Windows Vista Resource Kit


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Get the definitive reference for deploying, configuring, and supporting Microsoft® Windows Vista-with expert insights from Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and the Windows Vista Team. This official Microsoft RESOURCE KIT provides more than 1,500 pages of in-depth technical guidance on automating deployment; implementing security enhancements; administering group policy, files and folders, and programs; and troubleshooting for Windows Vista. In addition, you get detailed information on Microsoft Internet Explorer® 7, Microsoft Windows® Firewall, and Windows Defender. You also get more than 150 timesaving scripts to help automate administrative tasks, additional job aids, and an eBook of the entire RESOURCE KIT on CD.

Key Book Benefits:

* Definitive product information and expert insights straight from the Windows Vista team and Microsoft MVPs
* Provides the information that every Windows administrator needs about troubleshooting, security enhancements, group policy, and automating administration
* CD includes additional job aids and a fully searchable version of the entire RESOURCE KIT book
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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: 9780735622838
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 4/18/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 1568
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 2.65 (d)

Meet the Author

The Windows Vista Team designs, develops, and supports the Windows Vista operating system.

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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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