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Windows 2000 MCSE Exam 70-215: 
Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows 2000 Server

This certification exam measures your ability to implement, administer, and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. The section below outlines the skills being measured in the exam. In the coming months, we will be adding free tutorials that follow these guidelines, as well as review questions and other related links.

Exam Details
Number of Questions 62
Passing Score 660/1000
Time Limit 145 minutes
Difficulty Rating 7/10 - Moderate. Lots of scenario questions
Certifications MCP, MCSE, MCSA
Official Site http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/exams/70-215.asp
Recommended Resources:
Official MCSE Books: Syngress 70-215 Training Kit or New Riders Study Guide
Real World Reference: Mark Minasi's "Mastering Window 2000 Server"
Classroom alternatives: CBT Nuggets or SmartCertify's Computer Based Training
Exam Prep Software Exam Sim or Transcender
What to study...
Exam Objectives:
Installing Windows 2000 Server
Perform an attended installation of Windows 2000 Server
Perform an unattended installation of Windows 2000 Server
Upgrade a server from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
Deploy service packs
Troubleshoot failed installations
Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting Access to Resources

Install and configure network services for interoperability
Monitor, configure, troubleshoot, and control access to printers
Monitor, configure, troubleshoot, and control access to files, folders, and shared folders.

Monitor, configure, troubleshoot, and control access to Web sites

Configuring and Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers

Configure hardware devices
Configure driver signing options
Update device drivers
Troubleshoot problems with hardware


Managing, Monitoring, and Optimizing System Performance, Reliability, and Availability
Monitor and optimize usage of system resources.
Manage processes.
Optimize disk performance.
Manage and optimize availability of System State data and user data
Recover System State data and user data

Managing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting Storage Use

Monitor, configure, and troubleshoot disks and volumes
Configure data compression
Monitor and configure disk quotas
Recover from disk failures


Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows 2000 Network Connections

Install, configure, and troubleshoot shared access.
Install, configure, and troubleshoot a virtual private network (VPN).
Install, configure, and troubleshoot network protocols.
Install and configure network services.
Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot remote access.

  • Configure inbound connections.
  • Create a remote access policy.
  • Configure a remote access profile.
Install, configure, monitor, and troubleshoot Terminal Services.
  • Remotely administer servers by using Terminal Services.
  • Configure Terminal Services for application sharing.
  • Configure applications for use with Terminal Services.
Install, configure, and troubleshoot network adapters and drivers.

Implementing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Security

Encrypt data on a hard disk by using Encrypting File System (EFS)
Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot policies in a Windows 2000 environment.

  • Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot Local Policy in a Windows 2000 environment.
  • Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot System Policy in a Windows 2000 environment.
Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot auditing.
Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot local accounts.
Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot Account Policy. 
Implement, configure, manage, and troubleshoot security by using the Security Configuration Tool Set. 

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