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Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Security

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By admin | December 7, 2003

1. What’s the difference between local, global and universal groups? Domain local groups assign access
permissions to global domain groups for local domain resources. Global groups provide access to resources in other
trusted domains. Universal groups grant access to resources in all trusted domains.
2. I am trying to create a new universal user group. Why can’t I? Universal groups are allowed only in native-
mode Windows Server 2003 environments. Native mode requires that all domain controllers be promoted to Windows
Server 2003 Active Directory.
3. What is LSDOU? It’s group policy inheritance model, where the policies are applied to Local machines, Sites,
Domains and Organizational Units.
4. Why doesn’t LSDOU work under Windows NT? If the NTConfig.pol file exist, it has the highest priority among
the numerous policies.
5. Where are group policies stored? %SystemRoot%System32\GroupPolicy
6. What is GPT and GPC? Group policy template and group policy container.
7. Where is GPT stored? %SystemRoot%\SYSVOL\sysvol\domainname\Policies\GUID
8. You change the group policies, and now the computer and user settings are in conflict. Which one has
the highest priority? The computer settings take priority.
9. You want to set up remote installation procedure, but do not want the user to gain access over it. What
do you do? gponame–> User Configuration–> Windows Settings–> Remote Installation Services–> Choice Options is
your friend.
10. What’s contained in administrative template conf.adm? Microsoft NetMeeting policies
11. How can you restrict running certain applications on a machine? Via group policy, security settings for the
group, then Software Restriction Policies.
12. You need to automatically install an app, but MSI file is not available. What do you do? A .zap text file can
be used to add applications using the Software Installer, rather than the Windows Installer.
13. What’s the difference between Software Installer and Windows Installer? The former has fewer privileges
and will probably require user intervention. Plus, it uses .zap files.
14. What can be restricted on Windows Server 2003 that wasn’t there in previous products? Group Policy in
Windows Server 2003 determines a users right to modify network and dial-up TCP/IP properties. Users may be
selectively restricted from modifying their IP address and other network configuration parameters.
15. How frequently is the client policy refreshed? 90 minutes give or take.
16. Where is secedit? It’s now gpupdate.
17. You want to create a new group policy but do not wish to inherit. Make sure you check Block inheritance
among the options when creating the policy.
18. What is "tattooing" the Registry? The user can view and modify user preferences that are not stored in maintained
portions of the Registry. If the group policy is removed or changed, the user preference will persist in the Registry.
19. How do you fight tattooing in NT/2000 installations? You can’t.
20. How do you fight tattooing in 2003 installations? User Configuration - Administrative Templates - System -
Group Policy - enable - Enforce Show Policies Only.
21. What does IntelliMirror do? It helps to reconcile desktop settings, applications, and stored files for users,
particularly those who move between workstations or those who must periodically work offline.
22. What’s the major difference between FAT and NTFS on a local machine? FAT and FAT32 provide no security
over locally logged-on users. Only native NTFS provides extensive permission control on both remote and local files.
23. How do FAT and NTFS differ in approach to user shares? They don’t, both have support for sharing.
24. Explan the List Folder Contents permission on the folder in NTFS. Same as Read & Execute, but not inherited
by files within a folder. However, newly created subfolders will inherit this permission.
25. I have a file to which the user has access, but he has no folder permission to read it. Can he access it? It
is possible for a user to navigate to a file for which he does not have folder permission. This involves simply knowing the
path of the file object. Even if the user can’t drill down the file/folder tree using My Computer, he can still gain access to
the file using the Universal Naming Convention (UNC). The best way to start would be to type the full path of a file into
Run… window.
26. For a user in several groups, are Allow permissions restrictive or permissive? Permissive, if at least one
group has Allow permission for the file/folder, user will have the same permission.
27. For a user in several groups, are Deny permissions restrictive or permissive? Restrictive, if at least one
group has Deny permission for the file/folder, user will be denied access, regardless of other group permissions.
28. What hidden shares exist on Windows Server 2003 installation? Admin$, Drive$, IPC$, NETLOGON, print$
and SYSVOL.
29. What’s the difference between standalone and fault-tolerant DFS (Distributed File System)
installations? The standalone server stores the Dfs directory tree structure or topology locally. Thus, if a shared folder
is inaccessible or if the Dfs root server is down, users are left with no link to the shared resources. A fault-tolerant root
node stores the Dfs topology in the Active Directory, which is replicated to other domain controllers. Thus, redundant
root nodes may include multiple connections to the same data residing in different shared folders.
30. We’re using the DFS fault-tolerant installation, but cannot access it from a Win98 box. Use the UNC path,
not client, only 2000 and 2003 clients can access Server 2003 fault-tolerant shares.
31. Where exactly do fault-tolerant DFS shares store information in Active Directory? In Partition Knowledge
Table, which is then replicated to other domain controllers.
32. Can you use Start->Search with DFS shares? Yes.
33. What problems can you have with DFS installed? Two users opening the redundant copies of the file at the same
time, with no file-locking involved in DFS, changing the contents and then saving. Only one file will be propagated
through DFS.
34. I run Microsoft Cluster Server and cannot install fault-tolerant DFS. Yeah, you can’t. Install a standalone
one.
35. Is Kerberos encryption symmetric or asymmetric? Symmetric.
36. How does Windows 2003 Server try to prevent a middle-man attack on encrypted line? Time stamp is
attached to the initial client request, encrypted with the shared key.
37. What hashing algorithms are used in Windows 2003 Server? RSA Data Security’s Message Digest 5 (MD5),
produces a 128-bit hash, and the Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1), produces a 160-bit hash.
38. What third-party certificate exchange protocols are used by Windows 2003 Server? Windows Server 2003
uses the industry standard PKCS-10 certificate request and PKCS-7 certificate response to exchange CA certificates with
third-party certificate authorities.
39. What’s the number of permitted unsuccessful logons on Administrator account? Unlimited. Remember,
though, that it’s the Administrator account, not any account that’s part of the Administrators group.
40. If hashing is one-way function and Windows Server uses hashing for storing passwords, how is it
possible to attack the password lists, specifically the ones using NTLMv1? A cracker would launch a
dictionary attack by hashing every imaginable term used for password and then compare the hashes.
41. What’s the difference between guest accounts in Server 2003 and other editions? More restrictive in
Windows Server 2003.
42. How many passwords by default are remembered when you check "Enforce Password History
Remembered"? User’s last 6 passwords.
Windows sysadmin interview questions
1. What are the required components of Windows Server 2003 for installing Exchange 2003? - ASP.NET,
SMTP, NNTP, W3SVC
2. What must be done to an AD forest before Exchange can be deployed? - Setup /forestprep
3. What Exchange process is responsible for communication with AD? - DSACCESS
4. What 3 types of domain controller does Exchange access? - Normal Domain Controller, Global Catalog,
Configuration Domain Controller
5. What connector type would you use to connect to the Internet, and what are the two methods of
sending mail over that connector? - SMTP Connector: Forward to smart host or use DNS to route to each address
6. How would you optimise Exchange 2003 memory usage on a Windows Server 2003 server with more
than 1Gb of memory? - Add /3Gb switch to boot.ini
7. What would a rise in remote queue length generally indicate? - This means mail is not being sent to other
servers. This can be explained by outages or performance issues with the network or remote servers.
8. What would a rise in the Local Delivery queue generally mean? - This indicates a performance issue or outage
on the local server. Reasons could be slowness in consulting AD, slowness in handing messages off to local delivery or
SMTP delivery. It could also be databases being dismounted or a lack of disk space.
9. What are the standard port numbers for SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, RPC, LDAP and Global Catalog? - SMTP Ã
¢â‚¬â€œ 25, POP3 – 110, IMAP4 – 143, RPC – 135, LDAP – 389, Global Catalog -
3268
10. Name the process names for the following: System Attendant? – MAD.EXE, Information Store Ã
¢â‚¬â€œ STORE.EXE, SMTP/POP/IMAP/OWA – INETINFO.EXE
11. What is the maximum amount of databases that can be hosted on Exchange 2003 Enterprise? - 20
databases. 4 SGs x 5 DBs.
12. What are the disadvantages of circular logging? - In the event of a corrupt database, data can only be restored to
the last backup

