The Perfect Reference for the Multitasked SysAdmin The Microsoft Windows Vista operating system offers several changes and improvements over its predecessors. It not only brings a new and redesigned interface, but also improves on many administrative utilities and management consoles. It also enhances the system’s reliability, performance, and problem-solving tools. As administrators, Vista will sometimes look like its predecessor, Windows XP, and at other times, look like an all-new operating system. How to Cheat will help you get Vista up and running as quickly and safely as possible and provide you with a solid idea of all the important changes and improvements the new Microsoft Vista OS has to offer. In the book you will: * Automate Windows Vista Installation See how Windows installations can be automated for large-scale deployments using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). * Install and Maintain Devices Windows Vista contains device drivers for hundreds of PnP devices, and the Device Manager snap-in is the main utility on a local computer for managing them. * Customize Appearances, Taskbars, and Toolbars See how to use a personalization page, use the taskbar, and customize desktop themes. * Manage File System Formats, Partitions, and Volumes Learn how Windows Vista supports basic and dynamic volumes and two partition styles: MBR and GPT. * Increase File System Performance Learn how using tools such as disk defragging, cluster size adjustment, removing short filename support, and compression can help with performance. * Administer via Remote Remote Desktop and Windows Firewall can help administrators perform administrative tasks on remote computers. * Managing Services The Services utility allows you to view the stat

Key Features

*Provides the multi-tasked SysAdmin with the essential information needed to perform the daily tasks *Covers the major new release of Windows, which will create significant challenges for IT managers *Emphasizes best-practice security measures


System administrators

Table of Contents

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  • Chapter 1: Introducing and Installing Microsoft Vista
    • Introduction
    • Introduction to Windows Vista
    • Installing Windows Vista
    • Migrating to Windows Vista
    • Migrating Previous Files and Settings
    • Automating Windows Vista Installations
    • Running Windows Vista
    • Summary
    • Solutions Fast Track
    • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Chapter 2: Installing and Maintaining Hardware Devices and Drivers
    • Introduction
    • Viewing Currently Installed Devices
    • Installing and Maintaining Devices
    • Device Drivers
    • Using Automated Help with Hardware
    • Customizing Hardware Devices
    • Summary
    • Solutions Fast Track
    • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Chapter 3: Customizing Desktop Properties
    • Introduction
    • Customizing the Display Appearance and Screensaver
    • Customizing the Taskbar and Toolbar
    • Customizing with Desktop Themes
    • Summary
    • Solutions Fast Track
    • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Chapter 4: Managing File Systems and Disks
    • Introduction
    • Managing Basic and Dynamic Disks
    • Managing File System Formats, Partitions, and Volumes
    • Increasing File System Performance
    • Sharing File Systems
    • Implementing Local and Network File System Security
    • Summary
    • Solutions Fast Track
    • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Chapter 5: General Administrative Tasks
    • Introduction
    • Backup and Recovery
    • Printer Management
    • Administer via Remote
    • Scheduling Tasks and Managing Time and Date
    • Working with Power Plans
    • Managing Services
    • Summary
    • Solutions Fast Track
    • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Chapter 6: Managing


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About the author

Jan Kanclirz

Jan Kanclirz Jr. (CCIE #12136-Security, CCSP, CCNP, CCIP, CCNA, CCDA, INFOSEC Professional, Cisco WLAN Support/Design Specialist) is currently a Senior Network Information Security Architect at IBM Global Services. Jan specializes in multi vendor designs and post-sale implementations for several technologies such as VPNs, IPS/IDS, LAN/WAN, firewalls, content networking, wireless and VoIP. Beyond network designs and engineering Jan’s background includes extensive experience with open source applications and Linux. Jan has contributed to several Syngress book titles: Managing and Securing Cisco SWAN, Practical VoIP Security and How to Cheat at Securing a Wireless Network. In addition to Jan’s full-time position at IBM G.S., Jan runs a security portal, where he dedicates his time to security awareness and consulting. Jan lives in Colorado, where he enjoys outdoor adventures.

Affiliations and Expertise

(CCIE #12136-Security, CCSP, CCNP, CCIP, CCNA, CCDA, INFOSEC Professional, Cisco WLAN Support/Design Specialist), Senior Network Information Security Architect, IBM Global Services