Learn About Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring

These practice test questions from MeasureUp are based on Microsoft’s exam 70-631: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring.

The audience for this exam includes individuals who are responsible for configuring Windows SharePoint and its related technologies. Experience managing SharePoint Services, SharePoint Server, Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server and network load-balancing will help you prepare for this exam.

By passing exam 70-631, you earn this certification: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Configuration.

Objective: Monitor Windows SharePoint Services.
Sub-objective: Maintain storage performance.

Multiple answers, multiple-choice

Your organization deployed Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 with two Web Front End (WFE) servers. The required databases are maintained on a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database server. There is a single content database.

The database server is configured with a mirrored pair through SQL Server Database Mirroring. The SQL Server database servers are configured for the high-availability mode with a witness server.

The principal server fails. The witness and mirror servers register that the principal server is unavailable. You need to restore access to the databases as quickly as possible. What actions must you take? (Each correct answer presents part of the solution. Choose three.)

A.    Update the configuration database and administration content database names on every WFE server and restart the WFE servers.
B.    Update the configuration database and administration content database names on one WFE server and restart that WFE server.
C.    Remove the current content database server and add the new server for every WFE server.
D.    Remove the current content database server and add the new server for one WFE server.
E.    Identify the new search database on every WFE server.
F.    Identify the new search database on one WFE server.

Answer:
A, D, F

Tutorial:
You need to take three actions:

* Update the configuration database and administration content database names on every WFE server and restart the WFE servers.
* Remove the current content database server and add the new server for one WFE server.
* Identify the new search database on one WFE server.

SQL Server database servers configured in high-availability mode are designed to fail over automatically when the principal server fails. However, it is necessary to notify WSS separately when this happens. You must update front-end Web servers with the new configuration database, administration content database, content databases and search database. You must run stsadm to update each WFE server with the new configuration database and administration content database and then restart the servers.

You should use SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration or stsadm to update the content database name(s) on one WFE server. Then use stsadm to update the search database on one WFE server.

To update the administrative databases, run stsadm with the renameserver option on each WFE, specifying the original principal server as the old server name and the mirror as the new server name. This must be run on each WFE server and must be completed by using stsadm.

The stsadm options deletecontentdb and addcontentdb let you change the content database if you would rather use stsadm than Central Administration for this purpose. The stsadm editssp option lets you change the search database. When using stsadm to change the content and search databases, you run the command on only one of the WFE servers.

References:
Using SQL Server Database Mirroring with Office SharePoint Server and Windows SharePoint Services
Microsoft Office Online
http://office.microsoft.com/download/afile.aspx?AssetID=AM102193651033

Alerting on Database Mirroring Events
Microsoft TechNet
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/mirroringevents.mspx

Planning a Highly Reliable WSS 3.0 Environment: Methods for Ensuring High Reliability of Content Databases in WSS 3.0
Collection 5403: Implementing Microsoft Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0
Course 5245

Objective: Configure security for Windows SharePoint Services.
Sub-objective: Configure Web application authentication.

Single answer, multiple-choice

Your organization deployed Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 with a single physical Web server and separate database server. The network is configured as a Windows Active Directory domain.

You want to configure a Web application zone to support access by external users. Users should be required to provide security credentials for authentication. You want to manage user names and passwords separately from Windows security accounts. User names and passwords should be maintained on the same database server as the content databases. How should you manage this?

A.    Use Kerberos authentication.
B.    Use NTLM authentication.
C.    Use Digest authentication.
D.    Use Forms authentication.

Answer:
D

Tutorial:
You should configure the Web application to use Forms (ASP.NET forms) authentication. This lets you maintain a security credential database containing user names and passwords on the database server that hosts the content databases. Because credentials are sent in clear text during Forms authentication, you should encrypt traffic relating to login and authentication.

You should not choose Kerberos and NTLM as authentication methods. Kerberos and NTLM are Windows-integrated authentication methods. Because you want to manage security credentials separately from Windows security accounts, neither would be appropriate.

You should not choose Digest authentication. Digest authentication is a type of Windows-integrated authentication and requires Windows user accounts.

References:
Plan authentication methods (Windows SharePoint Services)
Microsoft TechNet
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/WSS/en/library/b6bc8fec-c11c-4ed7-a78d-3ad61c7ef6c01033.mspx?mfr=true

Plan authentication settings for Web applications (Windows SharePoint Services)
Microsoft TechNet
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/WSS/en/library/74f80404-bfba-43b5-8941-95c4795df9d11033.mspx?mfr=true

Authorization and Authentication
MSDN
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms457529.aspx

Customizing Security Configurations: Considerations for Managing Access to Web Applications
Collection 5403: Implementing Microsoft Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0
Course 5249

Objective: Administer Windows SharePoint Services.
Sub-objective: Configure site settings.

Single answer, multiple-choice

You deploy Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 for BCD Train. You create several top-level sites, including a site for the Finance department, which has three sub-sites. Everyone working in the Finance department needs to create new documents (e.g., pay slips and contracts) based on predefined Microsoft Office 2003 Excel and Word templates.

You need to provide the templates among their choices when they try to create new documents in the document libraries on their Web sites. What should you do?

