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Exam Objectives

Exam Objectives

The exam objectives are broken up into six different categories.

Understanding Server Installation

  • Understand device drivers.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: installation; removal; disabling; update/upgrade; rollback; troubleshooting; Plug & Play; IRQ; interrupts; driver signing

  • Understand services.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: what services are; which statuses a service can be in; startup types; recovery options; delayed startup; Run As settings for a service; stopping or pausing a service; service accounts, dependencies

  • Understand server installation options. This objective may include but is not limited to: choosing correct OS version; partitioning; F8 options; server core vs. full; interactive install; unattended install; automated install using WDS; upgrade vs. clean install; firmware updates including BIOS

Understanding Server Roles

  • Identify application servers. This objective may include but is not limited to: mail servers; database servers; collaboration servers; monitoring servers; threat management

  • Understand Web services.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: IIS, WWW, and FTP; separate worker processes; adding components; sites; ports; SSL; certificates

  • Understand remote access.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: remote assistance; remote administration tools; Remote Desktop Services; licensing; RD Gateway; VPN; application virtualization; multiple ports

  • Understand the file and print services.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: local printers; network printers; printer pools; web printing; web management; driver deployment; file, folder, and share permissions vs. rights; auditing; print job management

  • Understand server virtualization.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: virtualization modes; VHDs; virtual memory; virtual networks; snapshots and saved states; physical to virtual; virtual to physical

Understanding Active Directory

  • Understand accounts and groups.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: domain accounts; local accounts; user profiles; group types; group scopes; group nesting; AGDLP

  • Understand organizational units and containers.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: purpose of organizational units; purpose of containers; delegation; default

  • Understand Active Directory infrastructure.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: domain controllers; forests; operation masters roles; domain vs. workgroup; child domains; trusts; functional levels; namespace; sites; replication

  • Understand group policy.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: group policy processing; Group Policy Management Console; computer policies; user policies; local policies

Understanding Storage

  • Identify storage technologies.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: advantages and disadvantages of different storage types; local (SATA, SCSI, IDE); NAS; SAN; fibre channel; iSCSI; NFS; FC HBA and FC switches; iSCSI hardware

  • Understand RAID.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and combinations; hardware and software RAID

  • Understand disk types.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: ATA; basic disk; dynamic disk; mount points; file systems; mounting a virtual hard disk; distributed file systems; optical disks

Understanding Server Performance Management

  • Identify major server hardware components.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: memory; disk; processor; network; 32 / 64 bits; removable drives; graphic cards; cooling; power usage; ports

  • Understand performance monitoring.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: methodology; procedures; effect of network, CPU, memory and disk; creating a baseline; perfmon; resmon; Task Manager; performance counters

  • Understand logs and alerts.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: purpose of performance logs and alerts

Understanding Server Maintenance

  • Identify steps in the startup process.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: bios; bootsector; bootloader; MBR; boot.ini; bcdedit; POST; Safe Mode

  • Understand business continuity.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: backup and restore; disaster recovery; clustering; AD restore; folder redirection; data redundancy; uninterruptable power supply (UPS)

  • Understand updates.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: software; driver; operating systems; applications; Windows Update; Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)

  • Understand troubleshooting methodology.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: processes; procedures; best practices; systematic vs. specific approach; perfmon; Event Viewer; Resource Monitor; Information Technology Infrastructure Library; central logging; event filtering; default logs

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