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    Server and AD tasks for interview

    We have set up a server 2008 R2 and a workstation for interviews this week for a technician.
    Can anyone suggest any tasks we could ask them to perform.
    I have some but some I think are too easy and others far too mean!

    Thanks

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    remote to the server from the workstation but dont set up remote access on the server. Let them troubleshoot why they cant connect.

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    Ask them to install Remote Server tools on the workstation. simple one.
    Last edited by fiza; 25th November 2013 at 04:10 PM.

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    Ask them to create a bunch of users from a list you give them.

    Create a group policy to deploy software.

    Create a security group to give access to a folder. read access for certain folders and read/write for sub folders. One of the users to not have access to one of the folders but to have access to the rest.

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    Thanks Fiza, you have a mean streak too, I see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    Thanks Fiza, you have a mean streak too, I see!
    I didnt think I was being mean!

    I am currently troubleshooting a student who gets "The Group Policy Client service failed the logon". I have never come across that one before. it seems to follow him around so is not machine specific. Other users logon with no problems.

    Recreated his profile and all seems fine but I havent got to the bottom of why it was happening!!

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    Configure a webserver would be an easy one that should show someone with experience.

    Most server admins have done that job.

    I'd love to see if they know how to use the platform installer that automates it all very quickly

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Configure a webserver would be an easy one that should show someone with experience.

    Most server admins have done that job.

    I'd love to see if they know how to use the platform installer that automates it all very quickly
    Unless they are used to using a linux/apache setup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    I am currently troubleshooting a student who gets "The Group Policy Client service failed the logon". I have never come across that one before. it seems to follow him around so is not machine specific. Other users logon with no problems.

    Recreated his profile and all seems fine but I havent got to the bottom of why it was happening!!
    We get this one a lot here usually when they hit the reset/power button during logoff and it corrupts their profile. Get them a lot after a power cut too.

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    Ask them to provide a running commentary on what they're doing and why they're doing it in a particular way. The danger of doing this is that you might encourage a more careful and thoughtful approach that won't reflect reality if you employ them.

    Diagnose why a GPO isn't applying when it looks like it should.

    "Show me how to fix service dependencies when a patch to software* messes them up"

    *ePolicy Orchestrator, for example.

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    I think the thing to bear in mind here is what exactly are you looking for?

    I have set up a few of these tests and yes sometimes they are a bit mean, but I'm not actually looking for the problems to be solved but looking at the candidates process in going about solving the problem. What I like to do is set up a scenario with multiple problems so I can see if they can prioritise the jobs in a sensible way.

    I think the problem with just setting up one problem, eg set up a web server, is that you might get someone who is awesome at setting up webservers but can do sod all else. IMO its better to get someone with a good approach.

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    What is the job role going to be? "IT Technician" is a bit vague. It's a bit unfair to set him a task in an interview like setting up a server if all he's doing is changing toners all day.

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    If its a school wide, tech. start with a graded approach of skills.

    1. User Password Resets
    2. Add System to domain
    3. Network Printer install
    4. AD Group Creation and user assignment
    5. Diagnose why GPO will not apply
    6. Move FSMO Roles to another Server (This is a test server right? :P)

    Maybe not the last one, but you get the idea get them thinking with the basics then up the skill levels.

    Good Luck.



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