Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-410) MCSA and the 70-410 Exam

This course is the first in a Learning Path of seven courses that cover Microsoft's 70-410 exam. This course explores how to install servers, configure servers, and configure local storage.
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(581)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 11, 2015
Duration
30m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(581)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Mar 11, 2015
Duration
30m
Description

In this course, you'll learn how to plan for a server installation, for server roles, server upgrades, as well as learn to migrate roles from previous versions of Windows Server, install Server Core, optimize resource utilization by using Features on Demand, and configure NIC teaming. You will also learn to delegate administration, configure services, configure Server Core, convert Server Core to/from full GUI, deploy roles on remote servers, add and remove features in offline images, and install and configure Windows Powershell Desired State Configuration (DSC). Lastly, you will configure MBR and GPT disks, configure basic and dynamic disks, manage volumes, create and mount VHDs, design Storage Spaces, configure storage pools and disk pools, and create storage pools by using disk enclosures.

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Jason Helmick is an author for Pluralsight. His IT career spans more than 25 years or enterprise consulting on a variety of technologies, with a focus on strategic IT business planning. He’s a highly successful IT author, columnist, lecturer, and instructor, specializing in automation practices for the IT pro.

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Greg Shields is an Author Evangelist at Pluralsight.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction
Hi, and welcome to Pluralsight's learning path on the 70-410 Microsoft MCSA Certification. I'm Greg Shields, and I'm Jason Helmick. We hope you enjoy our completely reimagined content on Windows Server 2012 R2. Help desk professional, field technician, systems administrator, systems engineer, solutions architect. All of these are classic titles you think of when you think of an IT professional, and all these are titles that come when you can prove your worth as exactly that IT pro. I'm Greg Shields, and also with us is Jason Helmick from Pluralsight, and with this we begin the very first of the exams that make up the Microsoft MCSA certification, the 70-410. Over this and the next series of courses you'll have an opportunity to take a look at all the different content, the different objectives and functional groups that make up that 70-410 first exam in your MCSA or MCSE certification exploration, and over the next several hours Jason and I look forward to giving you the information you need to have success on that 70-410 exam. Now here in this learning path with Pluralsight Jason and I will be kind of splitting some of the responsibilities and teaching you the various functional groups and objectives that make up that 70-410 exam, but here in this intro course, the one that kicks off the entire learning path, we're going to take the opportunity to do something just a little bit different, and actually tagged team just a bit all the introductory content you need to prepare for that all-important 70-410.

Building Your 70-410 R2 Environment
If you're like both Jason and I, you probably recognize that just simply watching a course only really gets you about half way when it comes to understanding what you need to know in order to pass an exam. Well, Jason and I throughout all the courses that make up this learning path for the 70-410 have in every way that we can put together this content in a way that facilitates you being able to demonstrate it in your own environment, and so for that reason you'll find as you go through the various courses here in the 70-410 that as we talk about the various technologies we're trying to do so in a way that lets you kind of follow along at home. Now obviously in order to do that you need to be able to build your own 70-410 R2 environment, and I want to spend just a couple of minutes here with this very quick module talking about the network infrastructure, the VM infrastructure, and also the VMware Workstation solution that both Jason and I are using ourselves in order to demonstrate the technologies you're about to see. And what's curious about all the things we'll be clicking through in the modules and courses that follow everything you're about to see can be done with little more than a copy of Windows Server, a copy of VMware Workstation, and a desktop with sufficient power to support the running of a couple of virtual machines all at once. Now we get asked all the time well what kind of hardware is necessary in order to be able to do that? One of the great things about VMware Workstation is that it can run one or two or even several simultaneously running virtual machines without the need for all that much hardware, so if you have a desktop, if you have sufficient RAM installed into that desktop, I have 32 GB here installed onto my machine, but you could probably get away with a little bit less, if you have sufficient hard drive space, SSDs are particularly nice because they really greatly accelerate the performance, if you have plenty of CPU, well then you should be able to run VMware Workstation and follow along.