A free guide to exam prep resources 70-292: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment for an MCSA Certified on Windows 2000
Needed to upgrade a Windows 2000 MCSA or MCSE to Windows 2003
This exam is expected to go live in August of 2003. It will not undergo the beta process. Too bad. 70-290 & 70-291 are going through the beta process June 4-15. Passing both of them takes the place of 292. That's if you want to take 2 exams instead of 1 for some reason ... such as being able to take them for free. At present, the MS website doesn't make all of that clear but it was explained on news://microsoft.public.certification.mcse by Tom Helms and Andy Ruth.
OK, I passed the test the end of September '04! Passing score was a 700, which, I guess, they all are now. I didn't have that wide a margin ... got a 760 on this one. I read very quickly through the Sybex book linked below. Frankly, though the sources on this page all helped, I have had a hard time finding enough to study for this test. So I bought a book. The Sybex book is pretty good. Expect to read the whole book, not just the MCSA section, before taking 292, though. Even for the practice tests in the book, the first half does not prepare you. I found the practice tests to be significantly easier than the real thing this time, which I found disappointing. The Amazon reviewers say this is not Sybex's best book, and I'd have to agree. Still, it was OK, and the MS book which is even thicker is rated no higher at Amazon. And we all know how incredibly dry MS certification books are. So I'm happy enough with the Sybex one.
The test had questions in which I had to select the check boxes, radio buttons, or proper selection from a droplist that was just like the form in Windows. I thought that was a good addition. Adds realism.
My test had 56 questions and lasted 120 minutes. I got LOTS of DNS questions. I was ready for most of that b/c Windows 2000 relied on DNS heavily as well. I had studied the stub zones since they're new -- and it was a good thing I had. I hadn't studied delegation, so will look for a good article on it to link here. Know which type of zone to implement in any situation. A lot of questions deal with that issue.
There are lots of highly detailed questions on SUS and group policy. If you want to do well on the test, study group policy thoroughly.
Daniel Petri provides a good overview of the upgrade requirements. As far as I understand, MS does not intend to decertify current MCSE/MCSA's. But this exam and 70-296 are available for those who want to stay with the latest technology and upgrade their certs. Microsoft's MCSE FAQ covers several of the general questions as well. I hope you find this guide helpful in your test preparation, as well as my other lists.
Jon N's 70-292 Exam Study Notes are excellent.
Good luck & good studying to all.
Microsoft Press has a book out,
Introducing Windows Server 2003, which looks good as far as I've gotten in it.
I have used
Sybex' Windows 2003
MCSA / MCSE upgrade book.||
Every Server 2003 administrator will want the Resource Kit on his desk. I'm linking
to the online version for certain points, so you can start using it before
buying from Amazon.|
The software to play withThe Windows Server 2003 Trial Edition is available from Microsoft for free. It has a 180-day license - long enough to practice & take at least a couple tests. Until July 31st shipping of the CD is free as well, for those who want the CD or don't want to burn all that bandwidth downloading it.
General info on Windows Server 2003
Online resources by exam objectiveManaging Users, Computers, and Groups
Managing and Maintaining Access to Resources
Managing and Maintaining a Server Environment
- A technical overview of IIS 6.0 29-page Word Doc covers lots of improvements.
- IISFAQ offers a good introduction to IIS 6.
- Learning Tree offers a course on IIS 6.
Managing and Implementing Disaster Recovery Perform System Recovery for a Server
- Automated System Recovery (ASR) overview -- very brief. ASR attempts to do what everyone hoped a System State backup or a Rescue Disk would do. Must learn more on this one as it could save a lot of reinstallations of the OS in the future.
- OK, my 2 cents on ASR:
- ASR requires some backup medium and a floppy disk as well as your Windows CD
- When you boot from your Windows CD, you get the option to put in the ASR floppy
- So ... what about machines w/o a floppy drive?
- You can still create an ASR backup w/o a floppy drive.
- Unfortunately... you won't be able to do an ASR restore w/o a floppy drive. Hurrah for the pointless IT solutions!
Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining Name Resolution
Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining Network Security
If you know of more resources which should be listed here, please email a link to me. I very much appreciate other resources to study and will be sure to acknowledge you on this page.