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Mastering Windows 2000 Professional Paperback – Bargain Price, October 23, 2000
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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.
From the Back Cover
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!
- 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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book because I needed to know Windows 2000 for work. I use Windows 7 at home. Windows 2000 is a little bit tricky but with this book it isn't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Product as described, great price. Easy to understand and follow. I am glad I listen to the reviews for this product.Published on June 1, 2013 by Jeffrey Caffey
Most everyone who uses a personal computer has questions from time to time about its operating system. Read morePublished on December 17, 2004 by Bryan Carey
I was disapointed with the book. It might be useful for a novice user, but it doesn't get into the detail which I was expecting. Read morePublished on March 28, 2002 by Bryan Cook
A perfect compromise between the too basic Dummies books and the extremely dry techinical books. Mr. Read morePublished on March 1, 2002
Mark Minasi's Mastering Windows 2000 Professional, Second Edition is typical of the quality of his past books. Read morePublished on January 15, 2002 by Harold McFarland
This was one of the best written books on Windows 2000 I have ever read. Instead of just preparing you for a test or substitution as a reference manual this book actually... Read morePublished on September 27, 2001 by Larry Gibson
This book did not cover the important new features of Windows 2000 Professional. Four chapters were wasted on HTML and VBScripting. Read morePublished on April 24, 2001
It's a great book for beginners to intermediate Windows 2000 Administrators.If you are at a senior Level, this book is not for you. Read morePublished on April 2, 2001 by Joel Almanzar