William Stanek

http://twitter.com/WilliamStanek

A leading authority for Windows, server and Web technologies, and the award-winning author of over 100 books.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Active Directory
  • Group Policy
  • Windows
  • Windows Server
  • Exchange Server
  • SQL Server
  • IIS
  • PowerShell
  • HTML
  • Web
  • Cloud Services
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing

William Stanek (http://www.williamrstanek.com/) is a leading authority for Windows, server and Web technologies, and the award-winning author of over 100 books. He is an expert on and writes about Active Directory, Group Policy, Windows, Windows Server, Exchange Server, SQL Server, IIS, PowerShell, Web, and Cloud Services technologies. Current or forthcoming books include Active Directory Pocket Consultant, Windows Group Policy Pocket Consultant, Effective Writing for Business, College & Life, Windows Server 2012 Pocket Consultant, Windows 8 Administration Pocket Consultant, SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant, Racing Super Buster Counts And You Can Too, Explore the Solar System, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, In the Service of Dragons, Critter Addition Essentials Level 1, and Buster Bee's Adventures With Letters and Words.

William has been involved in the commercial Internet community since 1991. His core business and technology experience comes from over 11 years of military service. He frequently serves as a subject matter expert and consultant.

William has an MS with distinction in information systems and a BS in computer science, magna cum laude. He is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

William recently rediscovered his love of the great outdoors. When he's not writing, teaching, or making presentations, he can be found hiking, biking, backpacking, traveling, or trekking in search of adventure.

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Windows Server® 2012 Pocket Consultant Windows Server® 2012 Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
September 2012
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Windows® 8 Administration Pocket Consultant Windows® 8 Administration Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
September 2012
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $28.00

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Pocket Consultant Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
February 2012
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Optimizing Windows® 7 Pocket Consultant Optimizing Windows® 7 Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
September 2011
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $19.99

Windows® Command-Line Administrators Pocket Consultant Windows® Command-Line Administrators Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
Second Edition June 2010
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
Second Edition April 2010
Print: $44.99
Ebook: $35.99

Windows Server® 2008 Administrators Pocket Consultant Windows Server® 2008 Administrators Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
Second Edition December 2009
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
November 2009
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Windows 7: The Definitive Guide Windows 7: The Definitive Guide
by William Stanek
October 2009
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $47.99

Windows PowerShell™ 2.0 Administrators Pocket Consultant Windows PowerShell™ 2.0 Administrators Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
May 2009
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Windows® Group Policy Administrators Pocket Consultant Windows® Group Policy Administrators Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
February 2009
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Active Directory® Administrator's Pocket Consultant Active Directory® Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
January 2009
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
September 2008
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Administrators Pocket Consultant Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Administrators Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
Second Edition April 2008
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Windows Server® 2008 Inside Out Windows Server® 2008 Inside Out
by William Stanek
April 2008
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $47.99

Windows Server® 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Windows Server® 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
December 2007
Print: $34.99

Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
December 2007
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
May 2007
Ebook: $23.99

Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide
by William Stanek
February 2007
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Windows Vista™ Administrator's Pocket Consultant Windows Vista™ Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
December 2006
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

MCSA on Windows Server 2003 Core Exams in a Nutshell MCSA on Windows Server 2003 Core Exams in a Nutshell
by William Stanek , Pawan K. Bhardwaj
November 2006
Ebook: $29.99

Windows® 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Windows® 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
August 2006
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Introducing Windows Vista™ Introducing Windows Vista™
by William Stanek
July 2006
Print: $24.99

MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell
by William Stanek
Third Edition May 2006
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $47.99

Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
Second Edition March 2006
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Administrators Pocket Consultant Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Administrators Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
November 2005
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide
by Darren Mar-Elia , Derek Melber , Microsoft Group Policy Team , William Stanek
June 2005
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
Second Edition November 2004
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Inside Out Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Inside Out
by William Stanek
June 2004
Print: $59.99
Ebook: $47.99

Microsoft® Windows® Command-Line Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® Windows® Command-Line Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
April 2004
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
September 2003
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Faster Smarter Microsoft® Office FrontPage® 2003 Faster Smarter Microsoft® Office FrontPage® 2003
by Greg Holden , William Stanek
September 2003
Print: $19.99

Microsoft® IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
April 2003
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

XML Pocket Consultant XML Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
January 2002
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
October 2000
Print: $29.99

Microsoft® Exchange 2000 Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant Microsoft® Exchange 2000 Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant
by William Stanek
July 2000
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

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Two Books, One Goal

October 24 2012

As the author and series editor of the Pocket Consultants, I've poured my many years of hands-on experience with advanced systems management, programming and development into every book. Currently, Microsoft Press and O'Reilly Media are preparing to release my newest... read more

Got Your Pocket Consultant? Hope so!

