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Exam 70-646

Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

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  • Published: 03 April 2008
  • Languages: English, German, Japanese
  • Audiences: IT professionals
  • Technology: Windows Server 2008
  • Credit towards certification: MCP, MCSA

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Skills measured

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  • Plan server installations and upgrades

    • Windows Server 2008 edition selection; rollback planning; Bitlocker implementation requirements

  • Plan for automated server deployment

    • Standard server image; automation and scheduling of server deployments

  • Plan infrastructure services server roles

    • Address assignment; name resolution; network access control; directory services; application services; certificate services

  • Plan application servers and services

    • Virtualisation server planning; availability, resilience and accessibility

  • Plan file and print server roles

    • Access permissions; storage quotas; replication; indexing; file storage policy; availability; printer publishing

  • Plan server management strategies

    • Remote administration; remote desktop; server management technologies; Server Manager and ServerManagerCMD; delegation policies and procedures

  • Plan for delegated administration

    • Delegate authority; delegate Active Directory objects; application management

  • Plan and implement group policy strategy

    • GPO management; GPO backup and recovery; group policy troubleshooting; group policy planning

  • Implement patch management strategy

    • Operating system patch level maintenance; Windows Server Update Services (WSUS); application patch level maintenance

  • Monitor servers for performance evaluation and optimisation

    • Server and service monitoring; optimisation; event management; trending and baseline analysis

  • Monitor and maintain security and policies

    • Remote access; monitor and maintain NPAS; network access, server security, firewall rules, and policies; authentication and authorisation; data security; auditing

  • Provision applications

    • Presentation virtualisation; terminal server infrastructure; resource allocation; application virtualisation alternatives; application deployment; System Center Configuration Manager

  • Provision data

    • Shared resources; offline data access

  • Plan storage

    • Storage solutions; storage management

  • Plan high availability

    • Service redundancy; service availability

  • Plan for backup and recovery

    • Data recovery strategy; server recovery strategy; directory service recovery strategy; object level recovery

Preparation options

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Who should take this exam?

A server administrator is responsible for the operations and day-to-day management of an infrastructure of Windows Server 2008 R2 servers for an enterprise organisation. Windows server administrators manage the infrastructure, Web and IT application servers. The Windows server administrators use scripts and batch files written by others or those that they occasionally write themselves to accomplish tasks on a regular basis. They conduct most server management tasks remotely by using Remote Desktop Server or administration tools installed on their local workstation. A server administrator’s primary tasks include:

  • Managing the server operating system, file and directory services

  • Software distribution and updates

  • Profiling and monitoring assigned servers

  • Troubleshooting

Server administrators also support engineering projects. Server administrators are responsible for server builds and configuration. Their job role involves 60 per cent operations, 20 per cent engineering and 20 per cent support tasks.

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