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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE/MCDBA Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 System Administration, 70-228, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
nowhere near enough

Supplemental material is absolutely required. The book provides relatively scant information on what appear to be the most heavily weighted exam areas. The exercises don't really prepare you for the exam since the exam questions focus on abstract/theoretical concepts as opposed to practical application in realistic scenarios. The study test questions are a pretty good inidcator of the difficulty of the questions on the exam, but there are at least a few errors; one of the more glaring ones tells you one thing in the pre-question objectives section, another thing in what is supposedly the correct answer to the question, and then BOL completely contradicts both of those. All in all, it is a pretty sad effort especially considering it is from the same company that produces the software in question.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Active Directory for Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Robert King, Robert R. King
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Primer text, not for knowledgeable technicians

Mastering Active Directory provides the framework to understand and set up the Active Directory system. However, it covers Active Directory in more general theoretical terms and does not do a thorough job of detailing how to plan and implement the system. If you are unfamiliar with NDS or other Directory Services, the LDAP protocols and similar then this book is a good place to start. If you are already familiar with such things then you will find this book to be lacking in useful information. My recommendation would be to purchase the book if you are new to the whole Directory concept and read it as a foundational text and then graduate to a more detailed text, such as Windows Active Directory Design and Deployment, before actually implementing Active Directory or attempting to resolve problems with it. For someone who already understands the concepts they should just go ahead and move to the above mentioned book and skip this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Ann Rockley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fast becoming a BEST PRACTICE

"Managing Enterprise Content " is a necessity for those planning to introduce content management into their organization. For those who find themselves in the midst of a content management nightmare today, "Managing Enterprise Content" is equally valuable. The book is chock full of valuable insight -- read it and you'll likely find out why your system isn't living up to the content management hype.
Regardless of your situation, if you've got an interest in content management -- or if you just want to know why in the world you need to know about this stuff anyway -- check out the book's companion web site... for a solid overview of the strategy, a free chapter from the book, an Return on Investment (ROI) calculator, glossary, white papers and more! The content on this site is extremely useful and is indicative of the quality content found in the book.
Fast becoming a "best practice" in many industries. Fits well into Six Sigma shops. Should be on the bookshelves of both IT and business professionals. Writers, editors, information architects, instructional designers, web masters, XML professionals, records and data managers, publishers, educators, consultants and managers of content of all types can benefit from this practical, common sense approach.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Explains COM clearly and thoroughly (all in due time)

If you have worked with COM and already have a good idea of what it is all about, this book will fill in ALL the holes. If you know nothing about COM, the first chapter will tell you why COM came about, but the rest of the book might gets into too much detail. It is a MUST to be a good C++ programmer to understand what Don Box has to say in the outstanding book!