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M2208

Updating Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003

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Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA): Windows Server 2003 M2208 70-290

Course Title: Updating Support Skills from Microsoft Windows

NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003

Course Code: M2208
Version: B
Level: 300
Duration: 3 Days

Course Overview

The Updating Support Skills from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 M2208 instructor-led training course has been designed to provide candidates with the necessary new skills and knowledge required to implement and manage a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 networked environment.

Target Audience

Candidates who should consider attending the M2208 Microsoft training course are systems engineers with experience planning, implementing, and supporting a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0-based network. The course specifically targets candidates who have practical, hands-on experience using Windows NT 4.0 and who need to quickly learn how to apply those skills in a Windows Server 2003 environment.

Course Objectives

On successfully completing the M2208 course candidates will be able to:
  • Explain the features of the Windows Server 2003 family
  • Implement a Domain Name System (DNS) server
  • Manage and monitor Domain Name System
  • Install the Windows Server 2003 Active Directory directory service
  • Create and manage Active Directory objects.
  • Implement Group Policy to centrally manage a Windows Server 2003 family network
  • Configure and manage a user environment by using Group Policy
  • Configure and support network access
  • Secure network traffic and data files
  • Use advanced boot options, the Recovery Console, and the Backup utility
  • Restore data by using the Backup utility in Windows Server 2003
  • Plan and implement secure Routing and Remote Access

Course Prerequisites

Candidates attending the M2208 Microsoft training course should either: hold a valid Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification on Windows NT 4.0, or have previously attended and completed course M689: Supporting Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 - Enterprise Technologies or possess the equivalent skills and knowledge.

Course Content

Module 1: Introduction to the Windows Server 2003 Family

In this module candidates will learn information that a systems administrator with Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 experience will benefit from knowing when starting to work on Windows Server 2003.


After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • 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

Module 2: Implementing the Domain Name System

In this module candidates will learn about animation of the role of DNS in the network infrastructure and the essential concepts a systems administrator needs to know about a DNS server.


After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • 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

Module 3: Managing and Monitoring the Domain Name System

In this module candidates will build on, and continue the content covering DNS.


After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • 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

Module 4: Installing Windows Server 2003 Active Directory

In this module candidates will get the opportunity to install Active Directory, and learn about the new functional levels of Active Directory in Windows Server 2003.

After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Explain the basic concepts of Active Directory
  • Install Active Directory
  • Change the domain functional level

Module 5: Creating and Managing Active Directory Objects

In this module candidates will learn about the information that a systems administrator must know to manage Active Directory objects.


After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Create organisational 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 decentralised administration
  • Move Active Directory objects

Module 6: Implementing Group Policy to Centrally Manage a Windows Server 2003 Family Network

In this module candidates will learn about planning and implementing multiple forests in Active Directory by adding a new organisation to an existing company. Candidates will implement cross-forest trust, manage user authentication, identify possible security concerns, and come to understand how to resolve naming conflicts between two forests.

After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Implement Group Policy objects on a domain
  • Modify Group Policy inheritance

Module 7: Configuring and Managing User Environment by Using Group Policy

In this module candidates will learn attributes that a Windows Server 2003 systems administrator must have to manage user environments by using Group Policy.


After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • 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)

Module 8: Self Study: Configuring and Supporting Network Access

In this module candidates will learn how to support network access for remote users. This module focuses primarily on the Windows Server 2003 network access technologies and their related tasks.


After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Describe a network access infrastructure
  • Configure a wireless connection
  • Control remote user access to a network
  • Centralise authentication and policy management for network access by using Internet
  • Authentication Service (IAS)

Module 9: Self Study: Securing Network Traffic and Data Files

In this module candidates will learn how to secure network traffic, which includes Internet Protocol security (IPSec); and how to secure data files, which include Encrypting File System (EFS).


After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • Implement IPSec
  • Implement IPSec with certificates
  • Monitor IPSec
  • Explain how to use EFS
  • Add authorised users
  • Decrypt a file or folder
  • Recover an encrypted file or folder

Module 10: Self Study: Implementing Basic Disaster Protection and Recovery Techniques in the Windows Server 2003 Family

In this module candidates will learn about ways to implement disaster protection and recovery techniques in Windows Server 2003. This module focuses on using the Recovery Console and the Backup utility.


After completing this module, candidates will be able to:
  • 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
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