Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-417

Upgrading Skills to Server 2012

Total Videos : 20 Course Duration: 15:32:22
1. Course Introduction (00:25:20)
2. Installing Windows Server 2012 Servers (00:46:17)
3. Configuring Windows Server 2012 Servers (00:51:33)
4. Installing Domain Controllers (00:40:00)
5. Configuring Domain Controllers (00:45:00)
6. Maintaining Active Directory (00:54:59)
7. Configuring Group Policy Processing (00:53:06)
8. Configuring Local Storage (00:47:07)
9. Configuring and Managing Backups (00:46:26)
10. Monitoring Servers (00:53:13)
11. Deploying and Managing IPAM (00:42:31)
12. Configuring DirectAccess (00:42:51)
13. Configuring Network Access Protection (NAP) (00:54:15)
14. Implementing Dynamic Access Control (DAC) (00:55:56)
15. Implementing Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) v2.1 (00:46:24)
16. Configuring Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012 (00:52:12)
17. Advanced Failover Clustering and Highly Available Hyper-V (00:37:52)
18. Managing Virtual Machine Settings and Storage (00:49:48)
19. Creating and Configuring Virtual Networks (00:38:21)
20. Managing Virtual Machine Movement (00:49:11)
This Windows Server video training course with Tim Warner covers Microsoft exam 70-417. This course is is for IT professionals who have their MCSA: Windows Server 2008 or MCITPs who want to earn their MCSA or MCSE certifications for Windows Server 2012.

Recommended skills:
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

Recommended equipment:
  • Windows Server 2012

Related certifications:
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012
  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals


Already have a Windows Server 2008 certification, but want to upgrade to Server 2012? Start with this course.

Microsoft exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012, is a prerequisite for Windows Server 2008 MCSAs or MCITPs who want to earn either the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) titles in Windows Server 2012. The content of this course (and the associated exam) spans three additional Microsoft IT Pro certs: exam 410 (Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012); exam 411 (Administering Windows Server 2012); and exam 412 (Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services).

