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A must for all IT professionals and students alike,
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This review is from: Mastering Windows Server 2003 (Hardcover)
Don't let the size of this book intimidate you. 1700 pages is certainly a lot to get through. However, the chapters are arranged in a mostly logical order and the information contained within is complete.
Mark's writing style is nothing short of exceptional. He injects just the right amount of humour in to what can, at times, be a dull subject, yet remains professional at all times.
I am about 1/3 of the way through this excellent work and have already managed to pass my 1st 2 core MCPs using the knowledge I have gained. Although the book is not a direct exam related book, there is more than enough information here to at least get a Windows 2003 MCSA qualification. The key is that this book will give you a complete understanding of Server 2003.
The fact that this book deals with 'real life' scenarios rather than the sometimes quirky outlook that Microsoft takes in its exam questions gives this book extra value. As it stands, it is giving me some very important training but I know that as soon as I gain the qualification I am after, this book will become a live manual on my desk, being referenced on a regular basis. In this respect, I would also recommend taking some 'mock' exams to get a feel for the way Microsoft like to do things before laying your hard earned cash on the Microsoft counter.
As for the value for money of Mastering Windows Server 2003, I would certainly be willing to pay the full RRP of £45.99, let alone the vastly reduced Amazon price.
As a final point, I have E-mailed Mark on several occasions with queries relating to his book and have always received a prompt and concise reply.
I just hope I can finish the book before he releases the Longhorn version!! ;-)