Windows sysadmin interview questions

  1. What are the required components of Windows Server 2003 for installing Exchange 2003? - ASP.NET, SMTP, NNTP, W3SVC
  2. What must be done to an AD forest before Exchange can be deployed? - Setup /forestprep
  3. What Exchange process is responsible for communication with AD? - DSACCESS
  4. What 3 types of domain controller does Exchange access? - Normal Domain Controller, Global Catalog, Configuration Domain Controller
  5. What connector type would you use to connect to the Internet, and what are the two methods of sending mail over that connector? - SMTP Connector: Forward to smart host or use DNS to route to each address
  6. How would you optimise Exchange 2003 memory usage on a Windows Server 2003 server with more than 1Gb of memory? - Add /3Gb switch to boot.ini
  7. What would a rise in remote queue length generally indicate? - This means mail is not being sent to other servers. This can be explained by outages or performance issues with the network or remote servers.
  8. What would a rise in the Local Delivery queue generally mean? - This indicates a performance issue or outage on the local server. Reasons could be slowness in consulting AD, slowness in handing messages off to local delivery or SMTP delivery. It could also be databases being dismounted or a lack of disk space.
  9. What are the standard port numbers for SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, RPC, LDAP and Global Catalog? - SMTP – 25, POP3 – 110, IMAP4 – 143, RPC – 135, LDAP – 389, Global Catalog - 3268
  10. Name the process names for the following: System Attendant? – MAD.EXE, Information Store – STORE.EXE, SMTP/POP/IMAP/OWA – INETINFO.EXE
  11. What is the maximum amount of databases that can be hosted on Exchange 2003 Enterprise? - 20 databases. 4 SGs x 5 DBs.
  12. What are the disadvantages of circular logging? - In the event of a corrupt database, data can only be restored to the last backup.
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19 Comments on Windows sysadmin interview questions

  1. murali
    Posted 8/17/2006 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    hi…
    how to send messages or get control of other system connected in LAN with the client OS is 2000 pro and server is NT workstation

  2. Marcus
    Posted 9/14/2006 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    net send “computername or user” message

  3. Emmanuel
    Posted 10/8/2006 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    1.How windows server will configure?.
    2.How many types of server?.
    3.What is the server evnverment?.
    I faced one interview they asked how many types of server in your company, how u configured.

    Please guide me in this mater

    Thank you.

    Rmmanue

  4. Emmanuel
    Posted 10/8/2006 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I faced on interview They asked how many servers u have, how u will configure.
    we havw 400 system, one mail server.
    But i need how corporate leve configaration. Please guide me in this mater.

    Thank you.

    Emmanuel

  5. Javeed Khan
    Posted 10/16/2006 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Emmanuel

    Tell them that you have 400 pc based network, and you configure a Active Directory domain on windows servers to centralize administration tasks.

    1) How windows server will configure?

  6. Javeed Khan
    Posted 10/16/2006 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Emmanuel

    Tell them that you have 400 pc based network, and you configure a Active Directory domain on windows servers to centralize administration tasks.

    1) How windows server will configure?

    Its depends on the role of the server. If you installing Active Directory, you have to run DCPROMO on commond prompt, and followed instructions.
    Over all its depends on the role.

    Simply you can say– there is an option in windows “Manage Server” once you follow the instructions it will guide you to configure your server.
    2) How many types of servers?
    If they are concern with Hardware server, tell them the hardware configuration and vendor of the server.
    If they are asking about the types of windows server, tell them Standard, enterprise, or Small business server etc.

  7. Guruprasad
    Posted 11/3/2006 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    start > Run > Cmd >
    Type
    net send Computername type ur msg

  8. bart
    Posted 11/29/2006 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    Question 2: What must be done to an AD forest before Exchange can be deployed? - Setup /forestprep

    question 2 is incorrect, in order for ms exchange 2k or 2003 to be sucessfully “deployed” both forestprep and domain prep must successfuly complete first, before the setup.exe of the actual exchange install, or the install and will error out if attempted.

  9. haque
    Posted 3/31/2007 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    .How windows server will configure?.
    2.How many types of server?.
    3.What is the server evnverment?.
    I faced one interview they asked how many types of server in your company, how u configured.