Course Introduction

00:00:00 - Microsoft exam 417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows
00:00:05 - Server 2012.
00:00:07 - My name is Tim Warner and I'm very grateful to be your
00:00:09 - instructor for this series.
00:00:11 - Welcome to Windows Server 2012, friends.
00:00:13 - In this introductory Nugget we're going to start with a
00:00:16 - nutshell history of Microsoft certification.
00:00:19 - For sure Microsoft has tweaked, tuned, and completely
00:00:23 - revamped their IT pro certifications over the last
00:00:27 - several years.
00:00:28 - There's a lot to know.
00:00:29 - You're not going to be asked questions on the certification
00:00:32 - program on your exam, of course, but it's important
00:00:36 - from an IT professional standpoint that you be fully
00:00:39 - apprised as to what's new and what's changed with these
00:00:43 - certification titles.
00:00:44 - I'm going to give you the need to know information on how to
00:00:47 - upgrade your current MCITP and Windows Server 2008 to Windows
00:00:52 - Server 2012.
00:00:54 - Again, we have a name change with the certification so
00:00:57 - we're building on this material sequentially as such.
00:01:01 - And then I'm going to describe to you how I've structure this
00:01:03 - course, and give you some practical advice on the best
00:01:07 - way to approach the course as a student, for maximum return
00:01:10 - on investment.
00:01:11 - That's going to ebb and flow naturally into the final
00:01:15 - portion of this Nugget in which we discuss the exam
00:01:17 - specifically and I share with you again some hard won,
00:01:21 - best-practice suggestions for not only minimizing your study
00:01:25 - time but maximizing your score on the certification test.
00:01:29 - Let's get to work.
00:01:29 - The evolution of Microsoft IT pro certification.
00:01:33 - Now I got into information technology as a career
00:01:36 - full-time in 1997.
00:01:38 - I earned my first MCP shortly thereafter.
00:01:41 - And then eventually the MCSE, the Microsoft Certified
00:01:45 - Systems Engineer in Windows NT 4.0 in the late 1997.
00:01:51 - The way the old school Microsoft certification
00:01:54 - program worked was, after passing a single technology
00:01:57 - test, it could be Windows 95 support, it could be TCPIP,
00:02:02 - networking essentials was an old classic back then, you
00:02:05 - would earn the Microsoft Certified
00:02:07 - Professional or MCP title.
00:02:10 - You could put the logo on your business card, you were given
00:02:13 - an MCP ID that is Microsoft's analog to the social security
00:02:17 - number, you'd have a wallet card, of course a frameable
00:02:20 - certification, and access to the protected MCP website.
00:02:24 - That gives you access to the community of Microsoft
00:02:27 - certified professionals.
00:02:28 - Now, At that time, late '90s into the early 2000s, the
00:02:32 - golden credential for IT pros--
00:02:34 - and by IT pros I'm talking about systems administrators.
00:02:38 - Microsoft has an entirely different suite of
00:02:41 - certifications for developers and even going on into some of
00:02:45 - their other packages like their dynamic suite.
00:02:47 - Of course we're concerned only with IT Pro, in which we're
00:02:51 - concerned with Windows Server, Windows desktop OS, and other
00:02:55 - Microsoft enterprise server products.
00:02:58 - Exchange server, SharePoint Server, link
00:03:00 - server, and so forth.
00:03:01 - But the MCSE had a lot of cashe, a lot of industry
00:03:06 - power, and frankly a lot of prestige.
00:03:09 - I really looked up to folks had exerted the blood, sweat,
00:03:12 - and tears, and knowledge to amass that Certified Systems
00:03:15 - Engineer title.
00:03:16 - And you know, interestingly, after all these years in 2012
00:03:20 - going into 2013 those letters still carry with them the idea
00:03:26 - of competence in Windows Server technologies.
00:03:29 - More on that in just a second, because I'm
00:03:31 - sure Microsoft agrees.
00:03:33 - In time, when the Windows Server 2003 came along,
00:03:37 - Microsoft gave us a lower level credential called the
00:03:40 - Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.
00:03:42 - And I think the point, the general trend that Microsoft
00:03:45 - learning picked up is, they wanted candidates to be able
00:03:49 - to more granularly define their skill sets for potential
00:03:52 - employers, clients, whomever.
00:03:54 - So the way Microsoft separated these two credentials, you
