MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-291): Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition) Hardcover – May 3 2006
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About the Author
Ian McLean, MCITP, MCDBA, MCT, has 40 years' 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.
Top Customer Reviews
Everything in this book is explained in text, which makes learning very, very time-consuming. So many times a little diagram could have been be very helpful in explaining how the various components of such a complex system work together. It's missing. These authors obviously have had the diagrams next to them, described it from top to bottom and from left to right, then leave it to the reader to reconstruct the diagram from the textual description. Frustrating.
The book also doesn't have a single table. Up to the reader to reconstruct the tables from the text.
The most surprising thing missing in this book are page numbers! I never realized I used page numbers so often.
It's very hard to go back and forth, searching in the TOC or the register takes a lot of time to bring you to the section you need.
Another sign of the speed with which this book has been written: so many typos that it's really annoying.
This book is totally unfit for what is was intended: studying Exchange 2003.
I want to start itemizing the errors but "hey!", I was out of a job for 6 months (the overseas outsourcing fiasco) not getting paid while those (see list above) were getting paid for something they did not even come close to doing and that is proof reading and editing.
The book has you in a yoyo, dcpromoing up, down, back to standalone, then back to memeber server just to go through the books chapters. Just know that if you were to really go through the book as it is written, be prepared to have many machines with many operating systems, and also be prepared to build and rebuild just to learn Exchange 2003. (Hint: use vmware and answer files - also own All the operating systems and all the Exchange applications since 5.5) <-- Yeah, everyone just has those in their back pocket)
I have finished the book and the frustration of mistakes and serious errors on "how to's" alone could disappoint even an advanced technical MCSE. The authors are also over-zealous in using all the Microsoft jargon in every sentence when just some simple wording would have worked wonders. The authors also present step by step examples but leave out the very preparation where one has to be in order to start the step by step implementation.Read more ›
It seems that the authors are trying to take a person without any prior skills and teach them what they have to know to pass the exam. Rather than focusing on Exchange the book is all over the place and does not really cover any subject in-depth. The chapters do not build on the subject in a logical order and tend to skip around within the lessons. One chapter your working with clusters and the next your working on recipients. After a couple chapters your working on virtual servers and how they work with clusters. The exercises in the book tend to have you rebuilding servers more than learning the software. In short there is very little continuity. The last thing that I will mention is that the book really mixes terminology.
I wish that there were more books about Exchange 2003 available. It looks like this one was just trying to get to market first and first is not always best. Especially this time.
Most recent customer reviews
I had to take the time to write a review of this book to warn everyone off it. It was clearly written in a rush as several of the practical exercises are impossible to actually... Read morePublished on June 28 2007 by BSG Fan
I have to say, I kinda liked this book, even though I found a number of errors. Between this and Unleashed, you probably can't go wrong. Read morePublished on March 1 2004
Having experienced the monster exam 70-216 for MCSE 2000 I was very curious whether this W2k3 book lived up to the task. The 70-216 MS Press book was poor to say the least. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Marcel van Os
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