Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016: Microsoft 70-740 MCSA Exam Guide

Book description

A comprehensive guide for MCSA Exam 70-740, that will help you prepare from day one to earn the valuable Microsoft Certificate

Key Features

  • Leverage practice questions and mock tests to pass this certification with confidence
  • Learn to Install Windows Servers,implement high availability, and monitor server environments
  • Gain necessary skills to implement and configure storage and compute features

Book Description

MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification is one of the most sought-after certifications for IT professionals, which includes working with Windows Server and performing administrative tasks around it. This book is aimed at the 70-740 certification and is part of Packt's three-book series on MCSA Windows Server 2016 certification, which covers Exam 70-740, Exam 70-741, and Exam 70-742.

This book will cover exam objectives for the 70-740 exam, and starting from installing and configuring Windows Server 2016, Windows Server imaging and deployment to configuring and managing disks and volumes, implementing and configuring server storage and implementing Hyper-V. At the end of each chapter you will be provided test questions to revise your learnings which will boost your confidence in preparing for the actual certifications.

By the end of this book, you will learn everything needed to pass the, MCSA Exam 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016, certification.

What you will learn

  • Install Windows Server 2016
  • Upgrade and Migrate servers and workloads
  • Implement and configure server storage
  • Install and configure Hyper-V
  • Configure the virtual machine (VM) settings
  • Configure Hyper-V storage
  • Configure Hyper-V networking

Who this book is for

This book is ideal for system administrators interested in installing and configuring storage and compute features with Windows Sever 2016 and aiming to pass the 70-740 certification. Some experience with Windows Server in an enterprise environment is assumed.

