MCSE Windows XP Professional For DummiesAuthor: Weadock G.
Publishers: Hungry Minds
Year of publication: 2002
Number of pages: 169
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MCSE Windows XP Professional For Dummies
by Glenn Weadock ISBN:0764516310
Hungry Minds 2002 (457 pages)
Prepare for the MCSE Windows XP Professional Exam 70-270 with this straightforward guide.
Table of Contents
MCSE Windows XP Professional For Dummies
Part I - The Backdrop
Chapter 1 - The Windows XP Professional Test
Chapter 2 - Fundamentals of Windows XP
Part II - Planning, Installation, and Basic Configuration
Chapter 3 - Planning the File System
Chapter 4 - Installing Windows XP Professional
Chapter 5 - Configuring the User Environment
Chapter 6 - Configuring Network Components and Protocols
Part III - Installing and Configuring Hardware
Chapter 7 - Installing and Configuring Disks, Tapes, and Printers
Chapter 8 - Installing and Configuring Displays and I/O Devices
Chapter 9 - Mobile Computers and Power Management
Part IV - Configuring and Managing Resource Access
Chapter 10 - Managing Local Users and Groups
Chapter 11 - Access Permissions
Chapter 12 - IntelliMirror and Roaming Access
Chapter 13 - Dial-Up Networking and Remote Access
Part V - Tuning and Troubleshooting Windows XP
Chapter 14 - Performance Optimization
Chapter 15 - Troubleshooting and Recovering Windows XP Systems
Part VI - The Part of Tens
Chapter 16 - Ten Test-Taking Tips
Part VII - Appendixes
Appendix A - Practice Exam
Appendix B - About the CD
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Labs
List of Sidebars
You hold in your hands a quick, no-nonsense guide to passing the Windows XP Professional MCP/MCSE test. This introduction covers the book's purpose, style, and organization, and describes the icons I use to guide you through the text.
About This Book
One of the many ways in which the computer industry shows its relative youth is the lack of an organized system of credentials for technical professionals. This situation makes life needlessly difficult for managers and job seekers alike. Managers have a hard time qualifying job applicants, and applicants have a hard time explaining just what it is that they know without getting overly technical.
Manager: So, Andy, tell me, what are your areas of computer knowledge?
Applicant (hesitating): Well, I'm mainly into TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, HTML, DHTML, XML, and C++. That is, recently.
Manager (confused): I see. Well, well, that all sounds fine. But do you know anything about networking, Web design, or programming?
For businesses looking to hire technical consultants, the problems are similar. As the computer business grows exponentially in importance with each passing year, the need for some system of credentials has increased dramatically. In typical fashion, the computer industry has utterly failed to get together on a single, industry-wide certification program for software expertise, so the larger individual vendors (most notably Microsoft, Novell, and Cisco) offer their own programs.
Many certifications now exist for computer professionals, such as the Certified NetWare Engineer (CNE) from Novell and the A+ designation for hardware technicians. As Microsoft has increased its dominance on the desktop and has made inroads in the server market, the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) certification has grown in importance, making it the most desired professional certification in today's PC industry.
'Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional,' that is, Exam #70-270, is one of the core exams in the Windows XP/2000 track that computer professionals can pursue towards obtaining MCSE certification. Exam #70-270 also conveys the somewhat less exalted certification of MCP, or Microsoft Certified Professional. For those who want to put three letters after their names instead of four and if you already use Windows XP at home or at work, this is the test to take.
Whatever your particular goal, MCSE Windows XP Professional For Dummies is the only book you need to pass the test.
What this book is
This book's goal is simply to help you pass the Windows XP Professional certification test while investing as little study time as possible. (Time is of the essence; pass this test, and you've got six more to go to get your MCSE.) As a result, this book isn't as chatty as other For Dummies books you may have read. The style is get-to-the-point. Although I do throw in the occasional zinger or chuckle to enliven the (we may as well admit it) often-dry material, the jokes stay out of your way.
Also because of the time factor, I personally don't like the approach in which you first read a 1500-page tome covering the material (much of it irrelevant) in excruciating detail, then also buy and read and learn by rote a 200-page collection of bullet items to use for 'cramming' right before the exam. That approach is inefficient if your primary goal is to get certified, although book publishers love it because they get to sell twice as many books.