When you sit this course you will gain the Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification in just one week (previously the MCITP Server Administrator course).
Server administrators are recognised among their peers and managers as leaders in the day-to-day operations management of Windows Server 2008. Demonstrate and communicate your ability to take system-wide ownership of Windows Server 2008 administration, and increase your organisation's return on technology investment, by earning the Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server certification.
This Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server course will help you develop your skills in your current position, or propel you towards a future role, such as:
- Windows Server Administrator
- Server Systems Administrator
- Monitoring Operator
- Network Administrator
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What are the benefits of Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server certification?
For HR managers, certification is particularly important because it allows them to more easily identify the skills that an individual possesses. When a company has employees that possess certain skills, it can garner a competitive advantage when seeking to attract customers. A Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server can also contribute to increased productivity.
individuals with A Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server certification have an advanced level of knowledge, expertise and skill, and command more professional credibility.
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Skills measured by Exam 70-640
TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.
Configuring Domain Name System (DNS) for Active Directory
- Configure zones.
May include but is not limited to: Dynamic DNS (DDNS), Non-dynamic DNS (NDDNS), and Secure Dynamic DNS (SDDNS); Time to Live (TTL); GlobalNames; Primary, Secondary, Active Directory Integrated, Stub; SOA; zone scavenging; forward lookup; reverse lookup
- Configure DNS server settings.
May include but is not limited to: forwarding; root hints; configure zone delegation; round robin; disable recursion; debug logging; server scavenging
- Configure zone transfers and replication.
May include but is not limited to: configure replication scope (forestDNSzone; domainDNSzone); incremental zone transfers; DNS Notify; secure zone transfers; configure name servers; application directory partitions
Configuring the Active Directory Infrastructure
- Configure a forest or a domain.
May include but is not limited to: remove a domain; perform an unattended installation; Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) ; change forest and domain functional levels; interoperability with previous versions of Active Directory; multiple user principal name (UPN) suffixes; forestprep; domainprep
- Configure trusts.
May include but is not limited to: forest trust; selective authentication vs. forest-wide authentication; transitive trust; external trust; shortcut trust; SID filtering
- Configure sites.
May include but is not limited to: create Active Directory subnets; configure site links; configure site link costing; configure sites infrastructure
- Configure Active Directory replication.
May include but is not limited to: DFSR; one-way replication; Bridgehead server; replication scheduling; configure replication protocols; force intersite replication
- Configure the global catalog.
May include but is not limited to: Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC); partial attribute set; promote to global catalog
- Configure operations masters.
May include but is not limited to: seize and transfer; backup operations master; operations master placement; Schema Master; extending the schema; time service
Configuring Additional Active Directory Roles and Services
- Configure Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS).
May include but is not limited to: migration to AD LDS; configure data within AD LDS; configure an authentication server; Server Core Installation
- Configure Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS).
May include but is not limited to: certificate request and installation; self-enrollments; delegation; create RMS templates; RMS administrative roles; RM Add-on for IE
- Configure the read-only domain controller (RODC).
May include but is not limited to: replication; Administrator role separation; read-only DNS; BitLocker; credential caching; password replication; syskey; read-only SYSVOL; staged install
- Configure Active Directory Federation Services (AD FSv2).
May include but is not limited to: install AD FS server role; exchange certificate with AD FS agents; configure trust policies; configure user and group claim mapping; import and export trust policies
Creating and Maintaining Active Directory Objects
- Automate creation of Active Directory accounts.
May include but is not limited to: bulk import; configure the UPN; create computer, user, and group accounts (scripts, import, migration); template accounts; contacts; distribution lists; offline domain join
- Maintain Active Directory accounts.
May include but is not limited to: manage computer accounts; configure group membership; account resets; delegation; AGDLP/AGGUDLP; deny domain local group; local vs. domain; Protected Admin; disabling accounts vs. deleting accounts; deprovisioning; contacts; creating organizational units (OUs); delegation of control; protecting AD objects from deletion; managed service accounts
- Create and apply Group Policy objects (GPOs).
May include but is not limited to: enforce, OU hierarchy, block inheritance, and enabling user objects; group policy processing priority; WMI; group policy filtering; group policy loopback; Group Policy Preferences (GPP)
- Configure GPO templates.
May include but is not limited to: user rights; ADMX Central Store; administrative templates; security templates; restricted groups; security options; starter GPOs; shell access policies
- Deploy and manage software by using GPOs.
May include but is not limited to: publishing to users; assigning software to users; assigning to computers; software removal; software restriction policies; AppLocker
- Configure account policies.
May include but is not limited to: domain password policy; account lockout policy; fine-grain password policies
- Configure audit policy by using GPOs.
