Posted: 13 May 2009 04:25 PM PDT
Here’s what you’ll learn in each of the Configuring Windows Vista videos:
Video 1 - “Configuring Windows Vista Series Introduction” - This first nugget introduces you to Exam-Pack 70-620: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring. You’ll learn about exam requirements, how this series is structured, and what you can hope to get out of the training.
Video 2 - “Installation: Hardware Requirements, Editions” - If you want Windows Vista to run as expected, your hardware has to be up to snuff. First this nugget covers two types of Vista hardware — hardware to work okay and hardware to work blazing fast. Then you’ll learn about all the different Vista editions, including the features you’ll find in each. This includes all the features and functionalities in Windows Vista Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate.
Video 4 - “Windows Vista Upgrade” - Upgrading to Windows Vista has a few differences from a clean install. When you put the Windows Vista installation DVD into computer running an older version of Windows or another edition of Windows Vista, you’ll see the Upgrade Advisor — this is what you’ll use to run through the upgrade. In this video you’ll learn how Upgrade Advisor will help you recognize any hurdles to upgrading and then work them out before problems come up. You’ll also learn what upgrade paths are available to you. Plus you’ll get a first introduction to the Windows Easy Transfer migration tool. Finally, you’ll see a simple demonstration of an upgrade to Windows Vista.
Video 5 - “Windows Vista Migration and Windows Easy Transfer” - In this nugget you dive in deeper into Windows Vista migration using Windows Easy Transfer tool plus another tool called the User State Migration Tool 3.0 (USMT). These tools help you migrate user documents and settings into Vista from previous versions of Windows. USMT doesn’t really show up on the 70-620 exam, but it will be very helpful as you deploy Windows Vista in a corporate or enterprise environment.
Video 6 - “Anytime Upgrade, Troubleshooting Installation” - This nugget explains in detail how Anytime Upgrade makes it easy to move from one edition of Vista to another, without losing any important settings or information. Plus you’ll learn some of the best techniques for troubleshooting Windows Vista installation issues. Finally this nugget covers application compatibility — so you don’t hit a brick wall when you have Windows Vista up and running just fine but you can’t seem to get your favorite application to run.
Video 7 - “Install and Configure Drivers” - Drivers are the key to getting Vista to “speak” with the hardware it is running on. In this nugget you learn how to install and configure drivers in Windows Vista. This includes knowing about Driver Signatures, Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL), Windows Software Engineering (WSE), and Driver Verifier. Plus you’ll learn how to troubleshoot when things go wrong using Roll Back, Uninstall Driver, and Last Known Good.
Video 8 - “Troubleshooting Post-Installation Configuration Issues, Windows Aero” - Okay — Vista is installed. Now what? This nugget takes you through configurations and system settings you’ll want to implement post-installation to get Vista to run well. This includes advanced options and selections in Device Manager. Also, you’ll learn how problem reports help you track down and solve problems coming from the processes and applications running on your system. Finally, you’ll discover how customizing display properties can drastically effect system performance — including using, not using, or limiting the front-end Windows Aero interface.
Video 9 - “Configuring Internet Explorer, Configure and Troubleshoot Parental Controls” - This nugget is all about connecting to the Internet with Windows Vista using Microsoft Internet Explorer. This includes configuring and troubleshooting parental controls to control internet access. Also, you’ll learn how to use Content Advisor to configure what types of websites users of the computer can access. Plus you’ll learn how to use RSS feeds and why they’re useful, using search within Windows and within your browser, and finally about the improved Internet printing experience in Windows Vista.
Video 10 - “Security: Configure and Troubleshoot User Account Control” - This first nugget on security in Windows Vista walks you through how to configure and troubleshoot User Account Control. Understand the core concepts surrounding user accounts including permissions for different types and groups of accounts. Plus learn what to behavior you can expect from User Account Control. Also you’ll walk through how to setup and manage policies including group and local policies. Finally, this nugget covers what the “Secure Desktop” is, how it effects users, and how it can help IT professionals.
Video 11 - “Security: Windows Defender” - Windows Defender is a cool tool integrated with Windows Vista to help you control Adware, Spyware, Malware, and Viruses. This second security nugget goes through how these are defined on the Microsoft exam, plus shows you how you can setup Windows Defender to protect your Vista computer automatically.
