The Heart of the OS
Want to get inside of Windows 2000? This book gives you X-ray vision.
Author William Boswell goes beyond the standard
level of information on Windows 2000 Server to reach the detailed
heart of the product. You learn just about everything—as you
might expect from a 1,500-page volume—on the subject. Boswell
has taken the operating system apart piece by piece for us.
For example, I was having a hard time understanding
the security additions within Win2K. The book handles this in Chapter
6, and I loved it. First, you get an overview of Kerberos, then
you get this great illustration about a spy transaction that closely
resembles Kerberos. Then Boswell goes through the vocabulary involved
and every last vestige of the process. Your head will spin when
you’re done, but you’ll have the understanding you need
(although, like me, you may need to read it more than once).
If you’re wondering how well this book does
at covering exam-related subjects (though it isn’t an exam
preparation book), I give it a thumbs-up. For instance, on the exam
objectives you may find reference to Remote Installation Service
(RIS). By simply following through the installation section in Chapter
2, you’ll learn what RIS is, how to set it up step-by-step,
and subsequently, how to answer those tricky test questions.
Other test objectives involve the new remote
access procedures and protocols like IPSec and L2TP, as well as
some of the tools you need to use with Active Directory, such as
ntdsutil and secedit. You can learn about all of this and more,
including Resource Kit utilities, in the book.
Of course, one book can’t contain every
detail about Win2K. You’ll probably want other references to
get a full education on design issues. One of the great things the
author does though is save you time in your search for additional
information on a topic. This proved true for me in learning about
Terminal Services. Even though the book doesn’t cover every
feature in Win2K on Terminal Services, you get a good overview and
leads for another book on the subject. The author does the same
for NT architecture. This allows you to follow up your interest
on a particular subject.
The book’s intended audience is slated for
intermediate to advanced members of the IT field, but I disagree;
this is a book for all levels. How else can you move into the higher
levels of understanding without a book like this to give you the
edge? It will help in your work and in your certification pursuits.
Just don’t try to read it from cover to cover; immerse yourself
deliberately—but deeply—for full effect.
J. Peter Bruzzese, MCSE+Internet, MCT, CNA, is
an instructor for New Horizons of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey.
He’s currently working on a book for Coriolis Press on designing
a directory service infrastructure under Windows 2000.
J. Peter Bruzzese (Triple-MCSE, MCT, MCITP: Messaging) is a longtime contributor to Redmond, an InfoWorld journalist and the Exchange 2010 instructor for Train Signal. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.