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70-293 Study Guide: Planning & Maintaining Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

Discussion in 'Network Infrastructure' started by craigie, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

    Study Time: Two Months (Two Hours Daily Min)
    Materials: MS Press Book 70-293 & CBT Nuggets
    Mock Exam: MS Readiness Review Suite
    Exam: 50 Questions including 5 Sims


    4 x Windows 2003 Servers Enterprise R2 Edition
    2 x Windows XP Pro SP2 Clients


    Server01 Roles

    Domain Controller, Active Directory Integrated DNS, DHCP, Terminal Server, RRAS, Certificate Authority & File Server

    Server02 Roles

    Domain Controller, Active Directory Integrated DNS, DHCP, WSUS, Print Server & IIS

    Server03 Roles

    Bridgehead Exchange Server

    Server04 Roles

    Exchange Server


    2 x Windows XP Clients running Outlook 2007


    My main aim here was to do all of the exercises in the MS Press book and ensured that it worked. Plus trying to mimic wherever possible my own work environment. In the end my lab consisted of the following:

    Certificates – Created Server01 as Certificate Authority. Deployed all Server functions using SSL for everything web based! Such as OWA, Printers, Certificate Services, Public Folders, WSUS Updates. Revoked Certificates and updated CRL's.

    Certificates Auto Enrolments – Created new certificates for Auto Enrolment for Computers, Users, VPN Users, Web Servers & Email.

    DNS- Configured Primary DNS Zones, Secondary DNS Zones, Stub Zones & Active Directory Integrated Zones.

    Firewall - Used inbuilt GPO’s for locking down Ports with only the following allows on

    HTTP, HTTP SSL, Kerberos, L2TP IPSec, PPTP, SMTP, Offer Remote Assistance.

    For Programs again these where locked down on with only the following exceptions:

    AVG Anti Virus, Outlook 2007, Remote Assistance and Desktop.

    IPSec – Deployed standard Server Require on DC’s and Client Respond on PC’s and watched my system chug. Created a few custom IPSec policies and deployed these.

    Network Lord Balancing – Created NLB between Server03 and Server04 with Server03 acting as the ‘lead’.

    Offer Remote Assistance
    - Enabled Client > Client, Server > Client, Server > Server, Server > Client. Locking this down to certain Groups only in GPO’s.

    Request Remote Assistance - Enabled Client > Client, Server > Client, Server > Server, Server > Client

    RRAS - Configured Server01 as a RRAS Server and created a few PPTP VPN's from an Vista OS using different MPPE security encryptions and tunnel modes. Played around with various Remote Access Policies.

    Theory – Know your OSI Reference Model, Network Topologies and NAT & Proxy Servers.

    Security Settings – Deployed various security settings SecureDC, SecureWS and compared these against my own pre-configured security settings and made adjustments as necessary. Created role specific OU’s for Servers and locked down all settings using Security Configuration Wizard. Note make sure you understand in which order Security Templates are deployed!

    Subnetting - Just practiced this over and over.

    Make sure you keep your studying up every day, day in day out just keep plugging away and things will make sense. If they don't then ask here, your work colleagues, friends etc.

    My study methodology, hasn't changed since my first exam. I'm of the if it's not broken then don't change it mentality as it has proved successful so far!

    1. I start of reading the MS Press book and make notes on relevant points that I could either forget or need to reinforce. I normally study for around 2 hours per day weekdays and 2 hours per day at the weekends. I manage to get the MS Press book down to around 150 pages of A4 note paper.

    2. I would then at the end of each Chapter install and use whatever I had learnt from the MS Press book, configuring it to mimic my working environment.

    3. Once I have finished the MS Press book, I then use CBT Nuggets. When I have watched the first objective video, I then take the Objective Exam in on the MS Press CD. The purpose of this is to reinforce the oldest material that I have learnt.

    4. I then rebuilt my whole entire Lab, to reinforce everything that I had learnt.

    5. I then keep going over my Notes on a daily basis at work, during lunch, in the evening. Just a brief flick threw.

    6. The last of all I take the MS Readiness Review tests on a daily basis. Normally do around one a day for three days before the exam as not to get to many questions repeated. Also in my limited experience so far, the MS Readiness Review has always been alot harder than the exam.

    7. Take the exam!

    Hope that helps some people out and if you have any questions please ask.
    Certifications: CCA | CCENT | CCNA | CCNA:S | HP APC | HP ASE | ITILv3 | MCP | MCDST | MCITP: EA | MCTS:Vista | MCTS:Exch '07 | MCSA 2003 | MCSA:M 2003 | MCSA 2008 | MCSE | VCP5-DT | VCP4-DCV | VCP5-DCV | VCAP5-DCA | VCAP5-DCD | VMTSP | VTSP 4 | VTSP 5
  2. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Nice one mate :thumbleft
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Office 365, Server 2016, CEH
  3. steve_f

    steve_f Byte Poster

    Very helpful, cheers.
    Certifications: MCDST, MCSA 2003+Messaging, MCITP:SA, MCSA 2008, ITIL v3 Foundation, Comptia Server+ 2009, CCA Xenapp 6.5, VCP5-DV
  4. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

    Cheers chaps, hopefully it will help people studying towards the MCSE.
    Certifications: CCA | CCENT | CCNA | CCNA:S | HP APC | HP ASE | ITILv3 | MCP | MCDST | MCITP: EA | MCTS:Vista | MCTS:Exch '07 | MCSA 2003 | MCSA:M 2003 | MCSA 2008 | MCSE | VCP5-DT | VCP4-DCV | VCP5-DCV | VCAP5-DCA | VCAP5-DCD | VMTSP | VTSP 4 | VTSP 5
  5. danielno8

    danielno8 Gigabyte Poster

    If i ever planned taking this exam this would be extremely helpful!
    Certifications: CCENT, CCNA
  6. fuzzmo

    fuzzmo New Member

    That is superb - many thanks for that!!! Just passed the 70-291 - I actually found it easier than my 270 and 290 exams!!!! Backwards I know :) Am considering taking this next for my MCSA so this is extremely helpful. Thanks once again!
    Certifications: BSc., MCP: 270, 290, 291; ITIL V3
  7. comp_ junkie

    comp_ junkie Bit Poster

    Thanx for very helpful Insight....Now to work on getting allthis Material together....how Long did you study for before you took the Exam....
    Certifications: A+ Network+ Security+ IT PRO MCP CNST

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