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This Cookbook by Windows PowerShell team developer Lee Holmes provides hundreds of tested scripts that you can use right away to get Microsoft's new tool working for you. More than 150 recipes, combined with a concise task-based introduction to the Windows PowerShell scripting language and environment, make it the perfect look-up guide when you encounter a thorny problem, or need a quick solution. The ideal companion to any tutorial or reference, this book meets the needs of system administrators at any level.

Microsoft has revolutionized the world of system management and command-line shells with its release of Windows PowerShell, and Lee Holmes gives you practical tools and inside advice that will make you a more productive user and administrator. You will be able to solve everything from automating routine tasks, working with files, event logs and other forms of structured data, to managing the users and resources of complex Windows networks. Each recipe includes a focused piece of code plus discussion of how and why it works, so that you can apply the solution to similar tasks.

You get an array of recipes covering PowerShell fundamentals, common tasks, and administrator tasks, including:Pipelines, variables, objects, looping and flow control, strings and unstructured text, calculations and math

Simple files; structured files; Internet-enabled scripts; code reuse; lists, arrays and hashtables; user feedback; error management; environmental awareness; script signing; and more

Files and directories, registry manipulation, comparing data, event logs, process cmdlets, service cmdlets, Active Directory, enterprise computer management, and more

Those who administer Microsoft's Exchange 2007 and System Center Operations Manager (formerly MOM) will also benefit from this book, with separate chapters devoted to these servers. All Windows administrators will appreciate the appendices that include a PowerShell language quick reference, and a reference to the .NET, WMI and COM objects that PowerShell scripters will use often.

With working scripts, tutorials, and references all in one volume, Windows PowerShell Cookbook will turbocharge the productivity of any Windows administrator.
Working with Microsoft's network directory service for the first time can be a headache for system and network administrators, IT professionals, technical project managers, and programmers alike. This authoritative guide is meant to relieve that pain. Instead of going through the graphical user interface screen by screen, O'Reilly's bestselling Active Directory tells you how to design, manage, and maintain a small, medium, or enterprise Active Directory infrastructure.

Fully updated to cover Active Directory for Windows Server 2003 SP1 and R2, this third edition is full of important updates and corrections. It's perfect for all Active Directory administrators, whether you manage a single server or a global multinational with thousands of servers.

Active Directory, 3rd Edition is divided into three parts. Part I introduces much of how Active Directory works, giving you a thorough grounding in its concepts. Some of the topics include Active Directory replication, the schema, application partitions, group policies, and interaction with DNS. Part II details the issues around properly designing the directory infrastructure. Topics include designing the namespace, creating a site topology, designing group policies for locking down client settings, auditing, permissions, backup and recovery, and a look at Microsoft's future direction with Directory Services. Part III covers how to create and manipulate users, groups, printers, and other objects that you may need in your everyday management of Active Directory.

If you want a book that lays bare the design and management of an enterprise or departmental Active Directory, then look no further. Active Directory, 3rd Edition will quickly earn its place among the books you don't want to be without.

Learn the art of configuring, deploying, managing and securing Windows 10 for your enterprise.About This BookEnhance your enterprise administration skills to manage Windows 10 Redstone 3Get acquainted with configuring Azure Active Directory for enabling cloud-based services and Remote Server Admin Tools for managing Windows ServerProvide enterprise-level security with ease using the built-in data loss prevention of Windows 10Who This Book Is For

If you are a system administrator who has been given the responsibility of administering and managing Windows 10 Redstone 3, then this book is for you. If you have deployed and managed previous versions of Windows, it would be an added advantage.

What You Will LearnUnderstand the remote access capabilitiesUse third-party tools to deploy Windows 10Customize image and user Interface experienceImplement assigned access rightsConfigure remote administrationManage Windows 10 securityWork with Azure AD and Intune managementIn Detail

Microsoft's launch of Windows 10 is a step toward satisfying the enterprise administrator's needs for management and user experience customization. This book provides the enterprise administrator with the knowledge needed to fully utilize the advanced feature set of Windows 10 Enterprise.

This practical guide shows Windows 10 from an administrator's point of view. You'll focus on areas such as installation and configuration techniques based on your enterprise requirements, various deployment scenarios and management strategies, and setting up and managing admin and other user accounts. You'll see how to configure Remote Server Administration Tools to remotely manage Windows Server and Azure Active Directory.

