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    1. Professional Excel Development
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    20. Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Step

    1. Professional Excel Development : The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft(R) Excel and VBA(R)
    by Stephen Bullen, Rob Bovey, John Green
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    Asin: 0321262506
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-04)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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    2. Excel 2003 Bible
    by John Walkenbach
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    Asin: 0764539671
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-19)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 2428
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    * The most comprehensive guidebook available on the most popular spreadsheet program, fully updated to include all-new "X" features
    * Written by the leading Excel guru known as "Mr. Spreadsheet," John Walkenbach, who has written more than thirty books and 300 articles on related topics and maintains the popular Spreadsheet Page at
    * The definitive reference book for beginning to advanced users, featuring expert advice and hundreds of examples, tips, techniques, shortcuts, work-arounds, and more
    * Covers expanded use of XML and Web services to facilitate data reporting, analysis, importing, and exporting information
    * Explores Excel programming for those who want advanced information
    * CD-ROM includes all templates and worksheets used in the book, as well as sample chapters from all Wiley Office "X" related Bibles and useful third party software, including John Walkenbach's Power Utility Pak
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    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent as a Reference...
    The book is really a Bible... A lot of useful information for people that are beginning to use this spreadsheet. I also believe that this book could be a great asset for those who have a good understanding of the tool. It's easier to find a solution in the book's index than looking for it on the help feature of the software. I really have to recommend this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Guide for Advanced and Simple Applications
    I usually avoid books about Microsoft software because I can usually muddle through and figure out what I want to do. If in doubt, I seek out a twelve-year-old who knows the answers. But this week I had a desire to create a unique chart for a client, and decided to see if Excel would help me make the chart. I had the good fortune to run across Excel 2003 Bible at the library, and took it home to skim. Within 45 minutes I had all the answers to my questions, and found a way to create a better chart than I had originally planned to make. That was well worth my time. I'm sure that I would never have found the alternatives on my own that the book pointed me to.

    Intrigued by the help I got, I went back and read the simple sections as well. I was impressed by how thorough all of the material is. You are given many different ways to accomplish the same task, along with the pros and cons of why to go one way versus another. I also appreciated the many graphics in the book to show what the screens look like.

    The book is also backed up with a CD to run simulations and a web site where you can get more help.

    If you think you may ever want to do advanced applications of Excel, I strongly encourage you to read this book. I particularly liked the charting and analysis sections.

    As I finished this book, I realized that I usually employ Excel to get tasks done faster . . . and hadn't given much thought to how to complete them better. I suspect that much data could be made more usable and valuable for me and others if I think about how to employ all of Excel's tools in advance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Walkenbach show you how to make the most out of Excel!
    Walkenbach's Web site is awesome ( should check it out! But I still find just about every one of his Excel books too valuable to pass up. This one is perfect...but I also love Excel 2003 Formulas. Office 2003's XML capabilities really intrigued me, and the Excel 2003 Bible didn't disappoint in helping me find out what this mean for me and my business. Walkenbach just shows how to make the most out of Excel more than any author I've been able to find.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Material
    Purchased the Excel 2003 Bible to brush up on my spreadsheet skills. It covers everything from the basics to advanced in an easy to read format which is easy to understand. Also comes with an eBook on CD that I have used more than the paperback. Quick information at the click of the mouse. Superb. ... Read more

    3. Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Resource Kit: Special Promotion Edition
    by Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
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    Asin: 0735614717
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-04)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 880
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    A powerhouse, seven-volume reference providing information and tools for managing and optimizing Windows Server 2003—straight from the Microsoft Windows product team. ... Read more

    4. MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft .NET Core Requirements, Exams 70-305, 70-315, 70-306, 70-316, 70-310, 70-320, and 70-300
    by Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
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    Asin: 0735619255
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-09)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 2865
    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Four kits in one! Get self-paced preparation for the skills measured by the MCAD and MCSD core exams—all in one box. This set covers Exams 70-300, 70-305/70-315, 70-306/70-316, and 70-310/70-320, and it features rigorous practice tests and review. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars "Condensed" Version of Training Kit
    I am not going to review the content of the individual books as that is better handled in the individual book reviews. However, I think it is important to point out that Amazon is selling a "condensed" version of the .NET core requirements training kit.

    If you have seen the .NET Core Requirements set in bookstores, you remember an impressive desktop collection of hardcover books. The hardcover set takes close to a foot of real estate on your bookshelf. I was disappointed when I received this set because it is priced the same, yet is the "Paperback" version which takes about 5 inches of shelf space.

    How can this be if the books contents are the same? I checked the contents of "Developing Web Applications. . ." and it seemes that the contents are identical to the hardback, but I cannot vouch for the contents of the other books. Microsoft achieves this condednsed version by using the thinnest possible paper I suppose.

    Anyway, I kinda feel [cheated] because the Hardcover boxed set and the paperback edition have the same list price. That amazon is sending you a condensed version is not clear and you may think you are saving 30%, but you are getting only half the quality....

    Weigh this information with the quality of the content (from other reviews) before deciding to buy this set from Amazon.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good single source for the MCAD certification
    This set is a great deal when it comes with the vouchers, but still an OK deal otherwise. The books for the Windows, Web, and Web Services exams are good and they were able, with no other material, to allow me to pass those three exams. The book for the Solution Architecture exam (70-300), however, is useful only as a paperweight. That book is so poorly written, I couldn't even finish half of it! Fortunately, Exam Cram 2 has an excellent book for that exam. Not only is this set cheaper than buying the three good books separately, but the paperback editions in the set are lighter and smaller as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed!
    This kit is a great way to reinforce what you THINK you know and to learn new things. I'm not concerned like some of the other reviewers that the materials are not great for test cramming--these books helped give me confidence to pass the tests because I know the stuff cold! And I've passed the two Core C# tests, each the first time! Thanks Microsoft Press!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't expect everything but good certification prep books
    I have QUE books for actual hands-on studying at home. But I wanted books for a quick on-the-go studying. I'm satisfied with the sets for the following reasons:
    1) each book is light enough for me to carry in my backpack everyday.
    2) Content may not be in-depth but is decent enough.
    3) Exam questions are much better than QUE books. This is arguable However I just passed 70-315 and I can tell you that many of the questions were awefully familar thanks to the practice questions that came with the set.

