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MCSE 70-414

Below I’ve compiled a list of study-notes and mainly links to the objectives of the Microsoft MCSE 70-414 – Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure exam. Consider this my study notes or a wiki if you will, on the 70-414 exam.

Objectives below are taken from the official MS site which should be your first stop:
Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (see the Skills Measured part)

I’ve arranged the topics in a more reader-friendly version. I’m also using a printed version from day to day to mark the different subjects complete (with green) or needs more attention (with yellow), here’s an untouched PDF version of the document if you want to do the same thing.


I can recommend this video based training course from CBT Nuggets
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-414 Video Training Online | CBT Nuggets

Together with the link-collection below which together should make passing the 70-414 (hopefully) a walk in the park :D

There is also a upcoming Exam Ref 70-414 being scheduled for release in April 2013 – some sites have January 2013 listed.
Exam Ref 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure – O’Reilly Media

Update 6 march 2013: I’ve just learned that Amazon won’t be shipping this until September 2013!


I’ve found this list of great resources for the 70-414 exam on the Born To Learn site!
414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure – Server Certification Exam Prep Resources – Server Certification Study Group

Update: The link collection is now complete. I’ve taken the exam, read about it in this blog post

Let’s get started. (Tip: Mouse over the links below to see the title of the page)

Manage and Maintain a Server Infrastructure (27%)
Design an administrative model.

o Design considerations including user rights, built-in groups, and end-user self-service portal [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 | Link5 ] o Design a delegation of administration structure for Microsoft System Center 2012 [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ]

Design a monitoring strategy.

o Design considerations including monitoring servers using Audit Collection Services (ACS), performance monitoring, centralized monitoring, and centralized reporting [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 |  Link4 ] o Implement and optimize System Center 2012 – Operations Manager management packs [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Plan for monitoring Active Directory [ Link1 | Link2 ]

Design an updates infrastructure.

o Design considerations including Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager, and cluster-aware updating [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ] o Design and configure Virtual Machine Manager for software update management [ Link1 ] o Update VDI desktop images [ Link1 ]

Implement automated remediation.

o Create an Update Baseline in Virtual Machine Manager [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Implement a Desired Configuration Management (DCM) Baseline [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Implement Virtual Machine Manager integration with Operations Manager [ Link1 ] o Configure Virtual Machine Manager to move a VM dynamically based on policy [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Integrate System Center 2012 for automatic remediation into your existing Enterprise Infrastructure [ Link1 | Link2 ]


Plan and Implement a Highly Available Enterprise Infrastructure (26%)
Plan and implement failover clustering.

o Plan for multi-node and multi-site clustering [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ] o Design considerations including redundant networks, network priority settings, resource failover and failback, heartbeat and DNS settings, Quorum configuration, and storage placement and replication [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 | Link5 | Link6 | Link7 ]

Plan and implement highly available network services.

o Plan for and configure Network Load Balancing (NLB)  [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3] o Design considerations including fault-tolerant networking, multicast vs. Unicast configuration, state management, and automated deployment of NLB using Virtual Machine Manager service templates [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ]

Plan and implement highly available storage solutions.

o Plan for and configure storage spaces and storage pools [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Design highly available, multi-replica DFS namespaces [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Plan for and configure multi-path I/O, including Server Core [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Configure highly available iSCSI Target and iSNS Server [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ]

Plan and implement highly available server roles.

o Plan for a highly available Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server, Hyper-V clustering, Continuously Available File Shares, and a DFS Namespace Server [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 | Link5 ] o Plan for and implement highly available applications, services, and scripts using Generic Application, Generic Script, and Generic Service clustering roles [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ]

Plan and implement a business continuity and disaster recovery solution.

o Plan a backup and recovery strategy [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Planning considerations including Active Directory domain and forest recovery, Hyper-V replica, domain controller restore and cloning, and Active Directory object and container restore using authoritative restore and Recycle Bin [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 | Link5 | Link6 ]


Plan and Implement a Server Virtualization Infrastructure (26%)
Plan and implement virtualization hosts.

