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on 29 October 1998
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.