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MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2

Authors: Greg Shields, Jason Helmick

Ready to take on Microsoft's most popular certification? Pluralsight's engaging and energetic authors make the path to the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 easy. We strongly recommend... Read more

Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (and R2) (70-410 Exam)

In this series, you'll learn how to install and configure Windows Server 2012 (and Windows Server 2012 R2) in a production environment. These courses will also help you prepare for Microsoft's 70-410 exam.

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

by Jason Helmick, Greg Shields

Mar 11, 2015 / 30m

Intermediate • 30m

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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.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    13m 18s
  2. Building Your 70-410 R2 Environment
    16m 52s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-410) Install and Configure Servers

by Greg Shields

Feb 10, 2015 / 2h 35m

Intermediate • 2h 35m

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In this course, you'll learn how to plan for a server installation, server roles, server upgrades, as well as migrate roles from previous versions of Windows Server, install Server Core, optimize resource utilization using Features on Demand, configure NIC teaming, delegate administration, configure services, configure Server Core, convert Server Core to/from full GUI, and deploy roles on remote servers. You will also learn how to add and remove features in offline images, install and configure Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), 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. This is one of Pluralsight's all-new courses covering the revised 70-410 exam.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    5m 17s
  2. Install Servers
    45m 37s
  3. Configure Servers
    58m 45s
  4. Configure Local Storage
    46m 17s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-410) Core Network Services

by Jason Helmick

Feb 18, 2015 / 2h 52m

Intermediate • 2h 52m

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In this course, you'll learn how to configure IP address options, IPv4 and IPv6 subnetting, interoperability between IPv4 and IPv6, intra-site automatic addressing protocol, and teredo. You will learn to deploy and configure DHCP, DHCP scopes, DHCP reservations, DHCP options, client and server PXE boot options, DHCP relay agent, and authorize a DHCP server. In addition, you will learn how to deploy and configure DNS, configure Active Directory integration of primary zones, configure DNS forwarders and root hints, manage the DNS cache, and create A and PTR resource records. This is one of Pluralsight's all-new courses covering the revised 70-410 exam.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    4m 5s
  2. Configure IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
    1h 2m 29s
  3. Deploy and Configure DHCP Services
    44m 19s
  4. Deploy and Configure DNS Services
    1h 1m 49s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-410) Administer Active Directory

by Greg Shields

Feb 17, 2015 / 2h 59m

Intermediate • 2h 59m

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In this course, you'll learn how to add or remove a domain controller from a domain, install a domain controller from install from media (IFM), install Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on Server Core, upgrade a domain controller, resolve DNS SRV record registration issues, configure a global catalog server, deploy Active Directory IaaS in Microsoft Azure, create, copy, configure, and delete users and computers, configure templates, configure user rights, automate the creation of Active Directory accounts, manage inactive and disabled accounts, perform bulk Active Directory operations, offline domain join, create, copy, configure, and delete groups and OUs, configure group nesting, enumerate group membership, convert groups, including security, distribution, universal, domain local, and domain global, manage group membership using Group Policy, delegate the creation and management of Active Directory objects, and manage default Active Directory containers. This is one of Pluralsight's all-new courses covering the revised 70-410 exam.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    6m 23s
  2. Install Domain Controllers
    1h 17m 25s
  3. Create and Manage AD Users and Computers
    52m 31s
  4. Create and Manage AD Groups and Organizational Units
    43m 8s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-410) Server Roles and Features

by Jason Helmick

Apr 3, 2015 / 3h 14m

Intermediate • 3h 14m

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In this course, you'll learn how to configure WinRM for remote management, configure down-level server management, configure multi-server management, configure server core for remote management, configure windows firewall, and configure managed non-domain joined servers. You will learn to create and configure shares, configure share permissions, configure NTFS permissions, configure offline files, configure access-based enumeration (ABE), configure volume shadow copy service (VSS), configure NTFS quotas, and create and configure work folders. In addition, you will learn to configure enterprise print management, configure drivers, configure the easy print driver, configure printer pooling, configure print priorities, and configure printer permissions. This is one of Pluralsight's all-new courses covering the revised 70-410 exam.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    5m
  2. Configure Servers for Remote Management
    1h 9m 57s
  3. Configure File and Share Access
    1h 13m 28s
  4. Configure Print and Document Services
    45m 52s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-410) Manage Group Policy

