Item description for MCSA/MCSE Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment: Exam 70-290 Study Guide and DVD Training System by Thomas W. Shinder, Thomas W. Shinder, Laura E. Hunter & Will Schmied...
A one-of-a-kind integration of text, high-quality instructor led training, and Web-based exam simulation and remediation, this book and DVD system gives readers 100 percent coverage of the official Microsoft 70-290 exam objectives plus test preparation software, for the edge needed to pass the exam on the first try.
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Reviews - What do customers think about MCSA/MCSE Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment: Exam 70-290 Study Guide and DVD Training System?
A very good book Dec 17, 2007
This is a very good book for the 70-290 test. The complaints about subjects being left out of the book are valid, but Microsoft is careful to tell all test takers that some material on the test will come from the Microsoft Knowledgebase and from TechNet articles. If you are concerned about the coverage of material, go to the Microsoft certification web site, print out the test objectives for the test you are studying for, and make sure that you study something on each of the test objectives. There is no one book that can or will cover the entire depth and breadth of this test, but this one comes close. It is written for someone that has little or no experience with Windows Server 2003, and covers each topic rather completely. Some more advanced users will object to that, saying that it is too basic or too wordy. They should use a "test prep" book (something from Exam Cram series, for example) rather than this book. If you are starting from near zero, this is a good book for you. The videos are helpful, but I wish they were podcasts so that I could listen to them while I am driving.
First of Many I Will Purchase from This Seller Oct 1, 2005
I received prompt communications and delivery and plan to purchase additional books in my quest for MCSE certification.
The best book for the exam Jul 6, 2005
I was really frustrated because there are no good books for this exam, which is really complicated.
No book will cover all the information required, but definitely the best book is this one. What is interesting is a section with FAQ in each chapter. Most of the questions are really nice.
What is missing in this book for the exam ? - More information about SUS - More information about AD - More information about Group Policies - More information about VB scripts for automation - It would be nice if the questions were similar than the exam.
Anyway, this one was my favourite book for the exam. I passed it with 887/1000 and I did not have to much experience on win2k3 servers.
Horrible Apr 1, 2005
Not even getting out of the second chapter I've run across more than a dozen typos and other errors. If I had known there were so many I would have marked them all and sent them to the publisher. Some topics are not even covered. I have thrown this book away and bought the Sybex 70-290 study guide instead...Sybex Study Guides are the best I've found.
If you want to learn this information correctly, do NOT use this book. Their technical editor should be fired.
Outdated and Disappointing May 29, 2004
I purchased this book based on the strength of its recommendations here. Now that I've taken the test, I'm disappointed.
The book appears to be out of date as several topics that were on the exam are NOT covered in the book.
Microsoft has added things on Software Update Services, Distributed File Sharing, and Scripting to the exam that are nowhere to be found in the pages of this 977 page tome.
In addition, I found several things that conflict with other study guides, Microsoft's published materials (MDSN, TechNet), and the Windows Server 2003 help files.
Although the book has a set of practice questions at the end of each chapter, in many cases their "correct" answer was wrong (based on additional research and conversations with other MCSA/MCSE's).
When I wrote Syngress asking for an explanation about the discrepancies (twice), I never received a response.
I'd recommend you look elsewhere if you hope to pass.