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Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (July 25, 2012)
Peter Ward is the Chief Technical Architect of WARDY IT Solutions, a company he founded in 2005. WARDY IT Solutions has been awarded the Microsoft Data Platform Partner of the Year since 2009 and has been a member of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 since 2012. Peter is a highly regarded speaker at SQL Server events, a sought after SQL Server consultant, and a trainer who provides solutions for some of the largest SQL Server sites in Australia. Peter has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his technical excellence and commitment to the SQL Server community.
This book is a great start to preparing for exam 70-462. You get a DVD with practice questions and practice exams, and you also get a voucher that take 15% off the price of the exam registration fee. The book is not big and not too small. It has good detail about each topic, and also has good walkthroughs that you can (and should) practice on a test machine. However, it is VERY important that you also review the MSDN links that are provided in every section of every chapter. If you rely solely on the book for your preparation, you will not have the full details about the subject matter. Microsoft exams are notorious for having questions on obscure little details that you might not encounter in your everyday work with the tested software. In addition, as the book points out, the exams will be updated as service packs and hot fixes are released. The only way to get the updated information is to go out on the web and review MSDN and other sites.
My only criticism of this book, and it's a criticism of many exam guides, is that the review questions aren't detailed enough. If Microsoft is going to test us on obscure details, then their review questions should be detailed as well. I've found I have to write my own review questions to be assured of having a sufficient level of knowledge to pass the exam. I shouldn't have to do that, since that's the whole point of buying an exam guide.
Other than that, it's a good book and worth the price of purchase.
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Not a recommended purchase! Frankly, while this book does have a lot of information contained within, it's too poorly written, organized, and presented to be of any really help on the test. What is worse is that it is absolutely of no use beyond the test - while the 70-461 and 70-463 Trainging Kits provide some methodology guidance, and real world examples of implementing their content, this book is nothing more than a jumble of MSDN links, and screenshots.
What it does well: Covered everything I saw on the exam. I thought this was the easiest of three MCSA tests - there were instances where only one of the options provided was even remotely possible. So in many ways, the very basic introduction this book gives to the topics is enough to get you through the test.
Where it fails (deep breath): As mentioned, the book is a hodgepodge of screenshots, step by step guides, and actual feature descriptions. Admittedly for some this may be great - I prefer to read about the features, then use them. The book briefly defines a feature, then step by step, where to click to accomplish the task. Next, the screenshots are screenshots - there's no attempt to edit or enhance them. There are no notes, no highlighted, circled, or zoomed areas. They seem to assume you're following along on your own SQL instance... which has the same screens they print in low res all over the place.
Information is repeated constantly. A chapter starts with an overview of features, then repeats the same information a couple pages later, hardly reworded. Rarely is any concept expanded upon, never do you get a recommendation on when something is worthwhile or when it's helpful. The new SQL 2012 Extended Events got a paragraph. One paragraph.Read more ›
I just did the 70-462 exam and passed. I used this book to study, and I augmented with online research based on the objectives listed on the 70-462 web page. The emphasis and focus of this book doesn't line up with the test. I wasted hours studying irrelevant information. My advice, follow the testing objectives on the 70-462 web page and do your research online. Good luck!
Book writing was clear and easy to understand and will not confuse you like some tech books. As others have mentioned make sure and follow the links provided in the book to gain all you need for the exam the book does not cover everything.
The exercises and examples they have are very helpful but a small warning before purchase on that note. Make sure you have a powerful computer that can run up to six virtual machines(at least 8 GB RAM) at once or just six computers on a network.If you preview the book and look in the hardware requirements it will go into more detail about the needed computer specs. Also they will be all running a 64bit OS so make sure and use either Hyper-V or Virtual Box and make sure your processor can support 64bit virtualzation and know how to enable it(usally found in your bios somewhere).
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This Guide is pretty bad. MS must pay this guy to take exam requirements, go through Technet and put some verbiage around the URL references to Technet. On some pages there are 3 URL references that almost out weigh the text. As you get later in the book, especially in Chapter 9 they don't even bother to put Technet URLs in any more. Must have gotten tired of writing and looking up stuff. The book is full of errors and the references don't include Server 2012 as a platform. There are serious inconsistencies in the examples of T-SQL versus Powershell. It is inadequate preparation for the exam and for deploying in the real world. I certainly hope someone will write a decent guide.
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