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Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-640) Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory (MCTS) (2nd Edition) Paperback – Jun 15 2011
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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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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.
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.
So don't buy the first edition.
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.
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