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4.0 out of 5 stars Site Server 3 Bible is a must for any Internet professional
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...
Published on 27 Oct 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars You might find this book useful...
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...
Published on 29 Oct 1998


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2.0 out of 5 stars You might find this book useful..., 29 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (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
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Site Server 3 Bible is a must for any Internet professional, 27 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (Paperback)
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
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good examples, lots of pictures, good starting point, 29 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (Paperback)
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
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (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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4.0 out of 5 stars More a setup users guide/introduction than a bible., 12 Jan 1999
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (Paperback)
This book achieves it's goal, which is to introduce the user to site server 3 and teach about administrating/setting up a site. The book makes no claims to be a programmers guide, and it has next to no info on programming site server 3 only about 100 pages of mostly fluff, so the 'bible' title may be misleading. For programming info get another book, however for newbies to site server 3 it gives a good overview and is a worthwhile starting block. I liked it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not overly impressed, 8 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (Paperback)
Too much fluff, not much substance. Site Server 3 "Bible" is a poor title. maybe "Installing" Site Server 3 would have been better. Example: Harris states there are 3 ways to administer SS3, one way is through a command line. He takes 2 pages to show you how to get a command prompt, and then says, "for more info, consult the online Site Server Documentation". No commands, nothing. No joke.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good installation guide, not very deep, 10 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (Paperback)
The book provides a pretty good guide to the installation of Site Server features, but stops short of being really useful in developing with Site Server or continuing administration using the product. Site Server is a large enough product to require numerous volumes for proper coverage; calling this product a "Bible" might be a little much. However, it's a good installation resource and basic guide to the features.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good high level overview of most of the Site Server Suite, 5 May 1999
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This review is from: Microsoft Site Server 3.0 Bible (Paperback)
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. Don't expect to know how to code an ASP page for use with Site Server when done, or how to fully leverage Site Server. Just expect a very good launching pad. After reading this book, the Site Server documentation will make a lot more sense.
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