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MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with CDROM [Hardcover]

Dan Holme , Orin Thomas
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Sept. 20 2003 0735614377 978-0735614376 1

Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCP Exam 70-290—and on the job—with this official Microsoft study guide. Work at your own pace through a system of lessons, hands-on exercises, troubleshooting labs, and review questions.

The Readiness Review Suite on CD, featuring advanced technology from MeasureUp, provides 425 challenging questions for in-depth self-assessment and practice. You can choose timed or untimed testing mode, generate random tests, or focus on specific objectives. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including a learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.

You also get expert exam tips plus a full review section inside the book that covers all objectives and sub-objectives

Maximize your performance on Exam 70-290 by learning how to:

  • Create and manage user, group, and computer accounts
  • Manage file and share permissions
  • Help control Web server access and manage sites with Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Manage hardware devices, disk storage, software, and print services
  • Implement backup procedures and perform system recovery

Readiness Review Suite Includes 425 practice questions on CD

Your kit includes:

  • NEW—Self-paced study guide with complete objective-by-objective review plus expert exam tips
  • NEW—Readiness Review Suite featuring 425 questions and multiple testing options
  • NEW—Case studies and troubleshooting scenarios for real-world expertise
  • NEW—180-day evaluation version of Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
  • NEW—Windows Server 2003 Sampler, with excerpts from Microsoft Press reference books
  • NEW—eBook in PDF format
  • NEW—Microsoft Encyclopedia of Security eBook
  • Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking, Second Edition, eBook

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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.

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By Mike B.
If you are familiar with working in an Active Directory domain then this book can fill in the blanks. I wouldn't recommend it to a beginner in server administration, one of the Sybex books might be a better starting point, but this book gets in depth with the "need-to-know" information for the 70-290 exam.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Use another book as well as this one. April 4 2004
This is probably the tenth Microsoft Press book I've purchased, and it is no different than the rest of them. While the technical aspects of the material seem adequate, I think there needs to be more detail. The exams always seem to contain a few questions that only Technet can help you answer. An exeption to this was the Microsoft Press MCSE study guide for 70-216, which was very detailed. Another bad thing about this publication (70-290) is the CD, which contains a few typographical errors and what I believe to be wrong answers on a few of the Readiness Review questions; namely a claim that a RAID-5 array isn't fault tolerant, which it clearly is. If you are considering purchasing this book, please do yourself a favor and check it out first. Read through some of it, and verify its accuracy with other publications or online material. The 2003 Server Administrators Guide is much better written and contains more real world scenarios than this book. Use it as a backup. Hope this review helps, and good luck on the exam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn 2003 Sept. 28 2003
Having worked in the training industry for several years, I've found that learning through questions (i.e. the Socratic method) is one of the most effective methods of knowledge transfer. That's one of the reasons why I enjoyed the Self-Paced Training Kit. In addition, I thought the questions were very appropriate. By that I mean that they were very similar to the actual exam in format and difficulty. However, unlike some of the illicit practice exams floating around the Internet, they aren't word-for-word rip-offs of the actual exam (a practice I abhor).
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Studying for MCSE Sept. 16 2003
By A Customer
If you have no experience with Windows 2000 or 2003 you will not pass the exam regardless of which text you buy. I am studying for the MSCE in Windows Server 2003. This text covers all of the objectives for the 70-290 exam. This book also includes a Prometric exam discount voucher and a set of practice questions on the CD in addition to those in the text.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid comprehensive read
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 more
Published on June 17 2004 by James Hoggett
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro but Inadequate for Exam
I did the exam 2 weeks ago (passed) after using this book along with Trancenders but struggled in the exam. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Cricket Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere
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 more
Published on March 12 2004 by "madd0g"
1.0 out of 5 stars useless for veterans or newbies
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 more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by oncerest
5.0 out of 5 stars It was everything I needed to pass.
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 more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by Alan Stevens
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginner
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Without experience you are sunk
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 more
Published on Nov. 26 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure what book everybody else was reading
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 more
Published on Oct. 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Many books routinely cover "what" to do. Dan teaches us "why". It's a resource written by professionals and intended for professionals, an investment that will... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003
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