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Exam 70-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

Published: April 7, 2014
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSE

Skills measured
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As of April 2014, this exam includes content covering Windows Server 2012 R2.

Plan and deploy a server infrastructure (20–25%)
Design and plan an automated server installation strategy
Design considerations including images and bare metal/virtual deployment; design a server implementation using Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK); design a virtual server deployment
Plan for deploying servers to Microsoft Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS); plan for deploying servers to public and private cloud by using AppController and Windows PowerShell; plan for multicast deployment; plan for Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
Implement a server deployment infrastructure
Configure multi-site topology and transport servers; implement a multi-server topology, including stand-alone and Active Directory–integrated Windows Deployment Services (WDS) servers; deploy servers to Microsoft Azure IaaS; deploy servers to public and private cloud by using AppController and Windows PowerShell
Plan and implement server upgrade and migration
Plan for role migration; migrate server roles; migrate servers across domains and forests; design a server consolidation strategy; plan for capacity and resource optimization
Plan and deploy Virtual Machine Manager services
Design Virtual Machine Manager service templates; plan and deploy profiles, operating system profiles, hardware and capability profiles, application profiles, and SQL profiles; plan and manage services including scaling out, updating and servicing services; configure Virtual Machine Manager libraries; plan and deploy services to non-trusted domains and workgroups
Plan and implement file and storage services
Planning considerations include iSCSI SANs, Fibre Channel SANs, Virtual Fibre Channel, storage spaces, storage pools including tiered storage and data de-duplication; configure the Internet Storage Name server (iSNS); configure Services for Network File System (NFS); plan and implement SMB 3.0 based storage; plan for Windows Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX)

Preparation resources
Windows deployment with the Windows ADK
Windows Deployment Services overview
Install, use, and remove Windows Server migration tools

Design and implement network infrastructure services (20–25%)
Design and maintain a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) solution
Design considerations including a highly available DHCP solution including split scope, DHCP failover, and DHCP failover clustering, DHCP interoperability, and DHCPv6; implement DHCP filtering; implement and configure a DHCP management pack; maintain a DHCP database
Design a name resolution solution strategy
Design considerations including Active Directory integrated zones, DNSSEC, DNS Socket Pool, cache locking, disjoint namespaces, DNS interoperability, migration to application partitions, IPv6, Single-Label DNS Name Resolution, zone hierarchy, and zone delegation
Design and manage an IP address management solution
Design considerations including IP address management technologies including IPAM, Group Policy based, manual provisioning, and distributed, centralized, hybrid placement, and database storage; configure role-based access control; configure IPAM auditing; migrate IPs; manage and monitor multiple DHCP and DNS servers; configure data collection for IPAM; integrate IPAM with Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

Preparation resources
DHCP design guide
Reviewing DNS concepts
IP Address Management (IPAM) overview

Design and implement network access services (15–20%)
Design a VPN solution
Design considerations including certificate deployment, firewall configuration, client/site to site, bandwidth, protocol implications, connectivity to Microsoft Azure IaaS and VPN deployment configurations using Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)
Design a DirectAccess solution
Design considerations including deployment topology, migration from Forefront UAG, One Time Password (OTP), and use of certificates issued by enterprise Certificate Authority (CA)
Design a Web Application Proxy solution
Design considerations including planning for applications, authentication and authorization, Workplace Join, devices, multifactor authentication, multifactor access control, single sign-on (SSO), certificates, planning access for internal and external clients
Implement a scalable remote access solution
Configure site-to-site VPN; configure packet filters; implement packet tracing; implement multi-site Remote Access; configure Remote Access clustered with Network Load Balancing (NLB); implement an advanced DirectAccess solution, configure multiple RADIUS server groups and infrastructure, configure Web Application Proxy for clustering
Design and implement network protection solution
Design considerations including Network Access Protection (NAP) enforcement methods for DHCP, IPSec, VPN, and 802.1x, capacity, placement of servers, firewall, Network Policy Server (NPS), and remediation network, configure NAP enforcement for IPsec and 802.1x, monitor for compliance

Preparation resources
Plan the Remote Access deployment
DirectAccess design, deployment, and troubleshooting guides
Microsoft Virtual Academy: Multi site and high availability DirectAccess

Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure (logical) (20–25%)
Design a forest and domain infrastructure
Design considerations including multi-forest architecture, trusts, functional levels, domain upgrade, domain migration, forest restructure, Microsoft Azure Active Directory and DirSync
Implement a forest and domain infrastructure
Configure domain rename; configure Kerberos realm trusts; implement a domain upgrade; implement a domain migration; implement a forest restructure; deploy and manage a test forest including synchronization with production forests
Design a Group Policy strategy
Design considerations including inheritance blocking, enforced policies, loopback processing, security, and WMI filtering, site-linked Group Policy Objects (GPOs), slow-link processing, group strategies, organizational unit (OU) hierarchy, and Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), and Group Policy caching
Design an Active Directory permission model
Design considerations including Active Directory object security and Active Directory quotas; customize tasks to delegate in Delegate of Control Wizard; deploy administrative tools on the client devices; delegate permissions on administrative users (AdminSDHolder); plan for Kerberos delegation

Preparation resources
AD DS design guide
Domain Rename technical reference
Advanced Group Policy management

Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure (physical) (20–25%)
Design an Active Directory sites topology
Design considerations including proximity of domain controllers, replication optimization, and site link; monitor and resolve Active Directory replication conflicts
Design a domain controller strategy
Design considerations including global catalog, operations master roles, Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs), partial attribute set, and domain controller cloning, and domain controller placement
Design and implement a branch office infrastructure
Design considerations including RODC, Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC), global catalog, DNS, DHCP, and BranchCache; implement confidential attributes; delegate administration; modify filtered attributes set; configure password replication policy; configure hash publication

Preparation resources

Planning domain controller placement
RODC frequently asked questions
Branch office infrastructure solution


QUESTION 1
What method should you use to deploy servers?

A. WDS
B. AIK
C. ADK
D. EDT

Answer: A

Explanation: WDS is a server role that enables you to remotely deploy Windows operating systems. You can use it to set up new computers by using a network-based installation. This means that you do not have to install each operating system directly from a CD, USB drive, or DVD.
Reference: What’s New in Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server


QUESTION 2
You need to recommend a solution for DHCP logging. The solution must meet the technical requirement.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. Event subscriptions
B. IP Address Management (IPAM)
C. DHCP audit logging
D. DHCP filtering

Answer: B

Explanation: * Scenario: A central log of the IP address leases and the users associated to those leases must be created.
* Feature description
IPAM in Windows Server 2012 is a new built-in framework for discovering, monitoring, auditing, and managing the IP address space used on a corporate network. IPAM provides for administration and monitoring of servers running Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
(DHCP) and Domain Name Service (DNS). IPAM includes components for:
• Automatic IP address infrastructure discover)’: IPAM discovers domain controllers, DHCP servers, and DNS servers in the domains you choose. You can enable or disable management of these servers by IPAM.
• Custom IP address space display, reporting, and management: The display of IP addresses is highly customizable and detailed tracking and utilization data is available. IPv4 and IPv6 address space is organized into IP address blocks, IP address ranges, and individual IP addresses. IP addresses are assigned built-in or user-defined fields that can be used to further organize IP address space into hierarchical, logical groups.
• Audit of server configuration changes and tracking of IP address usage: Operational events are displayed for the IPAM server and managed DHCP servers. IPAM also enables IP address tracking using DHCP lease events and user logon events collected from Network Policy Server (NPS), domain controllers, and DHCP servers. Tracking is available by IP address, client ID, host name, or user name.
• Monitoring and management of DHCP and DNS services: IPAM enables automated service availability monitoring for Microsoft DHCP and DNS servers across the forest. DNS zone health is displayed, and detailed DHCP server and scope management is available using the IPAM console.
Reference: IP Address Management (IPAM) Overview


QUESTION 3
After the planned upgrade to Windows Server 2012, you restore a user account from the Active Directory Recycle Bin.
You need to replicate the restored user account as quickly as possible.
Which cmdlets should you run?

