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MCSE 70-294 Exam Prep: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2007
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3651-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3651-2

MCSE Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure 

Exam 70-294

Your Complete Certification Solution!

The Smart Way to Study™

In This Book You’ll Learn How To:

  • Understand the impact of the latest improvements in Windows Server™ 2003 on Active Directory, including Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Release 2 (R2)
  • Plan an Active Directory infrastructure, including forests, trees, domains, organizational units (OUs), sites, global catalogs, and operations masters
  • Install Active Directory domain controllers in forest roots, child domains, and additional domain controllers
  • Plan and implement trust relationships within and between Active Directory forests, Windows NT 4.0 domains, and Kerberos realms
  • Configure Active Directory sites, including site boundaries, links, link bridges, and replications
  • Manage, monitor, maintain, and restore the Active Directory infrastructure
  • Plan and implement user and group strategies, including security and distribution groups, organizational unit structures, and user authentication strategies
  • Plan the application of Group Policy to users, computers, sites, domains, and organizational units
  • Use Group Policy to configure the user and computer environment, including software distribution and upgrade, certificate enrollment, security settings, folder redirection, and many other available policy settings
  • Use Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) and other tools to manage and troubleshoot Group Policy


Don Poulton, MCSA, MCSE, A+, Network+, Security+, has been involved in consulting with small training providers as a technical writer, during which time he wrote training and exam prep materials for Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. More recently, he has written or co-authored several certification volumes on Security+, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003, published by Que Publishing.

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Table of Contents


    Microsoft 70-294 Exam Objectives

    Study and Exam Preparation Tips

Part I: Exam Preparation

    Chapter 1: Concepts of Windows Server 2003 Active Directory


        A Brief History of Directory Services

        How Is Active Directory Built?



            Naming Standards of X.500 and LDAP

        The Building Blocks of Active Directory





            Global Catalog


            Directory Services Review

        Logical Components of Active Directory




            Organizational Units

            Review of Active Directory Components

        Physical Components of Active Directory


            Domain Controllers

            Global Catalog Servers

            Flexible Operations Masters

            Reviewing Active Directory’s Physical Components

            Some Advantages of Active Directory over Older Directory Services

        What Is New in Windows Server 2003 Active Directory?

        What Is New in Windows Server 2003 Release 2 Active Directory?

        Chapter Summary

            Key Terms

        Suggested Readings and Resources

    Chapter 2: Planning and Implementing an Active Directory Infrastructure


        Planning the Active Directory Namespace

            Subdividing the Active Directory Namespace

            Administrative or Geographical Organization of Domains

            Active Directory Namespace Review

        Building an Active Directory Forest

            Creating the Forest Root Domain

            Active Directory Domain Controllers

            Creating Child Domains

            Uninstalling Active Directory

            Application Directory Partitions

            Upgrading Windows 2000 Domains and Forests

            Building an Active Directory Forest Summary

        Windows Server 2003 Functional Levels

            Domain Functional Levels

            Forest Functional Levels and Requirements

            Renaming Domains and Domain Controllers

            Functional Levels Review

        Sharing Active Directory Information

            Global Catalog Servers

            Universal Groups

            Sharing Active Directory Information Review

        Placement of Flexible Operations Master Roles

            Business Continuity of Operations Master Roles

            Operations Master Role Dependencies

            Operations Masters Review

        Chapter Summary

            Key Terms

        Apply Your Knowledge


            Exam Questions

            Answers to Exam Questions

            Suggested Readings and Resources

    Chapter 3: Managing an Active Directory Infrastructure


        Active Directory Trust Relationships

            Trust Relationships Within an Active Directory Forest

            Interforest Trust Relationships

            Establishing Trust Relationships

            Managing Trust Relationships

            Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)

