This is a list of free e-books that are useful for Windows administrators. It will be regularly updated. I added 15 new free books from Microsoft and Microsoft Press. Eric Ligman published an impressive list of free Microsoft ebooks. Many books in this list were already included in the 4sysops list. I added those books that were still missing, but only included books that are relevant for Windows admins. I didn't add documents that have more the character of flyers or which appeared to be too specific to me. Nevertheless, I recommend skimming through the largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever.
- ADMT Guide: Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains
- Migrate Roles and Features to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – A Deployment Guide for Education
- Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model
- Microsoft Lync Server 2013: Basic Administration – Release 2.1
- System Center: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks
- Windows PowerShell Networking Guide
- The Big Book of PowerShell Gotchas
- The Big Book of PowerShell Error Handling
- Explore SharePoint 2013
- Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013
- Deployment Guide for Office 2013
- Windows Store Apps – A Deployment Guide for Education
- Windows 8.1 Deployment to PCs – A Guide for Education
- Windows 8.1 Deployment Planning – A Guide for Education
- Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform
- Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight
- How To: BYOD Project – Volume 1: The Desktop
- Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014
- Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing
- Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution
- Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
- Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager
- Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller
- Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager
- Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Technical Overview
- Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
- Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience
- Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals
- Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release
- Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals
- Secrets of PowerShell Remoting
- Introducing Windows Server 2012
- Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
- Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office Users
- Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime
- Windows 7 Power Users Guide
- Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
- Administrator’s Guide to Windows PowerShell Remoting
- The SysAdmin Handbook
- Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)
- The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts eBook
- Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Essentials
- Hyper-V Essentials
- First Look Microsoft Office 2010
- Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance
- Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint Server 2007
- Effective Windows PowerShell: The Free eBook
- TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows
- TCP/IP Tutorial and Technical Overview
- Introduction to Storage Area Networks
- Microsoft Windows Server System Deployment Guide for Midsize Businesses eBook
- Layman’s Guide to PowerShell 2.0 remoting
- WMI query language (WQL) via PowerShell
- The Administrator Crash Course: Windows PowerShell v2
- VMM 2008 Essentials
- Xen Virtualization Essentials
- Security Concepts Book
- Security+ Essentials
- Windows Server 2008 Essentials
- Windows Server 2008 R2 – Das umfassende Handbuch
If you know of another good free e-book that could be of interest for Windows administrators, please post the link as a comment below or send me an email.
I will update this page regularly, so you might want to bookmark it. If you spot a book that is no longer available as a free e-book, please let me know.
The books I added most recently are at the top of the list.
Justin Hall, Microsoft, 2014
This guide assists Active Directory administrators in performing domain migration through the use of the Active Directory Migration Tool version 3.2 (ADMT v3.2). ADMT v3.2 has recently been updated and re-released. The version remains v3.2 because it’s functionally the same as its predecessor (that is, there are no new features). This final release includes various bug fixes and can be used with all supported Windows operating systems and versions of Windows Server Active Directory.
This E-Book includes guidance to help you migrate server roles and features to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012. Also included is an
installation and operations guide for Windows Server Migration Tools, a set of five Windows PowerShell cmdlets that can be used to migrate some roles and features to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012
Although many of the topics discussed in this guide are applicable to VDI in Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows MultiPoint Server 2012,
this guide focuses on VDI in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Marc Farley, Microsoft Press, 2013
Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model describes a storage architecture that some experts are calling a game changer in the infrastructure industry. Called the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage (HCS) solution, it was developed as a way to integrate cloud storage services with traditional enterprise storage.
Fabrizio Volpe, Microsoft, 2014
Lync 2013 server is a unified communication system. Lync is able to deliver instant messaging (IM), audio conferencing, video conferencing, multi-party high-resolution meetings and voice over ip (VOIP), as well as persistent chat. You can integrate Lync with the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to offer full telephony features and to replace existing IP PBX.
David Ziembicki, Aaron Cushner, Andreas Rynes and the System Center series editor, Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, 2013
Our objective with this book is to provide a framework for runbook design and IT process automation to help you get the most out of System Center Orchestrator 2012 and to help you utilize Orchestrator in concert with the rest of the System Center for an enterprise-wide and systematic approach to process automation.
PowerShell.org, Ed Wilson
PowerShell.org, Don Jones
PowerShell.org, Dave Wyatt
Error handling in Windows PowerShell can be a complex topic. The goal of this book – which is fortunately not as “big” as the name implies – is to help clarify some of that complexity, and help you do a better and more concise job of handling errors in your scripts.
This book provides information about what’s new in SharePoint 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who want to know more about SharePoint 2013.
This book provides deployment instructions for SharePoint 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who are ready to deploy SharePoint 2013.
This book provides deployment instructions for Office 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who are ready to deploy Office 2013.
Explore Windows Store app deployment strategies and considerations for educational institutions running Windows 8.1/Windows 8.
