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MCSE: Implementing & Supporting Microsoft Systems Management Server 2
by John R. Vacca

 
When you first take a look at this nice white hardcover book, you’ll think you have got a great resource in your hands. Upon closer inspection you will find you were sadly mistaken. Before the book even gets into the meat of SMS 2.0 it incorrectly lists among it minimum requirements, NT 4.0 SP3 though the actual requirement is for NT 4.0 SP4. Next you’ll flip though and be surprised to see Program Group Control for application sharing, which makes up chapter 12 of the book. If you heard that feature was no longer available in SMS 2.0, you heard correctly. But this mysterious copy of SMS still details the whole process. Then, finally, you’ll notice something is not quite right about all these screen shots in the book. And again, you’ll be right- every picture in the book depicts the old 1.2 interface and not the newly implemented MMC console snap-in.

This really isn’t any mysterious copy of SMS your reading about- it’s the beta version. While in a quick hurry to be the first on the block to get a SMS 2.0 book out (which they accomplished) they did so at the expense of accurately documenting the final product. The SMS 2.0 MCSE exam is no cakewalk, and if you use this book to help you along you’re going to be in even worse shape.

On the plus side, the book is well written, but for all the misinformation provided, and also the lack of information (discovery is covered on a single page,) it is not worth your time or money.

Bob Kelly
AppDeploy.com

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