L. Hayes said
Awesome book written for Windows Server 2008 & R2, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Focussed on group policy settings and group policy preferences. Best I've found and like any book by this author, it's got lots of tips and tricks. It will truly help you understand everything about group policy.
I would have liked to have seen more information on (older) Windows 2003 Server and Windows xp. Talks more about Windows 2008 Server and Vista and the new tools. So Great if you have the latest, not so great if you don't. This was my first delve into group policy and it's not clear what works with XP and Windows Server 2003 and what doesn't. Would have been nice to have a section differentiating what still applies to XP and older and what doesn't as opposed to Server 2008/Vista and Newer.
R. Osbourne said
Just reading the first few pages and I was more comfortable with Group Policies(GP), would recommend for people wanting to learn about GP.
Roger Osborne said
Out of all the Windows 2008 books I have, this one stands out as the best. William Stanek is a great writer, and has put together a stellar book that should be required reading for every System Administrator!
Ted Crace said
William Stanek never ceases to amaze me with how much great info he can pack into his pocket consultants. There's not one that's not worth it's weight in gold and I mean that. His are the only books I've ever read front to back and then gone back in for a second or third read with highlighter in hand. Everyone in IT I work with has at least one of his books if not several and sometimes several copies of the ones they have.
I bought three copies of this and three copies of [[ASIN:0735626480 Active Directory® Administrator's Pocket Consultant (Administrators Pocket Consultant)]]. I kept one of each and gave out the rest in my last staff meeting. There are no other books I will buy for my team, because no other books are as good. I am also grown up enough to admit knowledge I got from his books over the years are what earned me multiple promotions.
What makes this book so good is its relentless focus on what matters and the deep level of technical information William shares. William knows Windows and Microsoft products better than any 10 other tech experts on the planet put together.
No other Group Policy book I've ever read has been as good and what's even better is William does this in less than 320 pages. The 600+ page book I had before this didn't explain half of this even half as well. I'll finish by also saying this book should be used with William's [[ASIN:0735624380 Windows Server 2008 Inside Out]].