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1  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-218 / Re: Urgent 70-218 Exam Opinion on: February 26, 2005, 05:34:46 AM
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Originally posted by EN4CER
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The facts are as follows:
I only need the 70-218 to gain my MCSA.
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The 218 test is a subset of 216 and 217. If you have passed both of them then you should be fine with 218.
2  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-218 / Re: DNS & Routing on: February 26, 2005, 05:30:11 AM
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Originally posted by sherilla21
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I am having trouble understanding DNS and Routing... does anyone have any easy to understand guide for these two topics?

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You really need to get a good grasp on basic networking in order to understand routing and DNS. I know you didn't ask about the Network+ exam but check out Mike Meyers' All In One Network+ book. I teach networking fundamentals at a major university and this is the book I use. The best part is that you will be able to use it as a reference book when you are working in the field. Hey, as a fringe benefit you might just score your Network+ exam too. Smiley
3  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-215 / Creating 200 Users at once on: February 26, 2005, 05:17:28 AM
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Originally posted by curiousgeorge
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There are plenty of third party programs you can buy. Some of them you can download off the internet and use with a 2-week trial period.

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No need for third party software for this job. This is probably too late for you but there are a couple of tools built into Windows 2000/2003.

The CSVDE tool would probably do the job for you. It adds objects to Active Directory and takes a .csv (comma separated value) file. Any spreadsheet or database should be able to save as a .csv file.

For more information just search Windows 2000/2003 help for CSVDE. There is good documentation there.

Another built in tool is LDIFDE (well documented in help also) this is a more versitle tool and the syntax of the input file is easier to read than a .csv file but for 200 users making the input file by hand is a bit daunting.

Check em out for the next time this kind of job comes up.
4  General discussions / General Discussion / Re: file sharing between Win98 and Win2000 on: February 26, 2005, 04:47:49 AM
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Originally posted by momasoud
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So, is there a way where i can view the shared files on a win98 PC from a Win2000 PC.
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Goto Start | Run and type \\Windows98MachineName
This will show all the shares on the Windows98 machine in Windows Explorer.

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It is unfortunate that people have come to rely so much on the browser service (Network Neighborhood) it has nothing to do with the actual networking, it only shows (an often distorted) view of what it finds. Much better to rely on the actual networking components.
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5  CompTIA / Network+ / An MCT's take on practice networks on: December 08, 2004, 09:10:26 PM
Congratulations on passing your Network+ test. Good Job.

So, now you want to tackle your MCSE. I am an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) and have been teaching the MCSE courses at Syracuse Univesity for several years using the MOC (Microsoft Official Curriculum) so I think I can give you some guidance.

You can get by with a couple of computers but connect them with a switch or a hub. You don't need to have anything fancy, a $20 wonder will do. The thing is you may want to add more computers later on and having the switch in place will facilitate this. For some of the labs in Network Infrastructure: Services class (MOC 2277) the machines need to have 2 network cards. The standard classroom setup is one of the Instructor machines (I usually use two so I can switch back and forth for demos) usually (but not always) serves as a domain controller. All student computers (there are 20 in my classroom) are networked together along with the instructor's computers using an old Asante 24 port hub. The student's computers are set up in pairs with the second network card connected to its partner computer with a crossover cable.

With the exception of the XP class, the only time you will see Windows 98 in the courses leading to your MCSE will be in the first module of the XP course (MOC 2272). In the first lab you will upgrade Windows 98 to XP and that's the last you will see of it. Microsoft considers 95, 98 and even NT4.0 to be "downlevel clients" and really pays little attention to them in the MCSE classes. In fact, after the XP class, that's the last you will see of XP in terms of hands-on. The MCSA and MCSE certifications are really built around Microsoft's Windows 2003 Server product.

