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

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MCSA/MCSE 70-294 Exam Cram: 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: 0-7897-3620-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3620-8

MCSA/MCSE 70-294 Exam Cram, Second Edition is the #1-selling quick-study guide to help you pass the 70-294 exam from Microsoft, which is one of the four core exams in the MCSE 2003 and MCSA 2003 certification programs. This new edition covers all exam objectives, including how to implement and manage an active directory service forest and domain structure, plan effective user and group administration policies, configure user environments, and troubleshoot active directory. It also incorporates two full practice exams, and has been updated against Microsoft's official courseware (MOC) that corresponds to this exam, as well as changes made to Windows Server 2003 R2. Test-taking strategies, time-saving study tips, a special Cram Sheet, tips, acronyms, and memory joggers not available anywhere else comes with this, and all, Exam Cram books.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The Structure and Components of Active Directory

DNS, Trees, and Forests–The Hierarchy of Active Directory

    DNS Namespace


    Domain Trees



Domain Controllers and Operations Masters

Trust Relationships and Active Directory Federation Services

Active Directory Components

    Active Directory Objects

    Active Directory Schema

    Directory Service Protocol

    Organizational Unit

    Global Catalog

Active Directory Application Mode

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Chapter 2: Planning and Implementing Forests and Domains

The Windows Server 2003 Domain

Requirements for AD

The AD Installation Wizard

    Installing Your First Domain

    Deciding Which Type of DNS to Use

    The Lesser-Known Roles of the Wizard

Fault-Tolerant Replicas

Troubleshooting Your AD Installation

Verifying Your AD Installation

    File Verification


    Final Checkpoints

AD Removal

    What Removing AD Entails

    Troubleshooting AD Removal

Unattended Installation of AD

    The GuiRunOnce Section

    The DCInstall Section

Post-AD Installation Options

    Integrated Zones

    Domain Mode Options

Application Data Partitions

    Creating an Application Data Partition

    Trust Relationships

    Transitive Trusts

    Forest Trusts

    External Trusts

    Realm Trusts

    Shortcut Trusts

    New Trust Wizard

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Chapter 3: Planning and Implementing an OU Structure

Implementing an Organizational Unit (OU) Structure

Analyzing the Administrative Requirements for an OU

Creating an OU

    Moving Objects Within an OU Hierarchy

    Delegating Permissions for an OU to a User or to a Security Group

Planning an OU Structure Based on Delegation Requirements

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Chapter 4: User and Group Administration

Introducing Users and Groups

Planning a User Authentication Strategy

    Types of Logon Names

    Rules for Logon Names

    UPN Suffixes

Administering User Accounts

    Creating User Accounts

    The csvde Utility

    The ldifde Utility

    Directory Service Command Line Tools

    Common User Management Tasks

Creating a Password Policy for Domain Users

Planning a Smartcard Authentication Strategy

    From Passwords to Smartcards, and Back Again

    Smartcards and Remote Access

Planning a Security Group Strategy

    Defining Group Types

    Planning a Security Group Hierarchy Based on Delegation Requirements

User and Group Recommendations

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Chapter 5: Planning a Group Policy Implementation

Group Policy Overview

    Group Policy Objects

Creating and Linking Group Policy Objects

    Linking a GPO

    Linking Multiple GPOs

    Cross-Domain GPO Links

Delegating Administrative Control of Group Policy

    Managing Group Policy Links

    Creating GPOs

    Editing GPOs

Specifying a Domain Controller for Managing Group Policy Objects

Group Policy Inheritance

    Block Policy Inheritance

    No Override/Enforced

    Disabling a GPO

Using Loopback Processing When Applying Group Policy

Filtering Group Policy

Configuring Group Policy Refresh Rates

Controlling User Environments with Administrative Templates

    Common Administrative Templates Categories

Policy Application Scenarios

    Policy Application Scenario #1

    Policy Application Scenario #2

Managing Security Configurations

    Security Templates

Assigning Script Policies to Users and Computers

    Assigning Scripts Through Group Policy

Use of Folder Redirection

Automatically Enrolling Certificates with Group Policy

    Implementing Autoenrollment

Copying, Backing Up, and Restoring GPOs

    Copying GPOs

    Backing Up GPOs

    Restoring GPOs

Troubleshooting Group Policy

    Resultant Set of Policy (RSo)/Group Policy Modeling Wizard

    Group Policy Results

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Chapter 6: Software Distribution with Group Policy

Intellimirror Concepts

Software Installation and Maintenance Overview

    Requirements for Software Installation

Deploying Software with Group Policy and Software Installation

    Software Deployment to Users and Computers

    Configuring Software Installation Properties

    Deploying a New Package

    Configuring Package Properties

    Assigned Versus Published Applications

Phases of Software Deployment

Troubleshooting Software Deployment Problems

    General Troubleshooting Guidelines

    Various Installation Error Messages

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Chapter 7: Implementing and Managing Active Directory Sites

Why Use Sites?

Sites and Domain Controllers

Creating a Site

Moving Domain Controllers Between Sites

Site Connections

    Creating and Configuring a Site Link

Bridgehead Servers

    Configuring Preferred Bridgehead Servers

Site Link Bridge

    Creating Site Link Bridges

Connection Objects

Optimizing Active Directory Replication with Sites

    Replication Within a Site and Between Sites

    Protocols That Support Replication

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Chapter 8: Operations Masters and Global Catalog Servers

Introducing Operations Masters

    Identifying Operations Master Role Dependencies

Planning for Business Continuity of Operations Master Roles

    Determining and Transferring Operations Master Roles

    Permissions for Changing an Operations Master Server

    Seizing a Role

Recommendations for Operations Masters

Planning a Strategy for Placing Global Catalog Servers

    GC and Logon Validation

    Evaluating Network Traffic Considerations When Placing Global Catalog Servers

    Evaluating the Need to Enable Universal Group Membership Caching

    User Principal Names and Logon Validation

    Adding GC Servers

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Chapter 9: Active Directory Maintenance

Introducing AD Maintenance

    Active Directory Data Files

    Garbage Collection

    Performing Backups

    Recommendations for Backing Up Data

    Restoring AD

    Defragmenting the AD Database

    Recommendations for AD Database Maintenance

Monitoring Active Directory

    Monitoring Active Directory Replication

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Chapter 10: Practice Exam 1

Chapter 11: Practice Exam 1 Answer Key

Chapter 12: Practice Exam 2

Chapter 13: Practice Exam 2 Answer Key

Appendix A Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Resources

Appendix B Accessing Your Free MeasureUp Practice Test

Appendix C MeasureUp’s Product Features

Multiple Testing Modes

    Study Mode

    Certification Mode

    Custom Mode

    Missed Question Mode

    Non-Duplicate Mode

Question Types

Random Questions and Order of Answers

Detailed Explanations of Correct and Incorrect Answers

Attention to Exam Objectives

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