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Questions (February 1, 2002)
Answers (February 1, 2002)

This week's questions cover topics for Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional.

Questions (February 1, 2002)

Question 1
Which of the following correctly identifies the files that load the kernel, the hardware abstraction layer (HAL), and the registry information during startup on Windows XP 64-bit and Windows XP Professional machines? (Select the best answer.)

  1. Windows XP 64-bit: ntdetect.com; Windows XP Pro: ntdetect.com
  2. Windows XP 64-bit: ntoskrnl.exe; Windows XP Pro: ntdetect.com
  3. Windows XP 64-bit: ia64ldr.efi; Windows XP Pro: ntdetect.com
  4. Windows XP 64-bit: ia64ldr.efi; Windows XP Pro: ntoskrnl.exe
  5. Windows XP 64-bit: ia64ldr.efi; Windows XP Pro: ia64ldr.efi

Question 2
A senior manager has asked you to help her disable a particularly annoying application that runs every time she logs on. Unfortunately, the application is corrupt and locks up the system, so the manager can't delete the application by removing it from the Startup folder. When you arrive at her office, the boot process has progressed to the point where the logon banner appears. You want to deal with this problem as expeditiously as possible, which means that you don't want to reboot back into Safe mode. Which of the following steps should you take? (Select the best answer.)

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and log on. When the logon process begins, hold down the Alt key to prevent all Startup programs from running.
  2. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and log on. When the logon process begins, hold down the Shift key to prevent all Startup programs from running.
  3. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and log on. When the logon process begins, hold down the Break key to prevent all Startup programs from running.
  4. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and log on. When the logon process begins, hold down the space bar to prevent all startup programs from running.

Question 3
You visit a regional office in New York to install and upgrade that office's Windows 2000 Server cluster. You also install Windows XP Professional on a secretary's workstation. You use Win2K Server Terminal Services across the WAN from your office in Los Angeles to manage other Win2K Server clusters in Denver, Des Moines, and Duluth, and you want to test the Remote Desktop function as a precursor to migrating away from PC Anywhere for desktop management. You enable Remote Desktop on the secretary's system, install the regular applications, enable access to your user account, then return to your office.

Which of the following steps should you take to connect to the secretary's machine in New York with a minimal amount of effort? (Select all that apply.)

  1. Install an XP Pro machine in your office and select Remote Desktop Client.
  2. Connect using the Terminal Services client on the Win2K Pro workstation in your office.
  3. Make sure port 3389 is open on the WAN links between your office and the New York office.
  4. Make sure port 1168 is open on the WAN links between your office and the New York office.
  5. On the XP Pro machine in your office, go to My Network Places, Entire Network, Microsoft Terminal Services, and select the secretary's machine.

Answers (February 1, 2002)

Answer to Question 1
The correct answer is D— Windows XP 64-bit: ia64ldr.efi; Windows XP Pro: ntoskrnl.exe. On XP Pro systems, which use a standard x86 architecture, ntoskrnl.exe loads the kernel, HAL, and registry information. On the new XP 64-bit systems, however, the boot process is markedly different from the process on other Windows versions. One difference is that ia64ldr.efi—not ntoskrnl.exe—loads the kernel, HAL, and registry information.

If you've been studying Microsoft OSs for some time, you might remember that NT 4.0 could run on the Alpha architecture, among others. The XP 64-bit version supports Intel's new 64-bit Itanium processor. You can learn more about the XP 64-bit version on Microsoft's XP Web site.

Answer to Question 2
The correct answer is B—Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and log on. When the logon process begins, hold down the Shift key to prevent all Startup programs from running. In this situation, the fastest way to disable programs in the Start menu is to hold down the Shift key from the beginning of the logon process until the process finishes. This useful technical-support procedure can save you a lot of time that you might otherwise spend waiting for unnecessary applications to start.

Answer to Question 3
The correct answers are B—Connect using the Terminal Services client on the Win2K Pro workstation in your office; and C—Make sure port 3389 is open on the WAN links between your office and the New York office. You already use port 3389, the Terminal Services RDP port, to connect to the Denver, Des Moines, and Duluth offices, so the port is open on the WAN links in those office. However, port 3389 might be closed on the New York router. You must have this port open to start Terminal Services connections on the server cluster you installed. Installing an XP system from scratch in your office would work, but it's not the easiest way to perform the task.