Free e-books for Windows administrators


Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution

Mitch Tulloch with Nigel Cain, Alvin Morales, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn, Microsoft Press February 2014
book is geared to private and hybrid cloud architects preparing to
design and build a virtualized network solution based on Windows Server
2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, or later.

Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Mitch Tulloch with Symon Perriman and the System Center Team, Microsoft Press December 2013
The capabilities of each component of System Center 2012 R2 are first described and then demonstrated chapter by chapter.

Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager

Thomas Ellermann, Kathleen Wilson, Karsten Nielsen, John Clark, Microsoft Press December 2013
book provides focused guidance for deploying and customizing Service
Manager, an integrated platform for automating and adapting an
organization’s IT service management best practices.

Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller

Yung Chou and Keith Mayer, and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press 2013
System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely positioned as both an
enabler and a self-service vehicle for connecting clouds and
implementing the hybrid computing model.

Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager

Rushi Faldu, Manoj Kumar Pal, Andre Della Monica, Kaushal Pandey, Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press 2013
you with insights and tips on troubleshooting System Center 2012
Configuration Manager drawn from our insider knowledge and real-world
field experience.

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Technical Overview

Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, Microsoft Press, 2013
book is intended to provide you with an overview of the new features
and enhancements introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. The intended
audience for this book is IT pros who deploy, manage, and maintain
Windows Server workloads in data center, private cloud, and hosting
provider environments.

Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

Ed Bott, Microsoft Press, 2013
This book focuses on things that are new, with a special emphasis on topics of interest to IT pros

Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience

Rushi Faldu, Manish Raval, Brandon Linton, Kaushal Pandey, Microsoft Press, 2013
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager administrators with helpful
and tested real-world guidance from consultants and product experts at

Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Azure Team, Microsoft Press, 2013
Windows Azure services are described in some detail, with screenshots
used to demonstrate some of the multitude of capabilities of the

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release

Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, Microsoft Press, 2013
book is intended to provide you with a “first look” at the new features
and enhancements coming in Windows Server 2012 R2. Because the book is
based on the Preview release of this platform, it’s possible some
information might change between now and release-to-manufacturing (RTM)
later this year.

Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals

Jerry Honeycutt, Microsoft Press, November 21, 2012
a headstart evaluating Window 8—guided by a Windows expert who’s worked
extensively with the software since the preview releases. Based on
final, release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this book introduces new
features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating
how to plan for, implement, and maintain Windows 8 in an enterprise
environment. Get the high-level information you need to begin preparing
your deployment now.

Secrets of PowerShell Remoting

Don Jones, August 2012
Step-by-step, screenshot-based instructions for configuring PowerShell Remoting for any imaginable scenario

Introducing Windows Server 2012

Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, June 8, 2012
Windows Server 2012 is 256 pages and includes 5 chapters loaded with
insider information from the Windows Server Team.

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Ross Mistry, Stacia Misner, Microsoft Press, March 28, 2012
are releasing this title to help you learn about the new features and
capabilities in SQL Server 2012, which Microsoft released to
manufacturing (RTM) on March 6, 2012. You can expect general
availability of the product to begin on April 1, 2012.

Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office Users

Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press April 30, 2012
Take control—and put the built-in security and privacy features in Microsoft Office to work!

Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

Katherine Murray, Microsoft Press, 2011
book shows you how you can use cloud computing—and ­specifically,
­Office 365—to get more done, collaborate more easily, and work more
­flexibly than you ever have before.

Windows 7 Power Users Guide

Mike Halsey, The long climb, May 2011
Windows 7 Power Users Guide contains helpful how-to’s, full colour
pictures and quick tips to guide you through everything from using the
Start Menu and Taskbar to backing up your documents and identifying and
fixing problems.

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner, Microsoft Press, April 2010
Our purpose in Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is to point out both
the new and the improved in the latest version of SQL Server.

Administrator’s Guide to Windows PowerShell Remoting

March 2010
guide helps users understand the concepts of remoting and provides
essential and practical advice on setup, deployment and security.

The SysAdmin Handbook

Red Gate Software, March, 2010
A collection of articles about Exchange, Virtualization, Windows Server, Powershell, and Unified Messaging

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, February 2010
and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Microsoft Application Virtualization
4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Windows Virtual PC and
Windows XP Mode, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and
Microsoft’s private and public cloud computing platforms including
Windows Azure

The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts eBook

Nitgin Agarwal, The Windows Club, February 2010
More than 200 keyboard shortcuts containing almost all the keyboard
shortcuts that are available in Windows 7 and its default programs like
Paint, WordPad, MS Office, Calculator, Help, Media Player, Media Center,
Windows Journal, Internet Explorer

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker, Microsoft Press, 2010
on what is new and important, while giving you the context from Windows
Server 2008 Chapters: What’s New, Installation and Configuration,
Hyper-V, Remote Desktop Services and VDI, Active Directory, The File
Services Role, IIS 7.5, DirectAccess and Network Policy Server, Other
Features and Enhancements

Windows Server 2008 R2 Essentials

Neil Smyth, Techtopia, 2010
configuring and administering Windows Server 2008 R2 systems including
installation and upgrades, networking configuration, remote desktop
services, disk and partition management, RAID configuration, security,
BitLocker encryption, remote desktop access, print services, resource
sharing, clustering, load balancing and user permission management

Hyper-V Essentials

Neil Smyth, Virtuatopia, 2010
of the Hyper-V architecture and components, Hyper-V role installation,
the creation, management and migration of virtual machines, virtual
networking architecture and remote access to virtual machines.

