One of the more exciting uses of the Server book will be for those who find themselves new to systems administration. As Microsoft aims to ease the burden of systems administration, many workers without previous systems experience could find new and challenging computer-related tasks listed in their job descriptions. Combined with proper instruction and mentoring, the Windows 2000 Server book will give this breed of administrator much of the information needed to begin tackling his or her new responsibilities.
Administrators will appreciate the many tips sprinkled throughout the book. Whether reminding users to back up their registry or to assign a static IP address, these pointers have been acquired through the authors' hands-on experience, and they will help administrators avoid many pitfalls. Readers' Choice
If you are an end user confronting Windows 2000 Professional with trepidation, buy a copy of Peter Norton's Complete Guide to Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
and read it from cover to cover while exploring your new OS. When finished, you'll be armed with enough information to put your fears to rest.
If you are a new systems administrator or an experienced one who wants to make sure all the basics are covered, read Peter Norton's Complete Guide to Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
. You won't find all the answers, but it's a great place to start. You also might want to consider asking management to provide your end users with copies of the Professional book. It could keep your telephone from ringing out of control! // David Fisco is an Internet media consultant and developer. He can be reached at email@example.com.