MCSE Server 2003 Certification Core Exams

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Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment[edit]

Basic Test Objectives from Microsoft (10/31/07):

I. Managing and Maintaining Physical and Logical Devices[edit]

1. Manage basic disks and dynamic disks.

2. Monitor server hardware. Tools might include Device Manager, the Hardware Troubleshooting Wizard, and appropriate Control Panel items.

3. Optimize server disk performance.

  • Implement a RAID solution.
  • Defragment volumes and partitions.

4. Troubleshoot server hardware devices.

  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to hardware settings.
  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to server hardware and hardware driver upgrades.

5. Install and configure server hardware devices.

  • Configure driver signing options.
  • Configure resource settings for a device.
  • Configure device properties and settings.

II. Managing Users, Computers, and Groups[edit]

1. Manage local, roaming, and mandatory user profiles.

2. Create and manage computer accounts in an Active Directory environment.

3. Create and manage groups.

  • Identify and modify the scope of a group.
  • Find domain groups in which a user is a member.
  • Manage group membership.
  • Create and modify groups by using the Active Directory Users and Computers Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in.
  • Create and modify groups by using automation.

4. Create and manage user accounts.

  • Create and modify user accounts by using the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in.
  • Create and modify user accounts by using automation.
  • Import user accounts.

5. Troubleshoot computer accounts.

  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to computer accounts by using the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in.
  • Reset computer accounts.

6. Troubleshoot user accounts.

  • Diagnose and resolve account lockouts.
  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to user account properties.

7. Troubleshoot user authentication issues.


III. Managing and Maintaining Access to Resources[edit]

1. Configure access to shared folders.

  • Manage shared folder permissions.

2. Troubleshoot Terminal Services.

  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to Terminal Services security.
  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to client access to Terminal Services.

3.Configure file system permissions.

  • Verify effective permissions when granting permissions.
  • Change ownership of files and folders.

4.Troubleshoot access to files and shared folders.

IV. Managing and Maintaining a Server Environment[edit]

1. Monitor and analyze events. Tools might include Event Viewer and System Monitor.

2. Manage software update infrastructure.

3. Manage software site licensing.

4. Manage servers remotely.

  • Manage a server by using Remote Assistance.
  • Manage a server by using Terminal Services remote administration mode.
  • Manage a server by using available support tools.

5. Troubleshoot print queues.

6. Monitor system performance.

7. Monitor file and print servers. Tools might include Task Manager, Event Viewer, and System Monitor.

  • Monitor disk quotas.
  • Monitor print queues.
  • Monitor server hardware for bottlenecks.

8. Monitor and optimize a server environment for application performance.

  • Monitor memory performance objects.
  • Monitor network performance objects.
  • Monitor process performance objects.
  • Monitor disk performance objects.

9. Manage a Web server.

  • Manage Internet Information Services (IIS).
  • Manage security for IIS.


V. Managing and Implementing Disaster Recovery[edit]

1. Perform system recovery for a server.

  • Implement Automated System Recovery (ASR).
  • Restore data from shadow copy volumes.
  • Back up files and System State data to media.
  • Configure security for backup operations.

2. Manage backup procedures.

  • Verify the successful completion of backup jobs.
  • Manage backup storage media.

3. Recover from server hardware failure.

4. Restore backup data



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