Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization
Cost: $125 USD (Varies according to country)
Questions: 35 to 50 approx. (5 or 6 case studies including 5 to 10 questions each)
Pass Marks: 700/1000
Duration: 120 minutes -25 minutes approx. for each case study( up to 210 minutes for non-English countries)
Credit Toward Certification
When you pass the 70-285 exam, you achieve Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) status. You also earn credit toward the following certifications:
- Core credit toward Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE): Messaging on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 certification
- Elective credit toward Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 certification
Skills Being Measured
This certification exam measures your ability to analyze business requirements for a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 organization and design an appropriate messaging infrastructure based on these requirements.
Designing an Upgrade or Migration and Coexistence Strategy
- Design an upgrade strategy from previous versions of Exchange. Considerations include upgrading from Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 5.5, whether to upgrade the existing organization or create a new organizational structure, and designing connection agreements.
- Design coexistence and migration of Exchange Server 2003 with other messaging systems. Considerations include cc:Mail, MSMail, previous versions of Exchange, Lotus Notes, X.400 messaging systems, PROFS, SNADS, and Groupwise.
- Design the integration with the existing or planned Active Directory. Considerations include potential changes to the current or planned Active irectory structure, and inter-organizational connectivity and synchronization.
Designing the Exchange Server 2003 Infrastructure
- Design an Exchange Server 2003 administrative model. Considerations include business factors, existing and planned administrative model, organizational unit (OU) structure, policies, administrative group placement and boundaries, and permissions.
- Designate and design servers. Server configurations include server placement, connectors, client computer access, and multiple protocols.
- Design Exchange Server 2003 Public Folder Infrastructure. Considerations include company structure, geographical structure, maintenance policies, permissions, replication and indexing.
- Design the storage strategy. Considerations include optimal database sizing, logging strategy, stores and storage group configurations.
- Design servers to achieve fault tolerance and increased performance. Considerations include server scalability, storage fault tolerance, front-end back-end topology, and clustering.
- Design a backup and recovery solution. Considerations include planning backup scope, defining the backup schedule, media storage and rotation, backup type, recovering the entire messaging system, individual databases, and servers; re-associating user mailboxes with accounts; and designing mailbox stores to support recovery.
Designing Connectivity for Exchange Server 2003
- Design an Exchange Server 2003 routing group topology.
- Design Exchange 2003 Connectors.
- Design Exchange 2003 Virtual (protocol) Server Strategy.
- Design a fault-tolerant DNS solution.
- Design Client strategy for Exchange Server 2003. Considerations include hardware, operating system, access method, existing message store requirements, and existing message clients.
Designing the Security Strategy
- Design an authentication and encryption strategy. Considerations include user authentication and encryption requirements, such as S/MIME, IPSec, NTLM, Digest authentication, and SSL.
- Design protection from external threats. Considerations include protection from unsolicited commercial e-mail, viruses, spoofing, and firewalls.
- Protect the Exchange Server 2003 infrastructure against internal attacks.