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Setting Up, Managing, and Troubleshooting Security Accounts and Policies in Windows XP Professional

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Vic Picinich and Ed Tittel provide sample MSCE Windows XP Professional Exam questions and detailed answers with a focus on setting up, managing, and troubleshooting security accounts and policies.
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Questions

  1. You're a help desk technician for your company. Sarah is an executive at your company. Because Sarah travels frequently, she uses a Windows XP Professional portable computer that has a smart card reader. Sarah asks you to configure her computer so that she can dial in to the company network when she is out of the office. The company security policy states that dial-in users must use smart cards when they connect to the network, and that the users must use the strongest form of encryption possible. The company security policy further states that client computers must disconnect if the routing and remote access server does not support both smart card authentication and the strongest possible authentication.

    You need to configure the dial-up connection properties on Sarah's computer to dial in to the company network. Your solution must ensure that company security policies are enforced.

    Which of the following should you do? (Select all that apply.)

    1. Select the Advanced (Custom Settings) security option.

    2. Select the Maximum Strength Encryption item from the data encryption list.

    3. Select the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) option, and select Smart Card or other Certificate from the EAP list.

    4. Select the Require Data Encryption check box.

  2. You're a help desk technician for your company. Mary is a member of your company's sales department. Mary asks you to configure her XP portable computer so that she can dial in to the company network when she is out of the office. The company uses two servers for Routing and Remote Access: One is a Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, and the other is a Windows NT 4.0 Server. Each server contains four modems. Each modem connects to a dial-up telephone line, and a single telephone number distributes incoming calls across the eight telephone lines.

    Company security policy requires that dial-up logon credentials be encrypted and use the maximum possible security when they are transmitted. You need to ensure that Mary can dial in and log on by using her domain user account. You also need to ensure that company security policy is enforced.

    How should you configure the security settings for the dial-up connection?

    1. Select the Typical (Recommended Settings) option. Select the Require Secured Password list item from the validation list.

    2. Select the Typical (Recommended Settings) option. Select the Require Data Encryption (Disconnect If None) check box.

    3. Select the Advanced (Custom Settings) option. On the Advanced Security Settings tab, clear all check boxes except the MS-CHAP v2 check box.

    4. Select the Typical (Recommended Settings) option. Select the Automatically Use My Windows Logon Name and Password (and Domain) check box.

  3. You're the desktop administrator for your organization. All employees have Windows XP Professional computers. All employees are members of the local Users group on their own computers. A user in the marketing department has a removable disk cartridge drive on his computer. The disk cartridge contains an unsupported, third-party file system. When he tries to save data to the disk cartridge, the user is prompted to reformat the disk cartridge. However, he receives an Access Denied error message when attempting to reformat.

    You need to enable the user to save data to the disk cartridge. What should you do?

    1. Grant the user Allow-Full Control permission on the disk cartridge.

    2. Instruct the user to format the cartridge as FAT32.

    3. Remove the Read-Only attribute from the disk cartridge.

    4. Configure the local security settings to enable the user to format and eject removable media.

  4. You're a help desk technician for Parker Research. All employees use Windows XP Professional computers. A user named Amy reports a problem browsing the Internet. She says that she cannot use a search to browse to www.parkerresearch.com. You use Remote Assistance to examine search engines on Amy's computer. When you try to use the search engine, you receive the following warning message: You cannot send HTML forms. When you try to use other search engines on Amy's computer, you receive the same message. Amy verifies that she is able to use the search engine to browse the company intranet without problems.

    You need to ensure that Amy can use any search engine to browse the Internet from her computer. What should you do?

    1. On Amy's computer, open the Security properties for Microsoft Internet Explorer. Add www.parkerresearch.com to the Trusted Sites list. Clear the Require Server Verification for All Sites in This Zone check box.

    2. Inform Amy to use https:// instead of http:// when typing the URLs for the search engines. Tell Amy to ensure that Internet Explorer displays a lock icon in its status bar, before she submits information in a form on a Web page.

    3. On Amy's computer, open the Security properties for Internet Explorer. In the security settings for the Internet zone, select the Submit Non-Encrypted Form Data option.

    4. Tell Amy to click the Search button on the Internet Explorer toolbar and then type her search keywords in the Web form displayed by Internet Explorer.

  5. You're a help desk technician for Loftware, Inc. Loftware, Inc. maintains a secure intranet Web site at intranet.loftwareinc.com. All employees use Windows XP Professional computers. A user named Kate reports that she cannot access the secure Web site by using Internet Explorer. When she types http://intranet.loftware.com into the Internet Explorer address bar, an error message reports that a digital certificate is not from a trusted source. You verify that the intranet Web server is using a digital certificate issued by your company's Enterprise CA (certificate authority). The Enterprise CA is located on a server named certificates.loftwareinc.com.

