Having dealt with Microsoft over the past 14 years and taken some of their exams, I have found that nothing beats study material that not only covers the objectives but also gives you the ability to learn at your pace and has good hands-on exercises. That is what I found here in this book.
This self paced, 1100 page book has been updated since its initial release so there is improvements within the text itself. In part 1 you have over 60 lessons to work at your pace, work them over and over till you understand the material and then move on.
Part 2, which was my favorite part the book, is the test prep section. This is broken down objective by objective with review questions included. The cd included now has practice exams and a 120-day evaluation copy of Windows 2000 Server.
Overall new updates, better lesson breakdown and an very good exam review section make this a very useful tool to work with.
Microsoft Press has left no stone unturned in its attempts to help you study for the 70-218 Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment. MCSA Training Kit - Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment is organized into two parts. Part 1 of this self-paced book covers every objective prescribed by Microsoft in order to successfully negotiate the 70-218 exam. Each chapter in Part 1 is divided into lessons. Each Lesson begins with a brief summation of what you will learn as well as what you will need to attempt the hands-on labs for that lesson. Each lesson concludes with a lesson summary and review question - these review questions are not to be compared to the actual exam question. The review questions are there to serve as a quiz on what you reviewed in the lesson. Part 2 of this book is organized by the exam objectives. The 70-218 exam has five primary objectives that are covered on the actual exam. Every chapter in this book relates to one of those five primary objectives - or Objective Domains. I like this due to the fact Microsoft Press has made it easier for you to find your weakness and concentrate you energy on studying those areas. The Objective Domains are filled with questions and Case Studies that are vital to pay attention to when studying for the exam. Also Part 2 is filled with recommendation on further reading. This section lists supplements reading material recommended by Microsoft Press to help you thoroughly understand the material covered.