Will Schmied, BSET, MCITP, MCSE, MCTS, MCSA, CWNA, TICSA, Security], Network+, A+, is a Senior Systems Administrator for a world renowned children's research hospital. As a freelance writer, Will has worked with many publishers, including Microsoft and Wiley. Will has also worked directly with Microsoft in the exam-development process on multiple occasions occasions and holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from Old Dominion University, along with his various IT industry certifications. Before becoming a civilian, he served in the United States Navy for over 12 years in the nuclear power field.
Kevin Miller is an Exchange architect currently working for 3Sharp after leaving the Exchange team at Microsoft and the professional services consulting arm of Dell. Kevin has been involved with Exchange since the beginning, pre-Microsoft, when it was known as Network Courier. Before joining the Exchange team at Microsoft, Kevin was an Exchange MVP for a number of years and is still very involved in the Exchange communities. Kevin currently resides in Woodinville, Washington, with his wife Coraleigh and his son Trenton.
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Reviews - What do customers think about MCSE/MCSA Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows 2000 Network: Study Guide and DVD Training System (Exam 70-214)?
Worth the Money Dec 13, 2004
Sometimes you buy a study guide and while it seems worth the money while you're standing there reading it before you check out, you get it home and upon closer inspection you determine that the book is a dud. Not so with this title. It goes into great detail without bogging down the reader in useless minutiae. There was very little that I did not like about the book but I especially enjoyed Chapters 2,4,6,7,8,9. BTW I bought it for my own amusement, not because I was studying for the 70-214 exam.
Not enough info for the exam- save your money Nov 8, 2003
I am an MCSE (4 & 2000)and a practicing Sys Admin with several years of experience. I had just passed the Security + and decided to add the 70-214 exam so I can upgrade to an MCSE + Security. I bought this book because of the extra features such as web-based exams and the DVD. Using this book and building on the security + info (I am also a CCNP and CCNA), I thought I would be prepared. I read the chapters, did the exercises, did the tests, and failed the exam. Several test items were never mentioned in this book. The author went into great detail about many non-exam related items which is great for real-world just not good for your $125 test investment.
I picked up Roberta Bragg's ExamCram 2 after failing and learned more reading her cheat sheet (2 pages) than I did reading this book. The difference in level of details was striking! I highly recommend her book if you want the certification. After using her prep material, I kicked butt on the exam. Poorer but wiser.
Excellent book - passed the first time Oct 1, 2003
This was the only 214 study guide available at the time I started my studies. Though I normally use Sybex/Exam Cram guides, I opted to give Syngress a try.
I found this book to be highly readable and that it provided excellent coverage of the exam objectives. Though I experimented with various security settings on a 2000 server and spent some hours reading related TechNet articles, this book served as the foundation of my 214 studies.
I agree with all of previous reviewers about the excellence of this book.
An Excellent Security Certification Read. Aug 27, 2003
This book is one of the easiest reads for a security certification book on the market. First, I hate to read. Second, I hate to read security books because they are boring and poorly explain important concepts. This is not that book. This gets right to the core of what is necessary to pass the test the fist time! It gives you more than that though, because although the DVD skims over all of the areas of the exam, it works as a way to review the information that you need to know, lets say the night before the exam.
There are enough pictures so that you do not have to refer to the real thing, but at the same time, it is most helpful if you are already familiar with these interfaces because it will allow you to review some topics, while providing you with the needed configuration details on others. The chapter summaries are accurate, powerful and make concepts come together, as the author weaves detail after detail, so that you are confident in the subject matter.
Most of the time I will dabble in a practice exam or two, I didn't waste time on the practice test because I felt that after reviewing the book and reviewing the DVD the night before the exam I was well prepared for it. Bottom line is that if you are going to do the 70-214 Implementing & Administering Security in a Windows 2000 Network, you need this book (Period)!
Head of the class gives you the needed edge on concepts that everyone talks about.
Notes from the underground is the behind the scenes of what happening in the security world on topic.
Damage and Defense was a way for the author to convey the finer points of network access and how to mitigate vulnerabilities.
Note and Test Day Tips you should take as the advice from an elder because these are the golden eggs that will help you achieve your goal.
Best study guide of my 15 study guides Jul 16, 2003
In the past year of purchased and read 15 study guides. I rate this one the highest for organization, clarity, relevance, and usefulness as a reference. The practice questions in the book were ecelent and gave good explnations. It would have been nice if the additional practice questions were included in the CDROM instead of having to register online. The tutorial on line was very general and rather boring, but good for those times when you don't want to read.