Tackling Those MCSE Exams

Seeking comprehensive prep materials for the Windows 2000 core tests?

You’ve been putting off getting your Windows 2000 MCSE cert. If only you had a comprehensive study guide to prepare with, you say, you’d feel confident scheduling the exams. Well, here comes Microsoft to the rescue — with a training kit designed to ready you for the Win2K MCSE core exams!

This is what you’ve been waiting for, right? I mean, the exams come from Microsoft. The books come from Microsoft. Certainly this will teach you everything you need to know to pass the exams. Or will it?

Let’s see, the kit includes four study guides, one each for the four core exams: Win2K Professional (70-210), Win2K Server (70-215), Win2K Network Administration (70-216) and Win2K Active Directory Administration (70-217). Also included are two CDs: Supplemental Course Materials and a 120-day evaluation of Win2K Server.

The Win2K Professional and Server books cover the expected topics — for example, installation, file systems and security. The Professional guide places more focus on client-side issues such as network protocols, hardware profiles and DNS, while the Server guide almost immediately dives into Active Directory, print and network services, RAS and monitoring. With the Professional volume at 600 pages and the Server book at 1,000, topics are covered in depth.

The Network Admin guide gives a clear indication of Microsoft’s current view. While many initially considered Exam 70-216 to be a replacement for the Networking Essentials test, the Network Admin guide clearly shows that the focus is on advanced TCP/IP. Sure, topics such as NWLink are covered, but you won’t find one page offering a detailed analysis of the OSI model. What you will find, among other things, are network monitoring, name resolution (mostly DNS), RAS, DHCP and NAT.

It’s no secret that AD is Win2K’s cornerstone, and the AD Admin book reflects this — it’s 600 pages of setting up and administering AD. Planning, implementing, integration with DNS, and administrative tools are thoroughly covered, along with user and group administration, security, shared resources, and Remote Installation Services (RIS).

Like all other Microsoft study guides I’ve used, these Win2K books are set up as a series of lessons. Interspersed throughout are practical exercises, and each chapter ends with review questions. In addition, the Supplemental Course Materials CD is quite useful, as it contains supporting material for the Server book, plus electronic versions of all four books.

The format of these study guides is incredibly conducive to learning. Unfortunately, though, some topics are glossed over. As with all Microsoft study guides, these Win2K guides are designed to teach you to use specific products, not, or at least not only, to prepare you for the Win2K exams. For instance, AD security is an important topic, yet the AD guide devotes less than 60 pages to this. It actually gives more to Group Policies!

So, should you use this training kit to prepare for the Win2K exams? Without question. Should you rely solely on it? I, for one, am not going to.

About the Author

Chris Brooke, MCSE, is a contributing editor for Redmond magazine and director of enterprise technology for ComponentSource. He specializes in development, integration services and network/Internet administration. Send questions or your favorite scripts to chrisb@componentsource.com.

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Mon, Oct 27, 2008 Ibrar Ahmad Khyber Agency, Peshawar

i was also prepared for exam 70-310. The preparaton was made by uCertify which enabled to understand concept behind the topics. with the expectation to pass the exam with at least 80 plus position, see that MS banned the centres and now our eyes focus have totally sit upon Microsoft when will remove the ban again. Regards.

Fri, Oct 24, 2008 Faiza Imrani

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Fri, Oct 24, 2008 Munawar Shah Afridi Peshawar

Microsoft banned exam centres in pakistan, very shameful. If the testking is guilty or if there's a person guilty in pakistan, why MS putting all pakistan in trouble and what is the sin of exam centres, why they are accusing and banning exam centres that put a negative impact on MS satus. We once again request MS please to open the exam centres in pakistan this is because like me , have spent 7 years in MS soft systems. When i appeared on the exam centre for exam 70-310, found a sad response in turn , sit a side and startd vomiting. Once requesting MS please to quickly annouce the banned centred to be re-opned in pakistan.
Best Regards, Munawar S. Afridi, MCP (70-305, 70-306)

Fri, Oct 24, 2008 Munawar Shah Afridi Peshawar

Microsoft banned exam centres in pakistan, very shameful. If the testking is guilty or if their's a person guilty in pakistan, why MS putting all pakistan in trouble and what is the is sin of exam centres, why they are accusing and banning exam centres that put a negative impact on MS satus. We once again request MS please to open the exam centres in pakistan this is because like me , have spent 7 years in MS soft systems. When i appeared on the exam centre for exam 70-310, found a sad response in turn. Once requesting MS please to quickly annouce the banned centred to be re-opned in pakistan.
Best Regards, Munawar S. Afridi, MCP (70-305, 70-306)

Wed, Sep 5, 2007 irfan nowshera

thanks for the starting the center in the pakistan because we are to much waiting for that with the grace of GOd now we will give the exam and will take a good position in the exams from inara institute arbab road peshawar

Thu, Aug 30, 2007 Muhammad Azam Pakistan

Good Info

Sat, Jan 27, 2007 irfan khattak paksitan nowshera

hi sir i wana give the mcse exam but i did not find any exam center in pakistan that is so bad with us when i went to exam center they laugh on me that exam are baned on pakisan that is not good with us we want to give the exam and they banned on us so please open the exam in pakistan i am requesting you people and i am requesting from all pakistani side that please open the exam for us thousands of pakistani students are waiting for the exam they are fully prepared for that thanks

Mon, Oct 17, 2005 ADEEL PAKISTAN

I WANT TO DO EXAME WIN2000 PROFESSIONAL

Thu, Sep 29, 2005 Anonymous pakistan

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Thu, May 2, 2002 danish pakistan

sir i want to take the MCSE exames. So please tell me about the testing centers in pakistan and tell me about fees per exam.Thanks

Tue, Jan 8, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

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Tue, Nov 6, 2001 Paul England

The MS core 4 books are good for someone with little IT backround, explaining concepts well. As for exams, no where near enough information! Buy extra books from Cybex

Mon, Nov 5, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

good

Thu, Oct 18, 2001 John UK

The Book is good but it has two main problems 1)Only comes with a Server CD and not Professional and 2) There are no examination preps. I would recommend Purchasing Exam Cram and Transenders with this pack.

Fri, Aug 3, 2001 MAQ. Cairo - Egypt

Really Windows 2000 Training Kits are excellent, not for certification only but also to learn Windows 2000 as self-study.

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