Examining the Windows 2000 Server Exam
Exam 70-215 is a required core exam for the Windows 2000 MCSE track. Before you begin studying for your Windows 2000 Server exam, take time to check out the exam objectives. The list of exam objectives details the job skills you must master to pass the exam.
The Windows 2000 Server exam focuses on installing, implementing, supporting, and troubleshooting Windows 2000 Server as a member server in a Windows 2000 network. You will not be tested on domain controllers and integration with the Active Directory. You can expect to see exam questions that focus on various member server roles, such as file and print server, Web server, distribution server, and terminal server.
Some MCSE candidates mistakenly believe that the Windows 2000 Server exam will not be difficult because it does not test your knowledge of domain controllers and the Active Directory. This is not at all the case, so study carefully and intelligently!
Like all things in the Microsoft world, exam objectives for the Windows 2000 Server exam — as well as all other exams — may change. Check out Microsoft for the full list of exam objectives and any recent updates to said objectives.
Reviewing the objectives for Exam 70-215
The following provides some of the job skills you must master to pass the Windows 2000 Server exam, based on the list of exam objectives in Microsoft's exam preparation guide.
With regards to installing Windows 2000 Server, you must be able to
- Perform an attended or unattended installation of Windows 2000 Server.
- Upgrade a server from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0.
- Deploy service packs.
- Troubleshoot failed installations.
As for installing, configuring, and troubleshooting access to resources, you must
- Install and configure network services for interoperability.
- Monitor, configure, troubleshoot, and control access to printers.
- Monitor, configure, troubleshoot, and control access to files, folders, and shared folders:tabmark
- Monitor, configure, troubleshoot, and control access to Web sites.
Then when your get to configuring and troubleshooting hardware devices and drivers, you must be able to
- Configure hardware devices.
- Configure driver signing options.
- Update device drivers.
- Troubleshoot problems with hardware.
Managing, monitoring, and optimizing system performance, reliability, and availability requires the ability to
- Monitor and optimize usage of system resources.
- Manage processes.
- Optimize disk performance.
- Manage and optimize availability of system state data and user data.
- Recover systems and user data:
When it comes to managing, configuring, and troubleshooting storage use, you must master:
- Configure and manage user profiles.
- Monitor, configure, and troubleshoot disks and volumes.
- Configure data compression.
- Monitor and configure disk quotas.
- Recover from disk failures.
Then there's configuring and troubleshooting Windows 2000 network connections, for which you must demonstrate your skills in the following:
- Install, configure, and troubleshoot shared access.
- Install, configure, and troubleshoot a virtual private network (VPN).
- Install, configure, and troubleshoot network protocols.
- Install and configure network services.
- Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot remote access:tabmark
- Install, configure, monitor, and troubleshoot Terminal Services:tabmark
- Configure the properties of a connection.
- Install, configure, and troubleshoot network adapters and drivers.
Understanding the exam scope
After you check out Microsoft's Web site and look through the exam objectives, you may be wondering what happened to the objectives concerning domain controllers and the Active Directory. Well, you won't find any specific references to those topics in the list of exam objectives.
The Windows 2000 Server exam tests your skills as an administrator of member servers in an Active Directory environment. On this exam, you will not see questions related to configuration or administration of domain controllers because all Windows 2000 domain controllers run the Active Directory. Exam 70-217, Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure, focuses on domain controllers and the Active Directory. The Windows 2000 Server exam focuses on the Windows 2000 member server and its configuration and administration in an Active Directory environment. To perform successfully on this exam, you must have expert knowledge on not only the member server itself, but also its use in an Active Directory enterprise.