648784cvr.inddWe’re happy to announce that MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-643): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure (2nd Edition) (ISBN 9780735648784; 640 pages) shipped to the printer today! This Training Kit, authored by J.C. Mackin, has been updated to cover Windows Server 2008 R2.

See below for the book’s contents and an excerpt from the Introduction. You can preorder the book here, here, or here.

Contents at a Glance

Chapter 1 Implementing and Configuring a Windows Deployment Infrastructure
Chapter 2 Configuring Server Storage and Clusters
Chapter 3 Installing and Configuring Remote Desktop Services
Chapter 4 Configuring and Managing a Remote Desktop Infrastructure
Chapter 5 Installing and Configuring Web Applications
Chapter 6 Managing Web Server Security
Chapter 7 Configuring FTP and SMTP Services
Chapter 8 Configuring Windows Media Services
Chapter 9 Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Foundation

Introduction (excerpt)

This training kit is designed for information technology (IT) professionals who support or plan to support Windows Server 2008 R2 networks and who also plan to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) 70-643 exam. It is assumed that before you begin using this kit, you have a solid, foundation-level understanding of Windows client and server operating systems and common Internet technologies.

The material covered in this training kit and on the 70-643 exam relates to the technologies in a Windows Server 2008 R2 network that support remote access to operating systems, web content, media, and applications. The topics in this training kit cover what you need to know for the exam as described on the Skills Measured tab for the exam, which is available at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-643&locale=en-us#tab2.

By using this training kit, you learn how to do the following:

  • Deploy Windows servers and clients across a network by using Windows Deployment Services and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7
  • Configure Hyper-V
  • Configure an activation infrastructure
  • Configure high-availability storage solutions for servers
  • Configure and manage Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Configure and manage Internet Information Services 7.5
  • Configure Windows Media Services
  • Configure Windows SharePoint Foundation 2010

Refer to the objective mapping page in the front of this book to see where in the book each exam objective is covered.