Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-414

Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

Total Videos : 20 Course Duration: 08:34:24
1. Introduction to the MCSE: Server Administrator and the 70-414 Exam (00:17:10)
2. Planning and Implementing Virtualization Hosts (00:19:18)
3. Planning and Implementing Virtualization Networking (00:37:21)
4. Planning and Implementing Virtualization Storage (00:29:24)
5. Planning and Implementing Virtualization Guests and Guest Movement (00:38:06)
6. Managing and Maintaining a Server Virtualization Infrastructure (00:26:19)
7. Designing an Administrative Model (00:29:07)
8. Designing a Monitoring Strategy (00:27:24)
9. Designing an Updates Infrastructure (00:21:18)
10. Implementing Automated Remediation (00:22:52)
11. Planning and Implementing Failover Clustering (00:39:27)
12. Planning and Implementing Highly Available Network Services (00:17:05)
13. Planning and Implementing Highly Available Storage Solutions (00:31:04)
14. Planning and Implementing Highly Available Server Roles (00:15:25)
15. Planning and Implementing a Business Continuity and DR Solution (00:18:36)
16. Designing a Certificate Services Infrastructure (00:21:22)
17. Implementing and Managing a Certificate Services Infrastructure (00:42:00)
18. Implementing and Managing Certificates (00:21:36)
19. Designing and Implementing a Federated Identity Solution (00:24:01)
20. Designing and Implementing AD RMS (00:15:29)
This Server 2012 video training course with Greg Shields covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular server on a more advanced level, including planning and implementing virtualization hosts, designing and Implementing AD RMS, and more.

Related area of expertise:
  • Microsoft Server 2012

Recommended skills:
  • Familiarity with Windows Server 2012

Recommended equipment:
  • Windows Server 2012

Related certifications:
  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals

Proving your Windows Server skills isn’t a task to be taken lightly. Today’s MCSE tests against a broader-than-ever set of technologies, from Windows Server itself to the entirety of System Center. Microsoft’s 70-414 exam is the fifth and final hurdle between you and your MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification.

Having gotten this far, you’re already experienced with installing and configuring Windows Server 2012. You know how to administer it. You also know how to configure its advanced services, and design and implement a server infrastructure with the aid of System Center.

But this exam is different.

Microsoft’s 70-414 exists as the capstone to your entire certification effort. This exam doesn’t so much ask “what to do” as “when to do it." Indeed, you’ll get a few questions about Windows Server 2012 and System Center configurations, but the 70-414’s primary goal is proving you know when to implement Microsoft technologies.

In this course, Greg speaks directly to Microsoft’s exam objectives. He explains each objective in common sense terms, whiteboarding architectures where appropriate while demoing configurations when a little extra attention might be necessary. This training is a targeted study guide that’ll make you a wiser Windows Server administrator while tightly focusing on your 70-414 study efforts.

