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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-414

Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

Course Duration: 08:34:24
Introduction to the MCSE: Server Administrator and the 70-414 Exam
Greg kicks off this series with a quick introduction to the 70-414. This exam, as you probably know, is Microsoft’s fifth and final to achieve the MCSE: Server Administrator. In this introductory Nugget, you’ll learn a bit about the exam. You’ll understand what to watch for, and you’ll get a sense of where you’ll want to focus your studying as you prepare for finally achieving that MCSE: Server Administrator.
Planning and Implementing Virtualization Hosts
Knowing when to implement virtualization’s many technologies is the difference between a smart IT professional and a wise one. In this Nugget, Greg helps you understand planning and implementing multi-host libraries including equivalent objects, planning for and implementing host resource optimization, and how to integrate third-party virtualization platforms into System Center VMM and Hyper-V.
Planning and Implementing Virtualization Networking
Virtualization networking gets a lot of new features in Windows Server 2012 and VMM 2012. That said, many of the new virtualization networking features are intended for the multi-tenant service provider. In this Nugget, Greg sifts through the new technologies to help you plan for and configure Virtual Machine Manager logical networks, plan for and configure IP address and MAC address settings across multiple Hyper-V hosts including IP virtualization, and plan for and configure virtual network optimization.
Planning and Implementing Virtualization Storage
Storage is a key part of virtualization. Storage is also one of virtualization’s most challenging components to implement correctly. Join Greg in this Nugget as you plan for storage optimization, plan for and configure Hyper-V host storage including stand-alone and clustered setup using SMB 3.0 and CSV, and plan for and configure Hyper-V guest storage including virtual Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and pass-through disks.
Planning and Implementing Virtualization Guests and Guest Movement
The first steps in any virtualization implementation involve assembling the fabric: Storage, networking, and hosts. Only then can you begin adding virtual machine guests and enabling guest movement. In this Nugget, Greg shows you how to configure placement rules, plan for and implement guest resource optimization including smart page file, dynamic memory, and RemoteFX, plan for and configure live, SAN, and network migration between Hyper-V hosts, plan for and manage P2V and V2V, as well as the considerations you should remember in creating Virtual Machine Manager templates.
Managing and Maintaining a Server Virtualization Infrastructure
With virtual machine guests up and operational, you’re in for the long haul of managing and maintaining your server virtualization infrastructure. Those activities include a variety of tasks, like maintaining library updates, managing dynamic optimization and resource optimization, and automating VM software and configuration updates using service templates. Greg shows you how in this Nugget.
Designing an Administrative Model
Today’s virtualization environments are growing ever closer to complete automation. Once you’ve assembled the necessary building blocks, you’re ready to turn over control to self-serving users. But that control can’t be relinquished without a solid administrative model in place. Greg shares in this Nugget his wisdom in designing a delegation of administration structure for Microsoft System Center 2012, designing considerations including user rights, built-in groups, and end-user self-service portal, and planning for and implementing delegation of virtualization environment including self-service capabilities.
Designing a Monitoring Strategy
The MCSE of yesteryear focused almost exclusively on technologies in Windows Server. Today’s MCSE adds (almost) the entirety of System Center to your list of objectives. One reason is because System Center is superior at performing certain management tasks – one of which is monitoring with System Center Operations Manager. In this Nugget you’ll learn when to use OpsMgr 2012 to monitor servers using Audit Collection Services (ACS), performance monitoring, centralized monitoring, and centralized reporting. You’ll plan for monitoring Active Directory, and you’ll implement and optimize OpsMgr 2012 management packs.
Designing an Updates Infrastructure
Updating servers is the monthly activity most IT professionals hate, but updating today is a far smarter activity than it’s been in years past. That intelligence comes from layering other technologies atop Microsoft WSUS. In this Nugget, Greg will outline the considerations you’ll need to know in designing an updates infrastructure with WSUS, System Center Configuration Manager 2012, and cluster-aware updating. You’ll learn how to design and configure Virtual Machine Manager for software update management, and you’ll see some quick steps in updating VDI desktop images.
Implementing Automated Remediation
Automation is the IT administrator’s force multiplier, and in today’s do-more-with-less business environment, automation is also a key skill in managing Windows Server. In this Nugget, Greg focuses on a few key automations you should know for the 70-414, such as creating an Update Baseline in Virtual Machine Manager, implementing a Desired Configuration Management Baseline (also known as a Compliance Baseline) in ConfigMgr 2012, implementing VMM 2012 integration with OpsMgr 2012, and integrating System Center 2012’s components for automatic remediation into your existing enterprise Infrastructure.
Planning and Implementing Failover Clustering
Failover Clustering isn’t for everyone, or every service. But for those that demand high-availability, this technology is ready for your production environment. The hardest part is getting everything ready. Greg’s been clustering servers since the days before Windows Clustering existed, and has developed a lot of wisdom (and a few scars) from the experience. In this Nugget, he’ll share what you need to know to plan for multi-node and multi-site clustering. He’ll explore design considerations including redundant networks, network priority settings, resource failover and failback, heartbeat and DNS settings, quorum configuration, and storage placement and replication. He’ll also help you plan for and implement highly available applications, services, and scripts using Generic Application, Generic Script, and Generic Service clustering roles.
Planning and Implementing Highly Available Network Services
Clustering is all about the ability to failover services when servers go down. Some services, however, don’t need failover – they need scalability. When more service capacity is what you need, then technologies like Network Load Balancing are your Microsoft solution. Join Greg as he explores planning for and configuring NLB, as well as a few design considerations including fault-tolerant networking, multicast vs. unicast configuration, state management, and automated deployment of NLB using Virtual Machine Manager service templates.
Planning and Implementing Highly Available Storage Solutions