    No discount code in my set but I bought the voucher from online companies that offers 10+ % discount.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not in-depth enough
    This books disappoints because the coverage is not in-depth enough. When you take sample exams, there are a lot of uncovered topics. I found Que's books to be much better preparation for the MCAD exams. ... Read more

    5. Mastering Windows Server 2003
    by Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
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    Asin: 0782141307
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-07)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 2461
    Average Customer Review: 4.02 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    If you're a current or aspiring Windows administrator or consultant, look no further than Mastering Windows Server 2003 for the in-depth, comprehensive, unbiased, and highly readable (some would even say entertaining) coverage readers have come to expect from the leading Windows authority, Mark Minasi. Building on the solid foundation established over years of working with and writing on Windows products, Mark Minasi takes you where few have ventured within Windows Server 2003, Microsoft's flagship network operating system that provides a solution for file and printer sharing, secure Internet connectivity, centralized desktop application deployment, and rich collaboration between businesses, employees, and customers. Anyone evaluating or planning a deployment of .NET Server will benefit immeasurably from Mark Minasi's detailed discussion of Windows Server 2003 installation, configuration, and essential operations. Mark Minasi is a regular keynote speaker at major IT conferences across the country. His training seminars sell out months in advance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THEE Windows Server 2003 Manual
    This book more than met my need for learning Windows Server 2003. Our non-profit was looking to migrate from NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003, this book helped us plan it and execute it flawlessly. What is really helpful is all the examples of common mistakes so that I could avoid them. In this field there is little time to learn a new technology but this book made it possible for me to do so. The text is easy to read and in fact fun. Mark keeps it quite humorous yet focused. It is as though he is sitting there guiding you through all the steps. I also have his Windows XP Professional book and highly recommend it as well. It is a necessary part of any network administrators library, even replacing the ones you get from Microsoft.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You, Mark Minasi!!!
    This book is just amazing! As someone who is fairly new to administering Windows 2003 (um, and Windows 2000 and Active Directory), it has proved to be a GODSEND! This is THE book that I grab everytime I need to learn how to set something up. Mark has this incredible ability to feel like he is right in the room with me, looking over my shoulder. His explanations are great. And, I for one, am glad that I get LOTS of pages for my money. I didn't know the first thing about DNS, Active Directory or Windows 2000/2003 Server when I picked up this book and now my test domains are simply humming along. I picked this book up in a bookstore after reading bits and pieces at the bookshelf. I came out to the Amazon site to get the ISBN number for a colleague when I read some of the reviews. You guys are crazy. I've read a ton of technical books and none of them come close to this one, in terms of what you get for the money. And why on earth would you think that you should be able to print from the CD? What's the copyright good for, if I could print a copy out for all of my friends. I'm sure it took a lot of effort to write this book and I, for one, am willing to pay for it. I'm sold. Thanks Mark. You made my life much easier.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good
    I have Minasi's Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 Mastering books. I would recommend Mastering Windows 2003 to most but I would also recommend Windows Server 2003 Inside Out. Having both books is a Godsend. Windows Server 2003 Inside Out has become my goto book for the indepth stuff especially monitoring, maintenance, Active Directory, networking, printing. Inside Out has the best coverage of DNS, DHCP, and TCP/IP. Mastering is still my goto book when I have to deal with Mac to Windows support or Unix to Windows issues or NetWare to Windows. Mastering is good for issues with older OSs like connectivity to Windows for Workgroup clients.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best
    If you can read and understand this book, you know 2003 period!!! Don't let the bad reviews about the humor distract you. Yes IT is a serious business, but to say that humor in IT or in an IT book is unwarranted is just obsurd. If you are in this business with no sense of humor, well I sure hope we never cross paths.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you only want to buy ONE win server book, buy this one.
    Definately, outstanding book. I'm a Microsoft MVP on Windows and I think this book helped me a lot.

    When you read some other Windows Server books, you may find boring. That's normal because technical books are not stories. But, learn windows server by reading this book will not feel boring. It's not only a great book on technical view, but also a very interesting book.

    If you want to buy ONLY ONE windows server 2003 book, buy this one! ... Read more

    6. Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
    by Charles Petzold
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    Asin: 157231995X
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-11)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 15279
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    "Look it up in Petzold" remains the decisive last word in answering questions about Windows development. And in PROGRAMMING WINDOWS, FIFTH EDITION, the esteemed Windows Pioneer Award winner revises his classic text with authoritative coverage of the latest versions of the Windows operating system—once again drilling down to the essential API heart of Win32 programming. Topics include:• The basics—input, output, dialog boxes• An introduction to Unicode• Graphics—drawing, text and fonts, bitmaps and metafiles• The kernel and the printer• Sound and music• Dynamic-link libraries• Multitasking and multithreading• The Multiple-Document Interface• Programming for the Internet and intranetsPacked as always with definitive examples, this newest Petzold delivers the ultimate sourcebook and tutorial for Windows programmers at all levels working with Microsoft® Windows 95, Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows NT®. No aspiring or experienced developer can afford to be without it.An electronic version of this book is available on the companion CD. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid book on windows programming
    This book is excellent for learning windows programming. To the reviewer who complains about no c++ examples, the author clearly states in the first few pages of the book that his intention is to give an understanding of windows programming based on C and the underlying win32 API, which is the fundamental knowledge required for windows programming. Other OO architectures such as MFC can be very useful but hide from the programmer many details which can be important for someone trying to learn how windows programs work. Also, the complaint about no asserts in the book .. well, again, the author mentions in the book that he left them out (in most places) because it makes code less readable, and students are less likely to read and understand a long program full of error checking.

    Be warned, this book is huge, 1500 pages. Its not a book for those looking for a quick introduction to windows programming. Its intended to give an in-depth knowledge of windows programming and it does a very good job at that.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory book on the Win32 API
    This book is great for anyone who wants to learn Windows programming using its native API. It is very readable and requires only a basic knowledge of C, so it is an excellent tutorial for beginners, but there is enough meat in it that it is quite useful for advanced programmers as well. The author explains everything clearly, thoroughly, and accurately. The numerous example programs he uses to illustrate his concepts are well-written and free of bugs.

    The book is peppered with occasional historical asides. If you can't stand historical asides, you may be frustrated, but it's understandable that a guy who's been programming Windows for 15 years will have a few stories to tell.

    The book has excellent, awesome, unbeatable, all-that-almost-anybody-would-ever-need coverage of: window procedures and messages, keyboard and mouse input, fonts and character sets/Unicode, the GDI (including mapping modes and metafiles), dialog boxes and child/MDI windows, palettes and bitmaps of all kinds, menus and resources, timers, and printing.

    The book has very good coverage, without going into the really advanced details, of: DLLs, multithreading, MIDI and wave audio, Winsock, and internet functions.

    Notable omissions are: registry functions, file I/O, COM/OLE/ActiveX controls, Setup applications, the Shell (links, namespace extensions, screen savers, WinHelp), and the common controls (toolbars, sliders, tree views, property sheets/wizards, list views and header controls).

