Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is core to Microsoft’s infrastructure and includes new capabilities in networking, storage, virtualization, and high-availability required on-premises and cloud environments. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification provides the necessary technical background and hands-on labs required to install, configure, and administer the Windows Server 2012 operating system and its advanced services.


  • Candidates with sound understanding of Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) fundamentals, networking concepts; scripts and batch files; and authentication and authorization concepts.
  • Learners with working knowledge of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
  • Attendees having exposure to deployment, packaging, and imaging tools.
  • Applicants with appropriate communication skills to develop proposals and budget recommendations.
  • Participants with experience in administering Windows Server in a large organization spread at multiple physical locations with more than 2,500 users; in addition to multiple domains.
  • Professionals deploying and managing applications at Windows 8 client desktops, both physically and virtually.
  • Knowledge equivalent to MCSA Windows Server 2012.


  • Required Experience: Prior hands-on experience with Microsoft software and hardware.
  • Exam Requirements: Pass 3 exams on installing, configuring, and administering Windows Server 2012 or SQL Server 2012.
  • Certification Options: Server infrastructure; desktop infrastructure; data platform; business intelligence; communication; messaging; SharePoint; private cloud.

This certification is covered in 3 exams (70-410, 70-411, 70-412) and is a prerequisite certification for 7 Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) specializations including: Server Infrastructure, Desktop Infrastructure, Private Cloud, Messaging, and SharePoint. Curriculum of MCSA is,

  • 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012, Configuring.
  • 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012, Configuring.
  • 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services.


This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) professionals who are responsible for planning, designing and deploying a physical and logical Windows Server 2012 enterprise and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) infrastructures including the network services. Candidates would typically have experience of previous Windows Server operating systems and have Windows Server 2012 certification (MCSA) or equivalent skills. The secondary audience for this course will be candidates are IT professionals who are looking to take the exam 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Enterprise Server Infrastructure, as a standalone, or as part of the requirement for the MCSE certification

  • Networking Administrator.
  • System Administrator.
  • System Engineer.
  • Windows Server administrator.
  • Server systems administrator.
  • Monitoring operator.


Disk Management – MBR, GPT, VHD, Basic disk, Dynamic disk, storage pool, disk pool.

NTFS file system and its features – file permissions, quota, VSS, offline files.

Hyper-V – Creating and configuring virtual machines.

Hyper-V – Creating and configuring virtual machine storage.

Hyper-V – Creating and configuring virtual networks.

IPv4 and IPv6.

DHCP – Deployment and configuration.

DNS – Forward and reverse lookup, primary/secondary/stub zone, forwarders, root hints, caching.

Only DNS, Dynamic DNS.

Installing Active Directory domain controllers.

Active Directory user, group, OU management.

Create and manage Group Policy objects (GPOs).

Configure security policies.

Configure application restriction policies.

Configure Windows Firewall

Deploy and manage Windows Deployment Services (WDS).

Install and configure Windows Server Update Service (WSUS).

Configure DCS to monitor servers, VMs, networking, real time performance

Configure Distributed File system (DFS)

Configure File Server Resource Manager (FSRM).

Configure file and disk encryption.

Configure routing.

Configure NAT.

Configure VPN.

Configure RADIUS servers.

Configure Network Access Protection.

FSMO roles.

Active Directory backup and restoration

Active directory task delegation

Active Directory object and container level recovery

Advance Group Policy Object configuration and management.

Configure Network Load Balancing (NLB).

Configure failover clustering.

Manage Virtual Machine (VM) migration.

Configure advanced file services.

Implement Dynamic Access Control (DAC).

Configure and optimize storage.

Configuring Windows server backup tool.

Bare metal recovery.

Understanding Windows booting and troubleshooting booting issues.

Configuring Hyper-V site level fault tolerance.

Advanced DHCP.

Advanced DNS.

Active Directory Forest trust relationship.

Active Directory sites and services.

Active Directory Certificate services.

Active Directory Rights Management Services (ADRMS).

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Exam Format

  •  Recertification Must renew once every three years by passing a recertification exam.
  •  Online Availability: Online proctored exams are available through Microsoft.
  •  Exam Types: Formats vary, including multiple choice, short answer, best answer, case studies, active screen, drag and drop, hot area, mark review etc
  •  Work Environment: Most MCSAs work for computer companies, consulting firms, business and financial companies.
  •  Pass Score: 28/40 or 70%.
  • Total no.of Ques – 50.

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