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In-depth and comprehensive, this RESOURCE KIT delivers the information you need to administer your Windows 7 system. You get authoritative technical guidance from those who know the technology best—Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and the Windows 7 product team—along with essential scripts and resources. In addition, “Direct from the Source” sidebars offer deep insights and troubleshooting tips ...

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In-depth and comprehensive, this RESOURCE KIT delivers the information you need to administer your Windows 7 system. You get authoritative technical guidance from those who know the technology best—Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and the Windows 7 product team—along with essential scripts and resources. In addition, “Direct from the Source” sidebars offer deep insights and troubleshooting tips from the Windows 7 team.

Get expert guidance on how to:

  • Use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit best practices and tools.
  • Plan user-state migration and test application compatibility.
  • Exploit new Group Policy features, settings, and ADMX templates.
  • Configure software updates and client-security technologies.
  • Administer disks, file systems, file sharing, search, and Windows Internet Explorer® 8.
  • Install and troubleshoot printers, devices, and services.
  • Manage IPsec, IPv6, wireless, and remote connectivity.
  • Use performance monitoring and diagnostic tools to manage desktop health.
  • Resolve common startup, hardware, and networking issues.

CD features:

  • Sample VBScript scripts and Windows PowerShell™ scripts
  • Troubleshooting tools
  • Links to toolkits, documentation, and white papers
  • Fully searchable eBook of this guide
  • Complete eBook of INTRODUCING WINDOWS SERVER® 2008
  • Sample chapters from related Microsoft Press® books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735627000
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2009
  • Pages: 1760
  • Sales rank: 616,075
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 2.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Honeycutt, MVP for Windows, is a popular author with more than 25 books to his credit, including Microsoft Windows Desktop Deployment Resource Kit. In addition, he is a columnist for Windows XP Expert Zone and Microsoft TechNet.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; Overview of the Book; Document Conventions; On the Companion Media; Using the Windows 7 Resource Kit PowerShell Pack; Using the Sample Windows PowerShell Scripts; Disclaimer Concerning Windows PowerShell CD Content; Resource Kit Support Policy; Part I: Overview; Chapter 1: Overview of Windows 7 Improvements; 1.1 Windows 7 Improvements by Chapter; 1.2 Windows 7 Editions; 1.3 Choosing Software and Hardware; 1.4 Summary; 1.5 Additional Resources; Chapter 2: Security in Windows 7; 2.1 Addressing Specific Security Concerns; 2.2 Security Features Previously Introduced in Windows Vista; 2.3 New and Improved Security Features of Windows 7; 2.4 Summary; 2.5 Additional Resources; Part II: Deployment; Chapter 3: Deployment Platform; 3.1 Tools Introduction; 3.2 Windows 7 Deployment Terminology; 3.3 Platform Components; 3.4 Deployment Scenarios; 3.5 Understanding Setup; 3.6 Basic Deployment Process; 3.7 Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Process; 3.8 Summary; 3.9 Additional Resources; Chapter 4: Planning Deployment; 4.1 Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit; 4.2 Planning High-Volume Deployment; 4.3 Planning Low-Volume Deployment; 4.4 Windows 7 Requirements; 4.5 Preparing for Development; 4.6 Installing the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit; 4.7 Starting Deployment Workbench; 4.8 Updating Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Components; 4.9 Summary; 4.10 Additional Resources; Chapter 5: Testing Application Compatibility; 5.1 Understanding Compatibility; 5.2 Choosing the Best Tool; 5.3 Understanding the ACT; 5.4 Planning for the ACT; 5.5 Preparing for the ACT; 5.6 Collecting Compatibility Data; 5.7 Analyzing Compatibility Data; 5.8 Rationalizing an Application Inventory; 5.9 Testing and Mitigating Issues; 5.10 Summary; 5.11 Additional Resources; Chapter 6: Developing Disk Images; 6.1 Getting Started; 6.2 Capturing Images Using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit; 6.3 Creating and Configuring a Deployment Share; 6.4 Creating Task Sequences; 6.5 Editing a Task Sequence; 6.6 Capturing a Disk Image for LTI; 6.7 Preparing Images Manually; 6.8 Customizing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit; 6.9 Summary; 6.10 Additional