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Dan Holme, MVP, has 17 years’ experience as a consultant and trainer focused on Windows and Microsoft SharePoint technologies. He is author of Windows Administration Resource Kit: Productivity Solutions for IT Professionals.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Good book, lots of typo'd/wrong commands Aug. 20 2008
By Raymond J. Ackley - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The good: The book quickly dispenses what you need to know for the exam, then tells you what you need to survive in the real world. I.e. Powershell and scripting. Coming from a 20,000+ user environment it is refreshing to see a book actually written for the "real world".

The bad: I'm only through the first four chapters, and oddly enough I find myself actually doing the examples. To my surprise, about one in ten commands is flat out wrong. Parameters are specified that aren't part of the program being executed (p.122), PowerShell commands that are typo'd bad enough to throw errors that would be undecipherable to most people (p.127), etc.

And no, despite the fact that they show it about 20x, you cannot use %username% from the command line to set a variable with dsmod as they show it, since it uses the logged in users' username (the admin running the command).

If they would have proof read and tested these commands before throwing them in the book it likely would have raised by rating of this book to a five. However, it's hard to overlook such glaringly obvious and *frequent* errors. I hope the other books in this series aren't as bad in this department.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Proofreading Wanted! June 14 2008
By A. Amos - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I recently recieved this Microsoft Press training Kit for Exam: 70-640,
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-640): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory

After reading through its over 860 pages of information, I was equiped to pass the Certification Exam. Although it is an excellent tool for preparing for the test, there are quite a few errors in the text. The book seemed rushed, as if the writers were trying to meet a deadline. There are many references to outside sources for concept understanding throughout the book. Some of the answers in the back do not match the questions in the lessons from each chapter. A few mispelled/misplaced words, and some information, such as on Page 280 which states that you can troubleshoot RSoP with Gpupdate.exe is just not correct. The statement should say Gpresult.exe instead. Nothing that a little more proofreading would not have solved.

All in all, the book was easy to grasp. I was happy overall with the content supplied by the curriculum. Once the errors are resolved, I feel that this will be an excellent source for 70-640 enthusiast.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
don't take 70-640 without this book Sept. 9 2011
By TechnoDave61 - Published on
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For anyone taking their 70-640 exams, you can't pass without this book, it has most of the updated information for the exams. I found out the hard way by buying the first edition (before the second edition was available)then took the exam to find out they were testing on R2. 30% of the exam is on R2 and isn't available in the first edition i.e. Direct Access, Socket pooling, Gpo Templates, Powershell scripts, Object management, R2 DNS features.
So don't buy the first edition.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Practice Tests Inadequate Oct. 4 2011
By Dial Tone - Published on
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At over 1000 pages, the book's content is certainly comprehensive and covers the subject matter. My gripe is with the practice test questions that come with the companion CD. The practice questions are lacking in their level of difficulty compared to those that you will find on the actual exam. The practice questions often have 1-2 sentence questions to be answered while the real test has long paragraphs describing situations you need to resolve by selecting one of several very similar answers. Don't scan a few sections of the book and then expect to pass the exam if you ace the practice questions - you will just be out another $150 for the test fee.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
WOW Microsoft - Try QC next time!!! - FAIL!!!! Feb. 20 2011
By Alan The Network Guy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was really surprised at the plethora of errors in this book. This book is a FAIL. As a IT professional with an MCSA I already knew some of the material covered in this book. The material I already knew what littered with errors, incorrect information, and bad syntax. The biggest failure is on page 566 where the answer given to question 3 is incorrect, way incorrect. If you did it on your network you'd take down half your network incorrect.

Do not follow the directions on Page 649, you cannot restore a Active Directory Server using previous versions / snapshots. It screws crap up.

If I could rate it a 0 I would. Some good material in here, but when it is so littered with errors you don't know what to believe.