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MCSA/MCSE Implementing and Managing Exchange Server 2003 Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-284): Exam 70-284 Paperback – 4 May 2004


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The 70-284 Exam Cram 2 covers what readers need to know to pass the exam - a popular elective for the MCSA (2000 and 2003) and MCSE (2000 and 2003) programs as well as 1 of 2 Core Messaging exams for the new MCSE 2003 Messaging Specialist program. The exam measures readers' ability to implement, manage, and troubleshoot an Exchange Server 2003 organization.

This book is the ideal refresher for readers who are familiar with the exam material or for readers who are in need of more in-depth study material it is the ultimate complement guide for larger training guides, instructor-led classes, and/or CBT training.

About the Author

Will Schmied, BSET, MCSE, CWNA, TICSA, MCSA, Security+, Network+, A+, is the president of Area 51 Partners, Inc., a provider of wired and wireless networking implementation, security, and training services to businesses in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area. Will holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University along with his various IT industry certifications. In addition to his activities with Area 51 Partners, Inc., Will operates the MCSE certification portal MCSE World located at http://www.mcseworld.com.

Will has previously authored and contributed to several other publications from Que Publishing, including MCSE Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-296) (2003), MCSE 70-293 Training Guide: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (2003), MCSA/MCSE 70-291 Training Guide: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (2003), MCSA Training Guide (70-218): Managing a Windows 2000 Network Environment (2002), MCSE Windows 2000 Server Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-215) (2003), Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional, Bestseller Edition (2003), and Platinum Edition Using Windows XP (2003). Will has also worked with Microsoft in the MCSE exam-development process.

Will currently resides in Newport News, Virginia, with his wife, Chris; their children, Christopher, Austin, Andrea, and Hannah; their dogs Peanut, Hershey, and Reese; and their cats, Smokey and Evin. When he's not busy working, you can find Will enjoying time with his family or playing the latest video games. You can visit Area 51 Partners at http://www.area51partners.com.

Orin Thomas, BSc(Hons), MCSE, CCNA, CCDA, Linux+, is a writer, editor, and systems administrator who works for the certification advice Web site Certtutor.net. His work in IT has been varied: He's done everything from providing first-level networking support at a university to acting in the role of systems administrator for one of Australia's largest companies. He holds a bachelor's degree in Science with honors from the University of Melbourne and is currently working toward the completion of a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science.

Orin has previously authored and contributed to several other certification publications, including MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment (2003) and MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-292 and 70-296): Upgrading Your Certification to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (2003) both from Microsoft Press. He has authored several articles for technical publications as well as contributed to The Insider's Guide to IT Certification.

Orin resides in Melbourne, Australia with his wife Oksana and their son Rooslan. When he's not working, you can find him enjoying time with his family, playing Battletech or reading a book by Terry Pratchett. You can visit him at http://www.certtutor.net.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99ff78b8) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e196e8) out of 5 stars Good Preparation for the Exam 27 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book covers, in condensed format, the material tested on the Exchange 2003 exam. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who had no experience with Exchange 2003. All books in the Cram series are for people who either have other study materials and need some sort of summary document, or for people that have extensive experience with the actual product. In my own case I had experience with Exchange 2000 and had read a few of the Exchange 2003 documents available on technet, so this guide was perfect for my preparation.
I did some research into the competition, it is interesting to note that one of the authors of this book Schmied also wrote the competing Sybex book on Exchange 2003 exam (ISBN: 0782143385). Also interesting is that one of the technical editors on this title, Willis wrote the offering from Microsoft on the Exchange 2003 exam (ISBN: 0735618992).
The accompanying CD-ROM full of practice questions are helpful in preparing for this exam. I recommend that if you do have some experience with Exchange 2003 (or have significant Exchange 2000 experience) you'll find this book pretty useful. If you are coming to this topic unprepared, you may have some success with other more indepth titles that aren't "Crams", but even with longer books you are going to struggle on test day.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a531054) out of 5 stars Very nice prep guide 10 Aug. 2005
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
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ExamCram books have gotten a well-deserved reputation for being lightweight and insufficient as a primary study guide. This book is an exception to that rule, however; it is much thicker (almost 500 pages) than most in its series and more comprehensive. I attribute much of that to co-author Orin Thomas, who also co-authored the Microsoft 70-292/70-296 and 70-299 Training Kits, two of the best study guides I've used yet.

This book has well-defined chapters, ~10 practice questions at the end of each chapter, two 60-question practice exams at the back of the book and a third more-detailed practice exam on CD. All practice questions have detailed explanations of why the right answer is right and why the wrong answers are wrong.

I highly recommend this book for the 70-284 exam. Don't let the fact that it's an ExamCram book scare you away, as this is a big cut above the rest of the books in that series.
HASH(0x9a127e64) out of 5 stars Skip this one... 7 Mar. 2009
By Nathaniel R. - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a skilled I.T. professional who finally decided to finally get off his !@#$%^! and get his MCSE. Out of all of the books I got to study with, this one supplied the least amount of help. I like the way the ExamCram books flow, however this one was seriously lacking in a lot of the information that was on the MCSE test. I failed the 70-284 test *twice* using this as my only study material.

Oh, and it helps if there weren't so many errors (spelling *and* content) in the book as well...

For 70-284? Stick with Microsoft Press. A PAINFUL read, but the content is solid...
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a101da4) out of 5 stars Far Too Basic 29 Aug. 2006
By TheRealDarknerd - Published on Amazon.com
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Other Exam Cram books are pretty good, but this book is the exception. It is far too general and seems copied from help files. The index is limited, e.g. only one reference for global catalog, and the over author's knowledge seemed questionable when he documents requirements for a global catalog and a domain controller (page 17) and fails to realize a global catalog is a domain controller.

The quiz questions are far too generic and simplistic, e.g. what tool do you use to enable mailboxes? On the real MCSE exam, they delve into infrastructure design including routing groups vs. Active Directory site, and far reaching questions.

I couldn't really recommend this book, especially after being spoiled by official Microsoft material, such the one by Orin Thomas (ISBN 0-7356-2136-5).
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a210bdc) out of 5 stars Excellent book 31 May 2008
By J. Singleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Used this book and practice exam software to pass the test first time - the material is concise and well-ordered. It also helps if you can install the eval of Exchange 2003 version in a VM to step through the procedures outlined in the book.
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