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Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-662) Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (MCTS) Paperback – Oct 15 2010
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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.
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I find Ian's sections, however, quite annoying in some respect. No doubt he has a wealth of experience and this is his biggest weakness - let me explain. The content is OK, however my biggest issue is his use of acronyms: he seems to believe that no-one knows what DNS is but everyone knows IRM. He religiously explains almost at every occurance that DNS is Domain Name System and EMS is Exchange Management Shell. OK, OK, we've known this for years now, but what about the new concepts introduced with this version of Exchange? He defines an acronym once only, sometimes in odd places, which is then used relentlessly without any reminder as to what it actually stands for and where to find it in the text if you need to refresh your memory. For an example see page 288, "Configuring Right Protection", the first paragraph. Here Ian introduces IRM. But hang on, what the heck does IRM stand for? You start looking for it, and just before you pull your last hair, you happen to turn to page 273 to "Lesson 1: Managing Transport Rules". Voila! You find the definition of the acronym 15 pages earlier than its proper place. Does Ian re-visit the meaning of the acronym on page 288? No, why bother? But you'll find that DNS means Domain Name System all over the place in the book.
Another annoyance is "Real World". In my view it is a most useless, unnecessary self-glorifying section which can be safely omitted not from this book only but from all MS books. If you want to share useful real life advise, put it in a way which doesn't shift attention from Exchange 2010 to your past glory. If MS wants its readers to learn about authors, it can be done in a more appropriate way.
I was also stunned to learn that there are "digits" that are not "numers"! Well, digits by definition are numbers (decimals, hex, octals or whatever, but still some sort of symbol in a numeric context). I know what "non-numeric charcters" are, but the term "non-numeric digit", or "number that is not a number" is new to me and it doesn't make any sense - see the explanation of regexp metacharacters on page 278. Further, then it goes on and asks what is the correct regexp for a given scenario, and expects a novice to know - see question 3 on page 309. I am sure Ian is capable of better than that, afterall he was studying for MCSE in 1996 - see page 218, "Real World", although I struggle to see the relevance of this detail to the 70-662 exam. Well, I was a Novell CNI at the time but no-one seems to be interested, and I don't see why anyone who wants to pass 70-662 would be :-)
What I also would like to see improved is the way the content is structured. I studied many Novell official training material and I have to say the writers were real professionals down to business: they knew how to make new concepts sink in and how to make students find them easily. Their books were lean and free from any clutter unlike MS books. When they introduced a new concept, they started with the definition and then went on with the application, right to the point. One who had to refresh his/her memory, only had to read the first sentence of the first paragraph of the section and was back in business. This cannot be said about this book or any other MS books that I studied.
What I'd like to see in future MS books:
- Place acronym definitions in easy to find locations such as a bulleted list at the beginning of the lesson.
- Do not define acronyms which are well-known: no need to teach Uni students that 1+1=2. If DNS has to be explained then a student learning about Exchange 2010 has bigger problems.
- Define new terms at the beginning of the very first paragraph of the chapter that deals with it. That includes re-iterating acronym definitions.
- Describe well structured procedures or requirements in bulleted points in 3-4 rows rather than fill up half a page with content that makes it difficult to find the essence. This is supposed to be a technical document and not a transcript of a casual chit-chat.
- K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple, Stupid)
- Do not boast. This is a technical book. I am interested in passing the exam and not in your CV. If that wasn't the intention, then sorry, but this is how it comes across.
I believe we still have to wait some time before the writers realise that maybe 1/3 (if not more) of the content is just useless clutter and it can be safely omitted. MS has done this already with the tests - very much appreciated indeed.
It is good work regardless, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
I haven't read other 70-662 books; therefore I cannot comment on comparisons.
I read the entire book and studied chapter by chapter every concept. I also administer Exchange 2010 on a day to day basis and felt I already had a deep understanding of Exchange 2010. I even tested my knowledge with the exam prep questions on the CD nightly for a few weeks. I went in and studied further in any section that I did poorly or fairly on. Based on the book content and exam question, and re-review of the other sections, I felt very confident that I had prepared myself for the exam.
I took the exam, and failed the first time around. I found that many of the questions simply were not covered in the book. Ultimately, I feel that there is more criticism towards the exam itself than the book. The book is good on it's own but it WILL NOT be enough to prepare you for some of the more esoteric material on the test. I ultimately did pass the exam with transcender material. In the end, I felt slightly cheated because I passed the exam with memorization, not due to my in-depth exchange knowledge. Passing was good but I almost felt forced to memorize the specific answers & questions and that is my biggest complaint about many of Microsoft's tests. The test doesn't test your ability & knowledge, just how good of a test taker you are.
In this case however, I purchased and read this book from cover to cover, did well on the included reviews and practice questions, took the test and got a 540 (700 to pass). I then took the test result information provided by the proctor, returned home and proceeded to go through this book topic by topic. Much to my dismay, there would only be a paragraph or two discussing the particular topic and question on the exam.
In any event, I re-read the book that covered the sections of the exam I performed poorly. I took the exam again with only a 480 result. Again, this book did not include anything covering many of the questions.
Save your money. Do not buy this book with the intent that it will give you anywhere close to the amount of information required to pass the exam. This book will only give the reader a cursory overview of Microsoft Exchange 2010.
After further investigation, I suggest the comprehensive videos, workbooks, and structured labs from TrainSignal. They seem to offer the level of knowledge required to pass the 70-662 exam.
The most important thing I have to say about this book is this. First if you are trying to learn the material buy another book....any other book, even a Dummies book. This book has no interest in teaching you how to use the software. If you do use this book skip all the text and go right to the exercises, doing them cold will teach you more than the text. Second if you are like me and have to use this as a textbook buy the Rapid Review book by the co-author McLean it doesn't try to teach you how to use Exchange any better but it gives you all the relevant information in two hundred pages instead of eleven hundred.
My biggest problem with this book is that it is written backwards and even when it gets to relevant information six hundred pages after you learn how to do something it glosses over the information. The best examples of this are the review questions at the end of chapter one ask you what tasks from chapter one you can perform in the EMC and the EMS. There is no glossary so you skip to the index and find no mention of either acronym. If you keep reading on page 384 you find what both of these terms stand for in a two sentence blurb that tells you nothing about why you would use one over the other or how they fit into the whole of windows administration. Worse than that every chapter will tell you that you have different ways of accomplishing a task but doesn't even hint at why you would chose one task over another.
The best way I can describe this book as it is a text only version of how to build an Ikea kitchen that doesn't define what the parts are until the end and has no pictures.
I generally hate the idea of cert prepping but because of an illness in the family I have to graduate this semester and I am two units over the max. At my school passing the cert exam is considered testing out so I bought this book in case I couldn't pass the cert and was forced to take the class and I bought the Rapid Review book to help me cram. I have been a speed reader all my life and I had to force myself to get get through a single chapter in four hours. If you have to use this book look for the code syntax then read back from that half a paragraph. Sixty percent of the book is filler.
If you are looking to learn use another book if you are looking to pass the exam buy the much cheaper Rapid Review book and forget that you are an IT professional who needs to know how things work. Treat it like a crappy history class and just memorize the facts.
I have a nearly a complete set of MOAC manuals now and I complained about all of them having typos or too much filler. This book is the absolute worst textbook I have ever seen.
This book is good if you just want to know how MS Exchange 2010 works, but dont buy this for exam prep. There are other more suitable sources out there.
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