Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 Book Now Available

I am very excited to announce that my new DirectAccess book, Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 from Apress media, is now shipping! The book is available on popular online sites like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Springer.com, Apress.com, and others. The book is also available in electronic formats such as Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as a variety of subscription formats including Safari, Books24x7, and SpringerLink.

Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016

This book contains detailed and prescriptive guidance for the planning, design, implementation, and support of a DirectAccess remote access solution on Windows Server 2016. It also includes valuable insight, tips, tricks, and best practice recommendations gained from my many years of deploying DirectAccess for some of the largest organizations in the world.

Current DirectAccess administrators will also find this book helpful, as the majority of content is still applicable to DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In addition, the book also includes essential information on the design and deployment of highly available and geographically redundant DirectAccess deployments.

Troubleshooting DirectAccess can be a daunting task, so I’ve dedicated an entire chapter in the book to this topic. For those responsible for the maintenance and support of DirectAccess in their organization, this chapter alone will be worth the investment.

Be sure to order your copy today!

Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 Pre-Order

Update: My new DirectAccess book is now available for purchase. Details here.

I am pleased to announce that my new book, Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 from Apress Media, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com!

Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016

This book contains detailed and prescriptive guidance for the planning, design, implementation, and support of a DirectAccess remote access solution on Windows Server 2016. It also includes valuable insight, tips, tricks, and best practice recommendations gained from my many years of deploying DirectAccess for some of the largest organizations in the world.

Current DirectAccess administrators will also find this book helpful, as the majority of content is still applicable to DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In addition, the book also includes essential information on the design and deployment of highly available and geographically redundant DirectAccess deployments.

Troubleshooting DirectAccess can be a daunting task, so I’ve dedicated an entire chapter in the book to this topic. For those responsible for the maintenance and support of DirectAccess in their organization, this chapter alone will be worth the investment.

Be sure to reserve your copy today!

Windows Server 2012 R2 Administrator Cookbook

win_2012_r2_admin_cookbook_jkrauseRecently I had the opportunity to read Jordan Krause’s new book Windows Server 2012 R2 Administrator Cookbook. If the name of the author sounds familiar, it’s because Jordan is also the author of the popular Microsoft DirectAccess Best Practices and Troubleshooting title, both published by Packt Publishing.

If you’re new to Windows Server 2012 R2 and you’re looking for a good entry-level administrator’s guide, this is an excellent choice. The cookbook series is ideally suited to deliver clear, concise guidance for specific administrative tasks. The book provides a high level overview of nearly all aspects of the operating system, including configuring and administration using the server manager and PowerShell for DHCP, DNS, Active Directory, security, networking, remote access, IIS, certificate services (PKI), and much more.

For more information about Jordan’s book, including a free sample chapter, click here.

Practical IPv6 for Windows Administrators

With the rapid depletion of the global IPv4 address pool, the adoption of IPv6 is growing significantly. The total exhaustion of public IPv4 addresses is inevitable, making IPv6 knowledge an important and essential skill that network engineers and systems administrators will need to have to be successful. While there are some excellent IPv6 references available today, until now there has been a serious lack of practical, real-world implementation guidance for IPv6. Until now!

Practical IPv6 for Windows AdministratorsRecently my good friend Ed Horley released a book entitled Practical IPv6 for Windows Administrators. As one of the technical reviewers of this title, along with Jason Jones, I had the privilege of reading this book in advance and providing feedback as it was being developed. This new book provides detailed information for network engineers and systems administrators looking to deploy IPv6. It contains prescriptive guidance for implementing IPv6 with a focus on how the protocol affects applications and services common on many of today’s corporate networks. Topics like IPv6 address assignment and name resolution are covered in detail, along with operation and support for IPv6 with services like Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Hyper-V, and more. In addition, PowerShell is featured prominently throughout the book.

IPv4 is a dying breed. IPv6 is the way of the future, without question. Understanding IPv6 now is critical, and it is vital that you begin obtaining knowledge and experience with the IPv6 protocol today to ensure that you won’t be left out in the cold. Start building your IPv6 skills today. Order Practical IPv6 for Windows Administrators now! Once you’ve finished reading this book, you’ll be well on your way.

Win a Copy of Windows Server 2012 Security from End to Edge and Beyond

As many of you know, I recently joined the team at Iron Networks to work more closely with DirectAccess and to be involved with some of their exciting new solutions for enabling the Microsoft private cloud. I was noticing that they don’t have much of a following on Twitter yet, so in an effort to change that I’m announcing a Twitter contest! This Friday, May 31, I will select one individual who is following both me and Iron Networks on Twitter and send you a free copy of Tom and Deb Shinder and Yuri Diogenes’ latest book entitled “Windows Server 2012 Security from End to Edge and Beyond”. I had the privilege of serving as the book’s technical reviewer and I can tell you it is an excellent reference that you’ll want to have in your library. So go out and follow me and Iron Networks for a chance to win!

Iron Networks

Windows Server 2012 Security from End to Edge and Beyond

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook

Recently I had the opportunity to read Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook by Edvaldo Cardoso published by Packt Publishing. I really enjoy their “cookbook” series as they take complex concepts like virtual machine management and break it down in to detailed, step-by-step guidance that can be consumed in easily digestible chunks. The style lends itself well to following along in a virtual lab, working through the steps outlined in each chapter to configure a component or enable a specific feature. My specific goal with this title was to learn how to implement the Hyper-V network virtualization features of Hyper-V with System Center 2012. The book met my needs perfectly. Of course the entire book will be helpful to datacenter administrators interested in leveraging the power of server and network virtualization in their organizations. If you working with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 today, or are planning to deploy it in the future, you’ll definitely want to have this book in your reference library.
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook

Windows Server 2012 Security Book

Great news! Windows Server 2012 Security from End to Edge and Beyond is now available for pre-order! Yuri Diogenes along with Tom and Deb Shinder are the authors of this forthcoming title from Syngress Publishing which covers architecting, designing, planning, and deploying Windows Server 2012 security solutions. I have the privilege of serving as the technical reviewer of the book and I can tell you from experience it will be a vital reference that anyone working with Windows Server 2012 will want to have in their library. Pre-order your copy today!

Windows Server 2012 Security from End to Edge and Beyond

Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Book Now Available

Great news! The Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment book by Ben Ben-Ari and Bala Natarajan is now available! The book covers in detail how to plan and deploy remote access solutions using Windows Server 2012 VPN and DirectAccess. This book will be an essential reference for anyone preparing to deploy DirectAccess, remote access VPN, or site-to-site VPN using Windows Server 2012. Order your copy now!

Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment

Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Book Coming Soon

My good friends Ben Ben-Ari and Bala Natarajan are putting the finishing touches on their latest book entitled Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment. This book will cover in detail how to plan and deploy remote access solutions using Windows Server 2012 including VPN (remote access and site-to-site) as well as DirectAccess. The authors are both highly qualified to write about this subject, as Ben has been supporting Forefront UAG 2010 and DirectAccess for many years, and Bala is the Program Manager for the Windows Core Networking team. The book is due to be released in January 2013 and it is sure to be an essential reference for all things remote access in Windows Server 2012. Pre-order your copy of Windows Server 2012 Remote Access today!

Windows Server 2012 Unified Remote Access Planning and Deployment

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