Brian Komar’s MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam: Training Guide is just what the doctor ordered for the many NT 4.0 MCSEs and MCPs racing toward Windows 2000 certification. Microsoft’s Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam 70-240 serves as a shortcut for those who have passed three or more Windows NT 4.0 exams. While this text is ideal for those taking advantage of this shortcut, it can also be used to prepare for any of the four core Windows 2000 Exams (70-210, 70-215, 70-216, and 70-217). Here’s why you should take a look at this informative book.
Edited by: Brian Komar, MCSE+I, MCTPublished by: New Riders Publishing, 2000ISBN: 0735709793Available for $55.99 at Fatbrain.com
Mountains of information
If you want a quick, condensed study guide, keep looking. With over 1,300 pages, the MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam: Training Guide is much more than a weekend read or cram session cheat sheet. Komar meant for this text to be studied over several weeks, if not months. Remember, you only get one chance to pass the Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam. If you fail, you must take all the Windows 2000 exams to be certified.
Komar’s lack of consideration for size, however, allowed him to cram this book with a mountain on information. You’ll find case studies, exam tips, lab exercises, and practice questions. If it’s not in this book, you won’t need it for the Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam.
Komar has divided his training guide into four large sections, each containing seven or eight chapters. Each section corresponds to a particular core Windows 2000 exam. This division is particularly handy if you’re studying for a single core exam.
The sections are:
- Installing, configuring, and administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
- Installing, configuring, and administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
- Implementing and administrating a Microsoft Windows 2000 network infrastructure
- Implementing and administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 directory services infrastructure.
I found the MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam: Training Guide’s companion CD to be the book’s most useful feature. The CD contains ExamGear exam preparation software and an electronic copy of the text. The sample exam software installed quickly, was easy to operate, and asked comprehensive questions. Using the book’s electronic version and a laptop makes studying on the road a snap. The book is available as several Adobe Acrobat files. You can either read the entire text or browse by chapter.
The bottom line
I recommend MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam: Training Guide for anyone who wants a single study guide for either the Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam or the four core Windows 2000 exams. The book is big and a hassle to carry around, but the companion CD more than makes up for it.
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