This month, Microsoft Learning has updated the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification exams to include new exam questions that relate to additional IT Pro tasks and new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2. If you’re currently preparing for MCSA certification, you’ll definitely want to check out the updated exam topics.
To help you prepare for the new exam topics in each MCSA exam, this month I’ll be releasing a set of updated free Study Guides - one per exam each Friday - as part of an Early Experts “Free Guide Friday” series. Each Study Guide will include prescriptive resources and hands-on exercises to build your confidence with the new exam topics.
Today’s Study Guide is focused on the new “R2” exam topics on Exam 70-412, Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services…
If you’re just beginning to prep on Exam 70-412, be sure to check out our existing Early Experts study materials that target the original MCSA exam objectives.
The tested objectives in Exam 70-412 involve advanced configuration scenarios that will best be practiced using an on-premises clustered lab environment. Use the resources to build a clustered study lab with Windows Server 2012 R2.
Before digging in deeply on the new exam objectives, download and review the updated Exam Objective Domains (OD) list for Exam 70-412. This will help you identify, prioritize and target the specific areas in which you’ll need to spend time studying and preparing.
Note that the updated exam objectives for Exam 70-412 target a combination of new tasks that apply to Windows Server 2012 as well as new capabilities introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. In each section below, we'll step through the study resources that I used when preparing for each updated exam objective area.
In Windows Server 2012 R2, Failover Clustering has been enhanced with new automated CSV placement policies, improved CSV cache allocation options, Active Directory-detached clusters, and enhanced support for Clustered Storage Spaces. Leverage the resources below to prepare for each of these exam topics.
Windows Server 2012 includes support for VM Guest Clustering for application high availability. In addition, Windows Server 2012 R2 simplifies the configuration of VM Guest Clusters with new support for Shared VHDX virtual hard disks. Use the resources below to study and prepare for these exam topics.
Windows Server 2012 R2 offers new options for VM network health protection and VM drain on shutdown within a Hyper-V cluster. Use the links below to study and prepare for these new scenarios.
Exam 70-412 now includes exam objectives on configuring Central Access Policies, resource properties and lists. Use the links below to prepare for these exam objectives.
Windows Server 2012 R2 includes new support for Automated Tiered Storage in Storage Spaces and enhanced support for SMB 3.0 Scale-out File Servers. Use the resources below to step through the tasks associated with configuring each of these new features.
Windows Server 2012 R2 adds new support for Hyper-V Replica extended replication and Failover Cluster Global Update Manager configuration options. In addition, Exam 70-412 has also been expanded to include management of multi-site clusters. Use the resources below to increase your knowledge in each of these areas.
Windows Server 2012 R2 expands DHCP support for DNS registration options and Windows PowerShell. Use the resource below to understand the capabilities of these enhancements.
DNS in Windows Server 2012 R2 introduces enhanced DNS zone-level statistics, enhanced DNSSEC support and expanded Windows PowerShell support. Use the resource below to understand the capabilities of these enhanced features.
Windows Server 2012 R2 introduces new IPAM capabilities for external database support, role-based access control, and enhanced management for DHCP servers and virtual address spaces. Use the resources below to understand each of these new capabilities.
New exam objectives have been added for installing ADFS, configuring account policies, implementing Workplace Join, and enabling Multi-Factor Access Control. Leverage the resources below to walk-through the steps associated with each task.
New exam objectives have been added for the tasks involved in backup and restore of AD RMS databases. Use the resources below to understand AD RMS database server requirements and the disaster recovery process.
After reviewing these resources, if you feel that you’ll need more assistance in preparing for Exam 70-412, you may be interested in attending the Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) class that is delivered world-wide by our network of authorized Learning Partners. For preparing for Exam 70-412, the following class is recommended:
If you’ve found other study resources that were valuable to you in preparing for this exam, please feel free to share these additional resources in the Comments area below!
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
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