    You need to ensure that Kate can access the secure intranet Web site without receiving an error message. What should you do?

    1. On Kate's computer, open the Security properties for Internet Explorer. Add intranet.loftwareinc.com to the Trusted Sites list.

    2. Ask a network administrator to modify the properties for IIS (Internet Information Services) on intranet.loftwareinc.com and set the SSL port number to 443.

    3. On Kate's computer, open the Security properties for Internet Explorer. Open the Trusted Sites dialog box and select the Require Server Verification for All Sites in This Zone check box.

    4. On Kate's computer, open Internet Explorer's list of certificates. Import a copy of the certificate used by the intranet.loftwareinc.com server into Kate's Trusted Publishers Certificates store.

  6. You're a help desk technician for your company. Your company uses a custom database application to analyze revenue information. The database application saves data to files with a .dcp file extension. The .dcp files are stored in the same shared folder as many shared Microsoft Word 2002 documents. Your supervisor informs you that the application's .dcp files are becoming corrupted. Each time the files get corrupted, they must be restored from a tape backup, which is time- and resource-consuming. Users with portable computers often select the Word 2002 documents in the shared folder to be made available offline. You find that several users also select the .dcp files to be made available offline.

    You need to ensure that users cannot make .dcp files available offline. Your solution must not affect user access to the other files in the folder. What should you do?

    1. Ask a network administrator to modify the file permissions on the .dcp files to assign all users the Deny-Change permission.

    2. Modify the file share that contains the .dcp files and disable offline file caching.

    3. Ask a network administrator to modify the domain security policy by adding the .dcp file type to the File Not Caching domain group policy.

    4. Use Remote Assistance to disable offline files on the local computer policy of all portable computers.

  7. You're the administrator of your company's network. The network includes an Active Directory domain. A new employee named Jane is hired to help deploy Windows XP Professional to 150 new computers. You create a new domain user account for Jane and add the account to the Domain Users group. Jane can install Windows XP Professional on the new computers, but she cannot add the computers to the Active Directory domain.

    You verify that the computers are connected to the network and that they are receiving IP configuration information from the company's DHCP server. You need to ensure that Jane can add the new computers to the Active Directory domain. You also need to be sure Jane does not receive any unnecessary security privileges on the network. What should you do?

    1. Add Jane's domain account to the Server Operators domain user group.

    2. On a domain controller, use the Local Computer Policy MMC to add Jane's domain user account to the Add Workstations to Domain user right policy.

    3. Use the Delegation of Control Wizard to grant Jane's domain user account the right to create new objects in the computers container.

    4. Install the Active Directory users and computers MMC on Jane's Windows XP Professional computer. Add Jane's domain user account to the domain Administrators domain user group.

  8. You're a help desk technician for your company. All users have Windows XP Professional computers. Eight users run a custom application named Payroll on their computers. Payroll stores user passwords in a file named Secure.ini. By default, the Secure.ini file is stored in a folder named C:\Winnt\PayrollApp. The actual location and name of the file can be changed by an administrator. Each Secure.ini file is unique. Each computer contains a single logical drive C: formatted as NTFS in order to comply with the company's security policy.

    You need to be sure that the Secure.ini files get encrypted. What should you do?

    1. Create a folder named C:\Files. Copy the Secure.ini file to the C:\Files folder. In the properties of the C:\Files folder, select the option to encrypt the contents of the folder. Accept the default settings on the Confirm Attributes Changes dialog box. Configure Payroll to use the C:\Files\Secure.ini file.

    2. In the Properties of the C:\Winnt\PayrollApp folder, use Windows Explorer to select the option to encrypt the contents of the folder. Accept the default settings on the Confirm Attributes Changes dialog box.

    3. Have a network administrator share a new encrypted folder named SecureFiles on a network server. Permit users to read the files contained within the folder. Copy the Secure.ini file from each computer into the SecureFiles folder. On each computer, configure Payroll to use the Passwords.ini file in the SecureFiles folder.

    4. Create a folder named C:\Files. Move the Secure.ini file to the C:\Files folder. Instruct the user of each computer to open the properties of the C:\Files folder and select the option to encrypt the contents of the folder. Accept the default settings on the Confirm Attributes Changes dialog box. Configure Payroll to use the C:\Files\Secure.ini files.

