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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
One book to rule them all, and in the darkness, bind them...


Although I've worked as a Windows developer for several years, my background is really in Unix systems. So when I changed jobs and became PC Support Lead, I needed a book that I could read (without falling immediately asleep) to learn everything I needed.
Well, I haven't finished reading the WHOLE book yet, but I must say that the chapters I have read have been extremely informative and quite readable (mostly the AD/DHCP/DNS/WINS stuff so far). I've been pouring over the Active Directory migration strategies and the book has REALLY helped me understand many of the issues involved (I'm sure there are books devoted ENTIRELY to this topic, but Mr. Minasi et. al. give some excellent real world tips and procedures).
I have never seen the previous THREE editions, but the fact that there WERE three previous editions made me feel confident that the authors were serious about keeping the information up-to-date (I waited an extra week to order just so that I could get the latest edition).
The book is huge, but it covers a lot -- I just wish it was easier to lug around. You CAN install a copy of the book in PDF format, but you have to have the CD installed to use it -- not much help on my laptop unless I lug around the external CD drive. Still, it does allow the book to be in TWO places at once.
If you're looking for ONE book to introduce (or further educate) you to Windows 2000 Server, then skip the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit and start HERE!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marcia Loughry, Marcia R. Loughry
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Good, Simple Overview or Refresher


Doing Active Directory right was important to my small technology company, so I bought more than ten books on Active Directory, Windows 2000 Server, and DNS. This Dummies book I took home and planned to skim through it first, thinking it would be a nice quick introduction.
The book got mislaid, and I did not pick it up again until I was nicely up to speed with Active Directory and had done several installations. I read it anyway on a Saturday night as a quick review and was surprised at the clear style, nice organization, and adequacy of its coverage of the subject matter.
If you have just a day or two to get up to speed with this important new Microsoft technology, this book will certainly do. System administrators and architects will want a more technical treatment.



Product: Book -
Title: 33 Days to Online Profits: Powerful Internet marketing strategy, tips and website promotion secrets for any product or service you sell
Publisher:
Authors: Yanik Silver, Jim Edwards
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Value for Money


If someone asked me would I spend $30 to find out how 2 people who are very successful in their industry made it happen...you bet I would!
In this book they don't just talk about how to be be successful, they take their recognised knowledge and experience and put it in a step by step in an easy to follow manual so anyone can do it... how can that not be value for money!
The simplest way to succeed at something is to find someone else whose done it and copy it, Silver and Edwards give readers of "33 Days to Online Profits" that opportunity. Is everyone who reads it, going to make piles of money ... NO. Why because it involves doing something. The book shows how to do it step by step, piece by piece but unless you have the will to take action nothing will happen.
The only gripe someone can have about this resource is that it doesn't do it for them.
If you are serious about doing something successfully online and want some strong step by step guidelines this manual is excellent value.
I have this and a number of other publications from these authors, they are key resources in my "online business" library.
Is this the only "how to" guide in this field... no but for less than $30 it's one of the better ones.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Brilliant


Others have said all I had in mind.