Upgrading and Repairing Servers…at long last, a reality!

 Upgrading and Repairing Servers book cover 

I received my co-author’s copies of Upgrading and Repairing Servers a  few days ago. For those of you who read Upgrading and Repairing PCs, the multi-million copy bestseller from Scott Mueller or have visited Scott’s home on the web,, you’ve been reading about an upcoming servers book for about three years now. I’m pleased to say it’s now a reality.

If you’ve been frustrated by a lack of information about how to build, configure or maintain a server; how to select the right form factor and processor(s); how to select the best server architecture for a particular task; or how to create the infrastructure needed for a successful server deployment (server rooms, backup, power protection, rack mounts, and so forth), Upgrading and Repairing Servers is the book you’ve been looking for.

Upgrading and Repairing Servers follows the same full-bore, hard-core, chock-full-of-stuff-you-need-to-know-and-more style of Upgrading and Repairing PCs, but with server-specific information at its core. Here are just a few examples of the questions Upgrading and Repairing Servers answers:

What makes registered memory different than ordinary memory?

Why build a server using one of the SSI form factors instead of ATX or BTX?

How do rack-mounted slimline servers stay cool?

What chipsets support AMD and Intel’s dual-core server processor lines?

Which tape backup technologies are large enough for today’s huge SATA and SAS hard disks?

Which vendors are the leaders in providing server-specific motherboards, chassis, and other hardware?

Upgrading and Repairing Servers is now available from major online and retail booksellers such as, Barnes &, Bookpool, Books-a-Million, and many others.

If you’d like an autographed copy signed by yours truly, I have some copies available for just $43.00 (includes shipping) each. Email me for more information and payment options.


A six-pack of book titles … buy one or all!

Here are the books you can check out in person at the book expo:

 ABG Home Automation book coverEasy Digital Cameras book coverAbsolute Beginner's Guide to Home Networking coverABG A+ Certification book coverLeo Laporte's PC Help Desk book coverLL Guide to Safe Computing book cover


Most of these are also available from Barnes & Noble,, Borders, and other fine booksellers:

  • Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Home Automation Discover how to create a push-button “home of tomorrow” with easy control of lights, appliances, HVAC, and security via remote controls, automatic triggers and timers, a home network, remote telephone, or Internet.
  • Easy Digital Cameras  Full-color step-by-step guide to taking, editing, and using digital photos with typical point-and-shoot digital cameras. Shows you why to use a particular feature such as white balance, EV adjustment, and others, not just how.
  • Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Home Networking Network your life, not just your computers! Learn how to create a wired, wireless, or mix-and-match network that enables you to work, play and learn with PCs, digital video recorders, console games, and digital media adapters. Wireless security, VPN usage, and remote access to your home network are major features.
  • Leo Laporte’s PC Help Desk Leo and I team up to bring you an updated edition of my PC Help Desk in a Book. Fast-track symptom tables, a complete anatomy of desktop and portable PCs, dozens of flowcharts, and clear writeups help you solve problems with your sick PC in a hurry. New features include coverage of the latest Windows XP Service Pack 2 network wizards, how to repair balky autoplay features with AutoFix, how to troubleshoot imaging and multimedia hardware, and how to upgrade a laptop’s hard disk.
  • Leo Laporte’s Guide to Safe Computing This special book/CD package includes the full text of Leo Laporte’s PC Help Desk along with a CD containing a second book, Andy Walker’s Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware & Viruses along with a collection of Andy’s favorite security tools. This book is a special edition for Sam’s Club and Costco.
  • Absolute Beginner’s Guide to A+ Certification This book provides excellent coverage of both the hardware and operating systems portions of the CompTIA A+ Certification exams. In Chapter 1, every objective of the exams is cross-referenced to a particular section of the book. The CD makes it easy to study for the exam, because it contains the entire text in PDF format, as well as several CD-only chapters.