    Despite its omissions, this book is well worth its money for anyone who wants to learn (or learn more) about the Windows API.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is what you are looking for.
    This is an absolutely golden book. Don't be intimidated by the page count or the title - this book is actually a very easy to use ground up tutorial in Win32 programming. He starts out talking about the basics and then slowly moves into more advanced topics.

    As always it's important to know what a book is NOT. This book is not a tutorial for writing windows applications, nor does it discuss MFC or most of the common methods used today for rapidly producing computer programs. This is not REALLY a reference book on win32 either.

    Instead it provides a tutorial-style documentation for the monstrous win32 API at its most fundamental levels. This book sets the standard for all other code written for any modern version of windows. It addresses real world issues and real world solutions to those problems (such as the chapter dedicated to making unicode friendly programs), as well as some historical issues (the difference between wParam and lParam).

    No manual is without its flaws. This book is a bit too braod spectrum in the detail levels. There are places in the book where he will delve into details that you could care less about, and there are points that he will put in two or three sentences and assume you understand, although you may not.

    Despite this, this book is essential to everyone writing code for Microsoft Windows (ANY version). You needn't read it cover to cover, but readiny section I (about 1/3 of the book) is essential. My one wish is that this book came in three volumes, if you haul it between home and school/office it gets to be buronsome. That's about all I can really complain about with this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars outdated
    This book will be outdated soon, wait for the 6th edition. There are also much more concise books on the market that teach windows programming.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A bit out-dated, Wait for a newer edition
    I think this is a excellent book if you want to learn Windows 98 programming. I think the book is not worth $40 because the book is 6 years old, and the material you learn will be outdated soon. Since Microsoft is going to release Windows Longhorn which will include Avalon, the book will slowly become obsolete. I suggest waiting for the sixth edition that will most likely be released when Windows Longhorn is released. ... Read more

    7. MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-270): Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Second Edition
    by Walter Glenn, Anthony Northrup
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    Asin: 0735621527
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-09)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 247890
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Ace your preparation for Exam 70-270—and expand your knowledge of Windows XP Professional—with this popular training kit, now fully updated for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and other key topics. Designed to help maximize your performance on the Windows XP exam, a core requirement for MCSA or MCSE certification, this kit packs the resources that exam candidates want most—including in-depth, self-paced training; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors; and a robust testing suite. It also provides real-world scenarios, case study examples, and troubleshooting labs for the skills and expertise you can apply to the job.

    Topics include installing or upgrading to Windows XP Professional, including automated installations; configuring and managing hardware, disks, and file systems; configuring and customizing the desktop environment; administering security features, including the advanced security technologies in Windows XP Service Pack 2; managing TCP/IP networking; troubleshooting the boot process and other system issues; supporting remote and mobile users; and monitoring resources and performance.

    Work at your own pace through the lessons, exercises, labs, and review, then use the Readiness Review Suite on CD for in-depth self-assessment and practice. Featuring advanced technology from MeasureUp, Readiness Review delivers 425 challenging practice questions with your choice of timed or untimed testing mode. You can generate random tests or focus on discrete objectives or chapters. And you get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including pointers to other sources for additional study.

    The kit also includes a 120-day evaluation version of Windows XP Professional software, including the new service pack, plus the latest Microsoft encyclopedias for networking and security in eBook format. And you get a 15% exam discount voucher—making this kit an exceptional value and a great career investment! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Passed the Exam and Great content
    I just passed the exam, and this book was an important method of study for me. There are quite a few pragmatic examples regarding security and various standards and questions that will help on the exam, and just increase a general understanding of Windows Server 2003 security,

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent preparation for the 299 exam
    This book covers the topics examined by the 70-299 test with enough detail that if you have a moderate amount of experience with Windows Server 2003 you will pass the exam. I would recommend that you use VirtualPC to simulate this stuff in your own lab if it isn't feasible to do so on your production network (setting the company DC to Secure Server Only IPSec can be a bad idea without having workstations properly configured). The practice questions, both in the book and on the accompanying CD-ROM are good preparation. Coming into this exam I already had passed the Windows 2000 version. I recommend that you buy the book and do the exercises. Also, get your core exams out of the way (networking, AD, Server) as you'll need some of this knowledge as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional amount of detail
    I've been teaching Microsoft operating systems for 14 years and I've used all of the MSPress books, or almost. This is an exceptional book for the ease of the explanations and the step-by-step details provided. Northrup and Thomas explain exactly why you want to do something, then they tell you how to do it. They have step-by-step procedures for configuring a computer individually, using Active Directory, or editing the registy. The thing that I love the best is that they don't assume any prior knowledge of the product like many technical books do. They define each and every term that they use. I hope that this book, and others like it, set a new standard on technical writing. ... Read more

    8. Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step
    by Carl Chatfield, Timothy Johnson, PMP Carl Chatfield, MCP Timothy Johnson
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    Asin: 0735619557
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-24)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 2732
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This practical, hands-on tutorial expertly builds your skills with Microsoft Office Project 2003—one step at a time! With STEP BY STEP, you work at your own pace through easy-to-follow lessons and practice exercises to learn exactly the tools and techniques you need. Discover how to develop a project plan with tasks, resources, and assignments; create reports; manage multiple projects and dependencies; and track progress and costs while making real-time adjustments. Plus you’ll learn about improvements in team collaboration using SharePoint™ Team Services, Project Web Access, Project Server, and more. The book also makes a great on-the-job desk reference. The companion CD includes a 60-day trial version of the Prjoect Standard 2003 software, as well as demos of Project Standard and Enterprise Project Management.The CD also gives you practice files you can use as you learn, and the Microsoft Office System Reference pack, which contains templates and clip art, and eBook ofStep by Step, and four other eBooks:the Microsoft Office System Quick Reference; the Insider's Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003; the Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition; and Introducing the Tablet PC.Designed for beginner and intermediate level users, STEP BY STEP puts you in charge of developing the skills you need, exactly when you need them! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best one on the shelves
    I want to make comment on this book because this is the best one for Project 2003. I read some books about MS Project 2003 but all look like I can read the same things from Help File or Online Help. In this book you will get the example step by step to help you understand the basic behind. You can do the same thing with more understanding (more and more....) when compare to the thick one.
    This is not only good for the professional but also good for the amateur. The price is right, do not confuse with the thickness of the book when compare with other book. ... Read more

    9. Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)
    by Ken Schwaber
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    Asin: 073561993X
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-10)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 18188
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Apply the principles of Scrum, one of the most popular agile programming methods, to software project management—and focus your team on delivering real business value. Author Ken Schwaber, a leader in the agile process movement and a co-creator of Scrum, brings his vast expertise to helping you guide the product and software development process more effectively and efficiently. Help eliminate the ambiguity into which so many software projects are borne, where vision and planning documents are essentially thrown over the wall to developers. This high-level reference describes how to use Scrum to manage complex technology projects in detail, combining expert insights with examples and case studies based on Scrum. Emphasizing practice over theory, this book explores every aspect of using Scrum, focusing on driving projects for maximum return on investment. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Agile PM through case studies
    Ken Schwaber, the co-founder of Scrum, presents a text of case studies based on his experience helping teams implement Scrum.

