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70-270: MCSE Guide to Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Enhanced 2nd Edition

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1. Introduction to Windows XP Professional 2. Installing Windows XP Professional 3. Using the System Utilities 4. Managing Windows XP File Systems and Storage 5. Users, Groups, Profiles, and Policies 6. Windows XP Security and Access Controls 7. Windows XP Network Protocols 8. Internetworking with Remote Access 9. Printing and Faxing 10. Performance Tuning 11. Windows XP Professional Application Support 12. Working with the Windows XP Registry 13. Booting Windows XP 14. Windows XP Professional Fault Tolerance 15. Troubleshooting Windows XP Appendices A: Expanded Exam Objectives Grid with Chapter and Section Coverage B: Exam Objectives Tracking for MCSE Certification Exam #70-270 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional C: Detailed Lab Setup Guide D: Expanded Chapter Summaries New Tear-Out Practice Exam

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Ed Tittel worked as an instructor for Austin Community College from 1997 through 2003 and taught at Interop from 1996 to 2004. He is a Network Certified Professional, and works as a full-time freelance writer and consultant in Austin, TX. He has contributed to over 130 books on computing across a broad range of subjects, and is the author of numerous titles published by Course Technology. He also writes and blogs for numerous TechTarget.com and other Websites.

Dr. Brian T. McCann has taught courses in managerial economics, strategic management, and entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, MBA and executive education levels. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University where he earned the Founder's Medal as the top graduate of the class. Dr. McCann received his doctoral training in strategic management at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management where he was awarded the Ross Fellowship, the Krannert Certificate for Distinguished Teaching, and the Purdue Research Foundation Research Grant. His more than 10 years of industry experience include operating a residential land development company, serving as the CFO for an Internet start-up, and implementing new strategic initiatives for a non-profit economic development group. In addition to co-authoring this MBA-level textbook in managerial economics, Dr. McCann's work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals, such as STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, and JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES. His current research interests span strategic management and entrepreneurship and include the performance implications of firm agglomeration, the effects of ownership structure on competitive behaviors, and the role of threshold-based decision making in the entrepreneurial process.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (April 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0619217510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0619217518
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for class at my technical college. Although mine was a second edition it read like an unrevised draft, edited only for grammatical errors. The inside cover even lists objectives for the Server 2003 exam, not the XP pro. exam. I took the 70-270 exam yesterday and earned a 610. About 30% of the questions pertained to information that this book either never mentions or does not cover adequately. Questions asked at the end of the chapters are frequently worded poorly or can't be answered using the book. Don't waste any more time looking at this book or this review, go back and choose something that has positive reviews. I went to the bookstore and browsed their XP pro. books after the exam. The difference was night and day!
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MS Windows' worst critics consider the OS to be a series series of poorly executed upgrades and patches to the original release. Whether or not it is the case with the software, it is particularly true of this book. Obviously starting life as an MSCSE manual for an earlier OS, the Guide reads like it has been undergoing a series of fragmentary, ad hoc rewrites in an effort to keep it relevant at the lowest possible cost to the publisher. There are many sections where the book gives in-depth coverage to outdated technologies and glosses over (or ignores) essential current topics. The writing is uninspired to say the least; it reads like an old IBM COBOL manual from the 70's. The writer is constantly falling into a maddeningly passive voice and ignoring many other rules of technical writing style. In spite of the copious errata files available for download from the publisher, there are still a disconcerting number of typos, errors and omissions. The book is clearly aimed at an audience intent on memorizing facts needed to pass an exam rather than helping the reader understand the OS. If you're a student and see this book on a syllabus, try to find another class. For the price, the Microsoft Press book is a far better value.
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Badly organized and practice questions are compatible with the material. One minute, the author is talking about one subject, then the next, the author changes the subject. Then later in the book the author will bring up a separate section aimed and explaining more of the first topic that was being discussed earlier in the book.

The questions on the end of the chapter are mostly based on interpretation of material rather than understanding. When you search the book for answers, you wont find the exact answer within the reading, you'll find material about the answer, then its up to you on how well you'll interpret it to come up with the right answer. The author also seems to contradict himself/herself, or purposely confuse you. When discussing SYSPREP, one minute the author says that its a system imaging program, and the next the author says that SYSPREP not and that SYSPREP requires third-party imaging programs.

It seems as if the author also wants you to do extra in-depth research on material, because some of the answers to the questions you don't get unless you experiment with it.
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This book is awful,asks questions in chapter reviews that are either not in the book or in another chapter. I wasted untold hours of my life in this book.I have strongly recomended that the school I attend stop using this worthless piece of trash.
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I won't mention every shortcoming of this book, because some other reviewers already covered them. (I agree 100% with what everyone said about the poor question selection/writing.), and I had no desire to finish this poor book and so only went as far as the chapters we used in class.

I consider myself a "power user", and I DO expect that with most computer texts, at least half the material will NOT be new. However, this book is just ultra dumbed-down. The vast majority of "exercises" are really just ad-naseum, click-by-click steps to using this GUI applet or that.

Also, most of the lessons just relate to the most basic stuff, like viewing your CPU usage and so forth -- just basic user stuff!

In fact, the only useful thing I recall gleaning from this book at all is how to create a custom management console...something that has since become a basic tool in getting Windows' configuration and security under MY control, not Microsoft's.

I would recommend photocopying any few useful how-tos out of this text and then tossing the book after the class is done (literally, or figuratively "tossing" it back on Amazon).
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This book is a nightmare! We have been doing this book for 3 months in a Tech Class Monday - Friday 5 hours a day!
The book for me, is so crazy. The author jumps from one thing to the next and puts labs thoughout the chapter that are long, and you think you are reading the chapter, but you end up reading into the lab. The labs should have been at the end of the chapters.
The questions at the end many times don't make sense, and you can't find the right answers in the chapter.
I have been so dissappointed with so many books from Course Technology, as they all seem to lack real information and ways to impliment it.
So far everyone in my class who went for the XP exam has failed, and said the book was useless, and didn't cover the things the exam asked for.
One class mate did pass, but that was because she was using several other books and some video DVD's.
Once again, I have asked my Tech School to take this book and have it replaced!
Useless for the exam!
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