Because the Windows 2000 Professional MCSE exam is the first exam in the Windows 2000 track, it includes many questions about the basic operation of Windows 2000, its user interface and options, and its administrative utilities. You should have experience using and installing Windows 2000 Professional on a variety of systems for the exam.
Although it’s possible to study for the exam using Windows 2000 Professional on a single computer, we recommend at least two networked computers so that you can practice networking, file sharing, and other features. Some of the exercises in this section require two computers on a network.
In addition to performing the exercises below, you should also have experience using each of Windows 2000 Professional’s administrative tools described in the Study Guide section.
Install Windows 2000 Professional on a computer:
Use the HCL and the hardware requirements listed in the Study Guide to determine whether the computer can run Windows 2000 Professional.
Install a network card on the computer.
Based on the hardware and the existing operating system, if any, determine the installation method to use.
Perform the installation of Windows 2000 Professional, following the steps in the Study Guide. Install on an NTFS partition so that you’ll be able to use the security features.
If you have a second computer, install Windows 2000 on this computer, following steps a through d.
Install Windows NT or Windows 95/98 on a computer (or use an existing installation) and then upgrade the computer to Windows 2000 Professional. Note the settings that are preserved.
Use Setup Manager to create an answer file and use this file to perform an automated installation of Windows 2000 Professional.
Check Microsoft’s web site for information about any Windows 2000 Professional service packs available. If available, download and install them.