Question 3) Test Yourself on Maintaining

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Objective: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining Server Availability
SubObjective : Creating Web Site Rule Documents
Single Answer Multiple Choice

 

You are the network administrator for your company’ single Active Directory domain. All network servers run Windows Server 2003. All client computers run Windows XP Professional.

 

You are responsible for backing up and restoring all data on 10 file servers. Each file server has two hard disks: Disk0 and Disk1. The system volume is contained on Disk0. User files and data are stored on Disk1.

 

You must define a plan that allows each server to be completely restored in the event that you have problems with a file, driver, or service. This plan must include what you should do after you have tried and failed at using the Last Known Good Configuration and Safe Mode. Your plan should include recovery using the least amount of administrative effort and with minimal data loss. This plan must apply to all servers for preventive measures.

 

Which action should you include in your plan?

 

A. For each server, create an Automatic System Recovery (ASR) backup set and an ASR floppy disk.
B. For each server, install the Recovery Console as a startup option, using the Windows Server 2003 Setup CD and h:i386winnt32.exe /cmdcons.
C. For each server, create a backup using the Windows Server 2003 Backup Wizard and choosing the Back Up Selected File, Drives, or Network Data.
D. Run the Recovery Console from your Windows Server 2003 Setup CD, choose the Repair or Recover option by pressing R, and press C to start the Recovery Console.

 

Answer:
B. For each server, install the Recovery Console as a startup option, using the Windows Server 2003 Setup CD and h:i386winnt32.exe /cmdcons.

 

Tutorial:
For each server, install the Recovery Console as a startup option, using the Windows Server 2003 Setup CD and h:i386winnt32.exe /cmdcons. The Recovery Console can be used to resolve problems with files, drivers, and services. This console allows you to repair the boot sector and master boot record, enable and disable device drivers and services, copy files from floppy or CD to hard disk drives, and format and change drives. Installing this console prevents downtime of servers due to the types of failures listed above. This should be tried as a last result after you have tried using the Last Known Good Configuration and opening the server in Safe Mode.

 

You should not create an Automatic System Recovery (ASR) backup set and an ASR floppy disk for each server. The ASR Wizard backs up the System State data, system services, and all disks associated with the operating system components. This backup set creates a floppy disk, which contains information about the backup, the disk configurations (including basic and dynamic volumes), and how to accomplish a restore. ASR does not include data files in the backup set. You should back up data files separately on a regular basis and restore them after the system is working. This would not meet the goal of using the least administrative effort possible and providing minimal data loss. If data has been changed since the last backup, the changes will be lost. If the Recovery Console can bring the system up, the changes to data should still be present.

 

You should not create a backup using the Windows Server 2003 Backup Wizard and select the Back Up Selected File, Drives, or Network Data. However, you should maintain a backup system that makes a full restore possible. You can create this backup by using the Windows Server 2003 Backup Wizard and selecting the Back Up Everything On This Computer option.

 

You should not run the Recovery Console from your Windows Server 2003 Setup CD, choose the Repair or Recover option by pressing R, and press C to start the Recovery Console. This will start the Recovery Console in case of emergency. However, the scenario stated that you should take preventive measures and be prepared before the disaster happens. Installing the Recovery Console makes it available in case you are unable to restart Windows. The Recovery Console option can be selected from the list of available operating systems when you start your computer.

 

Reference:
1. Windows Server 2003 Help – Disks and Data
– Backing Up and Recovering Data – Disaster Recover – Concepts – Understanding Disaster Recovery – Automated System Recovery (ASR) Overview

 

2. Windows Server 2003 Help – Disks and Data
– Backing Up and Recovering Data – Disaster Recover – Concepts – Understanding Disaster Recovery – Recovery Console Overview

 

3. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant – Data Backup and Recovery
– Backing Up Your Data – Backing Up Data With the Backup Utility

 

These questions are derived from the Self Test Software Practice Test for Microsoft Exam #70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure.

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