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MCSE Training Kit. Microsoft Windows 2000 Accelerated (MCSE Training Kits) [Paperback]

Microsoft Press
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Book Description

January 1, 2000 0735612498 978-0735612495 1
This official MCSE Training Kit teaches IT professionals certified on Microsoft Windows NT "RM" 4.0 how to extend their knowledge to Windows 2000 -- including getting ready for Exam 70-240, a special accelerated exam on the new MCSE certification track. For a limited time, MCSEs who've earned their credentials on Windows NT 4.0 have the option of passing Exam 70-240 instead of four of the core requirements on the Windows 2000 track. Topics map directly to the objectives measured by Exams 70-210, 70-215, 70-216, and 70-217 -- including installing, configuring, and administering Windows 2000 Professional in a desktop environment; installing and configuring Windows 2000 Server in an Active Directory "TM" environment; implementing and administering a Windows 2000 network infrastructure; and installing, configuring, and troubleshooting Active Directory. Students learn through an integrated system of skill-building tutorials, case study examples, and self-assessment exercises. An economical alternative to classroom instruction, this kit enables students to set their own pace and learn by doing!

Editorial Reviews Review

Most of the books on the Windows 2000 Accelerated exam have the same pitfall; they assume, because the reader got his MCSE, that he or she has been keeping up on all of the latest technology. Of course, say the editors, they've worked intimately with TCP/IP, DNS, and DHCP; naturally, they've read all of the preview articles on Active Directory by now, and had the good fortune to work in a network environment, where they got hands-on experience with every facet of Windows NT 4.0... so, we don't have to provide that much entry-level detail.

But that's not always true. Sometimes, you work in a small office that has no need for DNS. Sometimes, you work in a very specific portion of the network, and your expertise is limited to a certain area. And, sometimes, you're still plugging away with your still-shrink-wrapped MCSE credentials, hoping to get enough hands-on experience to break into the field. And, if that's the case, a lot of the Accelerated books might well be right over your head.

But there's some good news: if you want a perfect entry-level book for an advanced exam, the MCSE Training Kit is the book for you. By using a wonderful mix of solid walk-throughs, intelligent explanations, and relevant screen shots, the book refreshes your memory, while it still manages to provide deeper content than a host of more "advanced" books.

The book weighs in at a hefty thousand-plus pages, but manages to be an easy read by MCSE standards, thanks to Microsoft's use of short paragraphs and a respect for the reader's intelligence. The book begins by going over the core features of Windows 2000 Professional that are central to all iterations of Windows 2000, launches into an extended discussion of networking protocols and routing, and finishes up with the more global Windows 2000 topics like Active Directory and Group Policies.

As stated, because many other Accelerated books restrict themselves only to new topics--and this one doesn't--you'll find topics that aren't handled elsewhere, and others that are covered in unexpected wealth of detail. For example, from the "information that you probably learned about Windows NT, but might be slightly rusty on" area, you'll discover that this book covers the core Windows NT Architecture, and goes over permissions in detail. On the other end of the spectrum, you'll find a whopping 60 pages that are devoted to the theory and implementation of IPSec.

But some of the topics that are given short shrift seem a little strange; IPSec gets 60 pages, but that's the same amount of space that's given to DNS, which is a far more frequently asked and misunderstood topic. And Terminal Services, a new and much-discussed feature of Windows 2000, gets just over 25 pages. Admittedly, these pages are rich with information, but this does show a slight problem with the Kit: using this as an exclusive study guide might require some outside research to discover what are the "hot spots" in the Windows 2000 Accelerated test.

Which brings up the major problem with the book: like all of the Microsoft Training Kits, this isn't really a test-preparation guide, but an education guide, which is a slightly different focus. Unfortunately, the mentality that's needed to know a topic and the mentality that's needed to pass an exam are two separate things, and the schism might not be addressed here. For example, the questions at the end of each chapter are open-ended and fairly simple--the kind that a professor might ask aloud in class, and not the complex multiple-choice-scenario meat grinders that tend to pop up on Microsoft exams. You can learn from this, certainly, and the book is worth your money; but, to ensure a guaranteed pass, it might be worth it to pick up a smaller (and cheaper) book that focuses on test preparation.

Each chapter is broken down into several subchapters, which in turn are broken into explanations and walk-throughs. The walk-throughs are always fairly simple, but at least they are well chosen and should get you through the exam--although one does wish occasionally for longer and more difficult walk-throughs and/or troubleshooting sections for potentially more complex implementations, like the NAT and VPN sections.

The explanations are almost always concise, educational, and clear; the very model of solid writing. In fact, the sections that aren't clear stick out like a sore thumb (the EFS section is a throbbing digit), simply because the overall quality is so high.

Basically, you won't go wrong picking up this book. Experienced professionals might find parts of the book simplistic and redundant, but those who don't know it all will appreciate the magnificent way in which the book both retreads and expands your knowledge. Highly recommended. --William Steinmetz

