Take this exam and get a free Second Shot to pass. Sign in to see if you are already eligible.

Exam 70-642

Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

$150.00 USD*

Not in the United States?

* Secondary and higher education students are eligible for special academic pricing. See Exam policies and FAQ for details. Pricing does not reflect any promotional offers or reduced pricing for Microsoft IT Academy program members, Microsoft Certified Trainers, and Microsoft Partner Network program members. Pricing is subject to change without notice. Pricing does not include applicable taxes. Please confirm exact pricing with the exam provider before registering to take an exam.
Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Published: 06 March 2008
  • Languages: English, German, Japanese
  • Audiences: IT professionals
  • Technology: Windows Server 2008
  • Credit towards certification: MCP, MCSA, MCTS

Convince your boss email

Copy the following content into an email message to your boss and update [the bracketed text] with the appropriate content.

Dear [your boss's name]:

I'd like to expand and prove my technical skills by earning a Microsoft Certification. My next step is taking Exam 70-642. The registration fee is $150.00 USD.

When I pass this certification, you'll have proof of my ability to work with Windows Server 2008. Microsoft has training and online resources to help me prepare for the exam. I believe I'll be more effective and productive after achieving this valuable technical certification.

Let me know if you have any questions. In the meantime, you can find out more about this exam at https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-sg/exam-70-642.aspx. As you can see, the exam validates skills that are crucial to our team's success.

Thank you for your support,

[your name]

Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area in the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area in the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

If you have concerns about specific questions on this exam, please submit an exam challenge.

  • Configure IPv4 and IPv6 addressing

    • Configure IP address options; subnetting; supernetting; multi-homed; interoperability between IPv4 and IPv6

  • Configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

    • DHCP options; creating new options; PXE boot; default user profiles; DHCP relay agents; exclusions; authorise server in Active Directory; scopes; DHCPv6

  • Configure routing

    • 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

    • Inbound and outbound rules; custom rules; authorised users; authorised computers; configure firewall by using Group Policy; network location profiles; service groups; import/export policies; isolation policy; IPsec group policies; Connection Security Rules

  • Configure a Domain Name System (DNS) server

    • Conditional forwarding; external forwarders; root hints; cache-only; socket pooling; cache locking

  • Configure DNS zones

    • 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

    • Record types; Time to live (TTL); weighting records; registering records; netmask ordering; DnsUpdateProxy group; round robin; DNS record security; auditing

  • Configure DNS replication

    • DNS secondary zones; DNS stub zones; Active Directory Integrated replication scopes; securing zone transfer; SOA refresh; auditing

  • Configure name resolution for client computers

    • Configuring HOSTS file; Link-Local Multicast Name Resolution (LLMNR); broadcasting; resolver cache; DNS server list; Suffix Search order; DNS devolution

  • Configure remote access

    • Dial-up; Remote Access Policy; Network Address Translation (NAT); VPN protocols, such as Secure Socket Tunnelling 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)

    • 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

    • IPv6; IPsec; server requirements; client requirements; perimeter network; name resolution policy table

  • Configure Network Policy Server (NPS)

    • IEEE 802.11 wireless; IEEE 802.3 wired; Group Policy for wireless; RADIUS accounting; Connection Request policies; RADIUS proxy; NPS templates

  • Configure a file server

    • 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)

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server settings

    • Update type selection; client settings; Group Policy object (GPO); client targeting; software updates; test and approval; disconnected networks

  • Configure performance monitoring

    • Data Collector Sets; Performance Monitor; Reliability Monitor; monitoring System Stability Index; page files; analyse performance data

  • Configure event logs

    • Custom views; application and services logs; subscriptions; attaching tasks to events find and filter

  • Gather network data

    • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP); Network Monitor; Connection Security Rules monitoring

Preparation options

Find a Microsoft Learning Partner near you

Cover of 'Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition)'

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-642): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (2nd Edition)

Published: May 2011

Fully updated for Windows Server 2008 R2! Ace your preparation for the skills measured by Exam 70-642—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce and apply your knowledge to real-world case scenarios and practice exercises. This kit also includes a 15 per cent exam discount from Microsoft.

Buy this book at the Microsoft Press Store

Who should take this exam?

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Windows Server 2008 credentials are intended for information technology (IT) professionals who work in the complex computing environment of medium to large companies. The MCTS candidate should have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2008 R2 in an environment that has the following characteristics:

  • 250 to 5000 or more users

  • Multiple physical locations

  • Multiple domain controllers

  • Network services and resources such as messaging, databases, file and print, firewalls, Internet access, an intranet, Public Key Infrastructure, remote access, remote desktop, virtualisation, and client computer management

  • Connectivity requirements such as connecting branch offices and individual users in remote locations to corporate resources and connecting corporate networks

More information about exams

We recommend that you review this exam preparation guide in its entirety and familiarise yourself with the resources on this website before you schedule your exam. See the Microsoft Certification exam overview for information about registration, videos of typical exam question formats, and other preparation resources. For information on exam policies and scoring, see the Microsoft Certification exam policies and FAQs.

This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format. To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the specified training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills measured" section.