1. How do you double-boot a Win 2003 server box?


The Boot.ini file is set as read-only, system, and hidden to prevent unwanted editing. To change the Boot.ini
timeout and default settings, use the System option in Control Panel from the Advanced tab and select
Startup.

2. What do you do if earlier application doesn’t run on Windows Server 2003?


When an application that ran on an earlier legacy version of Windows cannot be loaded during the setup
function or if it later malfunctions, you must run the compatibility mode function. This is accomplished by
right-clicking the application or setup program and selecting Properties –> Compatibility –> selecting the
previously supported operating system.

3. If you uninstall Windows Server 2003, which operating systems can you revert to?
Win ME, Win 98, 2000, XP. Note, however, that you cannot upgrade from ME and 98 to Windows Server
2003.
4. How do you get to Internet Firewall settings?
Start –> Control Panel –> Network and Internet Connections –> Network Connections.

5. What are the Windows Server 2003 keyboard shortcuts?


Winkey opens or closes the Start menu. Winkey + BREAK displays the System Properties dialog box. Winkey
+ TAB moves the focus to the next application in the taskbar. Winkey + SHIFT + TAB moves the focus to the
previous application in the taskbar. Winkey + B moves the focus to the notification area. Winkey + D shows
the desktop. Winkey + E opens Windows Explorer showing My Computer. Winkey + F opens the Search
panel. Winkey + CTRL + F opens the Search panel with Search for Computers module selected. Winkey + F1
opens Help. Winkey + M minimizes all. Winkey + SHIFT+ M undoes minimization. Winkey + R opens Run
dialog. Winkey + U opens the Utility Manager. Winkey + L locks the computer.

