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MCITP Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator: Training Kit 3-Pack: Exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-646 Paperback – Sep 26 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2432 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; Second Edition edition (Sept. 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735663289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735663282
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dan Holme, MVP, is a Windows technologies expert with 10+ years of experience as a consultant and trainer. He is the author of Windows Administration Resource Kit: Productivity Solutions for IT Professions.

Nelson Ruest, MCSE+Security, MCT, MVP, is a senior architect focused on systems management and administration. He has coauthored several books on Windows Server, Windows client, and other server technologies.

Danielle Ruest, MVP, is a senior enterprise workflow architect and consultant with 20+ years' experience in project implementations. She and Nelson Ruest are coauthors of Microsoft Windows Server 2008: The Complete Reference.

Tony Northrup, MCTS, MCSE, CISP, MVP, is a networking consultant and author who's written several Sefl-Paced Training Kits. He is the co-author of Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection (NAP).

J.C. Mackin, MCITP, MCSE, MCT, is a writer, editor, and consultant with a decade's experience with Microsoft networking technologies. He's written several Self-Paced Training Kits, including Exams 70-622 and 70-643.

Ian McLean, MCITP, MCDBA, MCT, has 40+ years of experience in the education and IT industries. He has coauthored numerous Self-Paced Training Kits covering Windows Server, Windows® client, Microsoft Exchange Server, and SQL Server® technologies.

Orin Thomas, MCSE, MCITP, Linux+, is a systems administrator, MVP for Security, author of several Self-Paced Training Kits on Windows technologies, and contributing editor for Windows IT Pro magazine.

Jason Kellington, MCT, MCSE, MCITP, MCTS, is a consultant, trainer, and author living in beautiful, cold northern Canada with his wife and two boys. His consulting and training pracstice specialize in enterprise infrastructure deployment as well as data management and business intelligence.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jard on Nov. 26 2012
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I used the book as my main preparation tool for the 70-686 exam. I found it useful to bookmark the technet links scattered through the book. This gave further information on topics where I needed further detail. I thought some of the exercises were a bit too brief, such as Remote Desktop Services, and didn't give me enough hands on experience. I also found a few errors in the text and in diagrams. However if you do all the exercises, case scenarios, suggested practices and practice tests as well as study the technet articles referenced in the book it is a good preparation guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on Oct. 3 2012
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Great product, fast shipping, it is worth buying it. It also came with CDs and 15 % discount voucher. It has paper back it would have better if it comes with hard cover, over all great product.
I'll Recommend to everyone
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By zycad on July 2 2012
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This package is really good, but I would like that they include video and labsim only like testout done for its package
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By Anas Alhadad on Aug. 12 2014
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good book
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Good for general info, horrible for exam prep April 4 2012
By Snowman - Published on
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Pros: These books do give you a good insight to what is offered in Server 2008 RS and some instructions how to configure certain aspects.

Cons: As others have stated, these books will NOT prepare you for the exams...this is a general rule for the MCITP exams. I started with the Windows 7 exams and after the first exam I learned that the books give you about 50% of the information you actually need to pass. I took the Windows 7 exam and even after reading the book twice, doing all the practice exams and scoring high 90's I failed the actual exam. You need to augment the books with classroom study, bootcamps, other books, etc.

The one pet peeve I have with the book is the practice exercises. First, even though the book will preface with an overview of a lab you will need to perform the exercises, it is never complete with what you actually need. Since setting up the labs in a virtual environment takes so much time (compared to the labs themselves), why can't they just give an inclusive run down of what is needed rather than a an incomplete list? I hate to be in the middle of doing the labs and realize I need another virtual machine configured to do a 5 minute lab.

Second, the labs are just too basic. Some of the lessons take < 5 minutes after spending two hours reading material. Even worse, the exercises rarely coincide with what is tested on the exam.

Overall, I wish Microsoft would stop marketing this as exam prep. It's a good reference book, but just not for exam prep.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
What's to be said: It's form Microsoft Press - Yuk!!!!!!!! Feb. 19 2012
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As the title of my review says, It's from Microsoft Press. So be prepared to just accept what you are told without any real in depth explanation. This is how Microsoft wants it done, so just accept it and move on. If you are new to Server 2008 or 2008 R2 in particular, and are hoping to use this book to prepare for and "PASS" the 70-646 MCITP exam. Well you best forget it. The new exams are based more on work experience than book learning. But.... Microsoft does at least tell you this in one of the early sections of the book.

