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Microsoft Windows Vista Management and Administration

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This book will show administrators how to manage and administer the advanced functions and security features in Windows Vista. The recommendations, tips, tricks, and best practices are based on years of early-adopter implementations of Windows Vista in large corporate and private environments. The authors highlight the functions of Windows Vista that both large and small environments have found to be the most useful, including all-new features such as Complete PC Backup, BitLocker, and the powerful Group Policy options that are only available in Windows Vista.

Understand how to…

  • Integrate Windows Vista into an Active Directory domain

  • Properly protect information for local and remote users

  • Utilize BitLocker to encrypt all the data on a disk

  • Properly secure a Windows Vista system

  • Enable self-service recovery with Shadow Copy

  • Deploy Windows Vista systems without having to touch them

  • Deploy powerful new Group Policy settings

  • Pick the version of Vista that is right for your users

  • Optimize Vista performance

  • Securely access corporate information while offline

  • Perform image-level backup and restore of Vista workstations

  • Andrew Abbate is a consultant in and best-selling author on various Microsoft technologies and security and operational practices.

    James Walker, MCSE, CPM, BSME, has been a consultant, author, and technical editor to several best-selling Windows Unleashed books involving design, security, performance optimization, and data communications.

    Scott G. Chimner, CISSP, MCSE, MCSA, TCSE 2, A+, is a consultant for Convergent Computing, an ISSA member, and has been in the computer industry for more than 12 years with a concentration on Information Security. Scott has also served as a contributing writer for several books on Microsoft technologies.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Contents at a Glance
    4. Table of Contents
    5. About the Authors
    6. Dedication Page
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. We Want to Hear from You!
    9. Reader Services
    10. Introduction
    11. Part I: Windows Vista Health Check
      1. Chapter 1. Windows Vista Technology Primer
      2. Chapter 2. Getting to Understand Your Windows Vista System
      3. Chapter 3. Understanding Windows Vista Performance Optimization
    12. Part II: Security for Windows Vista Systems
      1. Chapter 4. Securing a Windows Vista System
      2. Chapter 5. Patching and Keeping Windows Vista Up-to-Date
      3. Chapter 6. Using User Account Control to Establish System Security
      4. Chapter 7. Implementing BitLocker Drive Encryption to Improve Data Privacy
    13. Part III: Windows Vista Mobility
      1. Chapter 8. Configuring and Using Offline Files
      2. Chapter 9. Configuring Mobile Functionality in Windows Vista
      3. Chapter 10. Creating a Secured Mobile Communications Configuration
    14. Part IV: Backup and Recovery of Information
      1. Chapter 11. Using Shadow Copy to Recover Lost or Damaged Files
      2. Chapter 12. Backing Up and Recovering Windows Vista Information
      3. Chapter 13. Using the Complete PC Backup Utility
      4. Chapter 14. Microsoft Vista System Restore
    15. Part V: Managing Vista
      1. Chapter 15. Setting Up Users and Computers in Windows Vista
      2. Chapter 16. Establishing Printer Management in Windows Vista
      3. Chapter 17. Troubleshooting Windows Vista
      4. Chapter 18. Using Internet Explorer 7
    16. Part VI: Deploying Vista
      1. Chapter 19. Creating Windows Vista Images
      2. Chapter 20. Imaging Tools and Processes
      3. Chapter 21. Deploying Windows Vista in an Automated Fashion
    17. Part VII: Windows Vista in an Active Directory Environment
      1. Chapter 22. Understanding Group Policy Basics to Manage Windows Vista Systems
      2. Chapter 23. Expanding on the Use of Group Policies to Better Manage Windows Vista Systems
    18. Index