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MCSA/MCSE

Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 Environment Second Edition

Exam 70-290

Dan Balter

Patrick Regan

The Smart Way to Study™

Covers the critical information you’ll need to know to score higher on your 70-290 exam!

  • Set up and maintain Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
  • Use the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
  • Intelligently select the appropriate disk storage technology when deciding between basic versus dynamic disks and between MBR versus GPT disks
  • Take advantage of command-line tools such as DSADD, DSGET, DSMOD, DSMOVE, DSQUERY, and DSRM
  • Discover the enhanced functionality of Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 under the R2 edition of Windows Server 2003
  • Harness the power of the increased security that Service Pack 1 (SP1) offers, such as the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) and Access-based Enumeration filtering of network files and folders
  • Perform bulk imports and exports of Active Directory user accounts using the CSVDE and LDIFDE command-line utilities
  • Manage Windows Firewall settings under SP1 and R2
  • Configure shadow copies of shared folders so that users can easily retrieve previous versions of data files on their own

WRITTEN BY LEADING 70-290 EXPERTs:

Dan Balter is the chief technology officer for InfoTechnology Partners, Inc., a Microsoft Certified Partner company. He works as an IT consultant and trainer for both corporate and government clients and has worked with several network operating systems throughout his 24-year career. Dan holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCDST, MCSA, and MCSE.

Patrick Regan is a senior design architect/engineer and training coordinator for Miles Consulting Corp (MCC). He holds many certifications, including the Microsoft MCSE, MCSA, and MCT; CompTIA’s A+, Network+, Server+, Linux+, Security+, and CTT+; Cisco CCNA; and Novell’s CNE and CWNP.

See the Inside Back Cover for Exclusive Access to 70-290 Practice Questions and Simulations!

  • Helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses so you can assess your readiness to take the actual 70-290 exam.
  • Provides detailed explanations of correct and incorrect answers.
  • Features a variety of study modes so you can work your way through the questions in the manner that best suits your study preferences.
  • Covers each 70-290 exam objective.

Introduction

Self Assessment

Chapter 1: Microsoft Certification Exams

Chapter 2: Administering Computer Accounts and Resources in Active Directory

Chapter 3: Managing User Accounts in Active Directory

Chapter 4:Managing Groups in Active Directory

Chapter 5: Managing Access to Resources

Chapter 6: Implementing Printing

Chapter 7: Managing Printing

Chapter 8: Managing Access to Objects in Organizational Units

Chapter 9: Implementing Group Policy

Chapter 10: Managing the User Environment by Using Group Policy

Chapter 11: Implementing Administrative Templates and Audit Policy

Chapter 12: Preparing to Administer a Server

Chapter 13: Preparing to Monitor Server Performance

Chapter 14: Monitoring Server Performance

Chapter 15: Maintaining Device Drivers and Hardware

Chapter 16: Managing Disks

Chapter 17: Managing Data Storage

Chapter 18: Managing Disaster Recovery and Data Backup Procedures

Chapter 19: Software Maintenance Using Windows Server Update Services

Chapter 20: Securing Windows Server 2003

Chapter 21: Practice Exam 1

Chapter 22: Answers to Practice Exam 1

Chapter 23: Practice Exam 2

Chapter 24: Answers to Practice Exam 2

Appendix A:Suggested Readings and Resources

Appendix B: Accessing Your Free MeasureUp Practice Test–Including Networking Simulations!:

Appendix C: MeasureUp's Product Features

Glossary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789736178
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Series: Exam Cram 2 Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Balter is the chief technology officer for InfoTechnology Partners, Inc., a Microsoft Certified Partner company. He works as a technology consultant for small- to medium-sized businesses and has worked with several different network operating systems throughout his 22-year career. Dan takes pride in turning complex, technical topics into easy-to-understand concepts. Dan is a Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST), a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).

He specializes in Microsoft networking technologies, firewalls, VPNs, and other security solutions in addition to designing and implementing messaging and business solutions, such as Exchange Server environments. As CTO for InfoTechnology Partners, Inc., Dan has worked to implement an affordable continuous offsite data protection backup system for companies large and small.

