Possessing an MCSE certification means you probably don't need this book. It would simply
- By Greg Neilson
I was originally excited when I heard
about this book. New Riders is publishing a great series
of Windows NT books of late, and this looked like an
excellent addition to the lineup. But when I actually
evaluated the book, I was rather shocked. After thinking
about its intended audience, perhaps this book was never
intended for me anyway, and perhaps the same is true
for most MCP Magazine readers.
The volume is meant as a guide for
a power user who uses NT Workstation and wants to make
the most of the platform. However, I suspect the majority
of the readers of the magazine who have studied the
MCSE NT 4.0 track will have already learned much of
the contents of this book and have their study materials
that cover subjects such as the ISO model, TCP/IP, and
subnet addressing , ARC naming, troubleshooting boot
failures, NT domain models, important performance monitor
counters, ERDs, GSNW, and the NetWare Migration tool.
The book is structured into five
sections, which include an overview of NT, "nuts and
bolts of Windows NT" (hardware, booting, control panel,
the registry), networking with NT, managing your NT
system (backups, scripting, and tuning), and using NT
on the Internet. The appendices cover sources of additional
information, offer a Windows 2000 overview, examine
performance monitors in detail, and discuss the software
on the CD.
The best part of the book is the
registry coverage, which includes the registry architecture,
a discussion of important registry entries, and coverage
of the resource kit tools that can be used to work with
the registry. These 80 pages were probably the most
useful in the book for me; I'll no doubt refer to them
The aspect I found most disappointing
was the coverage of Windows Scripting Host, one of my
pet topics. Sure, the command line parameters for wscript.exe
and the contents of the .WSH files are described, but
I found no description of the objects provided by WSH,
which would allow users to understand what can and can't
be done with it. Also, the six pages of sample code
in this chapter are Microsoft examples that come with
WSH; there's little description in the book of how the
code actually works.
The CD offers evaluation versions
of a number of tools for NT such as FAT32 for NT 4.0,
(read-only) Diskeeper Lite, list server and news server
software, XLNT scripting language, WinGate for sharing
an Internet connection, and file undeletion tools.
Windows NT Power Toolkit isn't for
everyone—most of us have access to much of this
information already. However, I can see this being a
useful book to recommend to the power users or those
neighbors who keep hounding you for more information
about working with NT.
Greg Neilson is a manager at a large IT services firm in Australia and has been a frequent contributor to MCPmag.com and CertCities.com.