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In-depth, comprehensive, and fully updated for Service Pack 1, this RESOURCE KIT delivers the information you need to administer Windows Vista. You get authoritative technical guidance from those who know the technology best—Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals and the Windows Vista team—along with essential scripts and resources on the CD.

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 Internet Explorer
  • 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:

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

* See “Direct from the Source” sidebars for deep insights and troubleshooting tips from the Windows Vista team

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If you must keep Windows running for your organization, you've always needed Microsoft's Windows Resource Kits. They contain too much indispensable information that's too much trouble to find elsewhere. Today, Vista offers a boatload of new tools for monitoring, management, and security, so skating along with your XP documentation isn't an option. But there's another great reason to buy the Vista Resource Kit: its huge library of scripts for automating Windows administration.

A quick look at the table of contents clues you in to this book's breadth; a quick glance at even a few chapters will convince you of its depth.

To begin with, security's covered comprehensively, from Windows Defender to BitLocker, encryption to smartcards. Next, you couldn't ask for more (or better) deployment coverage: everything from setting objectives to planning pilots to the nuts-and-bolts of disk imaging, application compatibility, and user state migration.

Speaking of which, the authors walk through automating every facet of migration that can be automated, from Vista installation (distributed shares, Sysprep, answer files) to application upgrades (via every installer, legacy and new, Microsoft and third-party).

Of course, deployment is only the beginning. The Resource Kit offers systematic guidance on managing Vista desktops via group policies and user profiles (including Vista's powerful "corporate roaming" enhancements). Disk partitioning, backup, quotas, performance optimization, devices, services, networking, remote assistance, printing, troubleshooting: They're all here.

There's a full chapter on Windows Meeting Space: a powerful new collaboration tool that raises significant configuration issues. The Kit helps you address those issues upfront, so users see only the benefits. Vista's revamped file search feature gets its own chapter. So does Internet Explorer 7, its revamped policies, and its new defenses against malware and data theft. You get the point: This book touches every corner of Vista, making your job more doable from start to finish. Bill Camarda, from the May 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735625969
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2008
  • Series: Resource Kit Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Updated ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1712
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitch Tulloch is President of MTIT Enterprises.Before starting his company in 1998, Mitch worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer for Productivity Point International. Mitch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security, and has been awarded MVP status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy Microsoft platforms, products, and solutions. Mitch is also currently a professor at Jones International University where he teaches graduate-level courses in Information Security Management for their MBA program. Mitch has contributed more than a hundred articles to various IT websites and magazines, and he has written more than a dozen books, including the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking, the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Security, Windows Server Hacks, and IIS 6 Administration.

Tony Northrup, Microsoft MVP, MCSE, CISSP, is a networking and security consultant. He has authored dozens of books on Windows and Networking, including several Microsoft Self-Paced Training Kits, and numerous articles for the Windows XP Expert Zone. Charlie Russel, Microsoft MVP, is an IT consultant, specializing in combined Windows and UNIX networks. Charlie is coauthor of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Companion, Second Edition and a key contributor to the Windows XP Expert Zone. He has authored many case studies and white papers on Microsoft Services for UNIX.

Jerry Honeycutt is a popular author who has written more than 25 books. His most recent include Microsoft Windows Desktop Deployment Resource Kit (Microsoft Press, 2004), Introducing Microsoft Windows Server(tm) 2003 (Microsoft Press, 2003), and MicrosoftWindows XP Registry Guide (Microsoft Press, 2002). Most of his books are sold internationally and are available in a variety of languages. Jerry is also a columnist for the Microsoft Windows XP Expert Zone, a Web site for Windows XP enthusiasts, and Microsoft TechNet, focusing on desktop deployment and management.

