MCSA/MCSE 70-290 Exam Cram: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment

MCSA/MCSE 70-290 Exam Cram: Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment

by Dan Balter (Author), PatrickRegan (Author)


MCSA/MCSE Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft(R) Windows Server(R) 2003 Environment Second Edition Exam 70-290 Dan Balter Patrick Regan The Smart Way to Studya Covers the critical information you'll need to know to score higher on your 70-290 exam! * Set up and maintain Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) * Use the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) * Intelligently select the appropriate disk storage technology when deciding between basic versus dynamic disks and between MBR versus GPT disks * Take advantage of command-line tools such as DSADD, DSGET, DSMOD, DSMOVE, DSQUERY, and DSRM * Discover the enhanced functionality of Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 under the R2 edition of Windows Server 2003 * Harness the power of the increased security that Service Pack 1 (SP1) offers, such as the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) and Access-based Enumeration filtering of network files and folders * Perform bulk imports and exports of Active Directory user accounts using the CSVDE and LDIFDE command-line utilities * Manage Windows Firewall settings under SP1 and R2 * Configure shadow copies of shared folders so that users can easily retrieve previous versions of data files on their own WRITTEN BY LEADING 70-290 EXPERTs: Dan Balter is the chief technology officer for InfoTechnology Partners, Inc. , a Microsoft Certified Partner company. He works as an IT consultant and trainer for both corporate and government clients and has worked with several network operating systems throughout his 24-year career. Dan holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCDST, MCSA, and MCSE. Patrick Regan is a senior design architect/engineer and training coordinator for Miles Consulting Corp (MCC). He holds many certifications, including the Microsoft MCSE, MCSA, and MCT; CompTIA's A+, Network+, Server+, Linux+, Security+, and CTT+; Cisco CCNA; and Novell's CNE and CWNP. See the Inside Back Cover for Exclusive Access to 70-290 Practice Questions and Simulations! * Helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses so you can assess your readiness to take the actual 70-290 exam. * Provides detailed explanations of correct and incorrect answers. * Features a variety of study modes so you can work your way through the questions in the manner that best suits your study preferences. * Covers each 70-290 exam objective. Introduction Self Assessment Chapter 1: Microsoft Certification Exams Chapter 2: Administering Computer Accounts and Resources in Active Directory Chapter 3: Managing User Accounts in Active Directory Chapter 4:Managing Groups in Active Directory Chapter 5: Managing Access to Resources Chapter 6: Implementing Printing Chapter 7: Managing Printing Chapter 8: Managing Access to Objects in Organizational Units Chapter 9: Implementing Group Policy Chapter 10: Managing the User Environment by Using Group Policy Chapter 11: Implementing Administrative Templates and Audit Policy Chapter 12: Preparing to Administer a Server Chapter 13: Preparing to Monitor Server Performance Chapter 14: Monitoring Server Performance Chapter 15: Maintaining Device Drivers and Hardware Chapter 16: Managing Disks Chapter 17: Managing Data Storage Chapter 18: Managing Disaster Recovery and Data Backup Procedures Chapter 19: Software Maintenance Using Windows Server Update Services Chapter 20: Securing Windows Server 2003 Chapter 21: Practice Exam 1 Chapter 22: Answers to Practice Exam 1 Chapter 23: Practice Exam 2 Chapter 24: Answers to Practice Exam 2 Appendix A:Suggested Readings and Resources Appendix B: Accessing Your Free MeasureUp Practice Test--Including Networking Simulations!: Appendix C: MeasureUp's Product Features Glossary ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3617-8 ISBN-10: 0-7897-3617-9


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 696
Edition: 2
Publisher: Pearson IT Certification
Published: 13 Mar 2007

