MCSA: Server 2012

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 program can take you to the next level in your IT career. This program validates the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills, relevant across multiple solution areas in a business environment. You will prepare to manage IT departments as a Network or Computer Systems Administrator or as a Computer Network Specialist.


With a MCSA: Server 2012 certification, you will be able to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value with a certification. This program prepares you for the standards set forth by Microsoft for earning the MCSA Certification and prepares you to take the Microsoft 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412 certification exams. Upon passing all three exams, you will receive the MCSA: Server 2012 Certification.

In this program, you will learn to install, configure, and manage Server 2012 with hands-on labs that give step-by-step instructions. The applied learning labs prepare you to walk into an interview with marketable skills. This online program will also prepare you to take the MCSA exams.

This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.


Upon completion of this program, you will be able to do the following:
Install and configure servers
Deploy and administer Active Directory
Create and manage Group Policy
Deploy, manage and maintain servers
Implement business continuity and disaster recovery
Identity and access solutions

You will also be able to configure and manage the following:
File, storage, and print services
Network services and access
Server roles and features
Network Policy Server (NPS) infrastructures
Active directory infrastructure, Group Policy, and High Availability

You’ll also be prepared to take the following Microsoft exams:
70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Tuition: $2,800


In the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 program, you will master installation of Server 2012 and configuring roles and features. You will also learn about Hyper-V and deploy and configure core network services like DHCP, DNS, and IP Addresses.

You will advance by gaining expertise in installing and administering active directory and managing group policy in enterprise environments. You will also learn tasks related to administering Windows Server 2012, such as Windows Deployment Services, Path Management with WSUS, and server monitoring. Gain experience configuring File and Print Services while exploring DFS, FSRM, encryption, and auditing. Configure network services and access like DNS zones and records, VPNs, and DirectAccess. You will also configure NPS and advanced Group Policy options and manage Active Directory.

Learn how to configure high availability through clustering and network load balancing. Explore advanced file services, Dynamic Access Control, and optimizing storage. Manage business continuity and disaster recovery, manage network services, and explore advanced active directory infrastructure objects like forests, domains, trusts, and sites. In addition, manage roles like AD Federation Services, Certificate Services, and AD Rights Management Services.

This training program prepares you to take the Microsoft 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412 certification exams. Upon passing these exams, you will earn the MCSA: Server 2012 Certification.

Train in labs using real Microsoft client and server operating systems to gain experience. Upon registering, you are given an initial twelve (12) months to complete the program. Should you need more time beyond the twelve (12) months, an extension of six (6) months is available with a fee of $325.


Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012    

    1. Installing Server 2012 and Hyper-V
      1. Installing Server 2012
      2. Configure Server Core
      3. Configure Local Storage
      4. Configure Hyper-V
      5. Configure Hyper-V in R2
    2. AD Installation and Configuring AD Objects
      1. Active Directory Installation
      2. Manage Accounts
      3. Deploy IaaS
      4. Configure Domain Controllers
      5. Configure Groups
      6. Configure Organizational Units
      7. Delegate Control
      8. Automate Accounts
      9. Windows PowerShell
    3. File and Share Access, Printers and Group Policy
      1. Share and NTFS Permissions
      2. Manage Storage
      3. Word Folders
      4. Install and Configure Printers
      5. Group Policy Essentials
      6. GPO Central Store and Refresh
      7. Manage Group Policy Scope and Preferences
      8. Group Policy Security and Templates
      9. Group Policy Application Enforcement
    4. Domain Services
      1. IPv4
      2. IPv6
      3. DHCP
      4. DNS
    5. Remote Administration and Windows Firewall
      1. Remote Management
      2. Windows Firewall

        Administering Windows Server 2012

          1. WDS and WSUS
            1. Installing and Configuring WDS
            2. PowerShell for WDS
            3. WDS Server Properties and Discover Images
            4. WDS Image Modification and Capture
            5. WSUS Installation
            6. WSUS Configuration
          2. Monitoring Services and File System Management
            1. Task Manager
            2. Data Collector Sets
            3. Performance Monitor
            4. Performance Alerts
            5. Event Subscriptions
            6. FSRM
            7. DFS
            8. Encryption
            9. BitLocker
          3. Services
            1. DNS Records
            2. DNS Zones
            3. VPN
            4. Routing
            5. DirectAccess
            6. Web Application Proxies
          4. NAP and AD Management
            1. NAT
            2. RADIUS
            3. NPS
            4. NAP
            5. AD Authentication Services
            6. AD UGMC and Operations Masters
            7. RODC and Coned Domain Controllers
            8. AD Maintenance
            9. AD Account Policies
          5. Group Policy
            1. Configure Group Policy Processing
            2. Configure Group Policy Settings
            3. Manage Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
            4. Configure Group Policy Preferences (GPP)

          Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

          1. High Availability and Storage
            1. Configure Network Load Balancing
            2. Configure Clustering
            3. Manage Failover Cluster Roles
            4. Manage VM Movement
            5. Configure and Optimize Storage
            6. Dynamic Access Control
            7. Configure Advanced File Services
          2. Backup and Recovery and Services
            1. Manage Backups
            2. Recover Settings
            3. Configure Site-Level Fault Tolerance
            4. Advanced DHCP
            5. Advanced DNS
            6. Configure and Manage IPAM
          3. AD Infrastructure and Roles
            1. Configure Forests
            2. Configure Domains
            3. Configure Sites
            4. Manage AD and SYSVOL Replication
            5. Configure AD RMS
            6. Implement ADFS
          4. Certificate Services
            1. AD Certificate Services
            2. Manage Certificates

          This program can be taken on a Mac or a PC. On a PC, it is compatible with Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.

          On a Mac, the program is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and later operating systems, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari 5.1.9 or later browsers.

          We highly recommend that you use Chrome and Firefox in place of other web browsers.

          Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

          To complete the labs, you must install and configure VirtualBox (instructions provided in program):
          VirtualBox runs on most 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems
          6 GB of RAM is recommended, 4 is the minimum
          10 GB of Hard Drive space is recommended

          Upon registering, you will receive the following materials:
          MCSA Guide to Administering Microsoft Windows Server 2012/R2, Exam 70-411
          MCSA Guide to Configuring Advanced Microsoft Server 2012/R2 Services, Exam 70-412
          MCSA Guide to Installing and Configuring Microsoft Windows Server 2012/R2, Exam 70-410

          Students should have a basic understanding of how to use a computer, in addition to basic networking skills. These skills can be learned in programs such as CompTIA A+ and Network+.

          About The Instructor

          Tracey Rossi is the Director of Curriculum Services at a major education company. Prior to joining that team, Tracey served for six years as Director of Academics for TechSkills, a 30-campus national private postsecondary institution. She also worked as Director of Community Relations for Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Senior Consultant at The Haymarket Group in Chicago, a Public Affairs and Community Relations firm. Tracey has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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          2. How long does it take to complete a program?

          All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you are given an initial twelve (12) months to complete the program. Should you need more time beyond the twelve (12) months, an extension of six (6) months is available with a fee of $325.

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          Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

          6. Am I guaranteed a job?

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          7. Who will be my instructor?

          Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

          8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

          In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

          9. Can I use a Mac?

          Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

          10. How can I get more information about this program?

          Registration Information Request

          11. When can I start the program?

          Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

          Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

          12. Does this program lead to a certification?

          Yes, this program prepares you to take the MCSA certification exams 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412. Upon passing all three exams, students will receive the MCSA: Server 2012 Certification. The exams and exam vouchers are not offered as part of the program. It is the student’s responsibility to set up exam dates and pay for exam fees independent of this online program.

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