MCSE: The Core Exams in a Nutshell Second Edition, is the long-awaited update to the bestselling first edition. The second edition completely updates the NT exams and the new Windows 98 exam and covers the new adaptive tests. This dense and tightly written book is a must-buy in order to be well prepared for the exams.Microsoft's MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) program is a rigorous testing and certification program for Windows NT system and network administrators. To achieve certification, one must pass four required exams and two elective exams. Close to twenty potential elective exams exist, although only nine of them are current electives covering the most recent version of a given product. Microsoft also has the MCSE+Internet certification, which requires passing seven required exams and two elective exams. There are four current elective exams to choose from to attain this certification.MCSE: The Core Exams in a Nutshell, Second Edition, is a comprehensive study guide that covers the required exams for the MCSE certification. The companion book, MCSE: The Electives in a Nutshell, covers the most important and popular elective exams for the MCSE certification as well as the other required and elective exams for the MCSE+Internet certification.The required exams covered in this book are:
Windows NT Workstation
Windows NT Server
Windows 98 (you must choose either the NT Workstation or Windows 98 exam)
Each chapter in the book covers one exam. It includes:
A summary of the key areas covered by the exam
A description of the format and difficulty of each exam and tips for passing it
Definitions of key terms
Sample test questions and answers, including multiple tests to prepare you for the new adaptive tests, which have proven to be more challenging to take
MCSE: The Core Exams in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition, is an updated edition of the bestselling first edition. It is a detailed quick reference for administrators with Windows NT experience or experience administering a different platform, such as UNIX or NetWare, who want to learn what is necessary to pass the required exam portion of the MCSE certification.While no book is a substitute for real-world experience, this book will help you codify your knowledge and prepare for the exams. Any administrator who is serious about passing the exams required exams for the MCSE certification will find this book an invaluable tool.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animal appearing on the cover of MCSE: The Core Exams in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition is an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus). Elephants are the world's largest terrestrial animals, striking not only for their great size (4-6 tons), but also their trunk. The trunk is used for both smell and touch, as well as for picking things up and as a snorkel when swimming. The most important use of the trunk is obtaining food and water. Another distinguishing feature is the tusks, modified incisors of durable ivory, for which man has hunted the elephant nearly to extinction. Like right- or left-handed people, elephants favor one tusk.Elephants spend most of their day -- up to 17 hours -- preparing and eating their food, which consists of several hundred pounds per day of bamboo, bark, grass, roots, wood, and other vegetation. They generally sleep standing up for short periods. Elephants also take frequent baths in water or mud, and, when the weather is hot, fan themselves with their ears. They can trumpet loudly, and also often make a kind of relaxed purring or rumbling noise.The lifespan of an elephant is about 40 to 50 years, though a few live into their sixties. They have keen hearing, and can learn verbal commands, increasing their popularity as circus stars and beasts of burden. Elephants have also been used in war, most notably by the Carthaginian general Hannibal.Elephant cemeteries, where old and sick elephants congregate to die, are a myth. Experiments have proved that they are not afraid of mice, but do fear rabbits and some dogs. They have no natural enemies apart from man. Mary Anne Weeks Mayo was the production editor and proofreader forMCSE: The Core Exams in a Nutshell, Second Edition; Ann Schirmer and Jane Ellin provided quality control. Anna Snow and Emily Quill provided production assistance. Judy Hoer wrote the index.Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. Kathleen Wilson produced the cover layout with Quark XPress 3.3 using AdobeÂ¹s ITC Garamond font. Whenever possible, our books use RepKover, a durable and flexible lay-flat binding. If the page count exceeds RepKoverÂ¹s limit, perfect binding is used.The interior layouts were designed by Edie Freedman and Nancy Priest, with modifications by Alicia Cech, and implemented in FrameMaker 5.5 by Mike Sierra. Interior fonts are Adobe ITC Garamond and Adobe ITC Franklin Gothic. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Rhon Porter using Macromedia FreeHand 8 and Adobe Photoshop 5. This colophon was written by Nancy Kotary
MCSE: The Core Exams in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition Review
By Chad Keffer
Comments about oreilly MCSE: The Core Exams in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition:
Think of it as the "Cliff Notes" for the MCSE Core Exams. Great cramming material, especially the night before or morning of the exam(s). The updated 2nd edition is nice. However, with a publishing date of March 2000, they should have waited a month or two and put the Windows 2000 track in it rather than just updating the soon to be retired NT 4.0 track. Over all, a very nice reference.