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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Delta Guide

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ISBN-13: 002-9236728496
ISBN-10: 0789728494
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From the Back Cover

Why should new versions of mission-critical technologies mean starting from scratch? If you already know how to use Microsoft Windows Server 2000, leverage those skills to quickly become an expert on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Delta Guide skips the basics and moves straight to what's new and what's changed. The result? You save time and money while preparing yourself for the next generation of Microsoft's server operating system!

Use Your existing Windows Server skills to master Microsoft's newest operating system!

* Skip the basic concepts and move straight to what's new and changed.
* Focus on learning advanced new technologies, techniques, and concepts.
* Use topic-focused chapters to quickly upgrade the skills you use the most.
* Access bonus online material covering core concepts you might have missed in the prior version.
* Learn about changes to Active Directory replication, architecture, and maintenance.
* See important security changes that can affect server upgrades.
* Master new techniques for installing, administering, and securing servers.
* Build headless servers using Emergency Management Services.
* Take advantage of powerful new Group Policy capabilities.

About the Author

Don Jones is a founding partner of BrainCore.Net, one of the world's leading companies dedicated to technical certification and assessment technologies and development. Don is the author of nearly a dozen computer books. He has more than two decades of experience with computers, ranging from his first Commodore PET computer to more than eight years as a network engineer, architect, and consultant. Don is a regular contributor to industry technical publications; is a contributing editor for MCP Magazine; and can be found speaking at some of the world's leading technical conferences, including MCP TechMentor. Don can be reached through the BrainCore.Net Web site at

Mark Rouse (MCSE, MCDBA, MCSA, MCT, Compaq ASE) is a trainer and senior consultant for a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider and Certified Technical Education Center. As a former systems administrator, Mark has more than 10 years experience with designing and implementing network solutions. Mark has contributed to a number of technical publications and has been involved with the development of MCP exams as a Subject Matter Expert for Microsoft.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Sams (March 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789728494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789728494
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,470,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With more than two decades of IT experience, Don Jones is one of the world's leading experts on the Microsoft business technology platform. He's the author of more than 45 books, including Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, Windows Administrator's Scripting Toolkit, VBScript WMI and ADSI Unleashed, Special Edition Using Commerce Server 2002, Definitive Guide to SQL Server Performance Optimization, and many more. Don's devotion to technology education culminated in The Nine Principles of Immediately Effective Design, an instructional design book that outlines Don's bestselling approach.

Don is a top-rated and in-demand speaker at conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, TechMentor, and more, and is an accomplished IT journalist with features and monthly columns in Microsoft TechNet Magazine and Redmond Magazine, and on Web sites such as TechTarget and Don is also a multiple-year recipient of Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award. He is also a sought-after technology educator, both for in-person classes and for his CBT Nuggets video-based training.

Don's broad experience includes work in the financial, telecommunications, software, manufacturing, consulting, training, and retail industries. He's worked as a technician, administrator, network architect, software developer, database administrator, manager, and director, making him one of the rare IT professionals who can not only "cross the line" between administration and software development, but also between IT and business management. Don's business and technology customers include Dell Software, SAPIEN Technologies, Microsoft, 1105 Media, Vanderbilt University, Morgan Stanley, and many others.

Don is also a founder and President of, a community dedicated to Microsoft's chief administrative automation technology. He continues to answer questions in that site's Q&A forums.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James E. Mulvey on May 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
No way! A technical book that I actually wanted to read page-by-page, cover-to-cover? Yup. Better yet, this book is so inexpensive! I hate it when I have to pay 60 bucks for a book that has a couple of really great chapters, sandwiched between "Introduction to TCP/IP" and "How to use Event Viewer".
The book's value is not just the cost, but moreover in terms of your time. The layout has been very well planned. Every chapter includes a brief "What's New" section that gives a broad overview of what has changed in Server 2003. Then, it follows up by giving specific details about the where, why and (most importantly) the how of the new features. Some of the stuff I have not seen anywhere else.
In a couple advanced topic areas, the book assumes that most seasoned Windows 2000 users are not be completely familiar with the technology (when was the last time you installed Certificate Services?), and it gives a brief refresher. But other than that, prepare for solid, in-depth, real-world technical "meat".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd Logan on May 26, 2003
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For people that already know how Windows 2000 works and want to get ramped up on Windows Server 2003 then this is the book for you.
This book does a fantasic job of separating the wheat from the chaff. It clearly lays out what the new key features of Windows Server 2003 are and how to implement them. For example, the chapter on the new Group Policies saved me a ton of time. I was able to quickly get up to speed on new Group Policies and how to manage Group Policies using new management tools such as Resultant Set of Policies and the new Group Policy Management Console.
Great book Don and Mark. Keep up the good work!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clyde H Lowrie on May 26, 2003
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This is a very clear and concise book. If your familiar with Windows 2000 and only want to review the changes in the OS than this is the way to go. I have read a couple of books on Windows Server 2003 and they were more of a review of Windows 2000. If your interested in upgrading your MCSA or MCSE certification to Windows Server 2003 certification, then this book is a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan B. on May 26, 2003
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The Delta Guide really "cuts to the chase" when it comes to uncovering the new features offered by Windows Server 2003. The book is accurate, easy to understand, and concise. If you're already a pro on Windows 2000, this book can really help you get up to speed on Windows Server 2003. If you're even thinking about deploying Microsoft's new server OS, you should add this book to your library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2003
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Returned my Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Minasi) book today and bought this one. MUCH better. Short, sweet, and to the point. Now I'm getting a handle on what I should care about in Windows 2003. This is great - I hope they keep up with this series. It's a time saver and I'm betting it will help with my MCSE upgrade exmas too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2003
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I finally found a book that just covers the changes between my current installation of Windows Server 2000 and the new 2003 version--brilliant! I heard about this book through an e-mail newsletter I subscribe to and so decided to check it out--exactly what I needed to decide if this server upgrade was worth the effort and money. The bonus is that I know exactly what kind of project I'm walking into--the authors basically provided a road map pointing out where all of the pitfalls and shortcuts are. I'm submitting my recommendation to upgrade to my boss this afternoon with a thorough and complete list of features to justify the move--less than 48 hours after getting this book. Thank you for writing a book that took less than a day to read and didn't cost me an arm and a leg. Please tell me there are more Delta books on the way!
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