A. Get-ADReplicationSite and Set-ADReplicationConnection
B. Get-ADReplicationAttributeMetadata and Compare-Object
C. Get-ADReplicationUpToDatenessVectorTable and Set-ADReplicationSite
D. Get ADDomainController and Sync-ADObject

Answer: D

Explanation:
* Scenario:
All of the domain controllers are global catalog servers.
The FSMO roles were not moved since the domains were deployed.
* The Get-ADDomainController cmdlet gets the domain controllers specified by the parameters.
You can get domain controllers by setting the Identity, Filter or Discover parameters.
* The Sync-ADObject cmdlet replicates a single object between any two domain controllers that have partitions in common. The two domain controllers do not need to be direct replication partners. It can also be used to populate passwords in a read-only domain
controller (RODC) cache.
Reference: Get-ADDomainController, Sync-ADObject


QUESTION 4
You need to recommend a fault-tolerant solution for the VPN. The solution must meet the technical requirements.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. Network adapter teaming
B. Network Load Balancing (NLB)
C. Failover Clustering
D. DirectAccess

Answer: B

Explanation:
* Scenario: Core networking services in each office must be redundant if a server fails.
* The Network Load Balancing (NLB) feature distributes traffic across several servers by using the TCP/IP networking protocol. By combining two or more computers that are running applications into a single virtual cluster, NLB provides reliability and performance for web servers and other mission-critical servers.
Reference: Network Load Balancing Overview
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831698.aspx


QUESTION 5
You are planning the migration of research.contoso.com.
You need to identify which tools must be used to perform the migration.
Which tools should you identify?

A. Active Directory Migration Tool version 3.2 (ADMT v3.2) and Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
B. Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Microsoft Federation Gateway
C. Active Directory Migration Tool version 3.2 (ADMT v3.2) and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
D. Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) and Group Policy Management
Console (GPMC)

Answer: A

Explanation:
* Scenario:
All of the users and the Group Policy objects (GPOs) in research.contoso.com will be migrated to contoso.com.
two domain controllers for the research.contoso.com domain. The domain controllers run Windows Server 2008 R2.

 


 

 

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Exam 70-345 Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 (beta)

Published: January 8, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
Credit toward certification: MCSE

Skills measured
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Certification program.

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Plan, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot mailbox databases (15–20%)
Plan, deploy, and manage mailbox databases
Plan for database size and storage performance requirements, plan mailbox database capacity and placement, plan archive mailboxes capacity and placement, plan modern public folder capacity and placement, plan for storage architecture (SAN, DAS, RAID, JBOD), plan file system requirements, plan for auto reseed, plan for virtualization requirements and scenarios, validate storage design by running JetStress, create and configure mailbox databases, manage mailbox databases, configure transaction log properties and file placement
Plan, deploy, and manage high-availability solutions for mailbox databases
Identify failure domains; plan a solution that meets SLA requirements around scheduled downtime; plan for software updates and server maintenance; plan for change management; create, configure, and manage Database Availability Groups (DAGs); create, configure, and manage DAG networks; create, configure, and manage proper placement of a file share witness (FSW); create and configure mailbox database copies; create, configure, and manage Azure file share witness (FSW); create, configure, and manage Azure DAG members
Plan, deploy, and manage a site-resilient Database Availability Group (DAG)
Recommend quorum options with given customer requirements; plan, create, and configure cross-site DAG configuration; plan, deploy, and configure Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC); configure and manage proper placement of an alternate file share witness (FSW); test and perform site recovery
Monitor and troubleshoot mailbox databases
Monitor mailbox database replication and content indexing, troubleshoot mailbox database replication and replay, troubleshoot mailbox database copy activation, troubleshoot mailbox database performance, troubleshoot database failures (e.g., repair, defrag, recover), resolve quorum issues, troubleshoot data center activation
Plan, deploy, and manage backup and recovery solutions for mailbox databases
Plan most appropriate backup solution that meets SLA requirements of recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives; deploy, configure, and manage lagged mailbox database copies; recover an Exchange Server, mailbox database, mailbox, public folder, or mail item; recover the public folder hierarchy; perform a dial tone restore

Plan, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot client access services (15–20%)
Plan, deploy, and manage client access services
Plan namespaces for client connectivity; plan proxy and redirection requirements; plan and deploy certificates; plan and configure authentication (including FBA, Basic, NTLM, and Kerberos); plan, deploy, and configure Autodiscover, Outlook Anywhere, Outlook MAPI over HTTP, Exchange Web Services, Outlook on the Web, Exchange Admin Center, Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, and IMAP4; plan, deploy, and configure Office Online Servers (OOS); plan, create, and configure Offline Address Book (OAB); plan, create, and configure hierarchical address lists; plan, deploy, and configure address book policies
Plan, deploy, and manage mobility solutions
Plan, deploy, and configure OWA for Devices, Outlook for the Web policies, and mobile device mailbox policies; plan, deploy, and configure Allow Block Quarantine (ABQ); plan, deploy, and configure Office Apps
Plan, deploy, and manage load balancing
Configure namespace load balancing, plan for differences between layer seven and layer four load balancing methods
Monitor and troubleshoot client connectivity
Troubleshoot Outlook Anywhere connectivity, troubleshoot Outlook MAPI over HTTP connectivity, troubleshoot Exchange Web Services (EWS), troubleshoot Outlook on the Web, troubleshoot POP3 and IMAP4, troubleshoot authentication, troubleshoot Autodiscover, troubleshoot Exchange ActiveSync, troubleshoot proxy and redirection issues
Plan, deploy, and manage a site-resilient client access services solution
Plan site-resilient namespaces, configure site-resilient namespace URLs, perform and test steps for site failover and switchover, plan certificate requirements for site failovers, manage expected client behavior during a failover and switchover

Plan, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot transport services (15–20%)
Plan, deploy, and manage transport services
Plan a solution that meets SLA requirements around message delivery; plan inter-site mail flow; plan inter-org mail flow; plan, deploy, and configure redundancy for intra-site scenarios; plan and configure for SafetyNet; plan and configure for shadow redundancy; plan and configure for redundant MX records; plan, create, and configure TLS transport, Edge transport, Send/Receive connectors, transport rules, accepted domains, email address policies, and Address Rewriting
Troubleshoot and monitor transport services
Interpret message tracking logs and protocol logs; troubleshoot a shared namespace environment; troubleshoot SMTP mail flow; given a failure scenario, predict mail flow and identify how to recover; troubleshoot TLS; troubleshoot the new transport architecture
Plan, deploy, and manage message hygiene
Plan and configure malware filtering, plan and configure connection filtering, plan and configure spam filtering, plan and configure recipient filtering, plan and configure Sender Policy Framework, plan and configure Spam Confidence Level (SCL) thresholds
Plan, deploy, and manage site resilience transport services
Plan, create and configure MX records for failover scenarios; manage resubmission and reroute queues; plan, create, and configure Send/Receive connectors for site resiliency; test and perform steps for transport failover and switchover

Plan, deploy, and manage an Exchange infrastructure, recipients, and security (15–20%)
Plan and configure Active Directory (AD) Domain Services for Exchange and Organizational settings
Plan the number of domain controllers, plan placement of Global Catalog (GC), plan and configure DNS changes required for Exchange, plan for schema changes required for Exchange, prepare AD for Exchange, prepare domains for Exchange, plan and configure Active Directory site topology, plan and configure throttling policies
Create and configure mail-enabled objects
Create and configure mailboxes, create and configure resource mailboxes and scheduling, create and configure shared mailboxes, create and configure mail-enabled users and contacts, create and configure distribution lists, configure moderation, create and configure linked mailboxes, create and configure modern public folders
Manage mail-enabled object permissions
Determine when to use Send-As and Send-On-Behalf permissions, configure mailbox folder permissions, configure mailbox permissions, set up room mailbox delegates, configure auto-mapping, create and configure public folder permissions
Plan, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
Determine appropriate RBAC roles and cmdlets, limit administration using existing role groups, evaluate differences between RBAC and Active Directory split permissions, plan and configure a custom-scoped role group, plan and configure delegated setup, plan and create unscoped top-level roles, troubleshoot RBAC, plan and configure user assignment policies
Plan an appropriate security strategy
Plan and configure BitLocker, plan and configure S/MIME
Plan, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot IRM with Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) or Azure RMS
Plan and configure Information Rights Management (IRM) in Exchange, create an RMS template, plan and create transport protection rules, plan and create Outlook protection rules, plan and configure journal report decryption, plan and configure IRM for eDiscovery, plan and configure pre-licensing for client access, troubleshoot failed IRM protection

