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Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure Series
The following courses teach the principles, techniques, and tools you’ll need to successfully prepare for and pass the 70-413 certification exam. You’ll become proficient in the skills needed to deploy and virtualize Windows Server 2012. You’ll also spend time going through demonstrations that will sharpen your required skills to plan and implement a server infrastructure. The topics covered in these courses align with the exam objectives as published by Microsoft. Each exam domain is covered over five courses:
1: Planning and Deploying a Server Infrastructure
Go beyond what you learned for the first three Windows Server 2012 certifications, as you focus on what you need to know to implement Windows Server 2012 in a large scale enterprise. This course is the first in the Microsoft 70-413 series. The goal of this course is to provide you not only with sufficient knowledge to pass the 70-413 exam, but also to allow you to perform well as an enterprise-level administrator. Automation encompasses a large part of the discussions. You’ll also look at the enhancements in virtualization technology that were implemented in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as the enhanced features for File and Storage Services. Enterprise data centers can be extremely complex, and difficult to maintain; so spend time gaining an in-depth understanding of how to properly manage a Windows Server 2012 environment.
2: Designing and Implementing Network Infrastructure Services
In this second course of the Microsoft 70-413 certification series, you will look at three of the infrastructure services that are used in enterprise-level networks. They are Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, the Domain Name System, and Internet Address Management. In studying these services, you will start with a system that’s already set up, and then observe discussions on ways to improve performance and reliability in an enterprise setting. Additionally, you’ll spend time learning about IPAM. In your studies for the 70-412 exam, you were introduced to IPAM, but there was a fairly significant overhaul done in Windows 2012 R2. As such there are a lot of new features to explore. Overall, the material provided in this course is a vital component when designing and implementing a well-functioning Server 2012 network infrastructure.
3: Designing and Implementing Network Access Services
This is the third course in the Microsoft 70-413 certification exam series. You’ll look first at designing a remote access solution, with either a VPN or DirectAccess. Expanding on that topic, you will study how to design a scalable remote access solution. Then, you’ll find discussions on designing and implementing a Network Access Protection solution. You learned about all of these technologies in your studies for the MCSA certification; so in this course, we’ll focus mostly on the design aspects. Collectively these technologies can provide a network access solution that is secure and highly functional. Overall, you will gain essential skills needed to become a systems administrator.
4: Designing and Implementing Active Directory
Active Directory Domain Services have both a logical and a physical structure. To be a successful systems administrator, you need a thorough understanding of both sides of AD DS. For now, you’ll focus your studies on the design and implementation of the logical structure of Active Directory. Start by looking at the primary components in an AD DS infrastructure, specifically the forest and the domain. You will then learn about the various design decisions that relate to these components, and the steps that are taken to implement them successfully. You will then move on to designing a strategy for Group Policy implementation. Finally, your studies will concentrate on designing a permissions model for Active Directory. Many organizations must delegate authority within the Active Directory infrastructure based on the administrative model. You will observe a few considerations and methods for implementing control model delegation. All in all, the topics taught create the fourth course in the Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure series for the Microsoft 70-413 exam.
5: Designing and Implementing Active Directory Physical Topology
Take a look at the physical topology in Active Directory, as in the physical database and the machines on which that physical database is stored – domain controllers. You will study how to design replication to occur consistently and efficiently in an Active Directory environment that contains multiple domain controllers. You will also look at the implementation of domain controllers, specifically focusing on additional options such as global catalog servers and their placement within the organization. Finally, you spend time learning about designing and implementing branch office infrastructures. Branch offices may or may not contain Active Directory domain controllers, and as such will warrant different design considerations. This is the final course in the 70-413 series. With the information gained in this course, along with the other courses in this series, you now have a strong foundation in Designing and Implementing a Windows Server 2012 server infrastructure.
Workforce Generation Series
In the workplace, there is a generational mix where each age group has specific attributes and attitudes. As a manager, it is your responsibility to bridge generational gaps and aid multi-generational teams or departments to function cohesively. Explore each generation’s individuality and how to appropriately interact with them to unite the team. When you understand the basic distinctions of the workforce generations comprising your employed staff, you can begin reaping the benefits by putting that knowledge to good use. Each of these topics is covered over five courses. The first three courses were previously released, and now the final two are available:
Cross-generational teams, or those made up of members of different generations, have a unique set of benefits and challenges. Ultimately, as the manager, it is up to you to help ensure that team members are able to work together effectively. In Cross-Generational Teams, you will learn that the characteristics of cross-generational teams parallel the attributes and attitudes of their individual team members: the Silents, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Nexters. The Workforce Generations series is dedicated to understanding each generation’s different behaviors, attitudes, and priorities; this is the fourth course.
When you understand the basic distinctions of the workforce generations comprising your employed staff, you can begin reaping the benefits by putting that knowledge to good use. It only takes a little conscientious effort to bridge generational gaps before you start experiencing positive results. Developing Generations will show you the benefits of understanding and appreciating the generational mix, as well as the attributes and attitudes that each generation brings into the workplace. The Workforce Generations series is dedicated to understanding each generation’s different behaviors, attitudes, and priorities; this is the final course.
Problem Performance Management Series
Through this series, you will gain substantial insight into why employees and teams have performance problems, the causes of various performance problems, and different methodologies for correcting those performance problems. It is important to remember that, even though some employees may experience performance problems, more often than not, they are still contributing substantially to the organization. Focus on gaining the information and skills you’ll need to effectively handle performance problems in the workplace. Titles included in this series are:
2: Identifying Performance Problems and Causes
3: Feedback and Counseling
4: Effectively Disciplining Problem Performance
Two new course types were added to the library called Show Me courses and Test Me courses. Show Me courses are a collection of demonstrations providing you with visual instruction on specific tools and industry practices; while, Test Me courses allow you to demonstrate your proficiency in the principles, techniques, and tools needed to prepare for a certification exam. The list below is just the start; there are many more to come. The newest releases in these categories include:
Show Me: Planning and Implementing a Server Virtualization Infrastructure
Show Me: Planning and Implementing a Highly Available Infrastructure
Show Me: Managing and Maintaining a Server Infrastructure
Show Me: Designing and Implementing Identity and Access Solutions
Test Me: (ISC)2 Exam CISSP
Test Me: Citrix Exam A20
Test Me: Cisco Exam CCNA Wireless 640-722 IUWNE
Test Me: Cisco Exam CCNA Security 640-554 IINS
Test Me: Cisco 200-120 CCNA
Test Me: Microsoft Exam 70-410
Test Me: Microsoft Exam 70-411
Test Me: Microsoft Exam 70-412
Test Me: Microsoft Exam 70-414
Test Me: PMI Exam Project Management Professional (PMP)®
Test Me: CompTIA Exam Network+ N10-005
Test Me: CompTIA Exam A+ 220-801 & 220-802
Test Me: CompTIA Exam Server+ SK0-003