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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Introduction & Framework to Start

I enjoy reading this book very much. I have adopted this as one of the textbooks for my undergraduate Computer Security course. I think this is one of the best introduction and survey to provide a solid framework for the field, and for those to prepare CISSP. It is very well written as a summary, with excellent references for the original and critical sources. I see some of the frustration by other reviewer (for example, on Chapter 3) but I think that the authors have done a superb work. The problem or frustration is, I think, due to the vast amount, depth and bredth of each field to be summerized (which can easily be expanded into several books). I use this book as a framework, along with (1) Incident Response (by Mandia & Prosise) and (2.1) Hacking Exposed (2nd ed, by Scambray, McClure, Kurtz) or (2.2) Maximum Security (3rd ed, Anonymous) to supplement the reading and case study.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-292 and 70-296): Upgrading Your Certification to Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Just not Enough to pass the exam

The exam is heavily concentrated on DNS. In addition, the book is oriented on how to do the basic administration of Server 2003. The questions on the exam are much more difficult than the material presented in the book. The book is good for a general overview of the new product. However, to pass the exam you must really dig into the product with hands on the server. A much better product to use would be the Minasi book for server 2003 plus pulling ever resource from technet on DNS. Neither books covers the detail of DNS that is needed to pass the exam.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Compiler Design and Implementation
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Steven Muchnick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book on advanced compiler design

I have been working on language processors, interpreters and compilers for almost twenty years. I try to order all the booksthat have something unique to say about compiler design andimplementation. This is one of the best books I have seen onadvanced compiler design. I have owned it since it was firstpublished. Going back and rereading it I am reminded of whatand excellent book it is, which is what motivated this review.
Advanced compiler design deals with various forms of optimization,including local, global and loop optimization. This is a complextopic with thirty years of research behind it (it is interestingto note that the late Gary Kildall, of CP/M fame, did some earlywork on optiimization in the early 1970s). No single book canprovide complete coverage of all optimization issues. However,this book, along with Allen and Kennedy's equally excellent"Optimizing Compilers for Modern Architectures" covers almosteverything you need to know.
One of the problems with the academic literature on compiler optimization is that it can be unnecessarily obscure. Muchnickwrites clearly, with the implementer in mind. He provides awide range of techniques, allowing the implementer to choosethe correct one for a given compiler. This approach is bothuseful and necessary: there is no single method for buildinga compiler, given the range of languages and design objectives.
Muchnick covers everything you need to know about local andglobal scalar optimization, including scalar optimization inloops and optimization for modern processor architecture.The only thing missing is an indepth coverage of loop dependenceand optimization techniques, which is provided by Allen andKennedy.
If you are working on the design, implementation or extension ofa modern compiler, this book should be part of your library.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Samba-3 by Example : Practical Exercises to Successful Deployment (Bruce Perens Open Source)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: John H. Terpstra
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
go from nearly impossible to nearly easy

If someone is paying you to make their Windows and Linux machines play nice with each other, this book will make it easy enough that you may feel guilty for taking their money.
This book has almost every keystroke you need to type to get a Samba system doing what you need it to do. As someone who frequently gets frustrated trying to make useful configuration files by reading the documentation I appreciate the fact that every scenario he describes in the book comes with a complete set of configuration files which implement the scenario. Even if your situation isn't covered exactly in the book you will find that the examples here a great starting point that you can modify to do what you want.
For example, using this book (and the online references it mentions) in an afternoon I was able to go from a new RedHat 9 machine with no Samba or LDAP installed to a system which was a member of a Win2k3 Active Directory domain, allowed local login using Windows AD credentials and kerberos, used full Windows ACLs for the domain user files on the Linux machine, and unified the Windows SID->Linux UID/GID mapping by installing an LDAP backend to store the ID mapping for consistent numbering across multiple Linux machines. There were some quirks along the way, like setting up the LDAP schemas and initializing the database, and compiling ACL support into the kernel (RedHat 9 doesn't include it by default), but in each case the book pointed to an online resource where the tools could be downloaded.
Very cool to go from (from my point of view) nearly impossible to nearly easy in just one book.