Microsoft…storage? It wasn’t that long ago that suggesting Microsoft as a highly-available storage provider could have gotten an IT pro laughed out of the room. Today’s reality is somewhat different. Microsoft investment in storage technologies like SMB 3.0 and iSCSI are elevating the Microsoft approach to real-world production possibility. Learn from Greg how to design highly available, multi-replica DFS namespaces, how to plan for and configure storage spaces and storage pools, the tricks in planning for and configuring multi-path I/O, including Server Core, and best practices in configuring highly available iSCSI Targets and iSNS Server.
Planning and Implementing Highly Available Server Roles
Sometimes Microsoft’s exam objectives can be a bit ambiguous. One must read through the lines to ascertain what Microsoft needs you to know. Greg does exactly that for this otherwise-confusing objective, giving you the straight scoop on planning for a highly available DHCP Server, Hyper-V clustering, continuously-available file shares, and a DFS Namespace Server. He explains how to plan for and implement highly available VMs, how to configure Virtual Machine Manager to move a VM dynamically based on policy, and the steps in planning and managing OpsMgr 2012 PRO Tips integration.
Planning and Implementing a Business Continuity and DR Solution
Don’t get confused by the title of this objective (and Nugget). Microsoft isn’t looking for a single solution that solves every BC & DR problem. What you’ll need to know is which Microsoft solution works best for each data protection scenario. In this Nugget, Greg will explain how to plan a backup and recovery strategy, as well as go over a few planning considerations including Active Directory domain and forest recovery, Hyper-V replica, domain controller restore and cloning, and Active Directory object and container restore using authoritative restore and Recycle Bin.
Designing a Certificate Services Infrastructure
Certificates can be the IT pro’s biggest headache. They’re at the same time confusing and absolutely mission critical. But the days of needing only an occasional web server certificate from an external provider are behind us. Today’s technologies like EFS, DirectAccess, and PowerShell demand an onsite certificate services infrastructure. Greg helps you with designing one in this Nugget. He starts by outlining how to design a multi-tier Certificate Authority (CA) hierarchy with offline root CA, and then continues into planning for multi-forest CA deployment, Certificate Enrollment Web Services, network device enrollment, certificate validation and revocation, disaster recovery, and trust between organizations.
Implementing and Managing a Certificate Services Infrastructure
In an MCSE exam that’s all about “when to do things," Microsoft sneaks in one objective that focuses on “what to do." Unlike virtually every objective (and Nugget) in this series, you’ll need to know the specifics in implementing and managing your certificate services infrastructure. In this video Greg concentrates the knowledge you need by focusing on configuring and managing an offline root CA, configuring and managing Certificate Enrollment Web Services, Network Device Enrollment Services, and Online Certificates Status Protocol responders, migrating a CA, implementing administrator role separation, implementing and managing trust between organizations, and monitoring CA health.
Implementing and Managing Certificates
Those last two Nuggets focused on the certificate services infrastructure itself, but they haven’t yet spoken to the certificates that infrastructure delivers. Greg finishes up this certificate mini-series in this third Nugget with a discussion on managing certificate templates, implementing and managing deployment, validation, and revocation, and configuring and managing key archival and recovery.
Designing and Implementing a Federated Identity Solution
Closing out this 70-414 series is a quick two-parter on…not all that much. Indeed, AD FS and AD RMS (in the next Nugget) are big technologies with real-world utility. But when you look at their positioning for this specific exam, it’s hard to ascertain what you need to know from the long list of possible objectives. In this Nugget, Greg wades through this topic’s absurdly long list of objectives to distill out the specific areas you’ll want to focus on. You’ll peek through topics in planning for and implementing claims-based authentication, including planning and implementing Relying Party Trusts; planning for and configuring Claims Provider Trust rules; planning for and configuring attribute stores including Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS); planning for and managing Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) certificates; and planning for Identity Integration with Cloud services.
Designing and Implementing AD RMS
Closing out this series is the second in a two-part series on Active Directory’s least-understood services. This Nugget focuses on AD Rights Management Services, and like the Nugget before it focuses directly on the specific topics one might expect to be tested against in the 70-414. Topics for this final Nugget include planning for highly available AD RMS deployment; managing an AD RMS Service Connection Point; planning for and managing AD RMS client deployment; managing Trusted User Domains and Trusted publishing domains; managing Federated Identity support; managing Distributed and Archived Rights Policy templates; configuring Exclusion Policies; and decommissioning AD RMS.

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This Server 2012 video training 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.

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. But you already know that. Microsoft’s 70-414 exam is the fifth and final hurdle between you and your MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification.

Congratulations! The road to get here – as well as all those nights of studying – has surely been long.

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.

To help you prep for an exam like this, we’ve brought in one of our big guns. Veteran CBT Nuggets instructor Greg Shields has passed over 30 IT exams in his career. He’s been an MCSE almost as long as there’s been an MCSE, and he knows his way around Microsoft certification. That deep and broad experience is why we’ve asked him to produce our 70-414 MCSE: Server Infrastructure capstone training.

In this exam prep series, 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 no MCSE braindump. It’s a targeted study guide that’ll make you a wiser Windows Server administrator while tightly focusing on your 70-414 study efforts.

Good luck with that final step towards Microsoft MCSE certification. With Greg’s help, you’ll be ready to prove not only that you know “what to do” in solving IT problems, but also “when to do it."

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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Greg Shields

Greg Shields

CBT Nuggets Trainer

Microsoft MVP; VMware vExpert; Citrix CTP

Area of Expertise:
Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, System Center, Hyper-V, virtualization and cloud, Microsoft Exchange, PowerShell, VBScript, Windows deployment. Columnist and author of more than a dozen books and hundreds of industry white papers.

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