September 12 2012

Pocket Consultants are the portable and precise pocket-sized guides that deliver ready answers for day-to-day administration. Pocket Consultants zero in on core operations and daily tasks using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. Inside each Pocket Consultant, you get focused information... read more

Where Do Digital & Printed Picture Books Come From - What's the Inspiration, the Process from Idea to Print to Digital

January 09 2012

Picture books are a misunderstood art and I want to take you behind the scenes to demystify the process by taking you from idea to print. When you're the creator, writer, and producer of an illustrated book some people think that you can sit down write, draw, revise, and poof!… read more

Inside the E-Wars: It's a Braver New Digital World Than Ever Before

May 11 2011

I've been a writer in my heart since I was old enough to hold a pencil and a professional writer for nearly 20 years (writing as William Stanek and Robert Stanek). Over the years many would-be writers have asked... read more

Inside the e-wars: Barnes & Noble Woes and the Digital Marketplace: A 1-2 Punch

March 07 2011

Borders and Barnes & Noble used to be great. The #1 and #2 booksellers in the U.S., building out new superstores like they were going to grow forever. Three years ago, a new Borders was built in Olympia. It's... read more

Inside the E-Wars: Apple's iPad 2 Unveiled

March 02 2011

Apple officially unveiled the iPad 2 today, and I did pretty good on my feature/change predictions. The iPad 2 is indeed thinner (by 33%) and lighter (by 15%) than the iPad 1 with a depth of .34" and weight... read more

Inside the E Wars: Apple's iPad 2

February 28 2011

Last year I blogged quite a bit about Apple's iPad. I introduced iPad, explored it's features, and examined a networking problem iPad users were experiencing. Though it was a tongue-in-cheek title of the blog exploring iPad's features, I didn't... read more

Adventures in Windows 7 Troubleshooting: Browser-run Apps

January 20 2011

Ever had a problem with an app run via a browser window? You're not alone. Here's an entry related to troubleshooting these types of problems using the Sirius XM media player app as an example. The Sirius XM media player... read more

A Look Back and a Look Ahead, My Work In Review and Independents Too

November 24 2010

I write as William Stanek and Robert Stanek. My story may help you understand writers and independents a little better. As a technology journalist, I've written for PC Magazine, Dr. Dobbs, TechNet Magazine and a variety of other leading magazines.... read more

Beyond Tech: Racing Super Buster Learning Adventures

November 18 2010

I wrote the Bugville Critters stories as bedtime stories for my own children. The books are about life, family, friends, and our world and they're meant to instruct and entertain. My children enjoyed the stories so much they urged me... read more

Windows 7 Inside Track: Printer, Scanner, and Fax Installation

October 27 2010

Let's embark on what I'd like to call "Adventures in Printer, Scanner, and Fax Installation." Last Thanksgiving, I did something I rarely do: I went shopping on Black Friday. Picked up some great buys on USB flash drives, SDHC cards and a fantastic deal on a HP Officejet All-in-one. By… read more

Windows 7 Inside Track: 64-bit and Beyond

June 22 2010

(pdf download) Know the classic rock song that says "I did a bad, bad thing, a real bad thing"? Well, Tunnel Vision is a bad, bad thing, and this article hopefully will help you avoid it when you deploy and... read more

Writing Beyond Tech: Introducing Ripple Reader and Recorded "Bugville" Books

May 28 2010

Last fall, all 15 of the original Bugville Critters books were released in a special "e" format for the beta of the Ripple Reader. Just recently, the Ripple team officially launched their Reader. If you are a parent with young... read more

Writing Beyond Tech: New Ruin Mist Book

May 11 2010

Rise of the Fallen, the first book in the Ruin Mist: Dawn of the Ages series, releases/released on May 11, 2010 in hardcover. Although set in the fantasy universe of Ruin Mist, the book is very different from the previously... read more

News from the Twittersphere: Twitter is Changing, You Knew It Would

April 16 2010

News from the Twittersphere. The Library of Congress has acquired every public tweet since Twitter's inception and will digitally archive these and future tweets. These billions of tweets were acquired via donation) and will add ~5 terabytes to the Library... read more

Inside the E Wars: So Experiencing Networking Problems with your iPad?