00:03:57 - needed I believe four exams for the SA and seven for the
00:04:01 - MCSE in Windows Server 2003.
00:04:04 - But the SA is the implementer, the day to day systems
00:04:07 - administrator, the SE, at least according to Microsoft's
00:04:11 - product literature, is the Active Directory Architect.
00:04:14 - The person who plans and designs an Active Directory
00:04:18 - infrastructure.
00:04:19 - Now in practice, in my experience most folks tend to
00:04:22 - go directly--
00:04:23 - do not pass go, do not collect $200--
00:04:26 - they go right for the MCSE.
00:04:28 - The MCSA is a nice stepping stone to the MCSE because the
00:04:33 - four exams that you'd pass for your SA directly apply to the
00:04:37 - SE, if that makes sense.
00:04:39 - So this schema, the old school, ended with Windows
00:04:42 - Server 2003.
00:04:44 - As of Windows Server 2008 Microsoft changed up their
00:04:48 - credentialing significantly, replacing the single exam
00:04:52 - specific MCP with the Microsoft certified technology
00:04:56 - specialist, or MCTS.
00:04:58 - They replaced the MCSE, the systems engineer with
00:05:02 - Microsoft Certified IT Professional.
00:05:04 - And going further there are actually two separate MCITPs,
00:05:09 - Server Administrator and Enterprise Administrator for
00:05:12 - Windows Server 2008, which caused a lot of confusion
00:05:16 - among candidates.
00:05:17 - Which one should I go for?
00:05:19 - Do I need to have both of them?
00:05:20 - And I need to tell you quite honestly, friends, I
00:05:23 - recommended going for SA.
00:05:25 - It took fewer exams to get there.
00:05:28 - And quite honestly, nobody is going to inquire, for instance
00:05:32 - a hiring manager, now do you have the MCITP EA or SA?
00:05:36 - I've never heard that and I've never heard anybody tell me
00:05:39 - they've been asked.
00:05:40 - What they've been asked, these job candidates, is do
00:05:43 - you have the MCSE?
00:05:44 - And of course that's a retired credential now.
00:05:47 - Bottom line is, the MCITP was largely, I
00:05:50 - think, a market failure.
00:05:51 - It never caught on in terms of name recognition to the point
00:05:56 - that MCSE has.
00:05:57 - Poor market adoption, in other words.
00:05:59 - Oh, one more thing I wanted to say.
00:06:01 - The fact that Microsoft split the MCITP into variants and
00:06:05 - the fact that there are so many MCTS exams--
00:06:08 - I don't mean to sound bitter here because I'm genuinely
00:06:10 - not-- but I want to make sure you understand that IT
00:06:14 - certification is a for-profit business.
00:06:17 - That these vendors, Microsoft, Cisco, even CompTIA are in the
00:06:21 - certification business not so much to help you succeed and
00:06:25 - get advanced positions in the industry, as much as it is to
00:06:29 - make money.
00:06:29 - So I've always been suspicious of this dual MCITP because it
00:06:34 - just doubles, effectively, Microsoft's revenue stream.
00:06:37 - So we have to look at this certification stuff
00:06:40 - critically.
00:06:41 - Yes, I believe firmly in IT certification.
00:06:44 - I believe it can help give you a leg up in the industry.
00:06:47 - But go into it with eyes open, OK?
00:06:50 - That's really what I'm saying.
00:06:51 - Now let's look at the most recent advancements, 2012 era
00:06:55 - advancements with Microsoft certification.
00:06:58 - Now we're talking Windows Server 2012 the current
00:07:02 - version of the Windows Server OS.
00:07:05 - What you'll find is now we have a
00:07:07 - resurrected retooled MCSE.
00:07:11 - Now what's up with that?
00:07:12 - What you want to know, first of all, is that MCSE means
00:07:15 - something different now.
00:07:16 - It now stands for Microsoft Certified
00:07:19 - Solutions Expert, OK?
00:07:22 - You can tell that that's very generic compared to Systems
00:07:26 - Engineer because if we go to the Microsoft learning website
00:07:29 - we'll see that there are MCSEs in other technologies besides
00:07:33 - Windows Server 2012.
00:07:35 - There's a big focus with the MCSE, the new MCSE, on
00:07:39 - virtualization and cloud infrastructures.
00:07:41 - The so-called private cloud, where you can as a corporation
00:07:45 - or a business create cloud-based
00:07:47 - services for your users.
00:07:49 - And virtualization of course is a very popular subject
00:07:52 - because it gives systems administrators more bang for
00:07:55 - their hardware buck and allows them to save money.
