The book I read to research this post was Designing And Implementing A Server Infrastructure by Paul Ferill which is a very good book that I bought from kindle. This book is based on one of the modules that makes up the MCSE Microsoft Certified Service Engineer if you do all 4 modules or the MCSA Microsoft Certified Service Administrator if you just elect to do this module. If you do the former you must pass the first 3 modules prior to being entered for this exam. Alternatively if you have already passed the MCSE in Windows Server 2008 you can just do an update exam. This book is based on Windows Server 2012 and assumes you have considerable knowledge about that. You will design the installation prior to installing it and one of the main things is its integrated features with cloud computing. This is normally applications that are run online as a service and sometimes you have a download called a hybrid cloud. A lot of installing Windows Server is automated and often you will have the equivalent of what at one time would have been several servers on one server. A feature of this operating system is its redundancy and repair facilities. You will normally have the same thing on more than one server in case one goes down. The number of servers this can be is greatly increased with this version of windows. Updates are normally automated with in WSUS Windows Server Update Service and in practice checking for updates will be done without you even noticing. Normally users who go on the internet use one of the virtualization products which limit what the user can do with in Windows whilst on the internet but at the same limit in the same way the damage a piece of malware can do. I did quite enjoy this book and although it might not be suitable as an introduction to Windows Server is still an interesting book and I do recommend it.
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The book I read to research this post was Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson which is a very good book that I bought from a car boot sale. This is an autobiography by Richard Branson who is probably Britain’s most enigmatic and successful entrepreneur. He owns the Virgin group of industries. This book was published in 2002 and is around 570 pages so is a pretty substantial length. Richard started a magazine called Student whilst in his teens and interviewed lots of celebrities for it often for free and leveraged it to become hugely successful. He even got the Daily Mirror to pay for a student to go to Vietnam which was big news at that time with the war going on there and that student did stories for both publications and went to become an ITN reporter. He is probably most famous for Virgin Music which started off with the hugely successful Tubular Bells album by Mike Oldfield and in those days they were quite poor and all employees received a standard wage of £20 per week. They even had to copy out someone’s contract from another record company word for word just changing the names etc because they had now idea how to go about drafting there own contract. It eventually did become with artists like Culture Club, The Human League and eventually even The Rolling Stones the label every upcoming pop star wanted to be signed to. When Virgin went public on the stockmarket it became with the exception of the British public utilities going public the most subscribed to stockmarket issue ever in this country. They eventually decided to buy back the shares and take it off the stockmarket because probably in common with the British public utilities it was seriously undervalued in the estimates for the pricing of shares. Branson has often bought ailing companies perhaps most recently Northern Rock Bank and usually turned them around to make a profit. He has had his fair share of problems like the effect 9/11 had on the airline industry including Virgin Airways and the smearing campaign conducted by Lord King and British Airways and the subsequent libel case. He also brought the Blue Ribband Trophy back to Britain with an Atlantic Crossing by specially constructed speedboat and went around the world and separately crossed the Atlantic and Pacific in specially constructed hot air balloons. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I do recommend it, it is just a shame the book is a little out of date.