on 5 November 1998
I respect a great deal of Ms. Frisch's work in the computing world, but this book just misses the mark. While the material that is available is clearly-written with authority, many of the subjects lead one to believe that the author was, well, in a hurry. Granted, the book's size does not allow every detail to be included, but the title would more appropriately be "An Introduction to Windows NT Administration."
Take, for example, the mere one-page description of TCP/IP port filtering -- it unhelpfully ends with "the designer of this dialog obviously never had to use it." Unfortunately, I/we do have to use it, so perhaps more detailed help -- even just a recommended starting point? -- would be appreciated. Plus, I perceived that the book over-relied on Resource Kit tools (which, while excellent add-ons, are certainly not ubiquitous), a mild annoyance.
Chances are, there'll be a second edition. It is probably better to wait.
on 29 April 1998
After writing a masterpiece in Essential System Administration (a book for UNIX sysadmins), I felt that this NT version of her book fell short. The book provides plenty of useful screenshots, but overall the amount of information is minute. I expect the second edition to be much better.