00:00:00 - You're an experienced
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
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
00:00:48 - No, you're a wise and
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
00:11:45 - These days, the exam is
administered through from
00:11:47 - Prometric at
prometric.com/microsoft 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.