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Managing Windows 2000 Network Services
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2000
There are some books you like, some books you don't like, and some books you think are *really* special. I put "Managing Windows 2000 Network Services" into into the *really* special group.
The Networking components of Windows 2000 are radically different from those we're used to working with in Windows NT 4.0. For those old familiar services, like DHCP, WINS, and DNS, the interfaces have all changed significantly. What you used to be able to do without thinking can become a trial by fire in Windows 2000.
The user interface is not the only thing that's changed. DHCP has new functionality such as support for Vendor and User classes, integration with Dynamic DNS where it can update Host (A) records and Pointer (PTR) records for DHCP clients. The new WINS server allows replication partners to maintain persistent connections with replication partners, and the formerly arduous task of manually tombstoning records is just a mouse click away. DNS has radically changed, and now supports dynamic updates of Host and Pointer records. More importantly, The Windows 2000 Dynamic DNS service takes the place of WINS as the primary domain locator for Windows 2000 clients.
In addition to the old services we are all accustomed to, some of the "add-on" features to NT 4.0 are now part of the base networking subsystem in Windows 2000. The Routing and Remote Access Service has a brand new interface and now supports RIP versions 1 and 2 and OSPF right out of the box. Routes can now be configured via the GUI interface, rather than having to go to the command line.
Windows 2000 is the first Microsoft operating system to provide the tremendously valuable services provided by L2TP/IPSec. Now you have at your fingertips a method to secure your network communications in a fashion which is transparent both to the user and the user's applications. IPSec is a great way to secure your "free text" communications such as SNMP and DNS messages from the prying "eyes" of unsuspected network sniffers. And it makes a great tunneling protocol between your VPN hosts or gateways!
Each chapter is filled with details that allow you to actually IMPLEMENT and TROUBLESHOOT the technology. While the book will make a great study guide for the 70-216 and 70-221 exams, its main focus is to provide you, the systems integrator and network engineer and administrator, the knowledge and skills you need to get the job done right, and fix it when it breaks. I believe we have met those goals, and hope you, our readers, will feel the same way.
I'm proud of the work we've done with this book and we'll back it up. If you ever have any questions on any of the topics or implementations in the book, please write to me at drwin2kmd@hotmail.com.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2000
I got this book because my employer wants me to start deploying Win2k networks for our consulting business ASAP. I don't have time to take classes but I really needed a good book on how the network stuff is different in win2k. This book has ALL the details and great real world examples that I can use on the job. I've read the shinder's emails on the saluki list and think they know their stuff pretty well. The book was as easy to understand as their posts to the list. I definitely give this book a "high five".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2000
Excellent book. I've read a number of Windows 2000 books from many different authors/publishers. Some good, some Ok, some not so good. This is one of the great ones. There is a wonderful chapter on TCP/IP 2000- which is obviously a foundation for Win 2000. I found myself reading this chapter numerous times as it delves into QoS, IPSec, Arp, DNS Caching, etc. This is followed by great sections on DHCP, DNS,Developing a WINS strategy, etc. As many of us get ready to take the MCSE2000 exams, this is one of the books that will provide a ton of value in one's studies- and will remain on my shelf for reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2014
I have to say I really got my moneys worth out of this book. Worth every penny, or both pennies actually. Thank you Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
While I have read and reviewed many books on Windows 2000, this is the first one that I have read from this particular publisher. It is one of the best books and compares to the likes of Mark Minasi's works. As the title indicates, this book concentrates strictly on the networking services of Windows 2000. It covers all the typical items of DHCP, DNS, WINS, etc. in a very organized and detailed manner allowing you to quickly setup the services and get it right the first time. It does an excellent job of explaining how the services work with each other and the problems an administrator might encounter.
Although not designed as a test preparation book, the book could be used for that purpose. In my opinion it is much better than a test preparation book that tells you what answers to put where on an exam, it is a real-life problem solving book with the answers to the questions that you will have in reality instead of on an exam.
There is one more thing that is unique about the book and publisher. When you purchase a Syngress title you are given a unique warranty against content obsolescence as the result of vendor upgrades. If there is a vendor upgrade and you need to get the new information or changes to the information then you can download chapter updates directly from the Syngress web site. In addition you can sign up for monthly mailings of customer questions and the detailed explanations. Finally, you get a free membership to Access.GlobalKnowledge - an information source for IT professionals.
What a deal! An excellent book, a warranty against becoming outdated three months after you read it and access to an informative and helpful web site. This is a book that should be on every administrator's bookshelf and the extras just make it an even greater value.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2000
i liked this book because it had lots of practices and hands on things i could do and it also had a lot of details about how the W2K networking works compared to NT. I thought W2K would be easy since i know NT well but i learned its a lot different. This is good at showing how the new W2K works. I think everyone would learn a lot by reading this easy to read book that never put me to sleep :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2000
I have been to Global Knowledge's classes, 6 in fact and I am now a dedicated fan of their books. This book is well written and very helpful for those of us getting into Win 2000 in a big way.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2000
Having read the MS Press book for the Networking Infrastrucutre test, I knew I needed something thatI could use that would actually help me pass. I read this book and it covered the material in good detail and included good practice exercises to test my knowledge. Even if it wasn't written to be a test prep book, it worked for me. Nice book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2000
I bought this book to help configure our network to take advantage of the new features in win2k. I was relly interested in setting up NAT, and was glad to find almost a whole chapter devoted to this. Good insight on the different methods of assigning IP addresses.
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on March 10, 2014
still have a windows 2000 server.. can't be free... content is actually great with picture illustrations for each steps. very good buy
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