I had been working with both Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for a little over a year. I also used what study materials were available prior the the exam format changing sometime around June of 2011. When I took the 70-646 exam just before Thanksgiving, I failed miserably. Mainly because the study materials I had only covered Server 2008. Most if not all of the questions I got on the exam were about technologies available in Server 2008 R2. Afterward, I was informed by a friend that a new Microsoft Press book (released back in August) covered Server 2008 R2. So wanting to pass the exam I bought it.

I have to say it did help fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge of Server 2008 R2. But as I also said, not with a great deal of in depth explanation. The book just tells you what new technologies are available in Server 2008 R2 and how to configure some of them. If you haven't worked with some of these new technologies, you will learn how to configure some of them. The how and whyfore of using theme is pretty much left up to your imagination. As I said it's from Microsoft Press, so what else would you expect.

I went back and passed the exam just before Christmas. Not solely because of this book. But because of my prior work experience and knowledge that was "augmented" by this book. Another reviewer stated that the book only covers about 10% of the material on the exam. I'm going to be just a little more gracious and say maybe 15 to 20%.

To sum up: If you are already working with Server 2008 or server 2008 R2 and want to augment you knowledge so you can pass the exam. This book will probably do the trick. But if you are just staring out in system administration, have little or no knowledge of Server 2008 (more specifically Server 2008 R2). Are hoping to pass the exam, get the certification under you belt so you can get that first big break in the IT market. Quite Frankly, this book "ain't gonna" give you what you need to pass the exam.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
These books, plus practical experience in I.T. will do the job! July 31 2012
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Sure these are MS press and as we all know that have been in the business for a while, you will need more than just an MS press book to pass the exams. Some things are overlooked and somethings are not touched on enough. Supplemental material is going to be needed. The Unleashed books are good, exam crams are good, but nothing is going to supplement better than real work experience and the ability to read between the lines. I had my MCSA 2003 and decided I wanted to do more than just the single upgrade test and exam crams, so I got these books as reference and study material among with an unleashed book. Why two resources? Because you need more than one source and different writing styles can help explain something better than another. I have been in the industry for 13 years and have worked with 2008 and 2008 R2 in the practical world since they hit the market. If you think you are going to read books alone and pass these three tests you are sorely mistaken. You are not going to spend 2 weeks reading these books with little or no experience and pass the tests. Take your time studying, doing labs if you can, and exam crams. Spend a month on it, or what time frame you need for yourself. You must have real work experience with it as well. Even if you take the MS classes and have NO experience you will fail. I've seen this way too much. I had noticed another reviewer saying these books do not cover R2, they do.

I don't give 5 stars because nothing is perfect. Don't be afraid of these books and go sign up for some exam crams and take your time. Don't rush! Good Luck!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As with it's predecessors information a server admin SHOULD know Sept. 22 2012
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You're going to need more to pass the exams. For those, I suggest brain dumps - even if you're an experienced server admin.

Okay, that said, to be a halfway decent systems admin you DO need to read these to refresh your knowledge as well as update it every 3-5 years. This is a terrific book - as was it's predecessors. There's way too much information and procedure in here to even begin to cite why you do need this. At about 674 pages and 12 chapters - if you're used to books like this - you will find it an easy read. As opposed to the also necessary active directory book that's almost 900 pages and 17 chapters, that also comes in the mcitp kit with this one. (which I also recommend). This is just faster and easier to read. If 674 pages scares you then you may be choosing the wrong career. Sure you'll pass the tests off brain dumps anyway, but this is still what you're expected to know. I've been a Microsoft Server Admin for over a decade. I find these books invaluable. That said, the tests for these 2008 books gets retired in July of 2013. Study 2012 Server if you think you're going to take 10 months before getting ready to take your tests. Also, note that Microsoft goes back to calling it an MCSE with the 2012 tests. Calling it MCITP was a bad idea that they've now abandoned.
this is a must have Aug. 23 2013
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Whether you are taking the Microsoft official course from an authorized teaching facility, or working on your own to obtain your certifications, this training kit is a must. The 'official' course text leaves something to be desired in the way of details and clarification. This training course does not. It goes into much greater detail and starts at the beginning instead of assuming that you have certain facts already. It lays the foundation for every segment.

I believe you can actually obtain your certs with this material. You have labs that you set up (they step you thru it) and practice tests that are the same as the schools provide. And to repeat, you will have a much greater grasp on the material.

Even if you are enrolled in a structured course with a school, you should just consider the modest cost of these self-paced kits as another necessary cost. Just suck it up and shell out the 'very worth it' money. I didn't and I regret it, even though I have them now. They correspond to the 'official' course flow.

You can't go wrong.