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Microsoft Office Live Small Business  
Microsoft Office Live Small Business: Take Your Business Online!, by Katherine Murray
Reviewed by Lynn Finnel, content project manager, Microsoft Press

Katherine Murray’s book spotlights Office Live Small Business, a new, inexpensive, and easy way for owners to take their businesses online. The product provides a simple but powerful and customizable way to get a company on the Web. This book complements the information provided on the Office Live site, guiding the reader through the process of building and managing a Web site.

The book explores all the features and capabilities of this product. It begins by describing the importance of having a Web site, and then shows how to sign up for the program, get a domain name, choose the features that the business needs, and assign permissions and security features. Chapter 4 shows how to design a site, and Chapter 5 takes the design to the next level, describing easy ways to add features such as tables and Web modules. Chapter 7 shows how to reach customers, vendors, and coworkers with Small Business Mail, and Chapter 10 describes how to create and share workspaces with coworkers, clients, and vendors. Of course, a business isn’t a business without sales, and the book also shows how easy it is to create a store and manage sales and customers.

The great thing about using Office Live Small Business is that it comes with a Resource Center, which includes a community of users who share their experience, not only in managing their Web sites but also as entrepreneurs. Chapter 12 details the ways to take advantage of the Resource Center. Throughout the book, Murray includes interviews with business owners who use Business Online. They show off their sites and describe their favorite features. Their stories are inspiring, and the examples give readers new ideas.

Murray knows firsthand how busy small business owners are, and for that reason her ideas, procedures, and explanations are short, to the point, and practical.

Learn more about Microsoft Office Live Small Business: Take Your Business Online!, by Katherine Murray

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For Certification

Pro-Level Exchange Server 2007 Training Kit
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Certification: Pro-Level Exchange Server 2007 Training Kits Hit the Shelves, by Ken Jones, product planner, and Laura Sackerman, content development editor, Microsoft Press

It's hard to remember how we did business before e-mail, voice mail, and instant messaging. For many organizations, Microsoft Exchange Server has become the mission-critical application. As methods of electronic communication have expanded, so has the demand for messaging specialists.

There are now more than 75,000 messaging specialists worldwide. This group’s growth in numbers and significance is a big reason we now offer two Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 credentials—MCTS: Exchange Server 2007 Configuration and MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator.

Earning the MCTS credential requires passing only one exam, 70-236: Configuring Exchange Server 2007. The Microsoft Press Training Kit supporting this exam was published last November and has enjoyed brisk sales.

After earning the MCTS credential, a candidate can go on to earn the MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator certification by passing two more exams—the Pro-level 70-237: Deploying Messaging Solutions with Exchange Server 2007, and 70-238: Designing Messaging Solutions with Exchange Server 2007.

This month, we’re introducing the first of two Training Kits supporting the Pro-level exams: MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-238): Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, authored by Nelson Ruest and Danielle Ruest.

The new 70-238 Training Kit provides everything a candidate needs to understand the subject and to prepare for the exam. Topics covered include Exchange Server 2007 upgrade and migration implementations; backup and recovery solutions; antivirus, anti-spam, messaging compliance, and network layer security; and change management, monitoring and reporting, and patch and service pack installations.

All this plus the usual Training Kit benefits: real-world case studies and practices, hundreds of lesson review and practice test questions, a 15 percent discount voucher for the exam, and a trial version of Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition.

Although the exam doesn’t currently cover Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) content, the Training Kit includes an entire section on the new features in this service pack, as a bonus!

After you study for and pass the 70-238 exam, be sure to look for the second of the two MCITP Exchange Server 2007 Training Kits, MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-237): Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, which will be released later this year.

For IT Professionals

Windows Server 2008 PKI and Certificate Security   
Excerpted by Maria Gargiulo, content project manager, Microsoft Press

Windows Command-Line Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, by William R. Stanek, is a completely updated edition of the award-winning, number-one best-selling Windows command-line book. This revised and expanded edition features more than 200 new pages and covers the essential command-line tools included in the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. Whether you are an administrator, developer, or power user, you’ll be able to use this book to master the core command-line tools and techniques, and to learn numerous timesaving ways to get the job done.

