Through numerous examples, you’ll learn how to use CFEngine to perform tasks such as user management, software installation, and security. You’ll also learn how to focus on higher-level issues of design, implementation and maintenance, knowing that CFEngine is handling the lower-level details for you automatically.Discover how far you can go with system automation, using CFEngineBecome familiar with the software’s principles, components, and policy structureConfigure CFEngine step-by-step to perform routine tasks on your systemSpecify custom machine configuration without making changes by handGet tricks and patterns that you can use in your own CFEngine policiesMaintain separate CFEngine environments for development, testing, production, or other uses
This fourth edition includes troubleshooting recipes for Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Exchange 2013, based on valuable input from Windows administrators. You’ll also find quick solutions for the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS), multi-master replication, DNS, Group Policy, and many other features.Manage new AD features, such as the Recycle Bin, Group Managed Service Accounts, and fine-grained password policiesWork with AD from the command line and use Windows PowerShell to automate tasksRemove and create forests, domains, and trustsCreate groups, modify group scope and type, and manage membershipDelegate control, view and modify permissions, and handle Kerberos ticketsImport and export data with LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF)Synchronize multiple directories and enforce data integrity within a single or multiple storesBack up AD, and perform authoritative and non-authoritative restores
In this book, you'll learn how to:
-Master the Start Menu.
-Use virtual desktops in Task View
-Get the most out of the Desktop.
-Use the power of File Explorer.
-Connect Windows 10 to networks.
-Create and eliminate user accounts.
-Install powerful apps from the Windows Store.
-Employ Task Manager to tame your PC.
-And many other tasks.
In this book, you'll learn how to:
-Master the Start Screen.
-Get the most out of the Desktop.
-Use the power of File Explorer.
-Connect Windows 8.1 to networks.
-Create and eliminate user accounts.
-Store files securely in OneDrive.
-Install powerful apps from the Windows Store.
-Employ Task Manager to tame your PC.
-And many other tips.
This insightful and entertaining book presents a compilation of popular, well-written articles from the site, published by contributors for people who use SharePoint at their companies but don’t have access to its technical server side. Each engaging story puts you into the narrative as a participant, rather than a passive observer, so you can easily visualize the situation and share the “aha!” solution with the author. Learn some tricks, gain some insight—and have fun doing it.
These articles will help you:Build a documented framework for evaluating whether your company is getting the most value from SharePointCreate documentation and script management with OneNote and a SharePoint libraryUse the Data View Web Part to create hyperlinks from existing SharePoint dataImplement data visualization in SharePoint without access to the serverCreating document libraries with mixed content sources in any SharePoint versionPull information from disparate site collections into a single navigation system
Sadalit Van Buren
Jim Bob Howard
Marc D. Anderson
"What a fantastic resource. No other book in the SharePoint community hits this ‘power user’ or 'end user' audience like this book does. There are powerful examples in here that will really solve business problems and set the reader on the right track."
—Joel Oleson, Global SharePoint Evangelist, and one of the first SharePoint architects
You’ll negotiate a maze of technologies for deploying a scalable and reliable AD infrastructure, with new chapters on management tools, searching the AD database, authentication and security protocols, and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). This book provides real-world scenarios that let you apply what you’ve learned—ideal whether you’re a network administrator for a small business or a multinational enterprise.Upgrade Active Directory to Windows Server 2012Learn the fundamentals, including how AD stores objectsUse the AD Administrative Center and other management toolsLearn to administer AD with Windows PowerShellSearch and gather AD data, using the LDAP query syntaxUnderstand how Group Policy functionsDesign a new Active Directory forestExamine the Kerberos security protocolGet a detailed look at the AD replication process
Whether you intend to take your infrastructure to a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment, Windows Server 2012 provides the virtualization technology to get you there. This book helps you put it to work.Control your entire Windows infrastructure from the Server Manager consoleLearn how Active Directory Domain Services provide more centralized network administrationUse Dynamic Access Control to manage data and user permissionsProvide data integrity and fault tolerance with Storage Spaces and ReFSGain robust management of virtual environments with Hyper V R3Master networking tools such as IPAM to help you move to the cloudConnect clients to network resources through Unified Remote Access
Updated for PowerShell 3.0, this comprehensive cookbook includes hands-on recipes for common tasks and administrative jobs that you can apply whether you’re on the client or server version of Windows. You also get quick references to technologies used in conjunction with PowerShell, including format specifiers and frequently referenced registry keys to selected .NET, COM, and WMI classes.Learn how to use PowerShell on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012Tour PowerShell’s core features, including the command model, object-based pipeline, and ubiquitous scriptingMaster fundamentals such as the interactive shell, pipeline, and object conceptsPerform common tasks that involve working with files, Internet-connected scripts, user interaction, and moreSolve tasks in systems and enterprise management, such as working with Active Directory and the filesystem
Written by Microsoft PowerShell team member Lee Holmes, and excerpted from his Windows PowerShell Cookbook, this edition offers up-to-date coverage of PowerShell 3.0. You’ll find information on the .NET classes and legacy tools you need to manage your system, along with chapters on how to write scripts, manage errors, and format output.
