Build Your Own Server

Author: Tony C. Caputo
List Price: $29.99
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ISBN: 0072227281
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (10 February, 2003)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 278,813
Average Customer Rating: 4.62 out of 5

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Customer Reviews

Rating: 5 out of 5
It's up and running!
This book really worked for me. To give you some background, I'm a former web developer (now in business school) who needed a server for both a start-up business of mine and some home stuff that a laptop wouldn't be suitable for. I had never built a box before, but Tony laid out the steps and crucial tips very well. This isn't a "Building a Server for Dummies" exactly, as Tony assumes that you have at least an average to above-average level of computer proficiency (which is a good assumption, otherwise you probably would have no reason to want to build a server).

I will agree with another reviewer who claims the book is very Microsoft-centric, and doesn't address the huge costs of Win 2003 server licenses. However, in my opinion, the first few chapters about hardware alone are worth the price of the book, and the topics addressed in the software chapters can easily apply to a Linux installation as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5
I read someone elses copy then bought my own.
Yes, it has a heavy bias towards Microsoft, but so what. I just followed all the hardware suggestions and then installed two real operating systems ( OpenBSD x 2 ). This book brought up issues that I had never thought of ( Why would you want to dual boot a server?) Its easy to follow. If you build computers, buy this book. Like I said in my title, I read someone elses copy and then bought my own.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Decent "how to" with a heavy Microsoft bias
The book has some good practical hardware information.

But software? I wonder how much Microsoft is paying him for the "Pro Microsoft" BIAS? I hope quite a bit because it really degrades what he could have done. Microsoft and "Low Cost" do not belong in the same sentence, but that sentence is on the cover of the book! He does give cursory service to Linux. But for the $700-1,000 you pay for MS Server 2000/2003 with 5 user licenses, you could "rent a geek" for three or four days, install Linux for an unlimited number of users, and have a leaner meaner better running machine in the end! Or you could figure it out yourself using the ample resources on the Internet or the library for free!

Bottom line: Money talks and MS walks! At least for a low cost server.

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