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MCSE Training Institute

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure course trains you to acquire the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, with expertise in identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking. It prepares you in the right way to take up Microsoft’s MCSE certification. There are totally 5 papers that one has to write in order to get certified. Below given are the five papers.

Step Paper Required Exam
1 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 70-410
2 Administering Windows Server 2012 70-411
3 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services 
After successfully completing steps1-3, you'll learn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification
4 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure 70-413
5 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure 70-414


1. Exam 70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Install servers : Plan for a server installation; plan for server roles; plan for a server upgrade; install Server Core; optimize resource utilization by using Features on Demand; migrate roles from previous versions of Windows Server

Configure servers : Configure Server Core; delegate administration; add and remove features in offline images; deploy roles on remote servers; convert Server Core to/from full GUI; configure services; configure NIC teaming

Configure local storage : Design storage spaces; configure basic and dynamic disks; configure MBR and GPT disks; manage volumes; create and mount virtual hard disks (VHDs); configure storage pools and disk pools

Configure file and share access : Create and configure shares; configure share permissions; configure offline files; configure NTFS permissions; configure access-based enumeration (ABE); configure Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS); configure NTFS quotas

Configure print and document services : Configure the Easy Print print driver; configure Enterprise Print Management; configure drivers; configure printer pooling; configure print priorities; configure printer permissions

Configure servers for remote management : Configure WinRM; configure down-level server management; configure servers for day-to-day management tasks; configure multi-server management; configure Server Core; configure Windows Firewall

Configure Hyper-V : Create and configure virtual machine settings Configure dynamic memory; configure smart paging; configure Resource Metering; configure guest integration services

Create and configure virtual machine storage :
Create VHDs and VHDX; configure differencing drives; modify VHDs; configure pass-through disks; manage snapshots; implement a virtual Fibre Channel adapter

Create and configure virtual networks : Implement Hyper-V Network Virtualization; configure Hyper-V virtual switches; optimize network performance; configure MAC addresses; configure network isolation; configure synthetic and legacy virtual network adapters

Deploy and configure core network services : Configure IPv4 and IPv6 addressing Configure IP address options; configure subnetting; configure supernetting; configure interoperability betweenIPv4 and IPv6; configure ISATAP; configure Teredo

Deploy and configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service : Create and configure scopes; configure a DHCP reservation; configure DHCP options; configure client and server for PXE boot; configure DHCP relay agent; authorize DHCP server

Deploy and configure DNS service : Configure Active Directory integration of primary zones; configure forwarders; configure Root Hints; manage DNS cache; create A and PTR resource records

Install and administer Active Directory : Install domain controllers Add or remove a domain controller from a domain; upgrade a domain controller; install Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on a Server Core installation; install a domain controller from Install from Media (IFM); resolve DNS SRV record registration issues; configure a global catalog server

Create and manage Active Directory users and computers : Automate the creation of Active Directory accounts; create, copy, configure, and delete users and computers; configure templates; perform bulk Active Directory operations; configure user rights; offline domain join; manage inactive and disabled accounts

Create and manage Active Directory groups and organizational units (OUs): Configure group nesting; convert groups including security, distribution, universal, domain local, and domain global; manage group membership using Group Policy; enumerate group membership; delegate the creation and management of Active Directory objects; manage default Active Directory containers; create, copy, configure, and delete groups and Ous

Create and manage Group Policy : Create Group Policy objects (GPOs) Configure a Central Store; manage starter GPOs; configure GPO links; configure multiple local group policies; configure security filtering

Configure security policies : Configure User Rights Assignment; configure Security Options settings; configure Security templates; configure Audit Policy; configure Local Users and Groups; configure User Account Control (UAC)

Configure application restriction policies : Configure rule enforcement; configure Applocker rules; configure Software Restriction Policies

Configure Windows Firewall : Configure rules for multiple profiles using Group Policy; configure connection security rules; configure Windows Firewall to allow or deny applications, scopes, ports, and users; configure authenticated firewall exceptions; import and export settings

2. Exam 70-411 Administering Windows Server 2012

Deploy and manage server images : Install the Windows Deployment Services (WDS) role; configure and manage boot, install, and discover images; update images with patches, hotfixes, and drivers; install features for offline images

