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MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with CDROM Hardcover – Sep 20 2003
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About the Author
Dan Holme, MVP, has 10+ years of experience as a consultant and trainer. He is the author of Windows Administration Resource Kit: Productivity Solutions for IT Professionals.
Orin Thomas, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, Microsoft® MVP, is a consultant and writer whose books include the SELF-PACED TRAINING KITs for Exams 70-662, 70-680, 70-646, and 70-647. He is also a contributing editor to Windows® IT Pro magazine.
Inside This Book(Learn More)
Windows Server 2003 is, of course, more secure, more reliable, more available, and easier to administer than any previous version of Windows. Read the first page
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Top Customer Reviews
The format works for me, the first section goes step-by-step through configuring a Windows Server 2003 system with lessons followed by open-ended sample questions and follow-along labs. This approach works as it walks you through from the very beginning of installing the OS (included on CD) to configuring a variety of services and performing administration tasks. You learn the topic, you quiz yourself, then you do a practical portion. Getting the hands-on and seeing it work is key to success.
The second portion goes over the exam objectives. This helps to gauge the areas in which you are strong and those which need improvement. It also details all the "subject domains" you are expected to know for the test, and is shorter than the first, making it useful as a cram guide to keep the topics fresh.
The book includes Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Edition 180-day trial on CD for following along through the labs, as well, the second CD includes a test engine to gauge your subject matter knowledge and preparation readiness. It also includes the book in PDF format, as well as two other full eBooks, Security Encyclopedia and Networking Encyclopedia, both from MS Press, and both are great for reference with excellent content. CD 2 also includes sample chapters from other MS Press books which can help explain some concepts further and are really worth the read.Read more ›
The treatment of the material is certainly adequate and given the relative lack of Server 2003 information currently in existence, actually quite a pleasant surprise. The references provided are also sufficient and other readers will enjoy the fact that many of them are available free of charge. In addition, I thought there was a good amount of value-added provided through the CD (e-book is great because it is searchable making for easy location of key concepts) and the discounted exam voucher.
It'll be a while before we can judge how this book will stack up against its competition but given the fact that there is relatively little competition out there right now I'm pretty certain this book is the best of what's currently available.
The exam objectives listed on Microsoft's site are covered by this text. The coverage is not deep, but is adequate for those that are attempting the exam who have experience with the operating system. Unexperienced candidates are wasting their time on the new MS certifications and should get some hands on before heading off to the testing center.
The questions in the second part of the book appear well written. They mirror some of the lengthy questions on the actual exam and this aspect of the text was refreshing. Most certification textbooks skimp on the practice questions adding them as an afterthought rather than a feature. To many books ask questions like "what does DNS stand for" and "where would you use DHCP". The first time I tried many of them I got them wrong. When I was getting them right I tried the exam and passed. Until the Transcenders are released, finding good questions will be difficult. Resources like this text are quite valuable.
Most recent customer reviews
I've just finished reading this book, it contained almost everything I needed to know for the exam. It was written in easy to understand language and coupled with the recommended... Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by James Hoggett
I did the exam 2 weeks ago (passed) after using this book along with Trancenders but struggled in the exam. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Cricket Fan
Poorly written and way out of context. My advice to anyone wishing to learn the real ins and outs of 2003 server would be to buy Mark Minasi's book - he offers much better advice... Read morePublished on March 12 2004
If you get handon experience with Windows admin, you will pass even without this book. If you don't have experience, you will fail for sure with this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by oncerest
I thought that Holme and Thomas did an excellent job of writing a book designed to help students prepare for and pass the 70-290 exam. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Alan Stevens
I bought the whole set of MCSE. I took the first one 70-290. I found that it is difficult to follow.Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Isara Ratapipat
If you don't know the product, you will not pass. This book will help you pass. If your only experience with Windows Server 2003 is installing it twice and running a few... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003
This book was terrible. It was disjointed, and very difficult to follow. The organization and flow made no sense to me, and I felt the author, as it typical with MS Press, was long... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003
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