Plan, deploy, and manage compliance, archiving, eDiscovery, and auditing (10–15%)
Plan and configure Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions
Plan a DLP solution to meet business requirements, plan and configure pre-built rules, plan and create custom rules, plan and configure custom DLP policies, plan and configure DLP fingerprinting
Plan, configure, and manage Archiving and Message Records Management (MRM)
Plan and configure retention policies; plan, create, and configure custom tags; assign policies to users; plan and configure the Managed Folder Assistant; remove and delete tags; plan and configure online archiving (Office 365); plan and create archive policies; plan and configure in-place archiving
Plan, configure, and perform eDiscovery
Plan and delegate RBAC roles for eDiscovery; enable a legal/litigation hold; perform a query-based InPlace hold; perform multi-mailbox searches in Exchange Administration Center (EAC) and Exchange Management Shell; integrate InPlace federated searches with Microsoft SharePoint Discovery center
Plan, configure, and manage a compliance solution
Plan and configure MailTips; plan, create, configure, and deploy message classifications; plan and configure transport rules to meet specified compliance requirements; plan and configure journaling
Plan, manage, and use mailbox and administrative auditing
Plan and configure mailbox audit logging, plan and configure administrative audit logging, search and interpret all audit logs

Implement and manage coexistence, hybrid scenarios, migration, and federation (10–15%)
Plan, deploy, and troubleshoot coexistence with Office 365 (Exchange Online)
Plan, deploy, and manage hybrid configuration; evaluate limitations of the Hybrid Configuration Wizard; plan and manage hybrid deployment OAuth-based authentication; plan and configure certificate and firewall requirements for Exchange Hybrid setup; troubleshoot transport with Exchange Online; troubleshoot client access with Exchange Online; troubleshoot directory synchronization
Plan, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Exchange federation
Plan, create, and manage federation trusts with Microsoft federation gateways; manage sharing policies; manage organization relationships; plan and create certificate and firewall requirements for federation; troubleshoot Exchange federation trust and organization relationships; troubleshoot cross-forest availability
Plan, deploy, and troubleshoot on-premises coexistence with earlier supported versions of Exchange
Plan, create, and configure namespaces for coexistence; plan and configure proxy redirect; plan firewall configuration for coexistence; plan and configure for mail flow requirements; plan for mailbox migrations; troubleshoot transport in coexistence; troubleshoot client access in coexistence
Migrate from earlier supported versions of Exchange
Determine transition paths to Exchange, migrate to modern public folders, migrate mailboxes, plan for discontinued features, transition and decommission servers, troubleshoot Mailbox Replication Services

Who should take this exam?
This exam is designed for candidates who have a minimum of three years of experience designing and managing Exchange Server and who are responsible for the Exchange Server 2016 messaging environment in an enterprise environment. They are IT consultants or senior administrators who act as the technical lead over a team of administrators. Candidates should be familiar with the requirements for integrating Microsoft Exchange Server with Skype for Business and Office 365.

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Exam 70-334 Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015 (beta)

Exam 70-334 Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015 (beta)

Published: July 31, 2015
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Skype for Business
Credit toward certification: MCSE

Skills measured
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Plan and design Skype for Business (30-35%)
Plan Skype for Business site topology
Evaluate user distribution for central and branch site design; associate workloads to business requirements; analyze business requirements and capacity requirements; plan Skype for Business architecture; analyze and design Skype for Business SIP domains including shared SIP namespaces(Split Domain); plan for Skype for Business Online dependencies
Plan Skype for Business Server support infrastructure
Define certificate requirements for internal servers; analyze and design load balancing, plan for DNS, SQL, AD DS, and file store; assess network requirements including ExpressRoute; plan for optimal conferencing traffic, capacity, and QoS support; estimate network usage and capacity including internal network and Skype for Business Online service requirements
Plan Skype for Business Servers
Define server roles; analyze hardware requirements; determine storage requirements for archiving and monitoring; determine operating system version requirements; determine operating system dependencies; define virtualization requirements
Design a Skype for Business Server high availability/disaster recovery (HA/DR) solution
Design a strategy for central and branch office scenarios, resiliency, SQL mirroring, SQL AlwaysOn Failover Clustering Instances and SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups, Persistent Chat, load balancing, and Geo DNS; define failover scenarios
Design conferencing
Design dial-in conferencing including conference access numbers and conferencing regions, conferencing lifecycle, conferencing policies, video interoperability server (VIS), Office Online Server (OOS), and Skype Meeting Broadcast
Design Skype for Business remote and external access using Edge Services
Design federation including Skype consumer connectivity, Skype for Business Online, and XMPP; design for mobility; design for directors; design for remote user access; define certificate requirements for remote servers; analyze and design firewall requirements, load balancing, DNS, and reverse proxy, split tunneling strategies
Plan for Skype for Business clients and user experiences
Plan contact list management, client version control, privacy, Address Book web search/download, Skype for Business mobility, client authentication options, Skype for Business users for VDI, and corporate access to Skype for Business Online; design for client UI experience; plan for Skype for Business room system
Plan migration and upgrade from previous versions
Plan the migration sequence; plan for in-place upgrade; decommission old servers; monitoring and archiving server roles; plan for co-existence with previous server versions; upgrade from mirroring to AlwaysOn

Deploy and configure Skype for Business (30-35%)
Configure and publish topology
Create Skype for Business roles; create gateways and trunks; add/remove server features; deploy Edge Server; deploy SQL HA options, create Office Online Server
Configure conferencing
Create PIN policy, regions and conference dial-in access numbers, meeting configuration, conference policies, mediation server co-location, and trunks and gateways; configure Skype Meeting Broadcast
Configure Skype for Business remote and external access
Configure federation, including Skype consumer connectivity, Skype for Business Online, and XMPP; configure mobility policies and remote user access policies; configure load balancing, DNS, and reverse proxy
Deploy and configure clients
Configure Skype for Business client features, client policies, and client security options; deploy Skype for Business users for VDI; deploy Skype for Business room system
Migrate and upgrade from previous versions and/or Skype for Business Online
Consolidate servers to a supported single version; move users; migrate Response Groups or LIS; move CMS or File Share Data; transition to SQL AlwaysOn; perform in-place upgrade; configure clients for Skype for Business Online; enable or move users to Skype for Business Online; migrate user settings; migrate to Skype for Business Online
Configure HA/DR
Configure pool pairing, configure Geo DNS for site failover, configure SQL HA
Deploy and configure monitoring and archiving services
Deploy monitoring reports; configure CDR and Quality of Experience; configure archiving storage; configure archiving and eDiscovery with Exchange including Exchange Online, archiving policies, Media Quality Dashboard (MQD), and server-side conversation history
Deploy and configure Persistent Chat servers
Implement chat history, room management URLs, HA and DR, user policies, room design, and ethical boundaries

