70-417 : Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2

Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2
ISBN : 978-1-61691-211-6

Gain hands-on expertise in Microsoft MCSA 70-417 exam with 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2 course. The course covers all the objectives of 70-417 exam which includes installing and configuring servers; installing and administering Active Directory; deploying, managing, and maintaining servers; configuring and managing Group Policy, configuring and managing high availability; and configuring access and information protection solutions. 

This book that will help you not only prepare for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 exams but also develop a clear understanding of how to install and configure Windows Server 2012 R2 while avoiding all of the possible configuration pitfalls.


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Exam Information

The 70-417 exam is intended for IT professionals who want to validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement the Windows Server 2012 core infrastructure services. You have to pass Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2, MCSA/MCSE - Administering Windows Server 2012 R2, and MCSA/MCSE - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services exams to achieve Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification.

Career Prospects

The Microsoft's Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 certified professional has several career opportunities open up to them, including:

  • SharePoint Administrator
  • Virtualization Administrator
  • Enterprise Desktop Administrator
  • Enterprise Messaging Administrator
Exam FAQs
What are the prerequisites for this exam?
There are no technical prerequisites for this certification.
What is the exam registration fee?
USD 150

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Where do I take the exam?
The 70-417 exam is administered by Pearson VUE at testing centers worldwide. Click here to find a testing center near you.
What is the format of the exam?
The exam consists of multiple choice questions, extended matching, hot area, active screen, drag and drop, simulations, and short answers.
How many questions are asked in the exam?
The exam contains 40-60 questions.
What is the duration of the exam?
120 minutes
What is the exam's retake policy?

70-417 exam, Microsoft's retake policy is:

  • If a candidate does not achieve a passing score on an exam the first time, the candidate must wait at least 24 hours before resitting the exam.
  • If a candidate does not achieve a passing score the second time, the candidate must wait at least 14 days before retaking the exam for a third time.
  • A 14-day waiting period is also imposed for the fourth and fifth exam retakes. A candidate may not take a given exam any more than five times per year (12 months). This 12-month period starts the day of the fifth unsuccessful exam retake. The candidate is then eligible to retake the exam 12 months from that date. To take a given exam more than five times per year, a candidate must submit a request and obtain prior permission from Microsoft.
  • If a candidate achieves a passing score on an exam, the candidate cannot take the exam again.
What is the validity of the certification?
The Microsoft's Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification does not expire. The certification holder is certified for life unless the vendor changes its policy. Click here for more information.
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Table of Content

Here's What you will Learn

Lesson 1: Install Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Features and Advantages of Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2
  • Planning the Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
  • Understanding Features On Demand
  • Storage in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 2: Configure Network Services

  • Introducing DNS
  • Introducing DNS Database Zones
  • Advantages of DNS in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Introducing DNS Record Types
  • Configuring DNS
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting DNS
  • Overview of DHCP
  • Installing and Authorizing DHCP
  • Creating and Managing DHCP Scopes
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 3: Plan and Install Active Directory

  • Verifying the File system
  • Verifying Network Connectivity
  • Understanding Domain and Forest Functionality
  • Planning the Domain Structure
  • Installing Active Directory
  • Verifying Active Directory Installation
  • Creating and Configuring Application Data Partitions
  • Configuring DNS Integration with Active Directory
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 4: Configure Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Understanding File Servers
  • Configuring File Servers
  • Configuring Disk Quotas
  • Configuring Print Services
  • Configuring Remote Management
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 5: Administer Active Directory

  • An Overview of OUs
  • Planning the OU Structure
  • Creating OUs
  • Managing OUs
  • Troubleshooting OUs
  • Creating and Managing Active Directory Objects
  • Publishing Active Directory Objects
  • Using the Command Prompt for Active Directory Configuration
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 6: Manage GPOs

  • Introducing Group Policy
  • Planning a Group Policy Strategy
  • Implementing Group Policy
  • Managing Group Policy
  • Deploying Software Through a GPO
  • Implementing Software Deployment
  • Configuring Software Deployment Settings
  • Troubleshooting Group Policies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 7: Manage Security

  • Managing Security
  • Implementing an Audit Policy
  • Configuring Windows Firewall Options
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 8: Configure TCP/IP

  • Understanding TCP/IP
  • Understanding IP Addressing
  • Subnetting a Network
  • Understanding IPv6
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 9: Use Virtualization in Windows Server 2012

  • Hyper-V Overview
  • Hyper-V Installation and Configuration
  • Configuring Virtual Machines
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 10: Manage and Maintain Servers

  • Using Windows Deployment Services
  • Configuring Windows Server Update Services
  • Overview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Performance Monitoring
  • Using Windows Server 2012 R2 Performance Tools
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 11: Manage File Services

  • Configuring File Server Resource Manager
  • Configure File and Disk Encryption
  • Configuring Distributed File System
  • Implementing an Audit Policy
  • Making Active Directory Objects Available to Users
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 12: Configure DNS

  • Introducing DNS
  • Introducing DNS Database Zones
  • Advantages of DNS in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Introducing DNS Record Types
  • Configuring DNS
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting DNS
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 13: Configure Routing and Remote Access

  • Overview of Dial-Up Networking
  • Overview of Virtual Private Networks
  • Configuring Your Remote Access Server
  • Understanding a VPN
  • Configuring a VPN
  • Managing Your Remote Access Server
  • Configuring a VPN Client
  • Configuring a Web Application Proxy
  • Understanding DirectAccess
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 14: Configure a Network Policy Server Infrastructure

  • Overview of Wireless Access
  • Remote Access Security
  • Configuring User Access
  • Configuring Security
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 15: Configure and Manage Active Directory

  • Active Directory Security Overview
  • Implementing Active Directory Security
  • Using Group Policy for Security
  • Managing Multiple Domains
  • Maintain Active Directory
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 16: Configure and Manage Group Policy

  • Introducing Group Policy Objects
  • Planning a Group Policy Strategy
  • Implementing Group Policy
  • Managing Group Policy
  • Deploying Software Through a GPO
  • Implementing Software Deployment
  • Configuring Software Deployment Settings
  • Troubleshooting Group Policies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 17: Configure and Manage High Availability

  • Components of High Availability
  • Achieving High Availability
  • Configure Network Load Balancing
  • Achieving High Availability with Failover Clustering
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Clustering Features
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 18: Configure File and Storage Solutions

  • Configure Advanced File Services
  • Implement Dynamic Access Control
  • Configure and Optimize Storage
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 19: Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

  • Protecting the System
  • Backup and Recovery of Active Directory
  • Understanding Shadow Copies
  • Using Advanced Boot Options
  • Configure Site-Level Fault Tolerance
  • Using the Startup Repair Tool
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 20: Configure Advanced Network Services

  • Working with Advanced DHCP Configuration Options
  • The Ins and Outs of DNS
  • IPAM Administration 101
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 21: Configure the Active Directory Infrastructure

  • Overview of Network Planning
  • Overview of Active Directory Replication and Sites
  • Implementing Sites and Subnets
  • Configuring Replication
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting Active Directory Replication
  • Reasons for Creating Multiple Domains
  • Creating Domain Trees and Forests
  • Demoting a Domain Controller
  • Managing Multiple Domains
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

Lesson 22: Configure Access and Information Protection Solutions

  • What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 with Active Directory Certificate Services?
  • Implement Active Directory Federation Services
  • Workplace Join
  • Active Directory Rights Management Services
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials

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