This is a list of free e-books that are useful for Windows administrators. It will be regularly updated.
I first published this of free ebooks for system administrators about a year ago. Since then I added quite a few new books. 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.
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.