A.    Upload the office template files to the Document Library of their top-level site. Instruct the Finance department users to download these templates to their client computers.
B.    Upload the office template files to the Document Library of their top-level site. Instruct the Finance department users to utilize these templates but use the "Save As" option to store created documents.
C.    In the site settings of the Finance department top-level site, create content types for the available templates and add those content types to the required document libraries on the Finance site.
D.    In the site settings of all four sites managed by the Finance department, create content types and add those content types to the required document libraries on each site.

Answer:
C

Tutorial:
Users always prefer to use the familiar features of Microsoft Office applications when working with WSS sites. For instance, they might like to have a list of installed templates available to them when they click the New button in Microsoft Word. To add some templates to the New menu of a document library, you need to create content types for each of those templates and add them to your top-level site.

In this scenario, you want to have those templates available in all Finance sites. It is much easier and faster to add the content types to the Finance top-level site because site content types work based on a hierarchical model. If you create a site content type at the top-level site (i.e., a root), it will be available in all lists and libraries on all sites and sub-sites in that site collection. Creating content types at lower-level sites (leaves) will not propagate them to higher-level sites.

Uploading the office template files to the Document Library of their top-level site will not help you because WSS 3.0 does not have any feature to automatically detect and mount them to provide these templates to your users once they try to create a new object.

Instructing users to utilize uploaded templates through "Save As" option is not correct. When the users create a new document based on a predefined template, they want the process to be the same as it is in any other Microsoft Office application.

You do not need to repeat the same task on all four sites.

References:
Creating and Using Content Types in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
MSDN
http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=197669

Create a site content type
WSS 3.0 Help

Managing Site Galleries: How to Create and Use Content Types
Collection 5403: Implementing Microsoft Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0
Course 5249

Planning Site Creation, Maintenance, and Security
Course 5060: Implementing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Module 2

Objective: Manage customization.
Sub-objective: Configure master page.

Single answer, multiple-choice

You deploy Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 on a server named SRV016 for BCD Train company. BCD Train is a SharePoint hosted services provider. You need to deploy an advertisement banner at the top of all pages on a regular basis. What should you do?

A.    Open the default.master file using a text editor and add the appropriate lines to show the banner. In the future, you will only need to rename the banner file and put it in a defined location.
B.    Use Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer to edit the layout of each page.
C.    Use Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer to edit the web.config file.
D.    Use Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer to edit the default.master file.

Answer:

D

Tutorial:
You can use your browser to access Site settings to open a copy of original default.master file for editing in Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer, which is a WSS-compatible Web design program. As a best practice, do not delete or overwrite the original version of this file.

Opening the default.master file in a text editor such as Notepad is not a suitable method for editing the master pages in WSS 3.0. Although you do need to edit the default.master file, you should use a WSS-compatible Web tool.

Editing the layout of all the pages on your server by using Office SharePoint Designer is wrong and would be a cumbersome task. Microsoft created master pages to avoid the need for a task such as this.

Editing the web.config file by using Office SharePoint Designer is wrong because this file is used for deploying some special configurations such as security settings and policies. There is no option for changing the layout of all pages in this file.

References:
Create or edit a master page
WSS 3.0 Help

Customizing the Site Interface: What Are the Various Ways of Customizing a Site?
Collection 5403: Implementing Microsoft Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0
Course 5249

Creating and Configuring Sites
Course 5060: Implementing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Module 3

Objective: Configure network infrastructure for Windows SharePoint Services.
Sub-objective: Configure Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA).

Single answer, multiple-choice

You deploy Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 in the perimeter network created by a Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) 2006 server firewall.

Because your customers use your sites to enter confidential information, you have configured the WSS and ISA servers to support Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption with a Web Certificate obtained from an internal Certificate Authority (CA) that is joined to your Active Directory domain.

After deployment, you receive numerous reports from external users about various warning messages, including error pages in Internet browsers on Windows Vista clients and warning message boxes on older clients.

You need to configure your network to communicate with users properly and without those error and warning messages. What should you do?

A.    Download and install the latest service pack and all the available critical updates on the WSS and ISA servers.
B.    Obtain a Web server certificate from a public trusted CA and install it on the WSS server.
C.    Obtain a Web server certificate from a public trusted CA and install it on the ISA server.
D.    Use the Web-based tool to request a stronger SSL encryption from your internal CA. Send this certificate to a public trusted certification authority to be signed.

Answer:
C

Tutorial:
Obtaining a Web server certificate from a public trusted CA and installing it on the ISA server is the correct solution to work around this issue. When you want to enter a secure Web site that does not have a well-known certificate from a public CA, most of the popular Web browsers issue warning messages.

In particular, Internet Explorer version 7 users receive a Web page designed to inform them about the problem with the certificate installed on the destination server. The best solution in such scenarios is to purchase a Web server certificate from a well-known security company, which is substantially more expensive than using internally made Web certificates for SSL encryption.

Downloading and installing the latest service pack and all the available critical updates on both servers is a good security practice but definitely will not resolve this issue for customers.

Obtaining a Web server certificate from a public trusted CA and installing it on the WSS server would be a good solution to this problem if the users access the Web server directly. However, in this scenario, they are accessing your Web server through the ISA firewall.

Using the Web-based tool to request a stronger SSL encryption from your internal CA will not help in this case, and your users will again receive those warning and error messages.

References:
Configuring services for secure mobile access to SharePoint data
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrator's Companion
Chapter 19

Planning Site Creation, Maintenance and Security
Course 5060: Implementing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Module 2

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