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Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

This Microsoft Windows Server 2012 video training course with Chris Ward covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular server on a more advanced level, including planning and implementing virtualization hosts, designing and implementing enterprise solutions, and more....
This Microsoft Windows Server 2012 video training course with Chris Ward covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular server on a more advanced level, including planning and implementing virtualization hosts, designing and implementing enterprise solutions, and more.

Knowing where to click and where to configure is important. However, the 70-414 exam is more about when you use a particular technology rather than how to use it. The primary goal of this course is to give you an overview of exam objectives and things to consider as you prepare to finish your MCSE: Server Infrastructure (now the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure).

A few demos and lots of whiteboards with trainer Chris Ward puts you on the right track to prepare for the 70-414. We also focus on in-depth knowledge of technologies with pointers to online resources.

Recommended Experience Recommended Equipment
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 in physical or virtualized environment as well as System Center 2012
Related Certifications
  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure (retiring March 31, 2017)
  • MCSA: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure (replacing MCSE: Server Infrastructure)
Related Job Functions
  • IT professionals and consultants
  • System Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • System Engineer
  • Network Engineer
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1. Welcome and Introduction (11 min)
2. Enterprise Data Centers and System Center 2012 R2 (19 min)
3. Planning for Virtual Machine Manager (20 min)
4. VMM - Host Groups (14 min)
5. VMM - Libraries (14 min)
6. VMM - Storage Implementation (26 min)
7. Virtualized Network Planning (18 min)
8. Managing Virtual Networks with VMM (25 min)
9. Planning Virtual Machine Deployment (24 min)
10. VM Deployment: Profiles and Templates (25 min)
11. VM Deployment - Sources, Placements, and V2V (22 min)
12. Hyper-V Replicas (15 min)
13. Hyper-V Replicas Demo (13 min)
14. Automation and Self Service Overview (22 min)
15. VMM and Self Service Deployment (23 min)
16. Updating your Virtualized Environment (19 min)
17. System Monitoring Overview (13 min)
18. Operations Manager - Features (15 min)
19. Operations Manager - Agent Discovery (19 min)
20. Operations Manager - VMM Integration (17 min)
21. High Availability - Storage (19 min)
22. High Availability - Network Load Balancing (10 min)
23. High Availability - FailOver Clustering (22 min)
24. High Availability - Cluster Aware Updating and Hyper-V Failover (19 min)
25. Backups and Recovery - Business Continuity (21 min)
26. Backing up your Virtual Environment (13 min)
27. Active Directory Rights Management - Overview (19 min)
28. Planning for AD RMS (18 min)
29. Designing Certificate Services (19 min)
30. Certificate Distribution and Revocation (17 min)
31. AD FS Overview (21 min)
32. Workplace Join & Work Folders (15 min)

Welcome and Introduction

00:00:00

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, welcome to the CBT Nugget series for the 70-414, Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure course. I'm Chris Ward, your host and Nugget trainer for the next series of Nuggets that will show you how you can prepare for that 414 exam to finish off, hopefully, your MCSC for server infrastructure as well as give you some hints and tips on how to better implement and plan for advanced server infrastructures.

00:00:29

What do we mean by that? Well, let's take a look at what you can expect. There are some certification exams that just make you shake your head. In fact, quite a few people I know of have done just that with this exam. It's not your typical example. 70-414 is unusual.

00:00:46

Now for me it was actually easier than the 70-413 in one sense, because I have that project management background with PMP and familiarity with exams that ask you about the best answer. But this series of Nuggets is going to be slightly unusual as there really isn't a cohesive story behind it that I'll be telling like my Acme Instruments Incorporated or even my Acme Coffee that I do.

00:01:10

So in this introduction, let's take a look at the series and who it's for, what to expect on the 414 exam, and some study tips and suggestions for those of you who are new to the Chris Ward CBT Nuggets method of studying. Most of you that are taking this Nugget series are probably going to want to get that 70-414 exam taken care of, so that way you can get your MCSE for server infrastructure, right?

00:01:37

And part of that is because you are operating within a large scale environment. So pretty much throughout this series I'm going to be using two of these forests here. I've got one forest right here and I've got a second forest right here. The other thing that we're going to talk about is how sometimes you might have part of your environment or company out there in the cloud.

