Book Review – Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches


The last two days I’ve spend my time in the train towards and from my customer reading the Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches book, written by PowerShell MVP Richard Siddaway.
Group Policies, Sites and Subnets, trusts, replication and DNS. It all passes the review step by step.
The book is devided into five sections:

  • Managing Active Directory Data
  • Managing Group Policy
  • Managing the Active Directory Service
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Reference

Because I follow Richard’s blog I was under the assumption that it would mainly be a book about how to use PowerShell to manage your Active Directory.
Also the title of the book ‘…in a Month of Lunches’ may have had something to do with it since I’m a huge fan of the ‘Learn PowerShell in a Month of Lunches’ book, written by Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks (both PowerShell MVP). Just about my whole PowerShell 101 workshop and training are based on that book 😉
And my assumption was confirmed after reading even the first few chapters. In this book you’ll get the GUI way explained, but also the PowerShell way which accomplishes the exact same result.

Even if you think that you know Active Directory I would still recommend reading this book. Even if you actually know all the things in the GUI that are explained in this book, you’ll probably won’t know the PowerShell way of all those things. But that’s not the main reason why I would recommend it.
The main reason is that it’s just packed with practical information… and lots of it!

And if you should order it before the 26th of Februari 2013, you can do so with the 50% discount code which is: learnadmau
Happy reading!

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