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Geared more for the desktop than the network closet, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional has its own collection of features to be capitalized upon and quirks to be accommodated. A couple of esteemed Windows authors--Mark Minasi and Todd Phillips--weigh in on the new and improved operating system in Mastering Windows 2000 Professional. Their expertise and obviously thorough research have yielded a fine book. This is a super choice for power users, systems administrators, and others who want a detailed picture of Windows 2000 Professional's features and how they work.

This is a big, comprehensive treatment of the whole OS, but it manages to avoid the tedium that befalls most of the books in this category. Rather than dryly documenting which interface elements do what, the authors explain how to wring top performance from your computer by telling you rather a lot about the Windows 2000 architecture and its place in networks. Sure, you get the how-to procedures you'd expect, but the prose is the main attraction here. That's where Minasi and Phillips share their knowledge about optimization, troubleshooting, and other tricks of their trade. Lots of OS books claim to be loaded with hints and tricks, but this one really is. Mastering Windows 2000 Professional will answer your novice and intermediate questions, but it more importantly will help you become an expert. --David Wall

Topics covered: Windows 2000 Professional, as it applies to novice and intermediate users who want to increase their level of competence. Early chapters deal with managing files and running applications before explaining how to hook up to the Internet. More advanced coverage goes to networking, performance tweaking, and problem-solving. Though they don't say, it seems likely from this book's ship date that the authors based their research on a late beta version of the OS (probably Release Candidate 2) that was very similar to the final product. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Only Windows 2000 Professional Resource You Need

From the expert that brought you Mastering Windows NT Workstation, Mark Minasi's Mastering Windows 2000 Professional, 2nd Edition gives you all the conceptual and practical information you need to get the most out of Microsoft's latest operating system. This is the premier resource for anyone installing, configuring, and running Windows 2000, whether as part of a corporate network or for home or small business use. You can depend on it for clear, authoritative instruction in hundreds of techniques that will make you and your workstation more productive. The perfect companion to Minasi's Mastering Windows 2000 Server!

This edition includes new coverage of Active Directory, Internet Connection Sharing, secure telecommuting and how to connect to the Internet using DSL, cable modem and ISDN. Brand new coverage of advanced scripting can turn you into a power-user, and entire chapters dedicated to troubleshooting are sure to save you hours of frustration. If you call Microsoft with a Windows 2000 question, they may charge you $200. Use this book instead and save yourself some serious money!

Coverage includes:

