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Part I: Laying the Network Foundation.
Chapter 1: Making Networks Make Sense.
Chapter 2: Networking the Client/Server Way.
Chapter 3: Matters of Protocol.
Chapter 4: My Kingdom for a Topology!
Part II: Hooking Up the Hardware.
Chapter 5: Network Design Basics.
Chapter 6: Installing Network Interface Cards.
Chapter 7: Hooking Up Your Network.
Part III: Servers, Start Your Engines!
Chapter 8: Meet Windows 2003.
Chapter 9: Ready, Set, Install!
Chapter 10: Configuring Connections to the Universe.
Chapter 11: Doing the Directory Thing.
Chapter 12: Working with Active Directory, Domains, and Trusts.
Chapter 13: Printing on the Network.
Chapter 14: IP Addressing: Zero to Insane in Two Seconds Flat.
Part IV: Running Your Network.
Chapter 15: Managing Users with Active Directory Users and Computers.
Chapter 16: Managing Shares, Permissions, and More.
Chapter 17: Backing Up for a Rainy Day.
Chapter 18: Network Security Management.
Part V: Troubleshooting.
Chapter 19: Using Windows 2003 Troubleshooting Utilities.
Chapter 20: Nixing Network Problems.
Chapter 21: Reactivating Active Directory.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Installation and Configuration.
Chapter 23: Ten Steps to Networking Nirvana with Windows Server 2003.
Posted October 8, 2003
Trying to learn Server 2003 with this book is ok at first. Unfortunatley the authors spend about 124 pages on Network lingo and Networking technologies instead of focusing on what most people will buy the book for. Windows Server 2003. I don't know about the majority of people, but I decided to learn Server 2003 already knowing about ethernet, cabling, routers, switches and the like. These wasted pages would've been better suited explaining such critical topics that you absolutely need to work with Server 2003 such as DNS, DHCP, and TCP/IP. The chapters on setting up printers and Active Directory were nicely setup though and will get you thru the setup rather painlessly. A welcome addition would have been explaining how to setup up Active Directory so that you can share not only files, but applications as well. Obviously a Dummies book is not what you want to buy if you're looking for a in-depth, balls-out look into Windows Server. Sadly I really can't recommened this book even for the beginner. Hopefully the next edition will drop the network concepts and concentrate on at least the basics of DNS, DHCP and TCP/IP and how to administer these features instead of just explaining what they are. Also more explaination of domains, forests and trees would have been helpful to describe how networks using Server 2003 communicate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.