Windows 2000 – Hardware Configuration and Optimization

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


To demonstrate how to install, configure, and troubleshoot hardware on Windows 2000 computers and to monitor and optimize performance

Target Audience

Students preparing for Microsoft exam 70-215 and/or 70-210


Working knowledge of Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT Workstation 4.0 from administrative, support, and architectural perspectives

Expected Duration

370 min.

Course Objectives

Windows 2000 – Hardware Configuration and Optimization

  • recognize how to install compact disk read-only memory (CD-ROM) and Digital Versatile Disk (DVD) devices, and identify how to configure settings for these devices.
  • identify how to install a tape device and change its configuration settings.
  • configure security permissions for groups accessing a SCSI tape device.
  • recognize the types of display adapters and their functions, and identify the steps to install and configure a new device.
  • recognize the advantages of multiple display adapters, view multiple applications using more than one monitor, and identify how to access troubleshooting and maintenance tools.
  • designate a primary and secondary monitor and set the properties of the primary and secondary monitor.
  • recognize how to install additional hardware devices, state how to configure properties for devices, identify mouse and keyboard problems and their solutions, and configure a computer to use smart card authentication.
  • configure a computer to use smart card authentication for a virtual private network connection.
  • identify how to attach microphones and graphic tablets to a computer.
  • identify how to install and configure a fax modem on a computer, and recognize the actions to take when a modem or network card malfunctions.
  • define the Infrared Data Association (IrDA) standards and protocols for infrared data transfer, recognize how to establish an infrared connection to send files to another computer, and identify how to install a Universal Serial Bus (USB) scanner and view its properties.
  • recognize how to install and configure multiple processors in a computer.
  • identify how to upgrade the driver for installed hardware devices, and configure the digitally signed drivers’ system setting.
  • recognize how power management settings can be used for the operating system and hardware devices to conserve power, and identify how to add and remove card devices and IDE devices.
  • recognize the purpose of different types of hardware profiles, and how to create and configure a hardware profile.
  • create a hardware profile and configure a hardware profile.
  • recognize how to monitor computer performance using Task Manager and System Monitor.
  • identify how to collect performance data using the Performance Monitor tool, log files, and alerts.
  • analyze memory configuration and a system’s memory usage to assess impact on system performance, and determine the amount of disk paging and disk activity in order to correct memory problems.
  • state how to optimize physical disks, define the offline disk status, analyze network performance, and identify counters used for monitoring disk performance and network resource usage.
  • recognize how to improve the performance of applications, identify how to configure hardware for optimal performance of Windows 2000, and define actions that improve the performance of web applications for a web server.