    Each case is a mini-retrospective focusing on topics such as planning a scrum project, project reporting, team formation, and team member responsibilites. Ken presents the situation, the application of a scrum practice, the lessons learned, and a conclusion. The chapters can be browsed and read out of order.

    For those not familiar with Scrum, there is a useful appendix which covers the rules and practices of Scrum.

    For those who learn through case studies, I highly recommend this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Dale Carnegie revisited
    If you have read any of Dale Carnegie's books you will see that all you are getting is a series of anecdotes. It takes a while to get to the essence of the book, where a few pages could have done that in the upfront chapters, then the gumpf could have filled the rest. If you think about it, you are a manager with little time who wants to implement the system, analogous to the scrum master holding the 15 minute daily meeting: I feel the book should have been written like that - have the chapter overview, have the introductory facts ie rules then do the work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Real world guide to implementing Scrum correctly.
    Our organization recently implemented Scrum, and although the
    Beedle/Schwaber book was great to get us off the ground on Scrum
    theory, we immediately had many questions once we actually tried to implement it in real life projects. I agree with the notion that Scrum is conceptually easy to understand, but actually quite complex to implement correctly. The scrum forum has been helpful, but we really needed a cohesive reference of situational problems. The APMWS book really hit the nail on the head and delivered what we needed the most: a practical guide to Scrum with anecdotes and "what happens if..." situations from real world Scrum implementations. This came just in time for us, and we are feeling more confident for our upcoming certification class.

    The appendices in the back are also very helpful. The "Rules"
    appendix is perfect as a quick introduction to Scrum for new Team
    members and Product Owners. It's actually quite detailed for being such a short appendix.

    Also, for newbies the three main Roles are very nicely explained. We had some misconceptions that were immediately addressed by this book.

    Anyway, from a Scrum newbie that is faced with implementation issues, thanks to Ken for putting together a real world implementation guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Learn Scrum by reading stories of its use
    Agile Project Management with Scrum is a wonderful book. The author, Ken Schwaber (one of the originators of the Scrum process), informs us through case studies and anecdotes. If you like learning by example, this book is for you. Scrum is quite likely the best starting point for most companies interested in pursuing an agile development process. The readability and excellent anecdotes in this book make it a fantastic starting point for any journey into agile development.

    I loved seeing how Schwaber applied Scrum in many varying situations. Rather than introducing each case study one at a time, the book is organized around key areas. Multiple anecdotes are given for each key area. Throughout each chapter, Schwaber brings the anecdotes together in Lessons Learned sections and the chapters conclude by helping point out the conclusions we learn to draw from the anecdotes.

    I appreciated that Schwaber was not shy about mentioning projects that didn't go perfectly-including one he got fired from for being too zealous in his role of sheepdog guarding his flock of developers.

    Although this book is ostensibly about software development, Scrum has its roots in general new product development and can (and has been) applied to a wide variety of development projects. A problem with a process like Scrum is that it is best learned by "feeling it" rather than being told about it. There are many subtle differences between Scrum and a more command-and-control management process. Learning Scrum by reading a book filled with examples like this is the best way to get the feel for how to use it on your own projects. ... Read more

    10. Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 24seven
    by Jim McBee, Sybex
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    Asin: 0782142508
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-14)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 22145
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    11. Group Policy, Profiles, and IntelliMirror for Windows 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP(Mark Minasi Windows Administrator Library)
    by Jeremy Moskowitz, Sybex
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    Asin: 0782142982
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-22)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 8294
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This cornerstone volume of the Mark Minasi Windows Series assists administrators in planning, creating, and assigning Group Policy. It combines essential background information with real-world examples to explain how components interact with each other and the network. Completely revised for Windows Server 2003 and XP, this new edition offers detailed coverage on: Group Policy Management Console; Group Policy Scripting; Windows 2003 Group Policy Resource Kit utilities; 300 new Windows 2003 policies; Migrating from Windows NT/2000 to 2003. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY book on Group Policy... Period
    Mark Minasi showed his enormous intellect when he gave his endorsement to Jeremy Moskowitz for a new book dedicated to Group Policies. I have both editions of this book and it stays open on my desk at all times. The sections on Deployment, GPMC, and ADM Template Management are golden. You may think you know AD but you don't until you know Group Policies and how much time they can save you managing your enterprise, and how under utlized group policies probably are in your enterprise. Oh...and if you can't find it in the book, check out Jeremy's website with forums that Jeremy responds to personally.

    If you have any involvement in a 2000 or 2003 Active Directory environment put this book in your shopping cart and proceed immediately to check out. You'll be darn glad you did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Saved my bacon
    If Dan Holme recommends it then it's gotta be good. He's a damned good techie and writer too.

    I'm an experienced MCSE with an International W2003 forest. I've read the best books (Boswell & Minasi & MS Press) but I always found there was a need for a dedicated book on GPO, etc.

    Jeremy was kind enough to let me have a look through his book around 6 weeks ago when I was at one of his talks. It looked good so I got it here on Amazon.

    It's a great balance of intro and advanced material. Import notes and "gotch-ya's" are highlighted. Hard-to-find tips and tricks are littered all over the place.

    Speaking fo which.... I was reading the a section on how to recover the default policies of a domain and the DC OU on the bus one morning. That day, during some random checks I was stunned to find one of the default GPO's was corrupt. The few $'s I spent on this book save me a call to MS Support.

    It's an informative and humorous read. Jeremy seems to understand the daily toil of an overworked admin. I recommend this book to novicxes and especially to experts who will make the most of the advanced tips.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal!
    This book is an unbelievable resource for anyone needing "The Word" on Group Policy. Incredibly clear, highly detailed, and well organized! This goes way beyond any documentation that has been produced--Jeremy clearly spent a LOT of time digging through the guts of Group Policy and testing EVERYTHING. There is information here I haven't seen anywhere else--I would not be surprised if Microsoft's own Group Policy team learned a few things from reading this book. If you are planning, deploying, or troubleshooting Group Policy, do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK! ... Read more

    12. Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Office Project 2003: The Book by and for Professionals
    by Eric Uyttewaal
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    Asin: 1932159452
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-31)
    Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
    Sales Rank: 13466
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Microsoft Office Project 2003 is a powerful software tool, and like all tools, it requires knowledge and skill to be used to its maximum potential. This fully revised new edition of Eric Uyttewaal’s best-selling book on Microsoft Project provides users with everything they will need to more easily and effectively manage projects to a successful conclusion. Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Office Project 2003: The Book By and For Professionals is not only written by a certified PMP and project management practitioner with over 17 years of experience using and teaching MS Project, but is also based on the cumulative experience of the author’s clients, other instructors, and includes insights from numerous other professionals who have used MS Office Project successfully.