Introduction to the MCSE: Server Administrator and the 70-414 Exam

00:00:00 - You're an experienced IT professional.
00:00:02 - And you've worked with Windows and Windows servers for years.
00:00:05 - And now you've decided to prove your skills by passing
00:00:08 - the five tests that make up the Microsoft MCSE Server
00:00:12 - Infrastructure certification.
00:00:14 - Congratulations!
00:00:15 - If you've made it this far, you've got four out of five.
00:00:18 - Tests, that is.
00:00:19 - All that stands between you and an MCSE cert is one final
00:00:23 - exam, the 70-414.
00:00:26 - In your study to this point, you've learned just about
00:00:28 - everything you need.
00:00:29 - You've been tested over and over again on what to do.
00:00:33 - This time though, the objectives are different.
00:00:35 - This exam you could almost call your capstone, you
00:00:38 - evidence that you not only know what to do,
00:00:40 - but when to do it.
00:00:42 - That's the major theme behind this example, certifying that
00:00:45 - you're more than just a Windows button clicker.
00:00:48 - No, you're a wise and experienced Windows
00:00:50 - administrator who knows when to implement technologies and
00:00:53 - all for the right reasons.
00:00:55 - My name is Greg Shields.
00:00:56 - And I've been working with Windows since
00:00:57 - its earliest days.
00:00:59 - I've had an opportunity to see this impressive operating
00:01:01 - system mature and evolve and I look forward to being your
00:01:04 - guide in this exploration of the topics and objectives you
00:01:07 - need to know for success with the 70-414.
00:01:12 - So.
00:01:12 - Hopefully, this whole introduction gets you a little
00:01:15 - excited about the 20 Nuggets that we're
00:01:18 - going to spend together.
00:01:19 - And talking about all this fun topics and objectives that
00:01:22 - relate to the 70-414 exam.
00:01:25 - As I mentioned, my name is Greg Shields and this is my
00:01:29 - 19th series for CBT Nuggets.
00:01:32 - So I've had a lot of opportunity to at least take a
00:01:35 - look at the objectives for a variety of Microsoft exams.
00:01:40 - I think I've taken 20 or 30 of these exams, at this point.
00:01:43 - And so really kind of getting into the mind of the exam test
00:01:49 - writer is one of the things that we're going to hopefully
00:01:50 - try to do here.
00:01:52 - I will freely admit that and amongst all of the exam
00:01:56 - related content I've done for CBT Nuggets, this particular
00:01:59 - one is a bit unique.
00:02:01 - This is-- and I will say it--
00:02:03 - a very odd exam.
00:02:05 - It is a collection of a whole variety of
00:02:09 - seemingly disparate topics.
00:02:11 - That unlike most exams, doesn't really have a good
00:02:14 - story line to weave through.
00:02:16 - And so unlike a lot of the test prep work that I've done
00:02:20 - here for CBT and maybe some of the other series if you have
00:02:23 - an opportunity to watch, this will be
00:02:24 - a little bit different.
00:02:25 - Because I think I'm going to focus very specifically on
00:02:28 - just the objectives because that's what you need to know.
00:02:32 - And that's what's going to help you understand when you
00:02:35 - need to implement these technologies.
00:02:36 - Which is what Microsoft is really intending to do here.
00:02:39 - We are here today to help you develop the skills you need to
00:02:43 - assist in preparing for installing, configuring, and
00:02:47 - performing ongoing maintenance of a Windows server 2012
00:02:50 - environment.
00:02:51 - I think more importantly, you're here because you are at
00:02:54 - four out of five and you are not going to stop until you
00:02:56 - are MCSE certified.
00:02:58 - And so, consequently, we are also here to help you prepare
00:03:01 - for that all important 70-414 exam.
00:03:04 - Now along the way, I hopefully be able to give you some of my
00:03:08 - own personal experiences, as well some of the best
00:03:10 - practices that I've learned over the years in dealing with
00:03:13 - some of these technologies.
00:03:14 - A lot of the stuff you see here is maybe not a
00:03:17 - revolutionary change, but an evolutionary change to
00:03:19 - existing technologies that have been around for a while.
00:03:22 - There's a couple of items that are just brand new
00:03:23 - right of the box.
00:03:24 - But for the most part, this is stuff that if you've been
00:03:27 - working with Windows, you probably have at least seen
00:03:29 - before, if not worked with directly before.
00:03:33 - And what's interesting about this exam is, as I mentioned,