Beginning with a guided tour of Windows PowerShell, this handy guide covers:PowerShell language and environmentRegular expression referenceXPath quick reference.NET string formatting.NET DateTime formattingSelected .NET classes and their usesWMI referenceSelected COM objects and their usesSelected events and their usesStandard PowerShell verbs
Learn Puppet fundamentals, including its manifest syntax and built-in functionsStore configurations in a central location with PuppetMaster, and define which configurations apply to which nodesBuild a framework to create user accounts in place of LDAP or Kerberos KDCApply techniques to execute and manage server configurations with MCollectiveUse Puppet as an auditing tool to ensure that configurations are correctGather information on the nodes you manage with the Facter library
This guide teaches you the foundationsof the AutoIt v3 language. You will learnabout variables and includes, graphicaluser interfaces, user-defined functions,and conditional and loop statements.You will then apply what you havelearned in examples related to the systemadministration field. The examples inthis Short Cut can be used to create anythingfrom a game modification to a logonscript that verifies Windows updates.
This book will provide you with the technical skills you need to successfully design, set up, and maintain a XenDesktop® environment. This book will introduce you to the main components of a XenDesktop® infrastructure and covers how to design and install them. Through each chapter, you will quickly learn how to configure your virtual desktop environment in order to meet specific end user requirements, giving your users the freedom to work from anywhere and from any device while virtual desktops and apps are centrally maintained in your data center.
Ideal for system administrators, infrastructure engineers, team leads, and architects, this book demonstrates various tools, techniques, and patterns you can use to implement infrastructure as code. In three parts, you’ll learn about the platforms and tooling involved in creating and configuring infrastructure elements, patterns for using these tools, and practices for making infrastructure as code work in your environment.Examine the pitfalls that organizations fall into when adopting the new generation of infrastructure technologiesUnderstand the capabilities and service models of dynamic infrastructure platformsLearn about tools that provide, provision, and configure core infrastructure resourcesExplore services and tools for managing a dynamic infrastructureLearn specific patterns and practices for provisioning servers, building server templates, and updating running servers
Written by two Salt experts, this book provides the information you need to deploy Salt in a production infrastructure right away. You’ll also learn how to customize Salt and use salt-cloud to manage your virtualization. If you have experience with Linux and data formats such as JSON or XML, you’re ready to get started.Understand what Salt can do, and get a high-level overview of basic commandsLearn how execution modules let you interact with many systems at onceUse states to define how you want a host or a set of hosts to lookDive into grains and pillars, Salt’s basic data elementsControl your infrastructure programmatically by extending Salt Master’s functionalityExtend Salt with custom modules, the Jinja templating language, and Python scripts
Tim Mackey and J.K. Benedict from Citrix Systems, the company that manages XenServer, show you how to design a deployment through best practices, deployment blueprints, and installation guidelines. The book’s second part features concise, easy-to-implement recipes for day-to-day management, such as user rights, backup strategies, and hardware maintenance.Learn precisely what makes a XenServer work, and how it can host 1000 virtual machinesExplore the core components of a production XenServer environmentInvestigate several options on how and where to install XenServerExamine several factors for "right sizing" your XenServer deployment to fit your needsWork with a decision tree to optimize your XenServer deployment designUnderstand how to accommodate guest VM virtualization modesUse recipes that help you plan for, obtain, and apply XenServer upgrades
This book is targeted for those who want to gain time in their administrative tasks and profit from it to improve also their environment by reaching a more autonomous infrastructure. Experience with other System Center family products as well as Active Directory and other core datacentre components would be useful to help you understand and execute the information given in this book.What You Will LearnPlan, assess, design, and implement Orchestrator 2012 R2 in a corporate environmentMaster the Runbook Designer and discover all about the Runbook creation processImport and integrate more technologies through new imported functionalities and learn what they bring to your environmentExtend your possibilities and interaction with your environment while you get a hand of the best practices for this systemImplement high-availability, security, backup, and recovery procedures and fine-tuning of the platformFamiliarize yourself with the Runbook design and its implementation with an insight into the methodology for a more dynamic DatacenterIn Detail
With the increasing complexity of systems in our infrastructure designs, administrating these systems has become more complex and repetitive. This ultimately translates into an inefficient environment and loss of time. System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2 is the tool that can help you regain that time again, by simplifying repetitive tasks (or complex ones) into a simple one that will require minimum intervention from you, or even none.