Video 12 - “Dynamic Security for IE7″ - Internet Explorer continues to give you more options for locking down security. This nugget details how to use these features, including Protected Mode, the Phishing Filter, the Pop-up blocker, Security Zones that help you control what can be downloaded and run on your computer, Privacy settings including cookie handling, how to identify Secure Websites in IE7, and finally controlling Add-ons that sometimes improve user experience but also pose a security risk.
Video 13 - “Security: Configure Security Settings in Windows Firewall” - This last security-focused nugget walks you through how Windows Firewall has advanced in Vista. It starts by going through essential terms — like TCP/IP, Port, Network Interface, Inbound and Outbound Traffic, IPSec, Bidirectional, Stateful, Home, Work, Public, Private, and Domain — you need to know before you configure the firewall, then dives into the new features, explains Network Location Awareness (NLA) profiles, shows you the different interfaces for configuring Windows Firewall, and concludes by demonstrating a configuration of the firewall.
Video 14 - “Configuring Networking by Using the Network and Sharing Center” - Now that you have security in line it’s time to connect to the network. This nugget starts with understanding IP Addressing and Network Services. Then it moves into common network types you’ll see and how Vista fits within each. Also, you’ll see how easy it has become to connect to networks using the Network and Sharing Center inside Vista, including both wired and wireless networks. Next you’ll learn about Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), and finally about various network connection properties. And along the way DNS Name Resolution, Network Address Translation (NAT), and Troubleshooting Connectivity are covered as well.
Video 15 - “Sharing Resources and Securing Wireless Access Points” - This nugget goes deeper into two important networking topics — resource sharing and wireless security. First you’ll learn how using the Network and Sharing Center makes it easy than ever to share files, folders, and printers. And then you’ll learn about Wireless Security including changing your SSID and disabling broadcasting, using WEP and WPA wireless security, and filtering by MAC address.
Video 16 - “Remote Access: Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop” - Remote access in Vista is split into two core uses — remote assistance for supporting others, and remote desktop for using all your computer’s files and resources from another location. This nugget covers how to configure remote access in Vista including both remote desktop and remote assistance. This will be a key point of confusion on the 70-620 exam and instructor James Conrad contacted an insider at Microsoft to clarify that the content in this nugget maps exactly to the remote access topics you will see on the exam — this is not the remote access you’re already familiar with!
Video 17 - “Network Troubleshooting” - This is the last nugget that focuses heavily on networking — in it you’ll learn how to troubleshoot network connectivity in Vista. First you’ll learn a series of steps you can go through that will identify and allow you to fix most network connectivity issues. Then you’ll learn about the tools you’ll be using — IPCONFIG, PING, TRACERT, PATHPING, and Automating Private IP Addressing (APIPA).
Video 18 - “Configure Windows Mail” - Windows Mail replaces Outlook Express as the native Email and Newsgroup client in Windows Vista. In this nugget you’ll first review mail protocols including SMTP, POP3, and IMAP4. Then you’ll dive in and configure Windows Mail and work with mail messages you send and receive through Windows Mail. Finally, you’ll also look at how to configure newsgroups and work with newsgroup messages.
Video 19 - “Configure Windows Calendar, Meeting Space” - This nugget covers another set of applications included with Windows Vista — Windows Calendar and Meeting Space. The nugget starts with an explanation of how to go in and edit or add more details to the contacts stored on your computer. Then you’ll learn how to use Windows Calendar to schedule and share events and appointments, and Windows Meeting Space to share your desktop, applications, and more over the internet or an ad-hoc wireless network.
Video 20 - “Configure Windows Sidebar, Media Applications” - This nugget covers a few more applications you’ll see included with Windows Vista — Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Windows Fax and Scan, and the Windows Sidebar. You’ll learn how to configure each of these applications, plus you’ll get demos of some cool features you’ll want to play around with to discover in more depth.
Video 21 - “Optimizing Windows Vista” - Vista has tons of cool features — which can be hard on your system resources if not configured to work with what’s available. It also comes with some cool tools that help with this. Learn how to optimize your Vista system, including using the new ReadyBoost technology, managing Startup Programs, enabling or disabling Visual Effects, and Indexing to improve performance. Also, you’ll learn about Power Plans, doing Disk Cleanup, and defragmenting with Diskeeper.