Dan is a coauthor for the best-selling books Exam Cram 2: Windows XP Professional, Exam Cram 2: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Windows XP Operating System, and Exam Cram 2: Windows 2000 Professional, published by Que Certification. Dan has been a featured speaker at conferences across North America, including Advisor DevCons and Summits sponsored by Advisor Media and Windows Connections conferences sponsored by Windows IT Pro Magazine.

A graduate of USC’s School of Business in 1983, Dan has authored more than 300 video-, CD-, and DVD-based computer education courses, including instructional titles on installing, configuring, and administering Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. He has also appeared as a featured video trainer for self-paced learning courses on Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Outlook, and Intuit’s QuickBooks small business accounting software. Dan is the video instructor for ExamBlast—Windows XP Professionaland for many of the QuickBooks Prolearning series titles on video and DVD from http://www.BlastThroughLearning.com.

Dan and his family live in the Santa Rosa Valley area in Southern California, near the city of Camarillo. Dan lives with his lovely wife, Alison; their 10-year-old daughter, Alexis; their 7-year-old son, Brendan; and their golden retriever, Brandy. When he’s not writing, researching, or consulting, Dan enjoys traveling with his family, swimming, playing racquetball and basketball, rooting for the L.A. Lakers and Dodgers, going for long walks, listening to music, and exploring new age spirituality. Dan can be contacted via email at Dan@InfoTech-Partners.com.

Patrick Regan has been a PC technician and network administrator/engineer for the past 15 years after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Akron. He has taught many computer and network classes at Sacramento local colleges (Heald Colleges and MTI Colleges), worked as a product support engineer for the Intel Corporation Customer Service, and participated in and led many projects (Heald Colleges, Intel Corporation, and Miles Consulting Corp). For his teaching accomplishments, he received the Teacher of the Year award from Heald Colleges. In addition, he received several recognition awards from Intel. Previously, he was a senior network engineer for Virtual Alert support the BioTerrorism Readiness suite. Currently, he is a senior design architect/engineer and training coordinator for Miles Consulting Corp (MCC), a premiere Microsoft Gold partner and consulting firm. He holds many certifications, including the Microsoft MCSE, MCSA, and MCT; CompTIA’s A+, Network+, Server+, Linux+, Security+, and CTT+; Cisco CCNA; and Novell’s CNE and CWNP Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA). Over the last couple of years, he has written several textbooks for Prentice Hall Publisher, including Troubleshooting the PC, Networking with Windows 2000 and 2003, Linux, Local Area Networks, Wide Area Networks, and the Acing Series (Acing the A+, Acing the Network+, Acing the Security+, and Acing the Linux+).

You can write with questions and comments to the author at Patrick_Regan@hotmail.com. (Because of the high volume of mail, every message might not receive a reply.)

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Self Assessment

Chapter 1 : Microsoft Certification Exams

Assessing Exam Readiness

What to Expect at the Testing Center

Exam Layout and Design

The Single-Answer and Multiple-Answer Multiple-Choice Question Formats

The Build-List-and-Reorder Question Format

The Create-a-Tree Question Format

The Drag-and-Connect Question Format

The Select-and-Place Question Format

Special Exam Question Formats

Design Exam Question Formats

Microsoft's Testing Formats

Strategies for Different Testing Formats

Case-Study Exam Strategy

The Fixed-Length and Short-Form Exam Strategy

Question-Handling Strategies

Mastering the Test-Taking Mindset

Additional Resources

Chapter 2: Administering Computer Accounts and Resources in Active Directory

Introduction to Active Directory

Domains, Domain Trees, and Domain Forests

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

MMC 3.0

Administering Computer Accounts in Active Directory

The Active Directory Client for Windows 9x and Windows NT 4.0

Creating Computer Accounts

Managing and Troubleshooting Computer Accounts

Using Command-Line Utilities for Active Directory Objects

Managing Resources Using the Run As Command

Using Run As from the Command Line

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 3: Managing User Accounts in Active Directory