00:03:36 - we're not so interested in what to do, but when to do it.
00:03:40 - And so in just about every case, you already have the
00:03:43 - knowledge you need in order to accomplish the task that the
00:03:46 - objective refers to.
00:03:47 - In this case, we are not so interested in whether or not
00:03:50 - you know the right buttons to click.
00:03:52 - But do you know the right technologies to implement
00:03:55 - given the use cases that could possibly occur
00:03:57 - in your daily job?
00:03:59 - I refer to this as the capstone for the MCSE because
00:04:02 - this is what separates the tactical individuals--
00:04:06 - the people that are out doing things and checking boxes and
00:04:10 - clicking buttons--
00:04:11 - from the wise IT pro-- or the one that people go to when
00:04:15 - they need to figure out when they should
00:04:16 - implement certain things.
00:04:17 - And so you'll find that unlike a lot of these series that I
00:04:21 - put together before, we don't talk about a lot of the
00:04:24 - specifics for many of these technologies.
00:04:26 - But we will talk about when you need to map a certain
00:04:28 - problem to a certain solution.
00:04:30 - In this introductory Nugget, I'm going to spend just a
00:04:33 - minute reviewing, again, which you probably already know,
00:04:36 - about Microsoft certification.
00:04:38 - You are hopefully 4/5 of the way through the
00:04:40 - certification process.
00:04:41 - And if you aren't, you might take a second look at the
00:04:45 - previous exams and get to know them first before you finish
00:04:47 - the 70-414.
00:04:50 - I'll share with you the 70-414's intended audience.
00:04:53 - Just a couple of exam notes, which again should be relative
00:04:55 - review for you.
00:04:57 - A look at the outline of this series and the different
00:04:59 - topics that we'll be talking about, because I've done a
00:05:01 - little reordering, but not much based off of what the
00:05:03 - objectives are that Microsoft has published online.
00:05:06 - And then a review of the objectives themselves.
00:05:08 - And hopefully, some guidance on how you would best go about
00:05:12 - studying for this, again, very strange exam.
00:05:16 - So with that, let me scroll down here just a bit.
00:05:19 - I want to take a minute reviewing where the MCSE
00:05:22 - server infrastructure fits in with the variety of
00:05:26 - MCSEs that now exist.
00:05:28 - If you've been working with IT or if you've been a Windows
00:05:30 - admin for any period of time, you know that the new MCSE is
00:05:33 - very much different from the old MCSE.
00:05:36 - Back in the early days, the MCSE and NT4 and Windows 2000
00:05:39 - and 2003 was the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
00:05:44 - We've replaced the word engineer with the word expert.
00:05:47 - But we've also changed a bit the focus of these exams.
00:05:50 - The MCSE these days tests not only against your knowledge of
00:05:53 - Windows Server, but also the System Center portfolio.
00:05:57 - And in fact, the entirety of the System Center portfolio.
00:06:00 - At least about an inch deep.
00:06:02 - But maybe a mile wide.
00:06:04 - And so understanding where all these pieces fit is going to
00:06:07 - be very important for you with success in this exam.
00:06:09 - You should be familiar, maybe not so much with the exact
00:06:13 - click by click for how to accomplish things in the
00:06:15 - entirety of System Center.
00:06:17 - But you should know which of the System Center components
00:06:20 - are there to support any different use case
00:06:22 - that may come up.
00:06:24 - Now this MCSE server is one of many of the new MCSEs.
00:06:28 - It sits alongside the MCSE desktop, the private cloud,
00:06:33 - the SQL Server, and the messaging communication,
00:06:35 - SharePoint, and likely some more to come here MCSEs.
00:06:40 - The original MCSE focused in on a set of core skills and
00:06:43 - then a series of electives.
00:06:45 - And that actually got changed with the MCITP curriculum
00:06:49 - where the MCITP was relatively rigid in what
00:06:51 - it was looking for.
00:06:52 - Now these days, what a lot of the hiring managers of the
00:06:56 - world in cooperation with Microsoft have determined is
00:06:59 - they want to know really what you have certified your
00:07:02 - knowledge against.
00:07:03 - They're looking for something that doesn't just
00:07:04 - prove you're an MCSE.
00:07:05 - But that you're a MCSE of a particular flavor.
00:07:07 - That you're familiar with things like servers versus
