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    Study Guide and Resources List for 70-647 MCITP: Enterprise Administrator
    This is still a work in progress. I've just started studying for the exam myself and I need to clean up some of these links as well as update some of the areas to reflect the addition of R2.

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    MCITP: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator Study Guide: (Exam 70-647) (9780470293164): Steven Johnson: Books
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    Pro: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator

    Planning network and application services (23%)

    *Plan for name resolution and IP addressing - may include but is not limited to: internal and external naming strategy, naming resolution support for legacy clients, naming resolution for directory services, IP addressing scheme, TCP/IP version coexistence
    IPv6 for Microsoft Windows: Frequently Asked Questions
    How to configure Server 2008 IP Routing
    Request for Comments: 3007
    Request for Comments: 2136

    *Design for network access - may include but is not limited to: network access policies, remote access strategy, perimeter networks, server and domain isolation
    Active Directory Domain Services in the Perimeter Network (Windows Server 200
    Network Policy and Access Services Role
    Server and Domain Isolation
    Creating a Remote Access Policy Strategy (pertains to Server 2003)

    *Plan for application delivery - may include but is not limited to: application virtualization, presentation virtualization, locally installed software, Web-based applications
    Application Virtualization Server-Based Scenario Overview
    Presentation Virtualization with Enhanced Terminal Services
    TechNet Webcast: Using Presentation Virtualization

    *Plan for terminal services - may include but is not limited to: Terminal Services licensing, Terminal Services infrastructure
    Terminal Services Overview
    Download the Terminal Services Guide
    Terminal Services Licensing (TS Licensing)

    Designing core identity and access management components (25%)

    *Design active directory forests and domains - may include but is not limited to: forest structure, forest and domain functional levels, intra-organizational authorization and authentication, schema modifications.

    *Design the Active Directory physical topology - may include but is not limited to: placement of servers, site and replication topology, printer location policies.
    Designing the Site Topology for Windows Server 2008 AD DS

    *Design the Active Directory administrative model - may include but is not limited to: delegation, group strategy, compliance auditing, group administrating, organizational structure.

    *Design the enterprise-level group policy strategy - may include but is not limited to: group policy hierarchy and scope filtering, control device installation, authentication and authorization.
    Group Policy Planning and Deployment Guide

    Designing Support identity and access management components (29%)

    *Plan for domain or forest migration, upgrade, and restructuring - may include but not limited to: cross-forest authentication, backward compatibility, object migration, migration planning, implementation planning, environment preparation.
    AD FS Design Guide
    Best Practices for Active Directory Migration

    *Design the branch office deployment - may include but not limited to: authentication strategy, server security.
    Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide
    Read-Only Domain Controller Planning and Deployment Guide
    Branch Office TechCenter
    Secure Windows Server

    *Design and implement public key infrastructure - may include but not limited to: certificate services, PKI operations and maintenance, certificate life cycle management.
    AD CS: Enterprise PKI (PKIView)
    Infrastructure Planning and Design
    Active Directory Certificate Services

    *Plan for interoperability - may include but not limited to: inter-organizational authorization and authentication, application authentication interoperability, cross-platform interoperability.

    Designing for business continuity and data availability (23%)

    *Plan for business continuity- may include but not limited to: service availability, directory service recovery
    Failover Cluster Design Guide
    Failover Cluster Deployment Guide
    Network Load Balancing
    Backup and Recovery Overview

    *Design for software updates and compliance management - may include but not limited to: patch management and patch management compliance, Microsoft update and Windows update, security baselines, system health models
    Windows Server Update Services
    System Center Essentials
    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.1

    *Design the operating system virtualization strategy - may include but not limited to: server consolidation, application compatibility, virtualization management, placement of servers
    Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Virtualization

    *Design for data management and data access - may include but not limited to: data accessibility and redundancy, data collaboration
    AD RMS Architecture Design and Secure Collaboration Scenarios
    AD RMS Performance and Logging Best Practices ( Read the articles listed below this in the left pane)

    Virtual Labs

    Windows Server 2008 Virtual Labs (MSDN)
    TechNet Virtual Labs: Windows Server 2008




    Just a bunch of good articles related to several of the above areas
    Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Windows Server 2008
    ADMT Guide: Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains
    AD DS Design Guide
    Changes in Functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008 (For those who are upgrading to 2K8 )
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    I vote sticky!

