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Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining Server 2003 for an MCSE Certified on Win 2000

Exam 70-296 has been retired. However, this training retains value as an IT resource....
Exam 70-296 has been retired. However, this training retains value as an IT resource.

For a complete list of retiring Microsoft exams, click here.

Windows Server 2003 is the latest networking OS from Microsoft. With improvements to Active Directory, integration of XML and the .NET framework, and support for secure wireless LANS, businesses are steadily increasing their investment in the technology.

This training is geared for a working MCSA or MCSE who needs to understand the features, controls and functions of Windows Server 2003.

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1. Exam-Pack 70-296 Course Intro (5 min)
2. Active Directory Single Domain Design (30 min)
3. Active Directory Multiple-Domain Models (30 min)
4. Domain Functional Levels (41 min)
5. Forest Functional Levels (29 min)
6. Active Directory Trusts and UPN Suffixes (36 min)
7. Schema Modification and Replication Improvements (39 min)
8. DNS: Namespace (31 min)
9. DNS: Stub Zones (32 min)
10. GPMC (38 min)
11. GPO: Design and Tools (23 min)
12. GPO: Security (38 min)
13. CAs Part 1: PKI Infrastructure (28 min)
14. CAs Part 2: Managing CAs (33 min)
15. Certificate Enrollment Methods (31 min)
16. Smartcards and Wireless Vulnerability (40 min)
17. Wireless Security (28 min)
18. IPSec (40 min)
19. Security Policies (36 min)
20. Security Templates (43 min)
21. Network Load Balancing and Server Clustering Part 1 (31 min)
22. Server Clustering Part 2 (32 min)
23. Terminal Services and Remote Assistance (43 min)
24. Availability and Recoverability (34 min)

Exam-Pack 70-296 Course Intro


Boy I was sure wrong. When I first looked at this video series and thought about how many video titles I would have to produce for this particular exam pack, I thought, you know I can probably do that in 15 videos. And I even outlined it all real nicely and everything.


And then by the time I was done, I had 23 videos. Wow! I Had No idea it was going to take that much video, because if you look at all the things that we're going to be discussing, and which I'm going to show you here. It really expands out into a lot of topics.


And it covers a broad range of MCSE disciplines. Let's first of all take a look at here, just what we're going to be discussing in this entire series. And we'll kind of introduce the whole thing right here. First of all, we're going to look at Active Directory.


Active Directory covers about six videos, plus it's integrated into almost everything else that we do. But six are dedicated to Active Directory issues such as, what domain model you want, whether you want to single domain, multiple domains, no domains.


Whether you want your own forest, or whether you like to share and have other people in your forest as well. And want to create cross-forest trusts, which is a new thing in Windows Server 2003. And we'll also look at some schema related issues. So there is an awful lot related to Active Directory, just right there.


And I didn't even begin to cover all the actual topics we talk about. There's some really nice new features in Windows Server 2003, such as partial attribute sets, and universal group caching. We also took a look at DNS. Now DNS, is foundational to the understanding of pretty much anybody in the networking/technical field that wants to be an MCSE.


Even for people that aren't MCSEs, that are involved in other disciplines, such as Novell, topics, or Unix topics, man you just got to know DNS. It's just so much foundational to a lot of what we do. To the internet Active Directory, and so forth. And we're going to be talking about a couple of new things that Microsoft has implemented, they didn't invent it by the way, it just kind of looks like they did.


But they didn't invent these two things. One of them is called conditional forwarding, and the other one is called stub zones. And then again we'll look at several new features with DNS as well. Then, we move on to Group Policy Management Console. Hey, if you already know Active Directory, you already know how to work with policies in Active Directory and all that, then you're probably used to right-clicking on a organisational unit and going to the Group Policy tab from the property sheet there.


Group Policy Management Console really use the same policy editor, but the other tools involved in it are so in depth, and you can do so much with it. You can do all different kinds of analysis. It's a great tool to use. And then we take a look at actual policy design as well.


And then by the time we're done, we wind up with a total of three videos just on policy alone, and policies again, spread throughout the whole topics that we'll discuss throughout all of this. Because policies are integral to Windows Server 2003. Now we move on to security.


That's a huge topic on this whole series. You cannot avoid security as a network administrator, as a domain admin, any more. If you have been putting off learning about certificates, well guess what, your time has come. Here I'm going to show you from ground level, what certificates are, how they work, how you can use them.


And they're used in just about everything that we'll show throughout the whole security features here. So we'll talk about those, we'll also look at Smart Cards, which are dependent on certificates. Great way to authenticated users and to make sure that only the people you want get on your network.


Then we'll also look at wireless solutions. Man, you talk about a giant gaping hole in security. There's not much that is more wide open than wireless networks. Especially when you have users that run down to the local electronic store and just buy a local WAP, wireless access point, and install it in your organization.


And then you got a wide security hole there, and you got to plug it in somehow. Then we'll take a look at security templates as well, which are a great way to make sure that you've got the appropriate security settings for your requirements. And that you've got the proper roles set up, depending on the kinds of roles that your servers play.


Then we round out are MCSE topics in terms of security, with about a third of our topics covering security, which also include IPsec, software update services, a lot of different things in that regard. Then we talk about clustering hey, you don't want just one server providing service for a given service on your network.


You want to have more than one doing that, so that if one of them fails, you have another one to take over. We'll take a look at Network Load Balancing as well as, server clustering from Microsoft. We'll look at terminal services as well, which can be a terminal server, but it can also be something called Remote Desktop where users can remotely connect to their own desktops to be able to be more productive.


And Remote Assistance, where you can allow your helpdesk to be more well, helpful. We'll also take a look at system recovery, because contrary to what you might think, yes Windows can crash. And so we'll take a look at what things we can do to make sure that Windows keeps going on and how it can be recovered quickly and easily.


One of the things we'll look at there is Automated System Recovery which basically can completely rebuild a machine, even if it wasn't able to be booted in the past, now with a good Automated System Recovery, you'll be able to do that. We'll also take a look at some backup solutions.


One of those which happens transparently, and you don't really have to do anything with it. And the users can then recover their own files using Volume Shadow Copies, that you don't even have to touch and they don't even have to call you anymore. Of course we know they'll still call, but hopefully they won't call quite as much.


Hey, I got to tell you I had a great time doing this video series. It's been very rewarding for me. I've loved doing it. I hope that you also have a great time as you listen to this video series. Now let's go have some fun and learn.

Active Directory Single Domain Design

Active Directory Multiple-Domain Models

Domain Functional Levels

Forest Functional Levels

Active Directory Trusts and UPN Suffixes

Schema Modification and Replication Improvements

DNS: Namespace

DNS: Stub Zones


GPO: Design and Tools

GPO: Security

CAs Part 1: PKI Infrastructure

CAs Part 2: Managing CAs

Certificate Enrollment Methods

Smartcards and Wireless Vulnerability

Wireless Security


Security Policies

Security Templates

Network Load Balancing and Server Clustering Part 1

Server Clustering Part 2

Terminal Services and Remote Assistance

Availability and Recoverability

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