6. What is Active Directory?


Active Directory is a network-based object store and service that locates and manages resources, and makes
these resources available to authorized users and groups. An underlying principle of the Active Directory is
that everything is considered an object—people, servers, workstations, printers, documents, and devices.
Each object has certain attributes and its own security access control list (ACL).

7. Where are the Windows NT Primary Domain Controller (PDC) and its Backup Domain Controller (BDC) in
Server 2003?
The Active Directory replaces them. Now all domain controllers share a multimaster peer-to-peer read and
write relationship that hosts copies of the Active Directory.

8. How long does it take for security changes to be replicated among the domain controllers?
Security-related modifications are replicated within a site immediately. These changes include account and
individual user lockout policies, changes to password policies, changes to computer account passwords, and
modifications to the Local Security Authority (LSA).

9. What’s new in Windows Server 2003 regarding the DNS management?


When DC promotion occurs with an existing forest, the Active Directory Installation Wizard contacts an
existing DC to update the directory and replicate from the DC the required portions of the directory. If the
wizard fails to locate a DC, it performs debugging and reports what caused the failure and how to fix the
problem. In order to be located on a network, every DC must register in DNS DC locator DNS records. The
Active Directory Installation Wizard verifies a proper configuration of the DNS infrastructure. All DNS
configuration debugging and reporting activity is done with the Active Directory Installation Wizard.

10. When should you create a forest?


Organizations that operate on radically different bases may require separate trees with distinct namespaces.
Unique trade or brand names often give rise to separate DNS identities. Organizations merge or are acquired
and naming continuity is desired. Organizations form partnerships and joint ventures. While access to
common resources is desired, a separately defined tree can enforce more direct administrative and security
restrictions.

11. How can you authenticate between forests?


Four types of authentication are used across forests: (1) Kerberos and NTLM network logon for remote
access to a server in another forest; (2) Kerberos and NTLM interactive logon for physical logon outside the
user’s home forest; (3) Kerberos delegation to N-tier application in another forest; and (4) user principal
name (UPN) credentials.

