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Mcse Requirements Or Nose To The Grindstone

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
candidates on the Windows Server 2003 track
are required to satisfy the following MCSE requirements:
Core exams (six exams required)
• Four networking system exams
• One client operating system exam
• One design exam

Elective exams (one exam required).
Together with the core exams, the elective exams
provide a valid and reliable measure of technical
proficiency and expertise in solution design and
implementation. MCSE requirement candidates should
also have at least one year of experience implementing
and administering network operating systems and
desktop operating systems as part of the MCSE
requirements.

Upgrade exams (two exams required)
Microsoft has designed an upgrade path that will
enable a current MCSE to earn the Windows Server
2003 credential in a time-effective and cost-effective
manner.

This course combines five days of instructor-led
training with additional e-Learning content to provide
students with the knowledge and skills that are required
to manage accounts and resources, maintain server
resources, monitor server performance, and safeguard
data in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment, all
part of the MCSE requirements.

This is the first course in the Systems Administrator and
Systems Engineer tracks for Windows Server 2003 and
serves as the entry point for other courses in the Windows
Server 2003 curriculum.

This course is also offered as 8 days of instructor-led training
(as two courses) for students who prefer a complete
classroom training experience:

• 2274, Managing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Environment (five days)

• 2275, Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Environment (three days)

This course is intended for individuals who are employed
as or seeking employment as a systems administrator
or systems engineer.

After completing this course, students will be able to:
• Create and populate organizational units with user
and computer accounts.
• Manage user and computer accounts.
• Create and manage groups.
• Manage access to resources.
• Implement printing.
• Manage printing.
• Manage access to objects in using organizational units.
• Implement Group Policy.
• Manage the user and computer environment by using Group Policy.
• Audit accounts and resources.
• Prepare to administer server resources.
• Configure a server to monitor system performance.
• Monitor system performance.
• Manage device drivers by configuring device driver
signing and restoring a device driver.
• Manage hard disks.
• Manage data storage.
• Manage disaster recovery.
• Maintain software by using Microsoft Windows Server
Update Services.
• Maintain Windows Server 2003 security.

Before attending this course, students must have:
• CompTIA A+ certification, or equivalent knowledge and skills.
• CompTIA Network+ certification, or equivalent knowledge and skills.
This course will help the student prepare for the following Microsoft
Certified Professional exam:
• Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows
Server 2003 Environment

Course Outline
Module 1: Introduction to Administering Accounts and Resources
This module explains how to administer accounts and resources
on computers running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 software
in a networked environment.

Lessons
• Multimedia: Introduction to Administering Accounts and Resources
• The Windows Server 2003 Environment
• Logging on to Windows Server 2003
• Using the Run As Feature for Administration
• Installing and Configuring Administrative Tools
• Creating an Organizational Unit

Lab: Creating Organizational Units
• Creating an Organizational Unit

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the Windows Server 2003 environment.
• Log on to a computer running Windows Server 2003.
• Use the Run as feature to perform administrative tasks.
• Install and configure the administrative tools.
• Create an organizational unit.

Module 2: Managing User and Computer Accounts
This module explains how to modify user and computer
accounts on computers running Microsoft Windows Server
2003 in a networked environment.

Lessons

• Creating User Accounts
• Creating Computer Accounts
• Modifying User and Computer Account Properties
• Creating a User Account Template
• Managing User and Computer Accounts
• Using Queries to Locate User and Computer
Accounts in Active Directory

Lab: Managing User and Computer Accounts
• Creating User Accounts
• Creating Computer Accounts
• Using Queries to Locate Objects
• Modifying User and Computer Properties

After completing this module, students will be able to
• Create user accounts.
• Create computer accounts.
• Modify user and computer account properties.
• Create a user account template.
• Manage user and computer accounts.
• Use queries to locate user and computer accounts
in Active Directory directory service..

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Module 3: Managing Groups is a part of mcse requirements.
This module explains how to perform various administrative
functions using groups.

Lessons

• Creating groups.
• Managing group membership.
• Strategies for using groups.
• Using default groups.

Lab: Creating and Managing Groups
• Creating Global and Domain Local Groups
• Managing Group Membership
• Managing Default Groups

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Create groups.
• Manage group membership
• Apply strategies for using groups
• Manage default groups.

Module 4: Managing Access to Resources
This module explains how to enable resource access
with permissions, manage access to files and folders
using permissions, and manage permission inheritance.

Lessons
• Overview of Managing Access to Resources
• Managing Access to Shared Folders
• Managing Access to Files and Folders Using NTFS Permissions
• Determining Effective Permissions
• Managing Access to Shared Files Using Offline Caching

Lab: Managing Access to Resources
• Creating and Sharing Folders
• Configuring NTFS Permissions
• Publishing Shared Folders
• Testing Permissions
• Configuring Automatic Caching

After completing this module, students will be able to
• Manage access to resources.
• Manage access to shared folders.
• Manage access to files and folders by using NTFS permissions.
• Determine effective permissions.
• Manage access to shared files by using offline caching.

