Now that I’ve thoroughly emphasized the different approach you’ll have to take on this exam, it’s time to get to work on what skills you’ll have to display to be successful.
The first task is to gather information about the company. There are three general categories you’ll need to look at:
You’ll need to make a list of everything that is required, such as limited access to the billing system and nightly backups. You’ll also need to prioritize a list of goals that must not conflict with the requirements. Goals might include the ability to access files from a certain branch office. You’ll have to decide whether the security and physical structure of the network will allow for that goal to be included, given the strict adherence to the requirements. No number of secondary goals is equal to the importance of a single requirement.
Active Directory is modular, so growth or reorganization is usually easily accommodated. The one area where you’ll have to be particularly careful is planning replication sites. They have very specific bandwidth requirements, and growth can disrupt the process and require the addition of expensive dedicated circuits, like T1, DSL, or coaxial cable connections. Adding an Ethernet hub and some Cat5 cable is usually not an issue, but be careful if you’re replicating between remote locations. I can’t think of a single question that has ever mentioned downsizing, so when questions talk about the future, ...