1. What do you do if earlier application doesn’t run on Windows Server 2003? When an application that ran
on an earlier legacy version of Windows cannot be loaded during the setup function or if it later malfunctions, you must
run the compatibility mode function. This is accomplished by right-clicking the application or setup program and
selecting Properties –> Compatibility –> selecting the previously supported operating system.
2. If you uninstall Windows Server 2003, which operating systems can you revert to? Win ME, Win 98,
2000, XP. Note, however, that you cannot upgrade from ME and 98 to Windows Server 2003.
3. How do you get to Internet Firewall settings? Start –> Control Panel –> Network and Internet Connections –>
Network Connections.
4. What are the Windows Server 2003 keyboard shortcuts? Winkey opens or closes the Start menu. Winkey +
BREAK displays the System Properties dialog box. Winkey + TAB moves the focus to the next application in the taskbar.
Winkey + SHIFT + TAB moves the focus to the previous application in the taskbar. Winkey + B moves the focus to the
notification area. Winkey + D shows the desktop. Winkey + E opens Windows Explorer showing My Computer. Winkey
+ F opens the Search panel. Winkey + CTRL + F opens the Search panel with Search for Computers module selected.
Winkey + F1 opens Help. Winkey + M minimizes all. Winkey + SHIFT+ M undoes minimization. Winkey + R opens Run
dialog. Winkey + U opens the Utility Manager. Winkey + L locks the computer.
5. What is Active Directory? Active Directory is a network-based object store and service that locates and manages
resources, and makes these resources available to authorized users and groups. An underlying principle of the Active
Directory is that everything is considered an object—people, servers, workstations, printers, documents, and devices.
Each object has certain attributes and its own security access control list (ACL).
6. Where are the Windows NT Primary Domain Controller (PDC) and its Backup Domain Controller
(BDC) in Server 2003? The Active Directory replaces them. Now all domain controllers share a multimaster peer-to-
peer read and write relationship that hosts copies of the Active Directory.
7. How long does it take for security changes to be replicated among the domain controllers? Security-
related modifications are replicated within a site immediately. These changes include account and individual user
lockout policies, changes to password policies, changes to computer account passwords, and modifications to the Local
Security Authority (LSA).
8. What’s new in Windows Server 2003 regarding the DNS management? When DC promotion occurs with an
existing forest, the Active Directory Installation Wizard contacts an existing DC to update the directory and replicate
from the DC the required portions of the directory. If the wizard fails to locate a DC, it performs debugging and reports
what caused the failure and how to fix the problem. In order to be located on a network, every DC must register in DNS
DC locator DNS records. The Active Directory Installation Wizard verifies a proper configuration of the DNS
infrastructure. All DNS configuration debugging and reporting activity is done with the Active Directory Installation
Wizard.
9. When should you create a forest? Organizations that operate on radically different bases may require separate
trees with distinct namespaces. Unique trade or brand names often give rise to separate DNS identities. Organizations
merge or are acquired and naming continuity is desired. Organizations form partnerships and joint ventures. While
access to common resources is desired, a separately defined tree can enforce more direct administrative and security
restrictions.
10. How can you authenticate between forests? Four types of authentication are used across forests: (1) Kerberos
and NTLM network logon for remote access to a server in another forest; (2) Kerberos and NTLM interactive logon for
physical logon outside the user’s home forest; (3) Kerberos delegation to N-tier application in another forest; and (4)
user principal name (UPN) credentials.
11. What snap-in administrative tools are available for Active Directory? Active Directory Domains and Trusts
Manager, Active Directory Sites and Services Manager, Active Directory Users and Group Manager, Active Directory
Replication (optional, available from the Resource Kit), Active Directory Schema Manager (optional, available from
adminpak)
12. What types of classes exist in Windows Server 2003 Active Directory?
 Structural class. The structural class is important to the system administrator in that it is the only type from
which new Active Directory objects are created. Structural classes are developed from either the modification of an
existing structural type or the use of one or more abstract classes.
 Abstract class. Abstract classes are so named because they take the form of templates that actually create
other templates (abstracts) and structural and auxiliary classes. Think of abstract classes as frameworks for the
defining objects.
 Auxiliary class. The auxiliary class is a list of attributes. Rather than apply numerous attributes when
creating a structural class, it provides a streamlined alternative by applying a combination of attributes with a
single include action.
 88 class. The 88 class includes object classes defined prior to 1993, when the 1988 X.500 specification was
adopted. This type does not use the structural, abstract, and auxiliary definitions, nor is it in common use for the
development of objects in Windows Server 2003 environments.
13. How do you delete a lingering object? Windows Server 2003 provides a command called Repadmin that provides
the ability to delete lingering objects in the Active Directory.
14. What is Global Catalog? The Global Catalog authenticates network user logons and fields inquiries about objects
across a forest or tree. Every domain has at least one GC that is hosted on a domain controller. In Windows 2000, there
was typically one GC on every site in order to prevent user logon failures across the network.
15. How is user account security established in Windows Server 2003? When an account is created, it is given a
unique access number known as a security identifier (SID). Every group to which the user belongs has an associated
SID. The user and related group SIDs together form the user account’s security token, which determines access levels to
objects throughout the system and network. SIDs from the security token are mapped to the access control list (ACL) of
any object the user attempts to access.
16. If I delete a user and then create a new account with the same username and password, would the SID
and permissions stay the same? No. If you delete a user account and attempt to recreate it with the same user
name and password, the SID will be different.
17. What do you do with secure sign-ons in an organization with many roaming users? Credential
Management feature of Windows Server 2003 provides a consistent single sign-on experience for users. This can be
useful for roaming users who move between computer systems. The Credential Management feature provides a secure
store of user credentials that includes passwords and X.509 certificates.
18. Anything special you should do when adding a user that has a Mac? "Save password as encrypted clear text"
must be selected on User Properties Account Tab Options, since the Macs only store their passwords that way.
19. What remote access options does Windows Server 2003 support? Dial-in, VPN, dial-in with callback.
20. Where are the documents and settings for the roaming profile stored? All the documents and environmental
settings for the roaming user are stored locally on the system, and, when the user logs off, all changes to the locally
stored profile are copied to the shared server folder. Therefore, the first time a roaming user logs on to a new system the
logon process may take some time, depending on how large his profile folder is.
21. Where are the settings for all the users stored on a given machine? \Document and Settings\All Users
22. What languages can you use for log-on scripts? JavaScipt, VBScript, DOS batch files (.com, .bat, or even .exe)
1. What is presentation layer responsible for in the OSI model?
The presentation layer establishes the data format prior to passing it along to the network application’s
interface. TCP/IP networks perform this task at the application layer.

2. Does Windows Server 2003 support IPv6?


Yes, run ipv6.exe from command line to disable it.

3. Can Windows Server 2003 function as a bridge?


Yes, and it’s a new feature for the 2003 product. You can combine several networks and devices connected
via several adapters by enabling IP routing.

4. What’s the difference between the basic disk and dynamic disk?
The basic type contains partitions, extended partitions, logical drivers, and an assortment of static volumes;
the dynamic type does not use partitions but dynamically manages volumes and provides advanced storage
options

5. What’s a media pool?


It is any compilation of disks or tapes with the same administrative properties.

6. How do you install recovery console?


C:\i386\win32 /cmdcons, assuming that your Win server installation is on drive C.

7. What’s new in Terminal Services for Windows 2003 Server?


Supports audio transmissions as well, although prepare for heavy network load.