  • Understanding features new to Windows 2000 Professional
  • Installing Windows 2000 Professional
  • Configuring for network or stand-alone use
  • Active Directory Essentials
  • Setting up peer-to-peer networking
  • Setting up user profiles
  • Setting up a security strategy-including special issues for telecommuting
  • Customizing the desktop and other features
  • Using the Management Console
  • Connecting to the Internet-via LAN, cable modem, DSL, and ISDN
  • Automating functions using the Windows Scripting Host and VB
  • Installing and running applications
  • Using the file system
  • Setting up printers
  • Using Windows 2000's native accessories
  • Understanding network and Windows 2000 Professional architecture
  • Connecting to Novell NetWare networks
  • Setting up remote access
  • Using Windows 2000 Professional administrative and diagnostic tools
  • Configuring Windows 2000 Professional for sending and receiving email
Real Solutions to Real Desktop Support Challenges
If making a smooth transition to the latest version of Windows is important to you and your company, this book delivers the goods. It introduces you to the Windows 2000 architecture and all the new features, reveals configuration and optimization secrets to keep your workstations humming along, and teaches troubleshooting techniques that will get you out of hot water. There's no end to what you'll accomplish with these practical, step-by-step instructions from the world's most accomplished Windows NT/2000 expert! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mastering
  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 2nd edition (October 23, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078212853X
  • ASIN: B0002KM4WA
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.5 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,471,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 12, 2000
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This is a rehash of a Windows NT book for the most part, with a LITTLE veneer of Win2000 features tacked on. He has a whole chapter on the dorky PAINT program, but only a few pages on TCP/IP setup features and doesn't include the advanced features.
This could have been a good 200 page book with a bit more thoughtful selection of material. As published, it's a mediocre 1100 page boilerplate job.
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If I only had one book on Win2000 Professional, this 2nd edition would be it!
Note: The first edition of this book was good for beginners but did not go deep enough for power users. However, in the second edition, the Minasi we all love from his classic "Win2000 Server" is back--and he is at his best. The 2nd edition is still useful for beginners, but it also has the meat that power users are looking for. Very clear and totally comprehensive.
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I disagree with the first reviewer's assessment. This book is quite good and useful. It's more than a rehash of the win2k online manual or any other book (as far as I know). Instead it contains good, practical information you can use every day.
I got this book last night and read most of it in 24 hours. I still like the "Windows 2000: The Complete Reference" better for its clarity and technical accuracy, but if you are not into technical details this book (Mastering Windows 2000 Pro) may be for you. From setting up win2k to using win2k (who still can't use Windows?) to trouble-shooting win2k, the information is all there, and the book makes a good read from cover to cover as the authors write very succinctly.
If you are just a user, as opposed to a technician or sysadm, this book is about right to get you started on win2k. I love win2k for its performance and reliability (not a single crash so far!), and this book makes an excellent companion. (If you need more in-depth coverage, Windows 2000: The complete Reference is worth checking out.)
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Just the premise of using an operating system daily for critical content and not having a resource like Minasi's MW2k is setting yourself up for trouble. Murphy's Law has never been proven as authentic as often as in the world of computers, and it is only by offering a great review for this book and heartfelt thanks to Minasi for writing it that I can hope to persuade people to realize the priceless value of this tome. Priceless, because a signature talent of system failure is to make whatever irreplaceable work you have disappear forever. Even though I backup religiously, twice I had found myself in the situation of loosing client material at the hands of system errors, both of which I was able to solve just by referencing Mastering Win 2k. Just the chapter "Fixing Windows 2000 When It Breaks" alone justifies the price of this book. I had originally planned to use this book only when needed, but after experiencing the wealth of valuable information in one chapter I am now reading it cover to cover. If you use Windows 2000 professionally or just somewhat regularly, you need "Mastering Windows 2000", period.
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I'm tired of reading reviews by individuals like Alain Maashe-Mengueme, and Steven M. Toth, whining about the MCSE exam. This book was obviously written (as are most of the books I've read by Mark Minasi) for the mainstream and power USER. And as such, it is well written, and complete with very useful information.
I've read many computer books (my substitute for formal computer training)- quite a few of them by Minasi, and I have yet to be disapointed by one of his works.
Mr. Maashe-Mengueme and Mr. Toth, If you're looking to pass your MCSE exam, purchase a book that's self-described to help you achieve that purpose, but don't give negative reviews to a fine title that never claimed to do such!
Also, I really appreciated the review by hbj200 who reviewed other books on the same topic and was able to compare them, (something lacking in most other book reviews), and rated the book based on what it really is, a book for users. Keep up the good work hbj200. See you soon in the top 10!
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When I bought Mark Minasi's first edition of "Windows 2000 Professional" and read it, I said to myself...Mark Minasi can do better than this; what in the world is going on. Had Mark lost his touch? Is he no longer #1? And, if you read the other bad reviews found here (they are all about the FIRST edition), then you can plainly see that I was not alone in my concern. Well, of course Mr. Minasi had not lost his touch. The reason for the not-so-good first edition really does not need to be addressed here. The main thing is that the SECOND edition is classic Minasi, with all of the important information you will need to get onboard with Windows 2000 Professional, coupled with his engaging wit and humor.
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I was disappointed in this book. The majority of the almost 1000 pages are written for people just stumbling in from the backwoods who've never seen a computer. There are a few tidbits of detail to be gleaned by the experienced user, but more often than not the book spends too many words explaining operations or features that even the most casual user of any Windows OS already knows.
I had hoped for a book that took me deep into the W2K Pro OS, but this one barely let me beneath the surface. A far better book for the experienced is the Windows 2000 Administrators Pocket Consultant, which I purchased at the same time as this one. The Pocket Consultant is getting all the thumb marks.
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