It's not often I have praise for books published in SAP Press
Of the dozen or so books I have read from SAP press, this is so far the first and only to impress me. By and large previously I have found SAP Press books to be wordy marketing hype and in my current job where there is no training budget, books being one of the few sources of information available she's been hard yakka.
A Practical Guide to SAP Administration written by Sebastian Schreckenbach is easy to understand, follows a logical and concise pattern and is an absolute must for any SAP Basis administrator who is new or has less than 5 years experience, but dare I say it, some old hats might learn a thing or two too.
After 2 years on the job as a Basis Admin (having come from infrastructure) this book has not only firmed up many of the ideas / thoughts I had about the operation of SAP, it has managed to expand on them significantly. Some of the book, for those who have been doing Basis for a while is easily skim read over but for some parts you will want to pay attention.
I especially liked the screenshots and easy to follow processes laid out in the book. The book did not merely talk about doing the job, it actually showed you how to do it. While there are certainly some improvements that can be made, I think the overall technical scale of the book was well delivered in it's glorious 900 pages.
Some processes such as a System Copy were talked about, but not discussed in detail (Client Copies are), while each businesses systems, are different, I think on points like this where the author could write a book on how to do system copies it would be good to have some practical lessons learned and a bit more expansion on the topic.
Overall, if you are like me, want some good information, some practical how-to's, a comprehensive basis styled book, this is your number. I wouldn't waste my money on anything else until you have bought and read this book.
Here's the link to the book.