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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