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MCSA 70-740 Cert Guide: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016, First Edition

Book Description

This is the eBook version of the print title. Note that the eBook does not provide access to the practice test software that accompanies the print book. Access to the appendixes and video lessons is available through product registration at Pearson IT Certification; or see instructions in back pages of your eBook.

Learn, prepare, and practice for MCSA 70-740 exam success with this Cert Guide from Pearson IT Certification, a leader in IT certification.

  • Master MCSA 70-740 exam topics

  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-ending quizzes

  • Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks

  • Learn from more than one hour of video lessons


  • MCSA 70-740 Cert Guide is a best-of-breed exam study guide. Leading technology trainer and consultant Anthony Sequeira shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

    The book presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly. Review questions help you assess your knowledge, and a final preparation chapter guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your final study plan.


    Well regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will allow you to succeed on the exam the first time.

    The study guide helps you master all the topics on the MCSA 70-740 exam, including:

  • Windows Server installation in host and compute environments, including Nano Server

  • Storage: configuring disks and volumes, implementing server storage, and data duplication
    Hyper-V implementation, including VM settings, storage, and networking

  • Windows container deployment and management

  • High availability: HA/DR options, failover clustering, Storage Spaces Direct, VM movement, and network load balancing

  • Server environment maintenance and monitoring

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This E-Book
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Contents
    6. About the Author
    7. Dedication
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. About the Technical Reviewer
    10. We Want to Hear from You!
    11. Reader Services
    12. Introduction
    13. Chapter 1 Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. What’s New in Windows Server 2016
      4. Installation Requirements
        1. Hardware Requirements
          1. The Processor
          2. Random Access Memory (RAM)
          3. Storage Controllers and Disk Space
          4. Network Adapters
        2. Other Requirements
      5. Windows Server 2016 Editions
      6. Installing Windows Server 2016
        1. PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC)
      7. Performing Upgrades and Migrations
        1. Upgrading
        2. Performing License Conversions
          1. Migrations
      8. Determining the Appropriate Activation Model
      9. Exam Preparation Tasks
      10. Review All Key Topics
      11. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      12. Define Key Terms
      13. Q&A
    14. Chapter 2 Installing and Configuring Nano
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Determining Appropriate Usage Scenarios
      4. Requirements for Nano Server
        1. Hardware Requirements
          1. The Processor
          2. RAM (Random Access Memory)
          3. Storage Controllers and Disk Space
      5. Installing Nano Server
      6. Implementing Roles and Features on Nano Server
      7. Managing and Configuring Nano Server
      8. Managing Nano Server Remotely Using Windows PowerShell
      9. Exam Preparation Tasks
      10. Review All Key Topics
      11. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      12. Define Key Terms
      13. Q&A
    15. Chapter 3 Working with Images
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Planning for Windows Server Virtualization
        1. Generation 1 Versus Generation 2 Virtual Machines
        2. Networking
        3. Scalability
        4. Security
      4. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit
      5. Considerations for Deploying Workloads into Virtualized Environments
        1. Resource Requirements
        2. Workload Characteristics
        3. VM Configurations
        4. Host Planning
        5. Architecture and Capability Planning
      6. Updating Images with Patches, Hotfixes, and Drivers
      7. Installing Roles and Features in Offline Images
      8. Managing and Maintaining Windows Server Core, Nano Server Images, and VHDs Using Windows PowerShell
      9. Exam Preparation Tasks
      10. Review All Key Topics
      11. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      12. Define Key Terms
      13. Q&A
    16. Chapter 4 Disks and Volumes
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Creating Disks
        1. Configuring Sector Sizes Appropriate for Various Workloads
        2. Configuring GUID Partition Table (GPT) Disks
        3. Creating and Mounting VHD and VHDX Files Using Server Manager or Windows PowerShell
        4. Determining When to Use NTFS and ReFS File Systems
      4. SMB and NFS Shares
        1. Configuring SMB and NFS Shares Using Server Manager
        2. Configuring SMB and NFS Shares and Server and Client Settings with PowerShell
      5. File and Folder Permissions
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      9. Define Key Terms
      10. Q&A
    17. Chapter 5 Server Storage
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Storage Spaces