April 08 2010

If you are experiencing networking problems with your iPad, you're not alone. I hate to say I told you so but in my previous blog post about iPad, I called it, stating: The transfer speed/reception quality over wireless and 3G... read more

Inside the E Wars: So How Much Do You H-A-T-E iPad?

April 02 2010

Earlier this year, eReaders were all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It seemed every company imaginable had or was coming out with a new reader-type device. I blogged about many of the readers right here... read more

Writing Beyond Tech: Ruin Mist Graphic Novels

March 26 2010

A follow up to my previous posts about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my upcoming graphic novels set in the fantasy universe of Ruin Mist as I thought it might be fun to share my experiences with... read more

Writing Beyond Tech: Doamanse and the Magic Lands

March 25 2010

A follow up to my previous posts about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my fantasy novels set in Doamanse, the Magic Lands, which you can learn more about at http://www.themagiclands.com/. If you thought the floating mountains in... read more

Writing Beyond Tech: Ruin Mist and the Kingdoms

March 24 2010

A follow up to my previous posts about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my fantasy novels set in Ruin Mist, the World of many Paths. The name Ruin Mist comes from an elvish saying which speaks of... read more

Writing Beyond Tech: Bugville Critters

March 19 2010

A fun follow up to my previous post about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my childrens picture books and a series called Bugville Critters. All 16 of my original Bugville Critters books have been published. The latest... read more

Writing Beyond Tech: Results Unexpected

March 18 2010

Last year Microsoft published my 100th book; it was a huge milestone in my professional writing career. When you give yourself to the craft of writing and have spent your life helping others and helping the communities you've lived in,... read more

Don't Click That Link! Net & Email Mistakes 101

March 17 2010

Get a strange email from an account you think you recognize? You might want to take a closer look. Recently, an email told me, I just won a cool $1,000,000 from an account with the address "award@microsoft.co.uk". A quick look... read more

Inside the E-Wars: So Long Twitter You're a Fad Going Bye-Bye?

March 15 2010

Twitter has been a fun experiment for me the past few months as I take a break from tech writing and focus on my creative side. Interesting, Twitter usage study out from Barracuda Labs. This annual report follows their 2008... read more

Inside the E Wars: Apple's iPad

March 14 2010

Been awhile since a post, been out enjoying the real world. Wanted to post about the iPad, which ships/shipped on April 3, 2010. iPad was big news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Didn't talk much about it.... read more

Inside the E Wars: Interesting News Continues in the Publisphere

January 20 2010

Several interesting media and reading studies released recently. First, Book Industry Study Group released a comprehensive report on ebooks titled Consumer Attitudes toward E-Book Reading (http://ow.ly/WUYw). This is a major study with many contributors and sponsors, but mostly based on... read more

Barnes & Noble Nook: Installing and Using microSD Cards

January 12 2010

Nook has 2GB of internal storage (with 1.3 GB usable for your content). You can expand the storage capacity by adding a microSD card to the device. Cards of up to 16 GB are supported and the cards can be:... read more

Inside the E-book Wars: CES 2010 update on Barnes & Noble Initiatives

January 08 2010

William here. Digging in with a special blog series on the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas. As you probably know, Barnes & Noble acquired Fictionwise in 2009 and used this acquisition to launch into the ebook business... read more

Inside the E-book Wars: CES 2010 update on the Ocean and Tidal readers from Copia

January 08 2010

From the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas, sneak peaks at the Copia reader devices. Copia offers an e-reading / social networking combination on six different devices: Ocean-6 - with a 6" e-ink touch screen Ocean-9 - with... read more

Inside the E-book Wars: CES 2010 update on the eDGE dual-screen Reader

January 08 2010

From the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas, a sneak peak at a reader device from Entourage called the eDGe. The eDGe, shown in the figure below, has two screens: A 9.7" e-ink display on one side (1200... read more

Inside the E-book Wars: CES 2010 update on Alex Reader for Borders

January 08 2010

From the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas, a sneak peak at the e-reader device for Borders stores. This device, from Spring Designs, is called the Alex Reader. Borders and Kobo, its e-book store unit, will offer more... read more

Inside the E-Book Wars: PDF, Reflow, Color E-ink and More

January 08 2010

Recently a reader named Dayne posted a lengthy response to my post about the Nook. It got me thinking and I decided to turn my response into a new blog post. Dayne, you are right about PDF -- the format... read more

Ultimate Control Panel (AKA God Mode) Part 2

January 06 2010

William here. Blathering on about Ultimate Control Panel (AKA God mode). If you read my last post about the UCP, you may be wondering what this feature is and how it works. So in this post, I'll try to answer... read more

