Here is a short abstract of what you schould now for this exam taken from the above mentioned site-
Install and configure servers (15–20%)
Configure Servers, Server Core
Configure local storage
Configure server roles and features (15–20%)
Configure file and share access
Configure print and document services (Easy print driver!)
Configure servers for remote management (WinRM, server management)
Configure Hyper-V (15–20%)
Create and configure virtual machine settings
Create and configure virtual machine storage
Create and configure virtual networks
Deploy and configure core network services (15–20%)
Configure IPv4 and IPv6 addressing (DHCP)
Deploy and configure DNS service
Install and administer Active Directory (15–20%)
Install domain controllers
Create and manage Active Directory users and computers
Create and manage Active Directory groups and organizational units (OUs)
Create and manage Group Policy (15–20%)
Create Group Policy objects (GPOs)
Configure security policies
Configure application restriction policies
Configure rules for multiple profiles using Group Policy
Wondering which questions may come?
There are a lot of example questions in the official training books. Normally
they have not much to do with the question that have to be answered in reality.
remember, only real knowledege will help you in work.
Plan and implement a server deployment infrastructure
Plan and implement server upgrade and migration
Plan and deploy Virtual Machine Manager services
Plan and implement file and storage services
Planning considerations include iSCSI SANs, Fibre Channel SANs, Virtual
Fibre Channel, storage spaces, storage pools, and data de-duplication;
configure the iSCSI Targetserver; configure the Internet Storage Name server
(iSNS); configure Network File System (NFS); install Device Specific Modules
Design and implement network infrastructure services (20–25%)
Design and maintain a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
Design a name resolution solution strategy
Design and manage an IP address management solution
Design and implement network access services (15–20%)
Design a VPN solution
Design a DirectAccess solution
Implement a scalable remote access solution
Design a network protection solution
Implement a network protection solution
Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure (logical) (20–25%)
Design a forest and domain infrastructure
Implement a forest and domain infrastructure
Design a Group Policy strategy
Design an Active Directory permission model
Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure (physical) (20–25%)
Design an Active Directory sites topology
Design a domain controller strategy
Design and implement a branch office infrastructure
Some of the questions based of questions from the the book:
Which server features and roles require the graphical shell?
Remote Desktop Session Host
Windows Deployment Services
Internet Printing user interface
What is the TCP Chimney Offload Feature?
TCP Chimney Offload Feature allows moving the workload of handling TCP/IP
Connection from the CPU to the NIC. This feature enables the networking
subsystem to offload the processing of a TCP/IP connection from the computer’s
processors to its network adapter as long as the adapter supports TCP/IP offload
There are some commands available for handling it:
netsh int tcp set global chimney=automatic
to set automatic mode
netsh int tcp set global chimney=enabled
to set enabled mode
netsh int tcp set global chimney=default
to set the mode to the operating system default
netsh int tcp set global chimney=disabled
to disable TCP Chimney Offload
netsh int tcp show global
to see the current status
How would you use a PowerShell command to disable the Server Graphical Shell and remove its source files from the WinSxS directory?
Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell -Remove
What PowerShell command could you use to convert the full GUI installation to Server Core?
Name examples for infrastructure services and application services.
DNS and DHCP are infrastructure services
Web Server and Remote Desktop Services are application services.
Which of the following is a valid upgrade path to Windows Server 2012?
Windows Server 2008 Standard to Windows Server 2012 Standard
Which of the following are no valid upgrade paths to Windows Server 2012?
Windows Server 2003 Standard to Windows Server 2012 Standard
Windows Server 2008 R2 32-bit to Windows Server 2012 64-bit
Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Which feature must you add to a Windows Server 2012 Server Core installation to convert it to the Minimal Server Interface?
Correct Answer is "Graphical Management Tools and Infrastructure". These
makes me struggling all the time. A other Option is "Serer Graphical Shell" which leads to the Full GUI.
What is the name of the directory where Windows stores all of the operating system modules it might need to install at a later time?
WinSxs. It can be very large 🙁
Which of the following is not true?
A. A Server Core installation can be converted to the full GUI without
reinstalling the operating system.
B. The PowerShell 3.0 interface in Windows Server 2012 includes more than 10
times as many cmdlets as PowerShell 2.0
C. The new Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 makes it far easier to
administer servers remotely.
D. A Windows Server 2012 Server Core license costs significantly less than a
full GUI license
D is wrong. If you are struggling you may be thinking of the free
Hyper-V-Server, which has the Core interface. But that is not the question.
Name the powershell-command to see a detailed list of the current state of role and features
How would you install Network Load Balancing using Powershell?
