Welcome to Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows 2000 Network Exam Cram 2! Whether this is your first or your 15th Exam Cram series book, you'll find information here that will help ensure your success as you pursue knowledge, experience, and certification. The introductory material here explains Microsoft's certification programs in general and talks about how the Exam Cram 2 series can help you prepare for Microsoft's Windows 2000 and Windows XP certification exams. Chapters 1 through 8 are designed to remind you of everything you'll need to know in order to take?and pass?Exam 70-214, "Implementing and Managing Security in a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure."
Exam Cram 2 books help you understand and appreciate the subjects and materials you need to pass Microsoft certification exams. Exam Cram 2 books are aimed strictly at test preparation and review. They do not teach you everything you need to know about a topic. Instead, we present and dissect the questions and problems we've found that you're likely to encounter on a test. We've worked to bring together as much information as possible about Microsoft certification exams.
Nevertheless, to completely prepare yourself for any Microsoft test, we recommend that you begin by taking the self assessment that is included in this book, immediately following this introduction. The self-assessment tool will help you evaluate your knowledge base against the requirements for a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) under both ideal and real circumstances.
Based on what you learn from the self assessment, you might decide to begin your studies with some classroom training or some background reading. On the other hand, you might decide to pick up and read one of the many study guides available from Microsoft or third-party vendors on certain topics. We also recommend that you supplement your study program with visits to www.examcram2.com to receive additional practice questions, get advice, and track the Windows 2000 MCSA and MCSE program.
We also strongly recommend that you install, configure, and explore any related security services or features that you do not have production experience with. It is important to have direct experience with the software that you'll be tested on. Nothing beats hands-on experience and familiarity when it comes to understanding the questions you're likely to encounter on a certification test. Book learning is essential, but without a doubt, hands-on experience is the best teacher of all!