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Interviewing System Administrator recommended questions

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Active DirectoryWindows NetworkingFile Sharing SoftwareWindows Server 2008Windows Server 2012
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I am in the process of trying to hire a System Administrator to replace tasks that I am responsible for.  I was the Sys Admin prior to be prompted to my current position as IT Manager/Director.  Resumes always have lots of good highlights, but I do not seem to be able to ask the proper questions to weed out the good candidates from the ones that really do not know much, but think they do.  

I currently have a test that has about 30 to 50 questions ranging basic Windows Server, AD , Exchange, File Share (NTFS).  The last round of candidates all did less than desired.  During the formal interview they all did say that the test was hard.  I do not think so.  I think it is far.

With this next round the candidates seem to have a much better understanding from the preliminary phone screening.  I am giving them the same test that the previous round of candidates took, but this time around I am also give them a practical test. This will entail install the Server OS and apply AD Role, setup a few GPO's and test with a client workstation.

Does anyone have recommended verbal questions that can be asked?  
Do any of you know of practical Lab that potential candidates can also take?
Adam Brown
Cloud Security Consultant

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