This technology will drive you one step forward towards a more dynamic infrastructure and can also be used to make a customized Private Cloud environment setup.
Starting off with the fundamentals of Orchestrator, this book helps you to learn the configuration and deployment of the Orchestrator 2012 R2 in a corporate environment to successfully deploy and mitigate real-life issues that you might encounter. You'll learn the most used part of Orchestrator, the Runbook Designer, with all its components and mechanisms to help you efficiently design and implement your Runbooks from top to bottom. Additionally, you will also get familiarized with configuring key Integration Packs available for Orchestrator to extend its functionality and enhance the automation solution.
Furthermore, you will explore the possibilities of extending and integrating Orchestrator with other parties and learn to set up core infrastructure administrative tasks that can save time and effort when automated with Orchestrator. You finally round off by gaining insights on the maintenance aspects of Orchestrator, while simultaneously covering the troubleshooting, backup, and recovery features.Style and approach
Written in a step-by-step guide format, the chapters are organized in a sequence of what you need to know first to move on to the next component. Each chapter contains a broad explanation of what we are working on at that moment and the tips provided are based on real-world experience.
If you are a SQL Server database professional (DBA, developer, or BI developer) who wants to use PowerShell to automate, integrate, and simplify database tasks, this books is for you. Prior knowledge of scripting would be helpful, but it is not necessary.What You Will LearnExplore database objects and execute queries on multiple serversManage and monitor the running of SQL Server services and accountsBack up and restore databasesCreate an inventory of database properties and server configuration settingsMaintain permissions and security for usersWork with CLR assemblies, XML, and BLOB objects in SQLManage and deploy SSIS packages and SSRS reportsIn Detail
PowerShell can be leveraged when automating and streamlining SQL Server tasks. PowerShell comes with a rich set of cmdlets, and integrates tightly with the .NET framework. Its scripting capabilities are robust and flexible, allowing you to simplify automation and integration across different Microsoft applications and components.
The book starts with an introduction to the new features in SQL Server 2014 and PowerShell v5 and the installation of SQL Server. You will learn about basic SQL Server administration tasks and then get to know about some security-related topics such as the authentication mode and assigning permissions. Moving on, you will explore different methods to back up and restore your databases and perform advanced administration tasks such as working with Policies, Filetables, and SQL audits. The next part of the book covers more advanced HADR tasks such as log shipping and data mirroring, and then shows you how to develop your server to work with BLOB, XML, and JSON.
Following on from that, you will learn about SQL Server's BI stack, which includes SSRS reports, the SSIS package, and the SSAS cmdlet and database. Snippets not specific to SQL Server will help you perform tasks quickly on SQL servers. Towards the end of the book, you will find some useful information, which includes a PowerShell tutorial for novice users, some commonly-used PowerShell and SQL Server syntax, and a few online resources. Finally, you will create your own SQL Server Sandbox VMs. All these concepts will help you to efficiently manage your administration tasks.Style and approach
SQL Server 2014 with PowerShell v5 Cookbook is an example-focused book that provides step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish specific SQL Server tasks using PowerShell. Each recipe is followed by an analysis of the steps or design decisions taken and additional information about the task at hand. Working scripts are provided for all examples so that you can dive in right away.