by Greg Shields

Feb 27, 2015 / 2h 56m

Intermediate • 2h 56m

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In this course, you'll learn how to manage starter GPOs, configure a central store, GPO links, Multiple Local Group Policies, local users and groups, user rights assignment, security options settings, audit policy, User Account Control (UAC), security templates, software restriction policies, and AppLocker rules. In addition you will also learn how to configure rule enforcement, rules for multiple profiles using Group Policy, Windows Firewall to allow or deny applications, scopes, ports, users, and import and export settings. Finally you will learn to configure connection security rules, and configure authenticated firewall exceptions.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    7m 9s
  2. Configure Group Policy Objects
    41m 50s
  3. Configure Security Policies
    38m 15s
  4. Configure Application Restriction Policies
    38m 25s
  5. Configure Windows Firewall
    50m 22s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-410) Configure Hyper-V

by Jason Helmick

Apr 4, 2015 / 2h 39m

Intermediate • 2h 39m

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In this course, you'll learn how to create and configure generation 1 and 2 virtual machines, configure dynamic memory, configure smart paging, configure resource metering, configure guest integration services, configure and use enhanced session mode, and configure remoteFX. You will learn to create VHDs and VHDX, configure differencing drives, modify VHDs, configure pass-through disks, manage checkpoints, implement a virtual fibre channel adapter, and configure storage quality of service. In addition, you will learn to configure hyper-v virtual switches, optimize network performance, configure MAC addresses, configure network isolation, configure synthetic and legacy virtual network adapters, and configure NIC teaming in virtual machines. This is one of Pluralsight's all-new courses covering the revised 70-410 exam.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    5m 50s
  2. Create and Configure Virtual Machine Settings
    57m
  3. Create and Configure Virtual Machine Storage
    54m 44s
  4. Create and Configure Virtual Networks
    42m 13s

Administering Windows Server 2012 (and R2) (70-411 exam)

In this series, you'll learn how to administer Windows Server 2012 (and Windows Server 2012 R2) in a production environment. These courses will also help you prepare for Microsoft's 70-411 exam.

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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-411) MCSA and the 70-411 Exam

by Greg Shields

Apr 30, 2015 / 37m

Intermediate • 37m

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Description

This course updates Pluralsight's 70-411 Learning Path to include content relevant to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this course, you'll learn how to plan for a server installation, plan for server roles, plan for a server upgrade, migrate roles from previous versions of Windows Server, install Server Core, optimize resource utilization by using Features on Demand, configure NIC teaming, delegate administration, configure services, configure Server Core, convert Server Core to/from full GUI, and deploy roles on remote servers. You will also add and remove features in offline images, install and configure Windows Powershell Desired State Configuration (DSC), configure MBR and GPT disks, configure basic and dynamic disks, manage volumes, create and mount VHDs and design Storage Spaces. Lastly, you will configure storage pools and disk pools, and create storage pools by using disk enclosures.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    21m 5s
  2. Building Your 70-411 R2 Environment
    16m 29s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-411) Deploy and Manage Servers

by Greg Shields

Apr 30, 2015 / 2h 38m

Intermediate • 2h 38m

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This course updates Pluralsight's 70-411 Learning Path to include content relevant to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this course, you'll learn how to install the Windows Deployment Services (WDS) role; configure and manage boot, install, and discover images; update images with patches, hotfixes, and drivers; install features for offline images; configure driver groups and packages; install and configure the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) role; configure group policies for updates; configure client-side targeting; configure WSUS synchronization; configure WSUS groups; manage patch management in mixed environments; monitor servers; configure Data Collector Sets (DCS); configure alerts; monitor real-time performance; monitor virtual machines (VMs); monitor events; configure event subscriptions; configure network monitoring; and schedule performance monitoring.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    4m 44s
  2. Deploy and Manage Server Images
    1h 39s
  3. Implement Patch Management
    46m 52s
  4. Monitor Servers
    46m 9s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-411) Configure Network Services

