Mastering Windows Server 2003

Author: Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
List Price: $59.99
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ISBN: 0782141307
Publisher: Sybex (07 April, 2003)
Edition: Hardcover
Sales Rank: 357
Average Customer Rating: 3.95 out of 5

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Rating: 5 out of 5
The one necessary Windows reference.
Minasi and company have been and continue to be the go-to source for real world Windows Server information. Windows 2003 Server is no exception. I've been working with (and against) Windows for 7 years professionally, Minasi is always the one book I find necessary.


Rating: 5 out of 5
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Rating: 5 out of 5
Just Buy It
This is one of many books on 2003 I own (I also have the MSPress MCSE 2003 Core books and the 7 deployment Kit books as well as the Admin Companion 2003). I wrote a review on the Server 2003 Admin Companion and gave that 5 stars. I bought this book as well to give me something to read because I was bored whilst interstate. Having read both books cover to cover here is my review.

Both books are about the same size and although the Admin Companion has a better sized (more readable) font, both remain legible. Minasi's book has a better DNS section, RIS, DFS, MMC, Software Deployment, registry and networking section, but lacks a SUS section. If you want info on SUS, buy the MSpress 70-290 guide or use Technet. The Admin Companions SUS section is a mere 2 pages, but at least they have one. From a sit down and read perspective, Mastering is better, laced with humor - its a good read. But both will serve as a reference on your shelf for a long time. I think Mastering explains things a little better, often using analogies mixed with humor. The Admin Companion is a little more to the point and this may gel with more experienced admins. For those that need their hands held, Minasi's book wins. As a side note, if you are an experienced admin and just want a quick ref guide, consider the 2003 pocket admin book.

As an (almost) complete Windows Server 2003 reference, there is no comparison - Minasi's book wins hands down. If you want a little more info about additional and very likely to be used MS Products and how they sit in your environment, ie. ISA Server, IEAK etc, then consider the Admin Companion, but it assumes a little more knowledge from the reader. Besides, if you need info about ISA etc, then you would seriously have rocks in your head if you didn't buy Shinders books.

You really cannot go wrong with either book, they are both well worth the money. Buy either or buy both, you will not be disappointed. If you only buy one, then I would consider Mastering to be the best choice. Without doubt, this is probably the most complete book I have ever read on any IT Topic.

There have been a couple of negative reviews on this book. I can only assume that those people never read this book properly. For the life of me, I have never heard such rot.

As a final note, having read the 4 core MCSE 2003 books. You will find that Mastering has more in this book than those 4 combined (except SUS) :). If you can read and understand everything in this book, and given how clear this book is - that is likely, you will have little trouble on the MS Exams. Now buy this book and stop wondering about it.

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