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||General Windows 2000
Have a great "all in one" reference for Windows 2000 can be an invaluable resource for all Administrators, but with an average price of $60-$100, which one will give you the most value for your money? Here's our picks (in
order) of what we think are the top Windows 2000 references available.
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2000 System Administration Handbook
By Will Watts, David Watts, and Tillman Strahan.
Published by Prentice Hall. Paperback, 722 pages. ISBN
0130270105 An excellent
"all in one" reference for Windows 2000
Professional and Server that is ideal for new and
intermediate administrators. The book is written as a
course and follows a logical progression for tasks
common to day to day administration. The writing style
is comfortable and easy to follow for new
administrators. Individual chapters are relatively short
(about 20 pages) but maintain a technical depth that
makes the guide useful as an everyday reference. You can
read the table
of contents, or check out a sample chapter is
available in .PDF format here
2000 Quick Fixes
By Jim Boyce.
Published by O'Reilly & Associates, December 2000.
Paperback, 285 pages. ISBN 0596000170. A very
straight-forward no-nonsense quick reference guide that
provides solutions to a number of common problems, first
time tasks, and infrequently used features. The book is
organized into 13 chapters that cover specific tasks,
including installing and booting, configuring hardware,
software, and system settings, printing, networking,
security, and backup and recovery. Each chapter
addresses 12-20 issues by problem or tasks, and each
issue is referenced in the table of contents for quick
lookups. We were pleasantly surprised by the usefulness
of this book, and the are always discovering a few new
tricks every time we open it.
|The Best Windows 2000 General References...
2000: A Beginners Guide
By Martin S. Matthews. Published by Osborne, June 2000.
Paperback, 646 pages ISBN 0072123249. Don't let the title of
this book fool you, this is not a "dumbed down" non
technical reference for home users filled with cartoons. This
book is part of Osborne's excellent Network Professionals
Library series, and is targeted at IT professionals and power
users. The book is organized into 6 parts, covering Deployment
and Migration, Networking, Communications, Administering Windows
200 Server, and Using Windows 2000 Professional. Each chapter
reviews basic concepts, and follows up with clear and detailed
explanations of the major product features, supported by
numerous line drawings, illustrations, and screenshots. Overall,
this is an excellent self study guide, and an ideal resource for
Level 1 or Level 2 support personnel who need a technical
introduction to Windows 2000's new features and
capabilities. It is also ideal for new administrators and
managers who need a straightforward overview of Windows 2000
without the marketing hype.
||Windows 2000 Essential Reference
By Steven Tate. Published by New Riders, April 2000. Paperback 672 pages, ISBN 073570869X. This is what a desk reference should be - it contains enough information to be
useful and it's small enough to be portable. The book covers common and essential tasks for both Windows 2000 Professional and Server, is easy to read, and well organized. The chapters are very streamlined and surprisingly thorough, making this a good "primer" for Windows
NT MCSE's who are short on time. The appendix includes a command line reference, sample batch files and an overview of the Resource Kit Utilities.
2000 Administration In a Nutshell
Tulloch. Published by O'Reilly & Associates, Feb.
2001. Paperback, 786 pages. ISBN 1565927133.
Designed for experienced NT administrators who are
making the transition to Windows 2000, this book is an absolutely
essential and portable reference that is just crammed
with obscene amounts of practical information. For those
unfamiliar with the O'Reilly "In a Nutshell
series", these books are task oriented and are
designed to be real world quick reference guides with a
minimum of fluff. The fonts are small, explanations are
concise and to the point, and there are few illustrations
or screenshots. (Ergo, this is not the ideal training
guide if your a
new administrator, however you'll want a copy with you
24x7 once you're working in the
field.) In addition to
the strengths of the book series, the author is a well
known and highly regarded columnist for Swynk.com whose
expertise and writing style really set this work apart. The book starts with an excellent (and humorous) two
chapter overview of Windows 2000 that examines the
differences between NT and Win2000, highlights some annoyances, and the
features the author's unbiased personal views about specific
"features" of the new operating system. The
remaining chapters are separated by topic (concepts,
tasks, consoles, utilities and commands) and are
organized alphabetically. Information is incredibly easy
to find, and the author includes plenty of real world
tips and advice on almost every page. Tip: This
book will "walk off" your desk, so when you
get your copy, take an indelible marker and write your
name in large letters across the cover of the
here to read a sample chapter
||Windows 2000 Complete
Published by Sybex, June 2000. Paperback, 996
pages, ISBN 0782127215 A must have for Administrators on a tight budget, this book is a 1,000 page compilation from six of Sybex's best selling books
written by their best authors
and is loaded with information, tips, illustrations, and plenty
of screenshots. The unique writing styles of the contributing authors
will also give you a preview into their other books. The book is divided into 6
sections: Introduction to Windows 2000, Understanding Active
Directory, Connecting to the World, Understanding the Registry, Installing and Using Windows 2000 Server, and an Instant Reference Section. It's a steal at the cover price $19.99, but you can get it for $10.95 at Bookpool.com!
||Microsoft Windows 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
By William Stanek. Published by Microsoft Press January 2000. Paperback, 477 pages. ISBN 0735608318 The smallest of the reference books we've seen. It won't really fit in your pocket, but it is fairly portable and the heavy duty vinyl coating on the cover will help it last
longer than most. The author (William Stanek) has plenty of experience writing quick reference guides for Microsoft, and it shows. The book covers both Windows 2000 Server and Professional in a very task oriented format. The content is functional, appropriately illustrated, and
includes plenty of tables and useful tips throughout the book. A great companion for the server room or help desk, but we found it too dry for cover to cover reading.
|Where to find great books at great prices....
Everybody knows about Amazon.com, but Bookpool is frequently less expensive, and they specialize in Technical Books. They carry MS Press, O'Reilly, Que, Osborne, SAMS, and others.
Another online professional bookstore. Although we prefer Bookpool's prices, FatBrain has a better selection in a few categories. Essentially our second stop on the web when looking for a title.
Half Price Computer Books
Another source for great deals on computer books. Much
cheaper than Amazon and B&N
O'Reilly and Associates
Publishers of some of the best books in the industry. Well written, concise, accurate, and great cover art!. If I'm looking for a reference book, I always check O'Reilly first. I've never been disappointed. (This is not a paid endorsement!)
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