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Microsoft® Windows Server(TM) 2003 Administrator's Companion Hardcover – 25 Mar 2006

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  • Hardcover: 1504 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2 edition (25 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735620474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735620476
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charlie Russel is an information technology consultant, specializing in combined Windows and UNIX networks. He is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Windows Server and Security. Together with Sharon Crawford, Charlie authored the top selling Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Microsoft Press as well as the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion. Charlie also co-authored the Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion.

Sharon Crawford is a veteran writer of computer books. Together with Charlie Russel, Sharon authored the top selling Windows Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Microsoft Press as well as the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Companion.

Jason Gerend has co-authored numerous books, including The Effective Executive's Guide To Outlook 2002, The New Webmaster's Guide to Dreamweaver 4, and the New Webmaster's Guide to FrontPage 2002. He also helped Sharon and Charlie write the first edition of the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Administrator's Companion, and Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual. A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Jason enjoys hiking and installing operating systems for fun. He's been fooling around with computers since the days of MS-DOS 2, was a big fan of OS/2 2.1, and has been a freelance Webmaster and computer consultant since 1995.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm about a third of the way through this book, which is pretty large in size at about 1500 pages. It is split into 7 parts which are Deployment planning, New installations, Upgrading, Network operations, Web services, Client services/support and finally System tuning and repair. It only covers the Standard Edition and the Enterprise Edition.
Needing to get up to speed quickly with Windows 2003 server as I shall soon be upgrading our network, I have found this book of excellent benefit for its coverage of upgrading. Easy to read and follow with it's very useful 'Real World' examples and tips.
Having many years experience with Windows NT4 and Windows 2000 this is the kind of book I like best as it is very easy to find the topic you require and also use as a reference book. I am though currently reading the book from start to finish which is a testament to how good the book is.
Not much is left out in this book. There are even chapters on 'Internet Security and Acceleration Server', 'Interoperating with Novell Netware and Unix' and 'Scripting'.
All in all a very sturdy book that covers Windows 2003 Server very well form planning deployment to troubleshooting and recovery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Duffy on 17 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
Great content, fills some of my gaps, 40 chapters. Only on chapter 5/40 and yet I just feel so far and looking onward that this is a good publication as I am using it to study for exam 70-293 before getting onto the latest 2008 exams. Recommend this for anyone doing the same or for further study/reference etc. Once again, Amazon brilliant for my computer book buys.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Worthwhile desk reference. No coverage of the Web Edition. 1 Oct 2003
By Harinath Thummalapalli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This 40 chapter 1500 page Administrator's Companion is aptly named as you will refer to it extensively over time. Out of the 5 different versions of Windows Server 2003, the book covers the Standard Edition and the Enterprise Edition extensively. The Datacenter Edition is very similar to the Enterprise Edition so this book could suffice. The Web Edition is significantly different and is NOT covered in this book.
The Small Business Server is kind of the fifth and unofficial version of Windows Server 2003 and I am not very familiar with this Edition yet. This last version is not explicitly covered in the book but it is possible that it is actually only a slight variation of one of the other four versions. I am not familiar enough with this last version to make any other comments.
Windows Server 2003 is not as much of a jump from Windows 2000 as Windows 2000 was from Windows NT. This is good news for those familiar with Windows 2000 and hence can start using this book as a desk reference immediately. If you are new to the Windows Server family, then it is important to read through the first few chapters and take your time absorbing basic networking and operating system concepts before delving deeper into the book. Regardless of your level, you will find that this book is written in a very simple yet detailed fashion. Of course, the advanced users will find it the most useful.
The book is divided into six parts plus the Appendices. The different parts are - Preparing for Installation, Installation and Configuration, Network Administration, Support Services and Features, Internet Servers and Services, and Tuning, Maintenance & Repair.
I plan to take the MCSE for Windows Server 2003 (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) sometime next year and I am finding that this is a valuable addition to my preparation book list. There are plenty of books out there that help you prepare for this set of exams but you will still need a good reference on Windows Server 2003 in order to pull all the knowledge together.
Overall, I am happy with the money I spent on this book and I am using it quite often as I design and set up my own small business corporate network. All the way from setting up the Exchange Server for e-mail to Windows XP Professional clients for the different people using the network. The network devices are so easily found by Windows Server 2003 even if the device is attached to one of the client machines and not directly on the network.
