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MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-292 and 70-296): Upgrading Your Certification to Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003: Upgrading Your Certification to Microsoft Windows Server(tm) 2003 [Hardcover]

by Dan Holme, Microsoft Corporation, Orin Thomas
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September 30, 2003 0735619719 978-0735619715

Upgrade your MCSA or MCSE certification—and your job skills—to Windows Server 2003 with this official Microsoft study guide for Exams 70-292 and 70-296. Work at your own pace through a system of lessons, hands-on exercises, troubleshooting labs, and review questions to maximize your performance on the upgrade exams.

The Readiness Review Suite powered by MeasureUp provides 850 challenging questions on CD for in-depth self-assessment and practice. You can choose timed or untimed testing mode, generate random tests, or focus on specific objectives. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.

You also get expert exam tips plus a full review section inside the book that covers all objectives and subobjectives for both exams, including:

MCSA/MCSE Exam 70-292

Implement, manage, and maintain:

  • Users, computers, and groups
  • Access to resources
  • Software update services
  • Remote access and Web servers
  • Disaster recovery
  • Name resolution
  • Network security

MCSE Exam 70-296

Plan, implement, and maintain:

  • Server roles and server security
  • Network infrastructure
  • Server availability
  • Network security and security infrastructure
  • Active Directory infrastructure
  • User, computer, and group strategies
  • Group Policy

Readiness Review Suite on CD Powered by MeasureUp

Your kit includes:

  • NEW—Fully reengineered study guide covering two exams, two certification tracks. Includes complete objective-by-objective review plus expert exam tips.
  • NEW—Readiness Review Suite featuring 425 questions per exam and multiple testing options.
  • NEW—Case scenarios and troubleshooting labs for real-world expertise.
  • NEW—180-day evaluation version of Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition.
  • NEW—Fully searchable eBook.
  • NEW—Microsoft Encyclopedia of Security eBook.
  • Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking, Second Edition, eBook.

A Note Regarding the CD or DVD

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About the Author

Dan Holme, MVP, has 10+ years of experience as a consultant and trainer. He is the author of Windows Administration Resource Kit: Productivity Solutions for IT Professionals.

Orin Thomas is a consultant, writer, and Microsoft MVP whose books include the Microsoft Press Training Kits for Exams 70-646, 70-647, 70-662, and 70-680. He is also a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro magazine.


Product Details

  • Series: Training Kit
  • Hardcover: 1488 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (September 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735619719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735619715
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty November 13, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Big heavy book with some big heavy content. A lot of info in this book. I got through about half of it before I took the exams. I passed the exams, but felt like I didn't really need to spend the time reading the book in order to do so. It comes with the Measure-Up practice tests which are pretty good. None of the questions from the practice tests were on the production exam, but taking them puts you in the test taking mode. Plus the practice tests give you an idea on what they are testing on with these new exams. A previous review mentioned DNS. DNS is big time on the 296 exam, but Microsoft assumes you already know about DNS and they really only ask questions about the new features in 2003 DNS. Conditional forwarding is a big new DNS concept as well as stub-zones. Know what they are. 292 is 55 questions and 296 is 51 questions. The 296 test is set-up a little different. You are asked 24 questions in one section then you can review then you are given another 26 questions. Once you get through the first 24 and you start the second half you cannot go back to review the first 24. Weird I know. Not sure about the method of their madness there, but they are trying to do something different. 292 is all about administering 2003. You really need to know 2000 as well. A lot of scenario questions on 296 regarding design. Windows 2003 introduces a bunch of new modes you can be in. Remember in 2000 you had mixed mode or native mode. In 2003 there are forest-level modes and domain-level modes. It is a little confusing. You need to know each mode or level and understand what features you can use with each. A few drag and drop questions on that. Read more ›
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great foundation for 70-292 and 70-296 studies December 28, 2004
Format:Hardcover
I recently upgraded my MCSE 2000 to MCSE 2003 and used this book as my core study material. First off I must say that unless you are very experienced with Windows 2003 I doubt any single book alone will suffice to provide all the needed material. Having said that for me it was a great start explaining the differences between 2000 and 2003 and hammering home the important points. It makes references to other online sources such as various white papers for more detailed information which should be taken advantage of. The explainations of trusts, dns namespace and name resolution, sites/global catalogs, UPN logon, users/groups, Group Policy, software installations, Organzational Units, redirected folders, Terminal Services/Remote Desktop, and backup/restores/shadow volume, were particualry good and very accurate. However I thought that the information on Certificate Services/PKI was a bit lacking and is HEAVILY covered in the 70-296 exam.

