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Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

This Server 2012 video training course with Greg Shields covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular server on a more advanced level, including planning and implementing virtualization hosts, designing and Implementing AD RMS, and more....
This Server 2012 video training course with Greg Shields covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular server on a more advanced level, including planning and implementing virtualization hosts, designing and Implementing AD RMS, and more.

Related area of expertise:
  • Microsoft Server 2012

Recommended skills:
  • Familiarity with Windows Server 2012

Recommended equipment:
  • Windows Server 2012

Related certifications:
  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals

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

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

But this exam is different.

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

In this course, Greg speaks directly to Microsoft’s exam objectives. He explains each objective in common sense terms, whiteboarding architectures where appropriate while demoing configurations when a little extra attention might be necessary. This training is a targeted study guide that’ll make you a wiser Windows Server administrator while tightly focusing on your 70-414 study efforts.
1. Introduction to the MCSE: Server Administrator and the 70-414 Exam (17 min)
2. Planning and Implementing Virtualization Hosts (19 min)
3. Planning and Implementing Virtualization Networking (37 min)
4. Planning and Implementing Virtualization Storage (29 min)
5. Planning and Implementing Virtualization Guests and Guest Movement (38 min)
6. Managing and Maintaining a Server Virtualization Infrastructure (26 min)
7. Designing an Administrative Model (29 min)
8. Designing a Monitoring Strategy (27 min)
9. Designing an Updates Infrastructure (21 min)
10. Implementing Automated Remediation (22 min)
11. Planning and Implementing Failover Clustering (39 min)
12. Planning and Implementing Highly Available Network Services (17 min)
13. Planning and Implementing Highly Available Storage Solutions (31 min)
14. Planning and Implementing Highly Available Server Roles (15 min)
15. Planning and Implementing a Business Continuity and DR Solution (18 min)
16. Designing a Certificate Services Infrastructure (21 min)
17. Implementing and Managing a Certificate Services Infrastructure (42 min)
18. Implementing and Managing Certificates (21 min)
19. Designing and Implementing a Federated Identity Solution (24 min)
20. Designing and Implementing AD RMS (15 min)

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


You're an experienced IT professional. And you've worked with Windows and Windows servers for years. And now you've decided to prove your skills by passing the five tests that make up the Microsoft MCSE Server Infrastructure certification. Congratulations! If you've made it this far, you've got four out of five.


Tests, that is. All that stands between you and an MCSE cert is one final exam, the 70-414. In your study to this point, you've learned just about everything you need. You've been tested over and over again on what to do. This time though, the objectives are different.


This exam you could almost call your capstone, you evidence that you not only know what to do, but when to do it. That's the major theme behind this example, certifying that you're more than just a Windows button clicker. No, you're a wise and experienced Windows administrator who knows when to implement technologies and all for the right reasons.


My name is Greg Shields. And I've been working with Windows since its earliest days. I've had an opportunity to see this impressive operating system mature and evolve and I look forward to being your guide in this exploration of the topics and objectives you need to know for success with the 70-414. So.


Hopefully, this whole introduction gets you a little excited about the 20 Nuggets that we're going to spend together. And talking about all this fun topics and objectives that relate to the 70-414 exam. As I mentioned, my name is Greg Shields and this is my 19th series for CBT Nuggets. So I've had a lot of opportunity to at least take a look at the objectives for a variety of Microsoft exams.


I think I've taken 20 or 30 of these exams, at this point. And so really kind of getting into the mind of the exam test writer is one of the things that we're going to hopefully try to do here. I will freely admit that and amongst all of the exam related content I've done for CBT Nuggets, this particular one is a bit unique.


This is-- and I will say it-- a very odd exam. It is a collection of a whole variety of seemingly disparate topics. That unlike most exams, doesn't really have a good story line to weave through. And so unlike a lot of the test prep work that I've done here for CBT and maybe some of the other series if you have an opportunity to watch, this will be a little bit different.


Because I think I'm going to focus very specifically on just the objectives because that's what you need to know. And that's what's going to help you understand when you need to implement these technologies. Which is what Microsoft is really intending to do here.


We are here today to help you develop the skills you need to assist in preparing for installing, configuring, and performing ongoing maintenance of a Windows server 2012 environment. I think more importantly, you're here because you are at four out of five and you are not going to stop until you are MCSE certified.


And so, consequently, we are also here to help you prepare for that all important 70-414 exam. Now along the way, I hopefully be able to give you some of my own personal experiences, as well some of the best practices that I've learned over the years in dealing with some of these technologies.


A lot of the stuff you see here is maybe not a revolutionary change, but an evolutionary change to existing technologies that have been around for a while. There's a couple of items that are just brand new right of the box. But for the most part, this is stuff that if you've been working with Windows, you probably have at least seen before, if not worked with directly before.


And what's interesting about this exam is, as I mentioned, we're not so interested in what to do, but when to do it. And so in just about every case, you already have the knowledge you need in order to accomplish the task that the objective refers to. In this case, we are not so interested in whether or not you know the right buttons to click.