00:07:58 - Unfortunately there are two MCSEs in Windows Server 2012
00:08:04 - following the lead of the old Windows
00:08:06 - Server 2008 MCITP business.
00:08:09 - We have server infrastructure and desktop infrastructure.
00:08:12 - And we'll look at the specific requirements for
00:08:15 - those in just a moment.
00:08:16 - Now let's take a look at the upgrade path if
00:08:18 - you hold the MCiTP.
00:08:20 - It doesn't matter if it's the EA or the SA.
00:08:23 - As a matter of fact this screen shot was taken from the
00:08:26 - Microsoft learning website.
00:08:28 - You'll notice here that they say upgradeable
00:08:30 - certifications MCSA.
00:08:32 - What in the world?
00:08:33 - At first blush, you might think, why I'm insulted.
00:08:36 - I spent hundreds and hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars
00:08:39 - earning my MCITP in Windows Server 2008.
00:08:42 - Why isn't that listed?
00:08:43 - As a matter of fact, another qualifying upgrade credential
00:08:47 - is in ITP in any of these technologies.
00:08:50 - And you'll notice that Windows Server 2008 is very
00:08:53 - conspicuously absent from that list.
00:08:56 - Well what Microsoft says in their FAQ is that if you've
00:08:58 - earned an ITP in Windows Server 2008 and then by
00:09:02 - definition you have the SA in Windows Server 2008.
00:09:06 - This basically broadens the pathway for individuals who
00:09:10 - are currently trying to earn the MCITP and Windows Server
00:09:14 - 2008 to get them on the track to become a Microsoft
00:09:18 - Certified Solutions Expert.
00:09:19 - I hope you can see the business model here.
00:09:21 - Microsoft is trying to shuttle us down the route toward
00:09:25 - upgrading our skills.
00:09:27 - And that's what we're dealing with.
00:09:28 - And as a matter of fact, you'll see of the three exams,
00:09:31 - used to be that you could upgrade with a single test,
00:09:34 - again business model, more exam
00:09:36 - registrations is more money.
00:09:38 - We have to pass three tests to qualify as an MCSE server
00:09:43 - infrastructure expert.
00:09:44 - 417 is the upgrade.
00:09:46 - That's of course the exam we're studying for in this
00:09:49 - Nugget product.
00:09:49 - You also have to pass 413, designing and implementing a
00:09:53 - server infrastructure, and 414, implementing an advanced
00:09:57 - server infrastructure.
00:09:58 - Now you'll notice if you've taken tests, obviously you've
00:10:01 - taken Microsoft tests because you're currently in MCITP.
00:10:05 - Traditionally the IT pro exams are 70 dash.
00:10:09 - If you take a beta version of a test those tend to be 71.
00:10:13 - Microsoft appears to be moving away from that nomenclature,
00:10:16 - instead favoring just exam and then the integer.
00:10:20 - I'm not exactly sure why.
00:10:22 - Sometimes in the Microsoft learning site you'll still see
00:10:25 - vestigial references to 70.
00:10:27 - If you go to the Prometric website to register for an
00:10:30 - exam you might see 70.
00:10:31 - Just be aware that this program is in flux, probably
00:10:35 - will be in flux for a little while.
00:10:37 - So be on the lookout for either of those usages.
00:10:39 - Now you'll remember that there are two MCSE variants.
00:10:42 - As far as one being easier than the other, you'll recall
00:10:46 - I said that you should probably go for the MCITP SA
00:10:49 - if you were near to completing that in Windows Server 2008
00:10:53 - because fewer exams are required.
00:10:55 - Microsoft put some thought into this and requires the
00:10:58 - same number of tests for either track.
00:11:01 - Now there really doesn't seem to be much sense to get both
00:11:04 - of them unless you're a completist.
00:11:05 - This particular track, you'll see, has this step one, the
00:11:09 - MCITP enterprise desktop administrator and Windows 7.
00:11:13 - And you should see here that the focus for this particular
00:11:17 - track is more desktop support.
00:11:19 - So I think what Microsoft is saying here is if you're a
00:11:22 - traditional MCITP on a Windows server infrastructure you
00:11:26 - should go for the other path, the MCSE and server
00:11:30 - infrastructure.
00:11:31 - If you're more of a desktop support individual, given that
00:11:34 - step one is having the top-tier credential in
00:11:37 - enterprise desktop support, you can then pass our exam 417
00:11:41 - and then 15, implementing a desktop infrastructure, 16,
00:11:45 - implementing desktop application environments, to