    This unique guide, based on research from over 1,000 real-life schedules, gives a complete picture of how to use this software to achieve the best results. "A must read, reread, and use daily for all project managers" is what PMI’s Project Management Journal had to say about the previous edition. This updated version is even better.

    Key Features:
    Fully aligned with the PMBOK 2004 edition
    Teaches how to build easy-to-maintain dynamic schedules that will meet your continual needs to forecast until project completion
    Provides many helpful screen illustrations, diagrams, stories, cartoons, review questions, case studies, and hands-on exercises to help make the learning process easy for all user levels
    Also available in a 2002 MS Project version that is fully aligned with the PMBOK 2000 edition - Dynamic Scheduling With Microsoft Project 2002
    Web Added Value offers downloadable quick reference tables with toolbar and keyboard shortcuts, answers to sample exam questions, one hundred examples of certified schedules, filters to check the quality of your own schedule, solution files for the Project 2003 exercises and a solutions manual for college professors — available from the J. Ross Publishing Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent self-study and training course text
    I am using this text to train 15 Project Managers at Denver Water. All students have expressed that the text is very easy to follow and that the insights and usages of MS Project are thoughtful and effective. I have found very few deviations from the PMBOK and hardly any errors.
    The checklists are extremely useful.I have compiled the checklists into a booklet to assure that all my PMs have them readily available when working on their schedules. We now have 15 "perfectly" dynamic schedules in Project Server 2003. The 15 project managers are taking to it like ducks to water and breathing a sigh of relief getting the tool to do what THEY want. We are cutting the overhead of project management and MS Project Usage significantly with a successful application of the thoughtful recommendations Eric Uyttewaal has so carefully communicated in this very helpful text.
    Christine Ringleb, Ph.D, PMP
    Sr IT Portfolio Manager
    Denver Water

    5-0 out of 5 stars Create Dynamic Models and Forecast with Project
    In a nutshell, this book will help show you how to use Microsoft Project 2003 (MS Project) to create dynamic, valid models of your projects so that you can forecast end dates and total costs.Model means that the schedule will be an intelligent simplification of the project, valid means that it reflects what is really going on, and dynamic means that when one change happens to the project, a minimal number of changes (ideally one) will need to happen in the schedule to return the schedule to a valid state.The author explains how to do all of this with MS Project

    In my mind, there are three important pillars on which this book is built: 1) It is aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 2004, 2) It shows effective ways to use MS Project to keep the project files manageable so that you can keep the schedules dynamic and forecasts accurate, and 3) It has excellent practical advice on project management.Much as the Project Management Institute has developed the PMBOK to reflect the best practices in Project Management, the author has succeeded in developing a Body of Knowledge to reflect the best practices for using MS Project.

    This is one of the best hands on practical technical books I have read (and I have read many). If you use MS Project, you owe it to yourself to give this book a try.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for end-users
    Eric Uyttewaal's book Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Office Project 2003 is a first class look at Microsoft's enterprise project management system from a usability standpoint.There are numerous texts focusing on a function-by-function description or the technical aspects of installing and configuring MS Project or Project Server.Dynamic Scheduling deals more with how to get your work done.

    Mr. Uyttewaal has organized the topics of his book to match the kinds of challenges project managers will have managing any project and then carefully shows how to overcome these challenges using Microsoft Project and Project Server.The flow of the text follows the same flow you'd find on a project; starting with setting up a project, entering estimates then dealing with constraints, resources, costs and tracking the project.The sections on how to optimize the project schedule give a common sense approach that every user of Microsoft Project can follow regardless of scheduling expertise.There are even sections on optimizing for different criteria such as shortest possible schedule, best use of resources, best result from a cost perspective and so on.

    Dynamic Scheduling is an ideal book for those who are starting with Microsoft Project and Project Server who want to know how to get things done in these products.It's a must-have for any Microsoft Project user's bookshelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Book
    The world of the Project Manager has grown increasingly important as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act which places strong responsibility for compliance on the detection of fraud in projects. The proper recording of mission and scheduling activities is integral to project management and now a part of the law.

    The International Institute for Learning (IIL) has become the Microsoft formally approved certification authority for their Project software. The author of this book is the executive director of the Project team. This book is the latest edition of the text book used by the IIL. It is completely aligned with the Product Management Body of Knowledge (2004 Edition) put out by the Project Management Institute.

    Besides this, the writing style, the approach to learning Project has been developed and tested over many classes tought over several years. It's up to date, well written, and illustrated with a large number of project components that have come from experience in many industries.

    Simply put, this is the definitive book on the subject. ... Read more

    13. MicrosoftExchange Server 2003 Resource Kit (Pro-Resource Kit)
    by Microsoft Corporation, Kay Unkroth, Scott Schnoll, Fergus Strachan
    list price: $69.99
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    Asin: 0735620725
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-27)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 191466
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    Book Description

    Get the definitive resource for administering Exchange 2003—with in-depth technical information and tools developed by the Microsoft Exchange Server team. This exhaustive, 1,000+ page reference delivers the information you need to design solutions that meet your business and technical objectives, accelerate deployments, implement best practices, avoid problems, and meet the requirements of your service level agreements. Topics include planning, deployment, administration, automation, security services, monitoring, optimization, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. You also get a DVD packed with essential tools, administrative scripts, job aids, Microsoft Virtual PC configurations, and a fully searchable eBook—everything you need to help save time and reduce ownership and support costs. ... Read more

    14. MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
    by Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
    list price: $59.99
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    Asin: 0735614377
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-13)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 11029
    Average Customer Review: 3.21 out of 5 stars
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    Announcing an all-new MCSA/MCSE Training Kit designed to help maximize your performance on Exam 70-290, a core exam for the new Windows Server 2003 certification. This kit packs the tools and features exam candidates want most—including in-depth, self-paced training; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors; and a robust testing suite. It also provides real-world scenarios, case studies, and troubleshooting labs for the skills and expertise you can apply to the job.

    Focusing on account and resource management in a Windows Server 2003 environment, this official study guide covers topics such as managing physical and logical devices; users, computers, and groups; access and permissions; the server environment; and disaster recovery services.