The Ultimate Control Panel (Aka God Mode)

January 05 2010

William here. Wandering the stream on a slow Tuesday. Kids are at school and it's so quiet. By now you may have heard about an alternate Control Panel view some folks are calling God mode and probably because God mode... read more

IE8 64-bit Windows 7 and the Mobile Code Bug (Part 3)

January 04 2010

William Stanek here, concluding a talk about a scripting/programming bug that was driving me absolutely bonkers. The code bug is this: When you visit web sites and are using Internet Explorer 8 on 64-bit Windows 7, you are redirected to... read more

IE8 64-bit Windows 7 and the Mobile Code Bug (Part 2)

January 01 2010

William Stanek here, continuing to talk about a scripting/programming bug that was driving me absolutely bonkers. The code bug is this: Often when you visit web sites and are using Internet Explorer 8 on 64-bit Windows 7, you are redirected... read more

IE8 64-bit Windows 7 and the Mobile Code Bug

December 31 2009

William Stanek here, talking about a scripting/programming bug that is driving me absolutely bonkers. The code bug is this: Often when you visit web sites and are using Internet Explorer 8 on 64-bit Windows 7, you are redirected to a... read more

Inside the E-book Wars: Sony Turns up the Heat

December 09 2009

William Stanek here, delivering a new installment in my "Inside the E-book Wars" series. As I let you know in earlier posts, Barnes & Noble began shipping the Nook and Sony began shipping the Reader Daily Edition (PRS-900) in time... read more

This World of E: A Look Back to Look Forward...

December 08 2009

So the Atari 2600 debuted in 1977 and remained the world's most popular video game system through 1984. I bought one around 1978 and happily shelled out pretty big bucks for the privilege of having popular arcade games available for... read more

Inside the E-book Wars: Best E-Reader?

December 03 2009

William here. On 12/3, Business Week picked the Kindle 2 International Edition as the Best Gadget of 2009 because of it's "inclusion of free, high-speed wireless access that lets users download books on the go." But is it really the... read more

Inside the E-Book Wars: The Nook in Depth (Part 5)

December 02 2009

William Stanek here, completing the 5-part in-depth look at the Nook e-reader from Barnes & Noble. Anyone who's been watching the e-reader and e-book market knows, the Nook is the latest entry in this highly competitive space where Sony, Amazon... read more

Inside Exchange Server 2010: A First Look

December 01 2009

William here, talking about my new book Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant. This book is designed to be a concise and compulsively usable resource for Exchange Server 2010 administrators. Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant covers everything you need... read more

Microsoft Press and O'Reilly

December 01 2009

William here, talking about the new Microsoft Press / O'Reilly partnership launches officially and it's pretty cool. You can learn more about the possibilities this new partnership brings at the new Microsoft Press site pictured in the figure below. Currently,... read more

Inside the E-Book Wars: The Nook in Depth (Part 4)

November 30 2009

William Stanek here, continuing the e-reader discussion with an in-depth look at the Nook from Barnes & Noble. Anyone who's been watching the e-reader and e-book market knows, the Nook is the latest entry in this highly competitive space where... read more

Inside the E-Book Wars: The Nook in Depth (Part 3)

November 27 2009

William Stanek here, continuing the e-reader discussion with an in-depth look at the Nook from Barnes & Noble. Anyone who's been watching the e-reader and e-book market knows, the Nook is the latest entry in this highly competitive space where... read more

Inside the E-Book Wars: The Nook in Depth (Part 2)

November 24 2009

William Stanek here, continuing the e-reader discussion with an in-depth look at the Nook from Barnes & Noble. Anyone who's been watching the e-reader and e-book market knows, the Nook is the latest entry in this highly competitive space where... read more

Inside the E-Book Wars: The Nook in Depth (Part 1)

November 23 2009

William here, continuing the e-reader discussion with an in-depth look at the Nook from Barnes & Noble. Anyone who's been watching the e-reader and e-book market knows, the Nook is the latest entry in this highly competitive space where Sony,... read more

E-Readers Up Close: Using the Sony PRS-700

November 18 2009

The Sony PRS-700 has an internal storage capacity of 420 megabytes (MB) and two expansion slots: One expansion slot for Sony Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo cards up to 16 GB One expansion slot for SD, SDHC, or... read more

E-Readers Up Close: Using the Sony PRS-505

November 18 2009

The PRS-505 has an internal storage capacity of 192 megabytes (MB) and two expansion slots: One expansion slot for Sony Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo cards up to 8 GB One expansion slot for SD, SDHC, or miniSD... read more

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