00:11:48 - earn that top tier credential.
00:11:50 - You know the more I think about it the more this makes
00:11:52 - sense, because individuals may want a top-tier Microsoft
00:11:56 - credential but maybe their own skill set
00:11:58 - is in desktop support.
00:12:00 - This track definitely is geared more heavily toward
00:12:04 - that environment.
00:12:05 - Although of course, 417 is quite a beast in terms of
00:12:09 - Windows Server technology.
00:12:11 - So I would think if somebody has these skills already under
00:12:14 - their belt--
00:12:15 - whatever.
00:12:16 - I guess the bottom line, friends, is that this is a
00:12:18 - discussion you're going to have to have with your boss,
00:12:21 - with your stakeholders, and of course with yourself in terms
00:12:24 - of which MCSE, or both, you want to pursue for Windows
00:12:28 - Server 2012.
00:12:29 - What if you hold the original MCSE?
00:12:32 - That is, you're certified in Windows Server 2003.
00:12:35 - What is the upgrade path to Windows Server 2012?
00:12:38 - Well as you can see, this isn't exactly
00:12:41 - tongue-in-cheek--
00:12:41 - you're hosed.
00:12:42 - Upgrade is supported only from the Windows Server 2008 level.
00:12:48 - So if you're still an MCSE, a systems engineer holder, you
00:12:52 - better get upgraded to at least Windows Server 2008 or
00:12:56 - frankly you'll just need to start the server 2012 track
00:13:00 - from scratch.
00:13:01 - Sorry about that bad news.
00:13:03 - Microsoft seems to have gotten much stricter about their
00:13:06 - upgrade paths.
00:13:07 - Before we discuss how best to approach this course I do want
00:13:10 - to revisit that 417 is a pretty good
00:13:13 - exam just on its own.
00:13:15 - I mean, the title of this training series is, "Exam 417,
00:13:19 - Upgrading Your Skills To MCSA." So the MCSA title is
00:13:24 - still around even in Windows Server 2012.
00:13:27 - And studying this course and passing the 417 is quite a big
00:13:31 - feather in your cap, something to put on your resume, just
00:13:35 - having earned the MCSA level in Windows Server 2012.
00:13:39 - I just wanted to say that.
00:13:40 - Now in this slide I'm going to share with you how I think you
00:13:44 - should approach this course for maximum return on
00:13:46 - investment.
00:13:47 - I want to share with you what I call Warner's recipe for
00:13:50 - exam certification success.
00:13:52 - Like I said, I've been certified since 1997.
00:13:55 - I've worked on both sides of the certification scheme, as
00:13:58 - the certification candidate as well as working directly with
00:14:02 - the certification vendors.
00:14:03 - So I've peered behind the curtain, so to speak, and I
00:14:06 - can tell you that success on any IT certification program
00:14:10 - is going to require three basic skills that are all
00:14:13 - interrelated.
00:14:14 - We can look at them as sides of a triangle, however you
00:14:17 - want to visualize this.
00:14:18 - One, there's theory.
00:14:20 - Understanding the theory behind the subject matter.
00:14:23 - Two, there's the ability to
00:14:24 - practically apply your knowledge.
00:14:26 - Actually do the skills that are referenced in that theory.
00:14:30 - And then third, there's test taking skills proper.
00:14:33 - Understanding how computer-based tests work and
00:14:36 - how to approach questions using logic and reason to make
00:14:40 - sure you're answering those questions correctly.
00:14:42 - So how does this course fit in?
00:14:44 - Well understanding the theory means watching
00:14:47 - these Nugget movies.
00:14:48 - I'd recommend you watch them in order because I tend to
00:14:51 - build upon previous knowledge as we go along and make
00:14:54 - assumptions later in the course that we've already
00:14:57 - mastered material that was introduced earlier.
00:14:59 - I also like to sprinkle my Nuggets with references to
00:15:03 - relevant websites.
00:15:04 - Make a note of those, if you would.
00:15:06 - I use, or we use at CBT nuggets, a URL shortening
00:15:10 - system such that the URL should be pretty handy to
00:15:13 - write down.
00:15:14 - I apologize that they're not clickable in the movies.
00:15:16 - That could definitely change in the future.
00:15:18 - But for now you'll need to write those references down.
00:15:21 - Definitely those will add an enhanced your learning.
00:15:24 - In terms of practically applying your knowledge, you
00:15:26 - could use the TechNet virtual labs, which is a free service