    Ace your exam preparation and ramp up quickly on Windows Server 2003 by working at your own pace through the lessons, hands-on exercises, and practice tests. The Readiness Review Suite on CD, featuring advanced technology from MeasureUp, provides 425 challenging questions for in-depth self-assessment and practice. Choose timed or untimed testing mode, generate random tests, or focus on discrete objectives or chapters, and get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including pointers to other sources for further study. You also get a 180-day evaluation version of Windows Server 2003 software and a 15 percent exam discount voucher—making this kit an exceptional value and a great career investment. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Without experience you are sunk
    If you don't know the product, you will not pass. This book will help you pass. If your only experience with Windows Server 2003 is installing it twice and running a few applications then you WILL fail the 70-290 exam no matter what book you buy! The MCSE is not like it was back in the NT4 days when you could train your parrot to pass the exams. You need to know what you are doing. This book is reasonably good at building on the exam objectives, but in some cases you will need to look at Technet. If you buy this book and fail the exam, don't blame the book - have a good look at the amount of experience you had going into the exam with Windows Server 2003. I passed this exam and this book helped (though my experience with the product, and prior Microsoft server operating systems did as well).

    3-0 out of 5 stars Use another book as well as this one.
    This is probably the tenth Microsoft Press book I've purchased, and it is no different than the rest of them. While the technical aspects of the material seem adequate, I think there needs to be more detail. The exams always seem to contain a few questions that only Technet can help you answer. An exeption to this was the Microsoft Press MCSE study guide for 70-216, which was very detailed. Another bad thing about this publication (70-290) is the CD, which contains a few typographical errors and what I believe to be wrong answers on a few of the Readiness Review questions; namely a claim that a RAID-5 array isn't fault tolerant, which it clearly is. If you are considering purchasing this book, please do yourself a favor and check it out first. Read through some of it, and verify its accuracy with other publications or online material. The 2003 Server Administrators Guide is much better written and contains more real world scenarios than this book. Use it as a backup. Hope this review helps, and good luck on the exam.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A solid comprehensive read
    I've just finished reading this book, it contained almost everything I needed to know for the exam. It was written in easy to understand language and coupled with the recommended experience in the server field should be a breeze for others to comprehend.

    Great to see an Australian writing such an important MSPress book too!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Intro but Inadequate for Exam
    I did the exam 2 weeks ago (passed) after using this book along with Trancenders but struggled in the exam.

    You would need to have a second book to give you a rounded view of the subject areas. Also the exam is based on a lot of real world examples not covered in the text (a lot of stuff on backing-up) also a lot of areas in the book were not in the exam.

    If you are new to 2003 spend some time working with the material before tackling the exam.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere
    Poorly written and way out of context. My advice to anyone wishing to learn the real ins and outs of 2003 server would be to buy Mark Minasi's book - he offers much better advice geared towards the real world and his chapter on DNS is far superior to the drivel written in this publication.
    I particuarly dislike the monotonous tone that so often is the down fall of Microsoft publications.
    On the upside - this book is given it's blessing by *Microsoft* - so it must have something going for it. The section on Group Policy is not bad.
    However - just go to Borders and compare the difference - Minasi's book on 2003 server is *the* bible to have with regards to decent technical writing and explanantions of real world situatios with regards to 2003 server. ... Read more

    15. Data Analysis and Decision Making with Microsoft Excel (with InfoTrac and CD-ROM)
    by S. Christian Albright, Wayne Winston, Christopher Zappe
    list price: $127.95
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    Asin: 053438367X
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
    Publisher: Duxbury Press
    Sales Rank: 64683
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    The emphasis of the text is on data analysis, modeling, and spreadsheet use in statistics and management science. This text contains professional Excel software add-ins. The authors maintain the elements that have made this text a market leader in its first edition: clarity of writing, a teach-by-example approach, and complete Excel integration. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Better Title: Intro to Statistics using Excel Add-ins
    On the positive side, this book has many excellent case studies and examples. It is well written and interesting. However, I was disappointed, as I was expecting use of Excel to rigorously solve decision making and data analysis problems. The focus of the book is mostly traditional statistics solved using a group of commercial add-ins for Excel. If this is what you want, then the book would get five stars. However, for data analysis and decision making, I think a more thorough treatment using Excel without relying so much on the add-ins would have been appropriate.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Serious Excel 2000 Problem
    The text book is great. I have many of Winston's other books and they are all great. The Palisade stuff works just fine. However, the StatPro Addin that accompanies this text does not work with MS Excel 2000. I contacted the IT guy that the authors directed me to--he was stumped. He just gave up and suggested I return my book for a refund because he could not figure out it out. Again, the book is great but the StatPro Addin sucks!

    5-0 out of 5 stars No trouble with Excel
    I find the text and software a useful set of tools. It assumes familiarity with basic statistics and Excel, and builds on them to develop a powerfull ability to analize data and make decisions from it. I experienced no trouble with the software install or operation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars MS Office 2000 compatability problems!!
    Just purchased the book as a tool for MBA classes. However, after installing the accompanying CD ROM add-ons I had problems accessing MS Office programs. A critical .DLL file was modified by the program during my installation. I think the program was made to run with MS Excel 97. Another suggestion for the author is to include an answers CD ROM for the problems contained in the text so that students and professionals can check their work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent MBA - level textbook and software.
    Finally MBA probability/statistics course and MS Excel have been unified in one textbook. The accompanying software is great, especially Decision Tree (probably the only Excel-based software for decision making). Students like business-oriented excersises in the book. Highly recommended. ... Read more

    16. Word 2003 Bible
    by BrentHeslop, DavidAngell, PeterKent
    list price: $39.99
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    Asin: 076453971X
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-29)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 22039
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Includes the latest information on security problems in Word and how to prevent them.
    * Offers tips for formatting for black and white versus color printers
    * Explains when to use Word for publishing to the Web and when to depend on FrontPage.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dian Chapman, Word MVP, recommends it!
    Funny, the link said "be the first to review this book" and I may have literally been one of the first. I was lucky enough to review it pre-press. I love the Bible software series and my previous Word versions of this book are loaded with post-its and always close at hand. In fact, I not only recommend this book here, and on my web page, but allowed them to use my name on the cover. (And Word MVP, Herb Tyson, was Technical Editor...what more could you ask for!)

    All Word 2003 users should have and keep this book handy!