  9. You're a help desk technician for your company. Mike and Valerie are users in your company's sales department. Mike and Valerie both use Windows XP Professional laptop computers. They also use Internet Explorer to connect to a Web-based Internet email service. Mike reports that he is required to provide a username and password each time he accesses that Web site. Valerie, however, is not required to log on each separate time she accesses the Web site because the site remembers her username and password.

    You need to configure Mike's computer so that the Web site can remember his username and password. How should you configure Internet Explorer on Mike's computer?

    1. Set the privacy configuration for first-party cookies to Accept.

    2. Modify the security configuration on Mike's laptop so that the Internet email Web site is included in the Trusted Sites list.

    3. Modify the privacy configuration so that the Always Allow Session Cookies check box is selected.

    4. Set the security level for the Internet zone to medium on Mike's computer.

  10. You and Steve are the desktop administrators for your company. You install a printer on your Windows XP Professional computer. You share this printer on the company network.

    You want to ensure that only members of the ITAdmins local group can use this printer, and that only you and Steve can manage the printer and all print jobs. You also want to ensure that members of the ITAdmins local group can manage only their own print jobs. How should you configure security on this printer?

    1. Grant Allow-Print permission to the ITAdmins group. Grant Allow-Manage Documents permission to your user account and Steve's user account.

    2. Grant Allow-Print permission to the ITAdmins group. Grant Allow-Manage Documents and Allow-Manage Printers permissions to your user account and Steve's user account.

    3. Grant Allow-Manage Documents permission to the ITAdmins group. Grant Allow-Manage printers permission to your user account and Steve's user account.

    4. Grant Allow-Print permission to the ITAdmins group. Remove Allow-Manage Documents permission from the Creator Owner group. Grant Allow-Manage Printers permission to your user account and Steve's user account.

  11. You're the desktop administrator for Computers, Ltd. A graphics designer named Paul saves all his files in the My Documents folder on his Windows XP Professional computer. Paul now needs to work on several different computers each day to complete his work. He needs to be able to access his files at any time. You implement a roaming user profile and home directory for Paul. However, Paul mentions that when he uses his roaming profile, it takes more than 10 minutes for him to log on to other computers.

    You need to reduce the amount of time it takes for Paul to log on to other computers when using his roaming profile. What should you do?

    1. Log on as a local administrator on Paul's computer. Edit the local group policy to exclude directories in roaming profiles.

    2. Change the UNC path of Paul's roaming profile to his home directory folder.

    3. Log on as a local administrator on Paul's computer. Change the roaming profile to a local profile.

    4. Log on as a local administrator on Paul's computer. In the properties of the My Documents folder, change the target folder location to Paul's home directory.

  12. You're the desktop administrator for your company's research department. The IT manager for the research department creates a custom policy that will apply to a custom application that is loaded on the department's Windows XP Professional computers. He deploys this policy by using Group Policy. When you inspect the research department's computers, you find out that the application has not been modified by the policy.

    You want to examine the Windows XP Professional computers to find out whether the custom policy is affecting the correct location in the Registry. Which command should you run?

    1. MSInfo32.exe

    2. GPEdit.exe

    3. GPResult.exe

    4. RGP.exe

  13. You're the desktop administrator for Compco, Ltd. The company's network contains 800 Windows XP Professional computers. All the computers are members of a single Active Directory domain. The computers' hard disks are formatted as NTFSv5. Compco's software developers release a new custom application. The application uses a .dll file named AppLibrary.dll, which is installed in a folder named \Program Files\Compco\CompcoApp. The company's software help desk technicians complain that many users experience problems when they use the application. You notice that the AppLibrary.dll file was deleted on the client computers. Compco's software developers recommend that you modify the file permissions on AppLibrary.dll so that users have only Read permission on the file.

    You need to ensure that all users have only Read permission on the AppLibrary.dll file on all 800 Windows XP Professional computers. What should you do?

    1. Write a logon script that moves the AppLibrary.dll file into the Windows\System32 folder. Ensure that Windows file protection is enabled on all 800 Windows XP Professional computers. Apply that logon script to all domain user accounts.

    2. Use the Security Configuration and Analysis console to create a new security template that modifies file permissions on AppLibrary.dll. Use the Active Directory group policy to import and then apply the template to all 800 Windows XP Professional computers.

    3. Repackage the customer application in a Windows Installer package. Have a domain administrator create a GPO that advertises the package to all domain user accounts.

    4. Write a VBScript file named Fix.vbs that modifies the file permissions on AppLibrary.dll.

  14. What component of the Active Directory Structure used with Microsoft Windows XP is a distinct named set of attributes that represent a network resource, such as a user or computer account?

