Book recommendations

Discussion in 'MCSA' started by RWH, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. RWH

    RWH Guest

    Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read the
    one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something tells
    me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure to
    Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the testing
    fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the MCSE.)

    What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on Amazon
    and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's always a
    few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    difficult to decide.

    Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.
    RWH, Aug 21, 2006
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  2. Hi RWH,

    One of the books I have appreciated most is this one:

    MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell, Third Edition
    The required 70: 290, 291, 293 and 294 Exams
    By William R. Stanek
    Third Edition May 2006
    Pages: 736

    Published by O'Reilly (Yes, it has a giant elephant on the cover!) it is a
    great resource not only for 70-291, but for the four core exams.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    M
    --
    MDG, MCSA
    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000)
    Certified Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx


    "RWH" wrote:

    > Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read the
    > one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something tells
    > me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure to
    > Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    > simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the testing
    > fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the MCSE.)
    >
    > What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on Amazon
    > and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's always a
    > few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    > difficult to decide.
    >
    > Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.
    Montreal MCSA, Aug 21, 2006
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  3. RWH

    AJR Guest

    Have spent a lot of time at Barnes and Noble bookstore - Definitely check
    out Sybex - personally it is the one book I would recommend if you were to
    consider only one. The included CD includes several simulations.

    "RWH" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read
    > the
    > one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something
    > tells
    > me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure to
    > Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    > simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the testing
    > fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the MCSE.)
    >
    > What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on
    > Amazon
    > and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's
    > always a
    > few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    > difficult to decide.
    >
    > Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.
    AJR, Aug 21, 2006
    #3
  4. RWH

    RWH Guest

    Hello Montreal MCSA,

    Thanks for the advice... The "MCSA" part of your signature (not to mention
    the rest of your certs) makes me believe you're speaking with a bit of
    authority on this subject! I'll check it out.

    Thanks again.

    PS: Cool blogs.


    "Montreal MCSA" wrote:

    > Hi RWH,
    >
    > One of the books I have appreciated most is this one:
    >
    > MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell, Third Edition
    > The required 70: 290, 291, 293 and 294 Exams
    > By William R. Stanek
    > Third Edition May 2006
    > Pages: 736
    >
    > Published by O'Reilly (Yes, it has a giant elephant on the cover!) it is a
    > great resource not only for 70-291, but for the four core exams.
    >
    > Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    > M
    > --
    > MDG, MCSA
    > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000)
    > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    >
    >
    > "RWH" wrote:
    >
    > > Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read the
    > > one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something tells
    > > me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure to
    > > Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    > > simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the testing
    > > fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the MCSE.)
    > >
    > > What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on Amazon
    > > and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's always a
    > > few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    > > difficult to decide.
    > >
    > > Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.
    RWH, Aug 21, 2006
    #4
  5. Hi RWH,

    It is true that I have studied for and passed my fair share of exams. I
    hope my experience can help you with yours!

    M
    --
    MDG, MCSA
    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000)
    Certified Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx


    "RWH" wrote:

    >
    > Hello Montreal MCSA,
    >
    > Thanks for the advice... The "MCSA" part of your signature (not to mention
    > the rest of your certs) makes me believe you're speaking with a bit of
    > authority on this subject! I'll check it out.
    >
    > Thanks again.
    >
    > PS: Cool blogs.
    >
    >
    > "Montreal MCSA" wrote:
    >
    > > Hi RWH,
    > >
    > > One of the books I have appreciated most is this one:
    > >
    > > MCSE Core Required Exams in a Nutshell, Third Edition
    > > The required 70: 290, 291, 293 and 294 Exams
    > > By William R. Stanek
    > > Third Edition May 2006
    > > Pages: 736
    > >
    > > Published by O'Reilly (Yes, it has a giant elephant on the cover!) it is a
    > > great resource not only for 70-291, but for the four core exams.
    > >
    > > Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    > > M
    > > --
    > > MDG, MCSA
    > > MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000)
    > > Certified Small Business Specialist
    > > Visit my blog at www.mitpro.ca/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    > >
    > >
    > > "RWH" wrote:
    > >
    > > > Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read the
    > > > one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something tells
    > > > me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure to
    > > > Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    > > > simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the testing
    > > > fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the MCSE.)
    > > >
    > > > What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on Amazon
    > > > and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's always a
    > > > few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    > > > difficult to decide.
    > > >
    > > > Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.
    Montreal MCSA, Aug 21, 2006
    #5
  6. RWH

