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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
MSCE review

Ok guys.....Let me begin by saying. I am working on my MSCA, and just purchased a simliar book. I have read all of the reviews on all of the MSCA or MSCE preparation books and have yet to read a good one. It seems that no one has written anything to help you pass the MSCE OR MSCA...but somehow people seem pass these exams?

I just recently just pass my A+ exam. Neither Jean Andrews or Mike Myers ( after reading them both) gave me actual preparation for either the hardware or software test... but still passed the A+ .

Before going and forming a conclusion based on what someone else thinks. Think about this... Bottom line is people want to be spoon feed the information, and go pass a test. IF that were the case, the test would be easy, and then everyone would be certified. Then the being MSCA or MSCE would be useless and crap.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MPLS and VPN Architectures, Vol. 1
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Ivan Pepelnjak, Jim Guichard
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A well written book

I have been looking for a good book on MPLS. This book covers Frame-mode VPNs in great detail. I have read this book repeatedly and have absorbed a great deal on Frame based MPLS VPNs. The examples presented are succinct and to the point.
The discussion on Internet connectivity to MPLS VPNs is also presented very well. I would encourage the authors to discuss hybrid IPsec and MPLS VPNs and ATM VPNs in the next edition.
All in all, a well written book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel 2003 Bible
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent as a Reference...

The book is really a Bible... A lot of useful information for people that are beginning to use this spreadsheet. I also believe that this book could be a great asset for those who have a good understanding of the tool. It's easier to find a solution in the book's index than looking for it on the help feature of the software. I really have to recommend this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Firewalls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Robert Ziegler
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Never returned a book until now

This book is horribly written. There are glaring grammar errors which make the book impossible to read. Hopefully the proofers have been sent back to kinder-care. Moreover, there are sections in the book where they cut-and-copied the syntax explanation into the example section. But they forgot to change the text to an example! Look at the section on xinetd for an example. This one had to go back. This is too bad. We really need an good book on this topic. Sorry Mr. Ziegler, get better proof readers for the 3rd edition.