00:15:30 - for Microsoft that gives you hands-on practice with live
00:15:34 - instances of Windows Server 2012.
00:15:37 - You can build your own practice lab using desktop
00:15:40 - virtualization software Windows Server 2012 is
00:15:43 - available as a trial version, a fully featured trial you can
00:15:46 - download and install.
00:15:47 - Alternatively, you can join TechNet for 300 or
00:15:51 - so dollars a year.
00:15:52 - You can get full versions of all of their server and
00:15:55 - desktop software.
00:15:56 - You're not allowed to use that software in a production
00:15:59 - environment, but certainly for your test and study lab you'd
00:16:02 - be all set with that, et cetera.
00:16:04 - Now the third piece, test taking skills.
00:16:06 - This means you're practicing with practice exam software so
00:16:10 - that you can identify what I call the Microsoft answer.
00:16:13 - Now these vendors are concentrating on their own
00:16:16 - technologies and sometimes the questions and answers are
00:16:19 - structured in a way that may conflict with your real world
00:16:22 - experience with the product.
00:16:24 - You need to shelve that real world experience and instead
00:16:27 - give the answer as you would find it say, in a TechNet
00:16:31 - white paper, OK?
00:16:32 - As far as which study products are good, some
00:16:35 - are better than others.
00:16:36 - You want to void the brain dumps because number one,
00:16:39 - those are a legal, number two, they will immediately
00:16:41 - disqualify you.
00:16:43 - Microsoft is going to decertify you if they've
00:16:45 - learned that you prepared by using
00:16:47 - illegal brain dump content.
00:16:49 - So Transcender is a good example of a legitimate test
00:16:52 - prep company.
00:16:52 - And if you are CBT Nugget subscriber you can actually
00:16:55 - access those exams right through your browser.
00:16:58 - Let me show you.
00:16:59 - We're at cbtnuggets.com and once you've logged in using
00:17:02 - your account, of course we have the video training area,
00:17:05 - which is where you're probably watching this video right now,
00:17:08 - but you'll notice we have in the secondary menu down below
00:17:12 - here, an exam prep area.
00:17:14 - So if we go there we can refine the playlist by doing a
00:17:18 - search for 417 or Windows Server 2012 and the provider
00:17:22 - is Self Tester Transcender.
00:17:23 - There's actually a partnership between those companies now so
00:17:26 - you're going to get quality content
00:17:28 - regardless of the provider.
00:17:30 - It really doesn't matter.
00:17:31 - While we're on the web, let me switch over to Microsoft
00:17:33 - learnings website.
00:17:34 - This is microsoft.com/learning and I just want to show you
00:17:38 - briefly the major ways to get around.
00:17:41 - There's quite a bit going on here, a lot of Silverlight
00:17:44 - animations and so forth.
00:17:45 - Bottom line is, if you hover over the primary navigation
00:17:48 - menu, certification, you can come down and look at
00:17:51 - certification from a few different perspectives.
00:17:54 - You can go to By Product, Technology,
00:17:56 - there's Windows Server.
00:17:57 - You can go by name and go to Solutions Expert.
00:18:01 - In fact, let's go there right now.
00:18:03 - And you'll get the skinny.
00:18:04 - You'll be able to look at the exam blueprint
00:18:06 - for all these tests.
00:18:07 - This is the MCSE reinvented for the cloud.
00:18:10 - I mentioned that virtualization and cloud is
00:18:13 - the deal here.
00:18:14 - So I'm not going to repeat what already taught you, but
00:18:16 - just be aware that this is definitely your first party
00:18:19 - source if you want to learn more about the Microsoft
00:18:22 - certifications.
00:18:23 - I'm also going to, while we're here, go to
00:18:25 - prometric.com/microsoft.
00:18:29 - This is Microsoft's exam
00:18:30 - registration page at Prometric.
00:18:32 - Now there are two IT vendors for registering
00:18:36 - certification exams.
00:18:37 - There's Prometric and Pearson View.
00:18:39 - Some vendors go with both, others are allied
00:18:43 - specifically with one.
00:18:44 - Cisco, for instance, has an exclusive with Pearson view.
00:18:47 - Microsoft as an exclusive arrangement with Prometric.
00:18:50 - It's just the way to go.
00:18:51 - They both work the same way, View and Prometric.
00:18:54 - They're just competing companies.
00:18:55 - And again, the page is kind of busy.
00:18:58 - You can click this Start Here button to go through the main
