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Preparation Guide for Exam 70-232

Implementing and Maintaining Highly Available Web Solutions with Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Technologies and Microsoft Application Center 2000

Updated: May 13, 2008

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Exam news

Exam 70-232 became available on November 27, 2001.


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Audience profile

Candidates for this exam work in Microsoft Windows 2000 Web server environments that use Application Center 2000. They have a minimum of one year of experience administering and monitoring highly available Web environments that have the following characteristics:

Supported Web servers range from 2 to more than 100.

Multi-tiered deployment environments including staging, version control, and rollback.

N-tiered application architecture including a logical Web tier and business logic tier based on COM+ components.

Internet security, such as firewalls, security-enhanced protocols, and proxy servers.

Server technologies that include Internet Information Services (IIS), Network Load Balancing (NLB), Windows 2000 Performance tool, and COM+.

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Credit toward certification

When you pass the Implementing and Maintaining Highly Available Web Solutions with Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Technologies and Microsoft Application Center 2000 exam, you achieve Microsoft Certified Professional status. You also earn credit toward the following certification:

Elective credit toward Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on Microsoft Windows 2000 certification

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Preparation tools and resources

In addition to your hands-on experience working with the product, we recommend that you use the following tools and training to help you prepare for this exam.

Classroom training for this exam

Course 2203: Deploying and Managing Microsoft Application Center 2000 (no longer available)

Microsoft Press self-paced training resources

A corresponding Microsoft Press title is not available.

Microsoft certified practice tests

MeasureUp: Visit the MeasureUp Web site to take a practice test.

Self Test Software: Visit the Self Test Software Web site to take a practice test.

Microsoft online resources

TechNet: Designed for IT professionals, this site includes how-to instructions, best practices, downloads, technical chats, and much more.

MSDN: The Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) is a reference for developers. It features code samples, technical articles, newsgroups, chats, and more.

Training and certification newsgroups: There is a newsgroup for every Microsoft certification. By participating in the ongoing dialogue, you take advantage of a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with and ask questions of others, including more than 750 Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) worldwide.

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Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to implement, administer, and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate Microsoft Application Center 2000. Before taking the exam, you should be proficient in the job skills listed in the following matrix. The matrix shows which Official Microsoft Learning Products may help you reach competency in the skills being tested in the exam.

KEY:The course provides a general introductory overview of this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work. = The course provides a general introductory overview of this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work.     The course includes some material to prepare you for this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work. = The course includes some material to prepare you for this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work.     The course includes material to prepare you for this task. = The course includes material to prepare you for this task.
Skills measured by Exam 70-232Course 2203
Installing and Deploying Application Center 2000  

Plan the deployment of Application Center 2000 in n-tier environments. Considerations include database access, COM+ components, Web environments, and staging environments.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Plan the deployment of Application Center 2000 in a load-balanced environment. Considerations include client state and application state.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Install Application Center 2000. Installation types include interactive and unattended.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Troubleshoot problems that occur during installation.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Creating, Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Clusters  

Create and configure Web clusters, including staging clusters.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Create and configure COM+ clusters. Considerations include Component Load Balancing (CLB), COM+ routing cluster, and COM+ application cluster.

Configure and implement CLB within an n-tier architecture.

Configure COM+ components for CLB.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Manage cluster members. Considerations include adding, replacing, restarting, and removing cluster members.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Troubleshoot problems that occur during cluster operations. Considerations include accounts, background services, event logging, and event exclusion.

 The course includes some material to prepare you for this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work.

Configuring and Troubleshooting IP Load Balancing  

Configure and troubleshoot the NLB network environment. Considerations include network adapters, IP addresses, switches, hubs, and traffic segmentation.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Configure NLB operational parameters. Parameters include weight, affinity, port rules, priority, registry entries, and IP addresses for cluster networks and private networks.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Configure IIS bindings to support load balancing solutions.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Configure Active Server Pages (ASP) sessions and request forwarding to provide load balancing of stateful applications.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Configure Application Center 2000 to allow third-party load balancing solutions.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Deploying and Synchronizing N-Tier Applications  

Configure Application Center 2000 to deploy COM+ components.

Configure authentication and authorization.

Migrate COM components to COM+ applications.

Deploy server certificates for SSL connections.

 The course includes some material to prepare you for this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work.

Troubleshoot problems that occur with Application Center 2000 during application deployment and synchronization.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Create, modify, and delete Application Center 2000 applications.

Configure and manage Application Center 2000 application images.

Manage application resources. Resources include Web applications, files, registry settings, and COM+ components.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Configure synchronization of applications within a cluster. Considerations include components and frequency.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Deploy applications.

Deploy content from a staging server.

Implement a version control system by using Application Center 2000.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Monitoring and Managing Operations  

Configure performance monitoring for clusters.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Create and configure data collectors and thresholds by using Health Monitor. Considerations include data groups, sync and non-sync monitors, actions, and custom actions.

 The course includes material to prepare you for this task.

Configure Application Center 2000 to automate the management of tiers and clusters.

 The course includes some material to prepare you for this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work.

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.


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