Instead of coming up with several machines to do labs on you might want to consider building a "big honkin" machine (that's the technical term :-)) and installing Microsoft's Virtual PC on it. I am recommending Virtual PC over VMWare because Microsoft has given us notice that future classroom setups will be based on it. So, if you want to use Microsoft study materials, the labs will be most likely based on the VirtualPC platform. I have installed several instances of Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition on this machine (as well as an XP client or two) and created an Active Directory forest using virtual machines on this single box. To do this, you want a speedyish processor and *lots* of RAM - I'm using an AMD XP200 (I said speedyISH :-)) with 1 Gig of RAM. for my test machine. Strangely enough, Virtual PC wants to be installed on XP not server. It yells at you (but appears to work) if you install it on Windows Server 2003.
6  General discussions / General Discussion / Winsock on: November 22, 2004, 06:27:17 PM
QUOTE]I suspect Winsock was the forerunner of the HAL which is part of 2k & xp.[/QUOTE]

Not quite Smiley. Winsock is Microsoft's TCP/IP stack. Winsock is short for Windows Sockets.
7  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / 70-215 / Can't connect to my Domain on: November 22, 2004, 06:21:19 PM
What DNS server(s) is your XP box configured to use? It needs to be a DNS server that knows about your domain. In your situation, the most likely candidate would be your Domain Controller.
8  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / QOD 293 er... 294? Group Policy question on: November 11, 2004, 07:01:27 PM
Here's one that could use some clarification:

You are a Network Designer. You are working on the design of a network that is primarily running Windows 2003. Your design focus is on the network infrastructure. By creating a script that automates service pack application and have this script run by a GPO that is linked to your servers, which of the following can be achieved (Choose all that apply)?    
   
A) service pack installation is automatic on all servers   
B) service pack installation can be completed without human intervention    
C) admin effort is minimized   
D) network traffic is optimized

Correct answer is: ABC   

Explanation:
By using this way of applying SP, admin effort is minimized as everything is automatic. However, a large part of this process is done over the network, which will consume network bandwidth. According to the technical information found in MS KB, Group policies are a set of configuration settings that a group policy administrator applies to one or more objects in the Active Directory store. A group policy administrator uses group policies to control the work environments for users in a domain. Group policies can also control the work environment of users with accounts that are located in a specific OU. In addition, group policies can be set at the site level, using the Active Directory Sites And Services snap-in. A group policy consists of settings that govern how an object and its child objects behave. Group policies allow a group policy administrator to provide users with a fully populated desktop environment. This environment can include a customized Start menu, applications that are automatically set up, and restricted access to files, folders, and system settings. Group policies can also affect rights that are granted to user accounts and groups.

Theprofessor comments:

Several points to raise here:
1. This is really a 294 question.

2. Much could be made of the use of the word "scripts" (implying login/startup). However, I think QOD is attempting to get at software deployment here. In either case the question of exactly when the servers would receive the service pack is problematic. If the service pack is assigned in the Computer Configruation section of a group policy (affectionately knows as a GPO - Group Policy Object), it will be installed the next time the computer starts up. How often are you supposed to reboot a server?

3. Oh, and one more thing, group policies cannot be linked to servers, only Sites, Domains or Organizational Units.

QODs explanation, while technically correct, does not really address the question. However, the question itself is really a pretty good it just has wording problems.

If the question had specified software other than a service pack (anti-virus software is a popular choice) and specified workstations (Windows 2000 or XP because they understand group policies) rather than servers then it would have made more sense. Also rather than saying that the policy is "linked your servers," it should have stated that the affected computers are all in a particular Organizational Unit (OU) and the policy is linked to that OU or that the policy is linked to the domain.
9  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / QOD Bashing on: November 11, 2004, 06:02:25 PM
This is the message that I've been attempting to post. I think the reason it bombed (that's the technical term) is that I had some greater-than and less-than signs in it. Here's the post:

Whoah, let's not bash QOD, lets try to make them (even more) useful. I find that getting questions in email every day forces me to pay attention to stuff that might not even be on my radar screen. This is a good.thing.

