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Microsoft exam 70-290 preparation guide

Contents:

Part 1: Installing and upgrading Windows 2003
Part 2: Managing and Maintaining Physical & logicel drives
Part 3: Managing users, computers and groups
Part 4: Managing and monitoring access to resources
Part 5: Managing and maintaining a server environment
Part 6: Managing and implementing disaster recovery
Part 7: Active directory primer

Preface

I have written this short preparation guide as a way for myself to ease studying for the Mcirosoft 70-290 exam titled: "Managing and maintaining Microsoft Windows 2003 server environment". I provide this guide as is, without any guarantees, explicit or implied, as to its contents. You may use the information contained herein in your computer career, however I take no responsibility for any damages you may incur as a result of following this guide. You may use this document freely and share it with anybody as long as you provide the whole document in one piece and do not charge any money for it. If you find any mistakes, please feel free to inform me about them Tom Kitta. Legal stuff aside, let us start.

Guide version 0.13 last updated on 28/05/2004

Part 1: Installing and upgrading Windows 2003

[1.1] Clean install
[1.2] Windows editions
[1.3] Hardware requierments
[1.4] Licensing
[1.5] General upgrade points
[1.6] Upgrading from Windows NT4 to Windows 2003
[1.7] Upgrading from Windows 2000 to Windows 2003
[1.8] Domain functional levels

Part 2: Managing and Maintaining Physical & logicel drives

[2.1] Plug & play
[2.2] Hardware supported
[2.3] Access needed to install new hardware
[2.4] Device Manager can be accessed in 4 ways
[2.5] Device Manager views
[2.6] Device properties tab
[2.7] Driver properties
[2.8] HAL - hardware abstraction layer
[2.9] Windows update & automatic update
[2.10] Printers
[2.11] Printer Poling
[2.12] Management of printers using print server role of Windows 2003 server
[2.13] Redirecting print jobs
[2.14] Disk drives
[2.15] ARC path designation (Advanced RISC computing)
[2.16] Easy way to memorize ARC
[2.17] Disk Managment MMC snap-in
[2.18] Remote managment
[2.19] Basic Disks
[2.20] Dynamic disks
[2.21] Converting to dynamic disk and back to basic disk
[2.22] File systems
[2.23] Folder compression (zipped)
[2.24] Compression (NTFS)
[2.25] Encryption:
[2.26] How EFS (encrypted file system) works

Part 3: Managing users, computers and groups

[3.1] User accounts
[3.2] Build in local user accounts
[3.3] Build in local groups
[3.4] Complex passwords
[3.5] Organization
[3.6] Using profile for local PC
[3.7] Roaming profile
[3.8] Other profile information
[3.9] Account and password options
[3.10] Terminal services
[3.11] Remote access (VPN/Dial-in)
[3.12] DC/OU/CN example

Here is how DC/OU/CN work. User is CN - canonical name, DN - distinguished name. For example, energyshop.com/IT/John Doe DC - energyshop DC - com OU - IT CN - John Doe

[3.13] UPN - user principal name
[3.14] Dealing with user passwords
[3.15] Password policy
[3.16] Account lockout policy
[3.17] Computer accounts
[3.18] RIS - remote installation service
[3.19] Contacts
[3.20] Automation
[3.21] Build in domain user accounts
[3.22] Domain Groups
[3.23] Built in domain local groups
[3.24] Global groups
[3.25] Universal groups
[3.26] Access between domains
[3.27] Remember the acronym AGLP
[3.28] Windows 2000/Windows 2003 domain vis mixed mode
[3.29] MMC
[3.30] Special groups (special identities)
[3.31] Other points

Part 4: Managing and monitoring access to resources

[4.1] ACL - access control list
[4.2] General NTFS permissions for files
[4.3] General NTFS permissions for folders
[4.4] Share permissions
[4.5] Special permissions
[4.6] Explicit permissions and inherited permissions for files and folders
[4.7] Inherited permissions (file and folders)
[4.8] Ownership
[4.9] Ways to create shares in Windows 2003
[4.10] Share options
[4.11] Special shares
[4.12] Web sharing
[4.13] Shadow copies (new in Windows 2003)
[4.14] Distributed file system (DFS)
[4.15] Enabling auditing for files, folders and printers
[4.16] Auditing
[4.17] Terminal services
[4.18] Remote desktop
[4.19] Remote assistance
[4.20] User rights
[4.21] Security best practices

Part 5: Managing and maintaining a server environment

[5.1] Performance and system events
[5.2] Performance
[5.3] Performance indicators
[5.4] Log file settings
[5.5] Log files
[5.6] Log filtering
[5.7] Event information
[5.8] Page file
[5.9] Disk quotas
[5.10] Defragmenting
[5.11] Internet Information server 6 (IIS.6)
[5.12] Application pools in IIS.6
[5.13] Authentication methods
[5.14] Website Logging
[5.15] SUS - software update service
[5.16] Services
[5.17] Other points

Part 6: Managing and implementing disaster recovery

[6.1] Overview
[6.2] Backup types
[6.3] Backup log
[6.4] Restore options
[6.5] Authorative vis normal (non-authorative restore) vis primary restore
[6.6] Running normal (non-authorative restore) steps
[6.7] Running authorative restore steps
[6.8] Running primary restore steps
[6.9] Boot problems
[6.10] Advanced boot options
[6.11] ASR - Automated system recovery
[6.12] Best practices for backup
[6.13] Other points

Part 7: Active directory primer

[7.1] The operations master roles (FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operations) roles)
[7.2] AD troubleshooting and seizing a FSMO role
[7.3] Other AD information
[7.4] Other GP information
[7.5] DHCP
[7.6] Other points
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