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==== Book Review ====
The Ultimate Windows Server 2003 System Administrator's Guide
Authors: Robert Williams and Mark Walla
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Published: April 2003
ISBN: 0201791064
Paperback, 1008 pages
Price: $49.99


Whether you're a full-time systems administrator or simply an IT professional whose duties include supporting and managing a Windows environment, you'll be reassured to learn that Windows Server 2003 will not put you out of a job. Robert Williams and Mark Walla clearly express that view in "The Ultimate Windows Server 2003 System Administrator's Guide." They state that "features such as the Active Directory and the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) will vastly broaden" the role of the systems administrator.

Williams and Walla also believe that Windows 2003 offers systems administrators a much better environment in which to work. The authors say that Windows 2003 saves you precious time previously spent on "mundane tasks and the management of dozens of disjointed tools, and the consolidated approach provided by Windows 2003 will free the administrator to concentrate on more mission-critical activities." Williams and Walla also acknowledge that while many companies will make the move to Windows 2003, many other companies will remain with Windows 2000 for some time. To cater to that scenario, their book covers not only the new features of Windows 2003 (which the authors discuss in depth) but also provides material that will benefit Win2K administrators.

IT professionals who already have experience with Windows administration (e.g., Win2K and Windows NT administrators) are the primary audience for this book. These readers will soon acquaint themselves with the major differences found in Windows 2003 from earlier OSs. However, systems administrators making the transition from other OSs (e.g., UNIX) also will benefit from reading the book. The authors assume that anyone tackling the book will already have a thorough understanding of networks and OS fundamentals.

To help readers get an immediate feel for Windows 2003 and where it fits in with other technologies (e.g., a Win2K environment), "The Ultimate Windows Server 2003 System Administrator's Guide" begins with a review of the components that comprise the OS. Examples of topics discussed in this part of the book include
-- The different editions of Windows 2003: web edition, standard edition, enterprise edition, and datacenter edition. Two helpful tables provide a quick comparison of the features that have been incorporated into the different editions of Windows 2003 and list the minimum and recommend system requirements for each edition.
-- The role and significance of the Windows .NET Framework.
-- An overview of the many different responsibilities that are typically assigned to Windows 2003 systems administrators. These responsibilities have been organized into four major categories: 1) system architecture (e.g., planning, deployment, domain model design); 2) user support (e.g., user account management, group policies management); 3) OS maintenance (e.g., OS and network monitoring, performance tuning, script development); 4) hardware and devices (e.g., device-driver support; file, printer, and application servers).

The book's opening chapter also contains a brief but informative discussion of the history of Windows 2003. The content covered in the remainder of the book includes all the topics you would expect to find in such a book. For example, chapters are devoted to the planning and installation of Windows 2003; AD management and use; user accounts and groups; permissions security, folder sharing, and Microsoft Dfs; and VPNs and IP Security (IPSec). To view a comprehensive description of the book's table of contents, visit http://www.awprofessional.com . You also can download the second chapter of the book, "Windows Server 2003 Structure and Architecture," from the publisher's Web site.

The book's two concluding sections are an appendix and a glossary. The appendix is a useful reference tool for systems administrators, as well as for more advanced Windows users, because it contains both the definitions and discussions of procedures and commands that you're likely to use regularly. Any options associated with the different commands are listed and explained as well.

The appendix explains the new command-line tools that ship with Windows 2003, as well as command-line tools that have been significantly upgraded. In addition, the appendix also details other commands that are common to both Windows 2003 and Win2K products. To make it easy and convenient to use, the information in the appendix has been organized into categories of commands and procedures (e.g., backup, batch, file management, file manipulation, print, search, resource kit support tools). The glossary is a handy way of finding the definitions of terms that you're unfamiliar with when reading this book and when you're consulting other sources of information about Windows 2003.

Williams and Walla's goal in writing "The Ultimate Windows Server 2003 System Administrator's Guide" was to deliver a book that represents an "intermediate reference guide for administrators, leaving out specialized architectural and programming topics." The book achieves that goal by providing readers with an understanding of the key concepts, components, and features of Windows 2003. But more importantly, and from purely a commercial perspective, the book equips readers with the technical wherewithal that's required to administer and support the environment for which they are responsible. And at the end of the working day, that's all that really matters.

Tony Stevenson
mkdsoftware@trump.net.au
Windows IT Library Guest Reviewer

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