Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer - MCSE 2003 (2008)
Currently this is a sort of random incomplete non-spell checked list of notes, links, tidbits, and observations that make up the MCSE 2003 knowledge set. Intention here is the whole of the MCSE 2003 information on as few as possible web pages; how to organize the info is problematic though. Best thing to do is skim the whole thing, then make repeated passes until it falls into place and leads to other links and info sources. Most likely this page is suffering from bit-rot or is incomplete - here are another 5 million similar pages.
Microsoft Windows 200X is a Network Operating System (NOS) which embraces, extends, and nicely consolidates standards based Kerberos, (D)DNS, LDAP, DHCP, etc. to create, in part, the Directory Service (DS) called Microsoft Active Directory (AD).
Sometimes the acronym MCSE is read as Microsoft Certified Systems Expert - as it is a technical certification and not a university granted engineering degree. (Per Microsoft) skills a MCSE 2003 holder will posses.
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AD overview * New to 2003 * COMMANDS to know
AD Planning and Design
Windows Operating Systems: 2003, XP, MCSE 2003 / XP Pro notes, 2000, Vista
AD LAYER 8: AD background-ish info, Forests, Forest Root Domain, Trees, Domains, OUs, DCs, GCs, FSMOs, GPO stuff, AD Functional Levels, Trusts, Kerberos , Architecture, MISC
Authentication: Authentication, Authorization, Auditing, Smartcards, Groups, Kerberos, Remote Access, RADIUS, NAT-T
Network Infrastructure: DNS, IP, DHCP, DHCP and DNS, NetBIOS, WINS, Name Resolution, OSI and DOD Models, Networking
Cryptography: Cryptography, EFS (Encrypting File System), IPSec, Certificate Services
Information Assurance: Security, Fault Tolerance, Windows Clustering, Windows NLB, Backup and Recovery
Operations and Management * Software Deployment
AD other layers: Networking, OSI and DOD models
MISC * MS Guides * More Stuff * NT4 MCSE braindumps
Least Administrative Effort
How to select the right answers
Reading comprehension is being tested too. For time and sanity you need to skip over people's names and some of the business background provided in the question. Also many questions state you are running a single domain AD with all 2003 and XP, albeit stated in more words. However you need to read all the other stuff well as your assumption as to the actual question may be wrong, there could be a double negative in there, or some little detail clue that's easy to erroneously skip.
Take sample tests so you can see the different types of questions/tests: adaptive, simulation, graphic, drag 'n drop, multiple guess, choose all that apply, etc..
Know your defaults. In many scenarios not all information is provided. Assumptions must be made to solve. Assuming the defaults is extremely helpful in getting the right answer.
Know what feature sets where added or improved with new versions, and to a lesser degree, with service packs. Even though 2003 and AD 2003 is three years old and AD is six it is assumed you worked with the older version and are building your knowledge and skills and evolving with Microsoft. You need to know about NT and 9x too - even though they aren't even supported any more! Features added to 2003 over 2000, both AD and OS, will be stressed. Service packs are almost an admission it wasn't right the first time so these are not mentioned so explicitly, yet all the tests are focused at a particular service pack level. So 70-270 might be on XP SP1, but 70-290 will be on 2003 SP0 - even though at the time of test taking the OSs might be at SP2 and SP1, respectively, for example.
To get to it:
-- system monitor
-- performance logs and alerts
Knowing clearly what the above two are and are for is key to at least a few questions on the tests
Note that perfmon = NT4
Other related tools to know too:
Ocum’s razor: “The simplest solution is the best”
Why VMWare guest os selection? That is where does it make
any difference what OS you pick in the new guest wizard?
Vague answer: http://www.vmware.com/support/guestnotes/doc/index.html
Better answers: Different VMWare tools setup, different folder sharing, different virtual drivers... Maybe the best answer is simply for naming of the folders, machine and files.
How to use the SysKey utility to secure the Windows Security
Accounts Manager database
Use regsvr32.exe to register un-registered DLLs.
Microsoft Windows 2000 TCP/IP Implementation Details
Though written for Windows 2000 this guide lists RFCs, registry keys, some ports, and explains a lot of stuff.
Threats and Countermeasures Guide
Windows XP Security Guide
Acronym self test:
You must be able to easily compare and contrast, for example: ICS vs ICF, IAS vs. ISA. And IIS. And those are just the ones with similar acronyms, throw RRAS functionality in there too...
Print this table and fill in as many as you can recall without the use of any reference materials.
Acronym self test answers
exam prep / self test links (alphabetically listed):