Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
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Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove server administration knowledge and skills. Before taking this
This exam is designed to provide candidates with an assessment of their knowledge of fundamental server administration concepts. It can also serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exams.
Exam, candidates should have a solid foundational knowledge of the topics outlined in this preparation guide. It is recommended that candidates become familiar with the concepts and the technologies described here by taking relevant training courses. Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Windows Server, Windows based networking, Active Directory, account management, and system recovery tools and concepts.
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This 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.
Understanding Server Installation
Understand device drivers.
This objective may include but is not limited to: installation; removal; disabling; update/upgrade; rollback; troubleshooting; Plug & Play; IRQ; interrupts; driver signing
This objective may include but is not limited to: what services are; which statuses a service can be in; startup types; recovery options; delayed startup; Run As settings for a service; stopping or pausing a service; service accounts, dependencies
Understand server installation options.
This objective may include but is not limited to: choosing correct OS version; partitioning; F8 options; server core vs. full; interactive install; unattended install; automated install using WDS; upgrade vs. clean install; firmware updates including BIOS
Understanding Server Roles
Identify application servers.
This objective may include but is not limited to: mail servers; database servers; collaboration servers; monitoring servers; threat management
Understand Web services.
This objective may include but is not limited to: IIS, WWW, and FTP; separate worker processes; adding components; sites; ports; SSL; certificates
Understand remote access.
This objective may include but is not limited to: remote assistance; remote administration tools; Remote Desktop Services; licensing; RD Gateway; VPN; application virtualization; multiple ports
Understand the file and print services.
This objective may include but is not limited to: local printers; network printers; printer pools; web printing; web management; driver deployment; file, folder, and share permissions vs. rights; auditing; print job management
Understand server virtualization.
This objective may include but is not limited to: virtualization modes; VHDs; virtual memory; virtual networks; snapshots and saved states; physical to virtual; virtual to physical
Understanding Active Directory
Understand accounts and groups.
This objective may include but is not limited to: domain accounts; local accounts; user profiles; group types; group scopes; group nesting; AGDLP
Understand organizational units and containers.
This objective may include but is not limited to: purpose of organizational units; purpose of containers; delegation; default
Understand Active Directory infrastructure.
This objective may include but is not limited to: domain controllers; forests; operation masters roles; domain vs. workgroup; child domains; trusts; functional levels; namespace; sites; replication
Understand group policy.
This objective may include but is not limited to: group policy processing; Group Policy Management Console; computer policies; user policies; local policies
Identify storage technologies.
This objective may include but is not limited to: advantages and disadvantages of different storage types; local (SATA, SCSI, IDE); NAS; SAN; fibre channel; iSCSI; NFS; FC HBA and FC switches; iSCSI hardware
This objective may include but is not limited to: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and combinations; hardware and software RAID
Understand disk types.
This objective may include but is not limited to: ATA; basic disk; dynamic disk; mount points; file systems; mounting a virtual hard disk; distributed file systems; optical disks
Understanding Server Performance Management
Identify major server hardware components.
This objective may include but is not limited to: memory; disk; processor; network; 32 / 64 bits; removable drives; graphic cards; cooling; power usage; ports
Understand performance monitoring.
This objective may include but is not limited to: methodology; procedures; effect of network, CPU, memory and disk; creating a baseline; perfmon; resmon; Task Manager; performance counters
Understand logs and alerts.
This objective may include but is not limited to: purpose of performance logs and alerts
Understanding Server Maintenance
Identify steps in the startup process.
This objective may include but is not limited to: bios; bootsector; bootloader; MBR; boot.ini; bcdedit; POST; Safe Mode
Understand business continuity .
This objective may include but is not limited to: backup and restore; disaster recovery; clustering; AD restore; folder redirection; data redundancy; uniterruptible power supply (UPS)
This objective may include but is not limited to: software; driver; operating systems; applications; Windows Update; Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)
Understand troubleshooting methodology.
This objective may include but is not limited to: processes; procedures; best practices; systematic vs. specific approach; perfmon; Event Viewer; Resource Monitor; Information Technology Infrastructure Library; central logging; event filtering; default logs
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