Windows Vista Resource Kit
Updated for Service Pack 1.
Windows Vista Resource Kit
Get the definitive reference for deploying, configuring, and supporting Windows Vista with expert insights from Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and the Windows Vista Team at Microsoft. With additions and updates for SP1, this official Microsoft RESOURCE KIT provides more than 1,700 pages of in-depth technical guidance on automating deployment; implementing security enhancements, including Windows Firewall and Windows Defender; administering Group Policy, files, folders, programs, and devices; using Windows Internet Explorer 7; configuring network connections; and troubleshooting. You also get more than 170 timesaving scripts to help automate administrative tasks, additional job aids, and an eBook of the entire RESOURCE KIT with bonus chapters on CD.
Get expert guidance on how to:
- Use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit best practices and tools
- Plan user-state migration and test application compatibility
- Exploit new Group Policy features, settings, and ADMX templates
- Configure software updates and client-security technologies
- Administer disks, file systems, file sharing, search, and Internet Explorer
- Install and troubleshoot printers, devices, and services
- Manage IPsec, IPv6, wireless, and remote connectivity
- Use performance monitoring and diagnostic tools to manage desktop health
- Resolve common startup, hardware, and networking issues
- 120+ sample VBScript scripts
- 25 sample Windows PowerShell1 scripts
- Troubleshooting tools
- Links to toolkits, documentation, and white papers
- Complete eBook of Introducing Windows Server 2008
- Sample chapters from related Microsoft Press books
- Fully searchable eBook of this guide
- See "Direct from the Source" sidebars for deep insights and troubleshooting tips from the Windows Vista team
The Contents of "Windows Vista Resource Kit":
- Desktop Management
- Desktop Maintenance
About the Authors Tony Northrup, Mitch Tulloch, Jerry Honeycutt, Ed Wilson, and Ralph Ramos:Tony Northrup, CISPP, MCSE, and Microsoft MVP, is a networking consultant and author living near Boston, Massachusetts. Tony has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books on Windows and networking for Microsoft and other publishers, and has written hundreds of articles for TechNet and other technology publications. When he´s not consulting or writing, Tony enjoys golf, hiking, and nature photography.
Tony is co-author of, among other books, Windows Vista Resource Kit (Microsoft Press, 2007), Home Haching Projects for Geeks (O´Reilly, 2004), MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-299): Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network (Microsoft Press, 2004), and Network Essentials Unleashed (SAMS/Macmillan, 1998). He is the author of Windows Server 2003 Troubleshooting Guide (Microsoft Press, 2005), NT Network Plumbing (Hungry Minds, 1998), and Introducing Windows 2000 Server (Microsoft Press, 1999).
Mitch Tulloch, lead author for the Microsoft Windows Vista Resource Kit, is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security and has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy Microsoft platforms, products, and solutions. Mitch has written or contributed to almost two dozen books on computing and networking topics including the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking, the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Security, Introducing Windows Server 2008, and the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Resource Kit, all from Microsoft Press.
Mitch has published over three hundred articles on WindowsNetworking.com, WindowsDevCenter.com, ITworld.com, and other IT pro Web sites. Mitch has also written feature articles for leading industry magazines including Biz Tech Magazine and NetworkWorld, and his articles have been widely syndicated on sites ranging from TechTarget.com to CNN.com. Mitch has also developed and taught graduate-level courses in Information Security Management (ISM) for the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program of Jones International University (JIU).
Prior to starting his own business in 1998, Mitch worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for Productivity Point International. Mitch currently resides in Winnipeg, Canada.
Jerry Honeycutt empowers people to work more productively by helping them deploy and use popular technologies, including the Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office suite product families. He reaches out to the community through his frequent writings, talks, and consulting practice.
Jerry is intimately involved in Microsoft´s desktop-deployment initiatives. He was the documentation lead for Microsoft Deployment and frequently writes white papers and articles for Microsoft about desktop deployment.
Jerry has written more than 30 books. His most recent titles include the Microsoft Windows Desktop Deployment Resource Kit (Microsoft Press, 2004) and Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide (Microsoft Press, 2002), which is part of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit.
Ed Wilson is a senior consultant at Microsoft Corporation and a scripting expert. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer who delivers immensely popular workshops world-wide on VBScript, WMI, and Windows PowerShell. He´s written more than one dozen books with four on scripting, including Microsoft VBScript Step by Step (Microsoft Press, 2006), Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step (Microsoft Press, 2007), and Microsoft Windows Scripting with WMI: Self-Paced Learning Guide (Microsoft Press, 2005). Ed holds more than 20 industry certifications, including the MCSE and CISSP.
Ralph Ramos (MCSE) is a full-time systems engineer in Cincinnati, Ohio. He specializes in deployment of the Microsoft Windows product family and various scripting technologies. He is a columnist for the Microsoft TechNet Desktop Deployment Portal and was a technical reviewer for the Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide (Microsoft Press, 2002) and the Microsoft Windows Desktop Deployment Resource Kit (Microsoft Press, 2004).