Manage and troubleshoot Skype for Business (30-35%)
Manage and troubleshoot conferencing and application sharing
Manage and troubleshoot Conferencing Auto Attendant (CAA), Conference Announcement Service (CAS), contact objects, and conference directories; troubleshoot web scheduler, multipoint control unit (MCU) health, simple URLs (join launcher), UC add-in for Microsoft Outlook; manage and troubleshoot multi-party video, server resources, media relay, and third-party interop; troubleshoot Microsoft PowerPoint presentation connections, Office Web App server configurations, and dataproxy; troubleshoot Skype Meeting Broadcast.
Manage and troubleshoot sign-in, presence, and client configuration
Manage and troubleshoot DNS, certificates, registration, network connectivity including ExpressRoute, authentication, and auto-discover; manage and troubleshoot aggregation (OOF, calendar, machine, and user), enhanced privacy, subscriptions, contact list, and privacy relationship; manage and troubleshoot file transfer, policy assignment, URL filtering, client version filtering, GPO, and Skype for Business Online
Manage and troubleshoot federation and remote access
Manage and troubleshoot federation, including Skype consumer connectivity, XMPP, and Skype for Business Online federation types (open, direct, and enhanced), federation policy, and legacy interop; troubleshoot mobile auto-discover issues, mobile device usage issues, mobile callback feature, push notification, call establishment, and mobile conference data
Manage and troubleshoot Address Book
Configure Address Book; troubleshoot normalization, local versus web lookup, internal file download, external file download, Address Book generation, and contact merge
Manage and troubleshoot high availability and resiliency
Manage and troubleshoot the backup service, server storage replication, and file share replication by using DFS; manage single server failure (Skype for Business, SQL); manage data center failure, including CMS and branch survivability; backup and restore application service data; manage filestore data and contacts; maintain and recover Skype for Business topology; recover CMS
Identify issues by using troubleshooting tools
Interpret Skype for Business monitoring reports, and identify potential issues; configure synthetic transactions; test connectivity with PowerShell Test cmdlets; configure core reliability and media quality monitoring; verify service health and CMS replication; recover from failed server build; analyze event viewer; enable Best Practice Analyzer; verify name resolution; identify issues using CLSlogging Scenarios; use Snooper for log analysis; identify issues using a network packet analyzer, CLS Logger, Event Viewer, and Performance Monitor; analyze signaling and media call flow for Skype for Business for online users; validate connectivity for online users; use Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging Support Toolkit
Manage and troubleshoot topology and dependent infrastructure
Enable or move Skype for Business users; configure role-based access control (RBAC); manage and troubleshoot DNS; manage RGS delegated administration; troubleshoot database synchronization issues, including SQL HA and LYSS replication, topology replication, IIS, user placement, and RBAC rights assignment; troubleshoot certificates
Manage and troubleshoot Persistent Chat servers
Manage categories, scope, chat rooms, room access, compliance, and add-ins

Preparation options
Instructor-led training
From the community

Who should take this exam?
Candidates for this exam are IT consultants and telecommunications consulting professionals who design, plan, deploy, and maintain solutions for unified communications (UC). Candidates should be able to translate business requirements into technical architecture and design for a UC solution. Candidates should have a minimum of two years of experience with Skype for Business technologies and should be familiar with supported migration scenarios. Candidates should be proficient in deploying Skype for Business solutions for end users, endpoint devices, telephony, audio/video and web conferences, security, and high availability. Candidates should also know how to monitor and troubleshoot Skype for Business using Microsoft tools. In addition, candidates should be proficient with Active Directory Domain Services, data networks, and telecommunications standards and components that support the configuration of Skype for Business. Candidates should be familiar with the requirements for integrating Skype for Business with Microsoft Exchange Server and Office 365.

 

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70-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

QUESTION 1
Your company has a private cloud that is managed by using a System Center 2012 Operations Manager infrastructure.
The Operations Manager management server role is installed on a server named Server1.
You deploy a server named Server2, and then join Server2 to the domain.
You log on to Server2 and install the Operations Manager agent. You specify Server1 as the management server.
You notice that Server1 did not discover Server2.
You need to add Server2 as an agent-managed device.
What should you do from the Operations Manager console?

A. Modify the Global Management Server Settings – Security settings.
B. Create a new discovery rule.
C. Import the Windows Servers Base Operating System Management Pack.
D. Run the Discovery Wizard – Computer and Device Management Wizard.

Answer:


QUESTION 2
Your network contains an Active Directory domain named contoso.com that connects to a Windows Azure environment. You deploy System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager (DPM) to the domain.
You need to ensure that you can use DPM to back up to the Windows Azure environment.
Which three actions should you perform? Each correct answer presents part of the solution.

A. From Windows Azure, create an endpoint.
B. On the DPM server, allow inbound traffic on TCP port 135.
C. Install the Windows Azure Backup agent.
D. Install a certificate on the DPM server and the upload the certificate to Windows Azure.
E. Create a backup vault.

Answer:


QUESTION 3
Your company has a private cloud that is managed by using a System Center 2012 infrastructure.
You deploy Data Protection Manager (DPM) to a server named DPM1.
A server named Server1 has the Hyper-V server role installed and hosts a virtual machine named VM1.
From DPM1, you perform a full backup of Server1.
You discover that you are unable to restore individual files from VM1.
You need to ensure that you can restore individual files from VM1 by using the DPM Administrator console.
What should you do first?

A. On VM1, install Windows Server Backup.
B. On DPM1, install the Hyper-V server role.
C. On VM1, install the integration features.
D. On DPM1, attach the VHD of VM1.

Answer: B

Explanation: The integration features are also required but the “first” step according to the link below is to install the Hyper-V role on the DPM server.
Ref: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh758184.aspx


QUESTION 4
Your company has a private cloud that is managed by using a System Center 2012 infrastructure.
The company defines the Service Level Agreement (SLA) for a web application as 99 percent uptime.
You need to create service level objectives (SLOs) that meet the SLA requirement.
Which object or objects should you create from the Service Manager Console? (Each correct answer presents part of the solution. Choose all that apply.)

A. a queue
B. a connector
C. a channel
D. a calendar
E. a metric
F. a subscription

Answer:


QUESTION 5
Your company has a private cloud that is managed by using a System Center 2012 infrastructure.
The network contains an Operations Manager infrastructure and a Service Manager infrastructure.
You need to configure Service Manager to create incidents automatically based on Operations Manager alerts.
Which object should you create from the Service Manager Console?

A. A subscription
B. A queue
C. An incident event workflow
D. A connector

Answer:

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The Big Question Rises How To Become Microsoft, Cisco, ComTIA Certified

The big question rises how to become the Microsoft certified , All Microsoft certifications are acquired by simply taking a series of exams. If you can self-study for said exams, and then pass them, then you can acquire the certification for the mere cost of the exam (and maybe whatever self-study materials you purchase).

You’ll also need, at minimum (in addition to the MCTS), the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certs; as well as the Cisco CCNA cert.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) – This is the basic entry point of Microsoft Certifications. You only need to pass a single certification test to be considered an MCTS and there are numerous different courses and certifications that would grant you this after passing one. If you are shooting for some of the higher certifications that will be discussed below, then you’ll get this on your way there.

Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) – This certification was Microsoft’s previous “Developer Certification” meaning that this was the highest certification that was offered that consisted strictly of development-related material. Receiving it involved passing four exams within specific areas (based on the focus of your certification). You can find the complete list of courses and paths required for the MCPD here.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) – This is Microsoft’s most recent “Developer Certification” which will replace the MCPD Certification (which is being deprecated / retired in July of 2013). The MCSD focuses within three major areas of very recent Microsoft development technologies and would likely be the best to persue if you wanted to focus on current and emerging skills that will be relevant in the coming years. You can find the complete list of courses and paths required for the MCSD here.

The Microsoft Certifications that you listed are basically all of the major ones within the realm of development. I’ll cover each of the major ones and what they are :

Most people, however, take some kind of course. Some colleges — especially career and some community colleges — offer such courses (though usually they’re non-credit). Other providers of such courses are private… some of them Microsoft Certified vendors of one type or another, who offer the courses in such settings as sitting around a conference table in their offices. Still others specialize in Microsoft certification training, and so have nice classrooms set up in their offices.

There are also some online (and other forms of distance learning) courses to help prepare for the exams.

The cost of taking classes to prepare can vary wildly. Some are actually free (or very nearly so), while others can cost hundreds of dollars. It all just depends on the provider.

And here’s a Google search of MCTS training resources (which can be mind-numbing in their sheer numbers and types, so be careful what you choose):

There are some pretty good, yet relatively inexpensive, ways to get vendor certificate training. Be careful not to sign-up for something expensive and involved when something cheaper — like subscribing to an “all the certificates you care to study for one flat rate” web site — would, in addition to purchasing a study guide or two at a bookstore, likely be better.

If you want a career in IT, then you need to have both an accredited degree in same (preferably a bachelors over an associates), and also a variety of IT certifications. The MCTS is but one that you will need.

You should probably also get the Microsoft MCSE and/or MCSA. The ICS CISSP. And the ITIL.

