MCSE Core Required Exams In a Nutshell

William R. Stanek

Publisher O'Reilly 
ISBN 9780596102289
RRP £35.50
Reviewed by Len Keighley FBCS
Score 9 out of 10

MCSE Core Required Exams In a Nutshell The book covers four of the core exams that an administrator or engineer will need pass to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) or one of the preliminary grades of Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) or Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA).

The core exams described are all concerned with the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 product and various aspects of it implementation and management. The four exams numbers are 70-290 managing and maintaining the environment, 70-291 Implementing, Managing and Maintaining the Network Infrastructure, 70-293 Planning and Maintaining the Network Infrastructure and lastly 70-294 Planning, Implementing and Maintaining an Active Directory Infrastructure.

A quarter of the book of over 700 pages is given to each of the exams, with each broken down into the following sections.

  • Exam overview, a brief introduction to the subject matter and objectives, with references to where the objectives are covered in the other sections.

  • Study guide, a detailed guide of the skills being assessed by the exam. This section forms the main body of the guide and the area which will be of most value to prospective candidates, helping them to identify areas which their experience has not yet covered. 

  • Prep & practice, exercise and example questions and where necessary the solutions to those are also provided.

Each section includes highlighted notes and warnings of potential problems. In addition the book is 'Safari'® Enabled which means it can be accessed via O'Reilly's online system. While this does require an access fee to be paid, there is a free trial period.

This is very much a study book and not one that could be utilised to find answers to day to day problems. There is no doubt that the answer would probably be contained in the book but its layout would make finding those answers more difficult.

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