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MCSA/MCSE Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-292) Paperback – November 14, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0789730114 ISBN-10: 0789730111

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Que (November 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789730111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789730114
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,732,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a new crop of Microsoft Windows servers comes a new assortment of related Microsoft exams. Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000 helps prepare you for the title exam by going through the exam's published objectives one by one, reviewing key concepts, facts, and procedures. As well, the book (and its accompanying CD-ROM) provide sample questions in the style of the exam. These come in handy for diagnostic purposes, and for visualizing the test day in advance. The only problem with the questions is that their answers appear (with discussion, to the credit of the authors) on the same page, making it hard to test yourself without sneaking a peek in advance.

Bruce Parrish and Kirk Hausman--under the supervision of Ed Tittel, who started the Exam Cram series--assume that you have either some relevant experience or a lab environment on which to practice. They point out key features of the environment they're teaching without wasting time on subjects that aren't covered on the exam, making this more of a guided tour of highlights than a comprehensive manual. They also assume that the reader is going for an upgrade, and so note how various aspects of Windows 2003 are different from similar parts of Windows 2000 (it's a "delta book," one that focuses on what's changed since the last version, in other words). When they include a procedure--how to set up a DNS server, for example--their style relies heavily on steps to follow, and usually has an illustration to reassure the reader that the right thing is appearing on-screen. --David Wall

Topics covered: The Microsoft-stated goals of the Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000 exam (70-292). These include Active Directory and its administration, network services like DNS and DHCP, security and access control, and administrative procedures such as backups.

About the Author

Kirk Hausman (MCSE+I, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSA, MCT, CCNA, CIW-A, A+, Network+, I-Net+, Security+) has been an IT professional for more than 25 years in the roles of consultant, trainer, programmer, security administrator, database administrator, IT manager, and network administrator. He is currently working as an Information Technology Manager and Lead Security Analyst for Texas A&M University, where he provides network architecture planning and support.

Mr. Hausman's studies include security, computer science, electronics technology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and philosophy, as well as consulting in the IT field. His hobbies include designs in high-speed transportation, submersible propulsion, cosmology, interactive telepresence, technology in education, and virtual reality for use by those with disabling conditions.

One of his current projects includes the development of a shared interactive telepresence system that is designed to enable remote experience of widely varying environments by students, regardless of geographic location or disabling conditions. He is also working on implementing a zoological wireless telepresence system that is capable of allowing remote observation of animals in both natural and human-created environments, along with many other ongoing projects. Kirk can be reached at kkhausman@hotmail.com.

Bruce Parrish is an accomplished Computer Instructor and Consultant with 20 years computer experience. Bruce is MCSE certified on Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. He also holds MCT, MCSA, MCP, CTT, A+, Server+ and Network+ certifications. Bruce provides networking services and support solutions for small businesses, specializing in Microsoft Small Business Server networks. Additionally, he has authored the Server+ Instructor Training Manual, co-authored Designing Windows 2000 Directory Services Lab Manual, and is a technical editor and reviewer for LANWrights, Inc. and Course Technology.


More About the Author

Professor Hausman is an author and researcher (cyber terrorism, cyber crime, distance education and rapid prototyping), while also practicing information assurance and IT governance as an Assistant Commandant for Texas A&M University.

Kirk's professional experience has focused on project management, enterprise architecture, IT governance, green IT practices, security and business continuity, information assurance and regulatory compliance with a background including digital forensics, WMD/wide-area disaster response planning, pandemic response planning, and technology audit practices in higher-education, corporate and healthcare venues. His technology experience includes application design, data resource management, network architecture, server and storage virtualization, strategic technology modernization, network and backup centralization, research computing, cloud computing, and large network BCP/DR planning.

Kirk has served as a senior research scientist in the fields of cyber terrorism, cybercrime, and cyber security and he regularly lectures on uses of technology in education, solutions for persons with disabling conditions, network security, and strategic architectural planning to improve enterprise efficiencies. He has served as a subject matter expert before both Houses of the Texas State Legislature and has numerous books currently in print, together with professional publications, articles and white-papers addressing system interoperation, enterprise architecture, cyber terrorism and IT governance.

Kirk's professional certifications include the CISSP, CGEIT, CRISC, CISA, CISM, PMP, CCNA, GIAC-GHSC together with other technology, project management, and regulatory-specific designations.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Boulton on June 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I failed this test twice, so I'm more familiar with the test than I wanted to be, and definitely in a position to say whether or not this book covers the material. Well, it depends on how you use the book. This test is fairly difficult. I base this on the fact that out of the 7 Microsoft exams I've taken previously, I had only ever failed one (the SQL Admin test) before. I think it *should* be hard, because it encompasses four other tests. That's the point of an upgrade test, right? Anyway, this book does not cover absolutely everything that you might encounter on the test. I doubt that there's a book that does. It even omits some things that I think should be included, like EMS and MBSA. However, it packs a lot of great material for each objective into only about 200 pages. I would certainly recommend doing other studying in conjunction with using this book (as does the author) but if you want a great overview, this book is very easy to read, has good coverage of a lot of the new 2003 features, such as the new command line tools, points you to other resources when you need additional information on a subject, and in many cases, puts the emphasis on exactly the right things.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr KC HUTCHINSON on January 11, 2004
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Yet again another rather transparent attempt to dump on a good title. The content is there, the delivery is fine and as always with another source of material (you should never use just one source for certification exams) and provided you actually read and study for the exam (unlike some self-confessed so called reviewers) then this Exam Cram will help you through. On the other hand you could remain clueless and live in Denver.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Moulay on June 1, 2004
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I took the test today and I failed miserably. I am certified NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 MCSE. I thought the book was good but was off the mark to pass Microsoft test 70-292.
Once again, the Transcender tests are the only thing to use to pass the test. It is not the fault of the Exam Cram series but the way Microsoft writes the question. This test (70-292) was poorly written by Microsoft and some of the questions and choices were very confusing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr KC HUTCHINSON on March 27, 2004
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Having used this book to good effect I too thought I should come back and redress the balnce in ratings on this book as others have done. There is nothing wrong here, don't use it as a single source make sure you read widely and have some hands on. The only cruel joke in these pages emerges from Denver.
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