This book will be available from Microsoft Press in June. Following is an excerpt from the introduction.
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Windows Command-Line Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, is designed to be used in the daily administration of Windows systems, and as such the book is organized by job-related tasks rather than by Windows features. Speed and ease of reference is an essential part of this hands-on guide. The book has an expanded table of contents and an extensive index for finding answers to problems quickly. Many other quick reference features have been added as well. These features include quick step-by-step instructions, lists, tables with fast facts, and extensive cross-references.

The book is organized into both parts and chapters. Part I, “Windows Command-Line Fundamentals,” reviews the fundamental tasks you need for command-line administration. Chapter 1 provides an overview of command-line administration tools, techniques, and concepts. Chapter 2 is designed to help you get the most out of the command shell. It details techniques for starting up the command shell using parameters, how to control command path settings, what redirection techniques are available, and how to use multiple commands in sequences. Chapter 3 discusses the essentials for creating command-line scripts. You’ll learn how to set variables, work with conditional controls, and create procedures.

Windows provides many command-line tools to help in the management of daily operations. Part II, “Windows Systems Administration Using the Command Line,” discusses the core tools and techniques you’ll use to manage Windows systems. Chapter 4 explores techniques for configuring roles, role services, and features on Windows servers. Chapter 5 discusses many of the key administration tools, including those that help you gather system information, work with the Windows registry, configure Windows services, and shut down systems remotely. Chapter 6 examines the logging tools available for Windows systems that can help you identify and track system problems, monitor applications and services, and maintain system security. You’ll also learn how to write events to the system and application logs. In Chapter 7, you’ll learn about tools and techniques for monitoring applications, examining processes, and maintaining performance. Chapter 8 provides techniques you can use to manage the way logging is performed, centralize event logging across the enterprise, and collect and generate reports on performance data. Chapter 9 discusses ways you can automate tasks to reduce the daily workload.

The book continues with Part III, “Windows File System and Disk Administration Using the Command Line.” Users depend on hard disk drives to store their word processing documents, spreadsheets, and other types of data. If you’ve worked with Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 for any length of time, you’ve probably used the Disk Management tool. The command-line counterpart of Disk Management is the disk partition utility (DiskPart). You can use DiskPart to handle most disk management tasks as well as to perform some additional tasks that cannot be performed in the graphical user interface. Chapter 10 provides an introduction to DiskPart and also discusses FSUtil, ChkDsk, and CHKNTFS. Chapter 11 discusses partitioning basic disks. Chapter 12 examines dynamic disks and how they are used. The chapter also examines implementing, managing, and troubleshooting RAID.

Part IV, “Windows Active Directory Administration Using the Command Line,” concentrates on the core commands you’ll use for configuring, managing, and troubleshooting Active Directory. Chapter 13 discusses many of the key directory services administration tools, including tools that help you gather directory information. Chapter 14 examines tools that help you create and manage computer accounts in Active Directory. You’ll also learn how to configure domain controllers as global catalogs and operations masters. Chapter 15 discusses creating and managing accounts for users and groups in Active Directory.

The final part, Part V, “Windows Network Administration Using the Command Line,” examines network printing, TCP/IP networking, and related issues. Chapter 16 examines network printing and print services. Chapter 17 discusses configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting TCP/IP networking from the command line.

Appendix A provides a quick reference for command-line utilities discussed in the book. In Appendix B, you’ll find a quick reference for the contexts and commands available when you are working with the network services shell (Netsh). You can use Netsh to manage the configuration of various network services on local and remote computers.