There are others, but if you have those, you’ll be evidencing a broad range of IT expertise that will be useful, generally. Then, in addition, if the particular IT job in which you end-up requires additional specialist certification, then you can get that, too (hopefully at the expense of your employer who requires it of you).

Then, whenever (if ever) you’re interested in a masters in IT, here’s something really cool of which you should be aware…

There’s a big (and fully-accredited, fully-legitimate) university in Australia which has partnered with Microsoft and several other vendors to structure distance learning degrees which include various certifications; and in which degrees, considerable amounts of credit may be earned simply by acquiring said certifications. It’s WAY cool.

One can, for example, get up to half of the credit toward a Masters degree in information technology by simply getting an MCSE (though the exams which make it up must be certain ones which correspond with the university’s courses). I’ve always said that if one were going to get an MCSE, first consult the web site of this university and make sure that one takes the specific MCSE exams that this school requires so that if ever one later decided to enter said school’s masters program, one will have already earned up to half its degree’s credits by simply having the MCSE under his/her belt. Is that cool, or what?

I wouldn’t rely on them over experience (which is far and away the most valuable asset out there) but they are worth pursuing especially if you don’t feel like you have enough experience and need to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills to land a position as a developer.

If you are going to pursue a certification, I would recommend going after the MCSD (Web Applications Track) as it is a very recent certification that focuses on several emerging technologies that will still be very relevant (if not more-so) in the coming years. You’ll pick up the MCTS along the way and then you’ll have both of those under your belt. MCPD would be very difficult to achieve based on the short time constraints (passing four quite difficult tests within just a few months is feasible, but I don’t believe that it is worth it since it will be “retired” soon after).

No job experience at all is necessary for any of the Microsoft Certifications, you can take them at any time as long as you feel confident enough with the materials of the specific exam you should be fine. The tests are quite difficult by most standards and typically cover large amounts of material, but with what it sounds like a good bit of time to study and prepare you should be fine.

Certifications, in addition to degrees, are so important in the IT field, now, that one may almost no longer get a job in that field without both. The certifications, though, are so important that one who has a little IT experience can get a pretty good job even without a degree as long as he has all the right certs. But don’t do that. Definitely get the degree… and not merely an associates. Get the bachelors in IT; and make sure it’s from a “regionally” accredited school.

Then get the certs I mentioned (being mindful, if you think you’ll ever get an IT masters, to take the specific exams that that Strut masters program requires so that you’ll have already earned up to half the credit just from the certs).

If you already have two years of experience in working in the .NET environment, a certification isn’t going to guarantee that you will get employed, a salary increase or any other bonuses for achieving the honor. However, it can help supplement your resume by indicating that you are familiar with specific technologies enough to apply them in real-world applications to solve problems.

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Best Top-Paying and most in demand for Certifications 2014 – 2015

Best Top-Paying and most in demand for Certifications 2014 – 2015

Introduction
It’s always a good idea to take stock of your skills, your pay, and your certifications. To that end, following is a review of 15 of the top-paying certifications for 2014. With each certification, you’ll find the average (mean) salary and a brief description.

Based on the 2014 IT Skills and Salary Survey conducted by Global Knowledge and Penton and completed in October 2013, the rankings below are derived from certifications that received the minimum number of responses to be statistically relevant. Certain certifications pay more but are not represented due to their exclusive nature. Examples include Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) and VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX). This was a nationwide survey, and variations exist based on where you work, years of experience, and company type (government, non profit, etc.).

1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) – $118,253
The non-profit group ISACA offers CRISC certification, much in the way that CompTIA manages the A+ and Network+ certifications. Formerly, “ISACA” stood for Information Systems Audit and Control Association, but now they’ve gone acronym only.

The CRISC certification is designed for IT professionals, project managers, and others whose job it is to identify and manage risks through appropriate Information Systems (IS) controls, covering the entire lifecycle, from design to implementation to ongoing maintenance. It measures two primary areas: risk and IS controls. Similar to the IS control lifecycle, the risk area spans the gamut from identification and assessment of the scope and likelihood of a particular risk to monitoring for it and responding to it if/when it occurs.

Since CRISC’s introduction in 2010, more than 17,000 people worldwide have earned this credential, The demand for people with these skills and the relatively small supply of those who have them result in this being the highest salary for any certification on our list this year.

To obtain CRISC certification, you must have at least three years of experience in at least three of the five areas that the certification covers, and you must pass the exam, which is only offered twice a year. This is not a case where you can just take a class and get certified. Achieving CRISC certification requires effort and years of planning.

2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) – $114,844

ISACA also created CISM certification. It’s aimed at management more than the IT professional and focuses on security strategy and assessing the systems and policies in place more than it focuses on the person who actually implements those policies using a particular vendor’s platform.

More than 23,000 people have been certified since its introduction in 2002, making it a highly sought after area with a relatively small supply of certified individuals. In addition, the exam is only offered three times a year in one of approximately 240 locations, making taking the exam more of a challenge than many other certification exams. It also requires at least five years of experience in IS, with at least three of those as a security manager. As with CRISC, requirements for CISM certification demand effort and years of planning.

3. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – $112,040
The third highest-paying certification is also from ISACA; this one is for IS auditors. CISA certification is ISACA’s oldest, dating back to 1978, with more than 106,000 people certified since its inception. CISA certification requires at least five years of experience in IS auditing, control, or security in addition to passing an exam that is only offered three times per year.

The CISA certification is usually obtained by those whose job responsibilities include auditing, monitoring, controlling, and/or assessing IT and/or business systems. It is designed to test the candidate’s ability to manage vulnerabilities, ensure compliance with standards, and propose controls, processes, and updates to a company’s policies to ensure compliance with accepted IT and business standards.

4. Six Sigma Green Belt – $109,165
Six Sigma is a process of analyzing defects (anything outside a customer’s specifications) in a production (manufacturing) process, with a goal of no more than 3.4 defects per million “opportunities” or chances for a defect to occur. The basic idea is to measure defects, analyze why they occurred, and then fix the issue and repeat. There is a process for improving existing processes and a slightly modified version for new processes or major changes. Motorola pioneered the concept in the mid-1980s, and many companies have since followed their examples to improve quality.

This certification is different from the others in this list, as it is not IT specific. Instead, it is primarily focused on manufacturing and producing better quality products.

There is no organization that owns Six Sigma certification per se, so the specific skills and number of levels of mastery vary depending on which organization or certifying company is used. Still, the entry level is typically Green Belt and the progression is to Black Belt and Master Black Belt. Champions are responsible for Six Sigma projects across the entire organization and report to senior management.

5. Project Management Professional (PMP) – $108,525
The PMP certification was created and is administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), and it is the most recognized project management certification available. There are more than half a million active PMPs in 193 countries worldwide.

The PMP certification exam tests five areas relating to the lifecycle of a project: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. PMP certification is for running any kind of project, and it is not specialized into sub types, such as manufacturing, construction, or IT.

To become certified, individuals must have 35 hours of PMP-related training along with 7,500 hours of project management experience (if they have less than a bachelor’s degree) or 4,500 hours of project management experience with a bachelor’s or higher. PMP certification is another that requires years of planning and effort.

6. Certified Scrum Master – $107,396
Another project management-related certification, Certified Scrum Master is focused on software (application) development.

Scrum is a rugby term; it’s a means for restarting a game after a minor rules violation or after the ball is no longer in play (for example, when it goes out of bounds). In software development, Scrum is a project management process that is designed to act in a similar manner for software (application development) projects in which a customer often changes his or her mind during the development process.

In traditional project management, the request to change something impacts the entire project and must be renegotiated-a time-consuming and potentially expensive way to get the changes incorporated. There is also a single project manager.

In Scrum, however, there is not a single project manager. Instead, the team works together to reach the stated goal. The team should be co-located so members may interact frequently, and it should include representatives from all necessary disciplines (developers, product owners, experts in various areas required by the application, etc.).

Where PMP tries to identify everything up front and plan for a way to get the project completed, Scrum takes the approach that the requirements will change during the project lifecycle and that unexpected issues will arise. Rather than holding up the process, Scrum takes the approach that the problem the application is trying to solve will never be completely defined and understood, so team members must do the best they can with the time and budget available and by quickly adapting to change.

