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[techbooks] REVIEW: "Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows NT Server 4 in 21 Days

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    BKTWNTS4.RVW 990502 Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows NT Server 4 in 21 Days , Peter Davis/Barry Lewis, 1999, 0-672-31555-6, U$29.99/C$44.95/UK#26.95 %A
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      BKTWNTS4.RVW 990502

      "Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows NT Server 4 in 21 Days", Peter
      Davis/Barry Lewis, 1999, 0-672-31555-6, U$29.99/C$44.95/UK#26.95
      %A Peter Davis ptdavis@...
      %A Barry Lewis lewisb@...
      %C 201 W. 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290
      %D 1999
      %G 0-672-31555-6
      %I Macmillan Computer Publishing (MCP)
      %O U$29.99/C$44.95/UK#26.95 800-858-7674 http://www.mcp.com
      %P 860 p.
      %T "Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows NT Server 4 in 21 Days"

      Because of the "days" conceit of the series, the book is divided into
      seven chapter parts. Despite the arbitrary nature of this structure,
      the authors have managed to make a reasonable stab at logical

      Part one looks at basic operation and concepts. Chapter one
      introduces networks and NT. The material is heavily biased in favour
      of Microsoft, and topics ranging from routers to the Pareto Principle
      are presented in so limited a fashion as to be almost caricatures.
      The installation advice in chapter two is quite a bit more realistic
      than most, pointing out a number of traps into which the user might
      fall. There is a grab bag of material in chapter three, from a useful
      overview of the command line network management functions to
      instructions on how to vary the size of the command line (without any
      mention of a purpose). The registry, and registry editors, are
      described in chapter four. Chapter five discusses domains and trust
      relationships, but, given the importance of the concept to NT
      networks, could have included more explanatory material. Some
      security related functions of NT are outlined in chapter six.
      Programs for user account management are described in chapter seven.

      Part two outlines fundamental administrative tasks and operations.
      Chapter eight reviews disk and filesystem operations. There is
      another miscellany in chapter nine, including topics from stopping
      network services to a rather useless section on viruses. Printing is
      covered in chapter ten. Chapter eleven's overview of remote access
      stops short of being useful in many places, as do the related
      discussions of DNS (Domain Name System), DHCP (Dynamic Host
      Configuration Protocol), and WINS (Windows Internet Name Service) in
      twelve, thirteen, and fourteen.

      Part three includes miscellaneous or advanced topics. Chapter
      fifteen's documentation for NTBACKUP is quite pedestrian, and
      therefore doesn't mention most of the limitations. Fault tolerance,
      in chapter sixteen, is mostly concerned with RAID (Redundant Array of
      Inexpensive Disks) capabilities and replication. Chapter seventeen is
      alright as long as it sticks to auditing dialogue boxes. When it
      ventures further, the text may dance around the issue all it likes,
      but NT Server 4 is not certified as C2 compliant, and Microsoft can
      suggest as much as it wants, but that doesn't make any of the products
      B2 compliant. (With a little work, a standalone NT 3.5 workstation
      can be put into a configuration that has been certified C2 compliant.)
      A number of the BackOffice programs are mentioned in chapter eighteen.
      The Internet Information Server and other parts of the option pack are
      briefly described in chapter nineteen. Performance monitoring, in
      chapter twenty, deals with some of the diagnostic tools. Network
      tools are mentioned in chapter twenty.

      This book does, in places, cover points that are not generally found
      in other NT references. On the other hand, it misses topics, too. On
      balance, it can command a reasonably high rank among the introductory
      works, but is far from complete.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999 BKTWNTS4.RVW 990502

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