This is mostly System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 stuff – a primer link:

11-part article series by Scott D. Lowe
System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (Part 1) – Introduction

o Plan for and implement delegation of virtualization environment (hosts, services, and vms), including self-service capabilities [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Plan and implement multi-host libraries including equivalent objects [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Plan for and implement host resource optimization [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Integrate third-party virtualization platforms [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 | Link5 | Link6 ]

Plan and implement virtualization guests.

o Plan for and implement highly available VMs [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Plan for and implement guest resource optimization including smart page file, Dynamic Memory, and RemoteFX [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ] o Configure placement rules [ Link1 ] o Create Virtual Machine Manager templates [ Link1 | Link2 ]

Plan and implement virtualization networking.

o Plan for and configure Virtual Machine Manager logical networks [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Plan for and configure IP address and MAC address settings across multiple Hyper-V hosts including IP virtualization [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 | Link5 ] o Plan for and configure virtual network optimization [ Link1 | Link2 ]

Plan and implement virtualization storage.

o Plan for and configure Hyper-V host storage including stand-alone and clustered setup using SMB 2.2 and CSV [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ] o Plan for and configure Hyper-V guest storage including virtual Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and pass-through disks [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Plan for storage optimization [ Link1 | Link2 ]

Plan and implement virtual guest movement.

o Plan for and configure live, SAN, and network migration between Hyper-V hosts [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Plan for and manage P2V and V2V [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ]

Manage and maintain a server virtualization infrastructure.

o Manage dynamic optimization and resource optimization [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Manage Operations Manager integration using PRO Tips [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Automate VM software and configuration updates using service templates [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 | Link5 ] o Maintain library updates [ Link1 | Link2 ]


Design and Implement Identity and Access Solutions (21%)
Design a Certificate Services infrastructure.

o Design a multi-tier Certificate Authority (CA) hierarchy with offline root CA [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ] o Plan for multi-forest CA deployment [ Link1 ] o Plan for Certificate Enrollment Web Services [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Plan for network device enrollment [ Link1 ] o Plan for certificate validation and revocation [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Plan for disaster recovery [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Plan for trust between organizations [ Link1 | Link2 ]

Implement and manage a Certificate Services infrastructure.

o Configure and manage offline root CA [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ] o Configure and manage Certificate Enrollment Web Services [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Configure and manage Network Device Enrollment Services [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Configure Online Certificates Status Protocol responders [ Link1 ] o Migrate CA [ Link1 ] o Implement administrator role separation [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Implement and manage trust between organizations [ Link1 ] o Monitor CA health [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ]

Implement and manage certificates.

o Manage certificate templates [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Implement and manage deployment, validation, and revocation [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Manage certificate renewal including Internet-based clients [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Manage certificate deployment and renewal to network devices [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Configure and manage key archival and recovery [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ]

Design and implement a federated identity solution.

o Plan for and implement claims-based authentication including planning and implementing Relying Party Trusts [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ] o Plan for and configure Claims Provider Trust rules [ Link1 ] o Plan for and configure attribute stores including Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Plan for and manage Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) certificates [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ] o Plan for Identity Integration with Cloud services [ Link1 | Link2 ]

Design and implement Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).

Make sure to know the fundemendals of AD RMS – here’s a good primer link from TechEd NA 2011:
Become an Expert in Active Directory Rights Management Services in 75 minutes

o Plan for highly available AD RMS deployment [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 | Link4 ] o Manage AD RMS Service Connection Point [ Link1 ] o Plan for and manage AD RMS client deployment [ Link1 | Link2 ] o Manage Trusted User Domains [ Link1 ] o Manage Trusted publishing domains [ Link1 ] o Manage Federated Identity support [ Link1 ] o Manage Distributed and Archived Rights Policy templates [ Link1 | Link2 | Link3 ] o Configure Exclusion Policies [ Link1 ] o Decommission AD RMS [ Link1 ]

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5 Responses to “MCSE 70-414”

  1. Thanks for these links Jonas !

    This is really useful, especially as the 70-414 book will not be available till September 2013 now it seems !! The date may change again of course… Thanks again.



    Mitesh Chauhan

  2. […] MCSE 70-414 […]

  3. Thank you Mitesh – appreciate you took the time to comment.. Good luck to you with the exam :)



  4. Thank you…. This is very useful…



  5. Thanks for the very useful information!



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