Exam 70-654:

TS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring

Published:October 29, 2008
Language(s):English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil)
Audience(s):IT Professionals
Technology:Windows Essential Business Server
Type:Proctored Exam

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Preparing for an Exam
This exam is retired.
This credential is designed for information technology (IT) professionals who work in or consult with medium-sized businesses that use Windows Essential Business Server 2008.
Audience Profile
A candidate for this exam should have at least one year of experience deploying, configuring, and managing network solutions in an environment that has the following characteristics:
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008
  • up to 300 users
  • company networks that have Internet connectivity
  • individual users or user groups that connect to the company network from remote locations
  • messaging (Internet and Microsoft Exchange Server)
  • anti-spam/virus protection (Microsoft Forefront)
  • branch offices
Credit Toward CertificationWhen you pass Exam 70-654: TS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: (MCTS): Windows Essential Business Server 2008, ConfigurationExam 70-654: TS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuring: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):N/A
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 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.

The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.
Preparing for Deployment (22%)
  • Select and configure hardware.
    • May include but is not limited to: Active Directory, DHCP, Exchange, firewalls, antivirus/anti-spam and DNS information, identify licensing requirements.
  • Identify and resolve network infrastructure issues.
    • May include but is not limited to: TCP/IP, name resolution, and Active Directory
Installing and Configuring Essential Business Server (23%)
  • Configure the operating system and data storage locations.
    • May include but is not limited to: volumes, partitions, attached storage
  • Manage the transition to the Security Server.
    • May include but is not limited to: decommissioning existing firewalls, removing servers, Internet connectivity
  • Handle failed installations.
    • May include but is not limited to: FSMO roles, Internet connectivity, third-party drivers
  • Perform migration tasks.
    • May include but is not limited to: migrating firewall rules, Windows SharePoint Services, file and print services, Exchange services, DNS and DHCP services
  • Configure System Center Essentials (SCE).
    • May include but is not limited to: SCE GPOs, Windows Server Update Service, SCE configuration
  • Configure Forefront.
    • May include but is not limited to: content filtering, quarantine, file formats
  • Install SQL Server.
    • May include but is not limited to: sort order, character sets
Managing Essential Business Server ( 37%)
  • Add resources.
    • May include but is not limited to: mail enable users and groups; users, groups, computers, SCE “devices,” file shares, printers
  • Manage software by using the System Center Essentials Console.
    • May include but is not limited to: deploying applications, uninstalling applications, application inventory, licensing
  • Monitor errors, events, and performance.
    • May include but is not limited to: Administration Console, health reports, SCE Console, Performance and Reliability Monitor
  • Backup and restore data and perform server recovery.
    • May include but is not limited to: Windows Server Backup, Exchange backup, SQL backup, Windows SharePoint Services backup, system state backup, Server Recovery, bare metal restore
  • Add and configure Group Policy objects (GPOs) and Group Policy Preferences.
    • May include but is not limited to: drive mappings; registry settings; VPN connections; logon scripts; Group Policy Preferences
  • Manage Exchange.
    • May include but is not limited to: e-mail domain names; out of office replies; mailbox quotas; message flow; item retention; database size
  • Manage a SQL server.
    • May include but is not limited to: backups; security settings; attach, detach, or move a database
Configuring Remote Access (18%)
  • Configure Remote Web Workplace.
    • May include but is not limited to: settings; permissions; content management; setting permissions; managing content – what should be on the page
  • Manage VPN connections, including client connectivity and branch office connectivity.
    • May include but is not limited to: VPN permissions; VPN connections; security
  • Configure Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access (OWA).
    • May include but is not limited to: options; mobile devices; address books
  • Configure mobile device access.
    • May include but is not limited to: certificates; security policy; wiping devices; Windows SharePoint Services for mobile access
  • Configure Outlook Anywhere.
    • May include but is not limited to: allowing or disallowing access; configuring client certificates; DNS configuration
  • Configure Terminal Services Gateway.
    • May include but is not limited to: configuration; CAP; RAP
  • Configure certificates.
    • May include but is not limited to: third-party and private Certificate Authorities
Preparation Tools and ResourcesTo help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills Measured" tab.
Learning Plans and Classroom Training
Microsoft E-Learning
  • 6893AE: Configuring, Implementing, and Managing Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (10 Hours)
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