00:19:01 - portal and you can schedule an exam, locate a test center,
00:19:04 - learn how much the exams going to cost, et cetera.
00:19:07 - So what is the 417 test?
00:19:10 - The 417 test is what's called a composite exam.
00:19:13 - It's a model that Microsoft has used for quite a while for
00:19:16 - their upgrade tests.
00:19:17 - What they do is take a subset of questions from multiple
00:19:21 - separate standalone tests and give them all to
00:19:24 - you one at a time.
00:19:25 - So basically you've got three separate tests, what are
00:19:28 - called testlets, individually timed and I'm not sure what
00:19:32 - the grading rubric is, and if I knew I couldn't tell you
00:19:35 - because I wouldn't want to violate my terms of service
00:19:38 - with Microsoft.
00:19:39 - But it's a different way.
00:19:40 - And if you've taken an upgrade exam in the past you know
00:19:42 - exactly what I'm talking about.
00:19:44 - It's kind of an interesting way to take a test.
00:19:46 - This 417 test is a composite of three exams.
00:19:50 - 410, installing and configuring Windows Server
00:19:53 - 2012, 411, administering Windows Server, and 412,
00:19:57 - configuring advanced services.
00:19:59 - So if we scan some of these domains, know that by the end
00:20:03 - of this training series you'll know how to do all of this
00:20:06 - stuff and more.
00:20:06 - It's basically bread and butter Windows Server
00:20:09 - deployment and administration with a special focus on some
00:20:13 - of those advanced features that Microsoft feels
00:20:16 - especially strongly about, like hyper-v virtualization.
00:20:19 - And of course we're going to see a heavy
00:20:21 - focus on new features.
00:20:23 - That's something else that always is a principle.
00:20:26 - Because you know, I was a little bit skeptical earlier
00:20:29 - in this Nugget when I mentioned the
00:20:31 - business model aspect.
00:20:32 - Another business aspect that these certification vendors
00:20:35 - have is that they know that certified professionals are
00:20:39 - evangelists, are product evangelists.
00:20:41 - So what they think, what Microsoft thinks, is let's put
00:20:45 - as many new and changed features into the exams to
00:20:48 - force candidates to master those new and changed
00:20:51 - features, and that way they'll go out and evangelize and talk
00:20:55 - and tell people how cool those features are, and then
00:20:57 - actually use them in their production
00:20:59 - environments, you see?
00:21:00 - So certification is a sneaky business.
00:21:02 - There's no question about it.
00:21:04 - As I mentioned, we register for this test using Prometric.
00:21:07 - The exam fee is going to vary depending upon your country.
00:21:10 - The exam's quite fully localized around the world.
00:21:13 - You'll want to keep on the lookout for Microsoft offers.
00:21:16 - They've had a promotion that they turn on and off like a
00:21:19 - faucet, like a leaky faucet, called second shot.
00:21:23 - And what second shot is, it basically halves the price of
00:21:26 - your exam registration.
00:21:28 - You join the second shot offer by your initial voucher and if
00:21:32 - you don't pass the test on the first try they give you
00:21:35 - another voucher.
00:21:36 - That's as simple as that.
00:21:38 - The thing is, they don't offer this all the time.
00:21:40 - So you'll want to visit the Microsoft offers page
00:21:43 - periodically, and you may want to wait for the second shot to
00:21:46 - come online before doing your registration and it'll
00:21:49 - potentially save you some money.
00:21:50 - Tips for exam success.
00:21:52 - I've covered some of these earlier.
00:21:54 - One, the importance of using practice exams like
00:21:57 - Transcender and self test is that they're going to give you
00:21:59 - confidence with taking computer based exams.
00:22:02 - Working under time pressure, for instance.
00:22:04 - Taking a computer based test can be relaxing for some,
00:22:07 - believe it or not.
00:22:08 - I'm one of those people.
00:22:09 - Can be extraordinarily stressful for others.
00:22:12 - It really depends.
00:22:13 - Either way, using practice test software should even out
00:22:18 - those rough edges, smooth them out, sand them off, whatever
00:22:21 - you want to say, such that when you go into the live exam
00:22:24 - environment you're prepared.
00:22:25 - Another exam success tip as I said earlier, is to
00:22:29 - temporarily shelve your real world experience in favor of