Video 22 - “Reliability Tools” - Making sure your computer runs reliably is a big topic. This nugget doesn’t fall short. You’ll learn about troubleshooting with Problem Reports and Solutions, plus using Problem History to track problem trends. You’ll learn how to cleanup Internet Explorer including deleting browsing history. You’ll learn how hardware can limit performance and how to discover if that is happening on your system. And how the dramatically improved Event Viewer helps make troubleshooting easier. And how the Reliability and Performance Monitor gives you an inside look into current and past performance of your computer. Plus how to diagnose the overall system health. And for the final two topics this nugget covers the Task Manager and where to find comprehensive System Information.
Video 23 - “Data Protection and Windows Update” - This nugget covers two best practices for making sure your data is always safe and your computer stays secure. First you’ll learn about Data Protection, specifically how to back up and restore data using tools in Vista — including taking a snapshot of your System State for easy recognition, finding and using previous versions of files, and how to do complete PC backups easily. Then, you learn about configuring Windows Update to make sure you get all the latest patches and improvements as Microsoft releases them.
Video 24 - “Mobile Computing” - This final nugget covers unique features and functionality of Vista for use with notebooks and other mobile computers. First you’ll learn how to configure external displays. Then you’ll learn how to configure and use Network Projectors, Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC), Sync Center, Offline Files SideShow, Tablet PCs, and finally the nugget concludes with a discussion of the three Power States available in Windows Vista.
On the job Windows Vista skills plus exam prep for Technology Specialist exam
Exam-Pack 70-620: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring gives you the skills you need to configure Microsoft Windows Vista desktop computers to run at peak performance. In addition to the real-world skills you learn, the series also maps to exam objectives for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exam 70-620, which certifies that you have the skills to configure Windows Vista Desktop computers in an enterprise environment.
Exam-Pack 70-620: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring contains:
- Configuring Windows Vista Series Introduction
Posted: 13 May 2009 02:52 PM PDT
This book is intended for anyone who has an interest in useful Perl scripting, in particular on the Windows platform, for the purpose of incident response, and forensic analysis, and application monitoring. While a thorough grounding in scripting languages (or in Perl specifically) is not required, it helpful in fully and more completely understanding the material and code presented in this book. This book contains information that is useful to consultants who perform incident response and computer forensics, specifically as those activities pertain to MS Windows systems (Windows 2000, XP, 2003, and some Vista). My hope is that not only will consultants (such as myself) find this material valuable, but so will system administrators, law enforcement officers, and students in undergraduate and graduate programs focusing on computer forensics.
*Perl Scripting for Live Response
Using Perl, there’s a great deal of information you can retrieve from systems, locally or remotely, as part of troubleshooting or investigating an issue. Perl scripts can be run from a central management point, reaching out to remote systems in order to collect information, or they can be “compiled” into standalone executables using PAR, PerlApp, or Perl2Exe so that they can be run on systems that do not have ActiveState’s Perl distribution (or any other Perl distribution) installed.
*Perl Scripting for Computer Forensic Analysis
Perl is an extremely useful and powerful tool for performing computer forensic analysis. While there are applications available that let an examiner access acquired images and perform some modicum of visualization, there are relatively few tools that meet the specific needs of a specific examiner working on a specific case. This is where the use of Perl really shines through and becomes apparent.
*Perl Scripting for Application Monitoring
Working with enterprise-level Windows applications requires a great deal of analysis and constant monitoring. Automating the monitoring portion of this effort can save a great deal of time, reduce system downtimes, and improve the reliability of your overall application. By utilizing Perl scripts and integrating them with the application technology, you can easily build a simple monitoring framework that can alert you to current or future application issues.
Posted: 13 May 2009 02:28 PM PDT
In a world where most CCIE books are as dense and understandable as a phone book in a language you just started learning last week, the CCIE Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Study Guide is a breath of fresh air–readable, clear, and admirably concise. Unfortunately, that readability comes at a price, and that price is a lack of depth.
But since you’re going to be buying more than one book for this exam anyway, why not get one you’ll enjoy reading? And the CIEE Study Guide functions as a stellar overview, explaining the CCIE topics with deft aplomb and some of the best writing you’re likely to see in this advanced arena, where technical wizardry is often valued more highly than clarity.
The amazing thing about the CCIE Study Guide is the cleanness of the writing: it gets the essentials of large unwieldy concepts across in a few sentences. Which is not to say that you won’t have to reread it a couple of times to understand some of the rough spots, but the amount of rereading is drastically minimized from what it could be. Carefully thought-out diagrams spotlight various routing issues, and definitely help with visualization.
