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Windows 2000 Planning and Deployment Books

Although Microsoft has done a better job with the documentation on Windows 2000 than it did for NT 4.0, there are still many deployment pitfalls. And since experienced Windows 2000 deployment teams are scarce, your second best resource is to read about past deployments and find out what the recommended best practices are. Here's what we thought of the some of the planning and deployment guides that are available...

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Our recommendations...
W2k_archplan.gif (4054 bytes) Windows 2000 Server Architecture and Planning  
By Morten Strung Nielsen, Published by Coriolis Group May 2000, Paperback, 1024 pages, ISBN 1576104362. One thing has become very clear to us while reading all of these Windows 2000 manuals - just because you know Windows NT, doesn't mean you know Jack about Windows 2000. Especially when it comes to domain planning with Active Directory. Ask any Novell Admin how frustrating a poorly planned Directory Tree can make things, and you'll want this book. So far it's the only book we've found that really digs into this as a separate topic, and does a great job explaining the pitfalls and recommending best practices, 

Planning for Windows 2000
By David Lafferty and Eric Cone. Published  by New Riders, March 1999. Paperback 415 pages, ISBN 0735700486.Upgrading from Windows NT to Windows 2000 is NOT going to be a task to be taken lightly. Beware the IT staff that attempts this on the fly - they're going to be in for a shock. Save yourself a lot of headaches and get this book if your organization is one of the first planning a Windows 2000 migration. Filled with checklists, this book walks you through all of the preparation, upgrade planning, migration, and implementation steps in order. A must read!

Windows 2000 Deployment and Desktop Management
By Jeffrey Ferris, Published by New Riders Publishing, April 2000, Paperback 371 pages, ISBN 0735709750 Geared for the experienced administrator actually responsible for deploying Windows 2000 Professional, this book makes a great strategy and planning guide as well as a technical reference during the actual rollout. Interestingly, this book is divided into 3 sections, all of which are about 100 pages long. It begins with a straight forward look at developing a desktop standard, deployment options, answer files, and RIS. The next section focuses on Desktop Management, group policy objects, Intellimirror, application management, and security. The writing is clear, concise, and doesn't waste your time. The author frequently offers plenty of personal tips and real world advice. The stunning part was the +120 page Appendix which provides an index of common file extensions, a complete answer file syntax reference (invaluable!), and sample answer files by the author. Check out the companion website for updates and more information.
Where to find great books at great prices....  
Everybody knows about, 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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