Module 5: Managing Access to Objects in Organizational Units
This module explains the permissions available for managing
access to Active Directory objects, how to move objects
between organizational units in the same domain, and how
to delegate control of an organizational unit.

Lessons
• Modifying Permissions for Active Directory Objects
• Delegating Control of Organizational Units

Lab: Managing Access to Objects in Organizational Units
• Modifying the Delegation of Control Wizard and Delegating
Permissions
• Testing the Delegated Permissions
• Granting Permissions to the Legal Organizational Unit and
Creating a Taskpad
• Testing the Delegated Permissions

After completing this module, students will be able to
• Modify permissions for Active Directory objects.
• Delegate control of organizational units.

Module 6: Implementing Group Policy
This module explains the purpose and function of
Group Policy in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003
environment. It also explains how to implement Group
Policy objects (GPOs) and manage GPOs.

Lessons needed for mcse requirements
• Implementing Group Policy Objects
• Implementing GPOs on a Domain
• Managing the Deployment of Group Policy

Lab: Implementing a GPO
• Disabling and Deleting a GPO
• Creating and Linking Multiple GPOs
• Filtering the GPOs to Exempt Selected Users
• Backing Up and Importing GPO Settings

After completing this module, students will be able to
• Implement GPOs.
• Implement GPOs in a domain.
• Manage the deployment of Group Policy.

Module 7: Managing the User Environment by
Using Group Policy

This module explains how to use Group Policy to
assign scripts, restrict group membership and access
to software and configure folder redirection. As well,
this module explains how to determine which GPOs
are being applied on a computer.

Lessons

• Configuring Group Policy Settings
• Assigning Scripts with Group Policy
• Restricting Group Membership and Access to Software
• Configuring Folder Redirection
• Determining Applied GPOs

Lab: Managing the User Environment by Using Group Policy
• Creating and Applying a GPO to the Graphics Organizational Unit
• Assigning a Logon Script to Connect to a Printer
• Using a GPO to Configure the Members of the Backup Operators Group
• Using the Group Policy Results Wizard to Verify the Policy Settings

After completing this module, students will be able to
• Configure Group Policy settings.
• Assign scripts with Group Policy.
• Restrict group membership and access to software.
• Configure Folder Redirection.
• Determine Applied Group Policy objects (GPOs).

Implementing MCSE requirements

Module 8: Implementing Administrative Templates and Audit
Policy of mcse requirements.

This module provides a broad overview of security in Microsoft
Windows ServerT 2003. It also explains how to deploy security
templates and test computer security policy and how to configure
auditing and manage security logs..

Lessons

• Overview of Security in Windows Server 2003
• Using Security Templates to Secure Computers
• Testing Computer Security Policy
• Configuring Auditing
• Managing Security Logs

Lab: Managing Security Settings
• Creating a Custom Security Template
• Importing and Deploying the Custom Template

After completing this module, students will be able to
• Explain user rights and audit policies in Windows Server 2003.
• Use security templates to secure computers.
• Test computer security policy.
• Configure auditing.
• Manage security logs.

Module 9: Preparing to Administer a Server

This module explains how to administer a server.
It describes how to manage servers remotely, what
tools to use, and the rights and permissions that are
needed to administer a server.

Lessons

• Introduction to Administering a Server
• Configuring Remote Desktop to Administer a Server
• Managing Remote Desktop Connections

Lab A: Preparing to Administer a Server
• Enabling Remote Desktop
• Creating a Shared Folder on a Remote Computer
• Connecting to a Remote Console Session
• Creating runas Shortcuts to Administration Tools

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Explain the tasks, tools, and rights that are required
to administer a server.
• Configure Remote Desktop for Administration and
client preferences.
• Manage remote desktop connections.

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Module 10: Preparing to Monitor Server Performance
This module explains how to monitor server performance
by using performance tools, configure and manage
performance logs, configure and manage alerts, and
manage system monitor views.

Lessons

• Introduction to Monitoring Server Performance
• Performing Real-Time and Logged Monitoring
• Configuring and Managing Counter Logs
• Configuring Alerts

Lab A: Preparing to Monitor Server Performance
• Selecting the Appropriate Monitoring Technique

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Establish a performance baseline.
• Perform real-time and logged monitoring.
• Configure and manage counter logs.
• Configure alerts.

Module 11: Managing Data Storage
This module explains the Encrypting File System (EFS),
which contributes to the safe storage of data and helps
to keep the network from harm. It also explains how to
administer disk quotas.

Lessons
• Managing File Compression
• Configuring File Encryption
• Configuring EFS Recovery Agents
• Implementing Disk Quotas

Lab A: Managing Data Storage
• Troubleshooting Disk-Quota Entries
• Recovering an Encrypted File

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Manage NTFS file compression.
• Configure file encryption.
• Configure an EFS recovery agent.
• Implement disk quotas.