by Greg Shields

Apr 30, 2015 / 3h 30m

Intermediate • 3h 30m

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This course updates Pluralsight's 70-411 Learning Path to include content relevant to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this course, you'll learn how to configure primary and secondary zones, zone transfer settings, notify settings, zone delegation, conditional forwarders, zone and conditional forward storage in Active Directory, stub zones, and create and configure DNS Resource Records, including A, AAAA, PTR, SOA, NS, SRV, CNAME, and MX records. You'll also learn to configure round robin, secure dynamic updates, zone scavenging, install and configure the Remote Access role, configure VPN settings, remote dial-in settings for users, routing, implement Network Address Translation (NAT) and configure Web Application proxy in passthrough mode. Finally you will learn to implement server requirements, configure DNS for Direct Access, configure record options, including Time To Live and weight, and configure certificates for Direct Access, as well as implement client configuration.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    6m 25s
  2. Configure DNS Zones
    36m 55s
  3. Configure DNS Records
    39m 10s
  4. Configure VPN and Routing
    1h 13m 49s
  5. Configure Direct Access
    54m 3s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-411) Configure Active Directory

by Greg Shields

Apr 30, 2015 / 2h 29m

Intermediate • 2h 29m

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This course updates Pluralsight's 70-411 Learning Path to include content relevant to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this course, you'll learn how to configure domain and local user password policy settings, configure account lockout policy settings, configure Kerberos policy settings, delegate password settings management, configure and apply Password Settings Objects (PSOs), create and configure service accounts, create and configure Group Managed Service Accounts, configure virtual accounts, configure Kerberos delegation, manage Service Principal Names (SPNs), transfer and seize operations master roles, install and configure a read-only domain controller (RODC), configure domain controller cloning, manage Active Directory offline, optimize an Active Directory database, clean up metadata, configure Active Directory snapshots, back up Active Directory and SYSVOL, perform Active Directory restore, perform object- and container-level recovery, and configure and restore objects by using the Active Directory Recycle Bin.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    4m 50s
  2. Configure Account Policies
    25m 34s
  3. Configure Service Authentication
    35m 31s
  4. Configure Domain Controllers
    39m 24s
  5. Manage Active Directory
    44m 16s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-411) File and Print Services

by Greg Shields

Apr 30, 2015 / 2h 56m

Intermediate • 2h 56m

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This course updates Pluralsight's 70-411 Learning Path to include content relevant to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this course, you'll learn how to install and configure DFS Namespaces, configure DFS Replication targets, replication scheduling, Remote Differential Compression settings, staging, fault tolerance, clone a DFS database, recover DFS databases, optimize DFS replication, and install the FSRM role service. You will also learn to configure quotas, file screens, reports, file management tasks, and manage Encrypting File System (EFS) and BitLocker certificates, including backup and restore. Lastly you will learn to configure the EFS recovery agent, configure BitLocker encryption, configure BitLocker policies, configure the Network Unlock feature, implement auditing using Group Policy and AuditPol.exe, create expression-based audit policies, and create removable device audit policies.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    7m 5s
  2. Configure DFS
    55m 14s
  3. Configure FSRM
    30m 10s
  4. Configure File and Disk Encryption
    1h 5m 27s
  5. Configure Advanced Audit Policies
    18m 21s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-411) Configure Group Policy

by Greg Shields

Apr 30, 2015 / 2h 42m

Intermediate • 2h 42m

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This course updates Pluralsight's 70-411 Learning Path to include content relevant to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this course, you'll learn how to configure processing order and precedence, blocking of inheritance, enforced policies, security and WMI filtering, slow-link processing and Group Policy caching, loopback processing, client-side extension (CSE) behavior. You'll learn how to force Group Policy update; configure property filters for administrative templates; configure settings, including software installation, folder redirection, scripts, and administrative template settings; import custom administrative template files; import security templates; back up, import, copy, and restore GPOs; create and configure Migration Tables; reset default GPOs; delegate Group Policy management; configure GPP settings, including printers, network drive mappings, power options, custom registry settings, Control Panel settings, Internet Explorer settings, file and folder deployment, and shortcut deployment; and configure item-level targeting.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    8m 21s
  2. Configure Group Policy Processing
    44m 30s
  3. Configure Group Policy Settings
    43m 42s
  4. Manage GPOs
    26m 16s
  5. Configure Group Policy Preferences
    40m 3s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-411) Network Policy Server

