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Windows XP Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition

ISBN: 0-7356-2140-3
Completely updated for the security enhancements in Windows XP Service Pack 2! Microsoft Windows XP Professional Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition is designed to be the perfect companion to the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant. This book focuses on system and user issues for Windows XP Professional, featuring in-depth coverage of Windows XP Professional issues such as Windows desktop customization, mobile networking, and Group Policy. The book covers everything you need to know to perform core administration tasks for Windows XP Professional, and it has been updated to incorporate the latest service packs and changes. We added nearly 200 pages to bring you what we think is the best day-to-day administration guide to the Windows XP Professional operating system.

Reviews & Information

The Amazon.com Review
Ounce for ounce and dollar for dollar, the Pocket Consultant series from Microsoft Press is one of the best values around. The editors do a good job of recruiting competent authors and having them comply with well-thought-out style and formatting rules. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant is one of the gems of the series. Author William Stanek has spent time working with his subject--this book wasn't rushed to market to match the Windows XP release date--and he's good at revealing its administrative procedures clearly and concisely. The book is nicely indexed, so locating the section you need takes very little effort. This book--slightly larger than a paperback novel--is ideal for a harried administrator responsible for many different software products, as well as for consultants who need to learn how to use Windows XP Professional in a hurry.

A particularly nice characteristic of Stanek's style: His skill at combining straight procedures ("Just follow these steps and it'll work") with supplementary information about options ("On the other hand, if you're doing something unusual, you might need to modify the standard procedure a bit"). As no real-life installation of Windows XP ever seems to match authors' ideas of normalcy, the supplementary information is critical. Screen shots are nicely handled as well. Their presence helps clarify what the text means, but they're not so large as to waste space.

The Barnes & Noble Review
Whether you're upgrading your entire enterprise or simply buying new PCs on an ad hoc basis, Windows XP Professional is coming into your enterprise. If you're responsible for supporting or administering it, this handy pocket guide offers you more useful answers per ounce than any other book we've seen. It's especially strong on XP's new administrative features, and those really important tasks (like setting up desktop VPN connections) that you won't do often enough to memorize on your own.

The book's organized into four sections: essentials, core administration, networking, and optimization/recovery. In 350 pages, it manages to be remarkably complete. Want to use Windows XP's new Remote Assistance feature to resolve users' problems without leaving your computer? Prohibit users from setting up Internet Connection Sharing on your DNS domain? Set a new home page for all your users at once? Place custom content on each user's desktop? Use System Restore across a network? Lock the taskbar, so it can't be moved or lost? William B. Stanek walks you through all these tasks, and more.

We could go on. Setting disk quotas. Managing security zones. Using notebook power schemes. Rolling back troublesome driver versions. Checking the status of a LAN connection. Configuring the synchronization of offline files. If you need to do it as a manager or support professional, there's no faster way to find out how.

The practical, portable guide to Windows® XP Professional!

Whether you support 50 desktops or 5000, this indispensable guide provides fast answers for the day-to-day administration of the Windows® XP Professional operating system. This pocket-sized resource zeroes in on essential desktop support issues and procedures—delivering critical details through quick-reference tables, step-by-step instructions, and lists. It's the precise information you need to solve problems and get the job done—whether you're at your desk or in the field!

Get fast facts to:

  • Manage and troubleshoot system configuration
  • Configure hardware and network devices
  • Customize desktop settings and optimize the user workspace
  • Control system access through user and group accounts
  • Support laptops and mobile users
  • Enable remote access—from dial-up to wireless
  • Configure offline files and disk quotas
  • Use Group Policy to customize Internet settings
  • Schedule routine maintenance and backups
  • Resolve system problems and optimize performance

Table of Contents

Speed and ease of reference are essential parts of this hands-on guide. The book has an expanded table of contents and an extensive index for finding answers to problems quickly. Many other quick reference features have been added as well, including quick step-by-step instructions, lists, tables with fast facts, and extensive cross-references. The book is broken down into both parts and chapters. Each part contains an opening paragraph or two about the chapters contained in that part.

Part I, “Microsoft Windows XP Professional Essentials,” covers the fundamental tasks you need for workstation administration. Chapter 1 introduces key administration tools, techniques, and concepts. Chapter 2 covers customizing system and environment settings. Chapter 3 explores hardware and device management. Chapters 4 and 5 will focus on customizing the Windows desktop. You’ll learn how to manage themes, color schemes, toolbars, and more. Finally, Chapter 6 discusses how to install, manage and maintain programs.

In Part II, “Microsoft Windows XP Professional Core Administration,” you’ll find the essential tasks for managing access, permissions, and more. Chapter 7 discusses techniques you can use to manage user access to systems and configure global settings. Chapter 8 zeroes in on administration issues that are specific to laptops and traveling users. The chapter details considerations you should make when configuring laptops, such as power management, hardware profiles, and networking. Group Policy is the subject of Chapter 9. In this chapter, you’ll find extensive lists that tell you exactly what policies you should use to manage permissions, rights, and capabilities. Chapter 10 discusses partitioning, monitoring and optimizing drives. Chapter 11 explains how to configure shared folders and printers. Chapter 12 discusses additional file and folder options including offline files, shadow copies and disk quotas.

Part III, “Microsoft Windows XP Professional Networking, Optimization, and Security” focuses on networking techniques and tasks, as well as on techniques you can use to improve performance and resolve problems. Networking is the subject of Chapter 13, which examines local area network settings. You’ll find a complete discussion of installing and configuring TCP/IP networking. The chapter also covers troubleshooting networking and provides steps for performing detailed network diagnostics. Chapter 14 moves from corporate network environments to mobile environments, examining dial-up networking, wireless client connections and remote access with virtual private networks (VPNs). Chapter 15 explains how to configure Internet options, such as default applications and trusted sites. You’ll also learn how to customize Internet settings through Group Policy. In Chapter 16, you’ll learn how to improve system performance, optimize drives, and enhance data security. You’ll also learn how to resolve Windows XP errors and schedule routine maintenance tasks. In Chapter 17, you’ll learn how to use Remote Assistance to remotely troubleshoot problems with devices, applications, and the Windows operating system itself. You’ll also learn how to troubleshoot problems with startup and shutdown, and how to create and use Restore Points. Hopefully, after reading these chapters, you’ll be able to improve the overall experience of your users and reduce downtime.

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