- Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
- Hardcover: 1488 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (September 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735619719
- ISBN-13: 978-0735619715
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,540,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-292 and 70-296): Upgrading Your Certification to Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Upgrading Your ... 2003 (Microsoft Press Training Kit) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Dan Holme, MVP, has 10+ years of experience as a consultant and trainer. He is the author of Windows Administration Resource Kit: Productivity Solutions for IT Professionals.
Orin Thomas is a consultant, writer, and Microsoft MVP whose books include the Microsoft Press Training Kits for Exams 70-646, 70-647, 70-662, and 70-680. He is also a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro magazine.
Top customer reviews
From what I've gathered, the exams changed sometime in late 2005 and some of the content is dated. That however is not the fault of the authors and unlike many of the "Microsoft Press" books, I found this an enjoyable and easy read.
The book is not indended to deeply review the "Core MCSE Curriculum". Its' audience is expected to be familiar with Windows 2000 engineering and administrative principles as well as a practicing administrator. The text will present content that is now covered under the exam (ie: high availibility services and certificate services)and features that are differential to the old product line. So do not expect this to be your sole source for content, at best it covers 80% of the exam's breadth. If you feel in the learch, I can only suggest brushing up on your 2000 or 2003 core infrastructure notes especially dealing with the subjects of GPOs and Site design\ AD-replication.
Subjects that are missing from the book that require research are EMS (in-band\ out of band services), Role Separation for Cerificate services and WIFI GPO administrative practices. A list of references to supportive documentation can be found in the study notes at [...] . The webpage's host has done an admirable job of putting them together.
In final preparation for the exam, I can only suggest Transcenders as a simulation software...accept no other. CBT nuggets has some great multi-media presentations available through their website to aid in reviewing the material and their content is first class.
This book is well-laid out and packed with practice questions. The included CD also contains a lot of questions. As has been mentioned, there are some small things on the exam that are not covered in this book, but, in all fairness, none of the exam books cover them. In fact, Microsoft re-wrote the 70-292 exam in Dec '04 to make it much more difficult, and most exam books had already been published. This book is still extremely comprehensive and applicable to the new exam; it's just that you may want to supplement this book with a good bit of internet research.
This is a very comprehesive book and a good study guide. It'll get you most of the way to passing, but 70-292 is a very, very difficult exam now and extra study resources are highly encouraged. I've put online study notes for the exam, but I can't include a URL here, so just do a web search. There are also others out there besides mine. 70-296 is more passable and this book should be mostly sufficient. Though this book can't be your only study guide for these two exams, no book can. I, therefore, highly recommend this book.
The book is huge, but the tear out study card leads one through the chapters needed to study, by topic, for each of the two exams covered, 70-292 and 70-296.
A reference in readme.txt on the CD goes to Microsoft site for book corrections, something no other publisher has. Editing in some books is really terrible. My experience even with Sybex is very disappointing. But editing in this book is clear, in order, and interesting.
Criticism of the length of the book by others fails to recognize that if you already know a topic, you can skip it! Everyone who has ever taken a Microsoft exam also knows that never, never, never does any book cover what is required to pass MS exams without further practice tests and reading. Microsoft wants us to retake every exam and pay each time, right! We do some research for web sites that tell us what is missing so we can do other study, as necessary.
Comes with Server2003 CD and second CD with the book on it! Some others do not.
Mark Minasi is quite entertaining; but IMO his style is better suited to conferences and desk references than certification study. This book covers the topics you need to pass the test. If you want entertaining reading, may I recommend the /Lensman/ series by E. E. "Doc" Smith or the /Redwall/ series by Brian Jacques?
I wager you'll find the bad reviews are either from folks who read the book superficially and expected to pass the test without sufficient hands-on experience or people who hate MS Press. Similarly, the good reviews are a mix of MS Press shills and folks who _did_ pass the tests. You can draw what conclusions you will from that bit of overly obvious prose.
I read the book, did the practice work, and passed 70-292 _easily_ (in and out of the test center in less than an hour). And since I'm old and slow, you young'uns could do better than me!! I'm working my way back through, more carefully this time, to prepare for 70-296.
1. When the book says look up something online, look it up.
2. When the book gives an example, try to recreate it in your home or office testing lab.
3. Those who try to short-sheet their studying are wasting their time and money.
Have a blessed day!! And may you meet good fortune on your quest to upgrade your MCSE certification!!
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