by Greg Shields

Apr 30, 2015 / 1h 55m

Intermediate • 1h 55m

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This course updates Pluralsight's 70-411 Learning Path to include content relevant to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this course, you'll learn how to configure a RADIUS server, including RADIUS proxy, configure RADIUS clients, configure NPS templates, configure RADIUS accounting, configure certificates, configure connection request policies, configure network policies for VPN clients (multilink and bandwidth allocation, IP filters, encryption, IP addressing), import and export NPS policies, configure System Health Validators (SHVs), configure health policies, configure NAP enforcement using DHCP and VPN, configure isolation and remediation of non-compliant computers using DHCP and VPN, and configure NAP client settings.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    7m 4s
  2. Configure Network Policy Server
    53m 25s
  3. Configure NPS Policies
    17m 58s
  4. Configure Network Access Protection
    36m 41s

Advanced Features of Windows Server 2012 (and R2) (70-412 exam)

In this series, you'll learn how to administer Windows Server 2012 (and Windows Server 2012 R2) in a production environment. These courses will also help you prepare for Microsoft's 70-412 exam.

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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-412) MCSA and the 70-412 Exam

by Greg Shields

Nov 5, 2014 / 1h

Intermediate • 1h

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Prepare yourself for the Microsoft MCSA 70-412 Learning Path in this introductory course with Greg Shields. You'll explore the exam objectives and prepare your virtual machine environment to follow along at home.

Table of contents
  1. An Introduction to the MCSA's Final Exam
    27m 42s
  2. Building Your 70-412 R2 Environment
    32m 50s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-412) Configure Active Directory

by Greg Shields

Nov 5, 2014 / 2h 28m

Intermediate • 2h 28m

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Prepare yourself for the Microsoft MCSA 70-412 exam. In this course you'll learn how to implement multi-domain forests and domains; upgrade domains and forests; configure multiple UPN suffixes; configure external, forest, shortcut, and realm trusts; configure trust authentication, SID filtering, name suffix routing, sites, and subnets; create and configure site links; manage site coverage and registration of SRV records; move controllers between sites; upgrade SYSVOL replication to DFS-R; configure replication to RODCs; configure password replication policy for RODCs; and monitor and manage replication.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    6m 21s
  2. Configure a Forest or Domain
    39m
  3. Configure Trusts
    30m 31s
  4. Configure Sites
    34m 24s
  5. Manage Active Directory and SYSVOL Replication
    37m 46s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-412) Configure Network Services

by Greg Shields

Nov 5, 2014 / 2h 12m

Intermediate • 2h 12m

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Prepare yourself for the Microsoft MCSA 70-412 exam. In this course, you'll learn how to: create and configure superscopes and multicast scopes, configure DHCP filters and DHCP policies, implement DHCPv6, configure high availability for DHCP, including DHCP failover and split scopes, configure DHCP name protection, configure DNS registration, configure security for DNS, including DNSSEC, DNS socket pool, and cache locking, configure DNS logging, configure delegated administration, configure recursion, configure netmask ordering, configure a GlobalNames zone, analyze zone level statistics, provision IPAM manually or by Group Policy, configure server discovery, create and manage IP blocks and ranges, migrate to IPAM, monitor utilization of IP address space, delegate IPAM administration, manage IPAM collections, and configure IPAM database storage.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    3m 16s
  2. Implement an Advanced DHCP Solution
    35m 49s
  3. Implement an Advanced DNS Solution
    39m 40s
  4. Deploy and Manage IP Address Management
    53m 47s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-412) File and Storage Solutions