The quiz questions in the book are quite good with some real brain teasers that help you determine if you know a subject good enough. I would not spend too much time on questions that relate to rote memory facts but concentrate on those that present a problem/solution format. The real exams rarely test you on memorizing facts anymore like the maximum memory this edition of the operating system can have, etc. What is very helpful is that many of the questions will supply the answer, why it is right and why the others are wrong. I did not even try the cdrom quizzes. There are several hands on practice examples in the book. Unless you are real familiar with the particular topic I would be sure to do them and at least read through the others as there is often helpful information included such as the permissions needed on a share for redirect folders.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that meets the exam requirements August 25, 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Hey, you all know that people respond differently to different authors styles...

Mark Minasi is quite entertaining; but IMO his style is better suited to conferences and desk references than certification study. This book covers the topics you need to pass the test. If you want entertaining reading, may I recommend the /Lensman/ series by E. E. "Doc" Smith or the /Redwall/ series by Brian Jacques?

I wager you'll find the bad reviews are either from folks who read the book superficially and expected to pass the test without sufficient hands-on experience or people who hate MS Press. Similarly, the good reviews are a mix of MS Press shills and folks who _did_ pass the tests. You can draw what conclusions you will from that bit of overly obvious prose.

I read the book, did the practice work, and passed 70-292 _easily_ (in and out of the test center in less than an hour). And since I'm old and slow, you young'uns could do better than me!! I'm working my way back through, more carefully this time, to prepare for 70-296.

Key Points:

1. When the book says look up something online, look it up.

2. When the book gives an example, try to recreate it in your home or office testing lab.

3. Those who try to short-sheet their studying are wasting their time and money.

Have a blessed day!! And may you meet good fortune on your quest to upgrade your MCSE certification!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy but great value August 9, 2005
By Jon
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Other reviews have mentioned it, but it's hard to ignore the obvious: this is a huge, massive book. This is because it covers two exams. If you're taking only one of the exams, then it loses some of its value, but it's a great value for those taking both exams. You don't need to read the entire book before taking 70-292 (the cover page of every chapter tells you whether its covering 70-292 or 70-296 content), but I would recommend it. For example, even though the IPSec chapter says it's for 70-296, you can take my word for it that there is IPSec on the 70-292 exam. I recommend reading the entire book and then scheduling the exams just a day or two apart.

This book is well-laid out and packed with practice questions. The included CD also contains a lot of questions. As has been mentioned, there are some small things on the exam that are not covered in this book, but, in all fairness, none of the exam books cover them. In fact, Microsoft re-wrote the 70-292 exam in Dec '04 to make it much more difficult, and most exam books had already been published. This book is still extremely comprehensive and applicable to the new exam; it's just that you may want to supplement this book with a good bit of internet research.

This is a very comprehesive book and a good study guide. It'll get you most of the way to passing, but 70-292 is a very, very difficult exam now and extra study resources are highly encouraged. I've put online study notes for the exam, but I can't include a URL here, so just do a web search. There are also others out there besides mine. 70-296 is more passable and this book should be mostly sufficient. Though this book can't be your only study guide for these two exams, no book can. I, therefore, highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book which gets the job done
I bought this book as it had good reviews. And I must say every bit of it is true.
The book is written clearly for everybody to understand. Read more
Published on November 10, 2009 by M. Rutten
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dry manual
This book was kind of helpful, but in the end I just studied on my own. The book was so dry it was very hard to keep motivated to keep studying. Read more
Published on January 23, 2009 by christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book To Upgrade the MCSA Certificate
Good training book to upgrade the MCSA or MCSE 2003 certificate. Easy to use and comprehensible. I recommend this book to prepare for the MCSA or MCSE Upgrade
Published on May 2, 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for real world and exams
Having achieved NT, 2000, and now 2003 MCSE certification, I've found the Microsoft Press books to be mixed bags. This one, however, is excellent. Read more
Published on March 16, 2007 by jerseymca
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect, and surely the best prepguide there is available
I've used two preparation guides, this one and the one from Sybex. MSPress is definitely the best of these two books. Read more
Published on September 29, 2006 by Erik Nettekoven
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Comprehensive Book Available but not without faults
I used this book as a primary study guide for the 2003 upgrade exams and although it doesn't cover all the material, it is an excellent book and in my humble opinion the single... Read more
Published on August 30, 2006 by Digital Nomad IL
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book covers the essentials skills to upgrade to your certification to Windows Server 2003. However, it does cover many topics that you already knew from your Windows 2000... Read more
Published on June 30, 2006 by leer10
2.0 out of 5 stars Be Warned
If you are taking the 70-292 then do not use this text as your primary source of information. While the text is large is fails to cover all of the material covered in the exam. Read more
Published on February 15, 2006 by Damien OL
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Good
I have the PDF file format of the book and I think this book is a great resource for passing the 70-292 exams. Read more
Published on February 12, 2006 by ian forde
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes..I'm venting
I think its absolutely ridiculous that the 292 exam I -just- took had, not one, but TWO VBScript sims. Nowhere in this text, NOR on their website is VBScript covered. Read more
Published on July 17, 2005 by Jeremy NeeDLE
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