        1. Configuring Storage Pools and Storage Spaces
        2. Implementing Simple, Mirror, and Parity Storage Layout Options for Disks or Enclosures
        3. Expanding Storage Pools
        4. Configuring Tiered Storage
      4. Storage Area Networks
        1. Configuring iSCSI Target and Initiator
        2. Configuring iSNS
        3. Configuring Datacenter Bridging (DCB)
        4. Configuring Multipath IO (MPIO)
      5. Storage Replica
        1. Determining Usage Scenarios for Storage Replica
        2. Implementing Storage Replica for Server-to-Server, Cluster-to-Cluster, and Stretch Cluster Scenarios
          1. Server-to-Server
          2. Cluster-to-Cluster
          3. Stretch Cluster
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      9. Define Key Terms
      10. Q&A
    18. Chapter 6 Data Deduplication
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Usage Scenarios for Deduplication
      4. Implementing Deduplication
      5. Deduplication Monitoring
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      9. Define Key Terms
      10. Q&A
    19. Chapter 7 Installing Hyper-V
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Preparing for Installation
        1. Installation Prerequisites
      4. Installing Hyper-V
      5. Managing VMs
        1. Delegating Virtual Machine Management
        2. PowerShell Direct
        3. Nested Virtualization
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      9. Define Key Terms
      10. Q&A
    20. Chapter 8 Working with Virtual Machines
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Basic Virtual Machine Deployment
        1. An Overview of Virtual Machine Settings
        2. Virtual Machine Configuration Versions
        3. Creating a Virtual Machine
        4. Virtual Machine Memory
        5. Checkpoints
        6. Resource Metering
        7. Managing Integration Services
      4. Advanced Virtual Machine Deployment
        1. Enhanced Session Mode
        2. Linux Integration Services (LIS) and FreeBSD Integration Services (BIS)
        3. Secure Boot
        4. Importing, Exporting, and Moving Virtual Machines
        5. Discrete Device Assignment (DDA)
        6. Best Practices for VM Deployment
      5. Exam Preparation Tasks
      6. Review All Key Topics
      7. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Q&A
    21. Chapter 9 Hyper-V Storage
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Creating VHD, VHDX, and VHDS Virtual Hard Disks
        1. Fixed-Size VHD
        2. Dynamically Expanding Virtual Hard Disks
        3. Pass-Through Disks
        4. Differencing Disks
        5. Shared Virtual Hard Disks
        6. Virtual Machine Storage Resiliency
        7. Converting and Resizing Virtual Hard Disks
        8. Fibre Channel Support
        9. Location Considerations for Virtual Hard Disks
      4. Checkpoints
      5. Storage Quality of Service
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      9. Define Key Terms
      10. Q&A
    22. Chapter 10 Hyper-V Networking
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Network Interface Cards
        1. Adding and Removing Virtual Network Interface Cards (vNICs) and Legacy Network Adapters
        2. Configuring NIC Teaming in Virtual Machines
        3. Configuring MAC Addresses
      4. Virtual Switches
      5. Virtual Network Performance
        1. Virtual Machine Queue
        2. Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) and Switch Embedded Teaming (SET)
        3. Virtual Networking Best Practices
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      9. Define Key Terms
      10. Q&A
    23. Chapter 11 Deploying Containers
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. An Overview of Containers
      4. Docker
        1. Installing Docker on Windows Server and Nano Server
        2. Configuring Docker Daemon Startup Options
      5. Host Installation
      6. Container Deployment
      7. Exam Preparation Tasks
      8. Review All Key Topics
      9. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      10. Define Key Terms
      11. Q&A
    24. Chapter 12 Managing Containers
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Docker Daemon and Windows PowerShell
        1. Docker Daemon
        2. Windows PowerShell
      4. Windows Container Networking
      5. Other Management Topics
        1. Managing Container Data Volumes
        2. Manage Resource Control
        3. Creating New Container Images Using dockerfile
        4. Managing Container Images by Using Microsoft Azure
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      9. Define Key Terms
      10. Q&A
    25. Chapter 13 High Availability in Hyper-V
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Hyper-V Replica
        1. Hyper-V Replica Prerequisites
        2. Implementing Replica
      4. Live Migration
        1. Live Migration Requirements
        2. Live Migration Considerations
        3. Configuring Constrained Delegation
        4. Configuring Live Migration in Hyper-V Manager
        5. Configuring Live Migration in PowerShell
        6. Setting Performance Options
        7. Implementing Shared-Nothing Live Migration
      5. Storage Migration
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      9. Define Key Terms
      10. Q&A
    26. Chapter 14 Failover Clustering
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Implementing Failover Clustering
        1. Hardware and Software Requirements for Failover Clustering