00:01:59

So this would be up here under Windows Azure. Now when you start talking about Windows Azure, what are you going to be talking about? You're going to be talking about ADFS, Active Directory Federated Services. And then essentially, that is where you want to allow users from other businesses to access your resources, and maybe because you're vendors with them, they're contractors, maybe you outsource some business.

00:02:24

And so the nice thing is that you can have identity information that allows them to do single sign on. OK, because if I'm over here and someone signs into acmecoffee.com, that's OK, because now they are allowed access to things over in a separate forest, in a separate entity or a separate identity.

00:02:43

Or I should say a separate company, right? So that is exactly what we are looking at is a lot of this. So of course when you start running things like this, you're going to need to make sure that you understand how certificates work, right? You're going to need to make sure that you need to know how System Center works.

00:03:01

So System Center. And of course, System Center comes in several flavors. You have VMM, Virtual Machine Manager. You've got Operations Manager, SCOM as a lot of people like to call it. You've got Service Manager. You've got Orchestrator. You've got all these things that are used in large scale environments where you have thousands of users, thousands of computers, lots of different virtual machines running.

00:03:26

You're also going to find that they're going to be interested in asking you about guys and gals that are working with VDI, your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. And so when you think about, these are-- you are-- people that are dealing with these large scale environments.

00:03:41

And so this series is going to concentrate on that. So if you're just trying to learn a few new tricks about Windows Server 2012 R2, good news is you're going to learn a few. If you are trying to pass that exam for 414, good news. We're going to get you ready for that as well.

00:03:57

Speaking of that, let's take a look at what we need to talk about. I'm taking you out to this website here to kind of give you an idea of what the exam 70-414 is all about. Most of you are probably familiar with Microsoft's learning website. It's just microsoft.com/learning.

00:04:12

And then you go over here to the Certification Exams, find the appropriate one. This would be obviously the MCSE for server infrastructure. They've got several of them. Remember that used to be the MCSE was the Microsoft Systems Certified System Engineer, and then back in 2008 they changed it up a little bit and they said, we're going to make it the MCITP, and then now that they've decided to bring back the MCSEs.

00:04:36

But now they're known as the Microsoft Certified System expert, and then that way they have those areas of expertise. Like I have an MCSE in communications with Lync or now Skype for Business, and some people like to have the desktop infrastructure, like my good friend Anthony Sequeiro or James Conrad.

00:04:55

And then of course there's server infrastructure, which were taking a look at right here. Lots a good stuff you can do. But in this case you'll notice that they give you, as always, the skills measured if you just scroll down here. And you'll notice that-- and this is something I always recommend.

00:05:10

Notice how it says starting in April 2014. The questions will include content covering Windows Server 2012 R2. Notice this is a hyperlink. If you click on this, it's going to download to either your desktop or your download folder, whatever you have set up on your computer, a document that talks about some of the latest and greatest updates with R2 over just the standard Windows Server 2012.

00:05:31

Highly recommend that you do that. In fact, that's one of my study tips number one is make sure you get the latest and greatest information. The other thing that you're going to notice is that even though this is-- notice, Windows Server 2012 R2, right?

00:05:46

Implementing an advanced server infrastructure. This is Windows Server. The problem is that there is some other technologies that you do need to be aware of. If I go ahead and expand this out, like on maintain and manage your server infrastructure-- which, by the way, can be anywhere from 25% to 30% of the actual exam-- check this out.

00:06:07

You'll notice something. System Center Service Manager. System Center Virtual Machine Manager. App Controller. Oh, wait, wait. Oh. Yep, here we go. SCOM. We're got that in place too. So there's going to be some additional technologies that if you just played with Windows Server 2012, you might not be familiar with these.

00:06:29

Don't worry. We showed you a couple of them, especially VMM, back in SCOM back in my 413 course. And I will explain what these do and why you would use them. And that way if you're not really using them in your environment now, and this is more from an exam perspective versus on the job, you will be able to at least go, OK.

00:06:51

Now I know why I would use that in why that's a good idea. OK? And so these are going to be some things that are necessary for you to know. This is a large scale enterprise environment. You're designing an advanced server infrastructure-- implementing, I should say.

00:07:07

That brings to mind that also, this particular Nugget series is not going to have a lot of demos. The reason why is because-- think about this-- this exam is different. This exam is going to ask you quite a bit for what is the best answer? In fact it'll even say, out of the four possible answers, A, B, C, D-- and sometimes E and F if they add a couple select multiple choice-- A works, B works, C works, D does not-- in fact, it's a distractor-- but there's three correct answers.

