New book: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-648 & 70-649): Transitioning Your MCSA/MCSE to Windows Server 2008

I’m very happy to announce the availability of a very eagerly awaited book -- MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-648 & 70-649): Transitioning Your MCSA/MCSE to Windows Server® 2008.


This book covers both upgrade exams for Windows Server 2008. If you’re currently an MCSE on Windows Server 2003, passing the 70-649 exam earns you all three MCTS certifications for Windows Server 2008. Then passing the Pro-level exam 70-647, and either Vista exam 70-620 or 70-624, earns you the MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification for Windows Server 2008.

If you’re currently an MCSA on Windows Server 2003, passing the 70-648 exam earns you two of the MCTS certifications for Windows Server 2008. Then passing the Pro-level exam 70-646 earns you the MCITP: Server Administrator certification for Windows Server 2008.

To give you a sampling of what you’ll find inside the book, we’ve included the Contents at a Glance, a brief excerpt from the Introduction, and one of the Real World sidebars:

Contents at a Glance

Introduction    xxi

Chapter 1 Configuring Internet Protocol Addressing    1
Chapter 2 Configuring IP Services    59
Chapter 3 Network Access Configuration    119
Chapter 4 Network Access Security    165
Chapter 5 Configuring Active Directory Lightweight Directory
   Services and Read-Only Domain Controllers    225
Chapter 6 Active Directory Federation Services and Active Directory
   Rights Management Services Server Roles     281
Chapter 7 Active Directory Certificate Services    347
Chapter 8 Maintaining the Active Directory Environment    391
Chapter 9 Managing Software Updates and Monitoring
   Network Data    469
Chapter 10 Monitoring Performance and Events    505
Chapter 11 Server Deployment and Activation    561
Chapter 12 Terminal Services    585
Chapter 13 Configuring a Web Services Infrastructure    633
Chapter 14 Configuring FTP and SMTP Services    729
Chapter 15 Hyper-V and Virtualization    777
Chapter 16 High Availability and Storage    807

Answers    843
Index    903


This training kit is designed for Windows Server 2003 MCSEs and MCSAs who want to
update their current certification credentials to reflect their experience with the Windows
Server 2008 operating system. As an MCSE or an MCSA, you are a server administrator who
has at least three years of experience managing Windows servers and infrastructure in an
environment with between 250 and 5,000 or more users in three or more physical locations.

You are likely responsible for supporting network services and resources such as messaging,
database servers, file and print servers, a proxy server, a firewall, Internet connectivity, an
intranet, remote access, and client computers. You will also be responsible for implementing
connectivity requirements such as connecting branch offi ces and individual users in remote
locations to the corporate network and connecting corporate networks to the Internet.

By using this training kit, you will learn how to do the following:

  • Configure additional Active Directory server roles

  • Maintain an Active Directory environment

  • Configure Active Directory certificate services

  • Configure IP addressing and services

  • Configure network access

  • Monitor and manage a network infrastructure

  • Deploy servers

  • Configure Terminal Services

  • Configure a Web services infrastructure

Real World

A long time ago, when I was an electronics engineer, I worked on the design of
one of the first automatic teller machines (ATMs). The device was manufactured
and sold to several major banking corporations. Suddenly, banking became
a 24-hour service. Customers could withdraw cash from their accounts anytime,
morning, noon, and night.

Except that in many bank branches, it didn’t happen. Local managers insisted that
the ATMs were switched off when the bank was closed, rather defeating the purpose
of the service. The problem was perceived loss of control. “There’s no way,”
one manager told me, “that anyone is taking money from my bank when I’m not
there!”The same problem bedeviled DHCP when it was introduced and, in some cases,
bedevils it still. Some network managers want to decide exactly what IP address
is allocated to what machine. The PC nearest the door is, the next one is, and so on. They argue that if they know exactly which IP address is
allocated to which computer, they can tell where a troublemaker or hacker is
located (but not necessarily who it is). They claim that DHCP is a security threat (in
spite of its ability to track an IP address to a computer’s hardware address). The real
reason is, of course, lack of control. The manager is no longer allocating addresses
as he or she thinks fit.

The worst case I know of is a network of just under 10,000 hosts, all of them still
configured manually. Every other technical person in the organization is desperate
for automatic configuration, but the man at the top prohibits it. Needless to say, he
does not, himself, configure hosts or debug the resulting network problems.

Most, if not all, ATMs are now switched on 24/7, but it’s taken 40 years to get there.
Let’s hope it’s a bit quicker with DHCP.

Comments (6)
  1. Alice says:

    I enjoyed the "Real World" sidebar, thanks for posting it!

  2. Al says:

    Congrats for both authors for another great book!!

    I noticed on the exam objective page for 70-649,(2nd page of the very printed page), that chapters 3, 4, 7, and 8 are not included.

    Does anybody know whether or not these chapters could be ignored during examp preparation points?

  3. Orin Thomas says:

    Hi Al,

    Yes – that is the way the book is intended. Certain objectives are on both exams, but some are only relevant to 648 and some are only relevant to 649

    Chapter 3 covers:

    Configuring Remote Access

    Configuring Network Authentication

    Chapter 4 covers:

    Configuring Wireless Access

    Configuring Firewall Settings

    Configuring NAP

    Chapter 7 covers:

    Install AD CS

    Configure CA server settings

    Managing certificate templates

    Managing Enrollments

    Managing certificate revocations

    Chapter 8 covers:

    Configuring AD Backup and Recovery

    Performing Offline Maintenance

    Monitoring AD

    These are objectives on 648 that are not present on 649

  4. davestarcher says:

    The link for updates to the printed material is incorrect and leads to a page about Visual Studio.

    Can anyone provide an updated (correct) link for book updates?

  5. wago says:

    3 year later, still no answer for the correct path ??!'

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