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Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible [Paperback]

Brad Harris
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17 Sep 1998 076453193X 978-0764531934 Pap/Cdr
Set Up Shop on the Internet! Find out just how easy it is to set up and manage a commercial Web site with Microsoft's latest high–end Web solution package, Site Server 3. With precise instructions and tons of illustrations, Web expert Brad Harris demonstrates all the tools you'll need to get up and running on the Internet. Covering everything from content management to e–commerce to site performance analysis, Microsoft® Site Server 3 Bible is your one–stop resource for building a successful Web enterprise. Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Microsoft Site Server 3
  • Install and administer Site Server 3
  • Streamline Web site content production, approval, and deployment
  • Use Search to create full–text search catalogs of all documents on your site
  • Generate detailed reports of site performance with Content and Usage Analyzers
  • Build and manage an online store
  • Handle virtual orders and manage credit card transactions with the Store Builder Wizard
  • Place and track advertisements on your site using Ad Server
  • Master Site Server 3's powerful security tools
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Product details

  • Paperback: 950 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (17 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076453193X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764531934
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,093,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Set Up Shop on the Internet! Find out just how easy it is to set up and manage a commercial Web site with Microsoft's latest high–end Web solution package, Site Server 3. With precise instructions and tons of illustrations, Web expert Brad Harris demonstrates all the tools you'll need to get up and running on the Internet. Covering everything from content management to e–commerce to site performance analysis, Microsoft® Site Server 3 Bible is your one–stop resource for building a successful Web enterprise. Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Microsoft Site Server 3
  • Install and administer Site Server 3
  • Streamline Web site content production, approval, and deployment
  • Use Search to create full–text search catalogs of all documents on your site
  • Generate detailed reports of site performance with Content and Usage Analyzers
  • Build and manage an online store
  • Handle virtual orders and manage credit card transactions with the Store Builder Wizard
  • Place and track advertisements on your site using Ad Server
  • Master Site Server 3's powerful security tools
Top editing tools on CD–ROM!
  • GoldWave
  • CopyPath
  • UltraEdit
  • Paint Shop Pro
Plus WinZip, Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, and Netscape Communicator 4.0 Shareware programs are fully functional, free trial versions of copyrighted programs. If you like particular programs, register with their authors for a nominal fee and receive licenses, enhanced versions, and technical support. Freeware programs are free, copyrighted games, applications, and utilities. You can copy them to as many PCs as you like—free—but they have no technical support. www.idgbooks.com System Requirements: 166mhz or faster processor; 128MB RAM; 128MB virtual memory; 2GB hard drive space; network interface card; Super VGA monitor compatible with Windows NT Server 4.0; CD–ROM drive

About the Author

About the Author Brad Harris is a ten–year professional software developer and technical writer from Columbia, Missouri, with solid experience in setting up, configuring, and maintaining Internet servers and Web sites. He's been programming since he first got hold of an Apple II in 1980. He earned a BS in Computer Science in 1988 and has since worked with computers in many industries. Brad has authored several books, including the Big Guide to Netscape Navigator and the Official Netscape SuiteSpot 3 Book. As a developer, Brad currently designs Internet, intranet, and extranet solutions for various organizations. He creates Web sites with Visual InterDev, making full use of Internet Information Server 4.0's Active Server Pages technologies to integrate Web sites with Microsoft SQL Server and other major databases. He also implements Web solutions using Java and C++. He built the site for a commerce–enabled Web–hosting vendor, and is currently involved in setting up the remote development infrastructure for Habanero Computing Solutions, Inc. In his spare time, Brad is a musician and songwriter, playing drums in a jazz band and covering the bass and singing in a post–minimalist roll band. He loves the outdoors, spending as much time as possible hiking, camping, and canoeing. He is married and has two dogs and a cat, and the whole family lives on a remote 11–acre plot in central Missouri. You can e–mail Brad at bharris@trib.net.

