MCSE Training Guide (70-240) : Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam

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This exam covers all of Windows 2000. This will be seen by many exam candidates as the first path to take to achieve Windows 2000 certification coming from the Windows NT Server 4 track. Written in keeping with the Training Guide series, you will find pre-chapter quizzes, chapter reviews, case studies, glossaries, and much more, written based on the exam objectives. To supplement the top-notch content, the Training Guide offers a version of ExamGear which gives you the chance to try your hand at adaptive testing and other new testing technologies—all with the look and feel of the real exams.
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Already have your NT 4 certification? Move to Win2K in one fell swoop, with this well-designed, well-edited guide to Microsoft's MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam. The book covers it all: Server and Professional installation, configuration, administration, troubleshooting, Active Directory, remote access, networking, VPNs, group policis, and lots more. It's also filled with case studies, labs, step-by-step exercises, tips, and study strategies -- an exceptionally well designed study guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735709799
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/22/2000
  • Series: Microsoft Certified Professional Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 1312
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Brian Komar is the owner and operator of a small consulting company in Winnipeg, Manitoba specializing in Windows 2000 design consulting and speaking. Brian is currently working with Microsoft Corporation as a contract Program Manager in the Microsoft Official Curriculum team. In addition to developing Microsoft Official Curriculum, Brian speaks at several Microsoft conferences worldwide on topics such as Active Directory design and Windows 2000 security design. Brian can be reached via email at bkomar@home.com.
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Chapter 1: Installing Windows 2000 Professional

Managing Partitions on Basic Disks

Basic disks allow for a number of different partition configurations. Partitions are areas of a physical hard disk that function as though it were a separate unit. The partitions are limited to four per physical disk.

A primary partition is a partition that can contain the files necessary to boot a particular operating system. A primary partition cannot be subpartitioned. There can be up to four primary partitions per physical disk.

A primary partition is needed for a Windows 2000 system partition. The system partition is needed to load Windows 2000 (that is, it contains NTLDR, NEDETECT.COM). Only a primary partition can be used for the system partition.

Windows 2000 also uses a boot partition. The boot partition contains the actual Windows 2000 operating system files. The system partition can be on the same partition but does not have to be.

You are limited to four primary partitions per physical disk. In some situations, you may require more partitions. To assist in breaking the four-partition limit, you have the ability to create an extended partition. Extended partitions are similar to primary partitions because they define areas of space on a physical hard drive.

The main differences between primary partitions and extended partitions are as follows:

  • There can only be one extended partition per physical hard disk.
  • Extended partitions need to be divided into logical drives.
  • The only limit that exists on the number of logical drives is the number of letters in the alphabet.

During installation, the Windows 2000 Setup program examines the hard disk to determine its existing configuration. The Setup program allows you to create new partitions. Microsoft suggests that you create only the partition on which you will install Windows 2000.

Microsoft recommends that you install Windows 2000 on a partition with a minimum of 2GB. As previously mentioned, Windows 2000 Professional requires only 650MB of free disk space. However, the larger partition allows flexibility in the future.

Windows 2000 File Systems

Before you decide which file system to use, you should understand the benefits and limitations of each file system. The following sections provide an overview of the differences between FAT, FAT32, and NTFS file systems.

FAT

File Allocation Table (FAT) is a file system that has been around for a very long time and is currently supported by most operating systems on the market.

The primary benefit of using FAT is that it is supported by Windows NT 3.5x/4.0, Windows 95/98, Windows 3.x, DOS, and other operating systems. It is commonly used on systems that are required to dual-boot between Windows 2000 and one (or more) of the operating systems mentioned previously.

When used under Windows 2000, the FAT file system supports the following additional features:

  • Long filenames up to 255 characters
  • Multiple spaces
  • Multiple periods
  • Filenames that are not case-sensitive (but that do preserve case)

The FAT file system is a logical choice for systems where dual-boot capabilities are required.