The problem that I see when I read the comments on the QOD pages and in forums like this is that many people expect the QOD questions to be just like the questions you will find on the "real" tests (wow, are those folks in for a rude awakening Smiley) or perhaps even -gasp- braindump questions (those folks either loose interest quickly or are in for a *really* nasty shock Smiley). Some folks seem to be expecting the questions to have direct relevance to the real world (sorry but in my experience, the real world is *way* different from the certification world Smiley). I especially have to chuckle about the negative comments about questions on "soft" topics that they don't expect to encounter in the real world (Planning? That's for wimps -smirk-). [Um, excuse me, about that management opening... Smiley Oh, and have you taken a look at the Microsoft 70-220 or 70-298 tests?]

So what good is QOD? I can't speak for others but for me, I find that those nagging questions that show up every day in my email keep me on my toes. Sure, some of them are too easy (Why is is that the easy questions are always about stuff you already know?) although I have to admit that sometimes I get too cocky and find that I've answered that *easy* question wrong. Sometimes I -gasp- actually learn something new and I appreciate that.

But what about the badly worded questions and just plain incorrect answers that occasionally come up (No, I don't want to argue about how often occasionally happens Smiley)? I find those to be the most interesting. I often spend considerable (some would say too much) time researching the answers. You don't think that I have all those references in my head do you? Of course, I can then post my comments and references and hopefully save others some time and increase their understanding of that topic (Hey, they don't call me theprofessor for nothing ya know. Smiley) One of the neat things that happens when you are researching something is that you often spot some side topic of interest and go off and learn about that. I invariably come away from the "bad" questions knowing more than I did when I started and that is, as I mentioned above, a good.thing.
10  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / Writing practice questions on: November 11, 2004, 05:48:10 PM
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Originally posted by sandy7000
Professor, why not help out these folks writing free practice questions?

Unfortunately, currently I don't have enough time. I find writing good practice questions is not a trivial task. As a matter of fact, that's (one of) the things I do at work. I am an instructor at a university, teaching this stuff and I am required to come up with homework, quizzes and exams for the university. Free time? Yeah, right :p!

Actually, coming up with the questions is the easy part. Coming up with why the correct answers are correct *and* why the incorrect answers are incorrect along with having the references to back me up are what takes the lions share of the time. If I can't back up my questions with references, my students would nail me to the whiteboard (don't think it hasn't happened Smiley).

As I have mentioned, I recommend QOD to my students and occasionally we discuss the questions in class. By addressing questions in this forum, I am actually helping myself prepare for class. Perhaps by sharing my thoughts I can help out others who are studying for their certifications at the same time.
11  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / 70-294 - QOD and Installing Active Directory on: November 09, 2004, 06:23:36 PM
Attempting to post a reply. Previous attempts have failed with a notice of redesign of site.

Can anyone tell me why this post appears but my actual reply that I copy and paste from notepad won't?
12  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / 70-294 - QOD and Installing Active Directory on: November 01, 2004, 05:04:23 PM
Once again, QOD has a question with a confusing answer. The question concerns installing Active Directory and DNS. Here's the question:

You are a system administrator. Your company uses Windows 2003 as the NOS. Active Directory is being implemented. The DNS server that supports Active Directory deployment does not support SRV resource records. What should you do (choose all that apply):    
   
A) configure DNS locally during the Active Directory installation process    
B) configure DNS manually after Active Directory is installed   
C) configure DNS manually before Active Directory is installed   
D) configure DNS to use WINS    
Correct answer is:   AB   

Theprofessor comments:
The correct answer(s) to this question is either A or  A, B and C. I have to admit the wording of the question/answers could be improved.

The question states that the existing DNS server does not suppord SRV records. As Active Directory requires DNS support for SRV records, it could be argued that the only possible answer is A in which DNS is installed as part of the Active Directory installation (DCPromo).

