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MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation and Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-410

MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation and Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-410

William Panek

ISBN: 978-1-118-87020-4

Mar 2015

552 pages

Description

Master Windows Server installation and configuration with hands-on practice and interactive study aids for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 exam 70-410

MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation and Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-410 provides complete preparation for exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2. With comprehensive coverage of all exam topics and plenty of hands-on practice, this self-paced guide is the ideal resource for those preparing for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 R2. Real-world scenarios demonstrate how the lessons are applied in everyday settings. Readers also get access to the interactive practice tests, electronic flashcards, and video demonstration of the more difficult tasks, which help readers fully understand the scope of principles at work.

Exam 70-410 is one of three exams MCSA candidates must take to obtain their MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2. The test is aligned with the 2012 update to the Windows server operating system, and so is the book. This study guide contains everything users need to know for the exam, including the 2012 update's changes to Hyper-V and Active Directory. Avoid surprises on exam day, and master the material while learning to:

  • Install and configure Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Configure Hyper-V and server roles and features
  • Install and administer Active Directory
  • Manage Group Policy

Exam prep is about more than passing the test—it helps you gain hands-on experience performing more complex operations, giving you the confidence you need to successfully apply what you've learned in a work environment. If you're looking to triumph over the MCSA exam 70-410, MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation and Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-410 provides the information and practice you need.

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Introduction xxiii

Assessment Test xxxv

Chapter 1 Install Windows Server 2012 R2 1

Features and Advantages of Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 2