Lastly, you will learn modern Mobile Device Management for effective BYOD and how to enable enhanced data protection, system hardening, and enterprise-level security with the new Windows 10 in order to prevent data breaches and impede attacks.

By the end of this book, you will know the key technologies and capabilities in Windows 10 and will confidently be able to manage and deploy these features in your organization.

Style and approach

This step-by-step guide will show you how to configure, deploy, manage, and secure the all new Windows 10 Redstone 3 for your enterprise.

The first edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration introduced a generation of system and network administrators to a modern IT methodology. Whether you use Linux, Unix, or Windows, this newly revised edition describes the essential practices previously handed down only from mentor to protégé. This wonderfully lucid, often funny cornucopia of information introduces beginners to advanced frameworks valuable for their entire career, yet is structured to help even the most advanced experts through difficult projects.

The book's four major sections build your knowledge with the foundational elements of system administration. These sections guide you through better techniques for upgrades and change management, catalog best practices for IT services, and explore various management topics. Chapters are divided into The Basics and The Icing. When you get the Basics right it makes every other aspect of the job easier--such as automating the right things first. The Icing sections contain all the powerful things that can be done on top of the basics to wow customers and managers.

Inside, you'll find advice on topics such as

The key elements your networks and systems need in order to make all other services run better Building and running reliable, scalable services, including web, storage, email, printing, and remote access Creating and enforcing security policies Upgrading multiple hosts at one time without creating havoc Planning for and performing flawless scheduled maintenance windows Managing superior helpdesks and customer care Avoiding the "temporary fix" trap Building data centers that improve server uptime Designing networks for speed and reliability Web scaling and security issues Why building a backup system isn't about backups Monitoring what you have and predicting what you will need How technically oriented workers can maintain their job's technical focus (and avoid an unwanted management role) Technical management issues, including morale, organization building, coaching, and maintaining positive visibility Personal skill techniques, including secrets for getting more done each day, ethical dilemmas, managing your boss, and loving your job System administration salary negotiation

It's no wonder the first edition received Usenix SAGE's 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award!

This eagerly anticipated second edition updates this time-proven classic:

Chapters reordered for easier navigation Thousands of updates and clarifications based on reader feedback Plus three entirely new chapters: Web Services, Data Storage, and Documentation
Time is a precious commodity, especially if you're a system administrator. No other job pulls people in so many directions at once. Users interrupt you constantly with requests, preventing you from getting anything done. Your managers want you to get long-term projects done but flood you with requests for quick-fixes that prevent you from ever getting to those long-term projects. But the pressure is on you to produce and it only increases with time. What do you do?

The answer is time management. And not just any time management theory--you want Time Management for System Administrators, to be exact. With keen insights into the challenges you face as a sys admin, bestselling author Thomas Limoncelli has put together a collection of tips and techniques that will help you cultivate the time management skills you need to flourish as a system administrator.

Time Management for System Administrators understands that an Sys Admin often has competing goals: the concurrent responsibilities of working on large projects and taking care of a user's needs. That's why it focuses on strategies that help you work through daily tasks, yet still allow you to handle critical situations that inevitably arise.

Among other skills, you'll learn how to:

Manage interruptionsEliminate timewastersKeep an effective calendarDevelop routines for things that occur regularlyUse your brain only for what you're currently working onPrioritize based on customer expectationsDocument and automate processes for faster execution

What's more, the book doesn't confine itself to just the work environment, either. It also offers tips on how to apply these time management tools to your social life. It's the first step to a more productive, happier you.

Expert advice for Windows 10 right at your fingertips. Includes updates for the Windows 10 anniversary edition!

Practical and precise, this hands-on guide with ready answers is designed for architects, administrators, engineers and others working with Windows 10. If you're an IT Pro responsible for configuring, managing and maintaining computers running Windows 10, start with this well-organized and authoritative resource.

Inside you'll find expert insights, tips, tricks and workarounds that will save time and help you get the job done by giving you the right information right now. During the course of reading this book, you will master a number of complex topics, techniques, commands and functions.

