MCP Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) - study guide – part one (version 1)

This blog post is a study guide to help you to prepare Microsoft MCP 70-412 on : Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Now to prepare seriously this certification, here is a lot of content to read and understand Surprised smile

The following list includes the topic areas covered on this exam:

• Implementing Advanced Network Services
• Implementing Advanced File Services
• Implementing Dynamic Access Control
• Implementing Network Load Balancing
• Implementing Failover Clustering
• Implementing Disaster Recovery
• Implementing AD CS
• Implementing AD FS

Skills Being Measured : This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.


Configure and Manage High Availability (16%)

--- NLB ---

Network Load Balancing Overview

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recover et redistribution du workload en 10 secondes

Commandes Powershell

NLB dans Windows Server 2012 est quasiment le même que celui de 2008 R2

Pré-requis :

To run an NLB cluster, the following are software requirements:
Only TCP/IP can be used on the adapter for which NLB is enabled on each host. Do not add any other protocols (for example, IPX) to this adapter.

The IP addresses of the servers in the cluster must be static.

NLB does not support Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). NLB disables DHCP on each interface that it configures.

In Server Manager, use the Add Roles and Features Wizard to add the Network Load Balancing feature. Optionally you can install the Network Load Balancing Tools to manage a local or remote NLB cluster. The tools include Network Load Balancing Manager and the NLB Windows PowerShell cmdlets

Network Load Balancing Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell

Nlbmgr --> NLB Manager

-- Failover cluster ---

Failover Clustering Overview

Improved :
Scales to 64 nodes and 4,000 virtual machines per cluster
Improves CSV setup and enhances security, performance, and file system availability for additional cluster workloads
Cluster validation : Validates Hyper-V and CSV functionality and performs faster
Cluster upgrade and migration : Allows migration of virtual machines from Windows Server 2008 R2, migration to CSVs, and reuse of existing storage

Hardware :
Storage can be Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FcoE), or iSCSI
In Server Manager, use the Add Roles and Features Wizard to add the Failover Clustering feature.
Optionally you can install the Failover Clustering Tools (also part of the Remote Server Administration Tools, or RSAT)

Installing the Failover Cluster Feature and Tools in Windows Server 2012

Failover Clusters Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell

Clustering and High-Availability

Cluster Shared Volumes Reborn in Windows Server 2012: Deep Dive

-- Manage Virtual Machine (VM) movement --

Virtual Machine Live Migration Overview

Deploy Hyper-V over SMB

Configure and Use Live Migration on Non-clustered Virtual Machines

Configure File and Storage Solutions (15%)

File and Storage Services Overview

New in Windows Server 2012 :
- Data Deduplication
- iSCSI Target Server
- Storage Spaces & storage pools
- Unified remote management of File & storage services in server Manager
- Windows Powershells cmdlets

File and Storage Services Overview

Windows PowerShell Reference Sheet for File and Storage Services

DFS Namespaces command line tool Dfscmd has been replaced by Windows PowerShell cmdlets for DFS Namespaces
File Replication Service (FRS) est remplacé par DFS Replication
File Server Resource Manager command-line tools: Dirquota, Filescrn, and Storrept remplacés par Windows PowerShell cmdlets for File Server Resource Manager

--- Configure advanced file services ---

Server for NFS Data Store

BranchCache Overview

What's New in BranchCache

age par défaut des objects dans le cache BranchCache : 28 jours (paramétrable)
the default age is set to 28 days

Virtual Labs Managing Branch Offices

--- Implement Dynamic Access Control (DAC) ---

Dynamic Access Control: Scenario OverviewDynamic Access Control: Scenario Overview

note : Dynamic Access Control is not supported on ReFS (Resilient File System).

Video : TechEd North America 2012 - Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control Overview

Video : TechEd North America 2012 - Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control Deep Dive for Active Directory and Central Authorization Policies

Virtual Lab Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data

-- Configure and optimize storage ---

Six Uses for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target

Introduction of iSCSI Target in Windows Server 2012

Configuring a Highly Available iSCSI Target

iSCSI Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell

Introduction to iSCSI Diskless Boot Deployment

iSNS Server Overview

The Microsoft iSNS Server only supports the discovery of iSCSI devices, and not Fibre Channel devices.

Thin Provisioning and Trim Storage Overview

Configure Features on Demand in Windows Server

Implement Business Continuity and Disaster recovery

-- Configure and manage backups --

Windows Server Backup

Microsoft Online Backup Service Overview

Virtual Labs - Windows Server 2012 Online Backup Service



Walkthrough: Deploy a Windows RE Image on Hard Drive

Walkthrough: Create a Windows RE Recovery Media

-- Configure site-level fault tolerance --

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster

Hyper-V Replica Overview

Hyper-V: To participate in replication, servers in failover clusters must have a Hyper-V Replica Broker configured (en-US)

To configure Hyper-V Replica Broker

Understand and Troubleshoot Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server "8" Beta

Virtual labs Getting Started with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replication

I encourage you also to download Windows Server 2012, install it and test it as much as you can because there are some questions where you need to have already manipulate User Interface or command.


You can download eval version of Windows Server 2012 as :


Next post blog, part 2 with :

  • Configure Network Services
  • Configure the Active Directory Infrastructure
  • Configure Identity and Access Solutions


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