So where does the Scrum Master fit in? Also known as a servant-leader, the Scrum Master has two main duties: to protect the team from outside influences that would impede the project (the servant) and to chair the meetings and encourage the team to continually improve (the leader).

Certified Scrum Master certification was created and is managed by the Scrum Alliance and requires the individual to attend a class taught by a certified Scrum trainer and to pass the associated exam.

7. Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE) – $104,240
The CCEE certification is a legacy certification from Citrix that proves expertise in XenApp 6, XenDesktop 5, and XenServer 6 via the Citrix Certified Administrator (CCS) exams for each, the Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator (CCAA) for XenApp 6, and an engineering (advanced implementation-type) exam around implementing, securing, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting a complete virtualization solution using Citrix products.

Those certified in this area are encouraged to upgrade their certification to the App and Desktop track instead, which focuses on just XenDesktop, taking one exam to become a Citrix Certified Professional – Apps and Desktops (CCP-AD). At this point though, the CCEE is available as long as the exams are available for the older versions of the products listed.

8. Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix NetScaler – $103,904
The CCA for NetScaler certification has been discontinued for NetScaler 9, and those with a current certification are encouraged to upgrade to the new Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N). In any case, those with this certification have the ability to implement, manage, and optimize NetScaler networking performance and optimization, including the ability to support app and desktop solutions. As the Citrix certification program is being overhauled, refer to http://training.citrix.com/cms/index.php/certification/ to view the certifications available, upgrade paths, etc.

9. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) – $103,822
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) created and manages CEH certification. It is designed to test the candidate’s abilities to prod for holes, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities in a company’s network defenses using techniques and methods that hackers employ. The difference between a hacker and a CEH is that a hacker wants to cause damage, steal information, etc., while the CEH wants to fix the deficiencies found. Given the many attacks, the great volume of personal data at risk, and the legal liabilities possible, the need for CEHs is quite high, hence the salaries offered.

10. ITIL v3 Foundation – $97,682
IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) was created by England’s government in the 1980s to standardize IT management. It is a set of best practices for aligning the services IT provides with the needs of the organization. It is broad based, covering everything from availability and capacity management to change and incident management, in addition to application and IT operations management.

It is known as a library because it is composed of a set of books. Over the last 30 years, it has become the most widely used framework for IT management in the world. ITIL standards are owned by AXELOS, a joint venture company created by the Cabinet Office on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom and Capita plc, but they have authorized partners who provide education, training, and certification. The governing body defined the certification tiers, but they leave it to the accredited partners to develop the training and certification around that framework.

The Foundation certification is the entry-level one and provides a broad-based understanding of the IT lifecycle and the concepts and terminology surrounding it. Anyone wishing for higher-level certifications must have this level first, thus people may have higher certifications and still list this certification in the survey, which may skew the salary somewhat.

For information on ITIL in general, please refer to http://www.itil-officialsite.com/. Exams for certification are run by ITIL-certified examination institutes as previously mentioned; for a list of them, please refer to http://www.itil-officialsite.com/ExaminationInstitutes/ExamInstitutes.aspx.

11. Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix XenServer – $97,578
The CCA for XenServer certification is available for version 6 and is listed as a legacy certification, but Citrix has yet to announce an upgrade path to their new certification structure. Those with a CCA for Citrix XenServer have the ability to install, configure, administer, maintain, and troubleshoot a XenServer deployment, including Provisioning Services. As the Citrix certification program is being overhauled, refer to http://training.citrix.com/cms/index.php/certification/ to view the certifications available, upgrade paths, etc.

12. ITIL Expert Certification – $96,194
The ITIL Expert certification builds on ITIL Foundation certification (see number 10 above). It is interesting that ITIL Expert pays less on average than ITIL Foundation certification. Again, I suspect the salary results may be somewhat skewed depending on the certifications actually held and the fact that everyone who is ITIL certified must be at least ITIL Foundation certified.

To become an ITIL Expert, you must pass the ITIL Foundation exam as well as the capstone exam, Managing Across the Lifecycle. Along the way, you will earn intermediate certifications of your choosing in any combination of the Lifecycle and Capability tracks. You must earn at least 22 credits, of which Foundation accounts for two and the Managing Across the Lifecycle exam counts for five. The other exams count for three each (in the Intermediate Lifecycle track) or four each (in the Intermediate Capability track) and can be earned in any order and combination, though the official guide suggests six recommended options. The guide is available at http://www.itil-officialsite.com/Qualifications/ITILQualificationScheme.aspx by clicking on the English – ITIL Qualification Scheme Brochure link.

13. Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) – $95,602
Cisco’s certification levels are Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, and Architect. Those who obtain this Associate-level certification are typically network design engineers, technicians, or support technicians. They are expected to design basic campus-type networks and be familiar with routing and switching, security, voice and video, wireless connectivity, and IP (both v4 and v6). They often work as part of a team with those who have higher-level Cisco certifications.

To achieve CCDA certification, you must have earned one of the following: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), the lowest-level certification and the foundation for a career in networking); Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching (CCNA R&S); or any Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), the highest level of certification at Cisco.
You must also pass a single exam.

14. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) – $95,276
This certification ranked number 14 with an average salary of $95,505 for those who didn’t list an associated Windows version and $94,922 for those who listed MCSE on Windows 2003, for the weighted average of $95,276 listed above.

The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer is an old certification and is no longer attainable. It has been replaced by the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (yes, also MCSE). The Engineer certification was valid for Windows NT 3.51 – 2003, and the new Expert certification is for Windows 2012. There is an upgrade path if you are currently an MCSA or MCITP on Windows 2008. There is no direct upgrade path from the old MCSE to the new MCSE.

15. Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix XenDesktop – $95,094
The CCA for XenDesktop certification is available for versions 4 (in Chinese and Japanese only) and 5 (in many languages including English). Those with a current certification are encouraged to upgrade to the new Citrix Certified Associate – Apps and Desktops (CCA-AD). In any case, those with this certification have the ability to install, administer, and troubleshoot a XenDesktop deployment, including Provisioning Services and the Desktop Delivery Controller as well as XenServer and XenApp. As the Citrix certification program is being overhauled, refer to http://training.citrix.com/cms/index.php/certification/ to view the certifications available, upgrade paths, etc.

Rounding Out the Top 25

A few popular certifications just missed the Top 15 cut due to a low total number of responses or an average (mean) pay just outside the threshold. Due to their popularity, I have included them for informational purposes.

Certification Average Pay
CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional $114,287

MCSE: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 2003 $94,922

RHCSA: Red Hat Certified System Administrator $94,802

VCP-DCV: VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization $94,515

JNCIA: Juniper Networks Certified Internet Associate $94,492

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration $91,948

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator $91,280

CCNP: Cisco Certified Network Professional $90,833

WCNA: Wireshark Certified Network Analyst $88,716

CCNA R&S: Cisco Certified Network Associ te Routing and Switching $81,308


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Microsoft Certifications 2014 can you a JOB

With the new technologies coming in the market every other day, life has become advanced these days. In this modern era, you have to be on your toes all the time especially if your career in related to the field of IT: one has to stay updated with all the latest programs and their features in order to stay ahead of his peers. For instance, there was a time when Gramophone was the invention of the century but then it was replaced with mobile phones. Similarly, the invention of television and radio created quite a heap in the early 20th century but later on, the thunder was stolen by computers in the late 20th century.

In this day and age, computers and internet have become the center of attention. Consequently, IT has become the most popular field. IT experts are quite in demand these days; but with the emergence of new programs every other day, they have to keep up with the latest technology in order to stay ahead in the race. One way of staying ahead is the certification courses. These courses ensure that the candidate has attained all the latest knowledge and is ready to roll in the world of technology.

This article will discuss some of the most popular certification courses offered by Microsoft.

Microsoft Technology Associate

This is a certification course designed for the starters: people who want to start their line of business in the field of technology. Accordingly, it tests the fundamentals of IT and validates that the candidates have a basic understanding of the essentials. This course has been divided into three tracks and the candidates can choose any one of the tracks, depending on their preference. The tracks are: IT infrastructure, Database Design and Developer.