Product Details

  • Series: MCSE Training Kits
  • Paperback: 1546 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735612498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735612495
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 3.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,293,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See Microsoft does care. November 30, 2000
Windows 2000. Windows 2000, Windows 2000. This seems to be the IT phrase of the year and the certification seems to be one of the hardest to attain. Microsoft Press has taken the opportunity to publish on of the foremost extensive books on an exam they created.
There is over 1500 pages, written by Microsoft Engineers, and the book is broken down into 4 parts, 1 is Windows 2000 Professional, 2 is Network Infrastructure, 3 is Active Directory and 4 is 2000 Server. This covers the following exams, 70-210, 70-215, 216, and 217. The first thing this book covers is the requirements of the 70-240 exam and what you need to do and what happens based on your exam results. Each chapter has several lesson and hands=on exercises and review questions to make sure you have a good handle on the material.
One thing to keep in mind is that you can re-do any lesson and work at your pace. The book is well researched and well documented and should make the exam material easier to comprehend.
There are 2 cd-roms included, the first has an 120-day evaluation of 2000 server and the other is filled with supplemental files that correspond to different sections in the book. It might be hard to find a better book on the subject that this one.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legend continues... November 23, 2000
As all of the Microsoft series self-paced training kits, this book's value is not only the perfect way it's been written but also the information a Windows 2000 Administrator can find for the every-day tasks that he is asked to perform. Just read it carefully, understand what you read and you will not miss the exam! Keep it on your book-shelves and be sure that you'll need it many times even if you've passed the exam.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No help for the exam February 10, 2001
By A Customer
This "kit" is not usefull for the accelerated exam. It does have all the information, however it is formatted to teach someone Microsoft technologies from the ground up, instead of teaching a technical person the new features and how they work. Its a waste of time to read 1600+ pages that expalain basic networking such as WINS and routing. All the information is there its just so spread out over so much unneeded material that it is impossible to find without waisting time reading what you should already know to take the acclerated exam. There is not much time left to take this exam, dont waste it reading redundant information. The information in the kit is correct and accurate as far as I can tell, it is just not good material for the acclerated exam.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passed 70-240 July 3, 2001
By A Customer
This is a hefty book. It not only weighs a ton it covers an enormous amount of material. It's hard to believe it was written by a single author. While I agree with some reviewers that it covers much that an MCSE should already know, it doesn't hurt to review the material. Not everyone will have used the same features and skills in their career so covering the basics of some features isn't a bad thing.
The book is fairly well written and has only a few errors and typos, something that other books have in abundance. In fact the test had several errors, more than the book did. I saw one question that I don't remember being covered in the book, so most everything is in there.
I'm still amazed that it took me 3 hours to pass the test, I regularly breeze through these types of tests. But, if you read the whole book and UNDERSTAND everything that it discusses, success on the test is guaranteed. Read the whole thing, DNS DHCP RAS and others are different in Win2K than they were in NT.
Good luck on the test.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passed 70-240 w/This Book as Primary Tool May 29, 2001
By jrh7675
I passed 70-240 last week in 3.5+ hours. It was the toughest MS test I have taken yet but it is definately passable. 70-240 is made up of 4 separate tests; Pro, Server, AD, NetInf and this book is broken up in that manner to help you pass. It's 1400 pages of Chapters and you need every page! This book is the most comprehensive I saw and WILL, if read and studied, guarentee you pass. I would not use this exclusivley - I read some Technet articles and stuff, but that was all free. This is all you have to pay for to pass 70-240.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Understand most of materials and you will pass. July 29, 2001
Yes, if you understand most of the materials and you will pass. This is my first MS book that I read. I studied it for 2 month and I just passed the 240. Of course, there is 4-5 questions that are not covered by this book. If you are NT MCSE you should be able to answer those question. Even if you can't, you should still pass cuz there are about 100 questions and getting 6-7 wrong answers won't fail you. This is the only book I used for the that exam. As far as hand on goes, I setup Multi sites/Multi domain AD and E2k for my company.
I give this book 4 stars not 5 because this book is too thick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive, but (hence) full of redundancies December 11, 2001
The book does a great job of making the reader acquainted with features of Microsoft Windows 2000. I believe that the book easily fulfills its purpose - having read this book, an MCSE with Windows NT 4.0 can easily pass 70-240 Microsoft Windows 2000 Accelerated exam.
The book is divided into 4 sections, just like the 70-240 exam, and fills a good 400 pages for each section! The book does cover stuff in quite detail, but one would definitely find a lot of things that don't belong in this book - for example, teaching the reader to log on to a windows system by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del!
It covered every question that I got on the exam, and much more. After reading the book, a reader would truly feel knowledgeable about Windows 2000.
However, the book is full of redundancies. There are lots of things that are explained in detail in more than one section of the book! Further, some of the simplest of things that existed in Windows ever since Windows 95 came out, are explained in good detail - which certainly is not the job of this book!
All in all, a reasonably good book, if you have the patience to read a huge book with amazing amounts of content, some repeated over a few times.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is the only book you need to pass all the MCSA requirements (except for iis, which only makes up for 2 questions on the 218 exam)and THE perfect book to use to pass the MCSE... Read more
Published on June 9, 2002 by R. Chaudhary
2.0 out of 5 stars Informative But...
This book contains a lot of information about important topics such as DNS and security. However, similar to other Microsoft Press books, it is written in a extremely dry way, and... Read more
Published on February 14, 2002 by john hoff
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly organized, inconsistent, and error-prone
It seems like they took the full training kit for each exam and arbitrarily deleted sections; with the result, for instance, that it has a practice exercise to configure WINS... Read more
Published on November 2, 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good study material
This would be great for a desk reference, however it is not designed to be a study aid for the certification exam(s). Read more
Published on September 7, 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars I thought that that exam was only for MCSEs.....
Opening that book, it's hard to believe that the Windows 2000 accelerated exam is only for people who are already MCSEs. Read more
Published on August 3, 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Not this one
This book is cramed with info such as what is DHCP and DNS! Why would anyone taking the accelerated exam want to read all the same things over and over again. Read more
Published on July 23, 2001 by Jose
2.0 out of 5 stars A bad book
This book didn't do a good job on preparing me for the accelerated exam. I had many questions on subjects not covered in it. Read more
Published on June 7, 2001 by Steven Nosko
1.0 out of 5 stars This is suppose to help with the Accelerated exam
Microsoft has written over 1600 pages of material that is written for newbies not MCSE's. MCSE's for the most part do not need to review what is WINS or DNS ect ect. Read more
Published on February 9, 2001
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