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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Best Damn Windows Server 2003 Book Period
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Susan Snedaker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best written, most useful book so far

If you are planning to implement a network system based on Windows Server 2003 you will find everything you need in the pages of this book. It covers every topic you need to know to successfully create a secure and efficient Windows server (or at least as secure and efficient as a Windows server can be). The author does assume some basic knowledge of networking and so leaves out a lot of the basics, which is entirely appropriate in a book of this nature. The focus is on the Windows Server 2003 operating system and not on things like using IP addresses to subnet a network.

One of the things that differentiates this book from similar ones is that it is not an attempt to provide the reader with the information to pass some Microsoft exam, but focuses on what an administrator really needs to know to do their job. It is a practical and useful book, not one that will be shelved and not used again after taking some exam.

For such a thorough and practical book that attempts to provide real world knowledge I was surprised that it only has two pages about migrating up to a Windows Server 2003 system. Basically the only thing it mentions about upgrading is to make sure your hardware is on the approved hardware list. Although it is possible that this is the only potential problem in an upgrade experience has taught me that it is highly unlikely. I have never had an operating system version upgrade without some type of surprise. The only other thing that I don't like is the skimpy index given a book of this size. For each chapter there are items that should be in the index but are not.

Other than that, the book is well organized with each chapter containing all the information relevant to s specific task. The advantage here is that you don't have to go searching through five or six different places in the book to gather all the related information to do something - it is all in the appropriate chapter. Again, the focus is on usability and information for real world network operations instead of an exam. Each chapter follows the same basic outline of planning, implementing, and maintaining the chosen topic.

With just short of a thousand pages, "Best Damn Windows Server 2003 Book Period" is a highly recommended book for the person already familiar with computer networking who wants to learn the intricacies of Windows Server 2003. Don't buy it if you want a book to pass an exam, buy it because it will make your job easier, make your system perform the way you want, and provide a useful real-world resource if you have a problem.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Book but some errors!!!

Not exist the perfect Certification A+ book. Myers book is a reference book, Microsoft book is a text book, and this the Dummies book is another cram. So, if you dont have pc repairing, maintaining or troubleshooting experience, i recommend clases or intensive trainning in real scenarios. Otherwise, the road is hard!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle E-Business Suite Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Bastin Gerald, Nigel King, Dan Natchek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book for end users and implementors

It is very hard to write a book of this size and at the same time cover all aspects of Oracle Mfg. and Supply Chain Mgmt modules and I congratulate the authors for having done a commendable job at that.
The first thing I see as different from other books and Oracle documentation is the fact that the topics are organized by functional areas rather than individual Oracle modules. This approach gives the complete picture of a business process and then illustrates how each oracle module is used in that business process.
Instead of just talking about what each modules can do, the authors have tried to blend plain functional content along with the discussion of oracle specific implementation of that process, which would help even novices to understand why something is done in oracle in the way it is done. One example is the way they discuss "Enterprise Structure" in the second chapter, starting from the Enterprise at the top, going down all the way up to Stock Locators.
Another good thing is that the authors have used logical data models to illustrate certain areas of the mfg. and SCM modules. There are also lots of table references through the book. This will be of interest for someone who is doing custom reports.
Finally, I've found that similar books lack in the number and accuracy (filled with appropriate data) of screenshots. This one has numerous screenshots that aid in better understanding of the subject being discussed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Solaris 10 : The Complete Reference (Complete Reference Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Paul Watters
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not much detail on Solaris 10

While this book was a good review of Solaris, it was NOT specific enough at all with regard to administering Solaris 10. I bought this book because it was the only one available to prepare for a Solaris 10 System Admin (beta exam). I found much more useful information from the SUN website. See for yourself. Use the "search in this book" feature on this webpage. Type in "zoneadm" or "zonecfg". These are two commands used to congfigure zones in Solaris 10. One of the trumpeted new features of this version, yet the book says NOTHING about this. Amazon also messed up my credit order, I was supposed to get $30.00 credit on the order and that never happened.