Microsoft MCSA- Windows Server 2008
This exam is designed for the IT personnel and it validates their skills in Server Networking management. IT professionals and System Administrators are suggested to take MCSA- Windows Server 2008 exam especially if they are looking forward to earning their MCSE certification.

Microsoft MCSA- Windows Server 2012
This certification exam is an advanced level exam which validates that the candidates have sufficient knowledge of Windows Server 2012 for its proper installation, configuration and working. MCSA- Windows Server 2012 certified can easily get the position of Network Administrator, Computer Systems Administrator or Computer Network Analyst.

Microsoft MCSE- Server Infrastructure
This certification course is designed for IT experts and it will get you the title of ‘Solutions Expert’. It tests individual’s skills in effectively and efficiently running a modern data center with some experience in virtualization storage and networking, identity management and systems management.

Microsoft MCSE- Desktop Infrastructure
This course validates that the individuals can manage desktops and devices, while maintaining their security and integrity, from anywhere around the globe. It also tests individuals’ expertise in application and desktop virtualization together with remote desktop services. With this certification in hand, you can easily qualify for a job of Data and Application Manager or Desktop and Device Support Manager.

Microsoft MCSE- Messaging
This certification is an expert level certification and it validates that the applicant has relevant skills in order to increase user productivity and flexibility. It also validates that the person has sufficient knowledge as to how to improve data security and reduce data loss. After passing this certification exam, candidates can easily qualify for the position of Network and Computer System Administrator.

Microsoft  MCSE- Communication
This certification validates candidates’ expertise in using Lync Server to create an effective communication path that can be accessed from all around the globe. This certification is also an expert level certification and you can easily qualify for the position of Network and Computer System Administrator with it.

Microsoft  MCSE- SharePoint

This Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert certification course verifies that the candidates have the necessary expertise to share, synchronize and organize the data across the organization. SharePoint 2013 is the updated version of Microsoft Office, and passing this certification can get you a job of Systems or Network Analyst.

Microsoft MCSD- SharePoint Application

This Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer certification course is another of expert level certification courses which validates individuals’ expertise in web programming. It also requires the individuals to design and develop applications with Microsoft SharePoint. With this certification, you can easily secure the position of Software Developer or Web Developer.

Microsoft Private Cloud

MCSE- Private Cloud certification course tests candidates’ expertise to manage Private Cloud computer technologies. It also verifies that the candidate can implement these technologies in a way to optimize service delivery. You can easily get the position of Server Administrator and Network Manager with this certification on your resume.

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
Microsoft System Center Certification focuses on the skills to manage computer and clients. The candidates should be able to configure, administer and deploy System Center 2012 in order to pass this exam. You can earn the title of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist through this certification.

Microsoft Server Virtualization
This certification verifies that the candidate is familiar with Server Virtualization, both on Windows Server and System Center. This course expands individual’s expertise and skills in order for him to meet the rapidly modernizing technological business needs, and it can get him the title of Microsoft Specialist in no time.

Microsoft Office Certifications
Microsoft offers many certifications that verify candidates’ skills in handling and using Microsoft Office Applications. These certifications start from beginners level and go up to the master level. Microsoft Office Specialist is a beginner level certification whereas Microsoft Office Specialist Expert is an advanced level certification. Last but not the least; Microsoft Office Specialist Master is a master level certification.

Microsoft MCSA- Office 365
This course focuses on individual’s skills in handling Office 365 together with productivity tools and cloud-based collaboration. This certification can easily get you the position of Cloud Application Administrator or SaaS Administrator.

Microsoft Dynamics

This Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification confirms an individual’s expertise in Microsoft dynamics: a specific module can be chosen for this certification. However, this certification will be withdrawn from the market, at the end of this year, and replaced with the new ones.


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70-643: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring


QUESTION 1
You work as the network administrator at ABC.com. The ABC.com network has a domain named
ABC.com. All servers on the ABC.com network run Windows Server 2008 and all client computers
run Windows Vista.
ABC.com recently entered into partnership with Weyland Industries.
You create user accounts in the ABC.com domain for some employees of Weyland Industries.
You place the user accounts into a global security group named WeySecure.
You want to provide members of the WeySecure group access to parts of the ABC.com network
via a Terminal Services Gateway server named ABC-TS01.
What do you need to do to ensure that the WeySecure group is able to access ABC-TS01?

A. You need to configure a Remote Access Policy.
B. You need to create and configure a Connection Authorization Policy.
C. You need to configure Device redirection.
D. You need to configure a Network Access Protection Policy.

Answer: B

Explanation: To provide a security group access to ABC-TS02, you need to create and configure
a Connection Authorization Policy.
A connection authorization policy (CAP) allows you to control who can connect to the Terminal
Server through the Terminal Services Gateway. You can configure what groups can access the
Terminal Server through the TS Gateway.
Reference: Configuring the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Gateway (Part 2) / Create a
Terminal Services Gateway CAP
http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Configuring-Windows-Server-2008-Terminal-Services-
Gateway-Part2.html


QUESTION 2
You work as a network administrator for ABC.com. The ABC.com network consists of a domain
named ABC.com. All servers on the ABC.com network either run Windows Server 2008 or
Windows Server 2003.
The ABC.com network contains a Windows Server 2003 server named ABC-SR05 and a Windows
Server 2008 server named ABC-SR06. ABC-SR05 has Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft
Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0 installed.
You receive instruction to uABCrade Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0 to Windows
SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 and have it run on ABC-SR06. You need to have Windows
SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 retain the content and settings from Windows SharePoint Services
(WSS) 2.0.
Which of the following steps would be the best way to accomplish this task? (Choose multiple
answers).

A. You should back up the SharePoint configuration as well as the content from ABC-SR05.
B. You should back up the SQL Server 2005 configuration as well as the Microsoft Windows
SharePoint Services (WSS) databases from ABC-SR05.
C. You should uABCrade ABC-SR05 to Windows Server 2008.
D. You should install Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 on ABC-SR06.
E. You should install Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0 on ABC-SR06.
F. You should restore the backup from ABC-SR05 to ABC-SR06.
G. You should uABCrade Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0 to Windows SharePoint
Services (WSS) 3.0 on ABC-SR06.

Answer: A,E,F,G

Explanation: In order to migrate to SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 from ABC-SR05 to ABC-SR06
with all the configuration and content, you need to install WSS 2.0 on ABC-SR06. You need to
back up the WSS 2.0 configuration and content from ABC-SR05. Then the backup can be restored
from ABC-SR05 to ABC-SR06. Lastly an in-place uABCrade of WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0 can be
executed on ABC-SR06.
When you run an in-place uABCrade, all content and configuration data is uABCraded in-place, at
one time. When you start the in-place uABCrade process, the Web server and Web sites remain
offline until the uABCrade has been installed. In-place uABCrades are best for a stand-alone
server and small installations as in this case
Reference: Install and configure Office SharePoint Server for an in-place uABCrade
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263212(TechNet.10).aspx
Determine uABCrade approach (Office SharePoint Server)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263447(TechNet.10).aspx


QUESTION 3
You work as the network administrator at ABC.com. The ABC.com network consists of a domain
named ABC.com. ABC.com has headquarters in London and branch office in Paris. All servers on
the ABC.com network run Windows Server 2008 and all client computers run Windows Vista.
The ABC.com network contains a member server named ABC-SR01. ABC-SR01 is configured as
the Key Management Service (KMS) server.
You are planning to roll out 20 new Windows Server 2008 computers on the network.
After installing Windows Server 2008 on three of the computers you discover that the servers are
unable to activate using ABC-SR01.
How can you ensure that the new computers are able to activate using ABC-SR01?

A. You should ensure that the new servers have a connection to the internet.
B. You should install the Key Management Service (KMS) on a dedicated Windows Server 2008
computer.
C. You should phone Microsoft Licensing House to Activate the servers by telephone.
D. You should install Windows Server 2008 on at least 7 of the remaining computers.