    Dian D. Chapman

    Technical Consultant &
    Microsoft Word MVP since 1995 ... Read more

    17. Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
    by Robbie Allen
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    Asin: 0596004648
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-23)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 5232
    Average Customer Review: 4.95 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The book contains hundreds of step-by-step solutions for both common and uncommon problems that you might encounter with Active Directory on a daily basis--including recipes to deal with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), multi-master replication, Domain Name System (DNS), Group Policy, the Active Directory Schema, and many other features. Author Robbie Allen, a Senior Systems Architect at Cisco Systems and co-author of our Active Directory tutorial, based this collection of troubleshooting recipes on his own experience, along with input from Windows administrators throughout the industry. Each recipe includes a discussion to explain how and why the solution works, so you can adapt the problem-solving techniques to similar situations.If your company is considering an upgrade from Windows NT or 2000 to Windows Server 2003, the Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 will help reduce the time and trouble it takes to configure and deploy Active Directory for your network. This Cookbook is also a perfect companion to Active Directory, the tutorial that experts hail as the best source for understanding Microsoft's network directory service. While Active Directory provides the big picture, Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 gives you the quick solutions you need to cope with day-to-day dilemmas. Together, these books supply the knowledge and tools so you can get the most out of Active Directory to manage users, groups, computers, domains, organizational units, and security policies on your network. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent how-to instructions for Active Directory Scripters
    Book Review: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows ® Server 2003 and Windows ® Server 2000
    Pages: 622
    Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates; (September 2003)
    ISBN: 0596004648
    Rating: 9/10
    Rater - Carlos Magalhaes - Active Directory Programming MVP

    About the author - Robbie Allen has been authoring books for quite some time now. I have been following every release. Robbie has a wonderful writing style that allows for quick and enjoyable reading. This book is no exception. Robbie has a thorough knowledge of Active Directory; he recently was awarded the MVP award from Microsoft (well done, Robbie!) and is highly respected in the Active Directory community.

    Hidden gems - Being a technical reviewer myself for many Active Directory and Windows Server books, very often are the technical reviewers forgotten in a book review. To Rick Kingslan, Gil Kirkpatrick, Tony Murray, Todd Myrick, Joe Richards and Kevin Sullivan: well done guys! Your efforts along with Robbie's have made this book a true gem.

    Audience - I am among the fortunate few that have the job title, "System Developer and System Administrator" (both a blessing and a curse!). I can however confirm that this book is well suited for both audiences. There is no constraint on which scripting language to use either. Robbie provides both VBScript and Perl examples for most of his code samples, they are easy to follow and with the additional knowledge this book provides, easy to expand on.

    What this book is not - This book is not an Active Directory Programming book. It does not go into the depth of detail about certain points (as it is not the objective of the book) like Active Directory Second Addition by O'Reilly does, but covers the points that are important very well.

    Quick Overview of Inside the book - The book is comprised of 18 chapters. (The chapter headers below are my personal abbreviations for the chapters)

    Chapter 1 - The stage is set.
    This chapter covers the basics about what scripting languages and tools that will be used and any issues to take into consideration.

    Chapter 2 - Core Architecture is important!
    The importance of how to create and maintain your Forests, Domains and trusts is explained in this chapter.

    Chapter 3 - Who Runs my Network Operating System (NOS)?
    The servers that are regarded as the back bone of the network your Domain Controllers, Global Catalogs and FSMO's all important tasks that one has to do on a daily basis is covered in chapter 3.

    Chapter 4 - Ohh objects where are you?
    To me an important advantage (and there are many more) that Windows ® 2003 and Windows ® 2000 have over the older NOS is that the searching capability is enhanced and no object can hide. Chapter 4 covers Searching and Manipulating objects.

    Chapter 5 - The Holding cells of objects
    This chapter covers the creating and maintenance of Organizational units.

    Chapter 6 - And of course who could forget the users.
    Want to find out just about everything you can script for the user object? Then this chapter is for you.

    Chapter 7 - How do I herd my users?
    People live in communities (like Tony Murray's or and active directory caters for these groupings by allowing users to create (no prizes) Groups. Chapter 7 covers creating and maintaining groups.

    Chapter 8 - Computers
    Chapter 8 is for you if you need to create and maintain your computer objects.

    Chapter 9 - Rules, Rules, Rules!
    And of course if you have ever managed a group of objects you have to apply some rules. Create and maintain your Groups Policy Objects with this chapter.

    Chapter 10 - The big boss
    With every wonderful creation there has to be a boss or in this case a backbone. This chapter is very important, covering important points to remember about your Active Directory Schema.

    Chapter 11 - How do I build my site?
    Network topology can be tricky. Use the scripts in this chapter to help you find out more about your sites.

    Chapter 12 - Hey why don't I have that object on my directory partition?
    Replication is such an important part of Active Directory. One of the most neglected areas with Active Directory. Chapter 12 provides some invaluable scripts.

    Chapter 13 - Nice to meet you but who are you?
    Domain Naming System (DNS), imagine we had to live in a world where there where no names. Ever wondered how to modify DNS server configurations using a script? Chapter 13 has your answer.

    Chapter 14 - Are you really who you say you are?
    This chapter can not be missed, with the internet pretending to be what it is not, this chapter covering Security and Authentication is a must.

    Chapter 15 - "You network is as good as your auditing"
    A famous person once said, "You won't know what's wrong until you ask". Dive into the world of logging, monitoring, auditing and setting quotas with this chapter.

    Chapter 16 - Bang, now what?
    How many times have I been called in to "fix" a very sick Active Directory installation and I find out backups have not been working for months! Please take time and read this chapter, the scripts and advice on Backing up, Recovering , important DIT maintenance and watching those deleted objects can save people like me hours of work.

    Chapter 17 - I know about Domain Partitions but what are Application Partitions?
    If you do not know what an application partition is or does, chapter 17 is for you!

    Chapter 18 - But I use the .net Framework
    This chapter is dedicated in explaining how to use the different technologies and programming languages with Active Directory.

    My Verdict

    A wonderful book for overworked Administrators that really don't have the time to go through the learning curve of scripting, the book provides the code snippets there ready to use. And if you don't feel like typing them out here is the download link for the entire source code for the whole book.

    Robbie, well done, this is a great book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Joseph
    Thanks Robbie

    I love the books (AD First-Second Edition / AD Cookbook); you have done a great job in detailing the Scrip procedures in the AD Cookbook.
    Love the index and tool list. A must get for any Sys Admin / Architect.
    As a "Batch er & KIX32 er" I had a hard time getting my head
    around VBs or PL your book helped me a great deal.
    Appreciate the fact that you are proposing script examples in Perl, VBS, Ldifde or CMD to get the job done. The only suggestion I have more as a question: List a example of a skeleton template vbs script parsing through a excel or csv file for specific User tasks / import via ADSI adding great flexibility in adding Cookbook Recipes to the template as needed. That would be perfect;-).
    Also i have owned the Active Directory First edition and enjoyed the technical details.
    Great job thank you Robbie


    5-0 out of 5 stars An AD Administrator's Must Have
    So often with "cut and paste" solution titles, the reader is given a book that assumes no experience on behalf of the user, and wastes a great deal of print on telling you how to open notepad or the command prompt and very little time answering many of the "but wait..." questions that arise from implementing their solution without knowing what you're doing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this isn't the case with this book.

