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MCITP Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator: Training Kit 4-Pack: Exams 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-647 Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0735663275 ISBN-10: 0735663270 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 3808 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; Second Edition edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735663270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735663275
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Holme, MVP, has 10+ years of experience as a consultant and trainer. He is the author of Windows Administration Resource Kit: Productivity Solutions for IT Professionals.

Nelson Ruest, MCSE+Security, MCT, MVP, is a senior architect focused on systems management and administration.

Danielle Ruest, MVP, is a senior enterprise workflow architect and consultant with 20+ years' experience in project implementations. She and Nelson Ruest are coauthors of Microsoft Windows Server 2008: The Complete Reference.

Tony Northrup, MCTS, MCSE, CISP, MVP, is a networking consultant and coauthor of Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection (NAP).

J.C. Mackin, MCITP, MCSE, MCT, has 10+ years' experience with Microsoft networks and is an IT consultant, trainer, and author.

Anil Desai, MCITP, MCSE, MCSD, MVP, specializes in evaluating, implementing, and managing IT solutions based on Microsoft technologies.

Orin Thomas, MCSE, MCITP, MVP, is a system administrator, author, and contributing editor for Windows IT PRO magazine.

John Policelli, MCTS, MCSA, MVP, is an IT consultant specializing in architecture, security, and strategic planning.

Paul Mancuso, MCITP, MCSE, MCT, has been an instructor, consultant, and writer in the IT field for more than 20 years.

David R. Miller, MCITP, MCT, CISSP, is an IT and networking engineering consultant, instructor, and author.

Jason Kellington, MCT, MCSE, MCITP, MCTS, is a consultant, trainer, and author living in beautiful, cold northern Canada with his wife and two boys. His consulting and training pracstice specialize in enterprise infrastructure deployment as well as data management and business intelligence.

Ian McLean, MCITP, MCDBA, MCT, has 40+ years of 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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DCW on January 7, 2012
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These books are well written and comprehensive. Most of the explanations are clear, reasonably concise, and fairly complete, and the books teach a great deal by prose, example, and practice. They are, by far, the best resources I have used yet.

But they still suffer from what I call "Microsoft blindness", the ingrained assumption that the reader (a) has worked extensively in the Microsoft space and (b) has never worked anywhere else. There's a Microsoft Mindset that the writers assume the readers have, and if you happen to be experienced in non-Microsoft technologies, it's almost like reading in a foreign language. If you speak the language well but not fluently, you can translate it, but you struggle to "think" in Microsoft -- or, at least, I do, having long non-Microsoft experience before entering the Microsoft world.

These books could be improved substantially if the writers kept in mind that some readers come from other environments, even if they just did it in sidebars with a signpost here and there, for the things that are quite reasonably obvious to Microsoft devotees that aren't obvious at all to those coming from the outside. One example of many is ongoing references to the .Net development framework. If you haven't developed code for Windows, which is quite possible for an incoming system administrator, many of the .Net references will make little sense, while to a .Net developer they are obvious and intrinsic to the environment.

Microsoft has simultaneously gotten better about playing well with other technologies while making their own more and more comprehensive. Their authors and editors should keep that in mind for future editions.
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These books are touted as comprehensive training kits to achieve certification, however; the material in the books only contain about 60% of what is actually needed.

I would not recommend these books to anyone serious about passing the examines. These should be considered reference and not prep.

I would have dropped it to one star as it's so misleading, but there are some valuable bits of info here.
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By ricano on July 2, 2012
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I've read a few pages of all the books from this set. I've found the information very useful. The exercises at the end of each section help to reinforce the learning of the concepts covered throughout the chapters. Even if the step by steps directions do not always give the expected results, but as a network administrator or future network adminstrator you should be comfortable to figure out the problems and make educated guess as how to accomplish certain tasks based on the understanding of the concepts behind "click here and click there". Overall it is a good set of books to learn windows server 2008 r2.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TOW on March 20, 2012
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Excellent set for the seasoned AD / MS Guru wanting to further their knowledge with the next big OS for Microsoft. The details of the lessons show you precise locations of where to get all of the resources you will need to complete each training exercise. My recommendation to anyone who looks to expand their knowledge with an MCITP certification.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HL Kor on March 31, 2013
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I find the explanantion clear with approriate illustration.
I benefit tremendously in learning the skills and knowledge of managing Windows Server from these books.
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