Question 4) Test Yourself on Planning

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SubObjective: Restore Active Directory Services
Single Answer Multiple Choice

 

You are the network administrator for your company. The company’s logical network design consists of a single Active Directory domain. All servers run Windows Server 2003, and all client computers run Windows XP Professional. Three domain controllers are deployed on the network.

 

You have a large number of objects in Active Directory and are concerned that the growth of the Ntds.dit file will reduce the performance of LDAP operations. From one of the domain controllers, you remove numerous objects from Active Directory, but the size of the Ntds.dit file remains the same.

 

You want to reduce the size of the Ntds.dit file on the domain controller and archive the old data file.

 

What should you do?

 

A. Use Windows Backup to create a backup of the system state data of the domain controller. Restore the system state data to the archive location.
B. Restart the domain controller in Directory Services Restore Mode.
Use the Ntdsutil utility to compact the database and archive the old database file.
C. Restart the domain controller in Directory Services Restore Mode. Delete the log files from the NTDS folder. Run the Eseutil utility with the /c switch.
D. Restart the domain controller in Directory Services Restore Mode. Delete the log files from the NTDS folder. Use the Ntdsutil utility to perform an authoritative restore to the archive location.

 

Answer:
B. Restart the domain controller in Directory Services Restore Mode.
Use the Ntdsutil utility to compact the database and archive the old database file.

 

Tutorial:
You should restart the domain controller in Directory Services Restore Mode and use the Ntdsutil utility to compact the database. The Ntdsutil utility invokes Esentutl.exe to compact the existing data file, which writes the compacted file to the directory you specify when entering the command. The directory can be remote and mapped by means of the net use command. Once compaction is complete, the operation can archive the old data file and move the newly compacted file back to the original location of the data file.

 

You cannot compact the Ntds.dit file by using Windows Backup to create a backup of the system state data. This operation will not compact the file, and you cannot restore the system state data selectively or to a new location.

 

You cannot manually launch the Eseutil utility. Eseutil is an Exchange 2000/2003 utility that replaces the Edbutil and Eseutil utilities used with earlier versions of Exchange. This utility can be used to perform database maintenance tasks, such as defragmentations and compactions, for newer Exchange implementations.

 

You cannot compact the Ntds.dit file by deleting the log files from the NTDS folder and using the Ntdsutil utility to perform an authoritative restore to the archive location. The log files are not part of the Active Directory database. Therefore, deleting these files will have no effect on the size of the Active Directory database files.

 

Reference:
1. Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure – Module 10: Managing Active Directory
– How to Defragment an Active Directory Database

 

These questions are derived from the Self Test Software Practice Test for Microsoft Exam #70-294: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure.

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