I love to learn. Books, magazines, journals, and web pages keep me entertained day and night. I appreciate them; and do spend a great deal of time and money on them. But the weird thing about my taste is that I devour any material that catches my fancy: whether or not I specifically need it. That’s how I came across this Sybex’s “CIW Server Administrator Study Guide”.
I have never thought of being a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW). My daily chores does not need it; although hobby-wise, I understand and savour the principles of web design. But back then in summer of 2003, when I set-out to build my first home networking system, I considered a number of books before settling for two of them. One of those two was this Sybex’s “CIW Server Administrator Study Guide”.
This book was meant for those preparing for CIW Certification in Server Administration. And, some of my IT-savvy friends have already criticized it for not being advanced enough. But on going through its Table of Contents, I discovered that some of its staples appeal to my taste. It was what I thought I needed. And, I was willing to investigate closely.
My nature is such that I listen to advice and consider varying opinions. But I do not believe things because some important persons believe in them. I often suit myself and damn the consequences. After a quarter-of-an-hour worth of investigation, my impression of this book was a bit different from those of my more knowledgeable pals. I noticed that it is well-written, simplified, and does not beat about the bush. And as a Server-novice back then (in 2003), I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for. It contains all the essential ingredients to set me on a new discovery path. And looking back now, I must admit that I was not at all disappointed.
Some of this book’s contents, which I continue to appreciate are as follows:
· Web Server Selection and Implementation
· Analyzing Servers and Service logs
· Evaluating System Performance
· Domain Name System (DNS) Implementation
· Password Creation, Policies, and Permissions
· Performing Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) transactions
· Configuring and Managing News Servers and E-mail Servers
There are many other useful topics, which are nicely designed and packaged. And for those who are interested in pursuing CIW Server Administration Certification, there are uncountable self-preparatory courses and test-questions to keep you on track.
The CD-ROM that accompanied this book is rich in resources, which would make learning easier for the self-taught. It contains a full searchable electronic version of the printed book. Also available on sale are flashcards for both PCs and Handheld computers.
There is no denying the fact that (now that I have advanced knowledge of Servers and Computer Networking), I could understand why those who knew more than I did back then in 2003, did not rate it high. This book truly lack some of the more advanced infos, which should be expected of a CIW study guide. But if you are new to networking, it has more than enough muscles to carry you over the elementary hurdles.
I still appreciate what it did for me. However, I am also not that happy that since its first publication in 2002, there has not been any new/updated version till date: and we are at the threshold of 2010.
Server Administration and Networking are amongst the most dynamic part of today’s Info Tech. And a lot of water have passed under the bridge since 2002. For this reason, I may not readily recommend this book to most learners—despite my soft-spot for it. Not when several new and up-to-date texts are out there begging to be read!
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