This book is an excellent guide to learning Windows 2000 Professional. (The other reviewer forgets that Active Directory only ships with the server edition, not the pro edition, so his criticism is not entirely valid!) I was a long-time Mac user and had not felt very comfortable with the Win98/2k interface until I read this book, which covers every aspect of using the latest Microsoft OS -- how to navigate the My Computer/Windows Explorer maze, how to best use Internet Explorer and other bundled software, how to get on the Internet quickly, etc. Again, the emphasis is for the novice user, not advanced/power user or adminstrator. (For the latter I recommend "Windows 2000: the Complete Reference", which covers both Pro and Server editions of the OS.) I benefited from this book tremendously as I have fallen in love with the Win98 user interface -- I've come to like it more than the Mac interface. :) Another excellent volume is the "Windows 2000 Step-by-Step," which is more suitable for people who are new to computing or fear Windows tremendously...
As I prepare for my transition from NT4.0 MSCE to the new 2000 track, I use various source material to enable me. This was the first time I had bought a 'Running...' book, and will probably be the last. Microsoft Press has by far to be the best Microsoft books to be bought. The book tells of the subjects it will be covering, unfortunately, not the level of detail these subjects will be covered in. As with all software books, you always learn something you didn't know. WIth this book, if you have worked with the product then there is little you will pick up. With almost 200 of the 862 pages dedicated to learner material, such as playing games and using basic programs supplied with the system, the book finishes on quite a bad note. My recommendation, if you are studying for your MCP or MSCE then avoid this book and spend your money on the resource kit, if you are new to computers or new to the world of Windows then this book will bring you out of the dark ages and into the Window of light.
This is the very simple introduction that used to be included free with an operating system, only now it lists for (...) Absolutely useless for troubleshooting. It's full of information like, "To cancel a wizard, click the cancel button"
I was pleased with the general coverage. The style of writing was relaxed yet precise. Lots of little gotcha's were brought to light, and probably saved me a lot of time fumbling around. One of the better MicroSoft Press books of late.
This book is for newcomers to the NT/2000 environment. It does'nt explain much about Active Directories Service nor the registry. If you dont know much about connecting a pc to a network and so on, this book is ok. Otherwise - dont waste your money on this book !