This guide provides an overview of Windows 8.1/Windows 8 deployment to PCs in an educational environment.
This guide covers the key considerations and questions that should be answered as a part of a typical Windows 8.1/Windows 8 deployment in educational institutions.
David Ziembicki and Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, 2014
Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform is targeted toward IT executives and architects interested in the big picture of how Microsoft’s cloud strategy is delivered using Windows and Microsoft System Center.
Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody, Microsoft Press, 2014
In Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight, we cover what big data really means, how you can use it to your advantage in your company or organization, and one of the services you can use to do that quickly—specifically, Microsoft’s HDInsight service.
Douglas A. Brown, 2014
Volume 1 covers Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac and XenClient Enterprise Synchronizer, including Hyper-V 2012 R2 and FSLogix Apps.
Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner, Microsoft Press, April 2014
This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2014 and wants to understand its capabilities.
Mitch Tulloch with Nader Benmessaoud, CJ Williams, Uma Mahesh Mudigonda, Microsoft Press, March 2014
This brief book identifies some key usage and deployment scenarios for cloud computing to provide some deep technical background on the Microsoft SDN (software-defined networking) solution, enabling IT professionals to quickly learn the internals of HNV (Hyper-V Network Virtualization), how it works from end to end, and where and how it should be used.
Mitch Tulloch with Nigel Cain, Alvin Morales, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn, Microsoft Press February 2014
This book is geared to private and hybrid cloud architects preparing to design and build a virtualized network solution based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, or later.
Mitch Tulloch with Symon Perriman and the System Center Team, Microsoft Press December 2013
The capabilities of each component of System Center 2012 R2 are first described and then demonstrated chapter by chapter.
Thomas Ellermann, Kathleen Wilson, Karsten Nielsen, John Clark, Microsoft Press December 2013
This book provides focused guidance for deploying and customizing Service Manager, an integrated platform for automating and adapting an organization’s IT service management best practices.
Yung Chou and Keith Mayer, and the System Center series editor Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press 2013
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely positioned as both an enabler and a self-service vehicle for connecting clouds and implementing the hybrid computing model.
Rushi Faldu, Manoj Kumar Pal, Andre Della Monica, Kaushal Pandey, Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press 2013
Provides you with insights and tips on troubleshooting System Center 2012 Configuration Manager drawn from our insider knowledge and real-world field experience.
Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, Microsoft Press, 2013
This book is intended to provide you with an overview of the new features and enhancements introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. The intended audience for this book is IT pros who deploy, manage, and maintain Windows Server workloads in data center, private cloud, and hosting provider environments.
Ed Bott, Microsoft Press, 2013
This book focuses on things that are new, with a special emphasis on topics of interest to IT pros
Rushi Faldu, Manish Raval, Brandon Linton, Kaushal Pandey, Microsoft Press, 2013
Provides System Center 2012 Configuration Manager administrators with helpful and tested real-world guidance from consultants and product experts at Microsoft.
Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Azure Team, Microsoft Press, 2013
Most Windows Azure services are described in some detail, with screenshots used to demonstrate some of the multitude of capabilities of the platform.
Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, Microsoft Press, 2013
This book is intended to provide you with a “first look” at the new features and enhancements coming in Windows Server 2012 R2. Because the book is based on the Preview release of this platform, it’s possible some information might change between now and release-to-manufacturing (RTM) later this year.
Jerry Honeycutt, Microsoft Press, November 21, 2012
Get a headstart evaluating Window 8—guided by a Windows expert who’s worked extensively with the software since the preview releases. Based on final, release-to-manufacturing (RTM) software, this book introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how to plan for, implement, and maintain Windows 8 in an enterprise environment. Get the high-level information you need to begin preparing your deployment now.
Don Jones, August 2012
Step-by-step, screenshot-based instructions for configuring PowerShell Remoting for any imaginable scenario
Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, June 8, 2012
Introducing Windows Server 2012 is 256 pages and includes 5 chapters loaded with insider information from the Windows Server Team.
Ross Mistry, Stacia Misner, Microsoft Press, March 28, 2012
We are releasing this title to help you learn about the new features and capabilities in SQL Server 2012, which Microsoft released to manufacturing (RTM) on March 6, 2012. You can expect general availability of the product to begin on April 1, 2012.
Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press April 30, 2012
Take control—and put the built-in security and privacy features in Microsoft Office to work!
Katherine Murray, Microsoft Press, 2011
This book shows you how you can use cloud computing—and specifically, Office 365—to get more done, collaborate more easily, and work more flexibly than you ever have before.
Mike Halsey, The long climb, May 2011
The Windows 7 Power Users Guide contains helpful how-to’s, full colour pictures and quick tips to guide you through everything from using the Start Menu and Taskbar to backing up your documents and identifying and fixing problems.
Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner, Microsoft Press, April 2010
Our purpose in Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is to point out both
the new and the improved in the latest version of SQL Server.