    Don't pick this up unless you are familiar with the environment you are using; the author makes the assumption that you understand Windows and the Active Directory already. Formatted exactly as needed, this reference book (find what you need, rather than a cover to cover read) provides solutions which 95% of the time are native to the "out of the box" environment without need for additional downloads or installs. When you do need a download, its a Microsoft provided add-on and not a third party shareware. The solutions are usually provided as a GUI walk-thru, command line overview and a VBScript example, making this title much more useful than others as it does not alienate administrators of various levels.

    With over 320 solutions in 17 different areas, this is recommended Active Directory reference addition for applicable administrators.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best.
    I have been working with Active Directory for a while and I have seen my share of books for Active Directory administration, but this one is the best I have come across in a great while, Allen takes step by step thru the different ways of getting the task done in AD 2000/2003 and it has saved me a lot of time.

    And to top it all I needed a script from the book I went to Robbie Allen's website and he personally sent me all the scripts from the book. That shows me a writer that stands 100% by his product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctored ordered!
    Before this book, I would spend hours googling for example code to interact with Active Directory using VBScript or Perl. Now, I just refer to this book. This book is amazing and worth every penny of the purchase price several times over. Just about anything you will ever want to do programmatically with AD is covered. This is the most used book in my library. ... Read more

    18. Windows XP For Dummies (Windows Xp for Dummies)
    by AndyRathbone
    list price: $21.99
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    Asin: 0764573268
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-27)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 7532
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    Book Description

    * The bestselling computer book of all time-more than eight million copies sold in all editions-now revised to cover the updates in Windows XP Service Pack 2 as well as updates in popular Windows applications
    * This fifty percent revision includes a fully revamped , "task-oriented" table of contents as well as expanded coverage of e-mail, anti-spam tools, faxing, troubleshooting, customization, multimedia, and CDs and DVDs-plus a brief look ahead to the next generation of Windows, codenamed "Longhorn"
    * Walks first-time Windows XP users through signing on, navigating the interface, using basic applications, finding and working with files, handling Internet functions, setting up peripherals, and fixing basic problems
    * Written in the friendly, accessible For Dummies style by Andy Rathbone-one of the bestselling tech authors of all time
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    19. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
    by William R. Stanek
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: 0735613540
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-12)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 3632
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    This pocket-sized resource zeroes in on core procedures and everyday tasks for supporting the Windows® Server 2003 family. Get streamlined information on Active Directory®, Group Policy, TCP/IP networking, print services, DHCP, WINS, DNS, and more. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another home run for William Stanek
    It's really simple: you can't go wrong with William Stanek. I picked up this and Stanek's Windows Commandline reference on the same day. This book has turned out to be the best of its class for Windows Server 2003. I reference this book agtain and again. It's been able to answer all the questions I've had with Windows Server 2003. If only I would have got this book as soon as we upgraded, it would have saved many headaches.

    This book is written in an easy style, very concise and packed with information. William Stanek understands the way administrators work, he anticipates your questions and answers them. It's that simple. He clearly is a Windows guru and someone who ins't afraid to share his best secrets.

    A flaw of this book, if you can call it one, is you have to read every page. Every page has important bits, if you skim the book you are going to miss useful things. I think okay as you WILL want to read every page. As others have said this book should be included with every copy of Windows Server 2003.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bottom line: It's a must-have for anyone on Windows Server
    Here's the bottom line on this book: if I could find a better book on the new Windows Server 2003, I would have bought it. William Stanek has done a masterful job of making this new OS understandable and more importantly, usable. It is the only daily administration book you're going to need, and possibly the only Windows Server book you'll ever use (at least regularly). I refer to it at least once a day and I've read entire chapters so I could know Windows the way I'm supposed to. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down
    I picked up this guide almost a year ago preparing for the move over to Windows 2003. Haven't put it down since.

    This book contains everything that an administrators needs to do day to day. And it does it on a screen by screen basis.

    If you are doing any IIS work I highly recommend you also pick up the IIS 6 Pocket Consultant

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Exactly as described, this small form book provides a one-stop administrator's reference for the administration and maintenance of Windows 2003 without the need to break out the larger tomes available out there. Not for use as a learning guide for the OS, nor really designed as certification study guide, this is a must have for anyone on the job.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A necessity
    I have been a Windows user since 1989. Windows has come a long way since then and so has the opertating system. As one who was very familiar with Windows NT after moving to Windows Server 2003 I was completely lost.

    Since this was my first exposure to Windows Server 2003 I started looking for information about how it worked and how to do the things that had become second nature with NT. Windows Server 2003 Administrator Pocket Consultant was the answer. The book covers everything a new admin must know in order to use the system efficiently. In addition, the text covers in detail the many tasks you perform every day with numerous advanced topics especially the real world details on how to avoid/resolve problems.

    Windows Server 2003 Administrator Pocket Consultnat is the one book to have if you are new to Windows Server 03. Both the experienced Windows admin updating to WS03 and the new admin will find the Pocket Consultant very useful and a solid reference. This book should be included with WS03. ... Read more

    20. Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Step by Step
    by Curtis Frye
    list price: $24.99
    our price: $16.49
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    Asin: 0735615187
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-27)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 7210
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    Book Description

    This practical, hands-on tutorial expertly builds your skills with Microsoft Office Excel 2003—one step at a time! With STEP BY STEP, you work at your own pace through easy-to-follow lessons and practice exercises to learn exactly the tools and techniques you need. Master the tools for organizing, processing and presenting data; make data come alive with Microsoft PivotTable® and PivotChart® dynamic views; use data analysis tools for better decision making; tap external data sources; add hyperlinks; create macros; and help keep data secure as you share—and collaborate on—Excel documents over the Web. The book also helps you prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist exam and makes a great on-the-job desk reference. The companion CD includes practice files you can use as you learn, as well as the Microsoft Office System Reference pack, which contains templates and clip art, an eBook of Step by Step, and four other eBooks: the Microsoft Office System Quick Reference; the Insider’s Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003; the Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition; and Introducing the Tablet PC. Designed for beginning and intermediate level users, STEP BY STEP puts you in charge of developing the skills you need, exactly when you need them! ... Read more

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