Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate(MCSA) Windows Server 2012


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Completion of MCSA Windows Server 2012 training and certification gives you the knowledge on Install and configuring Windows server 2012 based servers and ability to manage DNS, DHCP, Active Directory Objects, advanced Group Policies, IPV4, Securing servers via group policies, and knowledge to implement Hyper V servers and etc..

To achieve MCSA Windows Server 2012 Certification, Candidates should pass the below three exams. -> Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 -- Exam 70-410
-> Administering Windows Server 2012 -- Exam 70-411
-> Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services -- Exam 70-412
After completion of MCSA Windows Server 2012 Certifications you will become Windows certified Server administrator or System Administrator .

Exam Details


Required Exam(s) : Exam 70-410, Exam 70-411 and Exam 70-412
Durations : 120 Minutes (40 - 60 Questions)
Question Types : Multiple choice, drag and drop, Fill in the blanks and simulation types.
Exam Fees : Each Exam Rs.4800(Approx)
Prerequired Exams :There is no prerequired Exams to attend Mcsa certification. You can pass the above exams one by one to complete MCSA.
Exam Policy : Click here to read the Exam policies.
Recommended Training : To Pass 70-410 exam, its recommended to take traning on Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 course
To pass 70 - 411 exam, its recommended to take Administering Windows Server 2012
To Pass 70 - 412 exam, its recommended to take training on Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services.

Exam Pattern

Below the exam topics for the exam Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 70-410 .

In this exam you will be tested on following areas and you have to score necessary % in all areas.

1.0 Install and configure servers 15% - 20%
  • 1.1 Install Servers
  • 1.2 Configure Servers
  • 1.3 Confiugure Local Storage
2.0 Configure Server Roles and Features 15%-20%
  • 2.1 Configure File and Share Access
  • 2.2 Configure servers for remote management
3.0 Configure Hyper V 15%-20%
  • 3.1 Create and configure virtual machine settings
  • 3.2 Create and configure virtual machine storage
  • 3.3 Create and configure virtual networks
4.0 Deploy and Configure Core Network Services 15% - 20%
  • 4.1 Configure IPv4 and IPv6 addressing
  • 4.2 Deploy and configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) service
  • 4.3 Deploy and configure DNS service
5.0 Install and Administer Active Directory 15% - 20%
  • 5.1 Install domain controllers
  • 5.2 Create and manage Active Directory users and computers
  • 5.3 Create and manage Active Directory groups and organisational units (OUs)
6.0 Create and Manage Group Policy
  • 6.1 Create Group Policy objects (GPOs)
  • 6.2 Configure security policies
  • 6.3 Configure application restriction policies
  • 6.4 Configure Windows Firewall

Below are the exam topics of Administering Windows Server 2012 (70-411) .

In this exam you will be tested on following areas and you have to score necessary % in all areas.

1.0 Deploy, Manage and Maintain servers 15% - 20%
  • 1.1 Deploy and manage server images
  • 1.2 Implement patch management
  • 1.3 Monitor servers
2.0 Configure File and Print Services 15%-20%
  • 2.1 Configure Distributed File System (DFS)
  • 2.2 Configure File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)
  • 2.3 Configure file and disk encryption
  • 2.4 Configure advanced audit policies
3.0 Configure Network Services and Access 15%-20%
  • 3.1 Configure DNS zones
  • 3.2 Configure DNS records
  • 3.3 Configure virtual private networks (VPN) and routing
  • 3.4 Configure DirectAccess
4.0 Configure a Network Policy Server(NPS) Infrastructure 10% - 15%
  • 4.1 Configure Network Policy Server
  • 4.2 Configure NPS policies
  • 4.3 Configure Network Access Protection (NAP)
5.0 Configure and Manage Active Directory 10% - 15%
  • 5.1 Configure service authentication
  • 5.2 Configure domain controllers
  • 5.3 Maintain Active Directory
  • 5.4 Configure account policies
6.0 Configure and manage Group Policy 15%-20%
  • 6.1 Configure Group Policy processing
  • 6.2 Configure Group Policy settings
  • 6.3 Manage Group Policy objects (GPOs)
  • 6.4 Configure Group Policy preferences (GPP)

Below are the exam topics of Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (70-412) .

This exam measures your skills and ability to manage the following listed tasks.

1.0 Configure and Manage High Availability 15% - 20%
  • 1.1 Configure Network Load Balancing (NLB)
  • 1.2 Configure failover clustering
  • 1.3 Manage failover clustering roles
  • 1.4 Manage VM movement
2.0 Configure File and Storage Solutions 15%-20%
  • 2.1 Configure advanced file services
  • 2.2 Implement Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
  • 2.3 Configure and optimise storage
3.0 Implement Business continuity and disaster recover 15%-20%
  • 3.1 Configure and manage backups
  • 3.2 Recover servers
  • 3.3 Configure site-level fault tolerance
4.0 Configure Network Services 15% - 20%
  • 4.1 Implement an advanced Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) solution
  • 4.2 Implement an advanced DNS solution
  • 4.3 Deploy and manage IP Address Management (IPAM)
5.0 Configure Active Directory Infrastructure 15% - 20%
  • 5.1 Configure a forest or a domain
  • 5.2 Configure trusts
  • 5.3 Configure sites
  • 5.4 Manage Active Directory and SYSVOL replication
6.0 Configure Identity and Access Solutions 15%- 20%
  • 6.1 Implement Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
  • 6.2 Install and configure Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • 6.3 Manage certificates
  • 6.4 Install and configure Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)

Books to Prepare

You can Easily pass the exams by preparing the following books.

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Book Name : Exam Ref 70-410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 (MCSA)

Author Name : Craig Zacker

Publisher : Microsoft Press

Topics Covered in this book:

  • Install and configure servers
  • Configure server roles and features
  • Configure Hyper-V
  • Deploy and configure core network services
  • Install and administer Active Directory
  • Create and manage Group Policy

Books to Prepare

Below the recommended books for preparing Administering Windows Server 2012 (70-411)

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Book Name : Exam Ref 70-411 Administering Windows Server 2012 R2 (MCSA)

Author Name : Charlie Russel

Publisher : Microsoft Press

Topics Covered in this book:

  • Deploy, manage, and maintain servers
  • Configure file and print services
  • Configure network services and access
  • Configure a Network Policy Server (NPS) infrastructure
  • Configure Active Directory
  • Configure and manage Group Policy

Books to Prepare

You can Easily pass the exams by preparing the following book(s).

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Book Name : Exam Ref 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services

Author Name : Craig Zacker

Publisher : Microsoft Press

Topics Covered in this book:


  • Configure and manage high availability
  • Configure file and storage solutions
  • Implement business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Configure network services
  • Configure the Active Directory infrastructure
  • Configure access and information protection solutions

Softwares for Practice

You can practice your own way by installing Windows server 2012 Operating system trail version on home.

Software Name : Windows Server 2012

License : Trail 180 Days

Click here for trail download


If you feel its tough to download and install, Alternatively you can signup on microsoft Azure and set up an instance on it. The VM is free for some period after that you may be charged.

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Also Microsoft offers some free course based virtual labs online, you can signup your Microsoft live id and practice the topics based virtual labs.

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