Book of the Month For February 2010: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference


I know it is a couple of days before February, and it has been a while since I have written a post for book of the month.  However, this months book, is of special interest for myself and my great friends Chris Henley and Harold Wong (our fantastic Technical Editor)

The book: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference is the book Chris and I both had the pleasure writing. 

A few months ago I was contacted by Sybex to write the book as I talked about in this post:

Writing with Mongo: Mongo gets asked to write a book 

Well it is official and the book is out now!

It was just released this last week, and as you can tell from the picture it is very exciting!  It is also a bit surreal.  When I set out to write the book, I never realized how much fun it was going to be. Chris and I tried to focus the book on real world administrative tasks to save you time while introducing you to Windows Server 2008 R2.  It is designed to help you the IT administrators!  Here is the blurb from the book sites about the book:

Get up to speed on the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 with this indispensable guide. Designed for busy IT professionals, it's the perfect go-to resource for quick answers and real-world solutions as you administer the new server OS. You'll find easy-to-read lists, quick-reference tables, helpful thumb tabs, and much more in a handy, compact format that puts the information you need at your fingertips. The book is designed for anyone who administers a Windows server environment. It is for experienced and new administrators alike. The book is also for administrators looking to learn how to use many of the new enhancements Windows Server 2008 R2 can bring to their existing networks. The book will also show administrators how to improve many of the day-to-day tasks of server administration. The book will provide guidance for many common ser ver tasks, such as setting up Group Policy and backing up and recovering your server and will also show you many of the new and features built in to Windows Server 2008 R2 to help you improve server administration and management.

IMG_6665Topics include:

  • Getting started and adding roles and functionality

  • Automating tasks

  • Managing users, groups, directories, and the centralized desktop

  • Handling folder security, disk management, storage, backup, and recovery

  • Monitoring and maintaining web servers

  • Troubleshooting IP and managing remote access

  • Doing performance tuning and maintaining virtual servers

Hopefully by now, you want to get the book, you can get the book here :

If you have bought the book, please comment and let me know what you think.  If you happen to run into Chris or I while we are out and about, the answer is yes, we would love to sign your copy!  BTW, we are still waiting for Oprah to call, and hoping that Jack Bauer will do our voice over for the audio book.  🙂









Lastly, and most importantly, writing a book takes a lot of work, and I could not have done it without the support of my family!  Thanks Deb, Nicole, Mitchell and Caitlin!

Comments (5)

  1. Barry Hester says:

    Proud of you Matt!  Way to go!  


  2. Eric says:

    So when are you comming to Dayton to sign them?

  3. Matt Hester says:

    Working on that right now Eric, waiting to hear back from Paul or Scott, I sent an email a few backs.  Trying to do a big event with DMA and a couple of other area groups.

  4. redsplashman23 says:

    A very great book Matt.  Thanks so much.  I wanted to let you know that I noticed an error on page 12.  In the middle of the 1st paragraph there is a mistake of reference:  "If you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise edition, you are allowed to run up to four virtualized instances of Windows Server 2008 R2 under your server license.  If you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise edition, you are allowed to run up to four virtualized instances of Windows Server 2008 R2 under your server license."  The first of the two sentences should read say "Standard edition"

    I will be using this book for references a lot!!

    I look forward to seeing you back in Dayton for another Presentation.

  5. Matt Hester says:

    Thanks redsplashman23, it must have gotten changed from the original you are correct bottom line 1 virtual instance for standard and 4 for enterprise

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