Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012

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This exam is part two of a series of three exams that test the skills and knowledge necessary to administer a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an enterprise environment. Passing this exam validates a candidate's ability to administer the tasks required to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as user and group management, network access, and data security. Passing this exam along with the other two exams confirms that a candidate has the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.


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  • 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012

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    This exam is part two of a series of three exams that test the skills and knowledge necessary to administer a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an enterprise environment. Passing this exam validates a candidate's ability to administer the tasks required to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as user and group management, network access, and data security. Passing this exam along with the other two exams confirms that a candidate has the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.

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Skills measured

  • Deploy, Manage, and Maintain Servers
  • Configure File and Print Services
  • Configure Network Services and Access
  • Configure a Network Policy Server Infrastructure
  • Configure and Manage Active Directory
  • Configure and Manage Group Policy

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  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012

    Prove your mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value.

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