But do you know the right technologies to implement given the use cases that could possibly occur in your daily job? I refer to this as the capstone for the MCSE because this is what separates the tactical individuals-- the people that are out doing things and checking boxes and clicking buttons-- from the wise IT pro-- or the one that people go to when they need to figure out when they should implement certain things.


And so you'll find that unlike a lot of these series that I put together before, we don't talk about a lot of the specifics for many of these technologies. But we will talk about when you need to map a certain problem to a certain solution. In this introductory Nugget, I'm going to spend just a minute reviewing, again, which you probably already know, about Microsoft certification.


You are hopefully 4/5 of the way through the certification process. And if you aren't, you might take a second look at the previous exams and get to know them first before you finish the 70-414. I'll share with you the 70-414's intended audience. Just a couple of exam notes, which again should be relative review for you.


A look at the outline of this series and the different topics that we'll be talking about, because I've done a little reordering, but not much based off of what the objectives are that Microsoft has published online. And then a review of the objectives themselves.


And hopefully, some guidance on how you would best go about studying for this, again, very strange exam. So with that, let me scroll down here just a bit. I want to take a minute reviewing where the MCSE server infrastructure fits in with the variety of MCSEs that now exist.


If you've been working with IT or if you've been a Windows admin for any period of time, you know that the new MCSE is very much different from the old MCSE. Back in the early days, the MCSE and NT4 and Windows 2000 and 2003 was the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. We've replaced the word engineer with the word expert.


But we've also changed a bit the focus of these exams. The MCSE these days tests not only against your knowledge of Windows Server, but also the System Center portfolio. And in fact, the entirety of the System Center portfolio. At least about an inch deep.


But maybe a mile wide. And so understanding where all these pieces fit is going to be very important for you with success in this exam. You should be familiar, maybe not so much with the exact click by click for how to accomplish things in the entirety of System Center.


But you should know which of the System Center components are there to support any different use case that may come up. Now this MCSE server is one of many of the new MCSEs. It sits alongside the MCSE desktop, the private cloud, the SQL Server, and the messaging communication, SharePoint, and likely some more to come here MCSEs.


The original MCSE focused in on a set of core skills and then a series of electives. And that actually got changed with the MCITP curriculum where the MCITP was relatively rigid in what it was looking for. Now these days, what a lot of the hiring managers of the world in cooperation with Microsoft have determined is they want to know really what you have certified your knowledge against.


They're looking for something that doesn't just prove you're an MCSE. But that you're a MCSE of a particular flavor. That you're familiar with things like servers versus desktops versus cloud and so on and so forth. And so, at this point, you've probably completed your entire MCSA which are the first three of these exams.


And then with that, you've been wrapping up the this entire study process with the two MCSE items here, which are for server infrastructure 70-413 and 70-414. These complete that whole learning cycle, or learning series, so that you can then assert that you are, indeed, a systems expert on Microsoft technologies.


Down here, I have actually taken this content directly from Microsoft's website. The intended audience of the 70-414. As it says here, the certification is intended for IT professionals if you're looking to design and deploy an infrastructure atop Windows Server 2012. And note here, that this is a highly virtualized infrastructure atop server 2012. And so what we are talking here is not just being able to work with Windows in a physical sense, but also how to work with Windows in a virtual sense.


This is not going to have as much content as would be the private cloud curriculum, or the MCSE private cloud, but you will see a lot of talk-- and, in fact, when we get to the series order here, you'll see a lot about the virtual world as it relates to server 2012 hyper-v and VMM. So you should have some comfort of familiarity with those topics.


Of the System Center components, which one should you have the most familiarity with is probably VMM. It's says, candidates should have experience with a previous Windows Server operating systems and have their old MCSA or equivalent skills. And it notes also that this exam is part two of a series of two exams.


Now, it says two exams here, because these are the two and the MCSE. But you have to have your MCSA before you can get your MCSE. So, logically, this is more like part four in a series of five exams. And I should highlight again, the intent here is that the 70-414 comes last. If you haven't passed the other exams yet or gone through the studying and the education process for those exams, you might want to stop now, go back and get the other exams taken care of to make this exam a slam dunk for you.


You really aren't going to have a lot of new content. It's just working this content into the when question, as opposed to the what. We'll talk in this exam about validating the planning configuration of management of services, identity and access, high availability, and a server infrastructure.


And this, along with 70-413, are collectively validating your skills and knowledge so that you know how to work with Windows Server 2012. So that's why we're here. And if this intended audience actually describes you, well then, you're well on your way to success with that exam.


Now I usually, at least with these MCSE exams, put up a couple of notes about the exam. Again, if you're doing this the right way, you already experienced this. But just for completeness here, I want to just remind you that there's no penalty for guessing.


If you choose an incorrect answer, you just simply don't earn a point. There are no negative points for incorrect answers. One kind of gotcha is that some of the questions are, what I like to call, multi-multi-choice. Or in that there are a variety of possible answers and you must choose the correct answers from them.