8. What scripts ship with IIS 6.0?


iisweb.vsb to create, delete, start, stop, and list Web sites, iisftp.vsb to create, delete, start, stop, and list
FTP sites, iisdir.vsb to create, delete, start, stop, and display virtual directories, iisftpdr.vsb to create, delete,
start, stop, and display virtual directories under an FTP root, iiscnfg.vbs to export and import IIS
configuration to an XML file.

9. What’s the name of the user who connects to the Web site anonymously?
IUSR_computername

10. What secure authentication and encryption mechanisms are supported by IIS 6.0?
Basic authentication, Digest authentication, Advanced digest authentication, Certificate-based Web
transactions that use PKCS #7/PKCS #10, Fortezza, SSL, Server-Gated Cryptography, Transport Layer
Security

11. What’s the relation between SSL and TLS?


Transport Layer Security (TLS) extends SSL by providing cryptographic authentication.

12. What’s the role of http.sys in IIS?


It is the point of contact for all incoming HTTP requests. It listens for requests and queues them until they are
all processed, no more queues are available, or the Web server is shut down.

13. Where’s ASP cache located on IIS 6.0?


On disk, as opposed to memory, as it used to be in IIS 5.
14. What is socket pooling?
Non-blocking socket usage, introduced in IIS 6.0. More than one application can use a given socket.

15. Describe the process of clustering with Windows 2003 Server when a new node is added. As a
node goes online, it searches for other nodes to join by polling the designated internal network.

In this way, all nodes are notified of the new node’s existence. If other nodes cannot be found on a
preexisting cluster, the new node takes control of the quorum resources residing on the shared disk that
contains state and configuration data.

16. What applications are not capable of performing in Windows 2003 Server clusters?
The ones written exclusively for NetBEUI and IPX.

17. What’s a heartbeat?


Communication processes between the nodes designed to ensure node’s health.

18. What’s a threshold in clustered environment?


The number of times a restart is attempted, when the node fails.

19. You need to change and admin password on a clustered Windows box, but that requires rebooting
the cluster, doesn’t it?
No, it doesn’t. In 2003 environment you can do that via cluster.exe utility which does not require
rebooting the entire cluster.

20. For the document of size 1 MB, what size would you expect the index to be with Indexing
Service?
150-300 KB, 15-30% is a reasonable expectation.

21. Doesn’t the Indexing Service introduce a security flaw when allowing access to the index?
No, because users can only view the indices of documents and folders that they have permissions for.
22. What’s the typical size of the index?
Less then 100K documents - up to 128 MB. More than that - 256+ MB.

23. Which characters should be enclosed in quotes when searching the index?
&, @, $, #, ^, ( ), and |.

24. How would you search for C++?


Just enter C++, since + is not a special character (and neither is C).

25. What about Barnes&Noble?


Should be searched for as Barnes’&’Noble.

26. Are the searches case-sensitive?


No.

27. What’s the order of precedence of Boolean operators in Microsoft Windows 2003 Server
Indexing Service?
NOT, AND, NEAR, OR.

28. What’s a vector space query?


A multiple-word query where the weight can be assigned to each of the search words. For example, if
you want to fight information on ‘black hole’, but would prefer to give more weight to the word hole,
you can enter black[1] hole[20] into the search window.

29. What’s a response queue?


It’s the message queue that holds response messages sent from the receiving application to the sender.

30. What’s MQPing used for?


Testing Microsoft Message Queue services between the nodes on a network.

31. Which add-on package for Windows 2003 Server would you use to monitor the installed software
and license compliance?
SMS (System Management Server).

32. Which service do you use to set up various alerts?


MOM (Microsoft Operations Manager).

33. What languages does Windows Scripting Host support?


VB, VBScript, JScript

MS Exchange Server 2003 Interview Questions and Answers


What must be done to an AD forest before Exchange can be deployed?
Setup.exe /forestprep

What are the required components of Windows Server 2003 for installing Exchange 2003?
ASP.NET, SMTP, NNTP, W3SVC

What Exchange process is responsible for communication with AD?


DSACCESS

What 3 types of domain controller does Exchange access?


Normal Domain Controller, Global Catalog, Configuration Domain Controller

What connector type would you use to connect to the Internet, and what are the two methods of
sending mail over that connector?
SMTP Connector: Forward to smart host or use DNS to route to each address

How would you optimise Exchange 2003 memory usage on a Windows Server 2003 server with more
than 1Gb of memory?
Add /3Gb switch to boot.ini

Name the process names for the following: System Attendant?


MAD.EXE, Information Store ? STORE.EXE, SMTP/POP/IMAP/OWA ? INETINFO.EXE

What is the maximum amount of databases that can be hosted on Exchange 2003 Enterprise?
20 databases. 4 SGs x 5 DBs.
What is the use of NNTP with exchange?
This protocol is used the news group in exchange.

What is DHCP? How we configure DHCP?


DHCP is the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. (Port 67 and 68). It means asiging Dynamic IP address to the
devices on a network. (Next Doc)

What are the ways to configure DNS & Zones?


