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MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-291): Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition) Hardcover – May 3 2006

2.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2 edition (May 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735622884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735622883
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 5.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,162,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
There is not a single diagram in this book!
Everything in this book is explained in text, which makes learning very, very time-consuming. So many times a little diagram could have been be very helpful in explaining how the various components of such a complex system work together. It's missing. These authors obviously have had the diagrams next to them, described it from top to bottom and from left to right, then leave it to the reader to reconstruct the diagram from the textual description. Frustrating.
The book also doesn't have a single table. Up to the reader to reconstruct the tables from the text.
The most surprising thing missing in this book are page numbers! I never realized I used page numbers so often.
It's very hard to go back and forth, searching in the TOC or the register takes a lot of time to bring you to the section you need.
Another sign of the speed with which this book has been written: so many typos that it's really annoying.
This book is totally unfit for what is was intended: studying Exchange 2003.
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Format: Hardcover
Countless times I have been foolish enough to think that since it is a Microsoft product, there would be a higher quality of content, style, teachability, and quality. For me this book finally broke the camel's back. Why in the world that between two authors, all the proof readers, the senior editors, junior editors, editing editors, the project managers, acquisition editor, copy editors, desktop publishing specialist, etc etc etc, one cannot depend on a decent book with minimal errors (and I am not talking about spelling errors).
I want to start itemizing the errors but "hey!", I was out of a job for 6 months (the overseas outsourcing fiasco) not getting paid while those (see list above) were getting paid for something they did not even come close to doing and that is proof reading and editing.
The book has you in a yoyo, dcpromoing up, down, back to standalone, then back to memeber server just to go through the books chapters. Just know that if you were to really go through the book as it is written, be prepared to have many machines with many operating systems, and also be prepared to build and rebuild just to learn Exchange 2003. (Hint: use vmware and answer files - also own All the operating systems and all the Exchange applications since 5.5) <-- Yeah, everyone just has those in their back pocket)
I have finished the book and the frustration of mistakes and serious errors on "how to's" alone could disappoint even an advanced technical MCSE. The authors are also over-zealous in using all the Microsoft jargon in every sentence when just some simple wording would have worked wonders. The authors also present step by step examples but leave out the very preparation where one has to be in order to start the step by step implementation.
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Format: Paperback
Having just taken the 70-291 exam, I can assure you that this is not a full and complete study guide for the real exam. The book is made up of something around 1000 pages, however, for each lesson review, the full questions for each lesson are repeated in the answer section, padding the book's pages quite a bit. Incompleteness in and of itself is not entirely bad, but I found the book to be often misleading and containing several errors. The book is not without its merits, though. The accompanying CD contains a trial version of the Server CD and the labs and exercises were very helpful. The book on CD is also useful to have, especially when you want to study on the go and don't want to drag the book around with you. Call-outs in the text point you to think about what's on the test, too. However, if you're going to take the exam, make sure you don't rely on this book by itself. It's pretty weak on security policies and SUS, both of which are tested on the exam. If you arleady have study guides for this exam, this isn't a bad addition to your library, but it shouldn't be your only book to help you prepare for the exam.
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By A Customer on March 24 2004
Format: Hardcover
Usually the MS Press cert books are pretty good, I've passed several of the MCSE (70-290, 291, 293, 294) tests recently and have been using these books as the primary preparation tools. Unfortunately this book does not live up to the others in the series. In fact, this book is poorly organized from start to finish. There are several places throughout the book where the authors seem to cut and paste from other chapters. All of the books that I have read lately contain some errors (usually typo's or features that were not finalized prior to the books release) but this book seems to more than its fair share.
It seems that the authors are trying to take a person without any prior skills and teach them what they have to know to pass the exam. Rather than focusing on Exchange the book is all over the place and does not really cover any subject in-depth. The chapters do not build on the subject in a logical order and tend to skip around within the lessons. One chapter your working with clusters and the next your working on recipients. After a couple chapters your working on virtual servers and how they work with clusters. The exercises in the book tend to have you rebuilding servers more than learning the software. In short there is very little continuity. The last thing that I will mention is that the book really mixes terminology.
I wish that there were more books about Exchange 2003 available. It looks like this one was just trying to get to market first and first is not always best. Especially this time.
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