    I am planning to do the 70-685 after the 70-680, and I will try to put together a resource page for it at that time.
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    Your welcome. A lot of the thanks should go to Claymoore. He got me to start this and gave me some guidance and a few links to get started.
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    647 is more of a why exam and not so much of a how exam. The earlier exams covered the little technical details and MS will now expect you to put those details together into a larger solution.

    Earweed's resource guide includes a link to the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide solution accelerators. I have used some of these documents in my consulting work and I think they would be helpful for this exam. Walking through these guides can give you insight into the decision-making process that Microsoft prefers and thus uses on the exam.

    For example, Step 1 in the AD Directory Services Guide is to determine the number of forests. The guide explains that you should start with a single forest and why you should (or should not) add additonal forests. This overview of the 'Microsoft Way' could help avoid some confusion during the exam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claymoore View Post
    647 is more of a why exam and not so much of a how exam. The earlier exams covered the little technical details and MS will now expect you to put those details together into a larger solution.

    Earweed's resource guide includes a link to the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide solution accelerators. I have used some of these documents in my consulting work and I think they would be helpful for this exam. Walking through these guides can give you insight into the decision-making process that Microsoft prefers and thus uses on the exam.

    For example, Step 1 in the AD Directory Services Guide is to determine the number of forests. The guide explains that you should start with a single forest and why you should (or should not) add additonal forests. This overview of the 'Microsoft Way' could help avoid some confusion during the exam.
    As I get a chance to work on this guide more (after I finish the 70-643) I'll try to put more sections of the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide in the appropriate areas. Right now I'm in the middle of Terminal Services and trying to concentrate on the 643.

    EDIT: I just checked and the IPD guides have been updated for Server 2008 R2.

    According to Prometric the 70-647 now contains content pertaining to Server 2008 R2. No officially word yet from Microsoft and the skills measured, as of right now, have not been updated.
    I will update the skills measured section at the top as soon as MS changes it toreflect R2.
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    Here are more links to study material for 647 to be used in addition with Earweeds links above.

    Planning network and application services
    Plan for name resolution and IP addressing
    DHCP Design Guide
    Design for network access
    Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Design Guide
    Network Access Protection Design Guide
    AD DS in the Perimeter Network - Windows Server 2008
    Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec and Group Policy - For Server 2003 and very long but very well written.
    Plan for application delivery
    Planning and Deployment Guide for the Application Virtualization System
    MED-V Planning, Deployment, and Operations Guide


    Designing core identity and access management components
    Design Active Directory forests and domains
    Extending the Active Directory Schema
    Export, Compare, and Synchronize Active Directory Domains
    Design the Active Directory administrative model
    Best Practices for Delegating Active Directory Administration - (Windows Server 2003)
    Auditing and Compliance in Windows Server 2008
    Designing Organizational Structures that Work


    Designing support identity and access management components
    Plan for domain or forest migration, upgrade , and restructering
    Migrate server roles to Windows Server 2008 R2
    Upgrading Active Directory domains to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - Word document
    Transitioning your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008 R2 (from Server 2003)
    Upgrading your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008 (from Server 2003)
    Design a branch office deployment
    Branch Office Infrastructure Solution for Windows Server 2008
    Design and implement public key infrastructure
    Designing and Implementing a PKI: Part I Design and Planning
    Designing a Public Key Infrastructure - For Windows Server 2003 but it covers the design fundamentals very well.
    Cross-forest Certificate Enrollment with Windows Server 2008 R2
    Plan for interoperability
    Cross-platform interoperability articles - Technet Magazine December 2008


    Designing for business continuity and data availability
    Plan for business continuity
    Windows Server 2008: Planning for Active Directory Forest Recovery
    Design the operating system virtualization strategy
    Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide
    Hyper-V Security Guide
    Planning your VMM deployment (SCVMM but very relevant)
    Running Domain Controllers in Hyper-V
    Automating Virtual Machine Host Deployment



    MCM Stuff

    MCM reading list
    There is simply far too much information to fish out what isn't really relevant to 647 but it is a goldmine of information about the innards of Active Directory even though much of it is for Windows 2000 and 2003.
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    The design guide, which has a lot of useful info, is updated for R2 content.
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    Earweed: I noticed from your signature that you recently passed the 70-647 exam. Do you have any tips? Did you have a chance to update your study guide yet which you posted in this thread? Was there a lot of R2 content?