Topics covered include:

Deploying and customizing the operating system
Installing and maintaining universal apps
Configuring Group Policy preferences and settings
Provisioning and using device management
Managing access and security
Installing hardware devices and drivers
Troubleshooting and resolving system issues
And much, much more!!!

Not only will this informative training manual help you become familiar with essential concepts, it'll help you reach new levels of mastery. This is the ideal concise, immediate answers reference you’ll want with you at all times.

Table of Contents
About This Book
1. Welcome to Windows 10
Navigating Windows 10 Editions
Deploying Windows 10
Setting up Out of the Box
2. Working with Windows 10
Exploring Key Features
Getting to Know Windows 10
Running Windows 10
3. Implementing Device Management
Getting Started with Microsoft Intune
Getting Started with the Windows 10 ADK
Working with Windows Imaging And Configuration Designer
Creating and Deploying Provisioning Packages
Provisioning Walkthrough: Upgrading to Mobile Enterprise Edition
4. Using Policy-based Management
Configuring Domain-Joined Devices
Implementing Policy-based Management
Using Logon and Startup Policies
Using Scripts in Policies
Using Data Management Policies
Using Networking Policies
5. Using Preferences for Management
Working with Preferences
Managing Preference Items
6. Fine-Tuning User Account Control
Understanding UAC in Windows 10
Managing Elevation of Privileges
Managing UAC for Apps
7. Creating and Configuring Accounts
Local, Domain and Connected Accounts
Creating User Accounts
Configuring User Accounts
8. Maintaining Accounts
Managing Local User Accounts and Groups
Managing User Account Passwords
Managing Stored Credentials
9. Supporting Windows 10
Essential Support Tools
Managing System Time
Configuring Internet Time
Essential Maintenance Tools
10. Managing System Properties
Optimizing Performance Options
Managing Environment Variables
Configuring Startup and Recovery Options
Managing System Protection Settings
11. Optimizing Power Management
Managing Battery Power
Understanding Power Plans and Sleep Modes
Configuring Power Options
Managing Power Options from the Command Line
Working with Power Plans
Using Alarms and Configuring Alarm Actions
12. Configuring Hardware
Managing Device Installation
Working with Device Drivers
Maintaining Devices and Drivers
13. Installing and Maintaining Universal Apps
Working with Apps
Maintaining Apps
Optimizing App Security for the Enterprise
14. Maintaining Windows 10
Windows Update: The Essentials
Working with Support Services
Managing Services Using Preferences
Detecting and Resolving Windows 10 Errors
Scheduling Maintenance Tasks
15. Managing Data and Recovery
Using File History
Using Previous Versions
Managing Failures
Creating a Recovery Drive
Using Restore Points for Recovery
Troubleshooting Startup and Shutdown

William Stanek has been developing expert solutions for and writing professionally about Microsoft Windows since 1995. In Windows 10: Essentials for Administration, William shares his extensive knowledge of the product.
Become a master at managing enterprise identity infrastructure by leveraging Active DirectoryAbout This BookManage your Active Directory services for Windows Server 2016 effectivelyAutomate administrative tasks in Active Directory using PowerShellManage your organization's network with easeWho This Book Is For

If you are an Active Directory administrator, system administrator, or network professional who has basic knowledge of Active Directory and are looking to gain expertise in this topic, this is the book for you.

What You Will LearnExplore the new features in Active Directory Domain Service 2016Automate AD tasks with PowerShellGet to know the advanced functionalities of the schemaLearn about Flexible Single Master Operation (FSMO) roles and their placementInstall and migrate Active directory from older versions to Active Directory 2016Manage Active Directory objects using different tools and techniquesManage users, groups, and devices effectivelyDesign your OU structure in the best wayAudit and monitor Active DirectoryIntegrate Azure with Active Directory for a hybrid setupIn Detail

Active Directory is a centralized and standardized system that automates networked management of user data, security, and distributed resources and enables interoperation with other directories. If you are aware of Active Directory basics and want to gain expertise in it, this book is perfect for you.