    Please guide me in this mater

  10. Mohammed Khaja Mohinuddin
    Posted 5/3/2007 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    1) How to migrate from windows 2000 to 2003 without distrubing the existing Domain ?????????
    2) How to migrage from Ms. Exchange 2000 to 2003 and how to configure Outlook Web Access ????????
    3) What r the ports to required to configure to Exchange Server ????????
    4) What is IIS and how to migrate from IIS 5.0 to IIS 6.0 ???

  11. Mohammed Khaja Mohinuddin
    Posted 5/3/2007 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    1) What r the frequently asked questions on ADS 2003. and what r the main differences between ADS 2000 and 2003 ????????
    2) What are main differences between WINS and DNS ???
    3) Why we have to go to DNS what r the advantages in DNS ???????
    4) What r the frequently asked questions on DNS ????
    5) What r the frequently asked questions on DHCP ????
    6) What r the frequently asked questions FTP ????
    7) What r the frequently asked questions on DFS ????
    8) What r the frequently asked questions on File Server ??????????
    9) What r the frequently asked questions on Print Server ?????????

  12. srinivasan
    Posted 5/17/2007 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    1.In windows2000 perfosonal or winxp pc perfomance is very low what is the solution you will give?

    2. what is diffrent between AD2000 & AD2003?
    3. what is different between windows2000 & NT & winxp?

  13. aman
    Posted 5/30/2007 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    What r the frequently asked questions on ADS 2003. and what r the main differences between ADS 2000 and 2003 ????????
    2) What are main differences between WINS and DNS ???
    3) Why we have to go to DNS what r the advantages in DNS ???????
    4) What r the frequently asked questions on DNS ????
    5) What r the frequently asked questions on DHCP ????
    6) What r the frequently asked questions FTP ????
    7) What r the frequently asked questions on DFS ????
    8) What r the frequently asked questions on File Server ??????????
    9) What r the frequently asked questions on Print Server ?????????

  14. seenu
    Posted 7/18/2007 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    XP
    1.Firewall
    2.Automatic update
    3.Media Player 9 is support to DVD
    4.Visual style
    5.Remote Desktop
    6.On Screen Board
    7.Program Capability wizard
    8 etc………………..

  15. riyaz,pune
    Posted 8/31/2007 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Question asked @ interview

    what is use of NTLDR file
    where its location
    what will you do if error occure”ntldr missing”
    what would be the poroblem if my mails not outgoing.
    what are the protocols use by outlook.

    what are diff between outlook & outlook express.

  16. kamron
    Posted 11/27/2007 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    most of these are terrible questions for a general windows/AD sysadmin. They’re bookish, not realistic; the kind of thing one looks up if one doesn’t use every day.
    Also, too many of the questions are focused on exchange. For example, we outsource exchange, so a windows sysadmin here wouldn’t be asked any of those questions…

  17. Jitendra
    Posted 12/8/2007 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    What are main differences between WINS and DNS ???
    WINS:- It is used to resolve IP address into netbios Viceversa it is used prior version of win 2000
    DNS:-It is used to resolve IP address into host name.Viceversa it is used in 2000, XP, 2003 server

  18. GhKumar
    Posted 1/9/2008 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    what are diff between outlook & outlook express ????

    Outlook Express

    Outlook Express is the e-mail client that is included with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x, the Microsoft Windows 98 operating system, the Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) operating system, the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating systems, and Microsoft Office 98 for the Macintosh. Outlook Express is designed for home users who gain access to their e-mail messages by dialing in to an Internet service provider (ISP).

    Outlook
    Outlook is Microsoft’s premier messaging and collaboration client. It is a stand-alone application that is integrated into Microsoft Office and Exchange Server. Outlook also provides performance and integration with Internet Explorer 5.5. Complete integration of e-mail, calendaring, and contact management, makes Outlook the perfect client for many business users.

  19. Arif
    Posted 9/5/2008 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Advantages of WINS: WINS will be really helofull in a multidomain environment where in user’s would need to access many of the resources in different domains, rathere than adding different DNS suffixes of each domain on the local machine. WINS is the best option. But i could also say WINS is not as stable as DNS.

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