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Has Mark really had any input in this?
on 20 January 2014
I'm a big fan of Mark Minasi and consider his "Mastering Server" books essential reading since the days of Server 2000. However, this book has a whole team of authors and it shows. The old books were readable from cover to cover - a bit of an unusual thing to do with a reference book admittedly, but Mark's style was so readable I did just that and picked up on some technologies I might have never otherwise known about and then use as a reference in the future.
This book suffers from the writing style, or lack of it, from the co-authors - one of whom as an unbelievably annoying habit of using the word "leverage" instead of "use".
E.g. rather than a group of disks you'd like to use in a storage pool, you have a group of disks you'd like to "leverage" in a storage pool. Likewise, with multiple networks cards I can "leverage" them together instead of just "using" them together as I have in the past. On and on....
So, useful as a reference book still but not a readable tome any more, which is a great shame.