by Greg Shields

Nov 5, 2014 / 2h 22m

Intermediate • 2h 22m

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In this course, you'll learn how to: configure storage spaces, configure tiered storage, implement thin provisioning and trim, configure iSCSI target and initiator, configure iSNS, manage server free space using Features on Demand, configure an NFS data store, configure file access auditing, configure BranchCache, configure user and device claim types, implement policy changes and staging, create and configure resource properties and lists, configure file classification, perform access-denied remediation, and create and configure central access rules and policies.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    4m 38s
  2. Configure and Optimize Storage
    56m 4s
  3. Configure Advanced File Services
    36m
  4. Implement Dynamic Access Control
    46m 1s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-412) Configure High Availability

by Greg Shields

Nov 5, 2014 / 2h 53m

Intermediate • 2h 53m

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Prepare yourself for the Microsoft MCSA 70-412 exam. In this course you'll learn how to configure NLB prerequisites, cluster operation mode, port rules and affinity, cluster storage, cluster shared volumes, cluster networking, quorum, clusters without network names, role-specific settings like continuously available shares, failover and preference settings, guest clustering, VM network health protection, drain on shutdown, and VM monitoring. You'll also learn how to install NLB nodes; upgrade an NLB cluster; implement cluster-aware updating; restore single node or cluster configuration; upgrade a cluster; perform quick, live, and storage migrations; and import, export, and copy VMs.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    6m 16s
  2. Configure Network Load Balancing
    29m 58s
  3. Configure Failover Clustering
    1h 5m 48s
  4. Manage Failover Clustering Roles
    40m 9s
  5. Manage VM Movement
    31m 46s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-412) Identity and Access Solutions

by Greg Shields

Nov 5, 2014 / 3h 12m

Intermediate • 3h 12m

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Prepare yourself for the Microsoft MCSA 70-412 exam. In this course, you'll learn how to install an enterprise Certificate Authority; configure CRL distribution points; install and configure Online Responder; implement administrative separation; configure CA backup and recovery; manage certificate templates; implement and manage certificate deployment, validation, and revocation; manage certificate renewal; manage certificate enrollment and renewal to computers and users using Group Policy; configure and manage key archival and recovery; install a licensing or certificate AD RDS server; manage AD RMS service connection point; manage RMS templates; configure exclusion policies; backup and restore AD RMS; install AD FS; implement claims-based authentication, including relying party trusts; configure authentication policies; configure Workplace Join; and configure multi-factor authentication.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    4m 1s
  2. Install and Configure AD Certificate Services
    57m 56s
  3. Manage Certificates
    53m 9s
  4. Install and Configure AD Rights Management Services
    44m 13s
  5. Implement AD Federation Services
    33m 36s
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Windows Server 2012 R2 (70-412) Continuity and Disaster Recovery

by Greg Shields

Nov 5, 2014 / 1h 45m

Intermediate • 1h 45m

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Prepare yourself for the Microsoft MCSA 70-412 exam. In this course, you'll learn how to configure Windows Server backups; configure Windows Azure backups; configure role-specific backups; manage VSS settings using VSSadmin; restore from backups; perform a bare metal restore; recover servers using Windows Recovery Environment and Safe Mode; configure the Boot Configuration Data store; configure Hyper-V Replica, including Hyper-V Replica broker and VMs; configure multi-site clustering, including network settings, quorum, and failover settings; configure Hyper-V Replica extended replication; configure Global Update Manager; and recover a multi-site failover cluster.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    5m 24s
  2. Configure and Manage Backups
    30m 55s
  3. Recover Servers
    30m 13s
  4. Configure Site-Level Fault Tolerance
    38m 35s

What you will learn

  • How to install, configure and manage servers
  • How to configure network services
  • How to configure and manage Active Directory
  • How to create and manage Group Policy

Pre-requisites

You should have experience in a Windows client/server environment. Prerequisite Courses: - Windows Server Administration Fundamentals - Part 1 - Windows Server Administration Fundamentals - Part 2 - Windows Server Administration Fundamentals - Part 3

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