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MCSE: Windows 2000 Exams in a Nutshell by Paul Murphy, Michael Moncur

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Active Directory Architecture

For this exam, you are asked to be a network architect. The process of learning how to design an efficient and effective Active Directory follows the same pattern as learning a foreign language. Consider someone asking you a question in a foreign language. When you are just learning a new language, you have to translate, think in your native language, and translate again to respond. When you become fluent, you begin to think in the foreign language. With practice, you will become a much more efficient conversationalist, and eventually you’ll talk as fast as a native speaker.

As far as being a network architect goes, the proper use of concepts like Organizational Units and permissions inheritance should become as familiar to you as the placement of windows and walls are to a traditional architect. Once you’ve reached that point, you’ll be able to look beyond the complexities of what makes up an Active Directory and directly translate physical locations, departments, and job duties into trees, Organizational Units, and domain local groups.

Domain Structure

You’ll need a solid understanding of the objects in the domain structure and how they relate to and interact with each other. The topics covered on the Windows 2000 MCSE tests overlap much more than they did on the older exams. Microsoft has interwoven the Networking Essentials, DNS, Active Directory, and Security topics throughout all of the exams. Although Active Directory and Security have their own ...

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