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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a server masterclass,
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)Don't be put off by the fact that this book is more voluminous than the Bible. Or that it weighs over 3kg...
I like many others, I suspect, have used client side applications almost exclusively up to this point. Therefore with really no understanding of how to configure a server, I decided I needed to buy a book - and fortunately I chose this book.
Within 2 weeks, I have set-up IIS 6.0, configured DNS and installed the FrontPage Server Extensions. Yes, I could have just looked through the help menus, but this solution is much better.
If like me you have configured IP (Internet Protocol) addresses in order to connect up a network or just connect to the internet with a browser - then you will enjoy the in-depth analysis of just what exactly TCP/IP is and how to configure it in Chapter 6. If you don't know what 220.127.116.11 is, or how a subnet mask works then you sure will after reading this book.
DHCP, WINS and DNS is the subject of Chapter 7, which shows you exactly how Domain Name Resolution works, how to use forward and reverse lookup zones and is a massive help when figuring out what each of the different DNS record types are.
Chapter 17 covers IIS6, NNTP, SMTP, POP3 & More. Ever wondered what how a Microsoft based ISP sets up webspace for its customers? Well you can simulate this here by networking two computers and setting the one up as a web page server. Want multiple web sites using one IP address - no problem!
And that's before mentioning anything to do with Active Directory- which also gets a good airing.
The summary is that this book is an excellent starting point for server newbies, but it also is great for people migrating from NT4 or Server 2000. It certainly is a book that adorn my windowsill for years to come.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but a lack of continuity in places,
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)I bought this to get to grips with Server 2003, both to do MCSE exams, and to get some hands-on. It's really good, but in places the fact that it has different authors shows up. For example, Chapter 9's User Accounts section completely ignores the earlier chapters examples on how machines were set up. Chapter 5's section on RIS looked like it would be good to install, till I realised that I had to do AD first (Ch. 8), and DNS (Ch.7). Having a couple of spare pc's and a crossover cable is handy too.
The protected PDF is annoying, you can't even copy and paste from it, which I like to do when I find a good tip.
Overall, very easy to read (I even managed a solid 5 hours on a train journey, and not many techie books can do that!), and goes right back to explain basics - so, plenty of bits that more experienced readers can skip.
Great for an overview of the whole product, but you may want to partner it with an ExamCram if studying too.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Send!!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)Once again, Mark Minasi has gone to great depths to provide an absolute superb book.
If you want to learn Windows 2003 Server quickly, easily then this is the book for you. Again Marks comical style of writing makes the reading both entertaining and fun, but at the same time very professional. This guy really knows how to make learning fun.
If there is one book you buy this year, this has got to be the one... Well done Mark..
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all IT professionals and students alike,
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)Don't let the size of this book intimidate you. 1700 pages is certainly a lot to get through. However, the chapters are arranged in a mostly logical order and the information contained within is complete.
Mark's writing style is nothing short of exceptional. He injects just the right amount of humour in to what can, at times, be a dull subject, yet remains professional at all times.
I am about 1/3 of the way through this excellent work and have already managed to pass my 1st 2 core MCPs using the knowledge I have gained. Although the book is not a direct exam related book, there is more than enough information here to at least get a Windows 2003 MCSA qualification. The key is that this book will give you a complete understanding of Server 2003.
The fact that this book deals with 'real life' scenarios rather than the sometimes quirky outlook that Microsoft takes in its exam questions gives this book extra value. As it stands, it is giving me some very important training but I know that as soon as I gain the qualification I am after, this book will become a live manual on my desk, being referenced on a regular basis. In this respect, I would also recommend taking some 'mock' exams to get a feel for the way Microsoft like to do things before laying your hard earned cash on the Microsoft counter.
As for the value for money of Mastering Windows Server 2003, I would certainly be willing to pay the full RRP of £45.99, let alone the vastly reduced Amazon price.
As a final point, I have E-mailed Mark on several occasions with queries relating to his book and have always received a prompt and concise reply.
I just hope I can finish the book before he releases the Longhorn version!! ;-)
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and pleasurable,
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)This is very helpful and ramps your knowledge from virtually nothing to reasonable compentancy. Definitely my first stop for any problem in my first two months of putting together 2003 servers, and likely to remain in use for some time to come. His style is good and lets you get your head round the concepts underlying the OS, as well walking you through most of the operations you need to perform.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)This Book is essential to anyone who wants to get to grips with W2K3,Mark and his team has done a good job....It has been a vauluble asset to me as a systems administrator.
I recomend this book without hesitation...you won't(cannot)regret it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic coverage for MCSE but missing key subjects,
By A Customer
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)Overall very good book. Helped me to catch up on certain areas that I felt unsure of. However it does not cover some basic fundamentals of W2k3 server operational issues, i.e. SUS, MBSA and I'm sure Microsoft will be testing this in upcoming exams and there is not one word mentioned about it anywhere in this book.
Also the context can be a little confusing as the author(s) reference to material that hasn't been covered yet or is due to appear on the next few pages. Beware of completely useless trivia that could throw you of the topic.
Examples are general very useful - DNS is another area sure to be tested and Mark's example of Split-brain DNS infrastructure is very useful for those looking to setup a testing environment at home (or at work if lucky to get your hands on 3-8 spare PC's to play with!) However detailed knowledge does not seem to be present in this book and it is not for experienced admins who are looking for that one stop book to cover all. Several chapters are easy enough that anyone who has covered basic IT support issues and had exposure to general AD support (account, group maintainence etc) can skip through so dont let the sheer size and weight of this book fool you. 1753+ pages makes for a heck of a door stop but if you're prepared to slog it through chapter after chapter then this is the book for you.
I'd recommend this book if your starting out on the road to MCSE status, but only as a backup for additional reference material. The quickest way I learnt was through hands-on configuration of a series of 2k3 servers in a test environment - with the book as a basic guide.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Server 2003,
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)Im only at page 200 of the 1700 pages, however I find this book very interesting and resourceful - in terms of filling numerous gaps in my technical knowledge, not just in Server 2003 but in all aspects of Networking and Windows.
I would definately recommend it as it seems to cover anything any everything you might expect it to. A pitty that the CD included has a password proteced PDF document which doesn't allow you to read it without having the cd in the drive (which is quite an inconvenience). Quite strange that there is no protection on copying the cd though?!?!
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW,
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)This book is not for the faint-hearted. At a back-breaking 1753 pages long (including the index) and 3" thick it will take some working through. This author has a good reputation, which is why I bought htis book, and I want to learn about more about networking and I believe this will serve me well. The evaluation copy of Server 2003 (lasts for 15 days before you need to reinstall) supplied with the book will be a great help. The little bit I have read has helped already, but I can't say much more about until i have really got stuck into it.
I apologise for my mistake, I have said that the evaluation copy for Server 2003 came with this book, IT DOES NOT. The book I bought with the evaluation copy is MCSA/MSCE - Windows Server 2003 Environment Training Kit - written by Dan Holme and Orin Thomas. Many apoplogies, although the book is still a great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you'll ever need to know!,
This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)Excellent book, absolutely massive and tells you everything you'll ever need to know and more about Server 2003. Still relevant today even with server 2008 coming into more and more business, A lot of companies still use 2003 and so it's still useful.
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Mastering Windows Server 2003 by Lisa Justice (Hardcover - 22 April 2003)
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