First Look Microsoft Office 2010

Katherine Murray, Microsoft Press, 2010
you to the changes in Office 2010,  how-to guide for many of the top
features, provides examples for integrating the applications and
explores Office 2010 security and training opportunities

Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance

Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup, Jerry Honeycutt, Ed Wilson, and the Windows 7 Team at Microsoft, Microsoft Press, October 2009
the New eBook: Deploying Windows® 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows
7 Resource Kit and Microsoft® TechNet Magazine. Looking for guidance
specific to Windows 7 deployment? Check out what the industry’s leading
experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected
chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit on Deployment Platforms,
Planning, Testing Application Compatibility.

Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint Server 2007

Microsoft Technet, March 2009
audiences for this book are business application specialists,
line-of-business specialists, information architects, IT generalists,
program managers, and infrastructure specialists who are planning a
solution based on Office SharePoint Server 2007

Effective Windows PowerShell: The Free eBook

Keith Hill
I’ve gotten some requests to turn my Effective PowerShell blog posts into booklet form which I have done.

TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

Microsoft, 2008
approach to the basic concepts and principles of the Transmission
Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite, how the most
important protocols function, and their basic configuration in the
Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows
Server 2003 families of operating systems

TCP/IP Tutorial and Technical Overview

Parziale, David T. Britt, Chuck Davis, Jason Forrester, Wei Liu,
Carolyn Matthews, Nicolas Rosselot, IBM Redbooks, December 2006
Chapters: Core TCP/IP protocols (including IPv6), TCP/IP application protocols, Advanced concepts and new technologies

Introduction to Storage Area Networks

Jon Tate, Fabiano Lucchese, Richard Moore, IBM Rebooks, July 2006
where SANs are today, who are the main industry organizations and
standard bodies active in the SAN world, and it positions IBM’s
comprehensive, best-of-breed approach of enabling SANs with its products
and services.

Microsoft Windows Server System Deployment Guide for Midsize Businesses eBook

Microsoft, 2005
deployment instructions for the Microsoft server products that are most
relevant to a midsize business (50-250 PCs), in one easy-to-read format

Layman’s Guide to PowerShell 2.0 remoting

Ravikanth Chaganti

WMI query language (WQL) via PowerShell

Ravikanth Chaganti
of contents: Introduction, Tools for the job, WMI Data queries, WMI
Event Queries: Introduction, Intrinsic Event Queries, Extrinsic Event
Queries, Timer Events, WMI Schema Queries, WMI Event consumers.

The Administrator Crash Course: Windows PowerShell v2

Don Jones
MVP Don Jones offers a new book entitled The Administrator Crash
Course: Windows PowerShell v2. Covering the most crucial elements of
PowerShell v2, Don has constructed a set of practical tips and practice.

VMM 2008 Essentials

VMM 2008 Components, VMM 2008 Architecture and Port Usage, VMM 2008
System Requirements, Installing VMM 2008 Components, A Guided Tour of
the VMM Administrator Console, Managing Hosts with the VMM Administrator
Console, Creating and Managing VMM 2008 Virtual Machine Templates,
Managing Virtual Machines with the VMM Administrator Console, Managing
VMM 2008 Library Servers, Performing Physical to Virtual (P2V)
Conversions using VMM 2008, Converting VMware Virtual Machines to
Hyper-V using VMM 2008 V2V, Understanding and Configuring VMM 2008 User
Roles, Deploying a VMM 2008 Self-Service Portal

Xen Virtualization Essentials

of the basic approaches to virtualization together with detailed
information on deploying virtualization using Xen technology; emphasizes
the practical aspects of working with Xen, including detailed step by
step tutorials designed to show exactly how to create and manage Xen
based guest domains.

Security Concepts Book

Theodore Parker
the typical problems in computer security and related areas, and
attempt to extract from them principles for defending systems; attempt
to synthesize various fields of knowledge, including computer security,
network security, cryptology, and intelligence

Security+ Essentials

Provide the knowledge needed by IT professionals to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam; largely platform agnostic book

Windows Server 2008 Essentials

all aspects of installing, configuring and administering Windows Server
2008: installation and upgrades, networking configuration, terminal
services, disk and partition management, RAID configuration, security,
BitLocker encryption, remote desktop access, print services, resource
sharing, clustering, load balancing and user permission management.

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