And sometimes even in order to earn the point for that item. Makes the passing of some of these really, really difficult because you have to know how many you need to select, and then in what order. It's most unfair, I think, sometimes, some of these question formats.


And also just awareness that some of the questions on the exam may not actually be included in your calculation of the score. So there are some questions that Microsoft releases on these exams and they're not entirely sure if they've got the cycle metrics correct on those questions.


If they do, and they find out that people are getting the question correct. Well then, it may end up in a later exam format or a later question release for an exam. But just be aware if you see a question that's completely off the wall and it just doesn't make a lot of sense, it's entirely possible that that question is not really a real point scoring question for the exam.


There are a variety of question formats which you should be aware. There are as Microsoft says on the website, the three formats can be case study, simulation, and virtual labs. I would pay particular attention to the case study format. I do not know with assurance, but there are rumors that the case study format is beginning to see a resurgence in Microsoft's portfolio these days.


The question types associated with any of those formats, or just in general, can include things like multiple choice questions and those deadly, deadly, multi-multi-choice questions. Hot area questions. Active screen grab and drag and drop. And then build, list, and reorder questions.


These days, the exam is administered through from Prometric at And at last check, it's about $150 for you to take the exam. So there's nothing here that you can't get off of Microsoft's website. Again, I just kind of want to put this here is a refresher so you know what you're in for whenever it comes time to actually take the exam.


Now I mentioned in the introduction to this Nugget, that unlike pretty much every other series they I've put together for CBT Nuggets, this is just one odd duck. And it has to do with the fact that Microsoft is really taking a hodgepodge of technologies and assemble them in really, no particular order.


In order to test that you know all these different things. Now I tried to do the best I can in a little bit of reordering of these modules from the objectives. Mainly in taking the virtualization topic, which goes from here to just about here. That virtualization topic and moving it to the front, so that you could be aware of the virtualization infrastructure you might need to lay in place to accomplish the other things that exist here in the series.


But also, unlike every other series I've put together for CBT Nuggets, I've done something very interesting with this outline. In that each of the modules tracks, more or less, with one of the objectives you're going to find if you go look up to 70-414 on Microsoft's website. And the only reason for this is so that I can contain the content that relates to that objective, or the objective domain, in a single module.


I'm hoping that this will improve your study performance and improve just making sure that you understand each of the modules correctly without trying to recreate my own order here. With a lot of these series, it makes more sense for me to explain how to go about this study process when I create a greater narrative around the content that you need to know.


That seems not to be the case with this series. So you'll find that there are a variety of sub series that have been consolidated together here to create this total series. The first one here is this one on virtualization and dealing with your virtual environment.


The second one here is just some topics surrounding managing your environment, your administrative model, your monitoring strategy, your updates and your remediation topics. You need to know little bit about high availability including clustering, NLB, and some other items here.


And so from 11 down to just about 15 is high availability and data protection. And then, lastly-- well, there's two more really-- a section on Certificate Services and then a section on the other two things. Which when you get the module 19 or module 20, you'll see why I'm sort of chuckling here, as it relates to ADFS and ADRMS.


Because these are really big topics and they're really small. They're really big topics, there's really a lot of objectives and yet there's a really small amount of exposure here into this exam. So you'll understand more as we get closer to the end. So this is essentially the narrative that I'm trying to help you with.


With the goal here of keeping as many of these objectives in the projected domain as possible. Just try to focus that studying down so that you could be successful with this exam. Let's see here, next up, I have the exam objectives, as well. And these exam objectives, as you can imagine, are here just to give you an idea of what Microsoft expects you to learn.


I'll tell you what, let's keep this between us. It kind of makes you wonder about why they even go through the effort of putting the percentage weighting on these objectives when the percentage weighting for four possible percentages is so darn close to 25%. The percentages here at 26%, 27% 26%, 21% are so unbelievably close to just, let's just call it all even.


That said, however, if you can assume a certain number of questions on this exam. Well, then you can at least focus your attentions on some percentage of those questions will be related to this topic, some to this, some to this, and then some down to this.


I would pay particular attention to these. Because if you don't, you could spend a lot of time focusing in on the technologies that you may not get that many questions for on this exam. If you study smartly, then you might not need to study as hard for many of the things that you're going to be tested against.


Usually I will give you, with a lot of these, just a review of the infrastructure that we're building here. I'm not going to do that here for this exam. Normally, I suggest that people follow along and create your own virtual machine so you can accomplish the tasks as I'm doing them there on the screen.


Again, this is just an interesting, interesting exam, so you might actually be better set by just absorbing the information as opposed to doing it directly yourself. Most likely because for many of these technologies, you've already done this before in a previous exam.


So once again, that welcome to the 70-414 implementing an advanced server infrastructure. My name is Greg Shields and I'm looking forward to, once again, having the opportunity to share with you the information and knowledge that I have to make you a better IT professional.

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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