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The Windows System Administration Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their understanding of core Windows system administration concepts such as Active Directory, group policy management, network services, and system monitoring. Additionally, the test may assess the candidate's knowledge of scripting languages, server virtualization, and disaster recovery. The test aims to evaluate the candidate's ability to effectively manage Windows-based enterprise environments.

Covered skills:

  • Network Access Protection (NAP)
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Network Policy Server (NPS)
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Windows System Administration Online Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Windows Server Admins

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Windows System Administration Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates.

The Adaface Windows System Administration Online Test screens candidates for the typical skills recruiters look for Windows System Administrator roles:

  • Knowledge of Windows server setup, deployment, and maintenance
  • Ability to create scripts in Perl, Python, and similar languages
  • Experience with databases, patch management, and networks including LAN and WAN
  • Knowledge of network security systems, intrusion detection systems, and data backup
  • Familiarity with modern operating systems and server platforms

The insights generated from this assessment can be used by recruiters and hiring managers to identify the best candidates for Windows System Administrator roles. Anti-cheating features enable you to be comfortable with conducting assessments online. The Windows System Administration Online Test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the skills to do well on the job.

Reason #2

No trick questions

no trick questions

Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

Why we started Adaface ->
Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Windows System Administration Online Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question


Remote access policy
Michael Willis created a user in Active Directory Users And Computers, and added the user to the VPN Users security group, which has a Remote Access Policy. The network admin has set the Remote Access Policy for VPN Users for Monday to Friday from 7 AM to 6 PM. Now, Michael is showing the user how to set up the VPN client for PPTP tunneling over a video conference call, but the user is not able to connect. What could be the issue?
A. The user needs a certificate for his computer.
B. The user is in a different time zone.
C. Michael forgot to select the Allow Access radio button on the Dial-In tab for the user account
D. Michael needs to configure DNS on the client computer.


Security log file
Event Viewer
Harper is hired as the system admin for an e-commerce company, Dove. There is a Windows Server 2003 system which was installed by another administrator, just before they left. The admin seems to have finished the installation, but they did not set up any configuration after the installation. Harper checks the maximum log sizes in Event Viewer, and realizes that the maximum size of the Security log is 16 MB. What can we tell on the basis of this information?


Resetting to empty hashtable
We have declared the following Powershell hashtable:
Which of the following methods resets $person to an empty hashtable?


Get-Service command
What does this PowerShell command do?
Get-Service -Name w32time | Format-List
A: Shows all aliases of w32time
B: Shows the final output in a table formatted from list
C: Shows the final output in a list format
D: Returns properties of w32time service
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


Remote access policy
2 mins
Windows Administration


Security log file
Event Viewer
2 mins
Windows Administration


Resetting to empty hashtable
2 mins


Get-Service command
2 mins
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Remote access policy
Windows Administration
Medium2 mins
Security log file
Event Viewer
Windows Administration
Medium2 mins
Resetting to empty hashtable
Easy2 mins
Get-Service command
Easy2 mins
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries

With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!

Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Windows System Administration Online Test in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidate’s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Windows System Administration Online Test from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

invite candidates
Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring

About Windows System Administrator Roles

Server installation and setup, server roles, storage, Active Directory and Group Policy, file, print, and web services, remote access, virtualization, application servers, troubleshooting, performance, and dependability are all topics covered in Windows Server Administration.

A Windows Systems Administrator is in charge of installing, administering, and updating a company's Windows-based systems and servers. They are also in charge of monitoring data security, setting user access, and ensuring the system's reliability.

Typical Windows System Administrator responsibilities include:

  • Assessing stability, security, and scalability of installed Windows systems
  • Installing and upgrading Windows systems and servers
  • Troubleshooting system and server errors
  • Monitoring and updating the Windows codebase
  • Monitoring system performance.
  • Maintaining server architecture security and creating system backups

What roles can I use the Windows System Administration Online Test for?

  • Windows Server Admin
  • Windows Administrator

What topics are covered in the Windows System Administration Online Test?

Active Directory

Used to control the working environment of users and computer accounts in active directory

Group Policy

Windows Internet Name Service

Lingering Object
Domain Controller
Loopback Address
Proxy Servers
Windows Registry
Sysvol Folder

Light-Weight Directory Access Protocol


Point to Point Protocol

IP Spoofing
Garbage Collection
Frame Relay

Domain Name System

Authoritative Restore

Object Request Broker


NETWORK BASic Input or Output System


NetBIOS Extended User Interface


Resource Reservation Protocol


Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

User Datagram Protocol
Command Prompt
Remote Desktop Protocol
Keyboard Video and Mouse
Intrusion Detection System
Host Intrusion Detection System
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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.

reduction in screening time


Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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