We will quickly go through the architecture and fundamentals of Active Directory and then dive deep into the core components, such as forests, domains, sites, trust relationships, OU, objects, attributes, DNS, and replication. We will then move on to AD schemas, global catalogs, LDAP, RODC, RMS, certificate authorities, group policies, and security best practices, which will help you gain a better understanding of objects and components and how they can be used effectively. We will also cover AD Domain Services and Federation Services for Windows Server 2016 and all their new features. Last but not least, you will learn how to manage your identity infrastructure for a hybrid-cloud setup. All this will help you design, plan, deploy, manage operations on, and troubleshoot your enterprise identity infrastructure in a secure, effective manner.

Furthermore, I will guide you through automating administrative tasks using PowerShell cmdlets. Toward the end of the book, we will cover best practices and troubleshooting techniques that can be used to improve security and performance in an identity infrastructure.

Style and approach

This step-by-step guide will help you master the core functionalities of Active Directory services using Microsoft Server 2016 and PowerShell, with real-world best practices at the end.

Master the art of identifying vulnerabilities within the Windows OS and develop the desired solutions for it using Kali Linux.Key FeaturesIdentify the vulnerabilities in your system using Kali Linux 2018.02Discover the art of exploiting Windows kernel driversGet to know several bypassing techniques to gain control of your Windows environmentBook Description

Windows has always been the go-to platform for users around the globe to perform administration and ad hoc tasks, in settings that range from small offices to global enterprises, and this massive footprint makes securing Windows a unique challenge. This book will enable you to distinguish yourself to your clients.

In this book, you'll learn advanced techniques to attack Windows environments from the indispensable toolkit that is Kali Linux. We'll work through core network hacking concepts and advanced Windows exploitation techniques, such as stack and heap overflows, precision heap spraying, and kernel exploitation, using coding principles that allow you to leverage powerful Python scripts and shellcode.

We'll wrap up with post-exploitation strategies that enable you to go deeper and keep your access. Finally, we'll introduce kernel hacking fundamentals and fuzzing testing, so you can discover vulnerabilities and write custom exploits.

By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed in identifying vulnerabilities within the Windows OS and developing the desired solutions for them.

What you will learnGet to know advanced pen testing techniques with Kali Linux Gain an understanding of Kali Linux tools and methods from behind the scenesSee how to use Kali Linux at an advanced levelUnderstand the exploitation of Windows kernel driversUnderstand advanced Windows concepts and protections, and how to bypass them using Kali LinuxDiscover Windows exploitation techniques, such as stack and heap overflows and kernel exploitation, through coding principlesWho this book is for

This book is for penetration testers, ethical hackers, and individuals breaking into the pentesting role after demonstrating an advanced skill in boot camps. Prior experience with Windows exploitation, Kali Linux, and some Windows debugging tools is necessary

Improve and reimagine your organization's security stance, desktop standards, and server administration with centralized management via Group Policy.Key FeaturesExplore advanced filtering techniques for Group Policy ObjectsInteract with Group Policy through GPMC and PowerShellPractical guide covering the daily and advanced administration of group policyBook Description

This book begins with a discussion of the core material any administrator needs to know in order to start working with Group Policy. Moving on, we will also walk through the process of building a lab environment to start testing Group Policy today. Next we will explore the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) and start using the powerful features available for us within that interface. Once you are well versed with using GPMC, you will learn to perform and manage the traditional core tasks inside Group Policy. Included in the book are many examples and walk-throughs of the different filtering options available for the application of Group Policy settings, as this is the real power that Group Policy holds within your network. You will also learn how you can use Group Policy to secure your Active Directory environment, and also understand how Group Policy preferences are different than policies, with the help of real-world examples. Finally we will spend some time on maintenance and troubleshooting common Group Policy-related issues so that you, as a directory administrator, will understand the diagnosing process for policy settings.

By the end of the book, you will be able to jump right in and use Group Policy to its full potential.

What you will learnBecome familiar with the Group Policy Management ConsoleCreate, link, and filter new policiesSecure your users and devices using Group PolicyMaintain and troubleshoot Group PolicyAdminister Group Policy via PowerShellControl your Active Directory environment efficiently with Group Policy settings Who this book is for

If you are an IT professional who works with Windows Servers or are interested in an Active Directory environment then this book is for you. General knowledge of Microsoft Windows, how Windows Server fits into an enterprise’s infrastructure and also some existing knowledge of an Active Directory domain environment is expected.

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