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MCTS Guide to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration (exam #70-642) Paperback – Mar 27 2009
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Introduction to Windows Server 2008. Installing Windows Server 2008. Networking with Windows Server 2008. Installing and Configuring the Dynamic Host Configuration. Introduction to DNS in Windows Server. Managing and Administering DNS in Windows Server 2008. Configuring File Services in Windows Server 2008. Introduction to Printers in a Windows Server 2008 Network. Network Policy and Access Services in Windows Server 2008. Securing Windows Server 2008. Managing and Monitoring a Windows Server 2008 Network. APPENDIX A: MCTS 70-642 Exam Objectives. APPENDIX B: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Server Virtualization Software. GLOSSARY. INDEX.
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Michael Bender is an Information Technology instructor at Madison Area Technical College in Microsoft technologies. He has taught Windows Workstation (XP/Vista), Windows Server 2003, and Exchange 2003/2007, and is the lead developer of Windows Server and Exchange curriculum for the Computer Systems Administration Associate Degree program. Mike's background includes over 10 years of experience in System Administration and Technical training covering all Microsoft platforms from Windows 95 to Server 2008. Mike is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, an MCSE on the NT 4.0/2000/20003 platforms, and an MCITP on Windows Server 2008.
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First, let me point out that this book is nearly $100.00. Really? $100.00? USD? You can grab Microsoft's self-paced training books (three books, plus trial software, practice tests, and ebooks) for approximately $100.00 and you're charging $100.00 for a 3rd-party publication? Do you outsource the development of this book to people who have massive overhead fees unknown to man and won't get out of bed for less than $1,000/HR?
Now besides the price, the book was generally frustrating to read. Here's an example: you wrote, "Network Topology Network topology categorizes networks based on the physical and logical relationship..." with "Network Topology" and the following "Network topology" in bold. Hey, I'm not asking that you give me a beautiful spectrum of colors as a visual representation of separation between phrases and definitions, but at least be more compassionate to the readers and work with us here. A legitimately crazy person could have sanely and calmly said: "Hey, put a colon or something between the term and definition."
Also, how about providing more of your own interpretations within this publication? In the book are definitions given by Microsoft but let me tell you guys something: I can read the comments on the GUI too, and the articles on Microsoft.com. Maybe it was to shelter yourselves from mistakes that can arise from personal interpretation & to possibly mitigate confusion but I advise taking a different route with this book before people with pitchforks, torches, and ropes come knocking on your door after reading this. Don't get any ideas now, its a joke.
Furthermore, you say go to into the Group Policy Editor, OK, but then you make me dig through all this stuff for a certain setting. COME ON MAN! I have about a hundred thousand pages to read and many hours of case study to perform. How about fulfilling to the reader an unsaid but obvious favor: save us the trouble. We could do the research ourselves but we want to learn at a faster pace, and thats why were sitting here reading this book but you have us digging. That's like being lost & running late to your own wedding, you pull over to a gas station and the attendant points his chin in the direction of the church thats miles and miles away. JUST WRITE DOWN THE DIRECTIONS!
Another example: You say that RRAS usage is recommended for small networks. What do you mean by small? Small, like 50 small, or small business small, meaning maybe ~500 users?
In closing, I want to say that I understand that some parts of the book were intentionally left out due to its scope but to me, its just another incorrectly made lasagna. There are other things that I could possibly write but, like other people, I have things to do. One star...
I was first using this book in collegue.95% of us didnt get it..Even the teacher was kind of clueless..I decided to study it after I finish school. I did and I find out that there were 15 pages of errata from the author..Way too much and big mistakes from the publishers as well..\
To make everything worst..I found out way more than that on my own!
How can a reader say it's an excellent book, when it's pack of sensitive mistakes?
To make everything more interesting , now it's the release of server R2, , way different commands from plain different server 2008, because a lot of the older commands are deprecated ( useless).
Conclusion: i have to study with this faulty guide, I bought the other Microsoft original book, I am using google and you tube like crazy to understand this book, I am reading the errata by my side, and trying to fix the mistakes he didnt post in his errata,( yes, making an errata for the errata!), a lot of the labs are unconclusive because of that, etc., etc..And I am consider my self a good and logical student.
This book mess up my life because after I got into the job market I understood that networking in servers 2008 was WAY too important..When you study from this book, really got me irritated , over and over..
This way slow down my insertion in the job market.And I am a system engineer already..
I understood that the author had good intensions when he wrote this book,and some of the ideas are organize and explain in plain words, but not properly giving a review , publish it packed with errors, and having a lot of people confuse! That's a killer ! C'mom!