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MCSA/MCSE Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-296) Paperback – December 9, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0789730145 ISBN-10: 0789730146

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About the Author

Will Schmied, BSET, MCSE, CWNA, TICSA, MCSA, Security+, Network+, A+, is the president of Area 51 Partners, Inc., a provider of wired and wireless networking implementation, security, and training services to businesses in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area. Will holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from Old Dominion University along with his various IT industry certifications. In addition to his activities with Area 51 Partners, Inc., Will operates the MCSE certification portal MCSE World located at http://www.mcseworld.com.

Will has previously authored and contributed to several other publications from Que Publishing, including MCSE 70-293 Training Guide: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (2003), MCSA/MCSE 70-291 Training Guide: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (2003), MCSA Training Guide (70-218): Managing a Windows 2000 Network Environment (2002), MCSE Windows 2000 Server Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-215) (2003), Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional, Bestseller Edition (2003), and Platinum Edition Using Windows XP (2003). Will has also worked with Microsoft in the MCSE exam-development process.

Will currently resides in Newport News, Virginia, with his wife, Chris; their children, Christopher, Austin, Andrea, and Hannah; their dogs, Peanut and Jay; and their cat, Smokey. When he's not busy working, you can find Will enjoying time with his family or reading a Douglas Adams book. You can visit Area 51 Partners at http://www.area51partners.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Exam Cram 2
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Que (December 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789730146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789730145
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,093,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
As a technical trainer with over 16 years of experience under my belt, I know a thing or two about proper training. When searching for a tool to train my MCSE 2003 students, I had high expectations for this book. I've used Exam Cram many times in the past and have even been pleased with the progress of Exam Cram 2. However, this book completely disappointed me. It's evident that Schmied hasn't even taken the time to sit for the exam himself. His gross misjudgments and oversights are too obvious and profound to be ignored. My greatest hope at this point is the Que can salvage this title with a second author rewrite or additional edit. I certainly won't be recommending this book to my students. Shame on you, Will Schmied.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on August 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Worst coverage of any book I've ever used. I'm a big fan of the Mike Myers Passport books but I guess they don't make a 70-296 book and a colleague recommended Exam Cram. Don't waste your time or money on this one. I don't know if all Exam Cram books are as bad as this one, this was the first I ever purchased. Maybe it was just this author?? I also bought the Microsoft Press 70-296 book. Much better coverage and a far more knowledgeable author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Miller on June 28, 2005
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I agree with all other reader/user reviews this is not the book needed to brush up for the 296.

I have experience with all related materials, and this book hits a 0 with me.

Try using the newest Transcender, and Microsoft readiness kit. The testing material with the MS Press book is more geared for this test. This book servers nothing in planning for the test.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Floyd F. James on December 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Generally I avoid using these 'exam preparation aids'.

However in an attempt to save time and possibly money I bought this Exam Cram 2 'aid' for exam 70-296. I already had the Microsoft Press 70-292/70-296 self paced kit as my primary exam prep material . This I had already reviewed fairly thoroughly.

Based on that review I sat and passed exam 70-292 with over 850 without any additional "exam prep" aid.

However for exam 20-96 I bought this exam cram for 70-296 and used it for my final preparations. After scoring 96% on the simulations I took the real exam and failed: My first exam failure in over 20 attempts (since taking my orginal MCSE exams on Windows NT 3.51)

After that experience, I am going back to basics and recommend that everyone does the same :

Focus on studying the material and practising all the recommended labs. Review additional materials such as Q articles, Technet or Resource kits where needed to fully understand the technology and concepts.

Avoid throwing away money on these quick fixes and resulting exam re-sits.
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