    RWH Guest

    OK, AJR, I'll check that out too. Thanks for a great suggestion as well.


    "AJR" wrote:

    > Have spent a lot of time at Barnes and Noble bookstore - Definitely check
    > out Sybex - personally it is the one book I would recommend if you were to
    > consider only one. The included CD includes several simulations.
    >
    > "RWH" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read
    > > the
    > > one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something
    > > tells
    > > me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure to
    > > Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    > > simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the testing
    > > fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the MCSE.)
    > >
    > > What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on
    > > Amazon
    > > and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's
    > > always a
    > > few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    > > difficult to decide.
    > >
    > > Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.

    >
    >
    >
    RWH, Aug 21, 2006
    #6
  7. I just passed 70-291 with a score of 890. Its a little trickier than 290 but
    if you prepare you should be fine. I used the Sybex book that AJR
    recommended and I was quite impressed. Supplemented it with the CBTNuggets
    291 course which I thought was excellent (and surprisingly funny!)
    Best of luck.
    GnJ

    "RWH" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > OK, AJR, I'll check that out too. Thanks for a great suggestion as well.
    >
    >
    > "AJR" wrote:
    >
    >> Have spent a lot of time at Barnes and Noble bookstore - Definitely check
    >> out Sybex - personally it is the one book I would recommend if you were
    >> to
    >> consider only one. The included CD includes several simulations.
    >>
    >> "RWH" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read
    >> > the
    >> > one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something
    >> > tells
    >> > me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure
    >> > to
    >> > Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    >> > simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the
    >> > testing
    >> > fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the
    >> > MCSE.)
    >> >
    >> > What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on
    >> > Amazon
    >> > and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's
    >> > always a
    >> > few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    >> > difficult to decide.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.

    >>
    >>
    >>
    GoodNightJones, Aug 22, 2006
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  8. RWH

    RWH Guest

    OK, thanks, GnJ. I've got the Sybex on order at my local Borders store. (Was
    going to order it from any website, but discovered I still have a gift
    certificate to the brick and mortar store, so... free is better, right?) They
    said it'll be in later this week, which is cool. I haven't heard of
    CBTNuggets, but will check that out as well.

    Thanks.

    "GoodNightJones" wrote:

    > I just passed 70-291 with a score of 890. Its a little trickier than 290 but
    > if you prepare you should be fine. I used the Sybex book that AJR
    > recommended and I was quite impressed. Supplemented it with the CBTNuggets
    > 291 course which I thought was excellent (and surprisingly funny!)
    > Best of luck.
    > GnJ
    >
    > "RWH" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > OK, AJR, I'll check that out too. Thanks for a great suggestion as well.
    > >
    > >
    > > "AJR" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Have spent a lot of time at Barnes and Noble bookstore - Definitely check
    > >> out Sybex - personally it is the one book I would recommend if you were
    > >> to
    > >> consider only one. The included CD includes several simulations.
    > >>
    > >> "RWH" <> wrote in message
    > >> news:...
    > >> > Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read
    > >> > the
    > >> > one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something
    > >> > tells
    > >> > me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure
    > >> > to
    > >> > Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    > >> > simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the
    > >> > testing
    > >> > fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the
    > >> > MCSE.)
    > >> >
    > >> > What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on
    > >> > Amazon
    > >> > and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's
    > >> > always a
    > >> > few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    > >> > difficult to decide.
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>

    >
    >
    >
    RWH, Aug 22, 2006
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  9. RWH

    Garth H Guest

    You've already got a lot of good suggestions here, but let me reinforce
    the obvious. No matter what you get, make sure you're doing hands on
    exercises too. It's really easy to read about the inner workings of
    W2k3, but actually doing the steps really helps things click.

