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Tim’s MCSE Journey: 70-414, Part 2

Editor’s Note: CBT Nuggets trainer Tim Warner recently took the exams required for MCSE certification for both Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012. When all was said and done, he took five exams in five weeks! Tim blogged about his experiences and provided valuable insight and advice for other potential test-takers. Here is his final blog post of the series.tim_blogpost_MCSE_BLOG

High-Emphasis Content Areas

Let me walk you through the four content domains of Exam 70-414 and I’ll point out areas that bear particular concentration:

  • Manage and Maintain a Server Infrastructure: System Center Operations Manager, Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), System Center Configuration Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Monitoring, updating, self-service VM provisioning, and automated remediation
  • Plan and Implement a Highly Available Enterprise Infrastructure: Failover clustering, Network Load Balancing, DFS replication, iSCSI setup, DHCP failover, Domain controller cloning, and VM replication
  • Plan and Implement a Server Virtualization Infrastructure: Virtualization hosts, guests, and networking, SMB, iSCSI, and CSV storage, and VM migration options
  • Design and Implement Identity and Access Solutions: Certificate Services, Federated identity, AD RMS, AD LDS, and Interoperability with Office 365

Because the scope of this exam is so vast, I recommend that CBT Nuggets subscribers also check out my colleague Greg Shields’ training on the Microsoft Private Cloud. His training can fill in some gaps that you might have in terms of understanding the complex Microsoft System Center product portfolio.

Various Tips and Tricks

You should be pretty skilled with the case study format by now. In retrospect, a case study item is nothing more than an exam question with a detached stem. The item includes the question and the answer choices (one or more correct responses and distractors).

Your goal is to retrieve the item’s scenario by finding the relevant 1-3 lines in the case study that correspond to the question being asked.

My biggest tip for you is not to worry about how to use the System Center products, but instead focus on the capabilities of each. You’ll be asked questions that test whether you know which System Center products are the best fit for a given situation. If you are asked to provide a stepwise procedure, it will likely be in something more server-centric such as publishing an AD CS certificate revocation list (CRL) or configuring a cluster shared volume (CSV) in a failover cluster.

Good luck! Let us know in the comments section what your experience with this exam has been.

 

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