SCCM 2007 Exam Study Guide - Question #1
Whenever a new software product comes out, I always have this impending dread about having to read a bunch of documentation on it or waiting for a decent book to be released on the subject so that I can pass the exam on it someday. Since I am already fairly entrenched in the SCCM 2007 Documentation, I am going to save you some time and start sharing some of the key points of the product with all of you by writing up some sample exam questions that can help you to learn SCCM 2007. I will try to release these questions on a fairly regular basis; mostly when I get a chance to come up for air from working my day job.
Question #1:Arthur is the IT Director for Contoso University. Arthur has submitted a requisition to the university for a licensed copy of Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 which he expects to have approved and delivered within a month. In the interim, he directs his staff to implement the 120-day Evaluation Edition of Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 in the production environment with the expectation of converting it to a licensed copy when his requisition is filled and he receives the license key. During this time, the IT department becomes heavily dependent on the software distribution and Remote Assistance features of Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007. The university is now 119 days into the 120 day evaluation period, and due to the bureaucracy of the university Arthur still does not have a licensed copy of SCCM. Arthur manages to acquire a pirated license key for Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 from the internet and directs his staff to use the key to license the evaluation edition until they can get the requisition through for the university's copy of the software. Somehow, Microsoft gains knowledge of Contoso University's illegal copy of Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 and reports the university to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI descends on the campus and arrests Arthur for piracy. While he is detained and awaiting trial, Arthur's goldfish dies in his office due to neglect. How many years will Arthur spend in prison for pirating Microsoft software?
A. Pirating Microsoft software hurts everyone, so it is a major felony. Arthur is looking at 15-20 years.
B. Pirating Microsoft software is a misdemeanor. Arthur will only spend 1 year in prison, but his wife will fall in love with the gardener and leave him during this time.
C. Arthur will be acquitted because he had submitted a requisition for the software and had made an attempt to obtain a licensed copy.
D. This is a white collar crime, so Arthur will only spend 2 months in a minimum security prison and then be under house arrest for a month.
E. Since the early 1700’s, piracy has always been punishable by hanging. Arthur will be shipped off to a country where cruel and unusual punishment is a legal and acceptable means of dispensing justice and he will be hung by the neck until his lifeless body is forever still.
The answer is... well, it depends. It depends on the mood of the judge during Arthur's trial and how good of an attorney Arthur can afford. If any members of the presiding jury have been recent victims of software piracy, then it will not bode well for our hero either. What we can learn from this cautionary tale (besides the obvious - don't pirate software) is that the Evaluation Edition of Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 can be upgraded to the full version once you have a valid key for the product. You would do this by re-running the SCCM 2007 setup program of the evaluation edition. Another important point is that you cannot upgrade SMS 2003 to the evaluation edition of SCCM 2007. If you try to do this, the option for upgrading the site will be grayed out. For more info: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb693584.aspx
**DISCLAIMER: In case some of you might have been fooled, these are not actual SCCM exam questions or braindumps. Like, you didn't really think that this was a real question, did you? These are just some questions I made up for your amusement and to help you learn some stuff about SCCM in the process. Also, Microsoft is (hopefully) not as Draconian as they are portrayed in this sample question. I mean, this is not the RIAA we are talking about here cracking down on someone's dead grandmother for illegal hip-hop MP3's...