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  • Published:
    September 12, 2014
  • Languages:
    English, Japanese
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows Server 2012
  • Credit toward certification:

Recertification for MCSE: Server Infrastructure

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Plan and deploy a server infrastructure
  • Plan and deploy Virtual Machine Manager services
    • Design Virtual Machine Manager service templates, define operating system profiles, configure hardware and capability profiles, manage services, configure image and template libraries, manage logical networks
  • Plan and implement file and storage services
    • Planning considerations, including iSCSI SANs, Fibre Channel SANs, Virtual Fibre Channel, storage spaces, storage pools, and data deduplication; configure the iSCSI Target server; configure the Internet Storage Name server (iSNS); configure Network File System (NFS); install Device Specific Modules (DSMs)
Design and implement network infrastructure services
  • Design a name resolution solution strategy
    • Design considerations, including secure name resolution, DNSSEC, DNS Socket Pool, cache locking, disjoint namespaces, DNS interoperability, migration to application partitions, IPv6, Single-Label DNS Name Resolution, zone hierarchy, and zone delegation
  • Design and manage an IP address management solution
    • Design considerations, including IP address management technologies, such as IPAM, Group Policy based, and manual provisioning, and distributed versus centralized placement; configure role-based access control; configure IPAM auditing; migrate IPs; manage and monitor multiple DHCP and DNS servers; configure data collection for IPAM
Design and implement network access services
  • Design a VPN solution
    • Design considerations, including certificate deployment, firewall configuration, client/site to site, bandwidth, protocol implications, and VPN deployment configurations using Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)
  • Design a DirectAccess solution
    • Design considerations, including topology, migration from Forefront UAG, DirectAccess deployment, and enterprise certificates
  • Design a Web Application Proxy solution
    • Design considerations, including planning for applications, authentication, and authorization, Workplace Join, devices, multifactor authentication, multifactor access control, single sign-on (SSO), certificates, and planning access for internal and external clients
  • Implement a scalable remote access solution
    • Configure site-to-site VPN, configure packet filters, implement packet tracing, implement multi-site Remote Access, configure Remote Access clustered with Network Load Balancing (NLB), configure DirectAccess
  • Design and implement a network protection solution
    • Design considerations, including Network Access Protection (NAP) enforcement methods for DHCP, IPSec, VPN, and 802.1x, capacity, placement of servers, firewall, Network Policy Server (NPS), and remediation network, configure NAP enforcement for IPsec and 802.1x, monitor for compliance
Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure (logical)
  • Design a Group Policy strategy
    • Design considerations, including inheritance blocking, enforced policies, loopback processing, security, and WMI filtering, site-linked Group Policy Objects (GPOs), slow-link processing, group strategies, organizational unit (OU) hierarchy, and Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)
Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure (physical)
  • Design a domain controller strategy
    • Design considerations, including global catalog, operations master roles, Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs), partial attribute set, and domain controller cloning
  • Design and implement a branch office infrastructure
    • Design considerations, including RODC, Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC), global catalog, DNS, DHCP, and BranchCache; implement confidential attributes; delegate administration; modify filtered attributes set; configure password replication policy; configure hash publication
Manage and maintain a server infrastructure
  • Design a monitoring strategy
    • Design considerations, including monitoring servers using Audit Collection Services (ACS), performance monitoring, centralized monitoring, and centralized reporting; implement and optimize System Center 2012 - Operations Manager management packs; plan for monitoring Active Directory
  • Implement automated remediation
    • Create an Update Baseline in Virtual Machine Manager; implement a Desired Configuration Management (DCM) Baseline; implement Virtual Machine Manager integration with Operations Manager; configure Virtual Machine Manager to move a virtual machine (VM) dynamically, based on policy; integrate System Center 2012 for automatic remediation into your existing enterprise infrastructure
Plan and implement failover clustering
  • Plan and implement failover clustering
    • Plan for multi-node and multi-site clustering; design considerations, including redundant networks, network priority settings, resource failover and failback, heartbeat and DNS settings, Quorum configuration, and storage placement and replication
  • Plan and implement highly available network services
    • Plan for and configure NLB; design considerations, including fault-tolerant networking, multicast versus unicast configuration, state management, and automated deployment of NLB using Virtual Machine Manager service templates
  • Plan and implement highly available storage solutions
    • Plan for and configure storage spaces and storage pools; design highly available, multi-replica DFS namespaces; plan for and configure multi-path I/O, including Server Core; configure highly available iSCSI Target and iSNS Server
  • Plan and implement highly available roles
    • Plan for a highly available Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server, Hyper-V clustering, Continuously Available File Shares, and a DFS Namespace Server; plan for and implement highly available applications, services, and scripts using Generic Application, Generic Script, and Generic Service clustering roles
  • Plan and implement a business continuity and disaster recovery solution
    • Plan a backup and recovery strategy; planning considerations, including Active Directory domain and forest recovery, Hyper-V replica, domain controller restore and cloning, and Active Directory object and container restore using authoritative restore and Recycle Bin
Plan and implement a server virtualization infrastructure
  • Plan and implement virtualization hosts
    • Plan for and implement delegation of virtualization environment (hosts, services, and VMs), including self-service capabilities; plan and implement multi-host libraries, including equivalent objects; plan for and implement host resource optimization; integrate third-party virtualization platforms
  • Plan and implement virtual machines
    • Plan for and implement highly available VMs; plan for and implement guest resource optimization, including shared VHDx; configure placement rules; create Virtual Machine Manager templates
  • Plan and implement virtualization networking
    • Plan for and configure Virtual Machine Manager logical networks, including virtual switch extensions and logical switches; plan for and configure IP address and MAC address settings across multiple Hyper-V hosts, including network virtualization; plan for and configure virtual network optimization; plan and implement Windows Server Gateway; plan and implement VLANs and pVLANs; plan and implement virtual machine networks; plan and implement converged networks
  • Plan and implement virtualization storage
    • Plan for and configure Hyper-V host clustered storage; plan for and configure Hyper-V virtual machine storage, including virtual Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and shared VHDx; plan for storage optimization; plan and implement storage using SMB 3.0 file shares
  • Plan and implement virtual machine movement
    • Plan for and configure live and storage migration between Hyper-V hosts; plan for and manage P2V and V2V; plan and implement virtual machine migration between clouds
  • Manage and maintain a server virtualization infrastructure
    • Manage dynamic optimization and resource optimization, integrate Operations Manager with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System Center Service Manager, update virtual machine images in libraries, plan for and implement backup and recovery of virtualization infrastructure by using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM)
Design and implement identity and access solutions
  • Design and implement a federated identity solution
    • Plan for and implement claims-based authentication, including planning and implementing Relying Party Trusts; plan for and configure Claims Provider and Relying Party Trust claim rules; plan for and configure attribute stores, including Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS); plan for and manage Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) certificates; plan for and implement Identity Integration with cloud services; integrate Web Application Proxy with AD FS
  • Design and implement Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
    • Plan for highly available AD RMS deployment, plan for AD RMS client deployment, manage Trusted User Domains, manage Trusted Publishing Domains, manage Federated Identity support, upgrade or migrate AD RMS, decommission AD RMS

Who should take this exam?

This exam is for individuals looking to maintain their MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification. It is based on the exam objectives from Exam 413 and Exam 414.

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