Module 12: Managing Disaster Recovery
This module explains how to plan for a computer
disaster and how to use the features of Windows
Server 2003 to prevent a disaster or recover when one occurs.

Lessons
• Preparing for Disaster Recovery
• Backing Up Data
• Scheduling Backup Jobs
• Restoring Data
• Configuring Shadow Copies
• Recovering from Server Failure

Lab A: Managing Disaster Recovery
• Backing Up the System State Data
• Recovering from a Corrupt Registry by Using Last
Known Good Configuration
• Recovering from a Corrupt Registry by Restoring
System State Data

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Prepare for disaster recovery.
• Back up data.
• Schedule backup jobs.
• Restore data.
• Configure a shadow copy.
• Recover from server failure.

Module 13: Software Maintenance Using Windows Server
Update Services
This module explains how to use Microsoft Windows Server
Update Services to manage and distribute critical software
updates that resolve known security vulnerabilities and
other stability issues.

Lessons

• Introduction to Windows Server Update Services
• Installing and Configuring Windows Server Update Services
• Managing Windows Server Update Services

Lab A: Software Maintenance Using Windows Server Update Services
• Create a Test Computer Group
• View the Status of Updates and Computers
• Back up WSUS

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe Microsoft WSUS.
• Install and configure servers to use WSUS.
• Manage WSUS.

Module 14: Securing Windows Server 2003
This module describes how to secure Microsoft
Windows ServerT 2003. The module provides an
overview of securing servers, core server security,
hardening servers, and the Microsoft Baseline Security
Analyzer tool.

Lessons
• Introduction to Securing Servers
• Implementing Core Server Security
• Hardening Servers
• Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Lab A: Securing Windows Server 2003
• Using the Security Configuration Wizard
• Configuring a Group Policy Object for Member Servers
• Scanning a Range of Computers by Using MBSA

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe how servers are secured.
• Explain core server security.
• Harden servers in various roles.
• Use Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

Note
The self study modules are included on the student CDROM
but are not printed in the course manual.

Self-Study Module A: Implementing Printing

This module explains how to implement printing in a
Windows Server 2003 environment.

Lessons

• Multimedia: Introduction to Printing in the Windows
Server 2003 Family
• Installing and Managing Access to Printers
• Managing Printer Drivers
• Implementing Printer Locations

Lab A: Implementing Printing
• Installing Printers and Setting Printer Locations and Permissions
• Searching for Printers and Testing Permissions

After completing this module, students will be able to
• Explain printing in the Windows Server 2003 family.
• Install and manage access to printers by using printer permissions.
• Manage printer drivers.
• Implement printer locations.

Self-Study Module B: Managing Printing
This module explains how to set up a network-wide printing
strategy to meet the needs of users and troubleshoot installation
or configuration problems.

Lessons

• Changing the Location of the Print Spooler
• Setting Printer Priorities and Scheduling Printer Availability
• Configuring a Printing Pool and Redirecting Print Queues

Lab: Managing Printing

• Installing Printers and Creating a Printing Pool
• Setting Printer Priorities and Availability

After completing this module, students will be able to
• Change the location of the print spooler.
• Set printing priorities and schedule printer availability.
• Configure a printing pool and redirect print queues.

Self-Study Module C: Monitoring Server Performance
This module explains how to collect performance data by
monitoring primary server subsystems. It also covers how
to identify system bottlenecks by using the Performance
console and Task Manager in Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Lessons
• Multimedia: The Primary Server Subsystems
• Monitoring Server Memory
• Monitoring Processor Usage
• Monitoring Disks
• Monitoring Network Usage
• Monitoring Best Practices

Lab A: Monitoring Server Performance
• Create and Configure Alerts
• Configure the Messaging Service
• Finding a High CPU Usage Process
• Finding a High Memory Usage Process

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Explain how the four primary server subsystems affect server performance.
• Monitor server memory.
• Monitor processor usage.
• Monitor disks.
• Monitor network usage.
• Use best practices for monitoring server performance.

Self-Study Module D: Maintaining Device Drivers
This module explains how to maintain device drivers.
Lessons
• Configuring Device Driver Signing Options
• Using Device Driver Rollback

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Configure device driver signing.
• Restore the previous version of a device driver.

Self-Study Module E: Managing Disks
This module explains how to manage disks and how to use
the tools to manage and set up disks.
Lessons
• Preparing Disks
• Managing Disk Properties
• Managing Mounted Drives
• Converting Disks
• Creating Volumes
• Creating Fault-Tolerant Volumes
• Importing a Foreign Disk

Lab A: Managing Disks
• Recovering from a Failed Mirrored Drive
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Initialize and partition a disk.
• View and update disk properties.
• Manage mounted drives.
• Convert a disk from basic to dynamic and from dynamic to basic.
• Create volumes on a disk.
• Create fault-tolerant volumes.
• Import disks.
As you can see MCSE Requirement are quite extensive and are
going to take a serious commitment both for study and execution.
Hopefully you now have a full overview of what to expect when you
embark on this course of study to meet all the MCSE requirements.