Book Review – Packt Publishing | Mastering Windows Server 2016

Hi everyone,

today I want to give you an intro to another book I had the chance to review. 🙂

A few month ago I had the chance to review another book from packt. This time Mastering Windows Server 2016 written by Jordan Krause.

 

You can order the book here: https://www.packtpub.com/networking-and-servers/mastering-windows-server-2016

Book Description

Windows Server 2016 is an upcoming server operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, developed concurrently with Windows 10. With Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has gotten us thinking outside of the box for what it means to be a server, and comes with some interesting new capabilities. These are exciting times to be or to become a server administrator!

This book covers all aspects of administration level tasks and activities required to gain expertise in Microsoft Windows Server 2016. You will begin by getting familiar and comfortable navigating around in the interface. Next, you will learn to install and manage Windows Server 2016 and discover some tips for adapting to the new server management ideology that is all about centralized monitoring and configuration.

You will deep dive into core Microsoft infrastructure technologies that the majority of companies are going to run on Server 2016. Core technologies such as Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, Certificate Services, File Services, and more. We will talk about networking in this new operating system, giving you a networking toolset that is useful for everyday troubleshooting and maintenance. Also discussed is the idea of Software Defined Networking. You will later walk through different aspects of certificate administration in Windows Server 2016. Three important and crucial areas to cover in the Remote Access role — DirectAccess, VPN, and the Web Application Proxy — are also covered.

You will then move into security functions and benefits that are available in Windows Server 2016. Also covered is the brand new and all-important Nano Server!

We will incorporate PowerShell as a central platform for performing many of the functions that are discussed in this book, including a chapter dedicated to the new PowerShell 5.0. Additionally, you will learn about the new built-in integration for Docker with this latest release of Windows Server 2016. The book ends with a discussion and information on virtualizing your datacenter with Hyper-V.

By the end of this book, you will have all the ammunition required to start planning for and implementing Windows Server 2016.

Book Review – Packt Publishing | Mastering Cloud Development using Microsoft Azure

Hi everyone,

today I want to give you an intro to another book I had the chance to review. 🙂

A few month ago I had the chance to review another book from packt. This time Mastering Cloud Development using Microsoft Azure written by Roberto Freato and Marco Parenzan. Both are great Azure MVPs and I had a great time to review their book.

 

You can order the book here: https://www.packtpub.com/networking-and-servers/mastering-cloud-development-using-microsoft-azure

Book Description

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that supports many different programming languages, tools, and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

This book starts by helping you set up a professional development environments in the cloud and integrating them with your local environment to achieve improved efficiency. You will move on to create front-end and back-end services, and then build cross-platform applications using Azure. Next you’ll get to grips with advanced techniques used to analyze usage data and automate billing operations. Following on from that, you will gain knowledge of how you can extend your on-premise solution to the cloud and move data in a pipeline.

In a nutshell, this book will show you how to build high-quality, end-to-end services using Microsoft Azure. By the end of this book, you will have the skillset needed to successfully set up, develop, and manage a full-stack Azure infrastructure.

What You Will Learn

  • Set up a development environment with VMs, ARM, and RemoteApp
  • Connect with VPNs to manage security and backups
  • Establish a front-end architecture with AppService, storage, search, and caching
  • Implement identity solutions, integrate applications, and use data
  • Integrate cross-platform mobile applications with the cloud
  • Consistently build and manage an API layer for millions of users
  • Work with messages in the enterprise
  • Deploy your services as an IT expert with ARM templates

Book Review – Packt Publishing | Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013

Hi everyone,

after a few weeks silence I want to give you a quick update about some books I reviewed the last months.

First one is “Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013” from Packt.

 The book is written by Jeff Stokes and Manuel Singer. I had fun reading and gained a good deep dive about MDT. 🙂

Book Description

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) provides a comprehensive collection of tools, processes, and guidance for automating desktop and server deployments. It considerably reduces deployment time and standardizes desktop and server images. Moreover, MDT offers improved security and ongoing configuration management. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the official supported method of creating and customizing Windows images for deployment.

Starting from scratch, this book walks you through the MDT setup, task sequence creation, and image deployment steps in detail. Breaking down the various MDT concepts, this book will give you a thorough understanding of the deployment process.

Beginning with imaging concepts and theory, you will go on to build a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit environment. You will understand the intricacies of customizing the default user profile in different versions of Windows. Driver handling can be a challenge for larger organizations; we’ll cover various driver concepts including mandatory driver profiles. ]Other important topics like the User State Migration Tool (USMT), configuration of XML files, and how to troubleshoot the USMT are also discussed in the book.

We will cover the verifier and Windows Performance Toolkit for image validation scenarios. Furthermore, you will learn about MDT web frontend implementation as well as how to utilize the database capabilities of MDT for deeper deployment options. We’ll wrap it all up with some links to resources for more information, blogs to watch, and useful Twitter handles.

What You Will Learn

  • Build a production-ready MDT environment
  • Administer the environment for multiple users
  • Customize your reference image with an MDT Task Sequence
  • Create standalone media for offline deployments
  • Customize the default user profile according to the version of Windows
  • Get to grips with some troubleshooting steps and processes to reduce the time for recovery of a failed image
  • Customize and create Windows images for deployment
  • Discover useful tips and tricks to help save time in your deployment projects

You can order it via Packt Publishing. Link: https://www.packtpub.com/networking-and-servers/mastering-microsoft-deployment-toolkit

Book Review – Microsoft Azure Storage Essentials

Like some of you already know, I’m working sometimes for Packt in one of their reviewer Teams. Now the second book where I was one of the lucky guy’s who were able to review it, is public.

The book is named Microsoft Azure Storage Essentials and written by Chukri Soueidi. Let me give you a short abstract what Chukri has written about.

Harness the power of Microsoft Azure services to build efficient cloud solutions

  • Get to grips with the features of Microsoft Azure in terms of Blob, Table, Queue, and File storage
  • Learn the how and when of using the right storage service for different business use cases
  • Make use of Azure storage services in various languages with this fast-paced and easy-to-follow guide

Source: PacktPublishing

When you are interested in Azure Storage, I would highly suggest you to start with Chukri’s book. 🙂

You can order it via Packt Pub here.

Book review from Hyper-V Best Practices written by Benedict Berger

Today I want to write about my opinion on the “Hyper-V Best Practices” written by Benedict Berger and published via Packt Publishing. This book is my 4th I review within one year.

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At first let me tell something about my relation to the autor and the publisher. I know Benedict since 2 years and we hve good business and personal relationship to each other. So thats the reason why he asked me to give him my true and polite opinion about his book. Which I will do within this blogpost. I know Benedict as an high expert on Microsoft Hyper-V und private Cloud topics and was honored from Microsoft with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for his know how.

My way to packt Publishing was a bit different. A few months ago, they asked me if I would volunteer as content reviewer for a book about System Center VMM and Appcontroller that will be released on the 28th of January.

Now the over all view. The book is written for readers who already have first experiances with Hyper-V and want to deepen them. The book is written with many real life, best practice and personal experiences from Benedict. The whole code and examples written in the book are correct and work well. This is also because of the great expert reviewers like Ben ArmstrongCarsten Rachfahl and Charbel Nemnon who double checked the content. 🙂

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Let me show you the table of content, so that you can see which topics are covered. I would highly recommand the book to all who are interested in Microsoft virtualization.

You can now order the book at Packt Publishing as eBook (currently 5€) and on Amazon.de & Amazon.com as paperback (currently 26€).

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