You can read this book sequentially by chapter or you can pick and choose which topics you need right away.
This book is for Windows administrators who are looking for ways to automate management tasks of Windows servers and clients. Prior experience in Windows administration and a basic knowledge of Linux and Puppet will help you create wonders using this book.What You Will LearnInstall Puppet on a Windows server and Foreman interface to have a user-friendly Puppet working environmentDiscover how to install Puppet agents to single or multiple computers and get your hosts connected to Puppetmaster in one shotUnderstand all about creating modules, writing manifests, managing files, services and, users in PuppetLearn how to install Puppet Forge modules to complete tasks such as registry management, ACL, and firewall.Explore the usage of Puppet facts, functions and modules to have a deeper understanding of how Puppet functionsManage installation and updates of third party software using Puppet with Chocolatey to completely forgo the manual update chores in your daily planUse Puppet for Windows security to have a more secure environmentIn Detail
Puppet is a configuration management tool. It allows you to automate all your IT configurations by giving you control of what you do to each “node” (Puppet agent), focusing also on when and how you do it. In context, Puppet is a cross-platform tool that is widely used for Unix-like and Microsoft Windows systems declaratively. However, it has been used more popularly for Unix-like systems. This book provides insights into using Puppet for Windows administration tasks such as server setup, application updates, and service management.
This book kicks off with the fundamentals of Puppet by helping you with the installation of Puppet on a Windows server and progresses with the introduction of the Foreman interface for managing Puppet nodes. Next, you deal with the installation of Puppet agents on multiple clients and how to connect them to your Puppet server by grouping your nodes for easy management. You then become familiarized with the scripting of Puppet manifests along with an understanding of the module structure in Puppet. You further move on to the installation of Puppet Forge Modules and their usage in Windows along with advanced topics such as facts, functions and templates.
Moreover, you also venture into the security aspects for Windows by gaining insights into various security settings that will make your server and clients more secure from hackers using different attack vectors. You will also use Puppet and Chocolatey to install and update software.
You finally round off by learning how to check the details of reporting and status monitoring along with the automation of installing and updating software for multiple Windows clients arming you with ample artillery to tame Puppet for your future projects.Style and approach
This book uses a step-by-step and easy-to-learn approach that helps make your Windows environment manageable with Puppet. Each chapter is explained in detail and with many screenshots. Almost all the scenarios and examples are taken from real-world scenarios.
This book targets forensic analysts and professionals who would like to develop skills in digital forensic analysis for the Windows platform. You will acquire proficiency, knowledge, and core skills to undertake forensic analysis of digital data.
Prior experience of information security and forensic analysis would be helpful. You will gain knowledge and an understanding of performing forensic analysis with tools especially built for the Windows platform.What You Will LearnPerform live analysis on victim or suspect Windows systems locally or remotelyUnderstand the different natures and acquisition techniques of volatile and non-volatile data.Create a timeline of all the system actions to restore the history of an incident.Recover and analyze data from FAT and NTFS file systems.Make use of various tools to perform registry analysis.Track a system user's browser and e-mail activities to prove or refute some hypotheses.Get to know how to dump and analyze computer memory.In Detail
Over the last few years, the wave of the cybercrime has risen rapidly. We have witnessed many major attacks on the governmental, military, financial, and media sectors. Tracking all these attacks and crimes requires a deep understanding of operating system operations, how to extract evident data from digital evidence, and the best usage of the digital forensic tools and techniques. Regardless of your level of experience in the field of information security in general, this book will fully introduce you to digital forensics. It will provide you with the knowledge needed to assemble different types of evidence effectively, and walk you through the various stages of the analysis process.
We start by discussing the principles of the digital forensics process and move on to show you the approaches that are used to conduct analysis. We will then study various tools to perform live analysis, and go through different techniques to analyze volatile and non-volatile data.Style and approach
This is a step-by-step guide that delivers knowledge about different Windows artifacts. Each topic is explained sequentially, including artifact analysis using different tools and techniques. These techniques make use of the evidence extracted from infected machines, and are accompanied by real-life examples.