What does the following cmdlet do? Enable-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "Network Discovery"
Enables a previously disabled firewall rule.
What is Always Offline Mode? How do you enable it?
Always Offline mode provides faster access to cached files and
redirected folders. Always Offline also provides lower bandwidth usage because
users are always working offline, even when they are connected through a
high-speed network connection.
To enable the Always Offline mode, your environment must meet
the following prerequisites.
An Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain, with
client computers joined to the domain. There are no forest or domain
functional-level requirements or schema requirements.
Client computers running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.
A computer with Group Policy Management installed.
Use Group Policy to enable the Configure slow-link mode policy
setting and set the latency to 1 (millisecond). Doing so causes client computers
running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 to automatically use the Always Offline
What can you do if you have to give a user group a higher priority to a printer as a other group?
This is a very old question, which I had in Windows Server 2000
Exam. Because that you can set only one priority to a printer, you have to
install two printers for the same printer and change the priority and securtiy
settings as needed.
What are Remote Server Administration Tools?
Remote Server Administration Tool are needed, when you like to
manage a server from a remote station.
Here is a video from davidstrom2007 which shows the basics
What are the Software Requirements when managing Manage Multiple, Remote Servers with Server Manager?
To manage servers with Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008
R2, or Windows Server 2008 by using Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 R2,
apply the following updates to the older operating systems.
NET Framework 4.5
Windows Management Framework 4.0
The performance update associated with Knowledge Base
article 2682011 allows Server Manager to collect performance data from
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This performance update is
not necessary on servers that are running Windows Server 2012.
PAAS – Platform in cloud – for developer Application
IAAS – Infrastructure as a service – AD, DNS, IIS, …
Considerations must be made of the sync. Dirsync.exe can be used to sync the local environment with Azure and copy user, groups and passwords. But you should prefer to establish a real real DC in Azure and do regulary synchronisation. Your local environment will be connected to Azure via VPN.
Set up Azzure Account
Use DHCP (Azure has very long lease-times)
Add VMS (DC, DNS – point to corporate DNS – take care to use non cached Disk for NTDS)
What is new in Windows Server 2012 R2 concerning to Hyper-V?
New VMs of the second generation, called Gen2 VM. Gen1 VM actually have a very old hardware.Gen2 VMs booting faster, and the operating systems can install quicker. You use UEFI boot from virtual SCSI drives or network. Posssible guest operating systems are only Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 or higher (64 bits each). A change or a migration from Gen1 to Gen2 VM-VM is not possible. Gen1 VM are still supported in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Access to machines is now also possible without a network connection (Enhanced VM Interaction), clipboard, file exchange
Live migration has been significantly accelerated by different techniques (data compression, RDMA and SMB Multichannel)
VMs in VHDX format allow you to change the size now in operation. This only works for drives that are attached to a virtual SCSI controller.
A VM can be exported without shutdown
Hyper-V Replica (running machine in duplicate external data center) now offers three different intervals: 30 seconds, 5 minutes or 15 minutes. In addition, several replications can be set (eg host 1 to host 2 to host 3 – so-called extended replication).
Shared noting live migration from 2012-2012 R2 is possible (for migration scenarios)
Linux gets dynamic memory, online memory, online VHDX resize and new graphics drivers
Storage QOS: bandwidth for storage is more effectively distributed. VMs that require a lot of bandwidth, can not consume the whole bandwidth with Storage QOS enabled. A minimum bandwidth can be defined. Basic unit in MS is IOPS. IOPS are 8K by default.
Guest clustering with shared virtualDisk: eg SQL hereby can get access to the same cluster VHDx. Both machines can obtain the VHDX via a virtual SAS interface connected.
SMB direct: Machine data can be transmitted via SMB. Several NICs may be used simultaneously. SMB Direct cards are also supported . SMB over RDMA provides high performance.
Snapshots are now called checkpoints
Virtual machines can be migrated to Azure
A newly installed server with normal GUI and the Hyper-V role requires approximately 12 GB of space
Nested Virtualization – eg Hyper-V Server on Hyper-V server is still not working. I would love to have it for lab or demo. But there aren not enough requests for it that Microsoft will implement it.
An ISO file can not still integrate over the network. Why not? Wan’t to have all my isos in one place on a server!
The VM-generation selection in Windows Server 2012 R2
Dynamic or static RAM allocation? Windows Server 2012 R2
Display the VM generation in Hyper-V Manager
A Gen1 VM in Hyper-V Manager – looks familiar
Properties of a Gen2 VM in Hyper-V Manager – not quite as before – IDE, legacy, legacy BIOS completely missing…