MCSE: Windows Directory Services Administration Study Guide (with CD-ROM)
||Author: Anil Desai, James Chellis|
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Publisher: Sybex (15 June, 2001)
Sales Rank: 222,491
Average Customer Rating: 3.44 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 2 out of 5
Very light on detail... The test is much more in depth.
I read this book from cover to cover and found myself wondering if that was all there was to this test. The book is very light on the details of tracking down errors with AD. It is also very light on the tools that you would use to solve these problems.
The real problem is that the test is very heavy on real world situations and without significant real world experience you will be unable to pass this test by reading this book.
Rating: 1 out of 5
If impotence was a study guide....
You'll need Viagra to get up to speed for the exam after reading this one. I am an MCSE, CCNA and a technical writer for several leading tech rags, and I have to say that this is one of the worst books I have ever read. The author spends more time trying to "make it interesting" than giving you useful info that you can actually use. Example: During the discussion on Site Links the author fails to inform you that if you plan to use SMTP to perform directory replication that DCs need to be in different domains and in different sites. This minor oversight could have a huge impact both on the exam and in the real world. Another example is the complete lack of a discussion on how the tombstone setting of directory objects affects the effective shelf life of your backups. Hello???? It's like Sybex just followed the bare minimum in order to call this thing a study guide. The software is ok, but the free practice exams were weak as expected. I like books that I can keep as reference material after I read them. The only thing you will use this one for is lining your garbage can. Don't waste your time with this dribble. Get a real book.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Too Chatty, Too Thin on Content
This book was the most disappointing so far of all the Sybex books I've used for Microsoft and Cisco certifications. The author constantly repeats himself from paragraph to paragraph, making the book rather tedious reading. Cut out the redundancy and the book could easily be 150 pages shorter, without cutting any material. Another complaint is the unacceptable lack of depth. This book felt more like a topical overview than an actual exam prep guide. Through the entire book I kept waiting for the author to "get into" the subject material, but after each chapter I was left empty and hopelessly disappointed. A significant portion of my test-prep learning came from using the Transcender practice exams (purchased separately, a bit expensive, but definitely worth it) because they give much more in-depth information as to why right answers are right, and why wrong answers are wrong. Also, let me add that this book is full of errors and inconsistencies, and this was in the 2nd Edition no less. For example, in Ch.12 he lists 5 bulleted points as *mandatory minimum* config for RIS clients: P-166, 32MB, 1.2GB HD, NIC, PXE Boot ROM. In the practice exam he asks which of the following is wrong, and lists P-166, 32MB, 800MB HD, PXE. You'd expect the answer to be the HD, because it's only 800MB instead of 1.2GB, right? WRONG!! His answer is that PXE is not mandatory because you can use a floppy instead. Okay, I can understand that, but when the chapter says minimum 1.2GB and test implies 800MB is acceptable, that's an inexcusable inconsistency-- and this book had many of these, forcing the reader to stop and consult another source (such as the Microsoft website) to get the real answer. Using this book PLUS the Transcenders netted me a score in the low 900s on the exam (taken in Jan 2002) but I can tell you from experience that this book alone does not have NEARLY enough depth of coverage to adequately prepare you.
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