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3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar, 18 Sep 2011
This review is from: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-662): Configuring Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 (Pro-Certification) (Paperback)
Buy this book if you want to learn how to setup and manage EX2010 in the real world, however if you want to pass the 070-662 exam make sure this isn't the only training resource in your study plan because if EX2010 is not already familiar to you it won't get you there..
Notably omitted from the book are:
* Exchange 2010 SP1
* Any co-existence and migration labs with previous exchange versions
* Hosted exchange scenarios
As previous reviewers have commented, sometimes grammar & spelling isn't all it could be, there are a few amusing contradictions and some of the format and terminology (particularly in the practice exams) is different to the 070-662 but I do believe the authors have made every effort to impart the knowledge of real value (as opposed to exam value) to the reader.
Having said that, I can unfortunately only give 3 stars as the book is currently the only Microsoft accredited study guide available and as an experienced MCSE/MCSA/MCTS the 070-662 exam has become the only Microsoft exam I've ever failed (twice now).

Hope it helps..
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2013 20:24:46 GMT
If you are after a real documentation from a real Exchange 2010 project then check out:

Microsoft© Exchange Server 2010 Transition - Project Lifecycle Documentation

Posted on 22 Mar 2013 10:24:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Mar 2013 10:26:46 GMT
Phil says:
I agree with the comments above. I too am an experienced technical consultant that has passed numerous Microsoft exams previously MCTS/MCSE/MCSA, but failed 70-662 after studying from this book.

There are some areas not covered in sufficient detail.

There were many significant changes in Exchange 2010 SP1 so Microsoft really should have released an updated version of this book.

And the are far too many mistakes, including questions on the CD. You can find the errata on the oreilly website. Note, submissions since March 2012 have not even been investigated.

On a positive note - I do like the chapter summary questions, and the practise questions on the CD.

The Sybex book is much better, and was updated for SP1 (although this too does include a fair few mistakes)...
Exchange Server 2010 Administration: Real World Skills for MCITP Certification and Beyond (Exams 70-662 and 70-663)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2013 20:31:53 BDT
TechBajan says:
I've struggled with that Sybex book as well. It's not very well written in my opinion. To me, it jumps all over the place instead of guiding readers through a clear and methodical process for setting up Exchange. In some cases, parts that should have been an exercise were just discussed in a section. Then, when you go onto the next exercise, you realise that you'd have needed to carry out some steps that weren't previously outlined clearly.

In more than one instance, an exercise required you to make changes to some user accounts that you weren't even told to set up in the first place. Personally, I hate that Sybex book. I've found Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out & Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant: Administrator's Pocket Consultant much more informative. While the former is more of an information digest on certain features, the latter not only has very useful information but also steps for getting the various aspects of Exchange 2010 up and running.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2013 20:41:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2013 20:42:05 BDT
TechBajan says:
Is this (Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Transition - Project Lifecycle Documentation) your book Sid because I notice 3 of the books you reviewed and gave 5 stars to were written by an author with the same last name as the one you mentioned? In any case, I hardly imagine a 15 page eBook can help anyone pass 70-662. Plus, at £5.30, it's an utterly ridiculous 35p per page.
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