Answer: D

Explanation: To activate the new server through KMS server, you should complete the installation
of at least 10 servers. The Key Management Service is a Windows service. KMS is a trusted
mechanism that, once the KMS host is activated, allows volume client computers within the
enterprise to activate themselves without any interactions with Microsoft. KMS activation of
Windows Server 2008 follows a hierarchical structure. Each successive product group can activate
all the groups below it, and the KMS can be hosted on any edition that it can activate.


QUESTION 4
You are the network administrator at ABC.com. The ABC.com network consists of a domain
named ABC.com. All servers on the ABC.com network run Windows Server 2008 and all client
computers run Windows XP Professional. ABC.com currently makes use of two computers named
ABC-TS01 and ABC-TS02 which runs the Terminal Server Session Broker role.
ABC.com recently entered into partnership with Weyland Industries who make use of two
computers named WEYLAND-TS01 and WEYLAND-TS02. During the course of the day you
receive instruction from ABC.com and Weyland Industries to configure their Terminal servers for
load balancing whilst ensuring ABC-TS02 is configured as the preferred server.
What program would you use to configure the load balancing?

A. You should use the Terminal Services Resource Authorization policy (RAP).
B. You should use the Terminal Services Configuration utility.
C. You should use the Terminal Services Connection Authorization policy (CAP).
D. You should use the Group Policy Manager utility.

Answer: B

Explanation: In order to configure load balancing for the four terminal servers you need to make
use of the Terminal Services Configuration utility. This will also make ABC-TS02 the preferred
server for TS sessions. Using NLB with Terminal Services provide increased availability,
scalability, and load-balancing performance, as well as the ability to distribute a large number of
Terminal Services clients over a group of terminal servers.


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70-412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services


QUESTION 1
You are employed as a network administrator at ABC.com. ABC.com has an Active Directory
domain named ABC.com. All servers on the ABC.com network have Windows Server 2012 installed.
ABC.com has a server, named ABC-SR07, which is configured as a DHCP server. You have
created a superscope on ABC-SR07.
Which of the following describes a reason for creating a superscope? (Choose all that apply.)

A. To support DHCP clients on a single physical network segment where multiple logical IP
networks are used.
B. To allow for the sending of network traffic to a group of endpointsdestination hosts.
C. To support remote DHCP clients located on the far side of DHCP and BOOTP relay agents.
D. To provide fault tolerance.

Answer: A,C

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You are employed as a network administrator at ABC.com. ABC.com has an Active Directory
domain named ABC.com. All servers, including domain controllers, on the ABC.com network have
Windows Server 2012 installed.
ABC.com has a domain controller, named ABC-DC01, which is configured as a DNS server. You
are planning to unsign the ABC.com zone.
Why should you unsign the zone?

A. To remove the zone.
B. To change the current zone type.
C. To add a new primary zone.
D. To create an Active Directory-integrated zone.

Answer: B

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
You are employed as a network administrator at ABC.com. ABC.com has an Active Directory
domain named ABC.com. All servers on the ABC.com network have Windows Server 2012 installed.
ABC.com has a server named ABC-SR01, which hosts the IP Address Management (IPAM)
Server feature. ABC.com also has a server, named ABC-SR02, which is configured as a DHCP server.
You have been instructed to make sure that a user, named Mia Hamm, who belongs to the IPAM
Users group on ABC-SR01, has the ability to modify the DHCP scopes on ABC-SR02 by making
use of use IPAM. You want to achieve this without assigning Mia Hamm any unnecessary permissions.
Which of the following actions should you take?

A. You should consider making Mia Hamm a member of the DHCP Administrators group on ABCSR02.
B. You should consider making Mia Hamm a member of the IPAM Administrators group on ABCSR02.
C. You should consider making Mia Hamm a member of the Local Administrators group on ABCSR02.
D. You should consider making Mia Hamm a member of the Domain Administrators group.

Answer: A

Explanation:


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MCITP Overview

 

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification helps validate that an individual has the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular IT job role, such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator. MCITP certifications build on the technical proficiency measured in the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Therefore, you will earn one or more MCTS certifications on your way to earning an MCITP certification.

 

MCITP certifications will not be updated for future versions of Microsoft products. In most cases, as an MCITP, you will be eligible for special upgrade paths to new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications. Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE) is focused on an experienced professional’s ability to design and build technology solutions in the cloud and on premise.

 

Your MCITP certification will remain valuable as long as companies are using the technology on which it certifies.

 

 

 

 

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MCITP candidate profile

 

MCITP candidates are IT professionals capable of deploying, building, designing, optimizing, and operating technologies for a particular job role. They make the design and technology decisions necessary to ensure successful technology implementation projects.


Why get certified?

 

Earning a Microsoft Certification helps validate your proven experience and helps you build your career, whether you are new to technology or a seasoned professional. The benefits you receive after earning a Microsoft Certification provide you with opportunities to connect with a vast, global network of Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs)

 

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

 

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential helps validate that an individual has the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular job role, such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator. It provides widely recognized, objective validation of a candidate’s ability to perform critical, current IT job roles by using Microsoft technologies to their best advantage.

These certifications are designed for IT professionals including administrators and support personnel in addition to database specialists (both administrators and developers). To obtain an MCITP certification, you must first obtain one or more prerequisite MCTS certifications, and then pass the qualifying “PRO” exam(s):

 

Database Administrator

 

Exam 70-443 (PRO): Designing a Database Server Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Exam 70-444 (PRO): Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administration Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005


Database Developer

 

PREREQ: MCTS: SQL Server 2005 (70-431)

Exam 70-441 (PRO): Designing Database Solutions by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Exam 70-442 (PRO): Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

 

Business Intelligence Developer


PREREQ: MCTS: SQL Server 2005, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance (70-445)

Exam 70-446 (PRO): Designing a Business Intelligence Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

 

Database Administrator 2008


PREREQ: MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance (70-432)

Exam 70-450 (PRO): Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Server Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

 

Database Developer 2008


PREREQ: MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development (70-433)

Exam 70-451 (PRO): Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Business Intelligence Developer 2008

PREREQ: MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance (70-448)

Exam 70-452 (PRO): Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2007

PREREQ: MCTS: Exchange Server 2007 – Configuration (70-236)

Exam 70-237 (PRO): Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Exam 70-238 (PRO): Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

 

Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010

 

PREREQ: MCTS: Exchange Server 2010 – Configuration (70-662)

Exam 70-663 (PRO): Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Consumer Support Technician

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows Vista, Configuration (70-620)

Exam 70-623 (PRO): Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Consumer Support Technicians

Enterprise Support Technician

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows Vista, Configuration (70-620)

Exam 70-622 (PRO): Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration (70-680)

Exam 70-685 (PRO): Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration (70-680)

Exam 70-686 (PRO): Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator

Server Administrator

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration (70-640)

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration (70-642)

Exam 70-646 (PRO): Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

Enterprise Administrator

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration (70-640)

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration (70-642)

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration (70-643)

PREREQ: MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring (70-680), OR, MCTS: Windows 7, Deploying Windows and Office 2010 (70-681), OR, MCTS: Windows Vista, Configuration (70-620), OR, MCTS: Business Desktop Deployment (70-624, Retired Exam)

Exam 70-647 (PRO): Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator (70-647)

Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator

Exam 70-693 (PRO): Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator

Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

PREREQ: MCTS: Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007 (70-632)

PREREQ: MCTS: Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 (70-633)

Exam 70-634 (PRO): Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects and Programs

 

Solution Series

 

The MCSE and MCSA certifications were reinvented (renamed) by Microsoft on the 11th April. The new certifications are designed to focus on the depth and breadth needed for cloud, on-premise and hybrid solutions. Currently the MCSA and MCSE paths cover SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 and Business Intelligence.


IT Professional (MCITP) upgrades

 

MCDST to MCITP: Enterprise Support This certification requires that one pass the following examination:

Exam 70-621: PRO: Upgrading Your MCDST Certification to MCITP Enterprise Support

MCDST to MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7 This certification requires that one pass the following examination:

Exam 70-682: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

MCDBA to MCITP: Database Administrator This certification requires that one pass the following examination:

Prerequisite: MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance

Exam 70-417: UPGRADE: MCDBA Skills to MCITP Database Administrator by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005