Implement patch management : Install and configure the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) role; configure group policies for updates; configure client-side targeting; configure WSUS synchronization; configure WSUS groups

Monitor servers : Configure Data Collector Sets (DCS); configure alerts; monitor real-time performance; monitor virtual machines (VMs); monitor events; configure event subscriptions; configure network monitoring

Configure file and print services : Configure Distributed File System (DFS) Install and configure DFS namespaces; configure DFS Replication Targets; configure Replication Scheduling; configure Remote Differential Compression settings; configure staging; configure fault tolerance

Configure File Server Resource Manager (FSRM): Install the FSRM role; configure quotas; configure file screens; configure reports

Configure file and disk encryption : Configure Bitlocker encryption; configure the Network Unlock feature; configure Bitlocker policies; configure the EFS recovery agent; manage EFS and Bitlocker certificates including backup and restore

Configure advanced audit policies : Implement auditing using Group Policy and AuditPol.exe; create expression-based audit policies; create removable device audit policies

Configure network services and access : Configure DNS zones Configure primary and secondary zones; configure stub zones; configure conditional forwards; configure zone and conditional forward storage in Active Directory; configure zone delegation; configure zone transfer settings; configure notify settings Configure DNS records Create and configure DNS Resource Records (RR) including A, AAAA, PTR, SOA, NS, SRV, CNAME, and MX records; configure zone scavenging; configure record options including Time To Live (TTL) and weight; configure round robin; configure secure dynamic updates

Configure VPN and routing: Install and configure the Remote Access role; implement Network Address Translation (NAT); configure VPN settings; configure remote dial-in settings for users; configure routing, Configure Direct Access
Implement server requirements; implement client configuration; configure DNS for Direct Access; configure certificates for Direct Access

Configure a Network Policy Server infrastructure : Configure Network Policy Server (NPS) Configure multiple RADIUS server infrastructures; configure RADIUS clients; manage RADIUS templates; configure RADIUS accounting; configure certificates

Configure NPS policies : Configure connection request policies; configure network policies for VPN clients (multilink and bandwidth allocation, IP filters, encryption, IP addressing); manage NPS templates; import and export NPS policies

Configure Network Access Protection (NAP):
Configure System Health Validators (SHVs); configure health policies; configure NAP enforcement using DHCP and VPN; configure isolation and remediation of non-compliant computers using DHCP and VPN; configure NAP client settings

Configure and manage Active Directory : Configure service authentication Create and configure Service Accounts; create and configure Group Managed Service Accounts; create and configure Managed Service Accounts; configure Kerberos delegation; manage Service Principal Names (SPNs)

Configure Domain Controllers : Configure Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC); transfer and seize operations masters; install and configure a read-only domain controller (RODC); configure Domain Controller cloning Maintain Active Directory Back up Active Directory and SYSVOL; manage Active Directory offline; optimize an Active Directory database; clean up metadata; configure Active Directory snapshots; perform object- and container-level recovery; perform Active Directory restore

Configure account policies : Configure domain user password policy; configure and apply Password Settings Objects (PSOs); delegate password settings management; configure local user password policy; configure account lockout settings

Configure and manage Group Policy : Configure Group Policy processing Configure processing order and precedence; configure blocking of inheritance; configure  enforced policies; configure security filtering and WMI filtering; configure loopback processing; configure and manage slow-link processing; configure client-side extension (CSE) behavior

Configure Group Policy settings : Configure settings including software installation, folder redirection, scripts, and administrative template settings; import security templates; import custom administrative template file; convert administrative templates using ADMX Migrator; configure property filters for administrative templates

Manage Group Policy objects (GPOs) : Back up, import, copy, and restore GPOs; create and configure Migration Table; reset  default GPOs; delegate Group Policy management

Configure Group Policy preferences : Configure Group Policy Preferences (GPP) settings including printers, network drive mappings, power options, custom registry settings, Control Panel settings, Internet Explorer settings, file and folder deployment, and shortcut deployment; configure item-level targeting

3. Exam 70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Configure and manage high availability :  Configure Network Load Balancing (NLB) Install NLB nodes; configure NLB prerequisites; configure affinity; configure port rules; configure cluster operation mode; upgrade an NLB cluster

