MS 70-285

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
Validity: Lifetime
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.

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