Overview


Language(s): English
Audience(s): Academic
Technology: Windows Server 2008
Type: Proctored Exam

Audience Profile

Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove server administration knowledge and skills. Before taking this This exam is designed to provide candidates with an assessment of their knowledge of fundamental server administration concepts. It can also serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exams.

Exam, candidates should have a solid foundational knowledge of the topics outlined in this preparation guide. It is recommended that candidates become familiar with the concepts and the technologies described here by taking relevant training courses. Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Windows Server, Windows based networking, Active Directory, account management, and system recovery tools and concepts.

Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.

Skills Measured


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; uniterruptible 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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