Configure failover clustering :  Configure Quorum; configure cluster networking; restore single node or cluster configuration; configure cluster storage; implement Cluster Aware Updating; upgrade a cluster

Manage failover clustering roles: Configure role-specific settings including continuously available shares; configure VM monitoring; configure fail over and preference settings

Manage Virtual Machine (VM) movement: Perform Live Migration; perform quick migration; perform storage migration; import, export, and copy VMs; migrate from other platforms (P2V and V2V)

Configure file and storage solutions : Configure advanced file services Configure NFS data store; configure Branch Cache; configure File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) using File Server Resource Manager (FSRM); configure file access auditing

Implement Dynamic Access Control (DAC) : Configure user and device claim types; implement policy changes and staging; perform access-denied remediation; configure file classification

Configure and optimize storage: Configure iSCSI Target and Initiator; configure Internet Storage Name server (iSNS); implement thin provisioning and trim; manage server free space using Features on Demand Implement business continuity and disaster recovery:

Configure and manage backups: Configure Windows Server backups; configure Windows Online backups; configure role-specific backups; manage VSS settings using VSS Admin; create System Restore snapshots

Recover servers: Restore from backups; perform a Bare Metal Restore (BMR); recover servers using Windows Recovery Environment (Win RE) and safe mode; apply System Restore snapshots; configure the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store

Configure site-level fault tolerance : Configure Hyper-V Replica including Hyper-V Replica Broker and VMs; configure multi-site clustering including network settings, Quorum, and failover settings

4. Exam 70-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

Plan and deploy a server infrastructure :  Design an automated server installation strategy Design considerations including images and bare metal/virtual deployment; design a server implementation using Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK); design a virtual server deployment

Plan and implement a server deployment infrastructure : Configure multicast deployment; configure multi-site topology and distribution points; configure a multi-server topology; configure autonomous and replica Windows Deployment Services (WDS) servers

Plan and implement server upgrade and migration : Plan for role migration; migrate server roles; migrate servers across domains and forests; design a server consolidation strategy; plan for capacity and resource optimization

Plan and deploy Virtual Machine Manager services :Design Virtual Machine Manager service templates; define operating system profiles; configure hardware and capability profiles; manage services; configure image and template libraries; manage logical networks

Plan and implement file and storage services : Planning considerations include iSCSI SANs, Fibre Channel SANs, Virtual Fibre Channel, storage spaces, storage pools, and data de-duplication; configure the iSCSI Target server; configure the Internet Storage Name server (iSNS); configure Network File System (NFS); install Device Specific Modules (DSMs)

Design and implement network infrastructure services : Design and maintain a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) solutionDesign considerations including a highly available DHCP solution including split scope, DHCP failover, and DHCP failover clustering, DHCP interoperability, and DHCPv6; implement DHCP filtering; implement and configure a DHCP management pack; maintain a DHCP database

Design a name resolution solution strategy : Design considerations including secure name resolution, DNSSEC, DNS Socket Pool, cache locking, disjoint namespaces, DNS interoperability, migration to application partitions, IPv6, Single-Label DNS Name Resolution, zone hierarchy, and zone delegation

Design and manage an IP address management solution :  Design considerations including IP address management technologies including IPAM, Group Policy based, manual provisioning, and distributed vs. centralized placement; configure role-based access control; configure IPAM auditing; migrate IPs; manage and monitor multiple DHCP and DNS servers; configure data collection for IPAM

Design and implement network access services : Design a VPN solution Design considerations including certificate deployment, firewall configuration, client/site to site, bandwidth, protocol implications, and VPN deployment configurations using Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)

Design a Direct Access solution : Design considerations including topology, migration from Forefront UAG, Direct Access deployment, andenterprise certificates

Implement a scalable remote access solution : 
Configure site-to-site VPN; configure packet filters; implement packet tracing; implement multi-site Remote Access; configure Remote Access clustered with Network Load Balancing (NLB);

Design a network protection solution : Design considerations including Network Access Protection (NAP) enforcement methods for DHCP, IPSec, VPN, and 802.1x, capacity, placement of servers, firewall, Network Policy Server (NPS), and remediation network