The Microsoft Windows Vista Team designs, develops, and supports Windows Vista.
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition;
Overview of Book;
Document Conventions;
Companion CD;
Using the VBScript Scripts;
Using the Windows PowerShell Scripts;
Disclaimer Concerning Scripts;
Resource Kit Support Policy;
Part I: Overview;
Chapter 1: Overview of Windows Vista Improvements;
1.1 What’s New;
1.2 Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Improvements;
1.3 Windows Vista Editions;
1.4 Choosing Hardware;
1.5 Summary;
1.6 Additional Resources;
Chapter 2: Security in Windows Vista;
2.1 Addressing Specific Security Concerns with Windows Vista;
2.2 New and Improved Windows Vista Security Features;
2.3 Architectural and Internal Windows Vista Security Improvements;
2.4 Summary;
2.5 Additional Resources;
Part II: Deployment;
Chapter 3: Deployment Platform;
3.1 Tools Introduction;
3.2 Windows Vista 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 Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for Planning;
4.2 Planning Low-Volume Deployment;
4.3 Windows Vista Requirements;
4.4 Preparing for Development;
4.5 Installing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit;
4.6 Starting Deployment Workbench;
4.7 Updating Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Components;
4.8 Summary;
4.9 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 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 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit;
6.3 Navigating Deployment Workbench;
6.4 Creating a Distribution Share;
6.5 Configuring the Distribution Share;
6.6 Creating Task Sequences;
6.7 Editing a Task Sequence;
6.8 Creating the Lab Deployment Point;
6.9 Capturing a Disk Image for LTI;
6.10 Capturing a Disk Image for ZTI;
6.11 Manually Preparing Images;
6.12 Customizing Microsoft Deployment Toolkit;
6.13 Summary;
6.14 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 DS;
10.1 Introducing Windows DS;
10.2 Planning for Windows DS;
10.3 Installing Windows DS;
10.4 Configuring Windows DS;
10.5 Preparing Discover Images;
10.6 Importing Images;
10.7 Managing Image Security;
10.8 Installing Windows Vista;
10.9 Capturing Custom Images;
10.10 Creating Multicast Transmissions;
10.11 Using Windows DS with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit;
10.12 Summary;
10.13 Additional Resources;
Chapter 11: Using Volume Activation;
11.1 Introduction;
11.2 Planning an Activation Infrastructure;
11.3 Implementing OEM Activation;
11.4 Implementing MAK Activation;
11.5 Implementing KMS Activation;
11.6 Configuring KMS Activation;
11.7 Activation in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008;
11.8 Troubleshooting Volume Activation;
11.9 Summary;
11.10 Additional Resources;
Chapter 12: Deploying with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit;
12.1 Introducing MDT 2008;
12.2 Using LTI with MDT 2008;
12.3 Using ZTI with SMS 2003;
12.4 Using ZTI with System Center Configuration Manager 2007;
12.5 Customizing MDT 2008;
12.6 Summary;
12.7 Additional Resources;
Part III: Desktop Management;
Chapter 13: Managing the Desktop Environment;
13.1 Understanding Group Policy in Windows Vista Service Pack 1;
13.2 Managing Windows Vista Computers Using Group Policy;
13.3 Troubleshooting Group Policy;
13.4 Summary;
13.5 Additional Resources;
Chapter 14: Managing Users and User Data;
14.1 Understanding User Profiles in Windows Vista;
14.2 Implementing Corporate Roaming;
14.3 Working with Offline Files;
14.4 Summary;
14.5 Additional Resources;
Chapter 15: Managing Disks and File Systems;
15.1 Overview of Partitioning Disks;
15.2 Working with Volumes;
15.3 File System Fragmentation;
15.4 Backup and Restore;
15.5 Windows ReadyBoost;
15.6 BitLocker Drive Encryption;
15.7 Encrypting File System;
15.8 Symbolic Links;
15.9 Disk Quotas;
15.10 Disk Tools;
15.11 Summary;
15.12 Additional Resources;
Chapter 16: Managing Devices and Services;
16.1 Managing Devices;
16.2 Understanding Power Management;
16.3 Understanding Services;
16.4 Summary;
16.5 Additional Resources;
Chapter 17: Managing Sharing;
17.1 Managing File Sharing;
17.2 Managing Media Sharing;
17.3 Summary;
17.4 Additional Resources;
Chapter 18: Managing Windows Meeting Space;
18.1 Understanding How Meeting Space Works;
18.2 Deploying and Managing Meeting Space;
18.3 Using Meeting Space;
18.4 Troubleshooting Meeting Space;
18.5 Summary;
18.6 Additional Resources;
Chapter 19: Managing Printing;
19.1 Enhancements to Printing in Windows Vista;
19.2 Understanding Printing in Windows Vista;
19.3 Understanding Print Management;
19.4 Managing Printers Using Print Management;
19.5 Client-Side Management of Printers;
19.6 Managing Client-Side Printer Experience Using Group Policy;
19.7 Deploying Printers Using Group Policy;
19.8 Migrating Print Servers;
19.9 Monitoring and Troubleshooting Printers;
19.10 Summary;
19.11 Additional Resources;
Chapter 20: Managing Search;
20.1 Search and Indexing Enhancements in Windows Vista;
20.2 How Search and Indexing Works in Windows Vista;
20.3 Managing Indexing;
20.4 Using Search;
20.5 Troubleshooting Search;
20.6 Summary;
20.7 Additional Resources;
Chapter 21: Managing Internet Explorer;
21.1 Non-Security Internet Explorer Improvements;
21.2 Internet Explorer 7 Security Features;
21.3 Managing Internet Explorer with Group Policy;
21.4 Using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit;
21.5 Troubleshooting Internet Explorer Problems;
