Problem
Arnold Ambitious works at the Help desk at WeAreWidgets. He wants to become a systems administrator. Thus, he spends a week running around and tweaking the system's computers, and he sends a report of his accomplishments to the company executives to impress them with his skills. Arnold doesn't copy his boss, because he's after his boss' job, but someone shows his boss the report.

The following week, Arnold receives a note from his boss, with copies to everyone concerned. The note says, "Truthful you're not, fired you are."

The following is from Arnold's report. How did his boss know he was lying?

I performed the following tasks this week:

  • Used Server Manager to promote the word processing applications server (which was not a domain controller) to a Backup Domain Controller (BDC).
  • Installed NT Server 4.0 over NT Workstation 4.0 (used the same directory) to turn the design department's workstation number 4 into a BDC.
  • Installed NT Server 4.0 over NT Workstation 4.0 (used the same directory) to turn the human resources department's workstation number 11 into an application server for the company database.
  • Used the Send Message function in Server Manager to tell all company users about the new location of the company database.
  • Created trust relationships between New York and Boston and between New York and Chicago to permit trusted logons between Boston and Chicago. Logged on test users successfully.
  • Put a note on every monitor to instruct users to skip reading the menu and press 4 if they get an error message saying they must load the Last Known Good configuration. Tested the process to make sure it works.
  • Edited MSDOS.SYS on all dual-booting machines to make Windows 95 the default system. Removed all lines below the first semicolon to save disk space. Win95 users are now running all software, including legacy applications, with no problems.
  • Created a batch file on all administrative department workstations to use XCOPY to transfer local document files to the server. Created an individual target share on the server for each workstation.

Signed, Arnold

To win, you must identify all lies and explain how you know they're lies. For the statements that are lies, describe what would have occurred if Arnold had done what he said.

Solution

  • Used Server Manager to promote the word processing applications server (which was not a domain controller) to a Backup Domain Controller (BDC).
    FALSE—You cannot promote a server to a BDC. You must reinstall NT 4.0 and make the computer a BDC.
  • &Installed NT Server 4.0 over NT Workstation 4.0 (used the same directory) to turn the design department’s workstation number 4 into a BDC.
    FALSE—You cannot install NT Server 4.0 over NT Workstation 4.0 to create a BDC.
  • Installed NT Server 4.0 over NT Workstation 4.0 (used the same directory) to turn the human resources department’s workstation number 11 into an application server for the company database.
    TRUE
  • Used the Send Message function in Server Manager to tell all company users about the new location of the company database.
    PROBABLY FALSE—The Send Message function communicates only with workstations that are logged onto and using the server. Machines that are merely connected to a LAN do not receive the message. To send a message to these computers, you must use the Net Send command.
  • Created trust relationships between New York and Boston and between New York and Chicago to permit trusted logons between Boston and Chicago. Logged on test users successfully.
    FALSE—NT does not have inherited trusts. If you create a trust relationship between New York and Boston and between New York and Chicago, you do not have a trust relationship between Boston and Chicago. You must create this trust relationship separately.
  • Put a note on every monitor to instruct users to skip reading the menu and press 4 if they get an error message saying they must load the Last Known Good configuration. Tested the process to make sure it works.
    FALSE—The menu does not have numbered choices. You must use the arrow keys to choose from multiple choices, or you can press L to load the Last Known Good configuration.
  • Edited MSDOS.SYS on all dual-booting machines to make Windows 95 the default system. Removed all lines below the first semicolon to save disk space. Win95 users are now running all software, including legacy applications, with no problems.
    FALSE—Boot.ini controls how the operating system (OS) loads. In addition, MSDOS.SYS must be larger than 1024 bytes to work on Win95 computers. You use the lines below the first semicolon to create a file of the necessary size.
  • Created a batch file on all administrative department workstations to use XCOPY to transfer local document files to the server. Created an individual target share on the server for each workstation.
    TRUE—But this process works only if the share is mapped at the top of the batch file (i.e., net use x: \\computer\sharename). The next-to-last line of the batch file needs the command net use x: /delete to prevent an error message that the mapping already exists. (You’ll get this message if you haven't rebooted since you last used the batch file.) The last line of the batch file must be exit.