Readers of this book are arguably experienced skilled System Administrators who are planning to take the 70-413 exam which counts as credit toward the MCSE certification. This means that you will probably not have a deep understanding of all topics described in this book, unless you have successfully achievedthe MCSA certification or alternatively you have a corresponding job experience.
Main situations described in this book refer to advanced and complex configuration scenarios but, thanks to a good organization of the chapters, everyone without an MCSA certification who is willing to have a firmer understanding of particular topics of Windows Server 2012 can refer to specific chapters of this book.
What I really liked in this book is that the author provides many links pointing to external study materials; this can result particularly useful if you want more information about a specific topic. For example, if you are planning to deploy a Windows 2012 Storage solution and you would like to have a good approach strategy, you can refer to the objective 1.5, “Plan and implement file and storage services”; obviously, the space dedicated to this topic could not satisfy your needs, so the presence of accurate references to external resources can help.
I found very useful the Questions section at the end of every objective, but on my point of view I would have put the Answers section closer (not at the end of the chapter) for an immediate knowledge verification.
In short, I would suggest this book to everyone who is willing to take the 70-413 exam, and to those administrators who are interested on very specific topics of Windows Server 2012.
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book as part of the O’Reilly Blogger Program