DNS = Domain Name System. It can be configured by clicking the Start button, pointing to the Programs,
pointing to Administrative Toolsand clicking DNS Manager (which has two zones, namely the Forward Lookup
Zone and the Reverse Lookup Zone). When the DNS Server Configuration Wizard starts, click Next. If it does
not auto-start, it can be started by right-clicking the user's server name object in the DNS Manager console and
choosing the Configure Your Server option.
Zones = The next step is to choose to add a forward lookup zone, click Next and ensure whether the new
forward lookup zone is a primary zone or not. It can only accept dynamic updates if it is a primary zone. Click
Primary, and then click Next. It must be ensured that the zone name must either be the same as the user's
Active Directory Domain name or the same as the suffix for all the computers on the network which are to be
registered with the DNS server (in case of a stand-alone or workgroup environment). Type the name of the zone
and then click Next. The default name is accepted for the new zone file. Then click Next. Choose to add a
reverse lookup zone now and click Next. Click Primary and then click Next. Type the name of the zone and then
click Next. The zone name should be the same as the Network ID of your local subnet. Accept the default name
for the new zone file and click Next. Then click Finish to complete the Server Configuration Wizard.

What are the types of backup? Explain each?


FULL, Incremental and Differential.
Full backup is as it says, it?s a full backup of available data.
Incremental backup stores all files changed since the last FULL, DIFFERENTIAL OR INCREMENTAL backup. The
advantage of an incremental backup is that it takes the least time to complete.
Differential backup contains all files that have changed since the last FULL backup . The advantage of a
differential backup is that it shortens restore time compared to a full backup or an incremental backup.

What are Levels of RAID 0, 1, 5? Which one is better & why?


Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is the combining of several hard drives into a single unit.
Level 0 is used for applications, which do not require redundancy or striping. Which, means the contents of the
files are spread out over the multiple disks. One of the common uses for level 0 is in editing digital video.
Level 0 there is not falut redundancy, and if one drive happens to fail all the data is lost.
Level 1 is used for applications, which include critical data and referred to as mirroring. RAID 1 is fault tolerant
in situations when a drive fails the system will continue to work. Level 1 provides twice the transaction rate of
single disks.
Level 5 is used when fault tolerance is needed and uses block level striping and distributed parity. When one
disk drive in RAID 5 goes down the data is recovered using the remaining drives. RAID 5 is considered, to be
the most popular RAID level in use today, because of it's performance, redundancy and storage efficiency.

What are FMSO Roles? List them.


FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operation Role) are used to avoid conflicts in our active directory as AD provides
lot of flexibility for users to do some kind of changes, thus increases chances of conflicts.
Schma Master Role
Domain Naming Master Role
RID - Relative Identifier.
PDC Emulator.
Infrastructure.

Describe the lease process of the DHCP server.


DORA
D (Discover) : DHCP Client sends a broadcast packets to identify the dhcp server, this packet will contain the
source MAC.
O (Offer) : Once the packet is received by the DHCP server, the server will send the packet containing Source IP
and Source MAC.
R (Request) : Client will now contact the DHCP server directly and request for the IP address.
A (Acknowledge) : DHCP server will send an ack packet which contains the IP address.

Disaster Recovery Plan?


A disaster recovery plan (DRP) - sometimes referred to as a business continuity plan (BCP) or business process
contingency plan (BPCP) - describes how an organization is to deal with potential disasters. Just as a disaster is
an event that makes the continuation of normal functions impossible, a disaster recovery plan consists of the
precautions taken so that the effects of a disaster will be minimized and the organization will be able to either
maintain or quickly resume mission-critical functions. Typically, disaster recovery planning involves an analysis
of business processes and continuity needs; it may also include a significant focus on disaster prevention.

What is scope & super scope?


scope is a valid range of IP addresses which are available for assignments or lease to client computers on a
particular subnet. A superscope is an administrative grouping of scopes that can be used to support multiple
logical IP subnets on the same physical subnet. Superscopes only contain a list of member scopes or child
scopes that can be activated together.

Logical Diagram of Active Directory? What is the difference between child domain & additional
domain server?
Active directory contains forest, tree, domain and its child domain. Child domian is comes under parent domain
and it shares the name space, its names space append the parent domain name. Addtional domain controller is
the copy of main domain controller and its for load balancing and fault tolarance.

FTP, NNTP, SMTP, KERBEROS, DNS, DHCP, POP3 port numbers?


ftp = port 21 nntp = 443 smtp = 25 KERBEROS v4 = 88 KERBEROS v5 = 750 dns = 53 dhcp = 67 pop3 = 110

What is Kerberos? Which version is currently used by Windows? How does Kerberos work?
Kerberos is a network authentication protocol. It is designed to provide strong authentication for client/server
applications by using secret-key cryptography. A free implementation of this protocol is available from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kerberos is available in many commercial products as well. Current
Version 5.0

Distribution List?
A distribution list, also known as a mailing list, is a collection of email addresses that allows you to email
multiple people at one time. A distribution list can contain a few addresses, or many.

