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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2 edition (July 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073564909X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735649095
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Ian McLean, MCITP, MCSE, MCT, has 40 years’ experience in the education and IT industries. He has authored numerous Training Kits covering Windows, Microsoft SQL Server, and Exchange Server technologies.

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I used the book as my main preparation tool for the 70-686 exam. I found it useful to bookmark the technet links scattered through the book. This gave further information on topics where I needed further detail. I thought some of the exercises were a bit too brief, such as Remote Desktop Services, and didn't give me enough hands on experience. I also found a few errors in the text and in diagrams. However if you do all the exercises, case scenarios, suggested practices and practice tests as well as study the technet articles referenced in the book it is a good preparation guide.
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Great product, fast shipping, it is worth buying it. It also came with CDs and 15 % discount voucher. It has paper back it would have better if it comes with hard cover, over all great product.
I'll Recommend to everyone
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This package is really good, but I would like that they include video and labsim only like testout done for its package
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good book
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HASH(0xaa22c654) out of 5 stars Good for general info, horrible for exam prep April 4 2012
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Pros: These books do give you a good insight to what is offered in Server 2008 RS and some instructions how to configure certain aspects.

Cons: As others have stated, these books will NOT prepare you for the exams...this is a general rule for the MCITP exams. I started with the Windows 7 exams and after the first exam I learned that the books give you about 50% of the information you actually need to pass. I took the Windows 7 exam and even after reading the book twice, doing all the practice exams and scoring high 90's I failed the actual exam. You need to augment the books with classroom study, bootcamps, other books, etc.

The one pet peeve I have with the book is the practice exercises. First, even though the book will preface with an overview of a lab you will need to perform the exercises, it is never complete with what you actually need. Since setting up the labs in a virtual environment takes so much time (compared to the labs themselves), why can't they just give an inclusive run down of what is needed rather than a an incomplete list? I hate to be in the middle of doing the labs and realize I need another virtual machine configured to do a 5 minute lab.

Second, the labs are just too basic. Some of the lessons take < 5 minutes after spending two hours reading material. Even worse, the exercises rarely coincide with what is tested on the exam.

Overall, I wish Microsoft would stop marketing this as exam prep. It's a good reference book, but just not for exam prep.
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HASH(0xaa22c8a0) out of 5 stars What's to be said: It's form Microsoft Press - Yuk!!!!!!!! Feb. 19 2012
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As the title of my review says, It's from Microsoft Press. So be prepared to just accept what you are told without any real in depth explanation. This is how Microsoft wants it done, so just accept it and move on. If you are new to Server 2008 or 2008 R2 in particular, and are hoping to use this book to prepare for and "PASS" the 70-646 MCITP exam. Well you best forget it. The new exams are based more on work experience than book learning. But.... Microsoft does at least tell you this in one of the early sections of the book.

I had been working with both Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for a little over a year. I also used what study materials were available prior the the exam format changing sometime around June of 2011. When I took the 70-646 exam just before Thanksgiving, I failed miserably. Mainly because the study materials I had only covered Server 2008. Most if not all of the questions I got on the exam were about technologies available in Server 2008 R2. Afterward, I was informed by a friend that a new Microsoft Press book (released back in August) covered Server 2008 R2. So wanting to pass the exam I bought it.

I have to say it did help fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge of Server 2008 R2. But as I also said, not with a great deal of in depth explanation. The book just tells you what new technologies are available in Server 2008 R2 and how to configure some of them. If you haven't worked with some of these new technologies, you will learn how to configure some of them. The how and whyfore of using theme is pretty much left up to your imagination. As I said it's from Microsoft Press, so what else would you expect.

I went back and passed the exam just before Christmas. Not solely because of this book. But because of my prior work experience and knowledge that was "augmented" by this book. Another reviewer stated that the book only covers about 10% of the material on the exam. I'm going to be just a little more gracious and say maybe 15 to 20%.

To sum up: If you are already working with Server 2008 or server 2008 R2 and want to augment you knowledge so you can pass the exam. This book will probably do the trick. But if you are just staring out in system administration, have little or no knowledge of Server 2008 (more specifically Server 2008 R2). Are hoping to pass the exam, get the certification under you belt so you can get that first big break in the IT market. Quite Frankly, this book "ain't gonna" give you what you need to pass the exam.
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HASH(0xaa22c864) out of 5 stars These books, plus practical experience in I.T. will do the job! July 31 2012
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Sure these are MS press and as we all know that have been in the business for a while, you will need more than just an MS press book to pass the exams. Some things are overlooked and somethings are not touched on enough. Supplemental material is going to be needed. The Unleashed books are good, exam crams are good, but nothing is going to supplement better than real work experience and the ability to read between the lines. I had my MCSA 2003 and decided I wanted to do more than just the single upgrade test and exam crams, so I got these books as reference and study material among with an unleashed book. Why two resources? Because you need more than one source and different writing styles can help explain something better than another. I have been in the industry for 13 years and have worked with 2008 and 2008 R2 in the practical world since they hit the market. If you think you are going to read books alone and pass these three tests you are sorely mistaken. You are not going to spend 2 weeks reading these books with little or no experience and pass the tests. Take your time studying, doing labs if you can, and exam crams. Spend a month on it, or what time frame you need for yourself. You must have real work experience with it as well. Even if you take the MS classes and have NO experience you will fail. I've seen this way too much. I had noticed another reviewer saying these books do not cover R2, they do.

I don't give 5 stars because nothing is perfect. Don't be afraid of these books and go sign up for some exam crams and take your time. Don't rush! Good Luck!
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HASH(0xaa22cb58) out of 5 stars Having this resource made it extremely easy to pass the exams for the cert Jan. 2 2016
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Having this resource made it extremely easy to pass the exams for the cert. I cannot express enough how useful these books were to me. I would recommend this cert to everyone looking to move further up in their career and would recommend these books as a great resource to accomplish those goals.
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HASH(0xaa22cbb8) out of 5 stars As with it's predecessors information a server admin SHOULD know Sept. 22 2012
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You're going to need more to pass the exams. For those, I suggest brain dumps - even if you're an experienced server admin.

Okay, that said, to be a halfway decent systems admin you DO need to read these to refresh your knowledge as well as update it every 3-5 years. This is a terrific book - as was it's predecessors. There's way too much information and procedure in here to even begin to cite why you do need this. At about 674 pages and 12 chapters - if you're used to books like this - you will find it an easy read. As opposed to the also necessary active directory book that's almost 900 pages and 17 chapters, that also comes in the mcitp kit with this one. (which I also recommend). This is just faster and easier to read. If 674 pages scares you then you may be choosing the wrong career. Sure you'll pass the tests off brain dumps anyway, but this is still what you're expected to know. I've been a Microsoft Server Admin for over a decade. I find these books invaluable. That said, the tests for these 2008 books gets retired in July of 2013. Study 2012 Server if you think you're going to take 10 months before getting ready to take your tests. Also, note that Microsoft goes back to calling it an MCSE with the 2012 tests. Calling it MCITP was a bad idea that they've now abandoned.