MCSE: Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure Readiness Review: Exam 70-221

MCSE: Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure Readiness Review: Exam 70-221

by Emmett A. Dulaney, MeasureUp Inc. Staff
     
 

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Exam 70-221 measures the ability to analyze business requirements and design a network infrastructure for the Windows 2000 operating system. With Readiness Review, certification candidates can sharpen their test-taking skills, save valuable time and money, and build their confidence for the real exam with the help of thisSee more details below

Overview

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Exam 70-221 measures the ability to analyze business requirements and design a network infrastructure for the Windows 2000 operating system. With Readiness Review, certification candidates can sharpen their test-taking skills, save valuable time and money, and build their confidence for the real exam with the help of this exclusive exam simulation on CD-ROM. The Readiness Review electronic assessment tool delivers randomly generated practice tests covering actual MCP exam objectives. Readers can test and retest with different question sets each time. After completing practice sessions, readers can consult the companion text for helpful explanations for all responses-right and wrong-and identify areas for further study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735613669
Publisher:
Microsoft Press
Publication date:
08/25/2001
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.84(d)

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Objective Domain 1: Analyzing Business Requirements

The first course of action you should undertake when preparing to implement a new system is the analysis process. Because migrating to a new version of Microsoft Windows 2000 is such a large operation, you need look at how it will affect the company at the organizational level. To understand how a business will need to use Windows 2000, you should be prepared to answer questions about the organization itself: How does communication flow through the company? How does information flow through the company? You should analyze the products or services the company offers and determine the life cycles of those products, or services, or both. You should also try to understand how decisions are made and carried out within the structure of the business. This information will help you dramatically when you move into the implementation stage. By understanding a company's structure, you'll be better suited to configure Windows 2000 to meet its needs.

Tested Skills and Suggested Practices

The skills that you need to successfully master the Analyzing Business Requirements objective domain on the Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure exam include:
  • Analyzing the existing and planned business models.

    • Practice 1: Write out all the proposed changes that will take place in the company. Rank them according to which changes will have the greatest effect on the network security design.

    • Practice 2: Find a colleague to play devil's advocate to your design. Illustrate the layout for someone, and then have that person ask you tough questions about its structure that you might not think of on your own.

  • Analyzing the existing and planned organizational structures.

    • Practice 1: Create a chart of the company's organizational structure Use the pyramid approach so that you can see how the company is laid out.

    • Practice 2: Write out and catalog the company's vendors, partners, and customers. From there you can assign a value to the level of security that would be needed if each were allowed some form of network access.

  • Analyzing the factors that influence the company's strategies.

    • Practice 1: Try to get a concrete understanding of the company's specific priorities. Find out if they have a mission statement and decide how well they're following it. If they don't seem to be complying with it, think about options that might put them on the track.

    • Practice 2: Using the mission statement, develop a prioritized list of Windows 2000 features that can help achieve the mission. Correlate this list with the proposed network's security requirements.

  • Analyzing the structure of IT management.

    • Practice 1: Take a look at the company and try to figure out whether they implement a centralized or decentralized company structure.

    • Practice 2: Examine the company structure to decide if any resources should be outsourced, as opposed to doing everything in house.

Further Reading

This section lists supplemental readings by objective. We recommend that you study these sources thoroughly before taking exam 70-221.

Objective 1.1

Microsoft Corporation. Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit. Volume: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Deployment Planning Guide. Redmond, Washington: Microsoft Press, 2000. Review Chapter 1, "Introducing Windows 2000 Deployment Planning," which gives you information about how to analyze and begin planning for network OS installation.

Use the Site Analysis Worksheet located at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/winresources/ssreskit/rk_siteanalysisworksheet_bvfi.htm to gather and record information about a network site. This will take you step-by-step through the business analysis components.

Objective 1.2

Microsoft Corporation. Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit. Volume: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Deployment Planning Guide. Redmond, Washington: Microsoft Press, 2000. Review Case Study 3, "Multinational Financial Services Corporation," and Case Study 4, "International Software Development Company," in Chapter 1, "Introducing Windows 2000 Deployment Planning." Both of these give detailed descriptions of the existing IT environment as well as the deployment goals for Windows 2000.

Review the BP Case Study located at the Windows 2000 Product Guide at http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/guide/server/profiles/bp.asp. This case study looks at the issues involved with both international deployment and multiple business integration.

Objective 1.3

Review the Honeywell Europe S. A. Case Study located at the MSDN Online Library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/ibrary/default.asp?URL=/library/books/thin/honeywelleuropesa.htm. While not on a complete parallel with a standard Windows 2000 deployment, it does offer some notable insight into analyzing company factors and strategies.

Microsoft Corporation. Upgrading to Microsoft Windows 2000 Training Kit. Redmond, Washington: Microsoft Press, 1999. Review Chapter 4, "Implementing Active Directory Directory Services," Lesson 3, "Active Directory Concepts," and Lesson 4, "Introduction to Planning." These lessons are a good overview of the preliminary steps to designing the Active Directory directory services for a network.

Objective 1.4

Microsoft Corporation. Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit. Volume: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Deployment Planning Guide. Redmond, Washington: Microsoft Press, 2000. Review the section entitled "Mapping Windows 2000 Features to Your Business Needs," in Chapter 1, "Introducing Windows 2000 Deployment Planning," which reviews how to determine which Windows 2000 technologies apply to your own proposed IT management structure.

Microsoft Corporation. Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit. Volume: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server TCP/IP Networking Guide. Redmond, Washington: Microsoft Press, 2000. Review the "IPSec Planning" section of Part 3, "Network Security and Management." This section covers best practices and considerations for establishing a security plan based on IPSec....

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