MCSA Windows Server 2012 Certification


Manage enterprise systems with a MCSA Windows Server 2012 Certification

Learn to install, configure and manage modern enterprise Microsoft systems with the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification and meet the demands of the IT industry. Achieving this associate-level certification provides employment opportunities all over the world and incredible opportunities to grow. Validate your skills with the world leader in information technology and advance your career.

Achieving the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification requires the successful completion of the following courses: 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012, 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012 and 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services.

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Course guide

Qualification: MCSA Windows Server 2012 Certification

Study time: Full time – two weeks | Part time – three months

Vendor: Microsoft

Student support:  Success Advisors

Prerequisites: Ideally one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2012

Assessment: Exam based – MCSA 70-410, 70-411 + 70-412

Resources: Internet access and email

Ideal for: Computer support specialists, network systems adminstrator or computer systems administrator


410: Installing and configuring Windows Server 2012

  • Storage management
  • Shares and permissions
  • Storage and printing
  • Hyper v
  • Virtualisation
  • IPV4
  • CIDR
  • Ans IPV6
  • DHCP configuration
  • DNS configuration
  • Active directory
  • Installing and configuring: ad configuration
  • Installing and configuring: ad accounts and groups
  • Installing and configuring: group policies
  • Installing and configuring: security

411: Administering Windows Server 2012

Administering: Wds and monitoring

  • Function of the WDS role
  • PXE booting
  • Working with images
  • WDSUTIL and driver packages
  • Transmission strategies and unattended installations in Windows Server 2012
  • The use of performance monitor
  • Data collector sets
  • Reliability monitor
  • Event viewer
  • Creating custom views and subscriptions in Windows Server 2012

Administering: WSUS

  • Windows server update services in Windows Server 2012
  • How to configure the WSUS role
  • Automatic updates with group policies
  • Client side targeting
  • Deploying WSUS updates
  • Reviewing updates using WSUS reports
  • Using PowerShell to configure WSUS
  • Migrating WSUS 3.0 SP2 to Windows Server 2012 WSUS
  • Using MBSA to verify WSUS Updates

Administering: Dfs and Fsrm

  • Distributed file system – DFS
  • The components that comprise DFS
  • installation methods for DFS
  • DFS Namespaces
  • DFS schedules and staging
  • Remote differential compression
  • File server resource manager – FSRM – installation
  • FSRM quotas and FSRM File Screen policies
  • FSRM file classification
  • FSRM storage report management
  • FSRM file management tasks

Administering: Bitlocker, Efs and auditing

  • BitLocker
  • BitLocker installation options
  • BitLocker to encrypt volumes
  • Managing BitLocker from the command line
  • BitLocker network unlock
  • Configuring network unlock
  • BitLocker group policy implementations
  • BitLocker recovery options
  • EFS group policies managing EFS keys
  • EFS best practices
  • Audit policies
  • Audit policy options
  • Auditpol
  • Expression based auditing
  • Removable device policies will also be covered


  • Examines DNS configurations in Windows Server 2012 including
  • Zone transfers
  • Stub zones
  • AD integrated zones
  • Zone replication
  • Zone delegation
  • Zone transfers
  • Zone forwarders
  • DNS record types
  • Update types
  • Aging and scavenging
  • Round robin
  • NAT
  • Remote access
  • Remote access in the Enterprise
  • VPN settings
  • Remote dial in
  • Deploying remote access in the cloud
  • DirectAcess configurations


  • Examines configuring RADIUS
  • RADIUS server groups
  • Remote RADIUS
  • RADIUS proxy
  • RADIUS accounting
  • Examines the Network Policy Server
  • NPS configurations
  • Importing and exporting NPS server configurations
  • Network access protection
  • NAP configurations
  • Components of a network access solution

Service accounts

  • Examines service accounts
  • Service account management
  • Creating and deploying service accounts
  • Examines creating and installing, managing and removing managed service accounts
  • Examines creating, deploying, modifying and removing group managed service Accounts along with Kerberos delegation

WDC, FSMO + virtual DC cloning

  • Examines writable domain controllers
  • Domain based services
  • Universal group membership
  • Flexible single master operations
  • Schema administration
  • Schema configuration
  • Domain naming master
  • FSMO roles
  • FSMO role placement and seizing
  • Examines active directory partitions
  • Forest active directory partitions
  • Virtualised domain controller cloning
  • Configuring and deploying a virtualised domain controller clone

RODC and password policies

  • Examines password replication polices
  • Prepopulating account password
  • Configuring password policies
  • Local group policies on Windows 8
  • Local group policy precedence
  • Examines minimum password age settings
  • Automatic and manual password permission configurations
  • Account lockout policies
  • Password settings objects
  • Creating, editing and deploying a PSO

Backup and recovery

  • Examines methods to protect active directory
  • Backup Windows server
  • The AD
  • System state
  • Examines the wbadmin
  • Recovering AD
  • AD recycle bin
  • Active directory offline maintenance
  • Active directory services
  • Active directory mounting tool
  • Snapshots

Policies and templates

  • Examines the group policy management editor
  • Software installation policies
  • Configuring script policies
  • Folder redirection policies
  • Examines administrative templates
  • Migrating .ADM files to .ADMX format
  • Administrative template filtering
  • Creating and importing a security template

GPO manipulation and processing

  • Examines group policy objects
  • GPO inheritance and precedence
  • Enforcing GPO settings
  • GPO security
  • WMI filtering
  • GPO management delegation
  • Examines group processing
  • Deploying GPO loopback processing
  • Overriding GPO policy operations
  • Client side extension behavior
  • Resultant set of policy
  • Gpresullt.exe
  • GPO backup and restore features
  • Creating migration tables
  • Powershell group policy modules
  • Item level targeting

412: Configuring advanced Windows Server 2012 services

NLB + clustering

  • Recognise how to configure NLB for a given scenario
  • Recognise how to configure an NLB cluster in a given scenario
  • Describe how to manage host traffic and operations in a given scenario
  • Create and configure an NLB cluster

VM clusters + DR

  • Identify the key considerations for using clustering in a virtual environment
  • Recognise how a highly available VM is created
  • Describe the migration options for virtual machines
  • Describe the options available for virtual machine management


  • Describe high availability features of iSCSI
  • Recognise how to install and configure iSCSI
  • Describe iSNS architecture components
  • Describe how BranchCache is used
  • Recognise the options available for optimising storage

File management and DAC

  • Describe the key considerations involved in implementing file classification
  • Recognise how to manage files using FCI
  • Sequence the steps to implement dynamic access control
  • Recognise how to configure dynamic access control in a given scenario


  • Recognise how to configure advanced DHCP features
  • Identify how to ensure DHCP high availability
  • Describe how to configure advanced DNS settings
  • Choose the most appropriate security feature in a given scenario

Forests and domains

  • Identify the difference between domains and forests
  • Identify the guidelines for raising functional levels
  • Match the trust relationship types to their descriptions
  • Describe advanced trust relationship configuration functions
  • Configure trust relationships

Site replication

  • Describe the characteristics of AD DS replication
  • Identify the advantages of using active directory sites in a given scenario
  • Sequence the steps in the AD site configuration process
  • Manage RODC password replication policy


  • Recognise the functions of PKI components
  • Distinguish between different types of CA installations
  • Recognise the processes involved in certificate validation and revocation

RMS + federation

  • Describe the functionality and components of AD RMS
  • Describe the options for configuring AD RMS
  • Identify the characteristics of AD RMS templates
  • Recognise RMS trust policy options
  • Create an AD RMS template

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