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Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (Microsoft Press Training Guide) Paperback – December 11, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0735673106 ISBN-10: 0735673101 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Guide
  • Paperback: 638 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735673101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735673106
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration and has been awarded Microsoft MVP status for his contributions supporting those who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products, and solutions.

More About the Author

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows administration, deployment, and virtualization. He has published hundreds of articles on a wide variety of technology sites and has written or been lead author for over two dozen books including:

- Windows 7 Resource Kit (Microsoft Press, 2009)
- Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Microsoft Press, 2010)
- Introducing Windows Server 2012 (Microsoft Press, 2012)

Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews, the world's largest newsletter focused on system admin and security issues for Windows servers. Published weekly, WServerNews helps keep system administrators up to date on new server and security-related issues, third-party tools, updates, upgrades, Windows compatibility matters, and related issues. With more than 100,000 subscribers worldwide, WServerNews is the largest Windows Server-focused newsletter in the world.

Mitch has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions to supporting the global IT community. He is an eight-time MVP in the technology area of Windows Server Setup/Deployment.

Mitch also runs an IT content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada, which produces technical collateral for BDM and TDM audiences. His published content ranges from white papers about Microsoft cloud technologies to reviews of third-party products designed for the Windows Server platform.

Before starting his own business in 1998, Mitch worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for Productivity Point.

For more information about Mitch, visit his website at

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Customer Reviews

Easy guide to Windows Server 2012.
Ahmad Imam
I realize that the erata is made available online, but that shouldn't be a license for sloppy editing.
Great for study of the 70-410 exam, but good to ready along side the 70-417 book.
Tim Rae

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Spirito on March 12, 2013
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By and large this book is an easy read for experienced admins who want to learn about the new features found in Server 2012, although I would say it is geared more toward the novice than the seasoned professional. The writing style is clear, and Mr. Tulloch does a good job of backing up new concepts with examples and illustrations. I found the section explaining IPv6 especially helpful - though it didn't dispel all of my fogginess in understanding the new protocol. Also, there is a heavy emphasis on PowerShell throughout the book that may be helpful to those already experienced with it.

My biggest gripe is that the book has a lot of errors, which can be somewhat expected from a new book. However, the volume of errors is still quite striking from what I would expect from a Microsoft book. Most of the errors are minor and can be picked up right away, but some are more serious and required me to reread the paragraph several times before realizing either that opposite terms were swapped or the wrong term was used altogether. The most glaring errors are found in the review questions sections at the end of each section. Many of the revealed answers are wrong, which can be especially frustrating. Speaking of the review questions, many of the questions can be quite obscure and appear to pull from material not found in the book.

I realize that the erata is made available online, but that shouldn't be a license for sloppy editing. Given the many errors, the frequency at which one would have to check back against the online erata would be tedious to say the least.

I would have given it four stars had it not been for the errors, and five stars had it been more geared toward exam prep.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Your Favorite Antagonist on September 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read this and the "official" exam reference for 70-410 by Craig Zacker, combined with Kaplan's SelfTest software for 70-410 and felt truly confident that I would be ready to pass on the 1st try. I could not have been more wrong.

It could be that I didn't spend enough time in the hotseat, behind the wheel of the exercises and would mentally run through them relying on the images presented in the text--maybe.

The general consensus seems to be that these texts will leave you overwhelmingly unprepared for passing the exam.

The training guide is technically better at preparing you and does also satisfy the scholastic requirements at a conceptual level but not the academic-examination level when it comes time to make the grade.

I have read so many bad reviews but I just thought I was smarter than the other test takers...arrogant me, right? I've aced Cisco exams before using similar methods and I prepared a lot more diligently for this.

This title in addition to the other, aforementioned, title are crap for exam prep.

Mike Ferrara, who has a site about tips for passing 70-410 hit it on the head when he described these two resources as "somewhat decent", and I would underscore somewhat with extreme emphasis.

He recommended the Inside Out book, a whopping 1584 pages--comparable to the Sybex guide for all three exams. He said it literally covers EVERYTHING but might approach it with overwhelming detail. Well in the case of sufficiency--I'll take what appears to be overwhelming but proves to be, in fact, perfectly-adequate.

From somebody who's failed the 70-410,these books are okay, but I would not rely on them solely for exam preparation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kully3xf on February 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've been self studying for the exam, and I'm using this book. I take the lesson review questions after every chapter, and have caught my self off guard a few times now with the answers being wrong. Example, the book says "which of the following ad admin tasks can you NOT perform in ADAC" it gives 4 answers, three of which you CAN perform in ADAC, as they are all listed in the previous page under "Tasks you can perform using ADAC", then in the answers page, it says the correct answer is C, Enabling the active directory recycling bin. This is something you 100% can do in ADAC; the answer says "Correct: You Can use ADAC to enable and use the Active Directory Recycle Bin", when the actual correct answer is B "Incorrect: You Cannot use ADAC to delegate admin control etc. etc."

This book is full of contradiction errors such as this, and it's quite confusing when I have to prove the book wrong to assure my self I am correct.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carissa McCann on May 24, 2013
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First, this book isn't BAD. It just needs work. The book is loaded with errors that are IMHO inexcusable. It's like the editors were asleep at the keyboard. For example, all the practice questions have choices A,B,C,D, but the answer key is in "1,2,3,4". One time the answer key even said "5,6,7,8". Also, there are several questions that have more then one right answer, but it doesn't state "choose all that apply" like many others do. The answer key even shows multiple right answers for these questions.

Some "correct" answers are flat out wrong. For example, you may think "A/1" is the right answer, but the book will say "B/2" is the right answer, then explain why A is the right answer.

There are lots of typos in the book as well...LOADS of missing spaces between words, which drives me crazy.

All that said, most of the content is good. However, it's not all the content you need to pass this MS exam (70-410). For example, this book doesn't cover the basics like file permissions, share permissions, etc...which MS says you need to know to pass the exam.
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