Windows Server

  • Published:
    April 3, 2008
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  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows Server 2008
  • Credit toward certification:

Pro: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator

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Skills measured

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Planning network and application services (23%)
  • Plan for name resolution and IP addressing
    • Internal and external naming strategy, naming resolution support for legacy clients, naming resolution for directory services, IP addressing scheme, TCP/IP version coexistence
  • Design for network access
    • Network access policies, remote access strategy, perimeter networks, server and domain isolation
  • Plan for application delivery
    • Application virtualization, presentation virtualization, locally installed software, Web-based applications
  • Plan for Remote Desktop Services
    • Terminal Services licensing, Remote Desktop Services infrastructure

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Designing core identity and access management components (25%)
  • Design Active Directory forests and domains
    • Structure, forest and domain functional levels, intra-organizational authorization and authentication, schema modifications
  • Design the Active Directory physical topology
    • Placement of servers, site and replication topology, printer location policies
  • Design the Active Directory administrative model
    • Delegation, group strategy, compliance auditing, group administration, organizational structure
  • Design the enterprise-level group policy strategy
    • Group policy hierarchy and scope filtering, control device installation, authentication and authorization

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Designing support identity and access management components (29%)
  • Plan for domain or forest migration, upgrade, and restructuring
    • Cross-forest authentication, backward compatibility, object migration, migration planning, implementation planning, environment preparation
  • Design the branch office deployment
    • Authentication strategy, server security
  • Design and implement public key infrastructure
    • Certificate services, PKI operations and maintenance, certificate life cycle management
  • Plan for interoperability
    • Inter-organizational authorization and authentication, application authentication interoperability, cross-platform interoperability

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Designing for business continuity and data availability (23%)
  • Plan for business continuity
    • Service availability, directory service recovery
  • Design for software updates and compliance management
    • Patch management and patch management compliance, Microsoft Update and Windows Update, security baselines, system health models
  • Design the operating system virtualization strategy
    • Server consolidation, application compatibility, virtualization management, placement of servers
  • Design for data management and data access
    • Data security, data accessibility and redundancy, data collaboration

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Who should take this exam?

This exam tests the skills and knowledge necessary to translate business goals into technology decisions for short-term to long-term strategies. Passing this exam validates a candidate’s ability to design and plan a Windows Server 2008 R2 environment and architecture. Passing this exam confirms that a candidate has the skills and knowledge necessary for designing infrastructure services, security policies, and business continuity strategies.

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