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MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-271): Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating System (Pro-Certification) [Hardcover]

Walter Glenn , Tony Northrup
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29 Oct 2005 0735622272 978-0735622272 2

Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCDST Exam 70-271—and on the job—with this official Microsoft study guide, now updated for Windows XP Service Pack 2. Work at your own pace through a system of lessons, hands-on exercises, troubleshooting labs, and review questions.

The Readiness Review Suite on CD, featuring advanced technology from MeasureUp, provides 425 challenging questions for in-depth self-assessment and practice. You can choose timed or untimed testing mode, generate random tests, or focus on specific objectives. You get expert exam tips and detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.

Maximize your performance on the exam by learning how to:

  • Perform and troubleshoot installation or upgrade
  • Configure and troubleshoot hardware—such as print, display, and I/O devices
  • UPDATED—Manage access to files, folders, and add-on software
  • Configure the desktop and user environment
  • NEW—Set up and support Windows Firewall, security and privacy settings, and local policy
  • NEW—Use Microsoft Update and Automatic Updates to keep your system current
  • Resolve network connectivity issues—both local and remote
  • Optimize system performance

Your kit includes:

  • 15% exam discount from Microsoft. (Limited time offer). Details inside.
  • Fully reengineered, self-paced study guide with expert exam tips.
  • Readiness Review Suite featuring 425 questions and multiple testing options.
  • Case scenarios and troubleshooting labs for real-world expertise.
  • 120-day evaluation version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2.
  • Fully searchable eBook.
  • Microsoft Encyclopedia of Security eBook.
  • Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking, Second Edition, eBook.

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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2 edition (29 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735622272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735622272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 18.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walter Glenn is a freelance consultant, writer, and editor in Huntsville, Alabama. He has been working in the computer industry for over a decade and provides solutions for small-to medium-sized businesses. Walter is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Trainer who specializes in Internet and networking technologies.

Tony Northrup, MVP, MCSE, MCTS, and CISSP, is a consultant and author. Tony started programming before Windows 1.0 was released, and has also focused on Windows administration and development. He has written about 25 books covering Windows and Web development, networking, and security. Among other titles, Tony is author of MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft? .NET Framework?Application Development Foundation, Second Edition.


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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MCDST 26 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is a big book but one that is worth getting, especially if your chosen field is within the IT helpdesk role. Having said that, you will also find this book a great assistant if you are looking to get into the role or are due to be working within that role of helpdesk support. And of course, if you are due to take the exam then this will be your bible. The book itself is excellent. It's detailed and well structured layout is a strong point and its description regarding the role of Desktop Support Technician is very impressive. The book has a split personality. On one side it explains and suggests ways to diagnose, troubleshoot and solve end user problems and how your thinking needs to be logical and structured. Where as on the flip side it looks at the relationship you must build in a short time with the caller, how to communicate on all levels with different types of customers and how to explain and talk through the ways to fix the possible problems. One key element the book uses is the end of chapter questions - there to make sure you have read, but understood what has been documented. The book covers all aspects of the helpdesk and shows the tiers/lines of support to work your way up to, for example 2nd line support. This is a new certification from Microsoft and one which will prove to be hugely popular and probably the most successful. Especially as the first step into the IT sector. You will benefit hugely from this book and it will give you as much as you give time to it. You might also expect from Microsoft an over the top and self glorified dsecription of this certification. This is not true. It has been a long time coming but this book will become as much of an important tool as your BIOS is to your OS. Excellent.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for Examination 5 April 2005
By Ben
Format:Paperback
Very well presented book, highly relevent to the Microsoft examination.
Although (IMO) not the hardest of the Microsoft MCP qualifications, this book will provide the reader with just about everything that is covered in the exam.
Well sectioned up into relevant chapters and good multiple choice questions at the end of each one. Also an added bonus of a 15 percent discount for sitting the exam.
A definite 5 star book !
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passed the exam using it..... 23 Feb 2006
By BR
Format:Paperback
I bought this to pass the associated exam that the book is about. I did have some prior knowledge about XP, so this books just reinforced my own knowledge.
I would have preferred to have seen more computerised questions on the CD-ROM, most of the practice questions are in the text. The book is on the included CD-ROM as well, which means you can study it conventionally, or on your PC screen through Acrobat.
I passed the exam, so I suppose the book did its job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passing your MCDST 11 Feb 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I brought this book for two junior technicians at work. They both used this and not much else to revise and prepare for the exam. I personally never read this book so can't truly comment 100% but..................both technicians passed the exam so the book must be doing something right!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book! 11 Jun 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book. Passed my exam using it and was able to take advantage of the 20% voucher too.
Informative book.
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