MCSE Upgrade: Chapter 1 –1.2 & 1.3

Lesson 2 in MS Press book ( MS Press- Upgrading your certification to Microsoft Windows Server 2003) is about new features in Windows Server 2003. This chapter describes the main new features in Windows 2003 Server compared to the old versions. It has details on Administration tools, new security enhancements, group policy tools, command line tools, new Active Directory tools and few others.

Here are some good articles to refer to relating Lesson 2 for the first Chapter of MS Press book.

–>What’s New in Windows 2003 Server–> This one covers all the new features in different technologies in Windows 2003 Server

–> What are the domain and forest function levels in a Windows Server 2003-basedActive Directory?

–> Windows 2003 Server has tools for renaming domains and domain controllers

–> There is a new type of Active Directory partition known as ‘application directory partition’.

Lesson 3

Lesson 3 deals with Planning an Actice Directory implementation. The lesson deals in brief about roles of directory services, physical (sites and domain controllers) and logical components (domains, trees, forests, OU) of Actice Directory. The lesson discusses on deploying Global catalog servers and Universal group membership caching. The following links will help to cover the topics of this lesson.

–> What are the FSMO Roles in Active Directory?

–> What are the domain and forest function levels in a Windows Server 2003-basedActive Directory?

–> Global catalog and sites

Make sure to understand the need of Global catalog servers and Universal group membership caching. It can be important from examination point of view. That’s it for chapter 1.

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