Introduction. Part 1: Discovering Windows in a Command Prompt. Chapter 1: Understanding Windows Server 2008 Server Core. Chapter 2: Using the Command Line Effectively. Chapter 3: Performing Essential Maintenance Tasks. Chapter 4: Essential Registry Hacks. Part 2: Automation Essentials. Chapter 5: Creating CMD and BAT Files. Chapter 6: Working with Scripts. Chapter 7: Editing and Compiling Batch Files and Scripts. Chapter 8: Performing Task Automation. Part 3: Working with the Hardware. Chapter 9: Managing the Hard Drive. Chapter 10: Managing the Network. Chapter 11: Working with TCP/IP. Chapter 12: Managing Other Hardware. Part 4: Working with the Software. Chapter 13: Managing Applications. Chapter 14: Working with Data. Chapter 15: Managing Files and Directories. Chapter 16: Configuring the System Setup. Chapter 17: Creating System Connections. Chapter 18: Monitoring System Events and Performance. Chapter 19: Configuring Directory Services. Part 5: Working with the User. Chapter 20: Managing System Users. Chapter 21: Securing the System. Part 6: Helpful Third-Party Utilities. Chapter 22: Obtaining Command Prompt Enhancers. Chapter 23: Increasing Productivity at the Command Line. Part 7: Working with IIS 7. Chapter 24: Installing and Configuring IIS. Chapter 25: Managing IIS. Appendices. Appendix A: Indispensable Command Line Tricks and Techniques. Appendix B: Alphabetical Command List. Appendix C: Topical Command List. Appendix D: Listing of Best Practices. Glossary. Index.
John Paul Mueller, consultant, application developer, writer, and technical editor, has written over 300 articles and 75 books, including IIS 7 Implementation and Administration and Mastering Windows Vista Business: Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise (both from Sybex). His topics range from programming and operating systems to home security and accessibility. He has contributed articles to such magazines as DevSource , asp.netPro , InformIT , SQL Server Professional , and Visual C++ Developer , among others. His Web site is www.mwt.net/~jmueller/.
This 600+ page monster of a book is filled with amazing aspects to Server Core that I had never heard of, including using all the commands, creating BAT files, and working with scripts, registry hacks, and much more. It gets my thumbs up. - J. Peter Bruzzese ( InfoWorld, October 2008)