William Stanek

William Stanek

A leading authority for Windows, server and Web technologies, and the award-winning author of over 100 books.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Active Directory
  • Group Policy
  • Windows
  • Windows Server
  • Exchange Server
  • SQL Server
  • IIS
  • PowerShell
  • HTML
  • Web
  • Cloud Services
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing

William Stanek (http://www.williamrstanek.com/) is a leading authority for Windows, server and Web technologies, and the award-winning author of over 100 books. He is an expert on and writes about Active Directory, Group Policy, Windows, Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server, IIS, PowerShell, Web, and Cloud Services technologies. Current or forthcoming books include Active Directory Pocket Consultant, Windows Group Policy Pocket Consultant, Effective Writing for Business, College & Life, Windows Server 2012 Pocket Consultant, Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant, SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant, Racing Super Buster Counts And You Can Too, Explore the Solar System, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, In the Service of Dragons, Critter Addition Essentials Level 1, and Buster Bee's Adventures With Letters and Words.

William has been involved in the commercial Internet community since 1991. His core business and technology experience comes from over 11 years of military service. He frequently serves as a subject matter expert and consultant.

William has an MS with distinction in information systems and a BS in computer science, magna cum laude. He is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

William recently rediscovered his love of the great outdoors. When he's not writing, teaching, or making presentations, he can be found hiking, biking, backpacking, traveling, or trekking in search of adventure.

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Windows 7: The Definitive Guide Windows 7: The Definitive Guide
by William Stanek
October 2009
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $47.99

Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide
by William Stanek
February 2007
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

MCSA on Windows Server 2003 Core Exams in a Nutshell MCSA on Windows Server 2003 Core Exams in a Nutshell
by William Stanek, Pawan K. Bhardwaj
November 2006
Ebook: $29.99

MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell
by William Stanek
Third Edition May 2006
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $47.99

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Writing Beyond Tech: Ruin Mist Graphic Novels

March 26 2010

A follow up to my previous posts about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my upcoming graphic novels set in the fantasy universe of Ruin Mist as I thought it might be fun to share my experiences with... read more

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"The book structure of combining samples, note, best practices, caution, real world and tip is beneficial to the readers. The author has offered enough information in this book to enable the reader to perform the necessary core administrative task for SQL server. The book scores 9 / 10 in terms of content and value for money."
--Uma Devi Kanagaratnam, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

"Get it – whether you are experienced with SQL Server 2012 or still in the process of learning it. The book is well-written and well-structured. And it is reasonably well-illustrated with screenshots, code samples, tables, notes, tips, lists and step-by-step instructions. "
--Si Dunn, Sagecreek Productions

"Optimizing Windows 7 Pocket Consultant will be very useful for beginners as they need not have to search various materials for content. Instead all the relevant concepts are explained in detailed manner under a single umbrella. The book will also be useful for computer hardware technicians and engineers as they can easily troubleshoot their clients system without any external help. Advanced users can make use of the book as a ready reference material as it will help them to quickly optimize Windows 7 so that they can use the operating system to its fullest potential."
--Anand Narayanaswamy, ASPalliance

"Geeks will love this book. It actually answers every question they might have on this operating system. Also, the book is very well written, and takes time to explain every feature there is. It’s so comprehensible, that I almost recommended it for grandma. "
--Georgiana Voinea, Windows 7 Tutorials

"This book is a must have for anyone running Exchange 2010. It has information in it I have found no where else."
--D. Hanes, Amazon.com

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--Jerry Pournelle, Chaos Manor, The User's Column, May 2010, Column 358

"Whatever your skill level, I think that you’ll find the information in this book very accessible and helpful. Whatever your interest or concern about Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 7, I think you’ll find it addressed in Windows 7: The Definitive Guide. "
--Iris Yoffa, eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society, March 2010, Volume 28, Number 3

"Overall, this book is a really a true-friend for DBAs, and they must have it with them...if you are a SQL Server DBA, trust me :), you do not want to think twice, buy the book."
--Dinesh Priyankara, Dinesh's Blog :::: Being Compiled ::::

"At the end of the day, this book aims to be practical, portable, and to provide answers for day-to-day administration of Windows Server 2008 R2. On the whole, it achieves that goal – and it’s is well laid out, with plenty of illustrations..."
--Mark Wilson, markwilson.it blog

"...if you want a book that quickly explains what you need to do with Exchange 2010, this is a great option. I have the Unleashed book, and I find myself using this book quite a lot more."
--Jim Katoe, Amazon.com

"If you...are looking to establish or expand your technical career in the direction of Windows Server 2008 administration, Stanek's book is a good tool to add to your kit...Pick up a copy. You can't go wrong."
--James Pyles, MCSE World

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--Jerry Pournelle, Chaos Manor, The User's Column, January 2010, Column 354

"...a great desktop reference for the everyday Vista adventurer. The author does a very credible job of covering a vast amount of information on an often confusing and sometimes annoying subject, Vista."
--Iris Yoffa, eJournal of the Tucson Computer Society

"William R. Stanek's Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide offers everything needed to customize the operating system of any Windows Vista computer, from fine-tuning its appearance and performance to enhancing digital media, handling user accounts, and systems variations, and more. The organization ranges from easiest to more complicated tasks, making it easy to use Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide as a stepping stone to higher commands."
--James A. Cox, California Bookwatch

"The visual learner will marvel at this full-color, step-by-step guide to the use of Windows Vista. The clean, neat, layout provides fast access to specific operations through the use of color-coded tabs and a logical sequence of chapter content. All operations and procedures are clearly illustrated and concisely described."
--Michael Kleper, the Kleper Report on Digital Publishing