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When it comes to Mark Minasi's Windows 2000 books, stories of near-mythical quality abound: Fast-food deliverers read them and are suddenly transformed into savvy enterprise network administrators; newbies crack the covers on Friday night, and by Monday morning they're setting up Active Directory and DNS without breaking a sweat. We can't vouch for those stories, but we can tell you this. With the latest edition of his Windows 2000 book, Minasi's outdone himself.
Mastering Windows 2000 Server, Third Edition has matured to reflect the best of the experience that can only be gained through hundreds of "live" Windows 2000 Server deployments. Minasi, who teaches Win2K nationwide, has gathered wisdom wherever he's traveled, and integrated it into this book, which was exceptional even in its first edition.
For example, this new edition includes extensive new coverage of Microsoft's poorly-documented tools for streamlining Windows 2000 rollouts, RIS and sysprep. Since you really need an in-depth understanding of DNS to make the most of Windows 2000 Server, Minasi has substantially expanded the book's DNS coverage.
Once you really understand Windows 2000 DNS, you're likely to be more willing to consider Active Directory -- and you'll appreciate this edition's improvements here, too: new coverage of sites, replication, operations masters, and above all, deeper coverage of migration. When should you implement multiple domains? When should a single domain be divided into organizational units? How come AD was working fine on Friday night, and on Monday morning it's dead as a doornail?
From user accounts to storage, Terminal Services to Macintosh clients, Minasi's coverage is practical, realistic -- and a pleasure to read. Much of what's in here is utterly indispensable -- for example, the 90-page chapter on preparing for and recovering from server failures, and the shorter chapter on scaling Windows 2000 for the enterprise. Minasi's been there, done that, and boy has he ever written about it: 1,800 pages, none of them wasted.
--Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000