Exam 70-294:

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

Published:August 28, 2003
Language(s):English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified)
Audience(s):IT Professionals
Technology:Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Type:Proctored Exam

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The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server 2003 credential is intended for IT professionals who work in the typically complex computing environment of medium to large companies. An MCSE candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering a network operating system in environments that have the following characteristics:
  • 250 to 5,000 or more users
  • Three or more physical locations
  • Three or more domain controllers
  • Network services and resources such as messaging, database, file and print, proxy server, firewall, Internet, intranet, remote access, and client computer management
  • Connectivity requirements such as connecting branch offices and individual users in remote locations to the corporate network and connecting corporate networks to the Internet
In addition, an MCSE candidate should have at least one year of experience in the following areas:
  • Implementing and administering a desktop operating system
  • Designing a network infrastructure
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Skills Being MeasuredThis exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

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Planning and Implementing an Active Directory Infrastructure
  • Plan a strategy for placing global catalog servers.
    • Evaluate network traffic considerations when placing global catalog servers.
    • Evaluate the need to enable universal group caching.
  • Plan flexible operations master role placement.
    • Plan for business continuity of operations master roles.
    • Identify operations master role dependencies.
  • Implement an Active Directory directory service forest and domain structure.
    • Install and configure an Active Directory domain controller.
    • Set an Active Directory forest and domain functional level based on requirements.
    • Establish trust relationships. Types of trust relationships might include external trusts, shortcut trusts, and cross-forest trusts.
    • Create the forest root domain.
    • Create a child domain.
    • Create and configure Application Data Partitions.
  • Implement an Active Directory site topology.
    • Configure site links.
    • Configure preferred bridgehead servers.
  • Plan an administrative delegation strategy.
    • Plan an organizational unit (OU) structure based on delegation requirements.
    • Plan a security group hierarchy based on delegation requirements.
Managing and Maintaining an Active Directory Infrastructure
  • Manage an Active Directory forest and domain structure.
    • Manage trust relationships.
    • Manage schema modifications.
    • Add or remove a UPN suffix.
  • Manage an Active Directory site.
    • Configure replication schedules.
    • Configure site link costs.
    • Configure site boundaries.
  • Monitor Active Directory replication failures. Tools might include Replication Monitor, Event Viewer, and support tools.
    • Monitor Active Directory replication.
    • Monitor File Replication service (FRS) replication.
  • Restore Active Directory directory services.
    • Perform an authoritative restore operation.
    • Perform a nonauthoritative restore operation.
  • Troubleshoot Active Directory.
    • Diagnose and resolve issues related to Active Directory replication.
    • Diagnose and resolve issues related to operations master role failure.
    • Diagnose and resolve issues related to the Active Directory database.
Planning and Implementing User, Computer, and Group Strategies
  • Plan a security group strategy.
  • Plan a user authentication strategy.
    • Plan a smart card authentication strategy.
    • Create a password policy for domain users.
  • Plan an OU structure.
    • Analyze the administrative requirements for an OU.
    • Analyze the Group Policy requirements for an OU structure.
  • Implement an OU structure.
    • Create an OU.
    • Delegate permissions for an OU to a user or to a security group.
    • Move objects within an OU hierarchy.
Planning and Implementing Group Policy
  • Plan Group Policy strategy.
    • Plan a Group Policy strategy by using Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) Planning mode.
    • Plan a strategy for configuring the user environment by using Group Policy.
    • Plan a strategy for configuring the computer environment by using Group Policy.
  • Configure the user environment by using Group Policy.
    • Distribute software by using Group Policy.
    • Automatically enroll user certificates by using Group Policy.
    • Redirect folders by using Group Policy.
    • Configure user security settings by using Group Policy.
  • Deploy a computer environment by using Group Policy.
    • Distribute software by using Group Policy.
    • Automatically enroll computer certificates by using Group Policy.
    • Configure computer security settings by using Group Policy.
Managing and Maintaining Group Policy
  • Troubleshoot issues related to Group Policy application deployment. Tools might include RSoP and the gpresult command.
  • Maintain installed software by using Group Policy.
    • Distribute updates to software distributed by Group Policy.
    • Configure automatic updates for network clients by using Group Policy.
  • Troubleshoot the application of Group Policy security settings. Tools might include RSoP and the gpresult command.
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