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TechJunkyTechJunky Member Posts: 881
Ok, so I have had a little more free time at my new job than expected and I generally dont use study material, I have always used my life experiences and the technotes here.

As some of you may know I have passed my 70-270 and 20-290 this month and I really want to kill 70-291 in the same month and get my MCSA out of the way.

Since there isnt any technotes for this test what should I be studying in depth in DNS?

I am familiar with Primary Zones, Secondary Zones, Stub Zones etc.

I defiantly need work on Integrated Zones so I will look for some websites to study exactly how they work and what they do before taking this exam. Also, is subnetting big on this exam?

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    dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    DNS is probably the most important item in this exam. Know it thoroughly. You need to know how to subnet as well.

    Be sure to check out the exam objectives: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-291.mspx
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    undomielundomiel Member Posts: 2,818
    DHCP is another big topic and you'll also hit a good bit of RRAS. Don't forget to look at royal's sticky notes!
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    TechJunkyTechJunky Member Posts: 881
    Thanks.

    Man, that learntosubnet.com rocks.

    I had an awesome word document a long time ago that broke down every Subnet Class in binary and I basically bolded the Network ID and didn't bold the host id's and it made it very easy to see how many subnet id's were in a particular class etc, but I cant seem to find it. This site has close to the same thing and great explanations. Exactly what I needed to brush back up with my binary.

    Great resource!
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    SieSie Member Posts: 1,195
    As stated above the best things to cover here are:

    DNS
    DHCP
    RRAS
    IPSec
    WSUS

    Proberbly in that order....

    The best material you can see thou is Royal's sticky its VERY useful.
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    kmfinegan1kmfinegan1 Member Posts: 27 ■■■□□□□□□□
    RRAS icon_rolleyes.gif

    You probably will never use it in the real word, but you have to know it for the Micro$oft advertising campaign, um, er, i mean 70-291
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    NetAdmin2436NetAdmin2436 Member Posts: 1,076
    kmfinegan1 wrote:
    RRAS icon_rolleyes.gif

    You probably will never use it in the real word, but you have to know it for the Micro$oft advertising campaign, um, er, i mean 70-291

    I disagree wholeheartly. You do not have to know it. icon_lol.gif
    http://www.techexams.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=35564

    I'm joking of course, you should study it.

    DNS and DHCP are probably 1/2 of the test, so know them inside and out. Good luck!
    WIP: CCENT/CCNA (.....probably)
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    kmfinegan1kmfinegan1 Member Posts: 27 ■■■□□□□□□□
    kmfinegan1 wrote:
    RRAS icon_rolleyes.gif

    You probably will never use it in the real word, but you have to know it for the Micro$oft advertising campaign, um, er, i mean 70-291

    I disagree wholeheartly. You do not have to know it. icon_lol.gif
    http://www.techexams.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=35564

    I'm joking of course, you should study it.

    DNS and DHCP are probably 1/2 of the test, so know them inside and out. Good luck!

    I stand corrected, you have to know RRAS, UNLESS your name is NetAdmin icon_lol.gif
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    royalroyal Member Posts: 3,352 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Spend as little time on RRAS as possible. You don't really need to know it for the real world since nobody uses it. Well.... almost nobody. Concentrate more on DNS/DHCP and knowing it very well since it's used by everybody who has a network.
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    WillTech105WillTech105 Member Posts: 216
    Speaking of the topics of the test....is there anything on WINS? I am reading a THOMPSON book and it has a chapter full of WINS. Should I study it to memory or am I wasting my time with it?
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    NetAdmin2436NetAdmin2436 Member Posts: 1,076
    Speaking of the topics of the test....is there anything on WINS? I am reading a THOMPSON book and it has a chapter full of WINS. Should I study it to memory or am I wasting my time with it?

    Yeah, the tests has some WINS stuff. Not much, but some.
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    undomielundomiel Member Posts: 2,818
    Yeah, the tests has some WINS stuff. Not much, but some.

    Really? I never ran into any real WINS stuff in any of my tests except for a mention here or there that a WINS server existed and was needed for compatibility with a legacy application on the network, if even that much was mentioned. I guess I got lucky! I skipped all of the WINS sections in any of the books I was looking at.
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    dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
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    NetAdmin2436NetAdmin2436 Member Posts: 1,076
    Yeah, maybe since I'm currently studying 293 it's in my head and I just seen WINS referenced on the 291 exam questions.

    My brain is starting to go numb with all these long winded MS questions.
    WIP: CCENT/CCNA (.....probably)
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    TechJunkyTechJunky Member Posts: 881
    HAha! That made me laugh. He is half right though. Seriously who uses RRAS now adays when they create these wonderful devices called Cisco/Sonic Wall/Juniper. icon_lol.gif

    That made my day.
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    undomielundomiel Member Posts: 2,818
    I use RAS here for the vpn since management would never give me a budget for anything. It was really easy to set up as well. I'm considering migrating to OpenVPN though. It would be good experience.
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    TechJunkyTechJunky Member Posts: 881
    Ok, so with the president of my company being in town and having meetings to attend I wasn't able to take time off work to take my exam. icon_evil.gif

    So I will try and shoot for monday and get this last exam out of the way. I have been brushing up on my DNS, so hopefully nothing from work comes up and on Monday I will hopefully have my MCSA.
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    undomielundomiel Member Posts: 2,818
    Good luck!
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    TechJunkyTechJunky Member Posts: 881
    Ugh. So my father in law really messed up his back this weekend.

    Long story short, he lives on a big hill, about 60 stairs to get to his house... So he is staying at my place for atleast a week until he gets to feeling better. So as you can guess I didn't have time to study this weekend so I am postponing once again.

    I really want to make time for this test. I may just have to stay at work late a couple nights and bang out some studying so I can take it this week.
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