Before attending this course, students must have:
- Must understand hardware concepts. For example, what redundant array of independent disks (RAID) is, what a storage area network (SAN) is, processor options, memory requirements, how disk input/output (I/O) functions and the limitations of disk I/O, and storage options for Exchange server. The differences in addressable memory spaces between 32- and 64-bit architectures.
- Must have extensive detailed knowledge of Active Directory concepts and design principles. For example, site replication, integrated authentication, schema extension, Domain Name System (DNS), group and organization unit structure and inheritance, etc.
- Working experience with designing and implementing Active Directory in Windows Server 2003.
- Must understand Exchange architecture. For example, the purpose of server roles, functions of specific server roles, how message routing and queuing works in Exchange, standard messaging protocols (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol [SMTP], Internet Message Access Protocol version 4rev1 [IMAP4], Post Office Protocol version 3 [POP3]), how Exchange replicates data stores, client access methods, etc.
- Working experience with Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007.
Must already know how to use:
- Exchange System Manager
- Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA)
- Microsoft Office Visio (to create infrastructure diagrams)
- Familiarity and experience with a Windows scripting or command-line scripting.