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[techbooks] REVIEW: "Microsoft Windows NT Server Resource Kit", Microsoft

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  • Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Tr
    BKWNTSRK.RVW 990220 Microsoft Windows NT Server Resource Kit , Microsoft, 1996-8, 1-57231-344-7 1-57231-559-8 1-57231-626-8, C$199.95 C$54.99 C$69.99 %A
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      BKWNTSRK.RVW 990220

      "Microsoft Windows NT Server Resource Kit", Microsoft, 1996-8,
      1-57231-344-7 1-57231-559-8 1-57231-626-8, C$199.95 C$54.99 C$69.99
      %A Microsoft
      %C 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399
      %D 1996, 1997, 1998
      %G 1-57231-344-7 1-57231-559-8 1-57231-626-8
      %I Microsoft Press
      %O U$149.95/C$199.95 U$39.99/C$54.99 U$49.99/C$69.99 800-MSPRESS
      %P 3 vol/1449 p. + CD-ROM, 308 p. + CD-ROM, 2 CD-ROM
      %T "Microsoft Windows NT Server Resource Kit" + Supp. 1 + Supp. 2

      Many of those in the know, with regard to Windows, consider the
      various Resource Kits to be essential parts of the operating system,
      and wonder why the kits are not shipped with the products. Certainly,
      if Microsoft can make the case that Internet Explorer is an integral
      component of the system, the utilities shipped with the resource kits
      can lay greater claim to that position. Whether you consider the kits
      to be add-on goodies, or the second half of the system that you resent
      paying extra for, in the case of NT Server the kit is definitely
      something to consider. If you are administering an NT server network,
      the additional cost for the information and tools will certainly add
      value.

      Most intermediate Windows users see the primary resource in the
      utility software. A number of these programs are very helpful.
      Recently I noted an exchange on a mailing list that had two techies
      discussing how to save partition table information. The contention
      between them was obviously that one had the Resource Kit and the other
      didn't, since the activity being described by the one, and not being
      accessible to the other, comes from a utility in the Resource Kit.
      The written documentation included seems to tacitly admit this
      perception, since a good portion of the manuals describes the
      operation of the new utilities.

      However, the documentation is not to be disregarded. Important
      operations such as backup and recovery of registry files and creation
      of recovery discs are explained in much greater detail than you will
      usually find elsewhere. The material isn't perfect: to stick with the
      backup topic, the advice to use Ntbackup to save registry data fails
      to tell you that Ntbackup won't use any media other than cartridge
      tape. (Later in the book that point is stated.)

      In the original kit, the volumes included were the Resource Guide, the
      Internet Guide, and the Networking Guide. The Internet Guide is
      rather disappointingly lacking in functional detail, although a number
      of items were covered better in the Networking Guide. Supplement One
      seems to concentrate on the Internet Information Server. Supplement
      Two does not have a printed manual at all, but does have a second disk
      with materials from TechNet.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999 BKWNTSRK.RVW 990220

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