So I’m at SpiceWorld 2012 in Austin this week meeting many of my favorite SpiceHeads in person, and things are going great. One of my co-workers here visited the Microsoft booth and noticed they had literature about the newest certification series, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Windows Server 2012. This track sounds pretty awesome and like a great way to ramp up quickly on Hyper-V 2012 features and administration. The MCSA track contains three components:

• Exam 70-410, Installing and configuring WS 2012
• Exam 70-411, Administering WS 2012
• Exam 70-412, Configuring advanced WS 2012 services

Here’s a helpful overview of what’s covered in the first component, exam 410. I’ll cover the other two components in follow up blog posts.

  • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Introduction to Active Directory Domain Services
  • Managing Active Directory Domain Services Objects
  • Automating Active Directory Domain Services Administration
  • Implementing Networking Services
  • Implementing Local Storage
  • Implementing File and Print Services
  • Implementing Group Policy
  • Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V

The question distribution on this exam is weighted as follows:

Focus area Weight
Install and configure servers 17%
Configure server roles and features 16%
Configure Hyper-V 17%
Deploy and configure core network services 16%
Install and administer active directory 18%
Create and manage group policy 16%

 

 

 

 

 

The Hyper-V section covers:

Creating and configuring virtual machine settings:

  •  Configure dynamic memory; configure smart paging; configure Resource Metering; configure guest integration services

Creating and configuring virtual machine storage

  •  Create VHDs and VHDX; configure differencing drives; modify VHDs; configure pass-through disks; manage snapshots; implement a virtual Fibre Channel adapter

Creating and configuring virtual networks

  •  Implement Hyper-V Network Virtualization; configure Hyper-V virtual switches; optimize network performance; configure MAC addresses; configure network isolation; configure synthetic and legacy virtual network adapters

I’ve found a couple of links which look like great study and prep resources:

  1. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-410
  2. https://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/p/earlyexpertws12.aspx#.UHVlbhVi7yk 

This second link offers a how-to guide for setting up your WS 2012 lab in the Azure cloud.
Good luck with your studies!

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