70-291 Exam Study Guide and Syllabus
There are two Windows 2003 Server exams, this one, 70-291, is called:
Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure.
In one word the 291 exam is about – Networking.
Change of Exam Format
As I mentioned before, Microsoft do change the format from time to time, this is my latest information.
Microsoft introduced simulations technology in its MCP exams in March 31 2005, beginning with Exam 70-290 and Exam 70-291. Individuals will be able to demonstrate their capability of solving real-world problems by performing tasks in simulated environments. Please check with your local exam delivery provider, Pearson VUE or Thomson Prometric, for availability. In June 2005, Microsoft released simulation-based versions of Exams 70-293 and 70-294.
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Official Exam Syllabus for 70-291
In my opinion the Official Exam Syllabus is rather like an exam board setting out their stall, decreeing what students should learn. The exam questions setters then ‘do their own thing’ and turn the syllabus into actual questions. My point it two fold, firstly, you might not be tested on every bullet point. Secondly, you may get an exam where one area is tested heavily. It is a feature of adaptive exams that they are designed to pick on your Achilles’ heel.
Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining IP Addressing
Configure TCP/IP addressing on a server computer.
Troubleshoot TCP/IP addressing.
Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining Name Resolution
Install and configure the DNS Server service.
Monitor DNS. Tools might include System Monitor, Event Viewer, Replication Monitor, and DNS debug logs.
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Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining Network Security
Implement secure network administration procedures.
Monitor network protocol security. Tools might include the IP Security Monitor Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in and Kerberos support tools.
Troubleshoot network protocol security. Tools might include the IP Security Monitor MMC snap-in, Event Viewer, and Network Monitor.
Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining Routing and Remote Access
Configure Routing and Remote Access user authentication.
Manage remote access.
Manage TCP/IP routing.
Implement secure access between private networks.
Troubleshoot user access to remote access services.
Troubleshoot Routing and Remote Access routing.
Maintaining a Network Infrastructure
Monitor network traffic. Tools might include Network Monitor and System Monitor.
Troubleshoot connectivity to the Internet.
Troubleshoot server services.
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