Book Review – Packt Publishing | Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013

Hi everyone,

after a few weeks silence I want to give you a quick update about some books I reviewed the last months.

First one is “Mastering the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013” from Packt.

 The book is written by Jeff Stokes and Manuel Singer. I had fun reading and gained a good deep dive about MDT. 🙂

Book Description

The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) provides a comprehensive collection of tools, processes, and guidance for automating desktop and server deployments. It considerably reduces deployment time and standardizes desktop and server images. Moreover, MDT offers improved security and ongoing configuration management. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit is the official supported method of creating and customizing Windows images for deployment.

Starting from scratch, this book walks you through the MDT setup, task sequence creation, and image deployment steps in detail. Breaking down the various MDT concepts, this book will give you a thorough understanding of the deployment process.

Beginning with imaging concepts and theory, you will go on to build a Microsoft Deployment Toolkit environment. You will understand the intricacies of customizing the default user profile in different versions of Windows. Driver handling can be a challenge for larger organizations; we’ll cover various driver concepts including mandatory driver profiles. ]Other important topics like the User State Migration Tool (USMT), configuration of XML files, and how to troubleshoot the USMT are also discussed in the book.

We will cover the verifier and Windows Performance Toolkit for image validation scenarios. Furthermore, you will learn about MDT web frontend implementation as well as how to utilize the database capabilities of MDT for deeper deployment options. We’ll wrap it all up with some links to resources for more information, blogs to watch, and useful Twitter handles.

What You Will Learn

  • Build a production-ready MDT environment
  • Administer the environment for multiple users
  • Customize your reference image with an MDT Task Sequence
  • Create standalone media for offline deployments
  • Customize the default user profile according to the version of Windows
  • Get to grips with some troubleshooting steps and processes to reduce the time for recovery of a failed image
  • Customize and create Windows images for deployment
  • Discover useful tips and tricks to help save time in your deployment projects

You can order it via Packt Publishing. Link: https://www.packtpub.com/networking-and-servers/mastering-microsoft-deployment-toolkit

Book Review – Microsoft Azure Storage Essentials

Like some of you already know, I’m working sometimes for Packt in one of their reviewer Teams. Now the second book where I was one of the lucky guy’s who were able to review it, is public.

The book is named Microsoft Azure Storage Essentials and written by Chukri Soueidi. Let me give you a short abstract what Chukri has written about.

Harness the power of Microsoft Azure services to build efficient cloud solutions

  • Get to grips with the features of Microsoft Azure in terms of Blob, Table, Queue, and File storage
  • Learn the how and when of using the right storage service for different business use cases
  • Make use of Azure storage services in various languages with this fast-paced and easy-to-follow guide

Source: PacktPublishing

When you are interested in Azure Storage, I would highly suggest you to start with Chukri’s book. 🙂

You can order it via Packt Pub here.

My first official pre press book review – Learning System Center App Controller

I’m happy to tell you that the first book I was part of the reviewer team is public now. 🙂

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Nasir Naeem wrote about implementing appcontroller and gives you a good start with the product. I’m happy to get the chance to help him with the book and want to thank packt for the offer.

You can buy it here.

 

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Book review from Hyper-V Best Practices written by Benedict Berger

Today I want to write about my opinion on the “Hyper-V Best Practices” written by Benedict Berger and published via Packt Publishing. This book is my 4th I review within one year.

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At first let me tell something about my relation to the autor and the publisher. I know Benedict since 2 years and we hve good business and personal relationship to each other. So thats the reason why he asked me to give him my true and polite opinion about his book. Which I will do within this blogpost. I know Benedict as an high expert on Microsoft Hyper-V und private Cloud topics and was honored from Microsoft with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for his know how.

My way to packt Publishing was a bit different. A few months ago, they asked me if I would volunteer as content reviewer for a book about System Center VMM and Appcontroller that will be released on the 28th of January.

Now the over all view. The book is written for readers who already have first experiances with Hyper-V and want to deepen them. The book is written with many real life, best practice and personal experiences from Benedict. The whole code and examples written in the book are correct and work well. This is also because of the great expert reviewers like Ben ArmstrongCarsten Rachfahl and Charbel Nemnon who double checked the content. 🙂

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Let me show you the table of content, so that you can see which topics are covered. I would highly recommand the book to all who are interested in Microsoft virtualization.

You can now order the book at Packt Publishing as eBook (currently 5€) and on Amazon.de & Amazon.com as paperback (currently 26€).

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@PacktPub Packt 5 Dollar campaign & eBook Deals

As some of you already know, I’m currently reviewing some books from Packt Publishing. In oder to this Packt informed me that they started an ebook offer and I don’t want to withheld the information from you. 🙂

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You can read and find the offer here.

The $5 eBook Bonanza is here!

Treat yourself to the eBook or Video of your choice for just $5 and get as many as you like until January 6th 2015. To get you started, we’ve put together the Top 20 Titles of 2014 for you to pick up here. But don’t forget, you can get ANY eBook or Video for $5 in this offer.

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