Windows NT Power Toolkit

Windows NT Power Toolkit

November 17, 2001

by Ryan Smith

Windows NT Power Toolkit
by Stu Sjouwerman & Ed Tittel
Paperback - 1116 pages
ISBN: 0764531301

From the Back Cover:

Windows NT Power Toolkit

If you're a power user currently using one of the millions of copies of Windows NT Workstation or one of the five million copies of Windows NT Server now in service, you're undoubtedly searching for ways to optimize your productivity. With Windows NT Power Toolkit, your search is over.

Written by Sunbelt Software executive Stu Sjouwerman and best-selling computer book author and Windows NT expert Ed Tittel, this book covers the analysis, tuning, optimization, automation, enhancement, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0. Concentrating on the use of operating system tools and utilities, Resource Kit elements, and selected third-party tuning, analysis, optimization, and productivity tools, Windows NT Power Toolkit teaches you how to carry out both everyday and advanced tasks.


If you believe the marketing machines in our industry, then obviously Windows NT 4.0 is soon to be obsolete. However, I think those of us that have worked in this industry for more than a years would know that things like that don't change overnight. Windows NT 4.0 is going to be with us for many, many years to come. Just like NT 3.51 is still running in many places and just like Novell Netware 3.x is still running in many places.

This book is a great resource for Windows NT 4.0 Administrators. It provides a very solid foundation upon which your NT 4.0 knowledge can be based. In addition, Stu and Ed have done a fantastic job of providing some real-world problems along with some very real-world solutions. Not many organizations out there are in a position to deploy thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of software. Ed and Stu have provided several alternatives to many problems by using very cost effective software and methods that allow administrators to get the job done in a timely manner.

In my opinion, one of the best features of this entire book is the way that they present the utilities in just about every chapter. The chapter will cover one selected topic, but towards the end of the chapter they will show utilities that concentrate on that topic. For example, Chapter 8 is Editing the Windows NT Registry. In this chapter, they cover working with the registry, editing it, backing it up, importing and exporting registry data, and troubleshooting the registry. However, what sets this book apart from other books is that most other books simply stop there. They don't give you much more information. However, Windows NT Power Toolkit goes beyond this and provides you with information on several third-party registry editing and management utilities such as REGKEY.EXE, COMPREG, REG, REGFIND.EXE, REGBACK.EXE, REGDMP.EXE, COMPREG.EXE, REGREST.EXE, SCANREG.EXE and the Windows NT REgistry Monitor utility. They give you a full description of each utility as well as information on where to find it and how to use it. The best part is, they do this for just about every chapter!

If you're an NT 4.0 Administrator, you're definitely going to gain some sort of benefit from owning a copy of this book. With the sheer multitude of information of various third-party utilities available, it's difficult to find exactly what you're looking for. Windows NT Power Toolkit has done much of the legwork for you.

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