GAL, Routing Group, Stm files, Eseutil & ininteg - what are they used for?
GAL = Global Address Book (Address book used by users for Email addresses)
Routing Group = A group setup within Exchange to connect to another mailserver
ESEUTIL = is the utilities used to managed the information store.
What is MIME & MAPI?
MIME = Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
It defines non-ASCII message formats.
MAPI = Messaging Application Programming Interface
It's the programming interface for email.

How would you recover Exchange server when the log file is corrupted?

Tell me a bit about the capabilities of Exchange Server. 1) Outlook Anywhere (OWA)
2) Mailbox Can sync with Blackberry Device.
3) Calendar Sharing.
4) MAPI & POP3 Client support
5) RPC Over HTTP.

What are the different Exchange 2003 versions?


1. exchange 5.5
2. exchange server 2000
3. exchange server 2003
4. exchange server 2007
What are the major network infrastructure for installing Exchange 2003?
1.Geographical considerations
2.Bandwidth and latency
3.Current usage
4.Current messaging system

What is the latest Exchange 2003 Service Pack? Name a few changes in functionality in that SP.
SP2 is a cumulative update that enhances your Exchange
Server 2003 messaging environment with:
Mobile e-mail improvements
Better protection against spam
Mailbox advancements

What are the disk considerations when installing Exchange (RAID types, locations and so on).
Server hardware:
? Four 1 gigahertz (GHz), 1 megabyte (MB) or 2 MB L2 cache processors
? 4 gigabytes (GB) of Error Correction Code (ECC) RAM
? Two 100 megabits per second (Mbps) or 1000 Mbps network interface cards
? RAID-1 array with two internal disks for the Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 program files
? Two redundant 64-bit fiber Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) to connect to the Storage Area Network

You got a new HP DL380 (2U) server, dual Xeon, 4GB of RAM, 7 SAS disks, 64-bit. What do you do
next to install Exchange 2003? (you have AD in place)

Why not install Exchange on the same machine as a DC?


1. Redundancy and Stability - if the exchange server fails then Domain Controller also fails and it concludes a
big Failuire
2. Overload : It may overload your existing server and that can cause a significant performance problem.

How would you prepare the AD Schema in advance before installing Exchange?
1. Make sure all the following are installd and working on the server SMTP, NNTP, ASP.NET, IIS, WWW. This can
be installed windos component on Add-Remove program
2. Run Forest Preain Prep
3. Run Domain Prep and you are good to go.

What type or permissions do you need in order to install the first Exchange server in a forest? In a
domain?
you need Schema Admin, Domain Admin and Enterprise Admin Permission. What type of memory optimization
changes could you do for Exchange 2003? Add /3GB switch to boot.ini file and you can use upto 3GB memory
instead of 1GB by default.

How would you check your Exchange configuration settings to see if they're right?
Once your exchange server configuration is done run the tool EXBPA.exc .This will give you the correct ficture of
your exchange organization.

What are the Exchange management tools? How and where can you install them?
To install the Exchange System Management Tools
1. On the dedicated management workstation, insert the Exchange 2003 Setup CD into the workstation's CD
drive, and then locate : \setup\i386\setup.exe.
2. On the Component Selection page, do the following: --Under Component Name, locate Microsoft Exchange. In
the corresponding Action column, select Custom.
--Under Component Name, locate Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools. In the corresponding Action
column, select Install Microsoft Exchange System Management Tools installation option
3. Click Next, and continue with the wizard.

What types of permissions are configurable for Exchange?


1)Exchange full admin ? full control over the exchange organization including permission
2)Exchange Admin ? Manage everything within the organization except org permission.
3)Exchange view only administrator ? read only administrative access to Exchange organization
How can you grant access for an administrator to access all mailboxes on a specific server?
1. Start Exchange System Manager.
2. Drill down to your server object within the appropriate Administrative Group. Right-click it and choose
Properties.
3. In the Properties window go to the Security tab.
4. Click Add, click the user or group who you want to have access to the mailboxes, and then click OK.
5. Be sure that the user or group is selected in the Name box.
6. In the Permissions list, click Allow next to Full Control, and then click OK.
Note: Make sure there is no Deny checkbox selected next to the Send As and Receive As permissions.
7. Click Ok all the way out.

What is the Send As permission?


Send As Permission means user A will be able to access the mail box of user B and reply back to those mail.
Even though user A has replied to the mail, the send address will display user b email.

What other management tools are used to manage and control Exchange 2003? Name the tools
you'd use.
Active Directory Account Cleanup Wizard (adclean.exe)

You created a mailbox for a user, yet the mailbox does not appear in ESM. Why?
Genrally, when you create a mailbox for a user. The user's e-mail address will be updated in the GAL. During
the regular update interval. But in order for you to be able to view the mail box. The user has to access the
Exchange server (either through MS outlook or OWA). Then you will be able to view the user's mail box.

