Microsoft Certified Professional Developer/Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment



This wikibook has been written for candidates who are studying for the above Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification. Although this exam may be taken as a stand-alone certification, it is also a core component of the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) courses.


This book is still in progress.
It certainly contains errors or approximations.
The author declines any responsibility for whatever it is used.

The author is currently studying for the 70-290 certification so this book is very much a "Work in progress". Despite the best efforts of the author, this book may still contain errors and inaccurate information. Contributions from more experienced authors and those who are actually certified would be greatly appreciated!

--Awy 21:40, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

Course ObjectivesEdit

These objectives come directly from the Microsoft website. For more information about this certification and the skills measured, see

There are five main skill areas tested in the 70-290 examination. It is intended that a chapter will be devoted to each main skill area. The individual skills within each area will have a page devoted to them

Managing and Maintaining Physical and Logical DevicesEdit

  • Manage Basic Disks and Dynamic Disks
  • Monitor Server Hardware
  • Optimize Server Disk Performance
  • Troubleshoot Server Hardware Devices
  • Install and Configure Server Hardware Devices

Managing Users, Computers and GroupsEdit

Managing and Maintaining Access to ResourcesEdit

Managing and Maintaining a Server EnvironmentEdit

  • Monitor and Analyse Events
  • Manage Software Update Infrastructure
  • Manage Software Site Licensing
  • Manage Servers Remotely
  • Troubleshoot Print Queues
  • Monitor System Performance
  • Monitor File and Print Servers
  • Monitor and Optimise a Server Environment for Application Performance
  • Manage a Web Server

Managing and Implementing Disaster RecoveryEdit

  • Perform System Recovery for a Server
  • Manage Backup Procedures
  • Recover from Server Hardware Failure
  • Restore Backup Data
  • Schedule Backup Jobs

Further InformationEdit

This section is intended to cover anything not already dealt with by the above pages.

Preparing for the ExamEdit

Read the Microsoft Press Book cover to cover twice.
If you're not a Network Systems Administrator having worked in a atleast a small to mid-sized organization then you should do the labs.

Useful ResourcesEdit


ISBN 9780735614376 Read this book twice!

On the WebEdit

Sunbelt Software maintains several Windows-related mailing lists. You may find NTSYSADMIN, Active Directory, Windows Security and MCSE Study Issues to be useful. More informaion here: