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Windows Server 2008 Interview Questions

These interview questions are for Microsoft Windows Server 2008. They include questions on general aspects of Windows Server 2008 such as active directory, forest trusts, AD roles, AD RMS, server manager and activating windows.

They are suitable for the following job roles:

  • Support Engineer
  • IT Manager
  • IT Support Technician
  • Network Engineer
  • Support Analyst
  • Systems Administrator

We wrote these questions for other IT professionals looking to get some practice in before attending their next interview or sitting a technical test. They are suitable for consultants, temp staff or full time permanent roles.

If the job involves using Windows Server 2008 then these questions should help you out..

Interview Questions

1. Forest Trusts. In Windows Server 2008, there are four trust types that must be created manually. Which of the following is NOT a type of trust?

Shortcut Trusts
Real Trusts
External Trusts
Forest Trusts

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2. You create trusts in Windows Server 2008 with the New Trust Wizard. Which one of the following authentication types is being described below: An authentication setting that permits unrestricted access by any users in the specified forest to all available shared resources that are located in any of the domains in the local forest.

Forest-wide authentication
Domain-wide authentication
Selective authentication
None of these

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3. Which terminology is being described below: These trusts are sometimes necessary when users need access to resources that are located in a Windows NT 4.0 domain or in a domain that is in a separate Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) forest that is not joined by a forest trust

Shortcut Trusts
Realm Trusts
Forest Trusts
External Trust

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4. Which terminology is being described below: This trust is a manually created trust that shortens the trust path to improve the speed at which authentications, which occur between domain trees, are processed

Quick Trust
Shortcut Trust
Simple Trust
Easy Trust

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5. Which terminology is being described below? A ___ trust allows resources in your domain (the domain that you are logged on to at the time that you run the New Trust Wizard) to be accessed more quickly by users in another domain (which is nested within another domain tree) in your forest

two-way, incoming, shortcut
two-way, incoming, forest
one-way, outgoing, forest
one-way, outgoing, shortcut

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6. Which terminology is being described below? Time synchronization is critical for the proper operation of many Windows services and line-of-business applications. The ___ uses the Network Time Protocol (NTP) to synchronize computer clocks on the network so that an accurate clock value, or time stamp, can be assigned to network validation requests and resource access requests

Network Services Shell (Netsh)
Windows Time service (W32time)

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7. Which Server 2008 terminology is being described below? Using ___ you can provide directory services for directory-enabled applications without incurring the overhead of domains and forests and the requirements of a single schema throughout a forest.

None of these

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8. A global catalog server is available to directory clients when Domain Name System (DNS) servers can locate it as a global catalog server. In which order do the following events need to occur before the catalog server is ready? A) The Net Logon service on the domain controller has updated DNS with global-catalog-specific service (SRV) resource records. B) The isGlobalCatalogReady rootDSE attribute is set to TRUE. C) The global catalog receives replication of read-only replicas to the required occupancy level.

C then B, then A
C then A, then B
A then C, then B
B then C, then A

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9. Complete the missing word from the sentence below that is describing one of the new roles in Server 2008: By using___ , you can augment an organization's security strategy by protecting information through persistent usage policies, which remain with the information, no matter where it is moved


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10. Server manager is a great tool for managing most of your server settings and configuration all in one central place. Which one of the following Server manager Features is used for management of Public Key Infrastructure?

Dynamic Host Configuration Server
WINS Server
Domain Name Service
Active Directory Certificate Services

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11. Server manager is a great tool for managing most of your server settings and configuration all in one central place. Which one of the following Server manager Features is used for Storage management, replication and searching?

Dynamic Host Configuration Server
File Services
Terminal Services
Domain Name Service

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12. Server 2008 Core installation is capable of running which of the following server roles?

Active Directory Domain Services Role
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Role
All of these

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13. RODC comes with a number of features that focus on heightened security with limited functionality to remote office users. Which of the following are features of RODC?

Filtered Attribute Sets
Read-only DNS
Unidirectional Replication
All of these

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14. Sometimes its important to remove an RODC from your forest or domain. However, its important that you follow a simple rule whilst removing RODC's. What is this rule?

All RODC's must be detached before removing a final writable domain controller
All writable domain controllers must be removed before RODC's can be detached
Your forest must only consist of RODC's if you want to remove them
There are no rules for removing RODC's

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15. Which of the following situations would you use AD LDS?

Standard private network
You require the use of Group Policy
You require the use of Organizational Units

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16. DNS record types come in many forms, but which record type is being described below? Maps a domain name such as.www.google.com to an IP address


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17. OCSetup is available as part of the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating system. This tool replaces Sysocmgr.exe, which is included in the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. This new tool can be used to perform which one of the following operations?

Microsoft System Installer (MSI) files that are passed to the Windows Installer service (MSIExec.exe)
All of these
CBS or MSI packages that have an associated custom installer .exe file
Component-Based Servicing (CBS) components that are passed to Package Manager

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18. You have just finished installing Windows Server 2008 on a new server. Your colleague has informed you that its essential that you must activate Windows Server. Which of the following command line tools can be used to Activate Windows Server?

Netdom C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs –ato
Netsh C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs –ato
Ocsetup C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs –ato
Cscript C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs –ato

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19. A server named Server01 is running Server Core at your companies IT house. It is already configured with the AD DS role but you also want to add AD CS to the server. What must you do to add Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) to this server?

Install the AD CS role
Reinstall the server with the full version of Windows Server 2008
Install the AD FS role
Install the RODC role

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