21.6 Summary;
21.7 Additional Resources;
Part IV: Desktop Maintenance;
Chapter 22: Maintaining Desktop Health;
22.1 Monitoring Reliability and Performance;
22.2 Understanding Windows Eventing;
22.3 Understanding the Windows System Assessment Tool;
22.4 Using Performance Information And Tools;
22.5 Understanding Windows Error Reporting;
22.6 Using Task Scheduler;
22.7 Summary;
22.8 Additional Resources;
Chapter 23: Supporting Users Using Remote Assistance;
23.1 Understanding Remote Assistance;
23.2 Implementing and Managing Remote Assistance;
23.3 Summary;
23.4 Additional Resources;
Chapter 24: Managing Software Updates;
24.1 Update Improvements to Windows Vista;
24.2 Methods for Deploying Updates;
24.3 Manually Installing, Scripting, and Removing Updates;
24.4 Managing BITS;
24.5 Windows Update Group Policy Settings;
24.6 Configuring Windows Update to Use a Proxy Server;
24.7 Tools for Auditing Software Updates;
24.8 Troubleshooting the Windows Update Client;
24.9 The Process of Updating Network Software;
24.10 How Microsoft Distributes Updates;
24.11 Summary;
24.12 Additional Resources;
Chapter 25: Managing Client Protection;
25.1 Understanding the Risk of Malware;
25.2 User Account Control;
25.3 Managing Client Certificates;
25.4 Using Windows Defender;
25.5 Network Access Protection;
25.6 Microsoft Forefront Client Security;
25.7 Summary;
25.8 Additional Resources;
Part V: Networking;
Chapter 26: Configuring Windows Networking;
26.1 Usability Improvements;
26.2 Manageability Improvements;
26.3 Core Networking Improvements;
26.4 Improved APIs;
26.5 How to Configure Wireless Settings;
26.6 How to Configure TCP/IP;
26.7 How to Connect to Active Directory Domains;
26.8 Summary;
26.9 Additional Resources;
Chapter 27: Configuring Windows Firewall and IPsec;
27.1 Understanding Windows Firewall;
27.2 Managing Windows Firewall;
27.3 Summary;
27.4 Additional Resources;
Chapter 28: Connecting Remote Users and Networks;
28.1 Understanding Connection Types;
28.2 Configuring Virtual Private Network Connections;
28.3 Configuring Dial-Up Connections;
28.4 Managing Connections Using Group Policy;
28.5 Using Remote Desktop;
28.6 Summary;
28.7 Additional Resources;
Chapter 29: Deploying IPv6;
29.1 Understanding IPv6;
29.2 IPv6 Enhancements in Windows Vista;
29.3 Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv6 in Windows Vista;
29.4 Planning for IPv6 Migration;
29.5 Summary;
29.6 Additional Resources;
Part VI: Troubleshooting;
Chapter 30: Configuring Startup and Troubleshooting Startup Issues;
30.1 What’s New with Windows Vista Startup;
30.2 Understanding the Startup Process;
30.3 Important Startup Files;
30.4 How to Configure Startup Settings;
30.5 The Process of Troubleshooting Startup;
30.6 Summary;
30.7 Additional Resources;
Chapter 31: Troubleshooting Hardware, Driver, and Disk Issues;
31.1 Windows Vista Improvements for Hardware and Driver Troubleshooting;
31.2 The Process of Troubleshooting Hardware Issues;
31.3 How to Diagnose Hardware Problems;
31.4 How to Use Built-In Diagnostics;
31.5 How to Troubleshoot Disk Problems;
31.6 How to Troubleshoot Driver Problems;
31.7 How to Use System Restore;
31.8 How to Troubleshoot USB Problems;
31.9 How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth Problems;
31.10 Troubleshooting Tools;
31.11 Summary;
31.12 Additional Resources;
Chapter 32: Troubleshooting Network Issues;
32.1 Tools for Troubleshooting;
32.2 The Process of Troubleshooting Network Problems;
32.3 Summary;
32.4 Additional Resources;
Chapter 33: Troubleshooting Stop Messages;
33.1 Stop Message Overview;
33.2 Memory Dump Files;
33.3 Being Prepared for Stop Errors;
33.4 Common Stop Messages;
33.5 Hardware Malfunction Messages;
33.6 Stop Message Checklist;
33.7 Summary;
33.8 Additional Resources;
Appendix A: System Files Reference;
System Files;
Startup Files;
Important Folders;
Windows Folders;
System32 Folder;
Additional Resources;
Appendix B: User Rights Reference;
Logon Rights;
Additional Resources;
Appendix C: Accessibility;
Ease of Access Center;
Windows Speech Recognition;
Assistive Technology Products;
Microsoft Accessibility Resource Centers;
Additional Resources;
About the Authors;
System Requirements;
More Great Resources for IT Professionals from Microsoft Press;
Administrator’s Pocket Consultant;
Administrator’s Companion;
Resource Kit;
Self-Paced Training Kit;

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    I recommend! Book of excellent content. It covers the issues very clearly and directly. Simply complete. This book has been divided into parts, where his reading becomes easier, and pleasant.<BR/><BR/>The book has 5 main parts, which are:<BR/><BR/>. Deployment: Essential for anyone who is working on implementing Windows Vista. Quite complete.<BR/><BR/>. Desktop Manangement: It explains everything that needs to know about the subject.<BR/><BR/>. Desktop Maintenance: High-level content. Excellent approach.<BR/><BR/>. Networkin: Bring things like: Configuring Windows Network, Windows Firewall and IPsec, Remote Users and Networks and IPv6.<BR/><BR/>. Troubleshooting: Part of the book very useful. Sure is a lot of consultation.<BR/><BR/>Book of excellent quality. Definitely a good purchase for anyone who works or wants to start learning Windows Vista. <BR/>Recalling that the contents are treated matters charged in a matter of evidence.

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