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Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright and Credits
    1. Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016: Microsoft 70-740 MCSA Exam Guide
  3. About Packt
    1. Why subscribe?
  4. Contributors
    1. About the authors
    2. About the reviewer
    3. Packt is searching for authors like you
  5. Preface
    1. Who this book is for
    2. What this book covers
    3. To get the most out of this book
      1. Conventions used
    4. Get in touch
      1. Reviews
  6. Installing Windows Server 2016
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Installing Windows Server 2016
      1. Minimum system hardware requirements
        1. Optional requirements
      2. Windows Server 2016 editions
      3. Installing Windows Server 2016
      4. Installing Windows Server 2016 roles and features
        1. Installing roles and features using the Server Manager
        2. Installing roles and features using Windows PowerShell
      5. Installing and configuring Windows Server Core
      6. Managing Windows Server installations
    3. Installing and configuring Nano Server
      1. Deploying Nano Server
    4. Upgrading and migrating servers and workloads
      1. License conversion
      2. Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA)
      3. Key Management Services (KMS) activation
    5. Summary
    6. Questions
    7. Further reading
  7. Windows Server Imaging and Deployment
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Assessment and planning
      1. Planning for Windows Server virtualization
      2. Assessing virtualization workloads
    3. Working with images
      1. Preparing a machine for disk imaging
        1. Using the System Preparation Tool or Sysprep
      2. Using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
      3. Mounting images
    4. Updating images
      1. Adding roles and features
    5. Summary
    6. Questions
    7. Further reading
  8. Configuring and Implementing Storage
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Configuring and managing disks and volumes
      1. NT Filesystem (NTFS)
        1. Security
        2. Support for large volumes
        3. Reliability
        4. Clustered storage
        5. Capacity enhancements
        6. Dynamic disks and volumes
      2. Resilient Filesystem (ReFS)
        1. Scalability
        2. Resiliency
        3. Performance
      3. Configuring sector sizes
      4. Configuring GUID Partition Tables (GPT disks)
        1. MBR disks
        2. GPT disks
      5. Initializing disks
      6. Creating VHD and VHDX files using Disk Management or Windows PowerShell
        1. Creating VHD and VHDX files using Disk Management
        2. Creating VHD and VHDX files using Windows PowerShell
      7. Mounting virtual hard disks
        1. Mounting virtual hard disks using PowerShell
      8. Configuring NFS and SMB shared folders
        1. Configuring shares using the Server Manager
          1. Creating SMB shared folders
          2. Creating NFS shared folders
        2. Configuring sharing using PowerShell
      9. Configuring file and folder permissions
        1. Modifying Advanced Security Settings
    3. Implementing and configuring server storage
      1. Configuring storage pools
      2. Configuring the Internet Small Computer Systems Interface
    4. Implementing data deduplication
    5. Summary
    6. Questions
    7. Further reading
  9. Getting to Know Hyper-V
    1. Technical requirements
    2. Installing and configuring Hyper-V
      1. Determining the hardware and compatibility requirements for installing Hyper-V
        1. Shielded virtual machines
        2. Discrete device assignment
        3. Supported Windows guest operating systems for Hyper-V
          1. Supported non-Windows client operating systems
      2. Installing Hyper-V
      3. Installing management tools
      4. Performing remote management of Hyper-V hosts
      5. Using Windows PowerShell Direct
      6. Implementing nested virtualization
    3. Configuring virtual machine settings
      1. Creating a VM
      2. Configuring the VM memory
      3. Configuring Non-Uniform Memory Access support
      4. Configuring resource metering
      5. Managing Integration Services
      6. Implementing Enhanced Session Mode
      7. Exporting and importing VMs
    4. Configuring Hyper-V storage
      1. Creating VHD and VHDX files using Hyper-V Manager
      2. Editing virtual hard disks
    5. Configuring Hyper-V networking
      1. Configuring Hyper-V virtual switches
      2. Adding and removing virtual network interface cards (vNICs)
      3. Configuring advanced virtual network adapter features
    6. Summary
    7. Questions
    8. Further reading
  10. Understanding Windows Containers
    1. An introduction to containers
      1. Understanding the concept of containers
      2. Containers in Windows
        1. Windows Server Containers
        2. Hyper-V containers
    2. Deploying Windows Containers
      1. Installing and configuring a Windows Server Container host
        1. Preparing the virtual machine to be a container host for Windows Containers
        2. Preparing the virtual machine to be a container host for Hyper-V containers
        3. Installing the package provider
      2. Installing Docker on Windows
      3. Installing container images
      4. Creating Hyper-V and Windows Server Containers
    3. Managing Windows Containers
      1. Container networking
      2. Managing Windows Containers
      3. Managing container images using Docker Hub and Dockerfile
    4. Summary
    5. Questions
    6. Further reading
  11. High Availability
    1. Disaster recovery and high availability in Hyper-V
      1. Implementing Hyper-V Replica
      2. Live migration
      3. Configuring authentication for migration
      4. Storage migration
    2. Implementing Storage Spaces Direct
      1. Requirements for Storage Spaces Direct
      2. Enabling Storage Spaces Direct
        1. Installing all necessary roles
        2. Validating and creating the cluster
        3. Enabling Storage Spaces Direct
        4. Creating volumes
    3. Implementing Network Load Balancing
      1. An introduction to NLB
      2. Prerequisites for NLB
      3. Installing NLB nodes and creating an NLB cluster
      4. Configuring NLB clustering and nodes
        1. Port rules
        2. Affinity settings
        3. Network settings
    4. Summary
    5. Questions
    6. Further reading
  12. Implementing Clustering
    1. Planning and implementing failover clustering
      1. Planning a failover cluster
      2. Failover clustering requirements
        1. Storage requirements
        2. Hardware requirements
        3. Network requirements
        4. Software requirements
      3. Implementing a failover cluster
        1. Validating the cluster configuration
        2. Creating the cluster
      4. Cluster quorum
    2. Managing a failover cluster
      1. Configuring storage
      2. Configuring clustered roles
      3. Configuring the network
      4. Configuring failover and preference settings
      5. Cluster-aware updating
      6. Backing up and restoring a cluster
    3. Hyper-V failover clusters
      1. Hyper-V cluster components and requirements
      2. Implementing Hyper-V failover clusters
      3. Configuring a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV)
      4. Configuring virtual machines in a Hyper-V failover cluster
      5. Configuring health protection
      6. Configuring VM monitoring
    4. Summary
    5. Questions
    6. Further reading
  13. Monitoring and Maintaining Server Environments
    1. Implementing Windows Server Update Services
      1. Designing and installing WSUS
      2. Configuring WSUS
        1. Configuring the WSUS server
        2. Configuring computers
      3. Managing patch management
        1. Configuring computer groups
        2. Approving updates
    2. Configuring Windows Server Backup
      1. Implementing Windows Server Backup
      2. Backing up and restoring data
        1. Backing up files and folders
        2. Restoring files and folders
        3. Backing up system images
        4. Restoring a system image
          1. Using the Window Server Backup console
          2. Using installation media
      3. Backup strategy
    3. Monitoring Windows Server
      1. Performance Monitor
      2. Event Viewer
      3. Server Manager
      4. Configuring alerts
    4. Summary
    5. Questions
    6. Further reading
  14. Assessments
    1. Chapter 1: Installing Windows Server 2016
    2. Chapter 2: Windows Server Imaging and Deployment
    3. Chapter 3: Configuring and Implementing Storage
    4. Chapter 4: Getting to Know Hyper-V
    5. Chapter 5: Understanding Windows Containers
    6. Chapter 6: High Availability
    7. Chapter 7: Implementing Clustering
    8. Chapter 8: Monitoring and Maintaining Server Environments

Product information

  • Title: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016: Microsoft 70-740 MCSA Exam Guide
  • Author(s): Sasha Kranjac, Vladimir Stefanovic
  • Release date: February 2019
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781789619454