Mastering Windows 2000 Server (4th Edition)
||Author: Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs|
List Price: $59.99
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Publisher: Sybex (March, 2002)
Sales Rank: 7,099
Average Customer Rating: 4.57 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Great writing but beware; the e-book has problems
I installed Win2K Server some time ago but decided it was time to go back to the basics and really improve my overall understanding of the product (particularly AD). I bought this book on the basis of its great reviews and it has not disappointed so far. (I'm reading this one cover to cover!) Mark Minasi's style is eminently readable and his depth of knowledge of the product is not contaminated by the dreaded Microsoft sycophancy that seems to plague other authors. My only complaint is that the book is large and heavy and is not very manageable in bed or bath (both favoured reading places of mine). In an effort to ease my aching arm muscles I decided to install the e-book version on my laptop and immediately ran into problems with Sybex's security protection. The e-book will NOT run with Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 and Sybex glibly suggest installing Version 5 (off the CD). I suggest Sybex extract their collective digit and fix the problem as my laptop is getting rather full and I really don't want to create further clutter. Besides, this kind of little annoyance take the gilding of Mister Minasi's Masterful Masterpiece!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Great book....and it's HUGE!!!
This is a HUGE book. My Windows XP Inside Out book looks little compared to this thing. I mean, that book is gigantic, and so is the amount of information contained here.
Mark knows how to write well, he does so by keeping the reader interested in the topic. If you're thinking about managing your own server, then you must get this book. Not only that, but here you learn everything else that you need not only to manage a server. Users will learn how to configure DNS, Active Directory, DHCP, File servers, Print Servers, Domain Controllers, Security Policies, User Accounts; in other words, how to administer a server based on Windows 2000.
My complaint is the following. This book, while is has a lot of Windows information, it also contains information that the reader might find important but irrelevant or obsolete at time of reading. Examples: The birth of DNS, the birth of the Internet, the birth of Windows, WINS, and blah blah.
Yes, these are useful topics, and of course, the more you know the better; but I think they should have been included in a different book. I found myself skipping a lot of chapters and sub-chapters because of this.
On the other hand, the information is quite helpful if the user has time to read. If you just want to learn how to master Windows 2000; you'll find yourself skipping a few chapters.
This book is VERY broad & I recommend it to administrators or people who are administering a server version of windows. For regular version of windows 2000 just get another book; this one is mostly for server stuff. Even though you can learn about user accounts, file and securities, it's mainly directed to administrators. If you just want to learn Windows 2000, look at a regular version of Windows 2000; and not the server version.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Nothing about Radius
Although ths book comes back in a keword search for RADIUS, it has nearly NOTHING to say on the topic. In fact, I may well have said more about RADIUS in this paragraph than the book says. Maybe it's good for other topics, but sorry for RADIUS
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