Follows the 70-210 exam objectives, but we've seen better guides out there.
The first chapter, on installing or upgrading W2K workstation is not only hard
to follow, but also there are no screen shots, making studying for the exam from
this book very difficult. Though intended as an exam review, the questions dispersed
throughout the seven chapters are over simplified to the point of being nearly
| Pros: Organized
by exam objectives; Exam Essentials, topics that are on exam; no major
Cons: Sample questions simplified, chapter on Installing hard
to follow; insufficient screen shots
Verdict: Good information, but uneven quality means there are
better choices out there.
On the other hand, the Exam Essentials break out boxes are very well done: short,
concise summaries of what you are expected to know. But they don't cover all topics.
The tables, usually of options for various functions which are required for the
exam, are hard to visualize.
Later chapters, including screen shots, are presented in much more convincing
fashion than chapter 1. There are some typos throughout—more likely,
editing mistakes; some questions aren't answered within the text, sometimes
multiple questions require the same trivial answer. In addition to rare,
poor "jokes," there is an unnecessary blurb for two of the authors' book
covering Internet Services Manager (W2K Server) in a sidelight. There
are better study guides out there, though this guide shares the Sybex
line's superb organization, exactly by exam objective. Some will find
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