Planning the Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation 5

Server Roles in Windows Server 2012 R2 5

Migrating Roles and Features to Windows

Server 2012 R2 8

Roles and Features That Have Been Reduced in Windows Server 2012 R2 10

Deciding Which Windows Server 2012 R2 Versions to Use 14

Deciding on the Type of Installation 15

NIC Teaming 19

Installing Windows Server 2012 R2 20

Using Windows Deployment Services 24

Understanding Features On Demand 28

Storage in Windows Server 2012 R2 29

Initializing Disks 29

Configuring Basic and Dynamic Disks 30

Managing Volumes 32

Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 33

Redundant Array of Independent Disks 34

Mount Points 38

Microsoft MPIO 39

iSCSI 41

Internet Storage Name Service 44

Fibre Channel 47

Network Attached Storage 48

Virtual Disk Service 48

Summary 50

Exam Essentials 51

Review Questions 52

Chapter 2 Configure Network Services 55

Introducing DNS 56

The Form of an IP Address 57

Understanding Servers, Clients, and Resolvers 62

Understanding the DNS Process 63

Introducing DNS Database Zones 69

Understanding Primary Zones 70

Understanding Secondary Zones 71

Understanding Active Directory Integrated DNS 72

Understanding Stub Zones 73

Global Name Zones 75

Zone Transfers and Replication 75

Advantages of DNS in Windows

Server 2012 R2 78

Background Zone Loading 79

Support for IPv6 Addresses 79

Support for Read-Only Domain Controllers 80

DNS Socket Pools 80

DNS Cache Locking 81

DNS Security Extensions 81

DNS Devolution 82

Zone Level Statistics 82

Record Weighting 83

Netmask Ordering 83

DnsUpdateProxy Group 83

Windows PowerShell Support 83

Introducing DNS Record Types 84

Start of Authority Records 84

Name Server Records 85

Host Record 86

Alias Record 87

Pointer Record 87

Mail Exchanger Record 88

Service (SRV) Record 88

Configuring DNS 89

Installing DNS 89

Load Balancing with Round Robin 92

Configuring a Caching-Only Server 92

Setting Zone Properties 93

Configuring Zones for Dynamic Updates 96

Delegating Zones for DNS 98

DNS Forwarding 99

Manually Creating DNS Records 100

DNS Aging and Scavenging 101

Monitoring and Troubleshooting DNS 102

Monitoring DNS with the DNS Snap-In 103

Troubleshooting DNS 105

Overview of DHCP 114

Introducing the DORA Process 114

Advantages and Disadvantages of DHCP 116

Ipconfig Lease Options 117

Understanding Scope Details 118

Installing and Authorizing DHCP 120

Installing DHCP 120

Introducing the DHCP Snap-In 123

Authorizing DHCP for Active Directory 124

Creating and Managing DHCP Scopes 126

Creating a New Scope in IPv4 127

Creating a New Scope in IPv6 134

Changing Scope Properties (IPv4 and IPv6) 136

Changing Server Properties 138

Managing Reservations and Exclusions 141

Setting Scope Options for IPv4 144

Activating and Deactivating Scopes 147

Creating a Superscope for IPv4 147

Creating IPv4 Multicast Scopes 149

Integrating Dynamic DNS and IPv4 DHCP 151

Using Multiple DHCP Servers 153

Working with the DHCP Database Files 154

Summary 156

Exam Essentials 157

Review Questions 159

Chapter 3 Plan and Install Active Directory 163

Verifying the File system 164

Resilient File System (ReFS) 165

NTFS 166

Verifying Network Connectivity 169

Basic Connectivity Tests 169

Tools and Techniques for Testing Network Configuration 170

Understanding Domain and Forest Functionality 172

About the Domain Functional Level 172

About Forest Functionality 174

Planning the Domain Structure 176

Installing Active Directory 177

Adprep 177

Active Directory Prerequisites 177

The Installation Process 178

Deploying Active Directory IaaS in Windows Azure 187

Verifying Active Directory Installation 188

Using Event Viewer 188

Using Active Directory Administrative Tools 190

Testing from Clients 191

Creating and Configuring Application Data Partitions 193

Creating Application Data Partitions 194

Managing Replicas 196

Removing Replicas 196

Using ntdsutil to Manage Application Data Partitions 196

Configuring DNS Integration with Active Directory 199

Summary 201

Exam Essentials 201

Review Questions 202

Chapter 4 Configure Windows Server 2012 R2 205

Understanding File Servers 206

Configuring File Servers 207

Sharing Folders 207

Making Active Directory Objects Available to Users 208

Access-Based Enumeration 210

Configuring Offline Files 210

Volume Shadow Copy Services 213

Configuring Permissions 216

Configuring Disk Quotas 222

Configuring Print Services 224

Creating and Publishing Printers 224

Configuring Printers 226

Migrating Print Servers 230

Printer Pooling 231

Easy Print Driver 231

Configuring Remote Management 231

Windows Remote Management 232

Windows PowerShell 233

Configuring Down-Level Servers 236

Configuring Server Core 237

Summary 239

Exam Essentials 240

Review Questions 242

Chapter 5 Administer Active Directory 245

An Overview of OUs 246

The Purpose of OUs 247

Benefits of OUs 248

Planning the OU Structure 248

Logical Grouping of Resources 248

