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3.0 out of 5 stars New to Server 2008 R2, 12 April 2010
This review is from: Mastering Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (Paperback)
I've messed about with computers for many years and seem to manage with most things eventually. However this particular book left me thinking OK, so the authors know quite a lot about this, but I am still left in the dark about how a beginner would commence with setting-up such a system. It's probably all there but certainly not geared up to a beginner. Lots of command line syntax which might be of more interest to a professional - but not the best solution for myself in setting-up a small business network in one building with 5 staff. The review at end of each section seems like the book is geared-up to someone taking an exam. I would like to have seen a basic flowchart for the novice to install a server solution - with reference to appropriate chapters, etc.Mastering Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
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Initial post: 21 Apr 2010 00:01:00 BDT
With a small business under 20 users I would recommend that you look at the Small Business Server product. Set up is more wizard-based and it is a good solid product I have used for several years.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2010 08:46:49 BDT
I agreed with Jebear. To get some hands on practise you should look at training videos such as Trainsignal. Their video training is excellent and I would highly recommend them.

Posted on 13 May 2010 22:12:41 BDT
Serious-iT says:
You're completely right. This is a book aimed squarely at IT Professionals (and an excellent one I bet based on the authors previous titles)

Posted on 14 Jul 2011 07:37:58 BDT
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Posted on 20 Jul 2011 16:17:19 BDT
H. Gibson says:
To be fair, this isn't a very fair comment on the book, if you need something to assist you in getting something up and running, then this is it, if you have patience. Properly configuring a server, designing and implementing network infrastructures and the like, aren't weekend hobby tasks, and are the reasons that those week long computer courses advertised on TV simply won't get you a £150k job. The review sections at the end of each chapter are there to ensure that you have genuinely understood the content of each chapter, and highlight where you might not have fully grasped the concept, prompting a reread and/or a little more research elsewhere (a 5000 page book really wouldn't make sense...). This is a book aimed at people who do this sort of thing for a job and have the time and enthusiasm to make it through a 1488 page book.

Overall, a hugely great book for IT Pros in this field, as the 'Mastering...' series books always have been. Clearly hot off the press as there are a fair few spelling and grammar errors, but for the latest info, it's absolutely worth it. Brilliant. 5 stars again, Mr Minasi. :-)
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