        2. Implementing Workgroup, Single-Domain, and Multi-Domain Clusters
        3. Configuring Quorum
        4. Configuring Cluster Networking
        5. Restoring Single-Node or Cluster Configuration
        6. Implementing Cluster-Aware Updating
        7. Implementing Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade
        8. Configuring Clusters Without Network Names
        9. Implementing VM Resiliency
      4. Cluster Storage
        1. Configuring Cluster Storage
        2. Configuring and Optimizing Clustered Shared Volumes (CSVs)
        3. Implementing Scale-Out File Server (SoFS)
        4. Determining Different Scenarios for the Use of SoFS Versus Clustered File Server
        5. Determining Usage Scenarios for Implementing Guest Clustering
        6. Implementing a Clustered Storage Spaces Solution Using Shared SAS Storage Enclosures
        7. Implementing Storage Replica
        8. Implementing Shared VHDX as a Storage Solution for Guest Clusters
      5. Exam Preparation Tasks
      6. Review All Key Topics
      7. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Q&A
    27. Chapter 15 Managing Failover Clustering
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Role-Specific Settings and Continuously Available Shares
        1. Role-Specific Settings
        2. Continuously Available Shares
      4. More Management Settings
        1. Configuring VM Monitoring
        2. Configuring Failover and Preference Settings
        3. Implementing Stretch and Site-Aware Failover Clusters
        4. Enabling and Configuring Node Fairness
      5. Exam Preparation Tasks
      6. Review All Key Topics
      7. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Q&A
    28. Chapter 16 Storage Spaces Direct
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Storage Spaces Direct
        1. Determining Scenario Requirements for Implementing Storage Spaces Direct
        2. Enabling Storage Spaces Direct Using Windows PowerShell
      4. Disaggregated and Hyper-Converged Storage Spaces Direct
        1. Implementing a Disaggregated Storage Spaces Direct Scenario in a Cluster
        2. Implementing a Hyper-Converged Storage Spaces Direct Scenario in a Cluster
      5. Exam Preparation Tasks
      6. Review All Key Topics
      7. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Q&A
    29. Chapter 17 Managing VM Movement
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Moving VMs
        1. Performing a Live Migration
        2. Performing a Quick Migration
        3. Performing a Storage Migration
      4. More VM Management
        1. Importing, Exporting, and Copying VMs
        2. Configuring VM Network Health Protection
        3. Configuring Drain on Shutdown
      5. Exam Preparation Tasks
      6. Review All Key Topics
      7. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Q&A
    30. Chapter 18 Network Load Balancing (NLB)
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Installing and Configuring NLB
        1. Configuring NLB Prerequisites
        2. Installing NLB Nodes
      4. More NLB Configurations
        1. Configuring Affinity
        2. Configuring Port Rules
        3. Configuring Cluster Operation Mode
        4. Upgrading an NLB Cluster
      5. Exam Preparation Tasks
      6. Review All Key Topics
      7. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Q&A
    31. Chapter 19 Maintaining Servers
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Windows Server Update Services
        1. Implementing Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Solutions
        2. Configuring WSUS Groups
        3. Managing Patches in Mixed Environments
      4. Windows Defender
        1. Implementing an Antimalware Solution with Windows Defender
        2. Integrating Windows Defender with WSUS and Windows Update
      5. Backup and Restore
        1. Hyper-V Host and Hyper-V Guest
        2. Active Directory
        3. File Servers and Web Servers
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      9. Define Key Terms
      10. Q&A
    32. Chapter 20 Monitoring Servers
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
      3. Performance Monitor
        1. Monitoring Workloads Using Performance Monitor
        2. Configuring Data Collector Sets
        3. Determining Appropriate CPU, Memory, Disk, and Networking Counters for Storage and Compute Workloads
        4. Configuring Alerts
      4. Resource Monitor
        1. Monitoring Workloads Using Resource Monitor
      5. Exam Preparation Tasks
      6. Review All Key Topics
      7. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Q&A
    33. Chapter 21 Final Preparation
      1. Tools for Final Preparation
        1. Pearson Cert Practice Test Engine and Questions on the Website
          1. Accessing the Pearson Test Prep Software Online
          2. Accessing the Pearson Test Prep Software Offline
        2. Customizing Your Exams
        3. Updating Your Exams
          1. Premium Edition
        4. Memory Tables
        5. Chapter-Ending Review Tools
      2. Suggested Plan for Final Review/Study
      3. Summary
    34. Appendix A Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes and Q&A Questions
      1. Glossary
      2. Index
    35. Appendix B Memory Tables
    36. Appendix C Memory Tables Answer Key
    37. Appendix D Study Planner
    38. Inside Front Cover
    39. Inside Back Cover
    40. Where are the companion content files?
    41. Where are the companion content files?
    42. Access Card
    43. Code Snippets