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Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
Course Overview

The Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification helps validate your ability to manage and troubleshoot network environments based on the Windows Server 2003 operating system. It reflects a unique set of skills required to succeed in a variety of job roles, such as systems administrator, network administrator, information systems administrator, network operations analyst, network technician, and technical support specialist.
If you want to be certified on newer Microsoft technologies, such as Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 2008, or SQL Server 2008, you should pursue the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification. And, if you have the MCSE on Windows Server 2003 certification, you can upgrade to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) on Windows Server 2008 certifications.


Exam 70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Install and configure servers

  • 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 server roles and features



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

Configure Hyper-V



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



Deploy and configure core network services



Exam 70-411Administering Windows Server 2012



Deploy, manage and maintain servers

  • 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; configure driver groups and packages

  • Implement patch management
  • Install and configure the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) role, configure group policies for updates, configure client-side targeting, configure WSUS synchronisation, configure WSUS groups, manage patch management in mixed environments

  • 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, schedule performance 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, clone a DFS database, recover DFS databases, optimise DFS replication

  • Configure File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)
  • Install the FSRM role service, configure quotas, configure file screens, configure reports, configure file management tasks

  • 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 virtual private networks (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 Web Application proxy in passthrough mode

  • Configure DirectAccess
  • Implement server requirements, implement client configuration, configure DNS for Direct Access, configure certificates for Direct Access

Configure a Network Policy Server (NPS) infrastructure

  • Configure Network Policy Server
  • Configure a RADIUS server, including RADIUS proxy; configure RADIUS clients; configure NPS 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), 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, configure Kerberos delegation, manage Service Principal Names (SPNs), configure virtual accounts

  • Configure domain controllers
  • Transfer and seize operations master roles, 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, optimise an Active Directory database, clean up metadata, configure Active Directory snapshots, perform object- and container-level recovery, perform Active Directory restore, configure and restore objects by using the Active Directory Recycle Bin

  • Configure account policies
  • Configure domain and local user password policy settings, configure and apply Password Settings Objects (PSOs), delegate password settings management, configure account lockout policy settings, configure Kerberos policy 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 Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) filtering, configure loopback processing, configure and manage slow-link processing and Group Policy caching, configure client-side extension (CSE) behaviour, force Group Policy Update

  • Configure Group Policy settings
  • Configure settings, including software installation, folder redirection, scripts, and administrative template settings; import security templates; import custom administrative template file; 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 (GPP)
  • Configure 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



Exam 70-412Configuring 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, configure and optimise clustered shared volumes, configure clusters without network names, configure storage spaces

  • Manage failover clustering roles
  • Configure role-specific settings, including continuously available shares; configure virtual machine (VM) monitoring; configure failover and preference settings; configure guest clustering

  • Manage VM movement
  • Perform live migration; perform quick migration; perform storage migration; import, export and copy VMs; configure VM network health protection; configure drain on shutdown



Configure file and storage solutions

  • Configure advanced file services
  • Configure Network File System (NFS) data store, configure BranchCache, 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, create and configure Central Access rules and policies, create and configure resource properties and lists

  • Configure and optimise 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, configure tiered storage



Implement business continuity and disaster recovery

  • Configure and manage backups
  • Configure Windows Server backups, configure Microsoft Azure backups, configure role-specific backups, manage VSS settings using VSSAdmin

  • Recover servers
  • Restore from backups, perform a Bare Metal Restore (BMR), recover servers using Windows Recovery Environment (Win RE) and safe mode, 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; configure Hyper-V Replica extended replication; configure Global Update Manager; recover a multi-site failover cluster

Configure Network Services

  • Implement an advanced Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) solution
  • Create and configure superscopes and multicast scopes; implement DHCPv6; configure high availability for DHCP, including DHCP failover and split scopes; configure DHCP Name Protection; configure DNS registration

  • Implement an advanced DNS solution
  • Configure security for DNS, including Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), DNS Socket Pool, and cache locking; configure DNS logging; configure delegated administration; configure recursion; configure netmask ordering; configure a GlobalNames zone; analyse zone level statistics

  • Deploy and manage IP Address Management (IPAM)
  • Provision IPAM manually or by using Group Policy, configure server discovery, create and manage IP blocks and ranges, monitor utilisation of IP address space, migrate to IPAM, delegate IPAM administration, manage IPAM collections, configure IPAM database storage



Configure Identity and Access Solutions

  • Implement Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
  • Install AD FS; implement claims-based authentication, including Relying Party Trusts; configure authentication policies; configure Workplace Join; configure multi-factor authentication

  • Install and configure Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • Install an Enterprise Certificate Authority (CA), configure certificate revocation lists (CRL) distribution points, install and configure Online Responder, implement administrative role separation, configure CA backup and recovery

  • Manage certificates
  • Manage certificate templates; implement and manage certificate deployment, validation, and revocation; manage certificate renewal; manage certificate enrolment and renewal to computers and users using Group Policies; configure and manage key archival and recovery

  • Install and configure Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
  • Install a licensing or certificate AD RMS server, manage AD RMS Service Connection Point (SCP), manage RMS templates, configure Exclusion Policies, back up and restore AD RMS



Configure the Active Directory infrastructure

  • Configure a forest or a domain
  • Implement multi-domain and multi-forest Active Directory environments, including interoperability with previous versions of Active Directory; upgrade existing domains and forests, including environment preparation and functional levels; configure multiple user principal name (UPN) suffixes

  • Configure trusts
  • Configure external, forest, shortcut and realm trusts; configure trust authentication; configure SID filtering; configure name suffix routing

  • Configure sites
  • Configure sites and subnets, create and configure site links, manage site coverage, manage registration of SRV records, move domain controllers between sites

  • Manage Active Directory and SYSVOL replication
  • Configure replication to Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs), configure Password Replication Policy (PRP) for RODC, monitor and manage replication, upgrade SYSVOL replication to Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)

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