Free e-books for Windows administrators [updated]

This is a list of free e-books that are useful for Windows administrators. It will be regularly updated.

Michael PietroforteMVP By Michael Pietroforte - Fri, April 11, 2014 - 13 comments google+ icon

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in system administration.

Contents of this article
  1. Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  2. Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing
  3. Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution
  4. Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  5. Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager
  6. Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller
  7. Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager
  8. Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Technical Overview
  9. Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
  10. Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience
  11. Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals
  12. Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release
  13. Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals
  14. Secrets of PowerShell Remoting
  15. Introducing Windows Server 2012
  16. Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  17. Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office Users
  18. Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime
  19. Windows 7 Power Users Guide
  20. Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
  21. Administrator’s Guide to Windows PowerShell Remoting
  22. The SysAdmin Handbook
  23. Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)
  24. The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts eBook
  25. Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2
  26. Windows Server 2008 R2 Essentials
  27. Hyper-V Essentials
  28. First Look Microsoft Office 2010
  29. Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance
  30. Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint Server 2007
  31. Effective Windows PowerShell: The Free eBook
  32. TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows
  33. TCP/IP Tutorial and Technical Overview
  34. Introduction to Storage Area Networks
  35. Microsoft Windows Server System Deployment Guide for Midsize Businesses eBook
  36. Layman’s Guide to PowerShell 2.0 remoting
  37. WMI query language (WQL) via PowerShell
  38. The Administrator Crash Course: Windows PowerShell v2
  39. VMM 2008 Essentials
  40. Xen Virtualization Essentials
  41. Security Concepts Book
  42. Security+ Essentials
  43. Windows Server 2008 Essentials
  44. Windows Server 2008 R2 – Das umfassende Handbuch

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I added two new books from Microsoft Press that have been released recently: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing.

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 are ordered chronologically. Books without a publishing date are at the end of the list.

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014

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.

Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing

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.

Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution

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.

Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

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.

Microsoft System Center: Optimizing Service Manager

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.

Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller

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.

Microsoft System Center: Troubleshooting Configuration Manager

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.

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Technical Overview

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.

Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

Ed Bott, Microsoft Press, 2013

This book focuses on things that are new, with a special emphasis on topics of interest to IT pros

Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience

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.

Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals

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.

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release

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.

Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals

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.

Secrets of PowerShell Remoting

Don Jones, August 2012

Step-by-step, screenshot-based instructions for configuring PowerShell Remoting for any imaginable scenario

Introducing Windows Server 2012

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.

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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.

Security and Privacy for Microsoft Office Users

Mitch Tulloch, Microsoft Press April 30, 2012

Take control—and put the built-in security and privacy features in Microsoft Office to work!

Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

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.

Windows 7 Power Users Guide

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.

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

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.

Administrator’s Guide to Windows PowerShell Remoting

March 2010

This guide helps users understand the concepts of remoting and provides essential and practical advice on setup, deployment and security.

The SysAdmin Handbook

Red Gate Software, March, 2010

A collection of articles about Exchange, Virtualization, Windows Server, Powershell, and Unified Messaging

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

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

The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts eBook

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

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

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

Windows Server 2008 R2 Essentials

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

Hyper-V Essentials

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.

First Look Microsoft Office 2010

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

Deploying Windows 7 Essential Guidance

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.

Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint Server 2007

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

Effective Windows PowerShell: The Free eBook

Keith Hill

I’ve gotten some requests to turn my Effective PowerShell blog posts into booklet form which I have done.

TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

Microsoft, 2008

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

TCP/IP Tutorial and Technical Overview

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

Introduction to Storage Area Networks

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.

Microsoft Windows Server System Deployment Guide for Midsize Businesses eBook

Microsoft, 2005

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

Layman’s Guide to PowerShell 2.0 remoting

Ravikanth Chaganti

WMI query language (WQL) via PowerShell

Ravikanth Chaganti

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.

The Administrator Crash Course: Windows PowerShell v2

Don Jones

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.

VMM 2008 Essentials

Virtuatopia

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

Xen Virtualization Essentials

Virtuatopia

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.

Security Concepts Book

Theodore Parker

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

Security+ Essentials

Techotopia

Provide the knowledge needed by IT professionals to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam; largely platform agnostic book

Windows Server 2008 Essentials

Techotopia

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.

German

Windows Server 2008 R2 – Das umfassende Handbuch

Ulrich B. Boddenberg, Galileo Computing
Lösungsorientiertes und praktisches Handbuch zum Windows Server 2008 R2 mit zahlreichen fundierten Hintergrundinformationen
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13 Comments- Leave a Reply

  1. Alexej says:

    Great overview!
    And here is a german W2K8S R2 admin book:
    http://openbook.galileocomputing.de/windows_server_2008/
    There are some other free IT related e-books…

  2. Alexej, thanks! I added the book to the list.

  3. Ron says:

    Great list, when you say you will be updating this list will you be updating this page, or providing links from this page to the new versions?

    Thanks, it keep up.

  4. Ron, thanks. I will update this page and I will also post links to new books on Twitter, Facebook and through the news service.

  5. Francisco Almeida says:

    Fantastic list of books.

    Unfortunately the “Techtopia” books aren’t available in PDF.

    If anyone have this books in PDF, please let me know.

    I will try to get also more books to the list.

    Keep the good work Michael.

  6. Jim says:

    The following books were not free, but were pretty cheap to purchase:
    Windows Server 2008 R2 Essentials
    Security + Essentials
    Hyper-V Essentials

  7. Lisa says:

    Thanks so much Michael. Great list, so helpful esp server books.

  8. Francisco,

    the Techtopia books are available as PDF, but then you have to pay.

    Jim,

    only the PDF and ePub versions are not free. The HMTL versions of the Virtuatopia books are free.

    Lisa, you are welcome.

  9. Jason says:

    With a little effort you can convert different formats to PDF if really necessary. Although, depending on the size it may not be practical.

  10. lewis says:

    this collection is truly awesome. http://www.myfree-ebooks.org also has great ebooks like this

  11. Alexej, thanks! Added it to the list.

  12. Temitayo says:

    Thanks Micheal. Keep the good going. Bless you.

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