00:07:40

Only one of them is the best answer. It might be B. B for best, right? And so you need to know that hey, if I wanted to go ahead and make sure that people had access to a file share, and there's four possible answers, and one of them says something about DFS replication and the other talks about clustered share volumes, CSV, could you technically help or use CSV?

00:08:08

Yes, you could. But what's the best answer? Well, they're talking about shared folders, and that's really talking about having a Distributed File Service, DFS namespace. And so that would be the best answer. See how that works? And so again, could you do it the other way?

00:08:22

Yes, you could. But they're looking for the best answer. And the reason why you would say, well, says who? Says Microsoft. And I know, and I'll be gentle about this. A lot of people will go, well, Microsoft doesn't know everything. No, they don't know everything, but they know a lot about their products.

00:08:39

And they know that if you are using their products primarily that you will want to do it this way. This is the best way of doing it. Now, not everybody will. So when you're sitting in a small well lit room after spending a large amount of money to answer questions on a computer screen, put on your Microsoft hat, know their products, and know why you would use that product over another product that they make in order to accomplish that particular goal.

00:09:00

And that pretty much is going to help you out with a lot of questions. Speaking of that, here's some tips. Number one, be consistent. If you're consistent, going through the Nuggets, reading up on TechNet which is that magical fairy dust that we have on the topic.

00:09:16

So if you're not really clear on what Audit Collection Services are and I've given you a brief overview of it or maybe shown it to you, then you can get some more background on it by reading the TechNet article on it. Number two, make sure that you are going to practice.

00:09:35

Practice means not only maybe building a small little lab. The problem is with a lot of these things like System Center and VMM and a lot of the things you can encounter, they're for large scale. 1,000 users, multiple servers, massive amounts of virtual machines, all those kind of things.

00:09:52

So you want to make sure that anything that you practice-- and practice also taking exams. If you have practice exams or access to those, make sure that you do them. Make sure they're legitimate practice exams though. A lot of people go, well, what about Braindumps?

00:10:07

Well Braindumps, the problem is that, number one, then you really don't learn anything, and number two is most of those, and if you talk to anybody, they're specifically wrong. They have wrong answers, they have wrong questions. And you go in and you think, ah, I've got this.

00:10:20

And uh oh. I just spent $150 and I blew it just to try to pass that exam. So practice exams, legitimate ones. And then finally, get some other study materials. I'll be the first to say that my Nuggets are going to be great and they're going to really help you, but some people like reading books.

00:10:40

Now I am going to tell you, be careful. And down here below-- well, here. Tell you what. Let me clear off this. People are all seeing this. If you scroll down here you're going to see that it says that there are books that are available, OK? Certain books.

00:10:58

Then you come over here to the community. Notice this? According to O'Reilly's page, this book is now unavailable until July 2014. Guess what? It is still delayed, some of these books, OK? And you just read stuff like that. And some things are available, and sometimes books are good and sometimes they're not so good.

00:11:19

So make sure you read the reviews and see if it's worth your time on getting those. I know a lot of the guys or at least have met a few of them at events. And for the most part, these guys are really good guys and they work hard to give you good books.

00:11:31

So check them out. Well, there you go. A nice intro to what this Nugget series is going to be about. We're ready to kick it off with the next Nugget. And so I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Enterprise Data Centers and System Center 2012 R2

Planning for Virtual Machine Manager

VMM - Host Groups

VMM - Libraries

VMM - Storage Implementation

Virtualized Network Planning

Managing Virtual Networks with VMM

Planning Virtual Machine Deployment

VM Deployment: Profiles and Templates

VM Deployment - Sources, Placements, and V2V

Hyper-V Replicas

Hyper-V Replicas Demo

Automation and Self Service Overview

VMM and Self Service Deployment

Updating your Virtualized Environment

System Monitoring Overview

Operations Manager - Features

Operations Manager - Agent Discovery

Operations Manager - VMM Integration

High Availability - Storage

High Availability - Network Load Balancing

High Availability - FailOver Clustering

High Availability - Cluster Aware Updating and Hyper-V Failover

Backups and Recovery - Business Continuity

Backing up your Virtual Environment

Active Directory Rights Management - Overview

Planning for AD RMS

Designing Certificate Services

Certificate Distribution and Revocation

AD FS Overview

Workplace Join & Work Folders

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