Managing Users in Active Directory

Adding New Users

Modifying and Deleting Users

Troubleshooting User Account Problems

Locked-Out User Accounts

Troubleshooting User Authentication Problems

Changing Cached Credential Settings Through the Registry

Changing Cached Credential Settings Through Group Policy

Searching for User Accounts and Other Objects in Active Directory

Working with Active Directory Queries

Exporting and Importing Saved Query Definitions

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 4: Managing Groups in Active Directory

Managing Groups in Active Directory

Understanding Group Scopes

Maintaining Groups and Group Membership

Creating New Groups Using ADUC

Creating New Groups Using the Command Prompt

Active Directory Naming Conventions

Active Directory: The Schema and Functional Levels

Active Directory Functional Levels

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 5: Managing Access to Resources

Working with Shared Network Folders

Creating Shared Folders from Windows Explorer

Creating Shared Folders from the Command Line

Working with the Shared Folders Snap-In

Working with Shared Folder Offline Settings

Working with Share Permissions

NTFS File and Folder Permissions

Working with Basic NTFS Permissions

Working with Advanced NTFS Permissions

Determining NTFS Effective Permissions

Understanding Ownership of Files and Folders

Troubleshooting Access to Files and Shared Folders

Checking Share Permissions

Checking NTFS Permissions

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 6: Implementing Printing

Printer Terminology

Local Versus Network Printing

Printing Process

Adding a Printer to a Windows Server 2003 Computer

Installing a Local Printer

Install a Network Printer

Printer Properties

Printer Clients

Sharing Options

Using Paper Trays

Printer Permissions

Internet Printing

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 7: Managing Printing

Managing the Print Spooler

Printers, Print Devices, and Printer Pools

Priorities and Scheduling

Printer Pools

Managing Print Jobs

Redirecting Print Jobs

Looking at the Logs

Auditing Printer Access

Monitoring Print Queue Performance

Troubleshooting Printing Problems

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 8: Managing Access to Objects in Organizational Units

Active Directory Permissions

Effective Permissions

Ownership

Delegating Control of Organizational Units

Moving Active Directory Objects

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 9: Implementing Group Policy

Introduction to Group Policies

Modifying Policy Settings

Controlling Inheritance

User and Computer Configuration Settings

Attributes of a GPO Link

Group Policy Permissions

Back Up, Restore, and Import GPO

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 10: Managing the User Environment by Using Group Policy

Enabling and Disabling Group Policy Settings

Assigning Scripts with Group Policy

Restricting Group Membership

Access to Software

Folder Redirection

Administrative Templates

gpupdate

Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP)

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 11: Implementing Administrative Templates and Audit Policy

Permissions Versus Rights

User Rights

Security Policies

Password Policy

Account Lockout Policy

Security Options

Using Security Templates to Secure Computers

Security Configuration and Analysis Tool

Setting Up Auditing

Event Viewer

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 12: Preparing to Administer a Server

Taking Advantage of Server Administration Tools

The Run As Feature

Using Run As from the Command Line

Using Server Management Tools Remotely

Adding Snap-Ins to a Custom MMC for Remote Management

Using Remote Assistance for Remote Administration

Configuring Group Policy Settings for Remote Assistance

Configuring Remote Assistance on the Client Side

Requesting and Receiving RA.

