metro-bookBooks are one of my favourite ways to learn new technology, and brush up on the existing technology we have deployed.

I always have a stack of ‘Pocket Consultant’ books on my desk, and especially now with the surge in popularity of eBooks, and a Kindle App for my phone, i have even more books in my pocket when i am on the road. I have always tried to ‘educate’ my friends to the benefits of reading a book on a subject rather than just trying to learn as you go, for one reason, which is, that i learn more.

It may sound obvious, or even patronising, but if i told you i know people who deploy and support an OS, and have never even read the system requirements, perhaps you will understand why i try to suggest they get themselves a copy of the book!

The best thing i can give as an example as to why the books are so important to me, is Small Business Server.

I started out in IT in 2004, i knew literally nothing, and i had not even seen a Network Card (i remember this caused a titter amongst my class mates, who’s laughing now)

I was studying the MCSE Curriculum (this was the last Win2000 MCSE course that particular MSA ran) and i was hooked. Unfortunately for me, life as an SBS Admin was full of silly wizards and obstacles that just got in the way of what i had spent a year learning. I treated SBS like it was built for idiot’s who didn’t know how to manage a proper Domain Controller.

This was my biggest mistake.

I was also at this time hooked on Microsoft Certification exams, and after finishing my MCSA/E, then MCSA/E+S (ISA Server specialisation) as well as a few other exams, i decided since i was working with SBS 2003, i would do that exam as well.

I got myself a copy of Harry Brelsford’s Red Book, and that book really opened my eyes on what those SBS Wizards were doing in the background, and also showed me how i had literally wasted hours of my life on installs, doing tasks that wizards had been built for, that i didn’t even know existed. An excellent example of that would be the /connectcomputer process from SBS 2003, that moved User Profiles. If i had known about that…

So i was totally converted to ‘the SBS Way’ and i also learned a lot more about SBS from reading a book than i had in maybe 18months of (trying) to administer it. Not only did my job get a lot easier, but the problems i had been having with SBS, disappeared.

I have been lucky enough to work on several books now as a Technical Reviewer, and i found the process very enjoyable indeed, and hope like to think i almost improved the books a tiny tiny amount.

I also recently published my own eBook on Migrating SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 Essentials.

I have added a new page to list some books that i have read recently.

Books I have worked on

Little bit of shameless self promotion, i worked as a technical reviewer on the following books.

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About Robert Pearman
Robert Pearman is a UK based Small Business Server enthusiast. He has been working within the SMB IT Industry for what feels like forever. Robert likes Piña colada and taking walks in the rain, on occasion he also enjoys writing about Small Business Technology like Windows Server Essentials or more recently writing PowerShell Scripts. If you're in trouble, and you can find him, maybe you can ask him a question.

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