 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735621404
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2004
  • Series: Administrator's Companion Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,156,833
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

William R. Stanek has over 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He has written nearly 100 books including: Microsoft Windows Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Windows Server 2008 Inside Out, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition, and Microsoft IIS 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant (all from Microsoft Press). He also wrote MCSE Core Exams in a Nutshell and Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide for O'Reilly.

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Table of Contents

What Is This Book For?;
How Is This Book Organized?;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Windows XP Professional Essentials;
Chapter 1: Introduction to Windows XP Professional Administration;
1.1 Getting Started with Windows XP Professional;
1.2 Installing Administration Tools on Windows XP;
1.3 Updating Group Policy Objects for Service Packs;
1.4 Introducing Support Services;
1.5 Working with the Automated Help System;
1.6 Understanding and Using Error Reporting;
1.7 Understanding and Using Automatic Updates;
Chapter 2: Configuring the Environment;
2.1 Obtaining System Information;
2.2 Using System Support Tools;
2.3 Managing System Properties;
Chapter 3: Configuring Hardware Devices and Drivers;
3.1 Installing and Maintaining Devices: The Basics;
3.2 Accessing Device Utilities through Computer Management;
3.3 Getting Started with Device Manager;
3.4 Using Device Drivers;
3.5 Configuring Device Drivers;
3.6 Managing Hardware;
3.7 Customizing Hardware Device Settings;
3.8 Managing Internet Time;
Chapter 4: Customizing Menus, the Windows Taskbar, and Toolbars;
4.1 Optimizing Windows XP Menus;
4.2 Customizing the Taskbar;
4.3 Optimizing Toolbars;
Chapter 5: Optimizing the Desktop and Screen Appearance;
5.1 Using Keyboard Shortcuts to Master the Desktop;
5.2 Working with Desktop Themes;
5.3 Optimizing the Desktop Environment;
5.4 Screen Saver Dos and Don’ts;
5.5 Modifying Display Appearance and Video Settings;
Chapter 6: Installing and Maintaining Programs;
6.1 Program Installation: The Essentials;
6.2 Installing Programs Using Alternate Settings, Permissions, and Configurations;
6.3 Managing Installed Programs;
6.4 Uninstalling Programs;
6.5 Resolving Failed Uninstalls;
6.6 Removing Adware, Spyware, and Other Rogue Programs;
Windows XP Professional Core Administration;
Chapter 7: Managing User Access and Global Settings;
7.1 Understanding User and Group Accounts;
7.2 Managing User Access to Workstations in Workgroups;
7.3 Managing User Access to Workstations in Domains;
7.4 Managing Stored Passwords;
7.5 Using the .NET Passport Wizard to Create a Microsoft .NET Passport;
7.6 Managing Local User and Group Accounts;
7.7 Managing Remote Access to Workstations;
Chapter 8: Managing Laptops and Traveling Users;
8.1 Configuring Power Management Settings;
8.2 Implementing Hardware Profiles;
8.3 Configuring Networking for Laptops;
Chapter 9: Configuring User and Computer Policies;
9.1 Group Policy Essentials;
9.2 Configuring Policies;
9.3 Working with File and Data Management Policies;
9.4 Working with Access and Connectivity Policies;
9.5 Working with Computer and User Script Policies;
9.6 Working with Logon and Startup Policies;
Chapter 10: Managing Disk Drives and File Systems;
10.1 Disk Management Essentials;
10.2 Working with Basic and Dynamic Disks;
10.3 Using Basic and Dynamic Disks;
10.4 Working with Disks, Partitions, and Volumes;
10.5 Partitioning Disks and Preparing Them for Use;
10.6 Moving a Dynamic Disk to a New System;
10.7 Troubleshooting Common Disk Problems;
Chapter 11: Managing File Security and Sharing;
11.1 File Security and Sharing Options;
11.2 Controlling Access to Files and Folders with NTFS Permissions;
11.3 Sharing Folders over the Network;
Chapter 12: Configuring Offline Files, Disk Quotas, Shadow Copies, and More;
12.1 Configuring Advanced Windows Explorer Options;
12.2 Configuring Offline Files;
12.3 Configuring Disk Quotas;
12.4 Using Shadow Copies and Recovering Shared Files;
Windows XP Professional Networking, Optimization, and Security;
Chapter 13: Configuring and Troubleshooting TCP/IP Networking;
13.1 Installing Networking Components;
13.2 Configuring Local Area Connections;
13.3 Managing Local Area Connections;
13.4 Troubleshooting and Testing Network Settings;
Chapter 14: Managing Mobile Networking and Remote Access;
14.1 Understanding Mobile Networking and Remote Access;
14.2 Creating Connections for Remote Access;
14.3 Configuring Connection Properties;
14.4 Establishing Connections;
14.5 Wireless Networking;
Chapter 15: Managing Advanced Internet Options;
15.1 Customizing URLs;
15.2 Customizing the Browser User Interface;
15.3 Setting Default Internet Programs;
15.4 Managing Connection and Proxy Settings;
15.5 Managing Browser Cookies and Other Temporary Internet Files;
15.6 Secure Browsing and Local Machine Lockdown;
15.7 Managing Internet Explorer Security Zones;
15.8 Additional Policies That Might Be Useful for Managing Internet Options;
Chapter 16: Optimizing Windows XP Professional;
16.1 Improving Windows XP Performance;
16.2 Optimizing Disk Drives;
16.3 Enhancing Security;
16.4 Detecting and Resolving Windows XP Errors;
16.5 Scheduling Maintenance Tasks;
Chapter 17: Troubleshooting Windows XP Professional;
17.1 Using Remote Assistance to Resolve Problems;
17.2 Troubleshooting Startup and Shutdown;
17.3 Using Restore Points;
Working with Files and Folders;
Windows XP File Structures;
Exploring Files and Folders;
Managing Files;
About the Author;
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2005


    Just as described: clear and concise. I am amazed at how much information and details Stanek can pack into 500 pages. This has to be the best Windows XP book I've ever read. When I moved to my new office last week, all my other XP books stayed in the packing boxes and this is the only book I took out. It is the only XP book I use now.

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