The primary limitations of FAT are as follows:

  • FAT is inefficient for larger partitions. As files grow in size, they may become fragmented on the disk, causing slower access times. FAT also uses inefficient cluster sizes. If the cluster size is too large, you can end up with lots of wasted space on the partition.
  • FAT provides no local security. There is no way to prevent a user from accessing a file if the user can log in to the local operating system.
  • FAT can support only partitions up to 2GB in size.
  • FAT does not support compression, encryption, remote storage, mount points, or disk quotas under Windows 2000.

FAT32

FAT32 was introduced in the Microsoft product line with Windows 95 OSR 2. The primary difference between FAT and FAT32 is that FAT32 supports a smaller cluster size so it does not have as much of the wasted space associated with larger partitions.

The primary limitations of FAT32 are as follows:

  • FAT32 has no local security.
  • FAT32 does not support compression, encryption, remote storage, mount points, or disk quotas under Windows 2000.
  • FAT32 supports partitions up to 32GB in size.
  • FAT32 is not supported by all versions of Windows 95 and is not supported by DOS and Windows NT This can cause a partition to be unavailable if dual-booting to these operating systems.

NTFS

NT File System (NTFS) is the file system of choice on most systems running Windows 2000. NTFS offers the following benefits:

  • Support for long filenames. NTFS supports long filenames up to 255 characters.
  • Preservation of case. NTFS is not case-sensitive, but it does have the capability of preserving case for POSIX compliance.
  • Recoverability. NTFS is a recoverable file system. It uses transaction logging to automatically log all files and directory updates so that in the case of a system failure, the operating system can redo failed operations.
  • Security. NTFS provides folder and file-level security for protecting files.
  • Compression. NTFS supports compression of file and folders to help save disk space...
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Installing Windows 2000 Professional
2 Implementing and Conducting Administration of Resources
3 Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers
4 Monitoring and Optimizing System Performance and Reliability
5 Configuring and Troubleshooting the Desktop Environment
6 Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting Network Protocols and Services
7 Implementing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Security
8 Installing Windows 2000 Server
9 Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting Access to Resources
10 Configuring and Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers
11 Managing, Monitoring, and Optimizing System Performance, Reliability, and Availability
12 Managing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting Storage Use
13 Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows 2000 Network Connections
14 Implementing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Security
15 Installing, Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting DNS in a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
16 Installing, Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting DHCP in a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
17 Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Remote Access in a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
18 Installing, Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Network Chapter Protocols in a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
19 Installing, Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting WINS in a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
20 Installing, Configuring, Managing Monitoring, and Troubleshooting IP Routing in a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
21 Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting Network Address Translation (NAT)
22 Installing, Configuring, Managing Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Certificate Services
23 Configuring DNS for Active Directory
24 Building Your Active Directory Structure
25 Administering Active Directory Services
26 Managing Servers
27 Using Group Policy to Manage Users
28 Software Distribution Using Group Policy
29 Managing Security Using Group Policy
30 Deploying Windows 2000 Using Remote Installation Services
App. A: What's on the CD-ROM?
App. B Using the ExamGear, Training Guide Edition Software
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2001

    Pass the test with Flying Colors

    MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam ¿ Training Guide Exam 70-240 AUTHOR: Brian Komar, MCSE+I, MCT PUBLISHER: New Riders REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades BOOK REVIEW: One CD and 1300 pages later, you will be prepared to pass the MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Exam! This ¿light reading¿ book is divided into four parts. Each part focuses on installing, configuring and administering a different part of Microsoft Windows 2000. Part I is on Professional, Part II on Server, Part II on Network Infrastructure and Part IV is on Directory Services Infrastructure. There are exam tips and notes set off in a box in the margins so the reader will be sure to take careful note. There are few illustrations but the print is in a size that doesn¿t cause the reader to squint to read the words. There are case studies, chapter summaries, key terms, review questions and, best of all, THE ANSWERS to the questions at the end of each chapter. Armed with the knowledge this book provides, you should pass your MCSE Windows 2000 accelerated exam with flying colors.

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