You'll learn to:
Navigate Exchange Admin Center options
Start and use Exchange Management Shell
Work with Exchange Online
Understand Office 365 licensing
Using Windows PowerShell with Exchange Online
Connect using remote sessions
Work with Exchange and Exchange Online cmdlets
Link Exchange Online and Windows Azure
Connect to Windows Azure for management
Written by award-winning author and technology expert William Stanek, Presenting Exchange puts expert advice at your fingertips.
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
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
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.
Author Jon Cowie not only provides code snippets and practical advice for customizing Chef, but also helps you determine case by case whether it’s in your best interests to customize at all. If you have intermediate-to-advanced Chef experience, this book is indispensable.Explore Chef’s typical setups and why you’d want to customize themLearn the Ruby concepts needed to write customizationsCustomize the Chef run process and explore Chef’s internal classesGain more insight into your Chef runs through handlers and Chef’s event streamLevel up your Chef recipes by writing your own resources and providersCreate and extend plugins for Knife—Chef’s command-line toolInteract with the Chef API to write scripts and reportsLearn how to contribute customizations to the Chef community
Practical and precise, this hands-on guide with ready answers is designed for architects, administrators, engineers and others working with on-premises, online and hybrid implementations of Microsoft Exchange. If you're an IT Pro responsible for configuring, managing and maintaining Exchange Server 2016 or Exchange Online, start with this well-organized and authoritative resource.
Inside, you'll find expert insights, tips, tricks and workarounds that will show you how to master Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Online in the shortest amount of time possible. During the course of reading this book, you will master a number of complex topics, techniques, commands and functions.
Topics include establishing remote sessions with Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Online; creating mailbox-enabled user accounts; adding mailboxes to existing accounts; connecting to Exchange Online and Windows Azure using PowerShell; creating mail-enabled contacts; adding equipment, room and other special purpose mailboxes; moving, maintaining and repairing mailboxes; managing delivery restrictions, permissions and storage limits; managing address lists and distribution groups; configuring mail support for Outlook; customizing the Exchange Shell; configuring role-based Exchange permissions; and many more topics essential for Exchange administration.
Not only will this informative training manual help you become familiar with many new ideas, it'll help you master Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Online in the shortest amount of time possible.
After completing your Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Online journey with this in-depth guide, you will be ready to support Microsoft Exchange regardless of whether you are working in an on-premises, online or hybrid environment.
As you will soon learn, Microsoft Exchange is versatile, flexible and highly customizable, allowing you to personalize the messaging system to meet your needs.
Get the focused information you need to solve problems and get the job done.
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If you are a developer, a full-stack developer, or an architect with an intermediate level understanding of cloud computing and Microsoft Azure, and you want to take your skills up a notch, this book is for you. Prior knowledge and understanding of cloud development strategies is assumed.What You Will LearnSet up a development environment with VMs, ARM, and RemoteAppConnect with VPNs to manage security and backupsEstablish a front-end architecture with AppService, storage, search, and cachingImplement identity solutions, integrate applications, and use dataIntegrate cross-platform mobile applications with the cloudConsistently build and manage an API layer for millions of usersWork with messages in the enterpriseDeploy your services as an IT expert with ARM templatesIn Detail
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that supports many different programming languages, tools, and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.
This book starts by helping you set up a professional development environments in the cloud and integrating them with your local environment to achieve improved efficiency. You will move on to create front-end and back-end services, and then build cross-platform applications using Azure. Next you'll get to grips with advanced techniques used to analyze usage data and automate billing operations. Following on from that, you will gain knowledge of how you can extend your on-premise solution to the cloud and move data in a pipeline.
In a nutshell, this book will show you how to build high-quality, end-to-end services using Microsoft Azure. By the end of this book, you will have the skillset needed to successfully set up, develop, and manage a full-stack Azure infrastructure.Style and Approach
This comprehensive guide to Azure has both explorative parts and step-by-step ones. Each chapter defines a learning path to a specific scenario, mixing the appropriate technologies and building blocks efficiently.
Mobile and Web Innovations in Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering offers widespread knowledge on modern organizations and the complications of the current globalized computing environment. This book is aimed at both industry and academia on the multidisciplinary field of service-oriented engineering.