Resources; Chapter 7: Migrating User State Data; 7.1 Evaluating Migration Technologies; 7.2 Using Windows Easy Transfer; 7.3 Planning User State Migration Using USMT; 7.4 Installing USMT; 7.5 Understanding USMT Components; 7.6 Developing Migration Files; 7.7 Using USMT in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit; 7.8 Summary; 7.9 Additional Resources; Chapter 8: Deploying Applications; 8.1 Preparing the Lab; 8.2 Planning Deployment; 8.3 Choosing a Deployment Strategy; 8.4 Automating Installation; 8.5 Repackaging Legacy Applications; 8.6 Injecting in a Disk Image; 8.7 Summary; 8.8 Additional Resources; Chapter 9: Preparing Windows PE; 9.1 Exploring Windows PE; 9.2 Setting Up the Environment; 9.3 Working with Windows PE; 9.4 Automating Windows PE; 9.5 Using Windows PE with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit; 9.6 Summary; 9.7 Additional Resources; Chapter 10: Configuring Windows Deployment Services; 10.1 Introducing Windows Deployment Services; 10.2 Planning for Windows Deployment Services; 10.3 Installing Windows Deployment Services; 10.4 Configuring Windows Deployment Services; 10.5 Preparing Discover Images; 10.6 Importing Images; 10.7 Managing and Deploying Driver Packages; 10.8 Managing Image Security; 10.9 Installing Windows 7; 10.10 Capturing Custom Images; 10.11 Creating Multicast Transmissions; 10.12 Using Windows Deployment Services with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit; 10.13 Summary; 10.14 Additional Resources; Chapter 11: Using Volume Activation; 11.1 Introduction; 11.2 Activation Options; 11.3 Key Management Service; 11.4 Multiple Activation Key; 11.5 Volume Activation Scenarios; 11.6 What If Systems Are Not Activated?; 11.7 Product Keys; 11.8 Summary; 11.9 Additional Resources; Chapter 12: Deploying with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit; 12.1 Introducing MDT 2010; 12.2 Using LTI with MDT 2010; 12.3 Customizing MDT 2010; 12.4 Summary; 12.5 Additional Resources; Part III: Desktop Management; Chapter 13: Overview of Management Tools; 13.1 Included Tools; 13.2 Downloadable Tools; 13.3 Windows Sysinternals Suite; 13.4 Windows 7 Enterprise and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack; 13.5 Microsoft System Center; 13.6 Introduction to Windows PowerShell Scripting; 13.7 Summary; 13.8 Additional Resources; Chapter 14: Managing the Desktop Environment; 14.1 Understanding Group Policy in Windows 7; 14.2 Managing Group Policy; 14.3 Troubleshooting Group Policy; 14.4 Summary; 14.5 Additional Resources; Chapter 15: Managing Users and User Data; 15.1 Understanding User Profiles in Windows 7; 15.2 Understanding Libraries; 15.3 Implementing Corporate Roaming; 15.4 Working with Offline Files; 15.5 Summary; 15.6 Additional Resources; Chapter 16: Managing Disks and File Systems; 16.1 Overview of Partitioning Disks; 16.2 Working with Volumes; 16.3 File System Fragmentation; 16.4 Backup And Restore; 16.5 Windows ReadyBoost; 16.6 BitLocker Drive Encryption; 16.7 Encrypting File System; 16.8 Symbolic Links; 16.9 Disk Quotas; 16.10 Disk Tools; 16.11 Summary; 16.12 Additional Resources; Chapter 17: Managing Devices and Services; 17.1 Understanding Device Installation and Management; 17.2 Understanding Power Management; 17.3 Understanding Services; 17.4 Summary; 17.5 Additional Resources; Chapter 18: Managing Printing; 18.1 Enhancements to Printing in Windows 7; 18.2 How Printing Works in Windows 7; 18.3 Understanding the Print Management Console; 18.4 Managing Printers Using Print Management; 18.5 Client-Side Management of Printers; 18.6 Managing Client-Side Printer Experience Using Group Policy; 18.7 Deploying Printers Using Group Policy; 18.8 Migrating Print Servers; 18.9 Monitoring and Troubleshooting Printers; 18.10 Summary; 18.11 Additional Resources; Chapter 19: Managing Search; 19.1 Search and Indexing Enhancements; 19.2 How Windows Search Works; 19.3 Managing Indexing; 19.4 Using Search; 19.5 Troubleshooting Search and Indexing Using the Built-in Troubleshooter; 19.6 Summary; 19.7 Additional Resources; Chapter 20: Managing Windows Internet Explorer; 20.1 Internet Explorer 8 Improvements; 20.2 Improvements Previously Introduced in Internet Explorer 7; 20.3 Managing Internet Explorer Using Group Policy; 20.4 Using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit; 20.5 Troubleshooting Internet Explorer Problems; 20.6 Summary; 20.7 Additional Resources; Part IV: Desktop Maintenance; Chapter 21: Maintaining Desktop Health; 21.1 Performance Monitoring; 21.2 Resource Monitor; 21.3 Reliability Monitor; 21.4 Windows Performance Tools Kit; 21.5 Event Monitoring; 21.6 Using Task Scheduler; 21.7 Understanding the Windows System Assessment Tool; 21.8 Understanding Windows Error Reporting; 