on October 11, 2003
I used to use other publishers books (Sybex and MS Press) to help review for my exams until the 70-214 exam came out in January of 2003 and Syngress was the only publisher with a book. Now I am hooked on Syngress and I will continue to use them exclusively. Interestingly enough, the same author that wrote that awesome 70-214 Syngress book is back at again with this 70-292 book. What can I say...this book rocks!
Being an MCSE on Windows 2000, it was only two exams to take to upgrade. I took and passed the 70-292 exam after reading this book over the course of a week. I had a fair bit of hands-on and my network is preparing to migrate some of our key servers to Windows Server 2003 later this year, so having the upgraded MCSE is a plus for me.
If you can only get one book, get this one...you get the great writing style complete with more information than you need to know for the exam, combined with the nice sidebars that add extra info about "you better know this" or "did you know this" types of things. The DVD has improved 100000% since the earlier ones they did for 70-214 and Security+ and it's actually quite usefull as a night before review session...or to watch when you get brain fried from studying.
Get this book, get some time with the product and get that upgrade exam out of the way! I am going to buy the Syngress 70-296 book next as soon as it comes out based on how pleased I am with this one. Thanks.
on October 21, 2003
I used this book and DVD as my only study tools for the 70-292 exam, and I passed rather easily. Don't get me wrong, the test is difficult, but I have a fair amount of experience and this study guide is just great. It covers absolutely everything that's on the exam (and had very helpful icnons in the margins telling you which headings specifically cover which exam objectives). And, it also covers additional material that may not actually be on the exam, but you really need to know. I looked at all of the objectives pretty closely before I started readying, and when I was done I was incredibly confident that the book had covered everything. Again, I do have some experience, and I could tell the book was very accurate. Highly recommended!
on October 24, 2003
For years I had always used the Sybex books to prepare for exans, but when I started studying for Security+ a friend recommended the Shimonski book from Syngress, and I passed pretty easily. When I started preparing to upgrade my MCSE, I thought I would use the Shimonski book again. I was again very pleased with the quality of the book. I also thought the DVD with this one was much better than the Security+ DVD. It was just much better done with a lot more content. I just ordered the 70-296 book as well, and I'm hoping it's as good.
on January 21, 2004
The material in this book and in the 70-296 Study Guide is very good and complete. However, the number typos, punctuation errors, references to missing or incorrect figures, and just plain wrong answers to some practice questions -- is all very distracting. It would appear that the final edit of this book was skipped in order to get it out on schedule. Unfortunate. Make sure you have plenty of hands-on experience before taking this exam, esp. if this is your only source of study material.
on October 17, 2003
Yet another great book from Syngress and Will Schmied. After using about every other publisher's study guides, I've been hooked on the Syngress books for some time now and this one has raised the bar. The DVD is perfect for day before the test review and the content in concise and reads very well. The hands-on exercises are great for someone who has real world working knowledge of Windows 2000. I recommend this to anyone who wants to upgrade their MCSA.