Implement a network protection solution : Implement multi-RADIUS deployment; configure NAP enforcement for IPSec and 802.1x; deploy and configure the Endpoint Protection client; create anti-malware and firewall policies; monitor for Compliance

Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure : Design a forest and domain infrastructure Design considerations including multi-forest architecture, trusts, functional levels, domain upgrade, domain migration, forest restructure, and hybrid cloud services

Implement a forest and domain infrastructure :
Configure domain rename; configure Kerberos realm trusts; implement a domain upgrade; implement a domain migration; implement a forest restructure; deploy and manage a test forest including synchronization with production forests

Design a Group Policy strategy : 
Design considerations including inheritance blocking, enforced policies, loopback processing, security, and WMI filtering, site-linked Group Policy Objects (GPOs), slow-link processing, group strategies, organizational unit (OU) hierarchy, and Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)

Design an Active Directory permission model : Design considerations including Active Directory object security and Active Directory quotas; customize tasks to delegate in Delegate of Control Wizard; deploy administrative tools on the client computer; delegate permissions on administrative users (Admin SD Holder); configure Kerberos delegation

Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure :
Design an Active Directory sites topology Design considerations including proximity of domain controllers, replication optimization, and site link; monitor and resolve Active Directory replication conflicts

Design a domain controller strategy : Design considerations including global catalog, operations master roles, Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs), partial attribute set, and domain controller cloning

Design and implement a branch office infrastructure :
Design considerations including RODC, Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC), global catalog, DNS, DHCP, and Branch Cache; implement confidential attributes; delegate administration; modify filtered attributes set; configure password replication policy; configure hash publication

5. Exam 70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

Manage and maintain a server infrastructure : Design an administrative model Design considerations including user rights, built-in groups, and end-user self-service portal; design a delegation of administration structure for Microsoft System Center 2012

Design a monitoring strategy : Design considerations including monitoring servers using Audit Collection Services (ACS), performance monitoring, centralized monitoring, and centralized reporting; implement and optimize System Center 2012 – Operations Manager management packs; plan for monitoring Active Directory Implement automated remediation Create an Update Baseline in Virtual Machine Manager; implement a Desired Configuration Management (DCM) Baseline;  Implement Virtual Machine Manager Integration with Operations Manager; configure Virtual Machine Manager to move a VM dynamically based on policy; integrate System Center 2012 for automatic remediation into your existing enterprise infrastructure

Plan and implement a highly available enterprise infrastructure :
Plan and implement failover clustering Plan for multi-node and multi-site clustering; design considerations including redundant networks, network priority settings ,resource failover and failback, heartbeat and DNS settings, Quorum configuration, and storage placement and Replication Plan and implement highly available network services Plan for and configure Network Load Balancing (NLB); design considerations including fault-tolerant networking, multicast vs. unicast configuration, state management, and automated deployment of NLB using Virtual Machine Manager service templates

Plan and implement highly available storage solutions :
Plan for and configure storage spaces and storage pools; design highly available, multi-replica DFS namespaces; plan for and configure multi-path I/O, including Server Core; configure highly available iSCSI Target and iSNS Server Plan and implement highly available server roles Plan for a highly available Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server, Hyper-V clustering, Continuously Available File Shares, and a DFS Namespace Server; plan for and implement highly available applications, services, and scripts using Generic Application, Generic Script, and Generic Service clustering roles Plan and implement a business continuity and disaster recovery solution Plan a backup and recovery strategy; planning considerations including Active Directory domain and forest recovery, Hyper-V replica, domain controller restore and cloning, and Active Directory object and container restore using authoritative restore and Recycle Bin

Plan and implement a server virtualization infrastructure :
Plan and implement virtualization hosts Plan for and implement delegation of virtualization environment (hosts, services, and VMs), including self-service capabilities; plan and implement multi-host libraries including equivalent objects; plan for and implement host resource  optimization;integrate third-party virtualization platforms Plan and implement virtualization guests Plan for and implement highly available VMs; plan for and implement guest resource optimization including smart page file,dynamic memory, and Remote FX; configure placement rules; create Virtual Machine Manager templates Plan and implement virtualization networking Plan for and configure Virtual Machine Manager logical networks; plan for and configure IP address and MAC address settings across multiple Hyper-V hosts including IP virtualization; plan for and configure virtual network optimization