Questions

1. What is the business problem?

A. Users are not all on one network.

B. The company's software versions are not consistent.

C. Everybody needs an e-mail account on the Minneapolis server.

D. You shouldn't have that much confusion in any one company.

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2.

What solution(s) should you implement to solve the customer's busi-

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ness problem?

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A.

Ensure that each location has a secure connection to the Internet.

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B.

Set up secure wide area connections between all of the sites. Wide

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area bandwidth should be adjusted according to the size of the site

and its needs.

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C.

Up-version all servers to Windows 2000.

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D.

Assure that there is an Exchange server at each site and that direc-

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tory replication is taking place between all servers.

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E.

Set up some form of IIS Server in a central location for the sharing

of information.

F.

Assure that all users are on a uniform O/S desktop, and that service

pack and service release levels are current.

G.

Establish a plan to up-version the existing Exchange servers to

Exchange 2000 by Q1 of next year.

3.

What solution(s) should you implement to meet all of the customer's

needs?

A.

Ensure that each location has a secure connection to the Internet.

B.

Set up secure wide area connections between all of the sites. Wide

area bandwidth should be adjusted according to the size of the site

and its needs.

C.

Up-version all servers to Windows 2000.

D.

Assure that there is an Exchange server at each site and that direc-

tory replication is taking place between all servers.

E.

Set up some form of IIS Server in a central location for the sharing

of information.

F.

Assure that all users are on a uniform O/S desktop, and that service

pack and service release levels are current.

G.

Establish a plan to migrate all e-mail to the latest version of

Exchange.

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You need to explain to management why you want to up-version to

Windows 2000 on the servers. In what ways will this upgrade positively affect this scenario?

A. Increased security in the form of Kerberos will enhance the protection that the company needs to avoid being hacked.

B. Active Directory will ensure that new users coming on board in foreign countries will quickly show up in the overall list of users.

C. Windows 2000 works better with Exchange 5.5 and enhances its functionality.

D. Windows 2000 provides increased support for Linux servers.

E. RAS support is greatly increased in Windows 2000.

F. You can begin investigating virtual private networking for trouble spots like Athens. Permanent connections to the states are prohibitively expensive but they could utilize a high-speed connection to their ISP to arrive at the same goal using a VPN.

5. Given the following table, rank the sites, in the order of importance, according to the amount of attention you think they'll require in order to facilitate your upgrade. For each site listed on the right, write in the order in the left column in which you think the site deserves attention.

Rank

Site

Athens

Minneapolis

Orlando

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1.

A. The main business problem is that users are not all connected

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together even though they should be. The very act of connecting every-

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one together via some methodology would clear up the majority of

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your communications problems.

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2.

B. You would start with B, setting up wide area connections in order

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to assure that everybody's on the same playing field and can begin to

share information. The links between the different organizations must

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be secure.

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3.

A, B, C, D, E, F, G. All of the above are good starts, but not quite

good enough. You have not addressed security needs, for example,

nor have you addressed the planning necessary to make this project

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run smoothly. For example, the servers may also have a problem,

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hardware-wise, supporting Windows 2000, or there may be issues

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involved in moving some information between the United States and

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Greece. You don't have enough information yet. More work needs to

be done in the planning areas!

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4.

A, B, F. There should be a strong business case to be made for linking

Athens with the United States using a VPN rather than a leased line.

The VPN security embedded in Windows 2000 will be a big help mak-

ing this happen.

AD will also aid in security management and ensure that administra-

tion is done in an efficient manner.

On a side note, your Exchange 2000 upgrade planned for Q1 of next

year is a good bet because Exchange 2000 interfaces with AD,

Exchange 5.5 does not.

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5. See table

1. Minneapolis

2. Athens

3. Orlando

The first couple of choices are obvious. Minneapolis, being the main site, is the first candidate for upgrade, especially given their status as the home office and the poor condition of their Internet connectivity. Since all information will flow from here, you will need to get Minneapolis on line and secure first. Once that has been accomplished, you will have to begin to work on connecting Athens. From the sounds of the setup in Orlando, they at least have some of the infrastructure building blocks in place, much more so than the other two. If you were to create a secure Website to start the information sharing process, you could work toward the 24x7x365 network. You have to take baby steps first!

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