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Microsoft’s MCSA/MCSE exam 70-270 on Windows XP Professional was tough enough already. Now that it reflects SP2, there’s even more to know. Since nobody’s giving you any more study time, you’ll just have to study more efficiently. For that, we recommend Sybex’ MCSA/MCSE Windows XP Professional Study Guide, Third Edition.
Lisa Donald and James Chellis offer straight-to-the-point, carefully written coverage of every current exam objective. Preparing for installation. Managing upgrades. Automating installation in enterprise environments with RIS, sysprep, and Setup Manager. Configuring hardware, from fax to multiple monitors. Managing desktops, including multiple-language support and accessibility. Setting up (and troubleshooting) users and groups. Network printing. Managing files and disks. Internet connectivity, TCP/IP, LANs, Windows Firewall.
You’ll find 50 pages on system optimization, and another 70 on system recovery (information that’ll be valuable long after the exam). Plus, of course, a full chapter on security.
This book offers an immense array of study features and tools. There’s an up-front 30-question pre-assessment test to show you exactly where you stand. There are review questions and summaries of key points after every chapter. There’s a detailed glossary. There are hands-on exercises and real-world scenarios.
On CD-ROM, you’ll find a Windows XP Professional simulator, so you can futz with a fake system instead of messing up a real one, plus two electronic bonus exams and all of the book’s review questions. Like flashcards? You’ll find 150 of them, for both PCs and handhelds. Last but not least, there’s a PDF of the entire book. Polished and thorough, this one’s a winner. Bill Camarda, from the April 2005 Read Only