Unlike other books on Windows servers, this one doesn’t focuses on any particular Microsoft exam. His 1500+ pages and 32 chapters can count on a well-organized structure based on five main topics:
1) Windows Servers 2012 Overview
2) Managing Windows Server 2012 Systems
3) Managing Windows Server 2012 Storage and File System
4) Managing Windows Server 2012 Networking and Domain Services
5) Managing Active Directory and Security
If someone would request you to configure a newly installed Windows Server 2012 in a lonely island, without any support of Internet, mobile phones, colleagues, etc., you could definitely rely on this book like a valid resource to accomplish successfully any type of operation on your machine!
Throughout his 32 chapters this book deals with every topic deeply, from the very basic aspects to the more complex ones.
For example, talking about the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) no secondary aspect has been omitted: you can learn how to set group policy control authoring and snap-in availability or how to use 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the MMC, and even what must to be taken into consideration when saving a customized MMC.
In my opinion, such analytic approach make this book a complete study guide for exam preparations or a perfect step-by-step procedure for every day, but at the same time it is not exactly a relaxing bed-reading...
I don't want to be confusing, this book is absolutely not hard to be understood but it's better to face it with your five senses in full working order, better if sitting in front of a Windows Server console.
Weak point: it would have been useful to have more references to the PowerShell.
Strength: a powerful guide.
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book as part of the O’Reilly Blogger Program