What are Query Based Distribution groups?


A query-based distribution group is a new additional type of distribution group in Exchange 2003. This new type
of distribution group provides the same functionality as a standard distribution group; however, instead of
specifying static user memberships, a query-based distribution group allows you to use an LDAP query to
dynamically build membership in the distribution group (for example All employees with a special group
membership). Using query-based distribution groups we can reduce the administration costs dramatically.
However a Query-based Distribution Group needs more Server resources like CPU power and RAM.

What type of groups would you use when configuring distribution groups in a multiple domain
forest?
create a Universal Distribution Group.

What are System Public Folders? Where would you find them?
In Exchange Server 2003, public folders can be used to share information between a group of users. In smaller
organizations where only one Exchange server is typically installed, one public folder instance can exist.
Click Start, All Programs, Microsoft Exchange, and then select Exchange System Manager. Exchange System
Manager opens. In the left pane, expand the Public Folders container. All existing folders in the public folder tree
are displayed.

How can you immediately stop PF replication?


right-clicking the Organization name in Exchange System Management and clicking Stop Public Folder Content
Replication

What types of PF management tools might you use?


PFDAVADMIN Tool

What are the differences between administrative permissions and client permissions in PF?

How can you configure PF replication from the command prompt in Exchange 2003?
PFMIGRATE allows you to move a bunch of Public Folders from an Exchange Server to an Exchange 2003 Server
from the command line.PFMIGRATE.WSF is a Script, which is located on the Exchange 2003 CD and the
Exchange 2003 SP1 under SUPPORT\EXDEPLOY.
PFMIGRATE requires ONE Exchange 2003 Server in your Enterprise because PFMIGRATE uses specific WMI
functions from Exchange 2003.
The syntax is simple:
To move System Folders
PFMIGRATE.WSF /S:SourceServer /T:DestinationServer /SF /A /N
:100 /F:C:\LOGFILE.LOG
To move Public Folders
PFMIGRATE.WSF /S:SourceServer /T:DestinationServer /A /N:100
/F:C:\LOGFILE.LOG
To remove Public Folders after succesful Replication
PFMIGRATE.WSF /S:SourceServer /T:DestinationServer /D

What are the configuration options in IMF?


First of all, IMF needs to be enabled because it's not by default. To enable, from ESM go to Global Settings and
right click on Message Delivery. Click on the "Intelligence Nessage Filter" tab, and change from "No Action" to
"Archive". Also, enable the IMF on the Virtual SMTP server by right clicking on the default SMTP server and
clicking on properties, then Advanced tab, then click on edit. Now you can check on the "Apply IMF" tab.
There are two options in configuring Intelligence Message Filter (IMF):Gateway Blocking Configuration - this is
where the messages will be blocked at the server, and the users will not even see them. Store Junk E-mail
Configuration - this is where the messages will be delivered to the user's Outlook and stored in their Junk Email
folder (Outlook 2003 in cached mode only, or OWA).

What are virtual servers? When would you use more than one?
Exchange Virtual Server is a clustered Exchange installation. When Exchange is installed on a Windows Server
2003 cluster, it is configured as an Exchange Virtual Server that can be passed between cluster nodes
transparently to Exchange clients.
1. SMTP Virtual Server,
2. HTTP Virtual Server,
3.POP3 Virtual Server,
4. IMAP4 Virtual Server and so on

Name some of the SMTP Virtual Server configuration options.


The following table lists important configuration information that Exchange Server 2003 stores for SMTP virtual
servers in Active Directory.

Important Active Directory attributes for SMTP virtual servers


msExchServerBindings -Specifies the Internet Protocol (IP) port binding for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
connections.
msExchAuthenticationFlags -Indicates which type of authentication this SMTP virtual server accepts.
msExchMaxIncomingConnections -Specifies the maximum number of inbound connections allowed for this SMTP
virtual server.
msExchLogType -Specifies the log formats that this SMTP virtual server uses for protocol logging.
msExchAccessSSLFlags -Identifies the type of encrypted channel that this SMTP virtual server supports.

What is a Mail Relay? Name a few known mail relay software or hardware options.
Often referred to as an e-mail server, a device and/or program that routes an e-mail to the correct destination.
Mail relays are typically used within local networks to transmit e-mails among local users. (For example, all of
the student and faculty e-mail of a college campus.) Mail relays are particularly useful in e- mail aliasing where
multiple e-mail addresses are used but the mail relay forwards all messages to the specified e-mail addresses to
one single address.
A mail relay is different than an open relay, where an e-mail server processes a mail message that that neither
originates or ends with a user that is within the server?s local domain (i.e., local IP range).
Mail relay Softwares:
1.NoticeWare Email Server 4.3
2. Flash Mailer 20.
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