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Windows Internals, Part 1

Windows Internals, Part 1

Covering Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

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On Dec 2, 2014 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote: "Windows Internals, Part 1", Covering Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, by Alex Ionescu, Mark Russinovich, David A. Solomon, Microsoft Press
This book covers windows 7 and windows 2008 server r2. It faces topics not just from an external point of view but directly from the inside. The question that this book answers to is not "what happens" but "why it happens", moving from processes, threads and jobs and passing to SCM, registry, debugging, troubleshooting, etc. Full Review >

Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

Giuseppe's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 25, 2014 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote: Reliable, accurate, quick
[...] what I really enjoyed was the ability to speak directly and putting it bluntly. Googling the Internet about Windows imaging and deployment, you can keep with this unsolved question: “How identical must be the hardware? How wide can I deploy a Windows Image?” The author provides an unequivocal answer: “By using WIM as its disk-imaging format and taking advantage of the modular design of Windows 7, ImageX significantly reduces the number of disk images that must be maintained. […] you typically need only a single disk image for each chip architecture used in your organization.” Full Review >

Perl One-Liners

Perl One-Liners

130 Programs That Get Things Done

Giuseppe's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 11, 2014 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote: There’s More Than One Way To Do It
Perl one-liners is the quickest way to get a job done and this book offers 130 very interesting tasks that you can accomplish by using one-liners. Many of them definitely represent the most charming, elegant and brilliant way to do something and I found practicing these tasks really exciting. Quoting the author, “[…] Perl’s motto is There’s More Than One Way To Do It, which is abbreviated as TIMTOWTDI and pronounced Tim Toady[…]”. Reading this book you will learn “[…] Perl golfing, a sport that involves writing the shortest Perl program to get a task done”. Just like a golfer trying to put the ball in the hole with as few strokes as possible, perhaps with a single blow. Full Review >

WordPress: The Missing Manual

WordPress: The Missing Manual

Giuseppe's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 15, 2013 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote: A complete guide with a well structured and granular Table of Contents
Like many others from “The Missing Manual” series do, this book covers virtually every aspect of the topic, from the very jumpstarting to advanced customization tasks. What really caught my attention the first time I opened it, was the extremely granular structure of the Table of Contents. Later I was definitely impressed by the ability to move from one topic to another with caution and an analytical approach. [...] Full Review >

The Practice of Network Security Monitoring

The Practice of Network Security Monitoring

Understanding Incident Detection and Response

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On Oct 29, 2013 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote: "This may be one of the most important books you ever read."
This may be one of the most important books you ever read. Full Review >

Training Guide: Administering Windows Server 2012

Training Guide: Administering Windows Server 2012

Giuseppe's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Sep 3, 2013 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote: Taste it slowly to learn it deeper
The very first word of this title gives the real idea of the scope of this book: training. [...] This book is not an exam guide. If you are preparing the 70-411 Microsoft Exam, you'd better choose other e-books to integrate this one with more consistent objectives. [...] Compared to other books about Administering Windows Server 2008, I found here many useful objectives elsewhere ignored. Full Review >

Windows 8: The Missing Manual

Windows 8: The Missing Manual

Giuseppe's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jun 7, 2013 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote:
The author gives this 75 percent of Windows users excellent tips with a very clear and creative language: “the fastest way to almost anything in Windows 8 is the Search feature” or “put your computer to sleep instead of shutting it down. You save power, you save time, and you don’t risk any data loss.” I was impressed by the simplicity of presentation and by the fluent reading. I would surely recommend this book to everyone, included advanced users. Full Review >

Windows Server 2012 Inside Out

Windows Server 2012 Inside Out

Giuseppe's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 14, 2013 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote: A very good attempt to cover everything about Windows Server 2012
Unlike other books on Windows servers, this one doesn’t focuses on any particular Microsoft exam. His 1500+ pages and 32 chapters can count on a well-organized structure based on five main topics: 1) Windows Servers 2012 Overview 2) Managing Windows Server 2012 Systems 3) Managing Windows Server 2012 Storage and File System 4) Managing Windows Server 2012 Networking and Domain Services 5) Managing Active Directory and Security Full Review >

Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Exam Ref 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

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On Mar 6, 2013 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote: Jump starting Windows Server 2012
[This book] can lead you into every single basic aspect of the installation and configuration process, starting from the fundamentals of choosing the platform that better fits your needs, to the more complex concepts of specific configuration scenarios. Full Review >

Exam Ref 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

Exam Ref 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

Giuseppe's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 4, 2013 Giuseppe Simpatia wrote: “Exam Ref 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure”, by Steve Suehring; Microsoft Press
Readers of this book are arguably experienced skilled System Administrators who are planning to take the 70-413 exam which counts as credit toward the MCSE certification. This means that you will probably not have a deep understanding of all topics described in this book, unless you have successfully achieved the MCSA certification or alternatively you have a corresponding job experience. Main situations described in this book refer to advanced and complex configuration scenarios but, thanks to a good organization of the chapters, everyone without an MCSA certification who is willing to have a firmer understanding of particular topics of Windows Server 2012 can refer to specific chapters of this book. What I really liked in this book is that the author provides many links pointing to external study materials; this can result particularly useful if you want more information about a specific topic. For example, [...] Full Review >

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