    Another reason hands on is important is because 290 and 291 now have
    simulations. The more hands on you have, the less likely you'll suffer
    from deer in the headlights syndrome.

    Good Luck!!


    --
    Garth H

    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Macromedia Certified Developer
    Garth H, Aug 22, 2006
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  10. Garth hit the nail on the head there - its all about learning the software.
    In my exam I found some of the simulations used Microsoft's new group policy
    editor, I think you can download it from their site.

    GnJ

    "Garth H" <> wrote in message
    news:uu3%...
    > You've already got a lot of good suggestions here, but let me reinforce
    > the obvious. No matter what you get, make sure you're doing hands on
    > exercises too. It's really easy to read about the inner workings of
    > W2k3, but actually doing the steps really helps things click.
    >
    > Another reason hands on is important is because 290 and 291 now have
    > simulations. The more hands on you have, the less likely you'll suffer
    > from deer in the headlights syndrome.
    >
    > Good Luck!!
    >
    >
    > --
    > Garth H
    >
    > Microsoft Certified Professional
    > Macromedia Certified Developer
    GoodNightJones, Aug 22, 2006
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  11. RWH

    RWH Guest

    Thanks you guys, for all the suggestions and recommendations. I picked up
    "...In A Nutshell" and have the Sybex on order. You can be sure I'm running
    all the labs, as well.

    Reading that "That Guy" passed 70-291 has helped crank up my motivation
    level a few notches, too.


    "RWH" wrote:

    > Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read the
    > one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something tells
    > me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure to
    > Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    > simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the testing
    > fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the MCSE.)
    >
    > What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on Amazon
    > and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's always a
    > few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    > difficult to decide.
    >
    > Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.
    RWH, Aug 23, 2006
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  12. RWH

    Jill Guest

    I just passed my 070-270 exam using a Sybex book that was outdated. Sybex is
    pretty comprehensive and the information that is contained in the book is
    geared for the long run.
    Jill, Aug 31, 2006
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  13. RWH

    That Guy Guest

    RWH, I'm glad I have helped to "cranked up your motivation level." Everyone
    who has suggested focus on the hands on is absolutely right on. I had lots of
    hands on experience through work as well as my home network. If you have the
    resources at your disposal, I would recommend setting up a test network and
    trying out every and anything to familiarize yourself all the topics covered
    on the exam. This is a good idea not just for the exam but also for the real
    world. Have fun and Good Luck.
    --
    A+,Network+,MCP,MCSA 2003


    "RWH" wrote:

    > Thanks you guys, for all the suggestions and recommendations. I picked up
    > "...In A Nutshell" and have the Sybex on order. You can be sure I'm running
    > all the labs, as well.
    >
    > Reading that "That Guy" passed 70-291 has helped crank up my motivation
    > level a few notches, too.
    >
    >
    > "RWH" wrote:
    >
    > > Anyone have a recommendation for another textbook for 70-291? I've read the
    > > one from Microsoft Press and bought the Transcender. However, something tells
    > > me I'd better supplement those resources. Didn't get a lot of exposure to
    > > Server2003 at my last job, but I've been running the practice labs and
    > > simulations. I'd like to be real confident before I plunk down the testing
    > > fee, though, because I'm still UNEMPLOYED. (Hence the need for the MCSE.)
    > >
    > > What have you had success with? Sybex, Que, Exam Cram? The reviews on Amazon
    > > and Borders don't help too much in making a decision because there's always a
    > > few that say each book is great and a few that say it's lousy. Makes it
    > > difficult to decide.
    > >
    > > Thanks. And good luck on YOUR tests.
    That Guy, Sep 4, 2006
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