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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

A Note Regarding the CD or DVD

The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to booktech@oreilly.com.


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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.
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid comprehensive read June 17 2004
Format:Hardcover
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 experience in the server field should be a breeze for others to comprehend.
Great to see an Australian writing such an important MSPress book too!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro but Inadequate for Exam April 15 2004
Format:Hardcover
I did the exam 2 weeks ago (passed) after using this book along with Trancenders but struggled in the exam.
You would need to have a second book to give you a rounded view of the subject areas. Also the exam is based on a lot of real world examples not covered in the text (a lot of stuff on backing-up) also a lot of areas in the book were not in the exam.
If you are new to 2003 spend some time working with the material before tackling the exam.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Use another book as well as this one. April 4 2004
Format:Hardcover
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere March 12 2004
Format:Hardcover
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 geared towards the real world and his chapter on DNS is far superior to the drivel written in this publication.
I particuarly dislike the monotonous tone that so often is the down fall of Microsoft publications.
On the upside - this book is given it's blessing by *Microsoft* - so it must have something going for it. The section on Group Policy is not bad.
However - just go to Borders and compare the difference - Minasi's book on 2003 server is *the* bible to have with regards to decent technical writing and explanantions of real world situatios with regards to 2003 server.
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1.0 out of 5 stars useless for veterans or newbies Feb. 11 2004
Format:Hardcover
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.
So this book is useless for both. As a reference book for exam, I think this book is not well target at all! consider the contents in this book and what covered in the real exam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was everything I needed to pass. Feb. 8 2004
Format:Hardcover
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. They provide a credible alternative to memorizing the thousands of pages in the win2003 Admin Companion, Deployment Kit, Security Guide, etc. The authors were able to distill it down to a dozen or so chapters, plus additional recommended readings before taking the test. Some other reviews seem to criticize it for being disjointed, but the book is clearly designed to help you pass the test, not administer a server (there are lots of other good books for that). Two weeks after buying this book I passed the test on my first try. 'Nuff said.
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