- Paperback: 3056 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (July 25 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735625727
- ISBN-13: 978-0735625723
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 16.2 x 23.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 5.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-647): Windows Server® 2008 Enterprise Administrator Core Requirements: Windows Server(r) 2008 Enterprise Administrator Core Requirements Paperback – Jul 25 2008
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About the Author
Dan Holme is a Microsoft MVP and a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro magazine. He has more than 10 years’ experience as an IT consultant and trainer.
Nelson Ruest is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a senior enterprise architect focused on system management and administration.
Danielle Ruest is a senior enterprise workflow architect and consultant with 20+ years’ experience in project implementation.
Tony Northrup (MVP, MCSE, MCTS, and CISSP) is a Windows consultant and author living in Phillipston, Massachusetts. Tony started programming before Windows® 1.0 was released, but has focused on Windows administration and development for the last fifteen years. He has written more than a dozen books covering Windows networking, security, and development. Among other titles, Tony is coauthor of Windows Server 2008 Networking And Network Access Protection (NAP) and the Windows Vista® Resource Kit.
J.C. Mackin, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCDST, is a writer, editor, consultant, and Microsoft Certified Trainer who’s worked with Microsoft networks for more than a decade. He has authored several Self-Paced Training Kits, including for Exams 70-622 and 70-642.
Anil Desai is an independent consultant based in Austin, TX. He specializes in evaluating, implementing, and managing IT solutions. He has worked extensively with IT management, development, and database technology. Anil holds many certifications and is a Microsoft MVP (Windows Server – Virtualization). Anil is the author of numerous technical books focusing on the Windows Server platform, virtualization, databases, and IT management best practices. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous IT publications and conferences.
Orin Thomas, MCSE, MCITP, MVP, is a system administrator, author, and contributing editor for Windows IT Pro magazine.
John Policelli (MVP for Directory Services) is a solutions-focused IT consultant with Avanade Canada. John has more than a decade of success in architecture, security, strategic planning, and disaster recovery planning. He has designed and implemented dozens of complex directory service, collaboration, web, networking, and enterprise security solutions. John has spent many years focused on identity and access management and has provided thought leadership for some of the largest installations of Active Directory directory service in Canada. He has been involved as an author, technical reviewer, and SME for more than 75 training, certification, and technical white paper projects.
Ian McLean, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, has 40 years of commercial and academic experience and runs an IT consulting firm.
Paul Mancuso (SME, CCSI, DCUCSS, DCNISS, CCNP, CCIP, CCNA, CCDA, VCP, VCAP-DCA, CTT+, CCISP, MCT, MCITP:EA) has offered consulting in the network services area for more than 21 years and has also provided authorized instruction for Cisco, VMware, and Microsoft for more than 18 years. Paul currently provides extensive training and consulting in data center design and support for Cisco, VMware, and Microsoft technologies. He earned a bachelor of science in zoology and pre-med from Ohio State University, deciding late in his studies to turn his attention toward business services, finance, marketing, and computers. His studies in these areas introduced him to the emerging field of local area networks (LANs), which later spearheaded a revolution in business processes. This early introduction to LANs prompted him to begin a career in network integration upon his graduation. It has become a passion ever since. He has previously authored books on Windows Vista, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and Windows Server 2008.
David R. Miller (PCI QSA, SME; MCT; MCITPro; MCSE Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows 2003: Security; CISSP; LPT; ECSA; CEH; CWNA; CCNA; CNE; Security+; A+; N+, etc.) is a consultant in the IT industry who specializes in compliance, security, and network engineering. David is an instructor, an author, and a technical editor of books, curricula, certification exams, and computer-based training videos. He regularly contributes as a Microsoft subject matter expert (SME) on product lines including Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.
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That being said ...
Certification classes glaze over generalized topics, giving you an idea of what you're supposed to know for the test and then say "well just take practice tests before you take your test" to get themselves off the hook for charging you so much. These books actually cover the subjects you need to know and understand in depth, and in terms anyone in IT can understand. If you can find the time to read all these (and a quiet place to study), and follow along with the exercises using Virtual Machines (many are free), those practice tests won't seem anywhere near as intimidating and impossible.
My only criticism: the included install disks do NOT come with any activation codes. This was probably left unresolved because the server disks last for so long before you have to actually activate. This means you won't get to actually practice KMS, but that's a drop in the ocean compared to the rest of what you need to know.
I'm a visual learner. Microsoft seems to be going the way of requiring more be done at a command prompt vs. with a GUI. While this is a good thing for automation purposes, it's going back to the days where people have to memorize commands. While this, in itself, is not a reflection on the authors of the books, I would appreciate more screen-shots and more conceptual drawings to drive-home the teachings.
The good: It's a great value. I could have spent more money on other books and practice exams that wouldn't have provided as much value. Plus, there's a coupon inside giving you 15% off of all the exams (worth ~$60)!
Make sure you look-up the Microsoft KB article listing all the errors in the books before reading them! There are several.
I read that some of these errors are caused by Vista (which is hilarious, since these tests cover the server version of Vista). So, I setup a virtual XP window. I then took another 2 hours to run the test in the XP virtual machine, and this time it popped up an "Unanticipated error on timer" and updated it every second. I clicked and clicked on the OK and cancel buttons, but I could never keep up with the flood of error windows popping up. I found ridiculous answers on the internet from the software company that makes this program. It says "hi all: the problem turns out to be related to User Account Control somehow".. then he goes on to recommend to uninstall it, then toggle the UAC to on or off, then reinstall it. Then he has the gall to say "Sorry about that."... then he says "Have A Great Day!"
I know this is a canned signature, but I almost threw my monitor out my second floor window when I read the 'Sorry about that' followed by "Have a Great Day" from a customer support person.
I normally don't bother to complain about something like this but after paying almost 200 dollars then I can not successfully take 1 test (so far) in 3? And the company is not offering any repair updates, or anything? I just can't stand it.
I just want to take the tests, and IF IT CRASHES, I want to be able to save the results and recover them and print them out again. that is just poor design.
If you purchase these tests, please load the software and click on random answers as you run through it a few times. If you get a crash, then think hard if you want to take lots of 2 hour tests, and NEVER GET ANY ANSWER OR SCORES!!!!!
how upsetting that is.
Calvin E. Thomas