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Windows 2000 MCSE Exam 70-217: 
Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure

This certification exam measures your 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.

Exam Details
Number of Questions 46
Passing Score 665/1000
Time Limit 110 minutes
Difficulty Rating 8/10 
Certifications MCP, MCSE, MCSA
Official Site
Recommended Resources
Official MCSE Books: Syngress MCSE Training Kit or New Riders MCSE Study Guides
Real World Reference: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit
Classroom alternatives: CBT Nuggets or SmartCertify's Computer Based Training
Exam Prep Software Exam Sim or Transcender
Exam Objectives:
Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting Active Directory

Install, configure, and troubleshoot the components of Active Directory.
Back up and restore Active Directory.
  • Perform an authoritative restore of Active Directory.
  • Recover from a system failure
Installing, Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting DNS for Active Directory

Install, configure, and troubleshoot DNS for Active Directory
  • Integrate Active Directory DNS zones with non-Active Directory DNS zones.
  • Configure zones for dynamic updates.
Manage, monitor, and troubleshoot DNS.
  • Manage replication of DNS data.
Installing, Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, Optimizing, and Troubleshooting Change and Configuration Management

Implement and troubleshoot Group Policy.
  • Create a Group Policy object (GPO).
  • Link an existing GPO.
  • Delegate administrative control of Group Policy.
  • Modify Group Policy inheritance.
  • Filter Group Policy settings by associating security groups to GPOs.
  • Modify Group Policy.
Manage and troubleshoot user environments by using Group Policy.
  • Control user environments by using administrative templates.
  • Assign script policies to users and computers.
Manage and troubleshoot software by using Group Policy.
  • Deploy software by using Group Policy.
  • Maintain software by using Group Policy.
  • Configure deployment options.
  • Troubleshoot common problems that occur during software deployment.
Manage network configuration by using Group Policy.

Deploy Windows 2000 by using Remote Installation Services (RIS).
  • Install an image on a RIS client computer.
  • Create a RIS boot disk.
  • Configure remote installation options.
  • Troubleshoot RIS problems.
  • Manage images for performing remote installations.
Configure RIS security.
  • Authorize a RIS server.
  • Grant computer account creation rights.
  • Prestage RIS client computers for added security and load balancing.
Managing, Monitoring, and Optimizing the Components of Active Directory

Manage Active Directory objects.
  • Move Active Directory objects.
  • Publish resources in Active Directory.
  • Locate objects in Active Directory.
  • Create and manage accounts manually or by scripting.
  • Control access to Active Directory objects.
  • Delegate administrative control of objects in Active Directory.
Manage Active Directory performance.
  • Monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot domain controller performance.
  • Monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot Active Directory components.
Manage and troubleshoot Active Directory replication.
  • Manage intersite replication.
  • Manage intrasite replication.
Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Active Directory Security Solutions

Configure and troubleshoot security in a directory services infrastructure.
  • Apply security policies by using Group Policy.
  • Create, analyze, and modify security configurations by using Security Configuration and Analysis and Security Templates.
  • Implement an audit policy.
Monitor and analyze security events.


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