However, if the existing DNS infrastructure does not support SRV records, it is possible to upgrade it to support the SRV records either before (Answer C) or after (Answer B) Active Directory is installed. In fact, Microsoft's preferred method would be to perform the DNS upgrade before Active Directory is installed (Answer C).

References:
Microsoft Self Paced Training Kit - Implementing, Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure ISBN 0-7356-1438-5, Chapter 2, Lesson 1, pp 2-3 - 2-16

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Deployment Resource Kit - Designing and Deploying Directory and Security Services | Deploying the Windows Server 2003 Fores Root Domain (Chapter 6) | Configuring DNS for the Forest Root Domain (pp 235 ff)
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/deployguide/en-us/dssbl_dfr_mlll.asp

I would like to note that I am not bashing QOD. In fact, I find them to be a useful service (as demonstrated by the fact that I recommend QOD to my students. As an instructor, I would be remiss then if I did not also follow along and point out problems when they occur.) The best thing about QOD for me is that it prompts me to look up the answers to confirm them. Also, if I can't supply references, my students would never let me live it down :-)
13  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / DHCP and QOD on: October 27, 2004, 03:15:34 PM
I just came across a QOD question for the 70-293 test which I think is worth mentioning. Here is the question:

You are a Network Designer. You are working on the design of a network that is primarily running Windows 2003. Your design focus is on the network infrastructure. You have server A acting as the DHCP server. You now want to convert server B from an Unix machine into a Windows 2003 DHCP server. For the maximum DHCP fault tolerance, which of the following should be done (Choose all that apply)?    
   
A) place server B onto the same subnet as server A   
B) place server B onto a separate subnet
C)divide the range of available IP addresses between server A and server B equally   
D)divide the range of available IP addresses between server A and server B on a 80/20 basis   
E)divide the range of available IP addresses between server A and server B on a 60/40 basis    

QOD says the correct answers are B & D

Based on the wording of the question, the correct answers are A and D. The question does not specify that there are multiple subnets. If the question had specified multiple subnets then answers B and D (the QOD answer) would be correct. References:
Windows Server 2003 Documentation | Network Services | Managing Core Network Services | DHCP | Concepts | Administering DHCP | Setting Up Scopes | Configuring Scopes | Using the 80/20 rule for scopes. Especially the figure.
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/standard/proddocs/en-us/sag_dhcp_imp_ConfigScopes.asp

Similar information can be found in the Microsoft Self Paced Training Kit - Implementing, Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server Network Infrastructure ISBN 0-7356-1439-3, Chapter 7, pp 7-9 - 7-11
14  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / Qod on: September 08, 2004, 03:54:49 PM
Yeah, QOD occasionally (well maybe a wee bit more than occasionally) comes up with wrong answers and their grammar and syntax is a bit odd at times but then remember that this in an international endeavor and how well do you speak languages other than your mother tongue? Smiley

QOD does serve an important function if you use them well, they force you to think (what's that burning smell? Smiley ). If for no other reason, I find them a valuable resource. Also, like Sandy, I became aware of this site because of them.  Besides, they give us something to talk about.
15  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / Thanks for the "Wows" on: September 08, 2004, 03:42:09 PM
Thanks for the Wows Sandy and John (Is that like "Thanks for the memories" ? Smiley ) I'll try to post more of these as I get the chance. I'm still rehearsing the new Windows Server 2003 courses that I'm teaching (Teaching is like playing music - you not only have to know how to play music, you got to get your chops down on the new tunes  Shocked ) so time is at a bit of a premium. Also, because I am in a university, I have to come up with my own exams in these courses. You guys think taking tests is hard, try making them up :confused:.

Gee I hope I don't get busted for excessive use of smilies  Cheesy. I like to keep things light and the problem with this type of communication is that you cannot see the smirk on my face (avatar notwithstanding) when I say stuff.
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