70-291 Help in Excruciating Detail
Syngress' companion book/DVD is aimed at novices and experienced Windows 2003 pros who've set their sights on passing this core MCSA/MCSE exam.
Need help preparing for the 70-291 Windows Server 2003 networking exam?
I looked at two books at with two different missions. While the relatively
short book from Sybex (click
to read that review) is designed for established Windows
networking pros, the longer Syngress title, which I review here, is better
suited for those with limited Windows networking experience. And although
I like the Sybex book, the Syngress authors have what it takes to explain
difficult topics in an easy-to-read and -understand format.
This book features comprehensive coverage of basic networking, and Windows
2003-specific networking. The authors are not afraid to consume pages
at expense to the publisher and truly have the reader in mind. The result
is a book that weighs in at over 1,000 pages, with a DVD that includes
a recorded instructor review of each chapter in an abbreviated format.
You can also access additional review questions at www.syngress.com/certification.
The DVD with instructor review doesn't really add much value to this
book. In looking at the DVD, all I observed was a female instructor reading
the displayed slides. While it would cost more, substantial value could
have been added by using live lab systems and demonstrations. Be sure
and practice everything you read and hear in your own lab!
For the Windows 2003 MCSA/MCSE candidate, this book meets all the requirements
of a self-study guide. It includes all resources the self-study candidate
will need to be successful.
As with the related Sybex review, only the reader can decide whether
an abbreviated or elaborated writing style is preferred.
Andy Barkl, CCNP, CCDP, CISSP, MCT, MVP, MCDST, MCSE: Security, MCSA: Security, MCSA: Messaging A+, CTT+, i-Net+, Network+, Security+, Server+, CNA, has over 20 years of experience in the IT field. He's the owner of MCT & Associates LLC, a technical training and consulting firm in Phoenix, Arizona. He enjoys dividing his time between teaching in the classroom, writing from his office and consulting on Cisco and Windows deployments. He's also the online editor for MCPMag.com, TCPMag.com, CertCities.com, and a contributing author and editor for Sybex and Cisco Press. He hosts a multitude of exam preparation chats monthly on MCPmag.com and CertCities.com.