00:07:10 - desktops versus cloud and so on and so forth.
00:07:13 - And so, at this point, you've probably completed your entire
00:07:15 - MCSA which are the first three of these exams.
00:07:19 - And then with that, you've been wrapping up the this
00:07:21 - entire study process with the two MCSE items here, which are
00:07:25 - for server infrastructure 70-413 and 70-414.
00:07:30 - These complete that whole learning cycle, or learning
00:07:32 - series, so that you can then assert that you are, indeed, a
00:07:35 - systems expert on Microsoft technologies.
00:07:39 - Down here, I have actually taken this content directly
00:07:42 - from Microsoft's website.
00:07:44 - The intended audience of the 70-414.
00:07:47 - As it says here, the certification is intended for
00:07:49 - IT professionals if you're looking to design and deploy
00:07:53 - an infrastructure atop Windows Server 2012.
00:07:56 - And note here, that this is a highly virtualized
00:07:58 - infrastructure atop server 2012.
00:08:01 - And so what we are talking here is not just being able to
00:08:04 - work with Windows in a physical sense, but also how
00:08:06 - to work with Windows in a virtual sense.
00:08:09 - This is not going to have as much content as would be the
00:08:11 - private cloud curriculum, or the MCSE private cloud, but
00:08:14 - you will see a lot of talk-- and, in fact, when we get to
00:08:16 - the series order here, you'll see a lot about the virtual
00:08:20 - world as it relates to server 2012 hyper-v and VMM.
00:08:24 - So you should have some comfort of familiarity with
00:08:27 - those topics.
00:08:28 - Of the System Center components, which one should
00:08:31 - you have the most familiarity with is probably VMM.
00:08:34 - It's says, candidates should have experience with a
00:08:36 - previous Windows Server operating systems and have
00:08:39 - their old MCSA or equivalent skills.
00:08:41 - And it notes also that this exam is part two of a series
00:08:44 - of two exams.
00:08:46 - Now, it says two exams here, because these are
00:08:48 - the two and the MCSE.
00:08:50 - But you have to have your MCSA before you can get your MCSE.
00:08:53 - So, logically, this is more like part four in a series of
00:08:56 - five exams.
00:08:57 - And I should highlight again, the intent here is that the
00:09:00 - 70-414 comes last.
00:09:02 - If you haven't passed the other exams yet or gone
00:09:04 - through the studying and the education process for those
00:09:07 - exams, you might want to stop now, go back and get the other
00:09:10 - exams taken care of to make this exam a slam dunk for you.
00:09:14 - You really aren't going to have a lot of new content.
00:09:16 - It's just working this content into the when question, as
00:09:19 - opposed to the what.
00:09:20 - We'll talk in this exam about validating the planning
00:09:23 - configuration of management of services, identity and access,
00:09:25 - high availability, and a server infrastructure.
00:09:28 - And this, along with 70-413, are collectively validating
00:09:32 - your skills and knowledge so that you know how to work with
00:09:34 - Windows Server 2012.
00:09:36 - So that's why we're here.
00:09:38 - And if this intended audience actually describes you, well
00:09:40 - then, you're well on your way to success with that exam.
00:09:45 - Now I usually, at least with these MCSE exams, put up a
00:09:48 - couple of notes about the exam.
00:09:49 - Again, if you're doing this the right way, you already
00:09:51 - experienced this.
00:09:52 - But just for completeness here, I want to just remind
00:09:56 - you that there's no penalty for guessing.
00:09:59 - If you choose an incorrect answer, you just simply don't
00:10:02 - earn a point.
00:10:02 - There are no negative points for incorrect answers.
00:10:05 - One kind of gotcha is that some of the questions are,
00:10:08 - what I like to call, multi-multi-choice.
00:10:10 - Or in that there are a variety of possible answers and you
00:10:13 - must choose the correct answers from them.
00:10:16 - And sometimes even in order to earn the point for that item.
00:10:20 - Makes the passing of some of these really, really difficult
00:10:23 - because you have to know how many you need to select, and
00:10:26 - then in what order.
00:10:27 - It's most unfair, I think, sometimes, some of these
00:10:29 - question formats.
00:10:30 - And also just awareness that some of the questions on the
00:10:33 - exam may not actually be included in your calculation
00:10:35 - of the score.
00:10:37 - So there are some questions that Microsoft releases on
