CertForums 70-217 & 70-294 FAQ Page

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    Welcome to the CertForums 70-217 & 70-294 FAQ Page

    What is the purpose of this forum ?
    This forum is designed to discuss any issues related to the Microsoft 70-217 and 70-294 exams.

    What Areas do these exams cover ?
    70-217 covers the installation, maintenance and optimization of a Windows 2000 Active Directory Infrastructure. 70-294 covers planning, implementing, and maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure. Both exams cover, but aren't limited to: DNS, Group Policy, disaster recovery and security.

    What is the difference between a Windows 2000 Active Directory Infrastructure and a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure ?
    Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure is effectively the next release of Active Directory from Microsoft. The two infrastructures are broadly the same, except for various new features such as Domains now being able to be renamed and moved. You can now establish Forest to Forest trusts, and the new Application Partitions amongst other things.

    So what is a Directory Services Infrastructure ?
    A Directory Services Infrastructure is, at it's most basic, the heart of a Windows 2000 network environment. It consists of many elements; physically, it is run by Domain Controllers and DNS Servers. The logical structure and function of a Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 network are managed by Active Directory.

    What is Active Directory ?
    At it's simplest, Active Directory is one big directory of a Windows network. It manages the users, computers, servers and printers on the network. It keeps track of where all these resources are, makes them easy to manage and readily available to users. It does all that plus a lot more besides.

    What sort of topics are appropriate for this forum ?
    Anything related to the topics covered by the 70-217 and 70-294 exams. It's more than likely some of the questions raised will be covered by more than one forum. That's the nature of Microsoft exams - some topics crop up time and again in various guises throughout the certification process. A prime example is DNS - it doesn't seem to matter which exam you're studying for, Microsoft will get DNS in there. If you do have a question which may belong in more than one forum, don't worry about it - just pick the forum to which you think the question belongs.

    What if no-one answers my question ?
    Hopefully someone on the forum will always be able to help, but in those instances when you receive no response in a timely manner, please direct your comments to the forum moderator or the site administrator. Also, please keep in mind that, if your question is quite involved, it may take a bit of research on a responder's part before they can provide any assistance. Please try to be patient.

    How detailed should my question be ?
    The more detail, the better. Very often, it is difficult to respond meaningfully to a question if not enough detail is included. Sometimes, of course, it can be hard to know how much detail to include in an initial question and, in that event, responders may ask you to clarify certain points.

    What Qualifications does the exams count towards ?
    Both exams count toward
    Microsoft Certified Professional

    70-217 counts as a core credit toward
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on Windows 2000

    70-294 counts as a core credit toward
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Microsoft Windows Server 2003

    Are there any Microsoft courses for these exams ?
    Yes, for 70-217
    Course 2154: Implementing and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services (5 days)
    for 70-294
    Course 2279: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure

    Where can I find further information on 70-217 and 70-294 ?
    If you haven't already found it, the official Microsoft preparation guides can be found here for 70-217 and here for 70-294, if you are considering studying either of these exams, they should be your next stop as they have a complete list of the skills being measured. CertForums has a separate Resources page with links to web pages we’ve found particularly helpful as tutorials and information providers. Also, a member may suggest a particular website to you as part of their response to your question.

    Are there any books for self studying the 70-217 or 70-294 exams ?
    Yes, there is a wide range of study guides, self test and refernce books available to help you prepare for 70-217 or 70-294, the following are just a selection.

    [​IMG]Computer Networks Fourth Edition by Andrew S. Tanenbaum

    This official MCSA/MCSE Self-paced Training Kit teaches IT professionals how to implement and administer a Windows 2000-based network infrastructure as they prepare for MCP Exam 70-216, a core requirement for MCSE certification and an elective for MCSA. Work at your own pace through a system of skill-building lessons and hands-on exercises.

    [​IMG]MCSE Readiness Review Exam 70-217: Implementing and Administering a Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure

    What is renowned as being one of the more difficult exams in the Windows 2000 MCSE has been made a lot more accessible through this gem. The sheer amount of information required to be digested for the 70-217 Exam is immense. This book allows you to concentrate your efforts on the areas that really matter and greatly increase the likelihood of passing the exam.

    [​IMG]MCSE: Windows 2000 Directory Services Administration Study Guide

    The Windows 2000 directory service implementation provides a way to locate and identify the users and resources available on a network. The exam on the subject (#70-217) is a core requirement for passing the MCSE and this study guide provides exam essentials for candidates.

    [​IMG]MCSE: Windows 2000 Directory Services Administration Exam Notes (MCSE Exam Notes)

    The Windows 2000 directory services administration exam is a core requirement for the Windows 2000 track for the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. This text provides concise summaries of key points for each exam objective.

    [​IMG]MCSE Windows 2000 Core Four Boxed Set: Exam 70-210, 70-215, 70-216, 70-217

    These days, it is vital that IT professionals keep themselves at the forefront of the skills market. MCSE Windows 2000 Core Four Boxed Set, is aimed to do just that by helping you prepare to pass the core four exams in the MCSE Windows 2000 certification track, one of the most widely recognised technical qualifications in the industry. This boxed set consists of four complete books from Osborne's MCSE Study Guide series covering MCSE exams: 70-210, 70-215, 70-216, and 70-217. If you haven't already passed the three Windows NT 4.0 core exams then a pass in these four exams is essential to qualify for Windows 2000 certification.

    [​IMG]MCSE Training Guide: Windows 2000 Directory Services Administration

    Exam 70-217, Installing & Administering a Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure measures a candidates ability to install, configure, and troubleshoot the Windows 2000 Active Directory Components, DNS for Active Directory, and Active Directory security solutions. In addition, this test measures the skills required to manage, monitor, and optimize the desktop environment by using Group Policy. The Directory Services Infrastructure exam, sure to be one of the most popular due to its inclusion as a Core Exam and the prevalence of AD technology in Windows 2000, is a natural fit for a New Riders Training Guide.

    [​IMG]MCSE Windows 2000 Directory Services Exam Cram

    Implementing and Administering a Windows 2000 Directory Service Infrastructure exam (70-217) is one of the required exams to establish MCSE certification credentials under the Windows 2000 certification program. Provides two complete practice exams featuring questions designed to assess the reader's readiness to take the exam, and the answers and explanations that reinforce the reasoning behind the correct answers.

    [​IMG]Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit

    Measuring by volume, topics covered and the authority of the authors, nothing documents Redmond's new operating system quite like Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit.[/b]
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