MCSE Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure Study Guide (Exam 70-217)

MCSE Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure Study Guide (Exam 70-217)

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by Syngress Media, Inc., Inc. Syngress Media, Thomas W. Shinder, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Littlejohn Debra Shinder
Existing and aspiring Windows 2000 certified professional will quickly seek to get their W2K credentials in order to be technically current and capable of supporting Windows 2000 implementations.

Windows 2000 is substantially different from Windows NT 4. 0 so even the most experienced network professionals will need to be updated and certified.

Covers all of


Existing and aspiring Windows 2000 certified professional will quickly seek to get their W2K credentials in order to be technically current and capable of supporting Windows 2000 implementations.

Windows 2000 is substantially different from Windows NT 4. 0 so even the most experienced network professionals will need to be updated and certified.

Covers all of Windows 2000 Networking services,including providing Internet Protocol (IP) networking infrastructure (TCP/IP,DHCP,DNS),supporting remote users,providing IP routing and secure communications,and managing access to Internet.

CD-ROM includes TEST YOURSELF Personal Testing Center and video clips of the world's premiere classroom instructors teaching the most critical and complex topics. 60 minutes of audio tape reviews kew exam topics essential to passing the exam.

The Only Certification Study System Based on 200,000+ Hours of IT Training Experience 100% Complete Coverage — All official test objective for exam 70-217 are covered in detail Hands-on Exercises — Step-by-step instruction modeled after classroom labs Exam Watch — Warnings based on through post-exam research identifying the most troublesome exam topics and how to answer them correctly Three Types of Practice Questions — Knowledge,scenario,and lab-based questions,all with in-depth answers From the classroom — Discussions of important issues direct from the classroom of Global Knowledge's award-winning instructors Full coverage of the topics you need to review,including how to:

  • Create Global Catalog Servers
  • Implement an Organizational Unit structure
  • Back up and restore Active Directory
  • Delegateadministrative control of Group Policy
  • Deploy software by using Group Policy
  • Create a RIS Server
  • Install an image to a client machine
  • ManageAD objects
  • Manage and troubleshoot DNS replication


CD-ROM features full CertTrainer CBT software and the new ExamSim test engine — more than 300 questions on CD


  • e-Training —Self-paced review of key Windows 2000 topics,including exam tips
  • CertCam — Instructional Windows 2000 animations with audio explanations
  • In-depth Links — Need more explanation? Topically relevant links provide detailed
  • Skill Assessment —Test your knowledge with more than 230 challenging practice exam questions
  • Score Reports —Indicate subject areas requiring further study


  • Complete Practice Exam —A realistic MCSE exam with questions found only on the CD-ROM
  • Two Testing Modes —Standard or adaptive
  • Simulation Questions —Windows 2000 simulations challenge your applied skills
  • Detailed Answers —Explain why the correct options are right and why the incorrect options are wrong


  • DriveTime —More than 30 minutes of CD audio for exam prep on the go
  • E-book —Electronic,searchable version of the Study Guide

Editorial Reviews
Syngress' MCSE study guides bring 200,000+ hours of IT training experience to the table, and it shows. You'll master every testable element of Active Directory administration here: implementing organizational unit structures; installing, configuring, and troubleshooting Active Directory DNS; managing and troubleshooting replication; day-to-day backup and restore; delegation of administrative control of group policies; and much more. Test your knowledge with three types of practice questions -- knowledge-based, scenario-based, and lab-based -- all with in-depth answers! Also includes more than 30 minutes of "drivetime" audio review on CD-ROM.

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Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Series
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Chapter 1: Introduction to Windwos 2000 Directory Services Administration

Welcome to Windows 2000 and one of Microsoft's most important core topics for the Windows 2000 Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification track The Active Directory is one of the most exciting new features in Windows 2000. This new and improved, sophisticated directory service provides administrators with a flexible, powerful tool that simplifies many day-to-day activities.

The Active Directory (AD) is the "heart" of the Windows 2000 Server domain controller and of Windows 2000 networking. Creating and implementing an Active Directory infrastructure present the systems administrator with both a challenge and an opportunity. Knowledge of NT networking provides a good foundation for learning many aspects of Windows 2000, but when it comes to directory services, Windows 2000 is a whole new world and presents an entirely new way of accomplishing administrative tasks, as well as the ability to accomplish many tasks that simply were not possible to accomplish in Windows NT-at least, not without third-party add-on software.

The Windows 2000 Active Directory can support a huge scope of features and capabilities in an enterprise environment. Microsoft designed Windows 2000 and Active Directory with the enterprise network in mind. The company's goal in developing the new operating system and directory service was scalability that would extend to large and complex network configurations.

This book will help prepare you to not only pass Microsoft certification exam 70-217, Implementing and Administering a Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure, but it will also prepare you for theexciting experience of applying your knowledge and skills to your real-world network.

What Is Windows 2000 Directory Services Administration?

In order to answer that question, let's break the exam topic down into its component parts. First, and most basic: what do we really mean by implementing and administering? The American Heritage Dictionary defines implementing as "putting into practical effect, or carrying out," and it defines administering as "having charge of " or simply "managing." (These definitions should appeal to the "control freak" side of your nature-and anyone who wants to manage an entire enterprise network must have at least a mild dose of that in his or her personality.) What exactly is it, then, that we are "carrying out" and then "managing"? A directory, in this context, is a database that contains information about objects and their attributes. Most of us are already familiar with the basic directory concept; consider a telephone directory. The "objects" a telephone directory contains are names, and the attributes of each object include the phone number and address associated with that name. Directories utilized by network operating systems can, of course, be much more complex. The directory service is the component that organizes the objects into a logical and accessible structure and provides for a means of searching and locating objects within the directory. The directory service includes the entire directory and the method of storing it on the network. Finally, let's look at the word infrastructure. Returning again to our trusty dictionary, we find that an infrastructure is defined as "an underlying base or foundation for an organization or system."

Putting it all together, we can conclude that exam 70-217 covers how to put into practice a plan that will provide a foundation for the use of a networkwide database holding information about objects on the network (such as user and computer accounts, resources, and network services) and make that information quickly and easily available to authorized users, applications, and operating system services. Furthermore, it will test you on the skills required to maintain, optimize, troubleshoot, and oversee the use of that database throughout your enterprise network.

The Active Directory includes the following specific features:

  • A data store (another term for the directory), which stores information about Active Directory objects. Active Directory objects include shared resources such as servers, files, printers, and user and computer accounts.
  • A set of rules, called the schema, which defines the classes of objects and attributes contained in the directory, the constraints and limits on instances of these objects, and the format of their names.
  • The global catalog (GC) that contains information about all the objects in the directory. The GC allows users and administrators to find directory information without having to know which server or domain actually contains the data...

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