00:22:32 - the Microsoft answer.
00:22:33 - This isn't a good thing, it's not a bad thing, it just is
00:22:36 - what it is.
00:22:37 - You may come across a scenario in an exam question and you
00:22:40 - would solve it one way if you were in the field.
00:22:43 - You know that TechNet and what I'm teaching you in this
00:22:46 - course shows you an alternate way, go with that alternate
00:22:49 - way, friend, OK?
00:22:50 - Third, don't read into the items.
00:22:52 - Stick with the info that's given.
00:22:54 - This is a common pitfall that more experienced systems
00:22:57 - administrators fall into.
00:22:58 - You're going to get a scenario that sets up a problem and
00:23:01 - then you'll have multiple choices.
00:23:03 - You're asked to choose which is the best one, which two are
00:23:06 - the best options, et cetera.
00:23:08 - Don't take what they give you and then add to it your own
00:23:11 - interpretation.
00:23:12 - Know that's a big pitfall.
00:23:13 - If Microsoft says you have XYZ in your environment, assume
00:23:18 - that's all you have.
00:23:19 - Don't make any other assumptions, and choose the
00:23:22 - best choice or choices from the answer set based only on
00:23:26 - the information that's given in the item stem.
00:23:28 - That's an important piece of wisdom.
00:23:30 - It really is.
00:23:30 - Finally forget about any other vendor or
00:23:33 - technology besides Microsoft.
00:23:35 - When you're taking a vendor's exam it's either going to be a
00:23:37 - CompTIA where they try to ignore vendors as much as
00:23:41 - possible because the idea with CompTIA like the A Plus,
00:23:44 - Network Plus and Security Plus is that it's a vendor neutral
00:23:48 - technology exam.
00:23:49 - But if you're taking a Cisco test or a Microsoft test, it's
00:23:52 - just the opposite.
00:23:53 - Where the world begins and ends with that vendor's
00:23:56 - software and hardware.
00:23:57 - So again, that ties back into these previous items here.
00:24:02 - Let's review what we've learned in this Nugget.
00:24:03 - We started with understanding Microsoft certification, its
00:24:07 - history over time, and I hope that by now you're fully
00:24:09 - apprised as to where you are today in your certification
00:24:13 - journey and where you want to end up in terms of Windows
00:24:16 - Server 2012 certification.
00:24:18 - You understand the hard truth regarding upgrading your
00:24:21 - current credential to the MCSE in Windows Server 2012.
00:24:25 - You may decide to pass the 417 exam and stay with MCSA.
00:24:30 - Certification, if it's nothing else, it's not a one size fits
00:24:34 - all proposition.
00:24:35 - If you want to stay with the SA, cool.
00:24:37 - If you want to go to the Solutions Expert you now know
00:24:39 - that there are two of them and we understand the distinction
00:24:42 - between them.
00:24:43 - I shared with you how best to approach this course.
00:24:45 - I hope you'll take my advice to get the most possible
00:24:48 - impact from your study investment.
00:24:51 - And then we finished by covering the 417 exam
00:24:54 - metadata, where and how to register, tips for passing the
00:24:57 - exam, and the like.
00:24:59 - So that ends our introduction.
00:25:00 - For the rest of the training we're going to have our heads
00:25:03 - down in the technology.
00:25:05 - In the next Nugget we're going to discuss and work with
00:25:07 - installing Windows Server 2012 and covering server role
00:25:11 - management.
00:25:12 - So I hope you're ready to learn some really cool stuff
00:25:14 - and prepare for your tests.
00:25:16 - I hope that this has been informative for you, and I'd
00:25:18 - like to thank you for viewing.

Installing Windows Server 2012 Servers

Configuring Windows Server 2012 Servers

Installing Domain Controllers

Configuring Domain Controllers

Maintaining Active Directory

Configuring Group Policy Processing

Configuring Local Storage

Configuring and Managing Backups

Monitoring Servers

Deploying and Managing IPAM

Configuring DirectAccess

Configuring Network Access Protection (NAP)

Implementing Dynamic Access Control (DAC)

Implementing Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) v2.1

Configuring Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012

Advanced Failover Clustering and Highly Available Hyper-V

Managing Virtual Machine Settings and Storage

Creating and Configuring Virtual Networks

Managing Virtual Machine Movement

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