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This book is designed to be a resource for Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) candidates. It is also a valuable resource for all Internet and Web-enabled application professionals implementing or administering Microsoft's Site Server version 3.0 and seeking concise information about properly installing, configuring, and maintaining a Site Server environment.
This book not only covers all aspects and stages of a Site Server implementation - from setting up the server to building Search engines and knowledge management models - but it also covers the Microsoft's official Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification requirements. Further-more, this book is a complement to the limited documentation that comes with Microsoft Site Server 3.0.
Who This Book Is For
This book is aimed primarily at advanced users working on their MCSE certification and preparing for the MCSE "Implementing and Supporting Web Sites Using Microsoft Site Server 3.0" exam.
If you're an MCSE candidate, this Microsoft approved book will help you, step-by-step, to learn everything you need to pass the exam. Although this book covers the whole content of the class syllabus, it is suggested that you attend an MCSE course for certification if you can, as it will help to connect the dots of your new skill set.
This book is also aimed at systems and network administrators, as well as Internet Managers, advanced users, service technicians, and network administrators involved not only with e-mail messaging systems but also groupware and Internet-enabled applications.
What You'll Need
The most importantrequirement for you to take full advantage of this self-paced study book is to have Microsoft Site Server loaded on your computer and try the step-by-step instructions in this book. There are some topics that involve more than one computer, for instance, those exploring Search configuration and remote management. Thus, it is recommended you have two computers if possible, one loaded with Microsoft Site Server and the other with Windows NT (Windows 95/98 will suffice for remote management), configured as described here.
Choose a computer listed on the Microsoft NT Hardware Compatibility List:
- A Pentium-based processor computer for the Site Server and at least 166Mhz for the client version
- 128 MB of RAM for the server and 32 MB of RAM for the client
- A page file of at least the amount of RAM plus 12 MB of RAM for each computer
- At least 500 MB of hard disk space
- 3 1/2" 1.44 MB Floppy drive
- SVGA video and monitor
- Mouse or equivalent point device
- CD-ROM drive (the faster the better)
- Network Interface Card (NIC)
- A miniport hub to create a test network (or be part of a nonproduction network)
- Microsoft Windows NT server installed as a Primary Domain Controller (PDC) for the server and Windows 95/98 or NT Workstation for the client
How This Book Is Organized
This book is divided into five parts, each focusing on one aspect of the MCSE curriculum and the objectives for every stage you will undertake when implementing and supporting a Microsoft Site Server 3.0.
Part 1, "Planning for Site Server Installation and Implementation," includes Chapters 1 through 4. The key word for these chapters is "Planning."
Chapter 1 covers choosing Site Server for Web-enabled needs. Chapter 2 discusses planning for Site Server installation and implementation. Chapter 3 discusses planning for systems and data backups and restores. Chapter 4 covers planning aspects for configuration of Site Server databases.
Part 2, "Installing and Configuring Site Server," includes Chapters 5 through 8. The key word for these chapters is "Installing." Chapter 5 covers the installation and configuration of Site Server components. Chapter 6 discusses the configuration and management of Site Server resources. Chapter 7 covers the aspects of using Site Server for publishing documents on the Web. Chapter 8 discusses the management of information in Site Server.
Part 3, "Integration and Interoperability of Site Server" includes Chapters 9 and 10. The key words for these two chapters are "integration" and "interoperability." Chapter 9 discusses the integration of Site Server with services and resources. Chapter 10 provides an overview of Site Server interoperability.
Part 4, "Monitoring and Optimizing Microsoft Site Server," includes Chapters 11 and 12, and the key word here is "monitoring." Chapter 11 discusses the optimization of Site Server. Chapter 12 discusses the monitoring of Site Server and resources.
Part 5, "Troubleshooting Microsoft Site Server," includes Chapter 13 and discusses the basic Site Server troubleshooting techniques, providing an outline of several glitches and bugs found in Site Server 3.0 and their resolutions.