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2.0 out of 5 stars You might find this book useful... 29 Oct 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought this book with hopes of learning how to install and configure Microsoft Site Server 3.0 . I also expected it to be a good reference for troubleshooting problems.
The book can help you install and configure Site Server, but if you run into a problem don't expect to find the solution in the book. I ran into a problem with the Membership Directory Manager in Site Server. The book provided no help on solving problems, it assumes you will have an error free configuration.
It also doesn't warn you about some possible pitfalls. I wanted to setup Search, and I followed the directions exactly as illustrated in the book. When I was done, Site Server could not catalog my site. After about four hours of trying to figure out the problem, I realized Search could not crawl my web site because I hadn't turned on directory browsing within Internet Information Server. The book never mentioned that this could cause a problem.
The book is 950 pages long and over 350 of those pages are devoted to the setting up Commerce. If you don't have Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition then your really going to be getting only 650 pages. This is not a bible, and it's not for beginners. Site Server is an advanced product, and requires a lot of expertise to implement.
If you're desperate for some information on how to install and configure Site Server 3.0, buy this book. If you're looking for answers to real problems about Site Server 3.0, you should look elsewhere.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much added fluff 1 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It is very unfortunate when the only book covering a topic does little more than reiterate the content available from the online documentation (found on the CD).
The major problem with this book is its incessant rambling. Most of the chapter introductions contain one or two sentances of useful information surrounded by paragraphs of "you can find addtional information here" and lengthy blathering on how great Microsoft was to build this product.
Many of the questions you will need answered when working with Site Server, like "how do I set content to expire" (you actually don't unless it is tagged content (ASP or HTML), but there are ways around this) are never mentioned.
Weighing in at over 950 page, the most useful part of this book is the numerous screenshots that show every tab in a dialog box and every screen of a wizard.
As a final point, this book was published in 1998, so the data content is Microsoft Access 97 and SQL Server 6.5. While this is not a major detriment, it is worthy of note for those using newer software. Unfortunately, the only other book on Site Server 3 (Wrox) is aimed at SQL Server 6.5 as well.
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This book is for the person who is getting started with implementing Site Server 3.0. Even though I liked this book, I found it to be lacking in advanced areas. Microsoft included a sample site called Trey Research with their product. This is a site that would be a common place to implement. That sample site uses advanced techniques that are not explored in this book and there is not mention of how to make a copy of the site in order to use it as a template. The book takes you through step by step procedures for setting up publishing, content mangement, personalization&membership, as well as every aspect of setting up an online store. Altogether this book receives a good rating and is a must for Internet professionals who plan to implement Site Server 3.0.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good overview but not enough detail 15 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
SiteServer 3.0 deserves a thorough write-up. This book ain't it. While Harris does give a good tour of the product, he doesn't go into nearly enough detail. The search section, for example, is a measly 30 pages, and most of those are filled with unnecessary screen shots. I really don't need to see what the web page he's talking about looks like...I can go see it for myself. All that page space would have been better filled with descriptions of what you can do with search and how to do it.
I think the problem is that SiteServer 3.0 is too big to cover in a single volume. A 3-volume set -- Overview/Install; Knowledge; and Commerce -- would be better. Still waiting for that.
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This is a good how-to book. I have read many of the chapters in the first three sections. They give good examples of how to setup and configure many areas of Site Server 3. It is better than drudging through all the online documentation. The topics are covered in a good order, building up in complexity. The last section of the book discusses Site Server Commerce edition and there are even chapters that specifically talk about sample online stores. Site Server 3 is such a huge program that books like this really help get you acquainted with all the different features. I recommend it to anyone setting up Site Server 3. I am glad I bought it! :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much marketing pads this book 24 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I opened the book to the chapter on Commerce Server, 441 pages into the book, and Harris was still writing as if he wanted to sell me on the program. Just the first 10 minutes of reading irritated me enough to write this review. I hope it gets better, but I'm not hopeful. Even if a book is filled with sales pitch -- is it written about Microsoft, or for Microsoft? -- it should end in the opening chapter. Once I've bought the program -- or the book -- I don't need to be sold.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper and better with the on-line help
Print out the Word documents enclosed on the CD. It gives you more useful info. As a decisionmaker, this book should be great, because it's only schratching the surface of all the... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much here
"Bible" is a bit strong.. This is more like a quick start guide with a bunch of screen shots. Read more
Published on 20 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars I bought 3 for our team - Big Waste
Wait for the official Microsoft books! I would have if we had not needed some documentation a year ago! I should have stuck with MSDN/TechNet and trial and error.
Published on 5 July 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for beginners!
This book is good for beginers or reviewers, but it doesn't get deeply in the P&M stuff, that is the core of Site Server. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Much Missing
This book discusses implementing Site Server (which is well documented already), and then barely touches on the most complex part - coding the Personalization and Membership... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for setting up and administering Site Server
This book gives a step-by-step overview of Site Server features and administration for those unfamiliar with Site Server. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Good high level overview of most of the Site Server Suite
Going through the Site Server documentation does not give a thorough understanding of each component or their relationship to the whole. This book ties them together nicely. Read more
Published on 5 May 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing usefull in the book
Very disappointing. Not much in the book. Basically bunch of screen shots in the book.
Published on 3 May 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars The term Bible has been stretched to new limits here.
I found the book to be an excellent introduction to Site Server (for beginners); but as a developer of these types of sites I require more in-depth technical direction and... Read more
Published on 23 April 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars You can't get worse!
This book is simply terrible. There is nothing simple about setting up and managing a commerce site with Site Server but this book pretends that there is. Read more
Published on 6 April 1999
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