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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 1: A Library of Universal Data Models for All Enterprises
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Len Silverston, Len Silverston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
nice job getting us off and running

very nicely done....really helped us out....much information and well organized....glad I ignored the review from a "seasoned data modeler" and bought the book....I think the book is very useful for the majority of us who are struggling with this problem....again nice job putting this all together !!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is all you need.

This is all you're going to need to set up your Windows 2003 based network. I bought this book to setup a network at home, knowing nothing about previous versions of "Server" editions of Windows. I knew nothing about DNS, DHCP, Domains, Group Policies, roaming profiles...etc.With the help of this book I was able to build & I'm able to manage my network better. If you're trying to get any sort of certification or get a job that requires knowledge of the server version of Windows, this book is the one you need. It stays very close and related to Windows 2000, so if you have a Windows 2000 network this book will do as well. If you have a previous "Mastering Windows Server 2000" book, then you will find that most information contained in this book is already in the previous. However, there are still quite a few new features available in Server 2003 that are not in the old book, so if you want to be up to date, then go with this one as well. Keep in mind that if you know how to operate one OS, you'll know 2000 or 2003.You'll learn how to setup a DNS server, DHCP servers, File server, managing users, joining a domain, administering an active directory domain...you'll have it all here!This book is HUGE too. I find it to be quite uncomfortable sometimes because of how heavy it is. It's no problem if you have a laptop where you can take the cd-rom and view the PDF book.Overall, it's a book that no administrator should be missing from his or her book collection. It's got all that you will need. Definitely recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Embedded Linux: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Craig Hollabaugh
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good introduction to linux embedded systems

The overall impression is good. Focusing an embedded project following a potential practical case is a good idea.
Its also a good idea to bring three diferent platforms as a case study, making it clear that linux gives enough abstraction level.
I didn't rate it 5 because it relays on hardhat (tm) already built development tools, which is far from being the standrad way to build those tools. Is not that dificult to explain how to make them from source.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: The Microsoft Windows Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Updated and already helping me out.

Usually when a book is release as a 2nd or 3rd edition, the publisher is just updating the content to reflect the new features or releases of the software. This book is just that and a little bit more.

This book takes apart the XP operating system from stem to stern and everything in between. Taking it from the deployment to remote users to desktop configuration. In most case that would be enough, but here's where the book is updated.

Adding over 200 pages on security, you will find that book is far more than a Resource kit, it may also be used as a study guide for the 70-270 exam.

The cd was also updated with over 120 utilities and a couple of e-books, including the entire text in e-book format. Another thing I liked about the text is that throughout the book there are step by step procedures to show you hoe to configure, manage or administrate different parts of the OS.

Overall I have been able to use this in my job several times within the past 2 months with the XP upgrade I was involved in. I am certainly glad to have this in my technical library.