For Developers

Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success   
Reviewed by Victoria Thulman, content project manager, Microsoft Press

The information technology industry is young—very young—as industries go. At about 25 years old and in a state of rapid and constant change since its earliest days, it has hardly had a chance to take a breath. Project management in the IT domain developed organically and very rapidly to accommodate demands. The traditional considerations of any industry—costs, schedule, and quality—had to compete in the IT domain with other equally critical factors, for example, speed to market, feature changes, and lots of competition. In the process of becoming so adaptable, the industry also became chronically wasteful—features were thrown out and thrown in, budgets increased, staff shifted. Today the IT industry is still frequently 10 percent to 30 percent, and sometimes as much as 100 percent, off the mark with respect to budget, specifications, and schedule.

James Persse thinks this is understandable given how young the industry is, but he doesn’t buy into the idea that it is an inherent part of product development. So he did some homework in an industry that shares many attributes with IT, yet is more frequently on target with respect to all these factors and rarely more than 1 percent to 3 percent over original project expectations: the motion picture industry. Hollywood’s studio production process is an effective and systematic approach to managing these critical factors, and very much like the tried-and-true systems already available in the IT world, such as PMBOK and Agile. If Hollywood can do it, Persse argues, the IT industry can, too.

In Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success, Persse interviewed over 22 motion picture executives and producers to discover their methods of successful project management—which Persse defines as staying in budget, delivering a product aligned with the original specs, and staying on schedule. The key, he says, is not better project management, but more project management.

Though Hollywood and the IT domain seem dissimilar at first, they share many of the same challenges and attributes. Both require, for example, carefully designed specs that must be open to change, the integration of specialized teams, a keen eye on the customer, and significant investments. Persse draws convincing parallels throughout the book, and offers full, interesting case scenarios to make his points. Special sections at the ends of chapters point readers to additional reading that will help in developing best practices.

Whether you’re a newcomer to information technology and curious about how it all works, a programmer considering a career shift into project management, or a veteran of the industry desiring a fresh perspective, you’ll appreciate this entertaining and insightful look at the motion-picture best practices used by producers and production managers to ensure a successful project. And if you’re fascinated by the movie industry, you’ll especially love this book!

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MS Press

June 18, 2008

In This Issue:
Editor's Picks
Special Offer
Hot Sellers
For Developers
Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Step by Step, by John Sharp
Code Complete, Second Edition, by Steve McConnell

For Home and Office Users
Windows Vista Plain & Simple, by Jerry Joyce and Marianne Moon
Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Step by Step, by Curtis D. Frye

For IT Professionals
Windows Server 2008 Inside Out, by William R. Stanek
Windows Server 2008 Resource Kit, by Microsoft MVPs with the Microsoft Windows Server Team

For Certification
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-620): Configuring Windows Vista Client, by Ian McLean and Orin Thomas
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-431): Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance, by Solid Quality Learning

 
Latest Releases
For Developers
Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success, by James Persse
Introducing Microsoft Silverlight 2, Second Edition, by Laurence Moroney

For Home and Office Users
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Companion, Second Edition, by Walter Glenn, Scott Lowe, and Joshua Maher
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Best Practices, by Ben Curry and Bill English with the Microsoft SharePoint Teams
Windows Command-Line Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, by William R. Stanek

For Certification
MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-647): Windows Server Enterprise Administration, by Orin Thomas, John Policelli, Ian McLean, J.C. Mackin, Paul Mancuso, and David R. Miller, with GrandMasters
MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-238): Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, by Nelson Ruest and Danielle Ruest with GrandMasters
MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-647): Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator Core Requirements, by Dan Holme, Nelson Ruest, Danielle Ruest, Tony Northrup, J.C. Mackin, Anil Desai, Orin Thomas, John Policelli, Ian McLean, P. Mancuso, and D.R. Miller

Coming Soon
For Developers
Agile Portfolio Management, by Jochen Krebs
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Fundamentals, by Stanislav Pavlov and Pavel Belevsky

For Home and Office Users
The Best of Windows Vista: Official Magazine, by Windows Vista: the Official Magazine

For IT Professionals
Windows Vista Resource Kit, Second Edition, by Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup, and Jerry Honeycutt with the Windows Vista Team

For Certification
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-502): Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Windows Presentation Foundation

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