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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not kidding, it has mystical powers...


A co-worker of mine owns the third edition. We call it "The Oracle". It provided us with answers to several somewhat common problems we encountered with Windows 2000, so it was handy to have around.
We set up a RIS server at a client site to upgrade about 50 workstations to 2000 Professional. We kept having problems with workstations on other VLANs connecting to the RIS server. We checked the switches and everything was connecting perfectly. Finally, we consulted The Oracle. The author casually relayed that he worked at a site where they "couldn't get a PXE boot to work to save our lives. Then someone noticed that the Ethernet switches had a feature called 'minimal spanning tree' enabled".
We checked with the guy who originally set up the switch and sure enough, it had spanning tree enabled. We turned it off and the workstations connected and upgraded without a hitch!
This is better than any Microsoft-sponsored books out there that do nothing more than tell you how things SHOULD work; this tells you how things DO work.
Highly recommended.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another great O'Reilly book


The organization and redundacy in this book as it attemps to be both a primer and a refercerence book make it unreadable. This latest version has just a few but apparently hastily added changes from the previous edition. If you need to know about XHTML go elsewhere...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Definitive XML Schema
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Priscilla Walmsley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Helpful


Priscilla seems to know when to reinforce a point. She points out many pitfalls that schema authors can fall in into. This book was well worth the money. I will be redesigning more than one of my schemas based on this technical information.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL Server Query Performance Tuning Distilled
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Sajal Dam
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Very Good


Hi,
Like the other reviewers I'd agree that the lack of support is poor, although at least I have all the chapters in the book unlike one of the other reviewers.
This book is technical and detailed on SQL Query Performance and is not for those looking for an introduction. I have learned a lot so far from this book even though I am only on chapter 6. Excellent book.
Niall