M2208: Upgrading Your Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Microsoft Windows Server 2003

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Microsoft Curriculum
Code M2208

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Introduction to the Windows Server 2003 Family (4 topics)

  • Locate specific topics in the Help and Support System.
  • Activate Windows Server 2003.
  • List hardware requirements for Windows Server 2003.
  • Install and configure Administrative Tools.

Implementing the Domain Name System (16 topics)

  • Describe the role of DNS in the network infrastructure.
  • Install the DNS Server service.
  • Configure the properties for the DNS Server service.
  • Configure a DNS zone.
  • Configure DNS zone transfers.
  • Configure dynamic updates.
  • Configure a DNS client.
  • Delegate authority for zones.
  • Describe how DNS dynamic updates work.
  • Explain what resource records and record types are.
  • Explain what dynamic updates are.
  • Describe how DNS clients register and update their own resource records by using dynamic update.
  • Describe how a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server registers and updates resource records by using dynamic update.
  • Configure DNS manual and dynamic updates.
  • Explain what an Active Directory-integrated DNS zone is.
  • Configure Active Directory-integrated DNS zones to use secure dynamic updates.

Managing and Monitoring the Domain Name System (14 topics)

  • Manage DNS on a system running Windows Server 2003 and monitor DNS server performance on that system.
  • Describe and configure the Time-to-Live value.
  • Describe how aging and scavenging work.
  • Configure aging and scavenging.
  • Explain the purpose of verifying that a resource record exists.
  • Explain what Nslookup is.
  • Explain what DNSCmd is.
  • Explain what DNSLint is.
  • Verify that a resource record exists by using Nslookup, DNSCmd, and DNSLint.
  • Describe how simple and recursive queries work.
  • Test the DNS server configuration.
  • Apply guidelines for monitoring DNS server performance by using the Performance console.
  • Explain DNS event logging.
  • Monitor DNS server performance by using logging.

Installing Windows Server 2003 Active Directory (3 topics)

  • Explain the basic concepts of Active Directory.
  • Install Active Directory.
  • Change the domain functional level.

Creating and Managing Active Directory Objects (6 topics)

  • Create organizational units, user accounts, and computer accounts.
  • Create and modify groups.
  • Apply the appropriate strategies when using groups.
  • Use permissions to control access to Active Directory objects.
  • Delegate control of Active Directory objects to support secure and decentralized administration.
  • Move Active Directory objects.

Implementing Group Policy to Centrally Manage a Windows Server 2003 Family Network (2 topics)

  • Implement Group Policy objects on a domain.
  • Modify Group Policy inheritance.

Configuring and Managing User Environment by Using Group Policy (5 topics)

  • Configure Group Policy settings.
  • Use administrative templates in Group Policy to control a user environment.
  • Use security templates to secure computers.
  • Assign scripts to control user environments by using Group Policy.
  • Determine applied Group Policy objects (GPOs).

Configuring and Supporting Network Access (4 topics)

  • Describe a network access infrastructure.
  • Configure a wireless connection.
  • Control remote user access to a network.
  • Centralize authentication and policy management for network access by using Internet Authentication Service (IAS).

Securing Network Traffic and Data Files (7 topics)

  • Implement IPSec.
  • Implement IPSec with certificates.
  • Monitor IPSec
  • Explain how to use EFS.
  • Add authorized users.
  • Decrypt a file or folder.
  • Recover an encrypted file or folder.

Implementing Basic Disaster Protection and Recovery Techniques in the Windows Server 2003 Family (9 topics)

  • Use Safe Mode.
  • Use advanced boot options.
  • Use the Recovery Console.
  • Describe the Recovery Console.
  • Restore files and folders by using the Backup utility.
  • Restore Active Directory.
  • Describe Automated System Recovery (ASR).
  • Recover from a system failure by using ASR.
  • Restore system data.


Before attending this course, students must have met at least one of the following prerequisites:
  • Certification as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows NT 4.0.
  • Attendance in Course 689: Supporting Microsoft Windows NT 4.0—Enterprise Technologies.
  • Possession of equivalent knowledge and skills.

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