00:10:41 - these exams and they're not entirely sure if they've got
00:10:44 - the cycle metrics correct on those questions.
00:10:47 - If they do, and they find out that people are getting the
00:10:49 - question correct.
00:10:49 - Well then, it may end up in a later exam format or a later
00:10:53 - question release for an exam.
00:10:54 - But just be aware if you see a question that's completely off
00:10:57 - the wall and it just doesn't make a lot of sense, it's
00:10:59 - entirely possible that that question is not really a real
00:11:02 - point scoring question for the exam.
00:11:04 - There are a variety of question formats which you
00:11:07 - should be aware.
00:11:08 - There are as Microsoft says on the website, the three formats
00:11:14 - can be case study, simulation, and virtual labs.
00:11:17 - I would pay particular attention to
00:11:19 - the case study format.
00:11:20 - I do not know with assurance, but there are rumors that the
00:11:24 - case study format is beginning to see a resurgence in
00:11:27 - Microsoft's portfolio these days.
00:11:30 - The question types associated with any of those formats, or
00:11:33 - just in general, can include things like multiple choice
00:11:35 - questions and those deadly, deadly,
00:11:37 - multi-multi-choice questions.
00:11:39 - Hot area questions.
00:11:40 - Active screen grab and drag and drop.
00:11:42 - And then build, list, and reorder questions.
00:11:45 - These days, the exam is administered through from
00:11:47 - Prometric at And at
00:11:50 - last check, it's about $150 for you to take the exam.
00:11:53 - So there's nothing here that you can't get off of
00:11:56 - Microsoft's website.
00:11:57 - Again, I just kind of want to put this here is a refresher
00:11:59 - so you know what you're in for whenever it comes time to
00:12:02 - actually take the exam.
00:12:04 - Now I mentioned in the introduction to this Nugget,
00:12:07 - that unlike pretty much every other series they I've put
00:12:11 - together for CBT Nuggets, this is just one odd duck.
00:12:14 - And it has to do with the fact that Microsoft is really
00:12:17 - taking a hodgepodge of technologies and assemble them
00:12:22 - in really, no particular order.
00:12:24 - In order to test that you know all these different things.
00:12:30 - Now I tried to do the best I can in a little bit of
00:12:33 - reordering of these modules from the objectives.
00:12:37 - Mainly in taking the virtualization topic, which
00:12:40 - goes from here to just about here.
00:12:42 - That virtualization topic and moving it to the front, so
00:12:45 - that you could be aware of the virtualization infrastructure
00:12:47 - you might need to lay in place to accomplish the other things
00:12:50 - that exist here in the series.
00:12:53 - But also, unlike every other series I've put together for
00:12:57 - CBT Nuggets, I've done something very interesting
00:13:00 - with this outline.
00:13:01 - In that each of the modules tracks, more or less, with one
00:13:05 - of the objectives you're going to find if you go look up to
00:13:08 - 70-414 on Microsoft's website.
00:13:10 - And the only reason for this is so that I can contain the
00:13:14 - content that relates to that objective, or the objective
00:13:17 - domain, in a single module.
00:13:19 - I'm hoping that this will improve your study performance
00:13:22 - and improve just making sure that you understand each of
00:13:25 - the modules correctly without trying to recreate my own
00:13:28 - order here.
00:13:29 - With a lot of these series, it makes more sense for me to
00:13:33 - explain how to go about this study process when I create a
00:13:39 - greater narrative around the content that you need to know.
00:13:42 - That seems not to be the case with this series.
00:13:45 - So you'll find that there are a variety of sub series that
00:13:49 - have been consolidated together here to create this
00:13:52 - total series.
00:13:53 - The first one here is this one on virtualization and dealing
00:13:56 - with your virtual environment.
00:13:58 - The second one here is just some topics surrounding
00:14:02 - managing your environment, your administrative model,
00:14:04 - your monitoring strategy, your updates and
00:14:06 - your remediation topics.
00:14:09 - You need to know little bit about high availability
00:14:10 - including clustering, NLB, and some other items here.
00:14:13 - And so from 11 down to just about 15 is high availability
00:14:17 - and data protection.
00:14:19 - And then, lastly--
00:14:20 - well, there's two more really--
00:14:22 - a section on Certificate Services and then a section on