    1. OU

    2. Class

    3. Object

    4. Domain

    5. Tree

  15. What component of the Active Directory structure used with Microsoft Windows XP is a logical grouping of objects, such as computers, accounts, domains, or OUs?

    1. Object

    2. Class

    3. OU

    4. Domain

    5. Site

  16. What component of the Active Directory structure used with Microsoft Windows XP is a container used to organize objects of a domain into logical administrative groups?

    1. Object

    2. Class

    3. OU

    4. Domain

    5. Tree

  17. What component of the Active Directory structure used with Microsoft Windows XP holds all network objects and information about only all objects it contains, and acts as a security boundary?

    1. Object

    2. Class

    3. OU

    4. Domain

    5. Tree

  18. What component of the Active Directory structure used with Microsoft Windows XP is a hierarchical grouping of one or more domains that share a contiguous namespace?

    1. Object

    2. Class

    3. Tree

    4. Domain

    5. Forest

  19. What component of the Active Directory structure used with Microsoft Windows XP is a hierarchical grouping of one or more domain trees that have different namespaces?

    1. Site

    2. Class

    3. OU

    4. Forest

    5. Domain

  20. What component of the Active Directory structure used with Microsoft Windows XP is a geographical grouping of one or more IP subnets connected by high-speed links?

    1. Site

    2. Class

    3. OU

    4. Tree

  21. What item in Active Directory used with Microsoft Windows XP contains a formal definition of contents and structure of Active Directory, such as classes, class properties, and attributes?

    1. Schema

    2. Global Catalog

    3. DN

    4. RDN

    5. GUID

  22. What item in Active Directory used with Microsoft Windows XP is a central repository of information about all objects in an entire forest?

    1. Schema

    2. Global Catalog

    3. DN

    4. RDN

    5. GUID

  23. What item in Active Directory used with Microsoft Windows XP uniquely identifies an object within the entire Active Directory forest?

    1. Schema

    2. Global Catalog

    3. DN

    4. RDN

    5. UPN

  24. What item in Active Directory used with Microsoft Windows XP identifies an object only within a single domain?

    1. Schema

    2. Global Catalog

    3. DN

    4. RDN

    5. UPN

  25. What item in Active Directory used with Microsoft Windows XP is a unique 128-bit character string assigned to objects when they're created?

    1. Schema

    2. Global Catalog

    3. UPN

    4. RDN

    5. GUID

  26. What item in Active Directory used with Microsoft Windows XP is the common, friendly name given to a user account?

    1. Schema

    2. Global Catalog

    3. DN

    4. UPN

    5. GUID

  27. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in local group can perform all administrative tasks on the local system?

    1. Administrators

    2. Backup Operators

    3. Guests

    4. Power Users

    5. Remote Desktop Users

  28. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in local group can use Backup to back up and restore data on the local computer?

    1. Administrators

    2. Backup Operators

    3. Guests

    4. Power Users

    5. Users

  29. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in local group can be used for granting temporary access to resources?

    1. Administrators

    2. Backup Operators

    3. Guests

    4. Power Users

    5. Remote Desktop Users

  30. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in local group can only create and modify local user accounts on the local computer, share resources, install programs, and install device drivers, among other simple tasks?

    1. Administrators

    2. Backup Operators

    3. Guests

    4. Power Users

    5. Users

  31. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in local group can log on locally through the Remote Desktop Connection?

    1. Administrators

    2. Backup Operators

    3. Guests

    4. Power Users

    5. Remote Desktop Users

  32. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in local group can perform only everyday tasks for which it has been assigned permissions?

    1. Administrators

    2. Backup Operators

    3. Users

    4. Power Users

    5. Remote Desktop Users

  33. Which Microsoft Windows XP built-in local group includes all users and computers that have been authenticated?

    1. Authenticated Users

    2. Administrators

    3. Guest

    4. Power Users

  34. Which Microsoft Windows XP built-in system group includes all users that have logged on through Task Scheduler?

    1. Everyone

    2. Batch

    3. Creator

    4. Dialup

  35. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in system group is best described as a placeholder in an inheritable ACE?

    1. Authenticated Users

    2. Batch

    3. Creator Group

    4. Dialup

    5. Everyone

  36. Which Microsoft Windows XP built-in system group includes all users that have logged in using a standard 56Kbps phone connection?

    1. Everyone

    2. Batch

    3. Creator

    4. Dialup

  37. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in system group is best described as including authenticated users and guests?

    1. Authenticated Users

    2. Batch

    3. Creator Group

    4. Dialup

    5. Everyone

  38. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in system group is best described as including all users logging on locally or through a remote desktop connection?