One final note - even though this book is an excellent desk reference, I am finding that you still have to supplement this book with others depending on your goals. For example - if you are preparing for any of the MCSA/MCSE exams, you will need exam preparation guides. If you are installing specific software like Visual Studio.NET, you may run into some issues that are not covered in this desk reference. The bottom line is that when you get to the Advanced User stage, you will probably need a whole host of other books to supplement your knowledge. And some people find this book to be too heavy to carry around so it may be worthwhile to find a pocket reference type of book for that purpose. I hope you find this review helpful and good luck!
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant! 2 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I only picked up my copy of this book days ago, and no I am not all of the way through it yet. Excluding the index and TOC, its 1492 pages...its big! The first 4 chapters cover Active Directory Theory and Planning. Surprisingly I found these chapters to be better than most publications that devote the entire book to the subject. From Chapter 5 onwards, it starts stepping you through installation and configuration of Server 2003. I won't bore you with a list of chapters (there are 40 of them!), you can get that info from microsoft's site, but I haven't really found anything that appears to be missing from this book. It is extremely thorough.
Pluses: The author explains his topics very well. There are even chapters on ISA Server, IEAK, a very good chapter on Services (I liked the configuring the Indexing Service Part - very good). The book itself (Hardcover reviewed) seems very sturdy - it needs to be as it will be around for a while and the type is just about the perfect size for comfortable reading. I particularly like the 'Real World' examples that list gotchas and things to be aware of.
Minuses: Its too thick to carry around. But don't let that stop you adding it to your shelf. A couple of chapters, eg. 10. Group Policy and 12. Scripting will of course never replace a good dedicated book on Group Policy or Scripting, but is a good primer for those new to it and will set you well on your way to tackling these technologies head on.
I was tossing between buying this book and Mastering Windows Server 2003 which has received good reviews. I only chose this one based on the reviews from the 2000 edition and the fact that it was in stock locally.
This is easily one of the best books on my shelf right now and certainly the best Server 2003 book I have. Most IT books I never completely read, I just pick out the bits I need, but this is the first book I actually have sat down and read from the start. Go buy it, I am glad I did. Highly recommended!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Encyclopedia of Windows Server 2003 22 Jun 2004
By PPGMD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a book with best practices on how to deploy IAS or to write a script that will automate the creation of user accounts, this is not the book for you. Though it goes through some best practices for setup for the most part, this is a how to book.
"How do I raise the domain function level in Active Directory?"
Turn to page 396 to find out, this book is designed for queries like that.
Though you can read the book and pick up tips and techniques, it is no way as in depth as a dedicated book. But I highly recommend this book to be on the desk of any administrator who's primary responsibilities include managing Windows Server 2003.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good reference material 16 Nov 2004
By D. Reller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not a book you sit down and read cover-to-cover. It is what the title says it is - an Administrator's companion. Great for looking up not-so-everyday tasks, but doesn't get too in-depth - that's what the Technical Reference series is for. An overall great value and worthy addition to your Windows Server 2003 bookshelf.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
An administrator's viewpoint 15 Nov 2004
By Sydney Michaels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You need to understand the technology, not just the Microsoft how-to. Unfortunately this book doesn't give you much of the reason behind the decision to make a mouse click. It's basically click here for 1570 pages and way too much o f it. It has 250 pages on IIS and 20 pages on automated installs most of it is here's how it works stuff. There's a clustering chapter but the "real" clustering discussion is 10 pages half of which are screen shots! Much of this so-called administrator's companion is like that.

Try learning about the registry from it. It spends 10 pages telling you the registry is where windows stores stuff then goes on a socalled "whirlwind" tour of the registry. I found nothing useful. I'm not making it up its chapter 39 read it for yourself.

Try to learn about group policy? It is in a chapter on file resources! Again, I'm not making it up its chapter 10 and the whole entire group policy discussion is 10 pages.

Windows Administrator Companion is full of chapters that introduce stuff. Chapter 12 talks about scripting windows. Its 20 pages and can be summarized by saying WSH WMI ADSI can be used for scripting. Try to learn about network stuff like DNS? DHCP DNS WINS are lumped in one chapter with enough detail only to get you into trouble. Want to use disk quotas? There's 3 whole pages on it. Want to use EFS? There's 1 whole page on it. Want to use shadow copies? There a half of a page on it.

Some of the stuff in it doesn't even make sense. There's a chapter on configurnig mail services which seems only there to pad page count. It is 60 pages on Outlook 2002 and Outlook express if you can believe it???? Maybe it could have been chopped out and saved on the whopping $70 price.
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