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MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-270): Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional: Installing, ... Second Edition (Pro-Certification) Hardcover – March 9, 2005

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Walter Glenn is a freelance consultant, writer, and editor in Huntsville, Alabama. He has been working in the computer industry for over a decade and provides solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses. Walter is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Trainer who specializes in Internet and networking technologies.

Tony Northrup, MVP, MCSE, MCTS, and CISSP, is a consultant and author. Tony started programming before Windows 1.0 was released, and has also focused on Windows administration and development. He has written about 25 books covering Windows and Web development, networking, and security. Among other titles, Tony is author of MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft? .NET Framework?Application Development Foundation, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pro-Certification
  • Hardcover: 1394 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2nd edition (March 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735621527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735621527
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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This book prepares you to take exam 70-270.
Randolph Eck
This book comes with a free practice test, ebook, and WINXP SP2 trial.
J. Laud
This book is very informative and easy to read.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Chris J. Cichocki on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's rare to find a book that covers the exam material so well that you only need to buy one book to pass the test - but this one is an exception. Not only does it cover the material well, it is truly an easy read. The test was relatively difficult because of it's breadth of testing topics but I passed with an 857 (700 required to pass) and I credit it to this guide.

Buy this book + read it AND understand it = pass the test.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on February 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sub-Title: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Second Edition

This is the official guide, published by Microsoft, it contains everything you need to know to pass the MCSA/MCSE (70-270) examination. In addition to the almost fourteen hundred pages of text, there are two CD-ROMs included. One of these is a trial version of XP Professional (updated to include Service Pack 2 with all of its security changes). The other is a Review Suite of practice questions that will test your readiness to pass the test. This CD also contains a complete electronic version of this book, so you can load it on your notebook and use on an airplane or whatever. It also includes two other complete Microsoft books in eBook format: Encyclopedia of Security, and Encyclopedia of Networking.

In short here is everything needed to not only become an expert on XP but to be able to pass the test and prove to a prospective employer that you know the subject. The book contains virtually everything you need to know to install, configure and administer XP. It is the second edition of the book so the input from readers of the previous edition was considered in making the changes to this edition, as well as SP 2 of course.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A reader on April 11, 2006
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The 70-270 XP exam requires in depth preparation to pass this exam. It is a 58 question exam, with only 50 being scored.

Having recently took this exam and using this book, you can safely assume I am qualified in reviewing this book.

Firstly, for a book this size, you would want it to contain all areas of the exam. Sadly, it doesn't, and the student is left graping for external sources simply because the book doesn't even touch on them. IIS and vPN material is so scarce, I had to go through the book a few times to see if really was in the book. It wasn't. There may have been a time when this book was all you need, but the exam has been updated so much and changed that is more difficult than its initial release.

Secondly, the book reads like a technical manual at times, as though the help files from XP have been trimmed out and put into the book. Hence, the writing still is not very effective for those who need real life scenarios (which are exactly in the exam) instead of dry step by step instructions.

Where the book does have strong points is that it's errata page has only a few minor errors, so what it says, it says right.

Also, the included practice exams are a VERY BIG help if you are studying for this exam. Created by Measure Up, if you were to buy a Measure Up product directly from them, it would be very expensive. You should then consider buying this book simply because the included exams and questions will help you ALOT more than the book itself to pass the exam.

I recommend the XP Professional FAST PASS in addition to this book for it cover areas where this book falls short, and also the Fast Pass book explains things much easier on the mind than this book, and has great tables and charts for tricky areas.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Catwalker on April 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I used this guide and passed the exam (score 984). I've used MS Press guides for all of my exams so far and this has to be the best one yet. The only thing I don't like is the page numbering scheme. I was especially fond of the end of chapter review questions, case scenarios, and troubleshooting labs (and the fact that the answers weren't in the back of the book like other ms press guides). The book does a good job of covering the objectives. (You will need to do additional reading of articles and material found on the MS website.) The evaluation version of the XP Pro SP2 accompanying the book is great and it lasts 180 days, plenty of time to get up to speed. The practice exam is also quite good.

All in all, this is a great value. I highly recommend it to anyone planning to take this exam or just get up to speed with XP.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Randolph Eck on May 14, 2007
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If you want to learn about installing, configuring and administering XP Professional on a network, I think this is a very good book to have. This book prepares you to take exam 70-270. It covers the material very thoroughly with twenty chapters devoted to theory and seven chapters devoted to practicing for the exam. Actually, the last seven chapters were very helpful in learning the subject. These chapters present questions covering all objectives of the exam with an explanation of both the correct and the incorrect answers. You need to be aware that the questions don't simply cover material presented in the first twenty chapters. Quite to the contrary, they present new information that adds to your knowledge base. The questions were of high caliber being verbose and somewhat difficult. This is what you want to prepare for the exam.

As a bonus the enclosed CD offers hundreds more questions using the MeaurseUp testing engine. I found the questions to be very good. They were difficult and required a bit of thought to answer. They also include good explanations for both the correct and incorrect answers - very helpful for learning. But, I must say that several of the questions were wrong - only a few, and there were way too many typographical errors. I really think that MeaurseUp (the company producing the question engine) needs to vet their products better.

Overall, I found the book and CD combo to be a great value.

As a side note, XP Professional will remain relevant for some time to come. It is true that at this time Vista has been out for five months now, but many businesses will not upgrade immediately and many will just clone XP to their new machines. So you still need to know XP perhaps while learning the new OS on the block.
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