Using Terminal Services for Remote Administration

Configuring TS on the Server

Configuring Remote Desktop Connections on the Client

Using the Remote Desktops Snap-In

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 13: Preparing to Monitor Server Performance

Understanding and Monitoring System Events

Working with the Event Viewer

Working with the System Monitor

Monitoring System Performance

Using System Monitoring in Real Time with Task Manager

Using Real-Time Monitoring with System Monitor

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 14: Monitoring Server Performance

Monitoring File and Print Services

Monitoring General Server Workload with Task Manager

Monitoring Disk Quotas with the Event Viewer

Troubleshooting Server Bottlenecks with System Monitor

Monitoring and Optimizing Application Server Performance

Monitoring Processor Usage

Monitoring Memory Usage

Monitoring Disk Usage

Monitoring Network Usage

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 15: Maintaining Device Drivers and Hardware

Managing Hardware Devices and Drivers

Installing, Configuring, and Managing Devices

Managing Device Drivers and System Updates

Managing and Troubleshooting Device Conflicts

Managing and Troubleshooting Driver Signing

Working with Network Interface Cards (NICs)

Wireless Networking Support

Multiprocessor Support and Hardware Abstraction Layer

Managing Hardware Profiles

Managing Card Services

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 16: Managing Disks

Disk Partitioning

Disk Storage Management

Basic Disks

Dynamic Disks

Managing Basic Disks and Dynamic Disks

Moving Disks to Another Computer

Basic Partitions

Partitions and Logical Drives on Basic Disks

Dynamic Volumes

Simple Volumes

Spanned Volumes

Extending Simple or Spanned Volumes

Striped Volumes

Mirrored Volumes and RAID-5 Volumes

Troubleshooting Issues on Basic and Dynamic Disks

Installing Windows Server 2003 on a Dynamic Disk

Extending a Volume on a Dynamic Disk

Upgrading from Windows NT Server 4.0 with Basic Disks

Diagnosing Hard Disk Problems

Removable Storage Support

The Disk Defragmenter Tool

The chkdsk and chkntfs Command-Line Tools

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 17: Managing Data Storage

Managing Portable Media and Devices

Supporting CD-recordable and DVD-recordable Media

Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting USB Devices

Managing Data Compression, Data Encryption, and Storage Quotas

Compressed (Zipped) Folders

NTFS Data Compression

NTFS Data Encryption

NTFS Disk Quotas

Shadow Copies of Shared Folders

Setting Up Shadow Copies

Accessing Previous Versions of Files from Shadow Copies

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 18: Managing Disaster Recovery and Data Backup Procedures

Preparing for Disaster Recovery Situations

Booting Windows Server 2003 with a Startup Disk

Using Safe Mode to Recover a Server

Accessing Safe Mode

Using Last Known Good Configuration

Working with the Recovery Console

Starting the Recovery Console from the Windows Server 2003 CD

The Automated System Recovery Feature

Creating an ASR Backup Set

Restoring a Server Using ASR

Emergency Management Services

Out-of-Band Management

EMS with New Installations of Windows Server 2003

EMS with Existing Installations of Windows Server 2003

Special Administration Console

!Special Administration Console

Summary of Disaster Recovery Options

Managing Backup and Restore Procedures

Backing Up Data Files

Setting Backup Utility Defaults

Scheduling Backup Jobs

Managing Backup Storage Media

Configuring Security for Backup Operations

Restoring Backup Data

Restoring System State Data

Restoring the System State for DCs

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 19: Software Maintenance Using Windows Server Update Services

Microsoft Updates

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 20: Securing Windows Server 2003

Security Challenges

Defense-in-Depth Model

Microsoft Server Security

Physically Secure the System

Service Packs and Security Fixes

Hardening Windows Server 2003

Windows Firewall

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Exam Prep Questions

Answers to Exam Prep Questions

Need to Know More?

Chapter 21: Practice Exam 1

Chapter 22: Answers to Practice Exam 1

Chapter 23: Practice Exam 2

Chapter 24: Answers to Practice Exam 2

Appendix A: Suggested Readings and Resources

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Help and Support

Books

Websites

Appendix B: Accessing Your Free MeasureUp Practice Test—Including Networking Simulations! :

Appendix C: MeasureUp's Product Features

Multiple Testing Modes

Study Mode

Certification Mode

Custom Mode

Missed Question Mode

Non-Duplicate Mode

Question Types

Random Questions and Order of Answers

Detailed Explanations of Correct and Incorrect Answers

Attention to Exam Objectives

Technical Support

Glossary

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