21.9 Summary; 21.10 Additional Resources; Chapter 22: Supporting Users with Remote Assistance; 22.1 Understanding Remote Assistance; 22.2 Implementing and Managing Remote Assistance; 22.3 Summary; 22.4 Additional Resources; Chapter 23: Managing Software Updates; 23.1 Methods for Deploying Updates; 23.2 Manually Installing, Scripting, and Removing Updates; 23.3 Managing BITS; 23.4 Windows Update Group Policy Settings; 23.5 Configuring Windows Update to Use a Proxy Server; 23.6 Tools for Auditing Software Updates; 23.7 Troubleshooting the Windows Update Client; 23.8 The Process of Updating Network Software; 23.9 How Microsoft Distributes Updates; 23.10 Summary; 23.11 Additional Resources; Chapter 24: Managing Client Protection; 24.1 Understanding the Risk of Malware; 24.2 User Account Control; 24.3 AppLocker; 24.4 Using Windows Defender; 24.5 Network Access Protection; 24.6 Forefront; 24.7 Summary; 24.8 Additional Resources; Part V: Networking; Chapter 25: Configuring Windows Networking; 25.1 Usability Improvements; 25.2 Manageability Improvements; 25.3 Core Networking Improvements; 25.4 Improved APIs; 25.5 How to Configure Wireless Settings; 25.6 How to Configure TCP/IP; 25.7 How to Connect to AD DS Domains; 25.8 Summary; 25.9 Additional Resources; Chapter 26: Configuring Windows Firewall and IPsec; 26.1 Understanding Windows Firewall with Advanced Security; 26.2 Managing Windows Firewall with Advanced Security; 26.3 Summary; 26.4 Additional Resources; Chapter 27: Connecting Remote Users and Networks; 27.1 Enhancements for Connecting Remote Users and Networks in Windows 7; 27.2 Supported Connection Types; 27.3 Configuring VPN Connections; 27.4 Configuring Dial-Up Connections; 27.5 Managing Connections Using Group Policy; 27.6 Using Remote Desktop; 27.7 Summary; 27.8 Additional Resources; Chapter 28: Deploying IPv6; 28.1 Understanding IPv6; 28.2 IPv6 Enhancements in Windows 7; 28.3 Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv6 in Windows 7; 28.4 Planning for IPv6 Migration; 28.5 Summary; 28.6 Additional Resources; Part VI: Troubleshooting; Chapter 29: Configuring Startup and Troubleshooting Startup Issues; 29.1 What's New with Windows Startup; 29.2 Understanding the Startup Process; 29.3 Important Startup Files; 29.4 How to Configure Startup Settings; 29.5 The Process of Troubleshooting Startup; 29.6 Summary; 29.7 Additional Resources; Chapter 30: Troubleshooting Hardware, Driver, and Disk Issues; 30.1 Windows 7 Improvements for Hardware and Driver Troubleshooting; 30.2 The Process of Troubleshooting Hardware Issues; 30.3 How to Diagnose Hardware Problems; 30.4 How to Use Built-In Diagnostics; 30.5 How to Troubleshoot Disk Problems; 30.6 How to Troubleshoot Driver Problems; 30.7 How to Use System Restore; 30.8 How to Troubleshoot USB Problems; 30.9 How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth Problems; 30.10 Troubleshooting Tools; 30.11 Summary; 30.12 Additional Resources; Chapter 31: Troubleshooting Network Issues; 31.1 Tools for Troubleshooting; 31.2 The Process of Troubleshooting Network Problems; 31.3 Summary; 31.4 Additional Resources; Chapter 32: Troubleshooting Stop Messages; 32.1 Stop Message Overview; 32.2 Memory Dump Files; 32.3 Being Prepared for Stop Errors; 32.4 Common Stop Messages; 32.5 Hardware Malfunction Messages; 32.6 Stop Message Checklist; 32.7 Summary; 32.8 Additional Resources; Accessibility in Windows 7; Ease of Access Center; Windows Speech Recognition; Assistive Technology Products; Microsoft Accessibility Resource Centers; Additional Resources; Glossary; System Requirements;

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    Great for IT Admins

    Targeted at the serious IT pro who has admin responsibilities, this book is a great reference. Among other things, it does spend time on IP6 which is timely to the OS release. While the scripting information does require some linking to online resources, there is significant information available in the book and on the attached CD. Not the only reference you will need, but for a release early in the life of this OS, it is a worthy purchase for your library.

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    Don't judge a book by its cover

    It's good, not bad, not too hard.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

    excellent a massive book!

    i received this book after 3 days after putting my order here in Puerto Rico!this book is very comprehensive and easy to use, it contains many tools that will facilitate your work from the basics to profeccional. excellent shipment from barnes!

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    Posted December 6, 2011

    a must read

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