May include but is not limited to: audit logon events; audit account logon events; audit policy change; audit access privilege use; audit directory service access; audit object access; advanced audit policies; global object access auditing; “Reason for Access” reporting
Maintaining the Active Directory Environment
- Configure backup and recovery.
May include but is not limited to: using Windows Server Backup; back up files and system state data to media; backup and restore by using removable media; perform an authoritative or non-authoritative restores; linked value replication; Directory Services Recovery Mode (DSRM); backup and restore GPOs; configure AD recycle bin
- Perform offline maintenance.
May include but is not limited to: offline defragmentation and compaction; Restartable Active Directory; Active Directory database mounting tool
- Monitor Active Directory.
May include but is not limited to: event viewer subscriptions; data collector sets; real-time monitoring; analyzing logs; WMI queries; PowerShell
Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services
- Install Active Directory Certificate Services.
May include but is not limited to: certificate authority (CA) types, including standalone, enterprise, root, and subordinate; role services; prepare for multiple-forest deployments
- Configure CA server settings.
May include but is not limited to: key archival; certificate database backup and restore; assigning administration roles; high-volume CAs; auditing
- Manage certificate templates.
May include but is not limited to: certificate template types; securing template permissions; managing different certificate template versions; key recovery agent
- Manage enrollments.
May include but is not limited to: network device enrollment service (NDES); auto enrollment; Web enrollment; extranet enrollment; smart card enrollment; authentication mechanism assurance; creating enrollment agents; deploying multiple-forest certificates; x.509 certificate mapping
- Manage certificate revocations.
May include but is not limited to: configure Online Responders; Certificate Revocation List (CRL); CRL Distribution Point (CDP); Authority Information Access (AIA)
Skills measured by Exam 70-642
TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.
Configuring Addressing and Services
- Configure IPv4 and IPv6 addressing.
May include but is not limited to: configure IP address options; subnetting; supernetting; multi-homed; interoperability between IPv4 and IPv6
- Configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
May include but is not limited to: DHCP options; creating new options; PXE boot; default user profiles; DHCP relay agents; exclusions; authorize server in Active Directory; scopes; DHCPv6
- Configure routing.
May include but is not limited to: static routing; persistent routing; Routing Internet Protocol (RIP); metrics; choosing a default gateway; maintaining a routing table; demand-dial routing; IGMP proxy
- Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
May include but is not limited to: inbound and outbound rules; custom rules; authorized users; authorized computers; configure firewall by using Group Policy; network location profiles; service groups; import/export policies; isolation policy; IPsec group policies; Connection Security Rules
Configuring Names Resolution
- Configure a Domain Name System (DNS) server.
May include but is not limited to: conditional forwarding; external forwarders; root hints; cache-only; socket pooling; cache locking
- Configure DNS zones.
May include but is not limited to: zone scavenging; zone types; Active Directory integration; Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS); Secure DDNS; GlobalNames; zone delegation; DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC); reverse lookup zones
- Configure DNS records.
May include but is not limited to: record types; Time to live (TTL); weighting records; registering records; netmask ordering; DnsUpdateProxy group; round robin; DNS record security; auditing
- Configure DNS replication.
May include but is not limited to: DNS secondary zones; DNS stub zones; Active Directory Integrated replication scopes; securing zone transfer; SOA refresh; auditing
- Configure name resolution for client computers.
May include but is not limited to: configuring HOSTS file; Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR); broadcasting; resolver cache; DNS server list; Suffix Search order; DNS devolution
Configuring Network Access
- Configure remote access.
May include but is not limited to: dial-up; Remote Access Policy; Network Address Translation (NAT); VPN protocols, such as Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) and IKEv2; Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS); packet filters; Connection Manager; VPN reconnect; RAS authentication by using MS-CHAP, MS-CHAP v2, and EAP
- Configure Network Access Protection (NAP).
May include but is not limited to: network layer protection; DHCP enforcement; VPN enforcement; RDS enforcement; configure NAP health policies; IPsec enforcement; 802.1x enforcement; flexible host isolation; multi-configuration System Health Validator (SHV)
- Configure DirectAccess.
May include but is not limited to: IPv6; IPsec; server requirements; client requirements; perimeter network; name resolution policy table
- Configure Network Policy Server (NPS).
May include but is not limited to: IEEE 802.11 wireless; IEEE 802.3 wired; group policy for wireless; RADIUS accounting; Connection Request policies; RADIUS proxy; NPS templates
Configuring File and Print Services
- Configure a file server.
May include but is not limited to: file share publishing; Offline Files; share permissions; NTFS permissions; encrypting file system (EFS); BitLocker; Access-Based Enumeration (ABE); branch cache; Share and Storage Management console
- Configure Distributed File System (DFS).
