MCTS: Windows Server 2008 AD Configuration
Today I passed Microsoft test 70-640: Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring. This test covers quite a large spectrum of information, including:
- Multi-Site Domains (Sites and Services)
- Group Policies
- Federation Services
- Rights Management Services
- Cert Services
- Windows Backup
- Authorative & non-authorative restores of Active Directory
- FSMO Roles
- RODC (Read Only Domain Controllers
- And more…..
The test was harder than other Microsoft tests I have taken, and study material seems lacking, only because most study material is pre R2, and the test has been updated to include quite a bit of 2008 R2 material. The test was spread out well, and didn’t seem to focus too many questions on any particular area. I would estimate it was about 5ish questions for each category. Some areas were not a problem for me, such as DNS, Sites and Services, Trusts, AD restores, and normal things you would find in most company’s AD structure.
Some things I don’t work with on a day-to-day basis:
- Windows Backup – Even Microsoft recomends using a dedicated product. It’s rare to find this used in the wild.
- Certificate Services – Fantastic, but rarely used in anything other than very large orginizations.
- Rights Management – Neat idea, but I’ve never seen it in the wild, and I question the amount of end users that would understand their part enough to use it.
- Federation Services – Glad its an option, but not a high demand in the area for sharing data in a manner that requires this type of authorization.
Within the next week, I’m going to dive a little deeper into Federation Services, and Rights Management Services, and RODC (Read Only Domain Controller). Now it is time to study for 70-642!