But even considering the clear writing, the detail is fairly sparse. The responses you’ll get to various command lines are sometimes truncated for space, which may cause problems for those who aren’t used to sorting through pages of output to find the critical data. The sections on Ethernet frames contain information, but they’re not comprehensive. In short, there’s a heck of a lot here, but the CCIE will require a bit more in almost every case.
There are 20 questions at the end of every chapter, and they’re all right–but they’re definitely a step down from what you can expect to see on the actual CCIE, and they’re all simple multiple-choice questions. No scenario-style questions to be found here, buddy. The answers, sadly, are terse and don’t always explain why the other options are wrong.
In short, backed with some Web research and a couple of other books, this could be the foundation for a real passing grade–but it’s not quite enough. However, if you’ve lost your way during all of the individual exams and need an overview–or want a refresher course that is technically accurate as far as it goes and is comparatively fun to read–then you won’t regret it. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. –William Steinmetz
Posted: 13 May 2009 02:17 PM PDT
From the Back Cover
The Dictionary of Networking is a highly readable, authoritative guide to the extensive–and often bewildering–terminology of network computing. This completely updated, expanded third edition spans all aspects of networking hardware and software–from peer-to-peer networks to enterprise wide area networks (WANs), the Internet, and internetworking–and covers every major network operating system. Topics include:
Posted: 13 May 2009 02:09 PM PDT
The continually expanding popularity of both the Internet and local intranets means that the ability to construct reliable network software is a vital skill for many of today’s programmers. At the same time, Java’s comprehensive libraries of readily-accessible network programming features ensure that Java remains at the forefront of network software development.
The first edition of An Introduction to Network Programming with Java provided a ’streamlined’ work that could serve equally well as the core text on an undergraduate module and as the quick, clear, ‘no-nonsense’ guide required by a busy IT professional. Notable amongst its features were its numerous code examples, screenshots and end-of-chapter exercises. The second edition retains these features, but builds upon the success of the original text by introducing the following changes and additions:
Jan Graba is a Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, where he has specialised in the teaching of network programming with Java for the past five years.
About the Author
The author is a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK and previously published a book on C++ with us.
The author’s website is: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jan.graba/javanet.html
Posted: 13 May 2009 02:03 PM PDT
Posted: 13 May 2009 02:00 PM PDT
Apache Jakarta-Tomcat, the official reference implementation for the Java servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies, has long been heralded as an excellent platform for the development and deployment of powerful Web applications. The recently released version 4.0 offers not only numerous enhancements in flexibility and stability, but also an array of new features that are certain to expand upon the Tomcat developers’ already wealthy toolset.
In this namesake title, best-selling author James Goodwill provides readers with a thorough introduction to Jakarta-Tomcat, offering instruction on topics ranging from the basic installation and configuration process and Web application deployment to advanced concepts of integration with other popular Apache Foundation projects such as the Apache Web server, Struts, Log4J, and the Apache XML SOAP Project.
In addition to an already comprehensive introduction to core Tomcat functionality, readers also benefit from a valuable primer of what is offered in version 4.0, as Goodwill takes care to thoroughly discuss new features such as valves, security realms, persistent sessions, and the Tomcat Manager Application. In summary, Apache Jakarta-Tomcat offers both novice and advanced Jakarta-Tomcat users a practical and comprehensive guide to this powerful software.
Posted: 13 May 2009 01:56 PM PDT
Because it’s oriented toward SNMP as a tool, much of the coverage in this book has to do with software that uses SNMP to provide network monitoring and control services. After a strengths-and-weaknesses overview of a number of SNMP packages, the authors use mainly HP OpenView, Castle Rock SNMPc, and Net-SNMP (the last in combination with Perl scripting) to demonstrate how SNMP works and how to take advantage of it. It’s the scripting that really distinguishes this book from other SNMP books, by the way. It’s integral to the authors’ presentation, and the latter half of this book is packed with shell and Perl listings. –David Wall
Topics covered: Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and its applicability as a network management tool. Details like object identifiers (OIDs), management information bases (MIBs), traps, and community strings are defined and explained. The configuration of SNMP agents is detailed for several software packages and operating systems, and the integration of SNMP and scripts (in shell languages and in Perl) is covered nicely. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Posted: 13 May 2009 01:47 PM PDT
From the Back Cover
Posted: 13 May 2009 01:34 PM PDT
From the Back Cover
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