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Questions (October 26, 2001)
Answers (October 26, 2001)

This week's questions cover topics for Exam 70-210: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional.

Question 1
As your company's network administrator, you've been asked to protect sensitive HR documents that exist on three laptops. To ensure that the data remains confidential even if someone steals any of the three machines, you decide to use Windows 2000's Encrypting File System (EFS). How can you configure EFS for these documents so that the laptops' users can access the encrypted data on each others’ laptops from their own machines? (Choose the best answer.)

  1. Encrypt the documents yourself and configure the NTFS permissions so that users who need access have at least Modify permission.
  2. Configure the NTFS permissions so that the users who need access have at least Modify permission and at least one user has Full Control permission. Ask the user with Full Control permission to encrypt the documents.
  3. Encrypt the documents yourself. Share the folders that contain the documents and grant the users at least Change permission to the shared folders.
  4. Share the folders and configure permissions for the shared folders so that all three users have Full Control to the shared folders. Ask one user to encrypt the documents.
  5. You can't configure EFS in this manner because EFS doesn't let users share encrypted documents.

Question 2
Your Windows 2000 Professional computer has a 2GB hard disk and 128MB of RAM. Because you occasionally run memory-intensive applications, you want to optimize performance on your system. You realize that one way to optimize performance is to modify your paging file settings. Which of the following steps would best configure your paging file for optimum performance? (Choose the best answer.)

  1. Set the pagefile's initial size to 64MB and the maximum size to 192MB.
  2. Set the pagefile's initial size to 128MB and the maximum size to 128MB.
  3. Set the pagefile's initial size to 192MB and the maximum size to 128MB.
  4. Set the pagefile's initial size to 256MB and the maximum size to 128MB.
  5. Set the pagefile's initial size to 256MB and the maximum size to 256MB.
  6. Set the pagefile's initial size to 2048MB and the maximum size to 2048MB.

Question 3
You’ve just installed a new device driver on your Windows 2000 Professional machine. However, after you restart the system and log on, you receive an error message. You decide to restart your system again. Which startup options might help you diagnose and fix this problem? (Choose all that apply.)

  1. Directory Service Restore Mode
  2. Last Known Good Configuration
  3. Recovery Console (RC)
  4. Safe Mode
  5. Safe Mode with command prompt

Answers (October 26, 2001)

Answer to Question 1
The correct answer is E—You can't configure EFS in this manner because EFS doesn't let users share encrypted documents. With Win2K, you can store encrypted files on remote servers, but you can't share encrypted files among multiple users remotely. If you attempt to access an encrypted document over the network, you might receive the error message, "Error copying file or folder. Cannot copy NT mounted volumes: Cannot read from the source file or disk." The only workaround is to ask the file's owner to decrypt the file.

For more information, see the Microsoft article Q223448.

Answer to Question 2
The correct answer is E—Set the initial size to 256MB and the maximum size to 256MB. According to Microsoft, you should generally set the pagefile size to 1.5 times the amount of RAM on your system. However, if you run memory-intensive applications, you should set your pagefile size higher than Microsoft's recommendations. Setting the initial pagefile size the same as the maximum pagefile size can reduce fragmentation of the pagefile and improve performance. However, note that you can't set the initial size to a number that's greater than the maximum size.

Answer to Question 3
The correct answers are C—RC; D—Safe Mode; and E—Safe Mode with command prompt. Win2K gives you several recovery options:

  • Safe mode starts Win2K using only basic files and drivers.
  • Safe Mode with command prompt starts Win2K using only basic files and drivers and displays the command prompt after logging on.
  • Last Known Good Configuration starts Win2K using the registry information that Windows saved during the last shutdown.
  • RC displays a command-line interface that provides a limited set of administrative commands.

Last Known Good Configuration wouldn't be useful in this scenario because you loggeded on successfully after you made the configuration change. When you logged on, you created a new Last Known Good Configuration. Although Directory Service Restore Mode is a safe-mode startup option, it doesn't apply to Win2K Pro.