ISBN 10: 0789736179
ISBN 13: 9780789736178
Book Overview: MCSA/MCSE 70-290 Exam Cram, Second Edition is the perfect study guide to help readers pass the 70-290 exam from Microsoft, which is one of the four core exams in their MCSE 2003 and MCSA 2003 certification programs. More than 100,000 have sat for exam 70-290 since 2003, with candidate volume increasing an average of 35% each quarter since 2004. This certification exam measures the ability to manage and maintain a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment. Among exam objectives, readers must learn to use remote desktop for administration, manage IIS 6.0, revive a failed server, choose between forest and domain functional levels, and configure software update services. This new edition covers all these topics, includes two full practice exams, and has been updated against Microsoft's official courseware (MOC) that corresponds to this exam. Exam Cram books are written for readers who have a solid foundation of knowledge but can use a refresher on important concepts as well as a guide to exam topics and objectives. The books feature test-taking strategies, time-saving study tips, and a special Cram Sheet that includes tips, acronyms, and memory joggers not available anywhere else.

Author Bio

Dan Balter is the chief technology officer for InfoTechnology Partners, Inc., a Microsoft Certified Partner company. He works as a technology consultant for small- to medium-sized businesses and has worked with several different network operating systems throughout his 22-year career. Dan takes pride in turning complex, technical topics into easy-to-understand concepts. Dan is a Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST), a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).

He specializes in Microsoft networking technologies, firewalls, VPNs, and other security solutions in addition to designing and implementing messaging and business solutions, such as Exchange Server environments. As CTO for InfoTechnology Partners, Inc., Dan has worked to implement an affordable continuous offsite data protection backup system for companies large and small.

Dan is a coauthor for the best-selling books Exam Cram 2: Windows XP Professional, Exam Cram 2: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Windows XP Operating System, and Exam Cram 2: Windows 2000 Professional, published by Que Certification. Dan has been a featured speaker at conferences across North America, including Advisor DevCons and Summits sponsored by Advisor Media and Windows Connections conferences sponsored by Windows IT Pro Magazine.

A graduate of USC's School of Business in 1983, Dan has authored more than 300 video-, CD-, and DVD-based computer education courses, including instructional titles on installing, configuring, and administering Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. He has also appeared as a featured video trainer for self-paced learning courses on Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Outlook, and Intuit's QuickBooks small business accounting software. Dan is the video instructor for ExamBlast-Windows XP Professionaland for many of the QuickBooks Prolearning series titles on video and DVD from

Dan and his family live in the Santa Rosa Valley area in Southern California, near the city of Camarillo. Dan lives with his lovely wife, Alison; their 10-year-old daughter, Alexis; their 7-year-old son, Brendan; and their golden retriever, Brandy. When he's not writing, researching, or consulting, Dan enjoys traveling with his family, swimming, playing racquetball and basketball, rooting for the L.A. Lakers and Dodgers, going for long walks, listening to music, and exploring new age spirituality. Dan can be contacted via email at

Patrick Regan has been a PC technician and network administrator/engineer for the past 15 years after graduating with a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Akron. He has taught many computer and network classes at Sacramento local colleges (Heald Colleges and MTI Colleges), worked as a product support engineer for the Intel Corporation Customer Service, and participated in and led many projects (Heald Colleges, Intel Corporation, and Miles Consulting Corp). For his teaching accomplishments, he received the Teacher of the Year award from Heald Colleges. In addition, he received several recognition awards from Intel. Previously, he was a senior network engineer for Virtual Alert support the BioTerrorism Readiness suite. Currently, he is a senior design architect/engineer and training coordinator for Miles Consulting Corp (MCC), a premiere Microsoft Gold partner and consulting firm. He holds many certifications, including the Microsoft MCSE, MCSA, and MCT; CompTIA's A+, Network+, Server+, Linux+, Security+, and CTT+; Cisco CCNA; and Novell's CNE and CWNP Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA). Over the last couple of years, he has written several textbooks for Prentice Hall Publisher, including Troubleshooting the PC, Networking with Windows 2000 and 2003, Linux, Local Area Networks, Wide Area Networks, and the Acing Series (Acing the A+, Acing the Network+, Acing the Security+, and Acing the Linux+).

You can write with questions and comments to the author at (Because of the high volume of mail, every message might not receive a reply.)