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MCSE 70-293 Exam Cram: Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition) Paperback – Aug 17 2006

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification; 2 edition (Aug. 17 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789736195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789736192
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
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MCSE Planning and Maintaining a Windows® Server™ 2003 Network Infrastructure Exam Cram 

Exam 70-293


Diana Huggins

Jason Zandri


The Smart Way to Study™


Covers the critical information you’ll need to know to score higher on your 70-293 exam!

  • Identify security requirements for different server roles
  • Deploy security configurations based on server roles
  • Plan a TCP/IP network infrastructure strategy
  • Identify routing requirements
  • Plan host name and NetBIOS name resolution strategies
  • Implement secure access between private networks using IPSec
  • Troubleshoot system performance using System Monitor
  • Plan for high availability using Cluster Service and Network Load Balancing
  • Deploy secure remote administration methods
  • Implement a Public Key Infrastructure using Certificate Service



Diana Huggins is an independent contractor providing both technical writing and consulting services. Prior to this, she was a full-time senior systems consultant for a Winnipeg-based company, where she worked on network infrastructure design and implementation projects. Diana has obtained several industry certifications, some of which include MCSE, A+, Network+, and Server+.


Jason Zandri currently holds the position of technical account manager at Microsoft Corporation and has worked as a technical trainer and consultant for a variety of corporate clients. He also has written a number of CompTIA and Microsoft prep tests for Boson Software as well as a number of published articles for,, and Certification Magazine. Jason has obtained a large number of industry  certifications, some of which include: MCT, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, and CISSP.


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ISBN: 0-7897-3619-5

About the Author

Diana Huggins is currently an independent contractor providing both technical writing and consulting services. Before this, she worked as a senior systems consultant. Some of the projects she worked on include a security review of Microsoft’s official curriculum, content development for private companies, and network infrastructure design and implementation projects. Diana’s main focus over the past few years has been on writing certification study guides, including Windows 2000 Directory Services Design (Exam Cram 70-219) as well as Installing, Configuring, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting DNS in a Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure (Exam Cram 70-216). To complement her efforts, she also spends a portion of her time consulting for small to medium-size companies in a variety of areas and continues to work as an independent technical trainer.


Diana currently has her Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) certifications, along with several other certifications from different vendors, including A+, I-NET+, and Server+. Although her focus is on the information technology industry, she also holds a Bachelor’s degree in education. Diana runs her own company, DKB Consulting Services. The main focus of the company is on developing certification training courseware and online practice exams, as well as content delivery. Please feel free to email Diana with any questions and comments at


Jason Zandri currently holds the position of Technical Account Manager at Microsoft Corporation and has worked as a technical trainer and consultant for a variety of corporate clients in Connecticut over the past six years. He has also written a number of CompTIA and Microsoft prep tests for Boson Software as well as a number of published articles for,,, and Certification Magazine. His professional CompTIA certifications include A+ Certified Technician, INet+ Certified Technician, Server+ Certified Technician, Network+ Certified Technician, and Security+ Certified Professional.


His professional Microsoft certifications include Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Professional–NT4/W2K (MCP), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator–W2K (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security–W2K (MCSA: Security), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer–NT4/W2K (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet–NT4 (MCP+I). Other accredited certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from ISC2. When not parked in front of his computers, you can find Jason and his wife, Renia, sifting through their movie collection looking for the “right” movie for that particular evening.

Please feel free to email Jason with your comments at Please be sure to put 70-293 (or something similar) in the subject line.


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HASH(0xa350a084) out of 5 stars Terrible book riddled with errors... Aug. 25 2008
By Bryan Penberthy - Published on
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I wish there would have been a review for this book before I bought it, but there wasn't. I bought this book to help with studying for the 70-293 exam. I understand that the book is an exam cram....meaning that it is a more abridged version of the exam topics, but this book leaves a lot out. And further more, the exam cram for the 70-291 exam was great.

I am not too sure where to even start. Most of the exam topics in this book are given from a 500 foot overview. Network load balancing and clustering cover about 3 pages in this book...and that is a big topic on the exam.

And the book doesn't read very well either. It reads more like a bulleted list than a book with paragraphs. Each paragraph is seemingly unrelated to the paragraph before it.

Also, the practice exams at the end of the book are terrible. Each practice exam is comprised of 60 questions, which is good as when I am studying for an exam, the more questions you encounter on the material, the better prepared you are. But not with these questions. Some of them where well written, but others were flat out terrible. One question was trying to get at network troubleshooting. The general gist of the question was "Computer A on subnet A cannot talk to computer B on subnet B". The question then goes on for a page and a half as to elaborate on all the troubleshooting that the admin took. The question is then something like "What would be the best tool to use to figure out where the problem is? and the answer is tracert.exe. Ok, do we really need 1.5 pages of troubleshooting that you did to ask a question about tracert?

Another bone of contention that I had with the practice exams were with the questions again. This time, it seemed like there were 10 questions, all back to back (ie... question 11, question 12, etc) that were all the exact same thing. They were the same word for word, and then one piece was changed at the end to make them "different". They were all DNS questions....I understand that you need to come up with 120 questions, but if you are going to make all the questions the same, and least put them in different spots in the practice exam so we aren't reading the same thing over and over. It makes the exam very boring.

But the final straw for me was practice exam #2. I gave up in the middle of it. There was a question on collision and broadcast domains. Throughout the question, the states that "hubs are used to connect the machines". Then it asks what you would use to form the domains. So you pick your answers, and then check it with the answer guide in the back, and find out that you got it wrong. And the explanation says that switches....yada yada.....So in the question he talks about hubs, but then in the answer he talks about switches. They are not the same thing.

Also, many questions were just flat out wrong. You answer them correctly, and then check the answer to find out the book is wrong. Too many times this happened. I finally put the book down and vowed to never pick it up again. Simply because it is terrible and you can't trust the information in it to be correct. Possibly no technical editor was employed?!?

A much better choice is the 70-293 book by Syngress. It is much more complete, and each topic is given anywhere from 50-80 pages.

Do yourself a favor, and buy a different book.