    Congratulations and thanks for posting all the info you gathered!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnappi0606 View Post
    Earweed: I noticed from your signature that you recently passed the 70-647 exam. Do you have any tips? Did you have a chance to update your study guide yet which you posted in this thread? Was there a lot of R2 content?

    Congratulations and thanks for posting all the info you gathered!
    There are numerous threads here with comments and impressions of what we struck in 647.

    First is my 647 thread:
    Yippee!! I'm an MCITP:EA

    And a general thread with many comments about the exam and study methods used by various people:
    Am I the only one 70-647
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    I'll be adding more to the original post later. In studying for the exam I missed a lot of pertinent technologies when I started this resource thread. For one thing the exam's been updated to Server 2008 R2 since I started it and MS has also changed some of their technologies. They now use Forefront UAG and Forefront Identity management. Direct Access has also been added with R2 and Windows 7.
    On the books I listed I should note that some are better than others.
    Syngress book- worse than useless, the authors wrote the book before the final version of Server 2008 was ready for release and didn't even know enough about it to have written a book.
    Darril Gibson Book- Good book actually. The most useful part about that book are the questions in it. If they included the answers with the book it would be worth the price. (It's priced high BECAUSE it's a college textbook)
    MS Press- best book of the group. Be sure to study the case scenarios and do all the practices. The Second Edition (which will include R2) hasn't even been mentionned as being written yet or if it will be.
    Sybex book- good as a supplement to the MS Press book but I don't recommend using it on your own UNLESS you are one of those experienced professionals who already has a lot of experience with the technology.
    Server 2008 R2 Unleashed- an excellent supplement to the MS Press book but it doesn't even mention some of the new technologies that will be on the 70-647 test like Forefront and Direct Access.
    Being as NONE of the major reputable practice test site or video training companies have updated their material yet then I wont even mention them here. I googled 70-647 last night and checked the braindump sites and they are all updated (figure that) with R2 material. The BD sites even have Case scenarios in their tests. Didn't use any BD's but was almost tempted to just to have access to R2 questions.
    I used Labsim and that is an excellent resource. It would have been better (It will be if and/or when they update to 2008 R2)

    Also, many thanks to LCA for the added links he gave. I tried to update the original post but apparently you can't edit an old post after a certain period of time. I've contacted the Webmaster to see if he can let me get back in and edit the original post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by earweed View Post
    Being as NONE of the major reputable practice test site or video training companies have updated their material yet then I wont even mention them here. I googled 70-647 last night and checked the braindump sites and they are all updated (figure that) with R2 material. The BD sites even have Case scenarios in their tests. Didn't use any BD's but was almost tempted to just to have access to R2 questions.
    I used Labsim and that is an excellent resource. It would have been better (It will be if and/or when they update to 2008 R2)
    So, for this exam presently there's no R2 study texts, other than the orange Sams Unleashed R2, which isn't great at covering the R2 stuff in your opinion?
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    So, for this exam presently there's no R2 study texts, other than the orange Sams Unleashed R2, which isn't great at covering the R2 stuff in your opinion?
    The unleashed and Mastering 2008 R2 books are good as supplements but you'll need to supplement it with technet. They may be good enough if you have a lot of actual server experience.
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    Guys do you have any update about R2 books?
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    thanks I've purchased the PDF and booked the exam for the 25th of July!
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    Default 70-647 Darril Gibson Book

    Recently bought the book below as a change from the MS Press book which I am finding hard reading:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Wi...910488&sr=8-38

    Does anybody know how to get the answers for the end of chapter questions. without those it's a bit of guesswork. I have looked on the cengage website but its like a needle in a haystack

    Any ideas welcomed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neathneathneath View Post
    Recently bought the book below as a change from the MS Press book which I am finding hard reading:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-Wi...910488&sr=8-38

    Does anybody know how to get the answers for the end of chapter questions. without those it's a bit of guesswork. I have looked on the cengage website but its like a needle in a haystack

    Any ideas welcomed.
    It's a textbook...the only way to get answers is to have the instructors edition.
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    It's a textbook...the only way to get answers is to have the instructors edition.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    OK many thanks
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