This guide helps users understand the concepts of remoting and provides essential and practical advice on setup, deployment and security.
Red Gate Software, March, 2010
A collection of articles about Exchange, Virtualization, Windows Server, Powershell, and Unified Messaging
Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press, February 2010
Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft’s private and public cloud computing platforms including Windows Azure
Nitgin Agarwal, The Windows Club, February 2010
More than 200 keyboard shortcuts containing almost all the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows 7 and its default programs like Paint, WordPad, MS Office, Calculator, Help, Media Player, Media Center, Windows Journal, Internet Explorer
Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker, Microsoft Press, 2010
Focuses on what is new and important, while giving you the context from Windows Server 2008 Chapters: What’s New, Installation and Configuration, Hyper-V, Remote Desktop Services and VDI, Active Directory, The File Services Role, IIS 7.5, DirectAccess and Network Policy Server, Other Features and Enhancements
Neil Smyth, Techtopia, 2010
Installing, configuring and administering Windows Server 2008 R2 systems including installation and upgrades, networking configuration, remote desktop services, disk and partition management, RAID configuration, security, BitLocker encryption, remote desktop access, print services, resource sharing, clustering, load balancing and user permission management
Neil Smyth, Virtuatopia, 2010
Overview of the Hyper-V architecture and components, Hyper-V role installation, the creation, management and migration of virtual machines, virtual networking architecture and remote access to virtual machines.
Katherine Murray, Microsoft Press, 2010
Introduces you to the changes in Office 2010, how-to guide for many of the top features, provides examples for integrating the applications and explores Office 2010 security and training opportunities
Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup, Jerry Honeycutt, Ed Wilson, and the Windows 7 Team at Microsoft, Microsoft Press, October 2009
Download the New eBook: Deploying Windows® 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and Microsoft® TechNet Magazine. Looking for guidance specific to Windows 7 deployment? Check out what the industry’s leading experts have to say in this free Microsoft Press eBook with selected chapters from the Windows 7 Resource Kit on Deployment Platforms, Planning, Testing Application Compatibility.
Microsoft Technet, March 2009
The audiences for this book are business application specialists, line-of-business specialists, information architects, IT generalists, program managers, and infrastructure specialists who are planning a solution based on Office SharePoint Server 2007
I’ve gotten some requests to turn my Effective PowerShell blog posts into booklet form which I have done.
Introductory approach to the basic concepts and principles of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite, how the most important protocols function, and their basic configuration in the Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 families of operating systems
Lydia Parziale, David T. Britt, Chuck Davis, Jason Forrester, Wei Liu, Carolyn Matthews, Nicolas Rosselot, IBM Redbooks, December 2006
Chapters: Core TCP/IP protocols (including IPv6), TCP/IP application protocols, Advanced concepts and new technologies
Jon Tate, Fabiano Lucchese, Richard Moore, IBM Rebooks, July 2006
Illustrates where SANs are today, who are the main industry organizations and standard bodies active in the SAN world, and it positions IBM’s comprehensive, best-of-breed approach of enabling SANs with its products and services.
Step-by-step deployment instructions for the Microsoft server products that are most relevant to a midsize business (50-250 PCs), in one easy-to-read format
Table of contents: Introduction, Tools for the job, WMI Data queries, WMI Event Queries: Introduction, Intrinsic Event Queries, Extrinsic Event Queries, Timer Events, WMI Schema Queries, WMI Event consumers.
Microsoft MVP Don Jones offers a new book entitled The Administrator Crash Course: Windows PowerShell v2. Covering the most crucial elements of PowerShell v2, Don has constructed a set of practical tips and practice.
Chapters: VMM 2008 Components, VMM 2008 Architecture and Port Usage, VMM 2008 System Requirements, Installing VMM 2008 Components, A Guided Tour of the VMM Administrator Console, Managing Hosts with the VMM Administrator Console, Creating and Managing VMM 2008 Virtual Machine Templates, Managing Virtual Machines with the VMM Administrator Console, Managing VMM 2008 Library Servers, Performing Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversions using VMM 2008, Converting VMware Virtual Machines to Hyper-V using VMM 2008 V2V, Understanding and Configuring VMM 2008 User Roles, Deploying a VMM 2008 Self-Service Portal
Understanding of the basic approaches to virtualization together with detailed information on deploying virtualization using Xen technology; emphasizes the practical aspects of working with Xen, including detailed step by step tutorials designed to show exactly how to create and manage Xen based guest domains.
Examines the typical problems in computer security and related areas, and attempt to extract from them principles for defending systems; attempt to synthesize various fields of knowledge, including computer security, network security, cryptology, and intelligence
Provide the knowledge needed by IT professionals to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam; largely platform agnostic book
Cover all aspects of installing, configuring and administering Windows Server 2008: installation and upgrades, networking configuration, terminal services, disk and partition management, RAID configuration, security, BitLocker encryption, remote desktop access, print services, resource sharing, clustering, load balancing and user permission management.