    1. Everyone

    2. Interactive

    3. Local System

    4. Text Service

    5. Text Terminal Server Users

  39. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in system group is best described as a service account that's used by the operating system?

    1. Everyone

    2. Interactive

    3. Local System

    4. Text Service

    5. Text Terminal Server Users

  40. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in system group is best described as including all security principals that have logged on as a service, with membership in this group controlled by the operating system?

    1. Everyone

    2. Interactive

    3. Local System

    4. Text Service

    5. Text Terminal Server Users

  41. What Microsoft Windows XP built-in system group is best described as including all users who have logged on to a Terminal Services server that uses Terminal Services version 4.0 application compatibility mode?

    1. Everyone

    2. Interactive

    3. Local System

    4. Text Service

    5. Text Terminal Server Users

  42. What items are true of group policies in Microsoft Windows XP? (Select all that apply.)

    1. GPedit.msc is the replacement for the POLEdit.exe used in earlier Windows versions.

    2. Group policies can be stored locally.

    3. Group policies are more flexible than system policies.

    4. System policies are more flexible than group policies.

    5. Group policies can be stored in Active Directory.

  43. Which security template for Microsoft Windows XP is a compatibility template, and is also referred to as the Basic template?

    1. Compatws.inf

    2. Securews.inf

    3. Hisecws.inf

    4. Rootsec.inf

  44. Which security template for Microsoft Windows XP is a more secure template in regard to account policy and auditing?

    1. Compatws.inf

    2. Securews.inf

    3. Hisecws.inf

    4. Rootsec.inf

  45. Which security template for Microsoft Windows XP is a highly secure template provided for Microsoft Windows XP workstations running in native mode only?

    1. Compatws.inf

    2. Securews.inf

    3. Hisecws.inf

    4. Rootsec.inf

  46. Which security template for Microsoft Windows XP applies the default settings to the root of the system drive that Windows XP was originally installed with?

    1. Compatws.inf

    2. Securews.inf

    3. Hisecws.inf

    4. Rootsec.inf

  47. Which of the following are true in Microsoft Windows XP with regard to EFS? (Select all that apply.)

    1. EFS is available only on NTFSv5 partitions.

    2. EFS is transparent to the end user.

    3. EFS uses public key encryption.

    4. EFS uses shared key encryption.

    5. An appointed recovery system agent can open the files as well.

  48. When working with a file encrypted with EFS in Microsoft Windows XP from one NTFS partition to another computer's FAT partition, which of the following are true? (Select all that apply.)

    1. Copy the file as normal and it will remain encrypted.

    2. Copy the file as normal and it will become unencrypted.

    3. Move the file as normal and it will become unencrypted.

    4. Move the file as normal and it will remain encrypted.

  49. When working with a file encrypted with EFS in Microsoft Windows XP from an NTFS partition to a FAT partition, including floppy disks, which of the following are true? (Select all that apply.)

    1. Move the file as normal and it will remain encrypted.

    2. Copy the file as normal and it will remain encrypted.

    3. Move the file as normal and it will become unencrypted.

    4. Copy the file as normal and it will become unencrypted.

  50. When working with a file encrypted with EFS in Microsoft Windows XP from one NTFS partition to another computer's NTFS partition, which of the following are true? (Select all that apply.)

    1. Copy the file as normal and it will remain encrypted.

    2. Copy the file as normal and it will become unencrypted.

    3. Move the file as normal and it will remain encrypted.

    4. Move the file as normal and it will become unencrypted.

  51. When working with a file encrypted with EFS in Microsoft Windows XP from one NTFS partition to another NTFS partition on the same computer, which of the following are true? (Select all that apply.)

    1. Move the file as normal and it will remain encrypted.

    2. Copy the file as normal and it will become unencrypted.

    3. Copy the file as normal and it will remain encrypted.

    4. Move the file as normal and it will become unencrypted.

  52. When working with a Microsoft Windows XP computer in a workgroup, which of the following are true regarding user password hints? (Select all that apply.)

    1. They dramatically lower security.

    2. They dramatically increase security.

    3. They are visible to the administrator only.

    4. They are visible to all users.

  53. You're the desktop administrator for your company. The company's network consists of 20 Microsoft Windows XP computers. All hardware and installed applications are the same on each computer. A user named Steve in the marketing department forgets his password on a regular basis, causing you much concern and administrative effort regarding security.

    What should you do?

    1. Create a password reset disk for Steve, and instruct him in its use.

    2. Assign Steve the password of password, and click the setting for User Cannot Change Password.

    3. Assign Steve the password of noexpire, and click the setting for Password Never Expires.

    4. Assign Steve the password of logon, and click the setting for User Must Change Password at Next Logon.

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