642 and Server Core

cruwlcruwl Member Posts: 341 ■■□□□□□□□□
I've been studying 642 for a while, Have my test tomorrow. i've been doing some practice exams and I've gotten a few questions on server core. But both books I've used for 642 didn't cover anything on core, the 640 books did. I looked at the MS skills measured for 70-642 and core isn't listed at all.

Does anyone know if Server Core is covered in the actual 642 exam?


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    Dracula28Dracula28 Member Posts: 232
    I'm working towards 642 myself, so can't say for sure if server core stuff is tested on the exam, but I would assume that you might need to know basic commands in any case (as you did on 640). Such as Dism to enable features, Netsh to manage DHCP related stuff, Dnscmd to manage Dns server etc.
    Current certs: MCP (210) MCSA (270, 290, 291 and 680) MCTS (680, 640)
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    LexluetharLexluethar Member Posts: 516
    The books that i've read show that you need to know some of the core commands like dcpromo, adding roles from the server command line, ect.
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    cruwlcruwl Member Posts: 341 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Went back to the appendix of the book, i guess there were sections on DNS and DHCP on server core, I don't remember those sections at all.
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    MrSharpMrSharp Member Posts: 45 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Best of luck tomorrow cruwl.
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    kj0kj0 Member Posts: 767
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    cruwlcruwl Member Posts: 341 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thanks MrSharp,

    kjo those lists are out dated and most likely pre R2,
    The current skills measured on MS site shows nothing about Core

    Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
    Configuring Names Resolution (22 percent)
    • Configure a Domain Name System (DNS) server.
      • May include but is not limited to: conditional forwarding; external forwarders; root hints; cache-only; socket pooling; cache locking
    • Configure DNS zones.

      • May include but is not limited to: zone scavenging; zone types; Active Directory integration; Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS); Secure DDNS; GlobalNames; zone delegation; DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC); reverse lookup zones
    • Configure DNS records.
      • May include but is not limited to: record types; Time to live (TTL); weighting records; registering records; netmask ordering; DnsUpdateProxy group; round robin; DNS record security; auditing
    • Configure DNS replication.
      • May include but is not limited to: DNS secondary zones; DNS stub zones; Active Directory Integrated replication scopes; securing zone transfer; SOA refresh; auditing
    • Configure name resolution for client computers.
      • May include but is not limited to: configuring HOSTS file; Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR); broadcasting; resolver cache; DNS server list; Suffix Search order; DNS devolution

    Test is in an hour so I guess I'll know for sure if I get any core questions pretty soon.
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    cruwlcruwl Member Posts: 341 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Well failed with a 662, was stong in the areas I new I was stong in. pretty much perfect on DNS, really lacking in Network Access. Was really shocked on the port number/firewall questions. will reschedule my 2nd shot for begining to mid May and hopefully knock it out.

    Didnt get any questions on core.
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    KeenerKeener Member Posts: 146 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I think that is the same score I had my first time on the 642 exam. My second try was a pass with 746.

    The only questions I had regarding server core was just using the install commands or some specific commands since there is no GUI. My new job now uses Server Core in some situations. On future labs I am going to setup a lab with a server core only. That way I can learn the commands in addition to the GUI options. I think I only had 1 or 2 command and switch questions.

    Good luck on your next take. I'm sure you will do great!
    Pain is only temporary. No matter how bad it gets, it always ends!
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