May include but is not limited to: DFS namespace; DFS configuration and application; creating and configuring targets; DFS replication; read-only replicated folder; failover cluster support; health reporting
- Configure backup and restore.
May include but is not limited to: backup types; backup schedules; managing remotely; restoring data; shadow copy services; volume snapshot services (VSS); bare metal restore; backup to remote file share
- Manage file server resources.
May include but is not limited to: FSRM; quota by volume or quota by user; quota entries; quota templates; file classification; Storage Manager for SANs; file management tasks; file screening
- Configure and monitor print services.
May include but is not limited to: printer share; publish printers to Active Directory; printer permissions; deploy printer connections; install printer drivers; export and import print queues and printer settings; add counters to Performance Monitor to monitor print servers; print pooling; print priority; print driver isolation; location-aware printing; print management delegation
Monitoring and Managing a Network Infrastructure
- Configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server settings.
May include but is not limited to: update type selection; client settings; Group Policy object (GPO); client targeting; software updates; test and approval; disconnected networks
- Configure performance monitoring.
May include but is not limited to: Data Collector Sets; Performance Monitor; Reliability Monitor; monitoring System Stability Index; page files; analyze performance data
- Configure event logs.
May include but is not limited to: custom views; application and services logs; subscriptions; attaching tasks to events find and filter
- Gather network data.
May include but is not limited to: Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP); Network Monitor; Connection Security Rules monitoring
Skills measured by Exam 70-646
Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.
Planning for Server Deployment
- Plan server installations and upgrades. May include but is not limited to: Windows Server 2008 edition selection, rollback planning, Bitlocker implementation requirements
- Plan for automated server deployment. May include but is not limited to: standard server image, automation and scheduling of server deployments
- Plan infrastructure services server roles. May include but is not limited to: address assignment, name resolution, network access control, directory services, application services, certificate services
- Plan application servers and services. May include but is not limited to: virtualization server planning, availability, resilience, and accessibility
- Plan file and print server roles. May include but is not limited to: access permissions, storage quotas, replication, indexing, file storage policy, availability, printer publishing
Planning for Server Management
- Plan server management strategies. May include but is not limited to: remote administration, remote desktop, server management technologies, Server Manager and ServerManagerCMD, delegation policies and procedures
- Plan for delegated administration. May include but is not limited to: delegate authority, delegate Active Directory objects, application management
- Plan and implement group policy strategy. May include but is not limited to: GPO management, GPO backup and recovery, group policy troubleshooting, group policy planning
Monitoring and Maintaining Servers
- Implement patch management strategy. May include but is not limited to: operating system patch level maintenance, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), application patch level maintenance
- Monitor servers for performance evaluation and optimization. May include but is not limited to: server and service monitoring, optimization, event management, trending and baseline analysis
- Monitor and maintain security and policies. May include but is not limited to: remote access, monitor and maintain NPAS, network access, server security, firewall rules and policies, authentication and authorization, data security, auditing
Planning Application and Data Provisioning
- Provision applications. May include but is not limited to: presentation virtualization, terminal server infrastructure, resource allocation, application virtualization alternatives, application deployment, System Center Configuration Manager
- Provision data. May include but is not limited to: shared resources, offline data access
Planning for Business Continuity and High Availability
- Plan storage. May include but is not limited to: storage solutions, storage management
- Plan high availability. May include but is not limited to: service redundancy, service availability
- Plan for backup and recovery. May include but is not limited to: data recovery strategy, server recovery strategy, directory service recovery strategy, object level recovery
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- Exam 70-642 - TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
- Exam 70-640 - TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
- Exam 70-646 - Pro: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
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Book provided for free on the course
- Mastering Windows Server 2008 R2 ISBN: 9780470532867
Microsoft Official Curriculum
- MOC 6421 - Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure
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You should have a minimum of one year's experience working with Microsoft servers. This experience should include:
- Handling day-to-day management of the server operating system, file structure, and directory services
- Handling software distribution and updates
- Monitoring servers
- Providing tier-2 troubleshooting support
- Supporting engineering and change-management projects
- Creating builds and configuring the server
- Implementing the auditing policy
- Performing scheduled vulnerability-assessment scans
- Monitoring logs for firewalls and intrusion-detection systems
- Designing Windows server infrastructures
- Evaluating and recommending new technology solutions
- Serving as an escalation point for infrastructure issues
- Developing client and server best practices for other teams, such as engineering, development, and operations
- Keeping policy current for authentication, identity, and access management
- Providing guidance in implementing security policies that affect the infrastructure on multiple levels
Ideally, you should have a CompTIA A+ / Network+ certification, or equivalent experience.