00:14:26 - the other two things.
00:14:28 - Which when you get the module 19 or module 20, you'll see
00:14:31 - why I'm sort of chuckling here, as it
00:14:33 - relates to ADFS and ADRMS.
00:14:36 - Because these are really big topics and
00:14:39 - they're really small.
00:14:40 - They're really big topics, there's really a lot of
00:14:43 - objectives and yet there's a really small amount of
00:14:45 - exposure here into this exam.
00:14:47 - So you'll understand more as we get closer to the end.
00:14:49 - So this is essentially the narrative that I'm trying to
00:14:52 - help you with.
00:14:53 - With the goal here of keeping as many of these objectives in
00:14:57 - the projected domain as possible.
00:14:59 - Just try to focus that studying down so that you
00:15:01 - could be successful with this exam.
00:15:04 - Let's see here, next up, I have the exam
00:15:07 - objectives, as well.
00:15:09 - And these exam objectives, as you can imagine, are here just
00:15:12 - to give you an idea of what Microsoft
00:15:14 - expects you to learn.
00:15:15 - I'll tell you what, let's keep this between us.
00:15:19 - It kind of makes you wonder about why they even go through
00:15:22 - the effort of putting the percentage weighting on these
00:15:26 - objectives when the percentage weighting for four possible
00:15:30 - percentages is so darn close to 25%.
00:15:34 - The percentages here at 26%, 27% 26%, 21% are so
00:15:39 - unbelievably close to just, let's just call it all even.
00:15:43 - That said, however, if you can assume a certain number of
00:15:46 - questions on this exam.
00:15:47 - Well, then you can at least focus your attentions on some
00:15:50 - percentage of those questions will be related to this topic,
00:15:53 - some to this, some to this, and then some down to this.
00:15:56 - I would pay particular attention to these.
00:15:58 - Because if you don't, you could spend a lot of time
00:16:01 - focusing in on the technologies that you may not
00:16:03 - get that many questions for on this exam.
00:16:06 - If you study smartly, then you might not need to study as
00:16:09 - hard for many of the things that you're going
00:16:10 - to be tested against.
00:16:13 - Usually I will give you, with a lot of these, just a review
00:16:17 - of the infrastructure that we're building here.
00:16:20 - I'm not going to do that here for this exam.
00:16:22 - Normally, I suggest that people follow along and create
00:16:24 - your own virtual machine so you can accomplish the tasks
00:16:27 - as I'm doing them there on the screen.
00:16:29 - Again, this is just an interesting, interesting exam,
00:16:31 - so you might actually be better set by just absorbing
00:16:34 - the information as opposed to doing it directly yourself.
00:16:37 - Most likely because for many of these technologies, you've
00:16:40 - already done this before in a previous exam.
00:16:43 - So once again, that welcome to the 70-414 implementing an
00:16:48 - advanced server infrastructure.
00:16:49 - My name is Greg Shields and I'm looking forward to, once
00:16:52 - again, having the opportunity to share with you the
00:16:54 - information and knowledge that I have to make you a better IT
00:16:57 - professional.
00:16:58 - And hopefully to finally get you that one final step to
00:17:01 - your MCSE server infrastructure.
00:17:04 - I'm looking forward to it and I hope you are too.
00:17:06 - But more importantly, I hope this has been
00:17:07 - informative for you.
00:17:08 - And I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Planning and Implementing Virtualization Hosts

Planning and Implementing Virtualization Networking

Planning and Implementing Virtualization Storage

Planning and Implementing Virtualization Guests and Guest Movement

Managing and Maintaining a Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Designing an Administrative Model

Designing a Monitoring Strategy

Designing an Updates Infrastructure

Implementing Automated Remediation

Planning and Implementing Failover Clustering

Planning and Implementing Highly Available Network Services

Planning and Implementing Highly Available Storage Solutions

Planning and Implementing Highly Available Server Roles

Planning and Implementing a Business Continuity and DR Solution

Designing a Certificate Services Infrastructure

Implementing and Managing a Certificate Services Infrastructure

Implementing and Managing Certificates

Designing and Implementing a Federated Identity Solution

Designing and Implementing AD RMS

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