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Windows 2000 Professional Reference Books

Windows 2000 Professional is the new standard for the corporate desktop. Its improved stability and plug and play capabilities are big improvements for NT 4.0. Here's our picks (in order) of what we think are the top Windows 2000 references available.

Note: Most links on this page will take you to the books description on Bookpool.com. Bookpool is an online bookstore similar to Amazon.com, but they specialize in Technical books (and they are less expensive.) This is not a paid endorsement, and we do not receive sales commissions from Bookpool.com. We just think they're the best place to buy our books. We hope you'll agree!

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Windows 2000 Expert Companion Bookcover Microsoft Windows 2000 Expert Companion
By Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert.Published by Microsoft Press. August 2000 Paperback, 799 pages. ISBN 0735608555 An ideal resource for the power user, this book fills the gap between the beginner guides and the huge Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit. The book is divided into 10 parts which cover installation and setup issues, an overview of management tools, managing hardware and software, system administration (including user management and group policy), networking, security, task automation, and system maintenance and optimization. The information presented is easy to follow and includes plenty of walkthroughs supported by screenshots and helpful tips from the authors. The font size is even large enough that it is easy to read from a short distance away so you can work right alongside the book when self studying. The CD includes a variety of common third party tools and a few Microsoft utilities.
The Best Windows 2000 General References...
Mastering Windows 2000 Professional, 2nd edition
By Mark Minasi, Published by Sybex January 2000. 1163 pages. ISBN 0782124488 The best book you'll find for supporting and deploying Windows 2000 Professional. The second edition is an almost 60% re-write of the original, and geared for the intermediate to advanced user. This is the place to start if you don't have a solid foundation in Windows NT and you want to learn Windows 2000.
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit
Published by Microsoft Press, February 2000, Paperback 1767 pages, ISBN 1572318082 The new Resource Kit is much more focused as an installation, deployment, and configuration guide to Windows 2000 Professional than previous versions. Deployment and installation alone cover 200 pages, making this the bible for desktop migration teams. We were surprised at the usefulness and improvements in this Resource Kit vs. earlier editions (NT 4.0 and 3.51) although it's still a bit dry and has that Microsoft "marketing" feel to it. A welcome addition to the RK was the final chapter covering Windows 2000 for laptop users, which included configuration of offline folders. The Resource Kit retails for $69.99, but you can get it at Bookpool.com for about $41.95
Windows 2000 Professional Unleashed
By Paul Cassel Published by Sams Sams, February 2000,
Paperback 914 pages, ISBN 0672317427 This isn't just another 1,000 page re-written summary of the Resource Kit! We were very surprised at the quality, readability, and insights available from this book. The coverage of installations, troubleshooting, and the Windows 2000 Registry are excellent. It also features a special chapter on networking Linux and Windows 2000, and the appendix includes an extensive command line reference.
IntrW2K.gif (4280 bytes) Introducing Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional  
By Jerry Honeycutt, Published by Microsoft Press, May 1999, 424 pages, ISBN 0735606626. A general overview of Windows 2000 Professional's new features through Microsoft's rose colored glasses. This book will familiarize the reader with all the new terminology and explain why Win2000 Professional is a great desktop platform, but it isn't designed as a technical how-to. Much of the information presented here can be found online. 
Where to find great books at great prices....

Bookpool.com  
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.

FatBrain.com  
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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