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Good Windows admin book

As a programmer I should be more interested in the in's and out's of system administration, but I'm not.  Bores me to tears.

But I'm finding that I do need to get a firmer grasp on how to manage my own Windows box, and I need a good Windows admin book.  Any recommendations?

Student A
Thursday, February 5, 2004

A good "cookbook" for administrative programming is "Managing Enterprise Systems With The Windows Script Host" by Stein Borge. 

It is by no means complete and it is practical, not theoretical.  If you're looking for a script to set a bunch of directory permissions, or read the security log or whatever, it'll get you started in the right direction.

Full disclosure: I was the technical editor.

Eric Lippert
Thursday, February 5, 2004

Mark Minasi's offerings are excellant.  His current Mastering Windows 2003 Server offers in depth info on Networking, DNS, Active Directory, Local and Domain Group Policy, Profiles, Windows Installer and more.

I personally enjoy his writing style: clear, concise with a nice dose of humor from time to time.  Visit for a sample.


John Murray
Thursday, February 5, 2004

John, your link to Minasi's books brings up another good point.  His different books cover NT, 2000, and 2003 Server.  How much of the admin activities are going to be the same between MS's OS's?  70%? 80%? 90%?

Student A
Thursday, February 5, 2004

If you have money to burn though you might want to grab the entire line of Windows 2000 coverage from O'Reilly and Associates.

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, February 5, 2004

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