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Remember when you were a kid, and you made little cities with roads, buildings, and people in your sandbox? Remember all that fun? Good! Designing directory services is very much the same. How so? First, you need a plan of what you're building. You'll need connections to the different parts of your network. Piece by piece, in a logical order, it all comes together. MCSE Exam 70-219 will test your ability to design and then build the network. In this article, expert Joseph Phillips helps you put it all together.
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Have Some Fun: Pass MCSE Exam 70-219

Remember when you were a kid and you made little cities with roads, buildings, and people in your sandbox? First, you'd build some mountains, a few roads, and tunnels. You'd add some houses and buildings and then, finally, you'd add some cars and people. Remember all that fun? Good! Designing directory services is very much the same.

How so? First, you need a plan of what you're building. You'll need connections to the different parts of your network. Piece by piece, in a logical order, it all comes together. This exam will test your ability to design and then build the network.

In this exam, you'll encounter one of the most interesting question types: a case study. Don't worry. A case study is like a short story: You get to hear from different employees about their goals and visions for the company. You'll read about their current network design and what they want you to create for them. Just think of yourself as an ace consultant who is about to design their network.

Once you've read through the case study (and yes, there is much to read), you'll be presented with typical Microsoft questions based on the information in the case study. So basically, you will have to glean information from the case study and combine it with your knowledge of Directory Services to be able to answer the questions you're presented with.

Question types will vary from the standard multiple-choice questions to drag-and-drop queries. Don't worry—if you prep for this exam, it'll be fine. Let's take a look at the objectives for this test.

Analyzing Business Requirements

In the case study, you'll learn about how the business is designed: its geographical makeup, the company model, how many business units are involved, and the goals of the company. This information will translate to directory services in the form of the number of domains required, the number of sites, organizational units, and allotment for growth.

As you can see, you really need an understanding of Active Directory (AD), not just the mechanics of creating AD objects. Certainly, you should know the moving parts of AD, but as you study, think about how AD relates to large corporations.

In this objective, you'll be tasked with considering the growth of the company, and how laws and regulations may restrict its growth. Also, think about how you may merge your network with other companies that are acquired. Do your plans really allow for growth? How many domains will your network support? Are multiple domains required? Are all of the domains in a tree, or is a forest more appropriate?

NOTE

Study Hint: On paper, create different schemes for large companies that you know. Think of companies that are spread around the globe and how you would design their AD structure if it were up to you.

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