            Understanding Trust Relationships

        Active Directory Forest and Domain Structure

            Managing Schema Modifications

            Adding or Removing a UPN Suffix

            Understanding the Directory Forest and Domain Structure

        Active Directory Site Topology

            Creating Sites

            Configuring Sites

            Configuring Site Boundaries

            Configuring Site Links

            Site Link Bridges

            Knowledge Consistency Checker

            Configuring Connection Objects

            Inter-Site Topology Generator

            Preferred Bridgehead Servers

            Configuring Replication Schedules

            Configuring Site Link Costs

        Chapter Summary

            Key Terms

        Apply Your Knowledge


            Exam Questions

            Answers to Exercises

            Answers to Exam Questions

            Suggested Readings and Resources

    Chapter 4: Maintaining an Active Directory Infrastructure


        Managing and Monitoring Active Directory

            Active Directory Support Tools

            Active Directory Support Tools Review

            Monitoring Active Directory Replication

            Monitoring FRS Replication

        Restoring Active Directory Services

            Backing Up Active Directory

            Restoring Active Directory

            Managing the Active Directory Database

            Restoring Active Directory Review

        Troubleshooting Active Directory

            Diagnosing Issues Related to Active Directory Replication

            Diagnosing Issues Related to Operations Master Role Failures

            Diagnosing Issues Related to the Active Directory Database

        Chapter Summary

            Key Terms

        Apply Your Knowledge


            Exam Questions

            Answers to Exam Questions

            Suggested Readings and Resources

    Chapter 5: Planning User, Computer, and Group Strategies


        Security Groups

            Functional Levels

            Planning a Distribution Group Strategy

            Planning a Security Group Strategy

            User and Group Creation Strategies

            Group Nesting Review

        User Authentication Strategy

            Smart Cards

            Domain Password Policy

        Chapter Summary

            Key Terms

        Apply Your Knowledge


            Exam Questions

            Answers to Exercises

            Answers to Exam Questions

            Suggested Readings and Resources

    Chapter 6: Implementing User, Computer, and Group Strategies


        Administrative Delegation Strategies

            Planning an OU Structure Based on Delegation Requirements

            Planning a Security Group Hierarchy Based on Delegation Requirements

            Administrative Delegation Strategy Summary

        OU Structure

            Administrative Requirements for an OU Structure

            Group Policy Requirements for an OU Structure

            Implementing an OU Structure

            Managing an OU Structure

        Chapter Summary

            Key Terms

        Apply Your Knowledge


            Exam Questions

            Answers to Exercises

            Answers to Exam Questions

            Suggested Readings and Resources

    Chapter 7: Planning and Implementing Group Policy


        The Concept of Group Policy

        Components of Group Policy

            Group Policy Containers (GPCs)

            Group Policy Templates (GPTs)

        Planning the Application of Group Policy

            Group Policy Inheritance

            Using the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)

            Creating and Managing GPOs

            Group Policy for Users and Computers

            Best Practices for Managing Group Policy

            Some Strategies for Planning a Set of GPOs

            Group Policy Application Review

        Deploying the User and Computer Environment with Group Policy

            Software Installation Using Group Policy

            User and Computer Environment Review

            Enrolling User and Computer Certificates with Group Policy

            Enrolling User and Computer Certificates with Group Policy Review

            Configuring Security Settings with Group Policy

            Redirecting Folders with Group Policy

            Administrative Templates Settings

        Chapter Summary

            Key Terms

        Apply Your Knowledge


            Exam Questions

            Answers to Exercises

            Answers to Exam Questions

            Suggested Readings and Resources

    Chapter 8: Managing Group Policy


        Resultant Set of Policy

            RSoP Planning Mode

            RSoP Logging Mode


        Other Tools for Troubleshooting Group Policy



            Advanced System Information

            RSoP and Gpresult Review

        Maintaining Software with Group Policy

            Distributing Updates to Software Installed Using Group Policy

            Configuring Automatic Updates for Network Clients Using Group Policy

            RSoP and Software Installation Using Group Policy

            Group Policy Application Upgrade Review

        Troubleshooting Group Policy Security

            Use of RSoP to Troubleshoot Group Policy Security Settings

            Use of Gpresult to Troubleshoot Group Policy Security Settings

            Best Practices When Troubleshooting Group Policy Settings

        Chapter Summary

            Key Terms

        Apply Your Knowledge


            Exam Questions

            Answers to Exercises

            Answers to Exam Questions

            Suggested Readings and Resources

Part II: Final Review

    Fast Facts

    Practice Exam

    Practice Exam Answers

Part III: Appendixes

    Appendix A: Accessing Your Free MeasureUp Practice Test

    Appendix B: MeasureUp’s Product Features

    Appendix C: Review Questions and Answers


0789736519, TOC, 11/7/2006


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