Understanding OU Inheritance 250

Delegating Administrative Control 251

Applying Group Policies 253

Creating OUs 253

Managing OUs 257

Moving, Deleting, and Renaming OUs 258

Administering Properties of OUs 259

Delegating Control of OUs 261

Troubleshooting OUs 265

Creating and Managing

Active Directory Objects 266

Overview of Active Directory Objects 266

Managing Object Properties 273

Understanding Groups 277

Filtering and Advanced Active Directory Features 278

Moving, Renaming, and Deleting Active Directory Objects 280

Resetting an Existing Computer Account 281

Publishing Active Directory Objects 282

Making Active Directory Objects Available to Users 282

Publishing Printers 282

Publishing Shared Folders 284

Querying Active Directory 285

Using the Active Directory Administrative Center 287

Using the Command Prompt for Active Directory Configuration 288

Summary 290

Exam Essentials 290

Review Questions 292

Chapter 6 Manage GPOs 295

Introducing Group Policy 296

Understanding Group Policy Settings 297

The Security Settings Section of the GPO 299

Group Policy Objects 300

Group Policy Inheritance 301

Planning a Group Policy Strategy 302

Implementing Group Policy 303

Creating GPOs 303

Linking Existing GPOs to Active Directory 307

Managing Group Policy 307

Managing GPOs 308

Security Filtering of a Group Policy 309

Delegating Administrative Control of GPOs 311

Controlling Inheritance and Filtering Group Policy 313

Assigning Script Policies 314

Understanding the Loopback Policy 316

Managing Network Configuration 316

Automatically Enrolling User and Computer Certificates in Group Policy 317

Redirecting Folders 320

Managing GPOs with Windows PowerShell Group Policy Cmdlets 322

Deploying Software Through a GPO 322

The Software Management Life Cycle 323

The Windows Installer 324

Deploying Applications 328

Implementing Software Deployment 329

Preparing for Software Deployment 330

Software Restriction Policies 331

Using AppLocker 331

Group Policy Slow Link Detection 331

Publishing and Assigning Applications 332

Applying Software Updates 333

Verifying Software Installation 334

Configuring Automatic Updates in Group Policy 335

Configuring Software Deployment Settings 336

The Software Installation Properties Dialog Box 336

Removing Programs 339

Microsoft Windows Installer Settings 340

Troubleshooting Group Policies 342

RSoP in Logging Mode 343

RSoP in Planning Mode 345

Using the gpresult.exe Command 347

Summary 348

Exam Essentials 349

Review Questions 351

Chapter 7 Manage Security 355

Managing Security 356

Understanding Security Principals 356

Managing Security and Permissions 365

Using ACLs and ACEs 367

Configuring User Account Control 368

Delegating Control of Users and Groups 368

Understanding Dynamic Access Control 369

Using Group Policy for Security 370

Implementing an Audit Policy 371

Overview of Auditing 372

Implementing Auditing 372

Using the Auditpol.exe Command 374

Features of Windows Server 2012 R2 Auditing 374

Configuring Windows Firewall Options 375

Summary 383

Exam Essentials 383

Review Questions 384

Chapter 8 Configure TCP/IP 387

Understanding TCP/IP 388

Details of the TCP/IP Model 388

How TCP/IP Layers Communicate 389

Understanding Port Numbers 389

Understanding IP Addressing 391

The Hierarchical IP Addressing Scheme 391

Understanding Network Classes 393

Subnetting a Network 396

Implementing Subnetting 398

An Easier Way to Apply Subnetting 404

Applying Subnetting the Traditional Way 408

Working with Classless Inter-Domain Routing 416

Supernetting 419

Understanding IPv6 420

IPv6 History and Need 420

New and Improved IPv6 Concepts 421

IPv6 Addressing Concepts 423

IPv6 Integration/Migration 428

Summary 432

Exam Essentials 433

Review Questions 434

Chapter 9 Use Virtualization in Windows Server 2012 437

Hyper-V Overview 438

What Is Virtualization? 438

Hyper-V Features 439

Hyper-V Architecture 443

Hyper-V Requirements 444

Hyper-V Installation and Configuration 445

Install the Hyper-V Role 445

Hyper-V in Server Manager 448

Using Hyper-V Manager 448

Configure Hyper-V Settings 449

Manage Virtual Switches 451

Managing Virtual Hard Disks 454

Configuring Virtual Machines 459

Creating and Managing Virtual Machines 459

Summary 467

Exam Essentials 467

Review Questions 469

Appendix A Answers to Review Questions 471

Chapter 1: Install Windows Server 2012 R2 472

Chapter 2: Configure Network Services 473

Chapter 3: Plan and Install Active Directory 474

Chapter 4: Configure Windows Server 2012 R2 475

Chapter 5: Administer Active Directory 476

Chapter 6: Manage GPOs 477

Chapter 7: Manage Security 478

Chapter 8: Configure TCP/IP 478

Chapter 9: Use Virtualization in Windows Server 2012 480

Appendix B About the Additional Study Tools 483

Additional Study Tools 484

Sybex Test Engine 484

Electronic Flashcards 484

PDF of Glossary of Terms 484

Adobe Reader 485

System Requirements 485

Using the Study Tools 485

Troubleshooting 485

Customer Care 486