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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: IBM(R) WebSphere(R) System Administration (IBM Press Series--Information Management)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Leigh Williamson, Lavena Chan, Roger Cundiff, Shawn Lauzon, Christopher C. Mitchell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Big improvements over Version 4

The authors describe Version 5 of the WebSphere Application Server in straightforward terms. They contrast it with the now passe Version 4. The changes are manifold enough that even if you have run a V4 system, much of this book will be new and useful to you.

Amusingly, the Foreword talks of V4 as "unstable, unextensible, inconsistent across editions". Whew! Kudos for the belated candour. I doubt if any extant V4 literature described it in such terms.

If you're totally new to WebSphere sysadmining, then the book clearly requires that you be familiar with XML, EJBs, SOAP and JMX, at a minimum. It goes quickly into using these, with little preamble setup. Quite understandable from the authors' vantage, but you need to be prepared.

A big change from V4 is the extensive use of JMX. Reassuring for JMX. It's been around some 3 years. Good to see an important package like WebSphere using it. Seems that the V4 combination of EJBs and a relational database to hold parameters may have been too slow. Too heavyweight perhaps for the task? EJBs can have a big computational or network cost. Anyway, V5 replaced these with XML files and JMX. Much faster perhaps.

Scripting is also heavily used in the book. Extensive examples that you might find useful. To me, all scripting languages tend to blur into one. This particular language does not seem any tougher than the Korn or C shells.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Testing Computer Software, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Cem Kaner, Jack Falk, Hung Q. Nguyen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must book for QA Dept. and a must for Beginner.

Great book , Its excellent for a newcomer as well as a good source as a reference.
It would be more helpfull if the authour adds information about Multithreaded application testing.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is all you need.

This is all you're going to need to set up your Windows 2003 based network. I bought this book to setup a network at home, knowing nothing about previous versions of "Server" editions of Windows. I knew nothing about DNS, DHCP, Domains, Group Policies, roaming profiles...etc.With the help of this book I was able to build & I'm able to manage my network better. If you're trying to get any sort of certification or get a job that requires knowledge of the server version of Windows, this book is the one you need. It stays very close and related to Windows 2000, so if you have a Windows 2000 network this book will do as well. If you have a previous "Mastering Windows Server 2000" book, then you will find that most information contained in this book is already in the previous. However, there are still quite a few new features available in Server 2003 that are not in the old book, so if you want to be up to date, then go with this one as well. Keep in mind that if you know how to operate one OS, you'll know 2000 or 2003.You'll learn how to setup a DNS server, DHCP servers, File server, managing users, joining a domain, administering an active directory domain...you'll have it all here!This book is HUGE too. I find it to be quite uncomfortable sometimes because of how heavy it is. It's no problem if you have a laptop where you can take the cd-rom and view the PDF book.Overall, it's a book that no administrator should be missing from his or her book collection. It's got all that you will need. Definitely recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent general reference for both beginners and experts!

I am constantly referring to this book to help me solve a UNIX problem or refresh my memory on a routine task. Great cross-platform coverage. I highly recommend this book to both beginners and experts. If you only have room in your library for one UNIX book, this is it!