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In this intermediate Microsoft Server 2012 training, James Conrad covers the objectives in the 70-412 exam, which is the third of three exams required to earn the MCSA: Server 2012 certification.
The three MCSA: Server 2012 exams can be taken in any order, but Microsoft recommends you take 70-411, 70-712, and then 70-713. That’s because the exams — and this Server 2012 training — naturally progress from installation to administration to advanced configuration.
This 70-412 training covers the advanced configuration stage. These are things you’ll need to setup and subsequently monitor. They’re the fine-tuned controls of the Windows Server 2012, and include things like advanced network and file services, dynamic access control, network load balancing, failover clustering, disaster recovery, Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). After finishing this Microsoft training, you'll know how to configure all these advanced services in a Windows Server 2012 environment and more.
For anyone who leads a technology team that uses Microsoft products, this Server 2012 training can be used for 70-412 exam prep, onboarding new systems administrators tasked with advanced configurations, or used as part of a team training plan.
MCSA: Server 2012 (70-412): What You Need to Know
For any systems administrator using this training for exam preparation, our MCSA: Server 2012 course maps to the Microsoft 70-412 exams objectives, and cover topics such as:
- High availability: network load balancing (NLB), failover clustering, Quorum, clustered shared volumes, virtual machine movement
- File and storage: advanced solutions, NFS datastore, Dynamic Access Control (DAC), policy changes, resource properties, storage optimization
- Business continuity/disaster recovery: Windows Server backups, Azure backups, server recovery, site-level fault tolerance
- Network services: advanced DHCP solution, DNS security, advanced IP address management, group policy
- Active directory infrastructure: multi-domain environments, trust authentication, sites and subnets, Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)
- Access management: Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), certificate templates, Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
Who Should Take 70-412 Training?
This Server 2012 training is considered associate-level Microsoft training, which means it was designed for systems administrators. This 70-412 course is valuable for new IT professionals with at least a year of experience with Microsoft infrastructure and experienced systems administrators looking to validate their Microsoft skills.
New or aspiring systems administrators. This MCSA: Server 2012 training (70-412) covers the bread and butter of a well-run Server install. Even if you’re just getting started as a system administrator, this is an excellent resource for learning Server 2012. Advanced topics like Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and certificate templates will give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Experienced systems administrators. Whether pursuing certification or merely trying to improve your server expertise, experienced sysadmins will benefit from this MCSA: Server 2012 (70-412). An IT professional with a few years of experience will have already run across many of the advanced concepts covered in this course. But Garth’s course progresses through each concept sequentially: you can rest assured any gaps of knowledge or skills in particular areas will get filled.