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

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

by Anthony Sequeira


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

  • Master MCSA 70-740 exam topics
  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-ending quizzes
  • Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks
  • Practice with realistic exam questions
  • Learn from more than one hour of video lessons

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

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

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

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

  • Windows Server installation in host and compute environments, including Nano Server
  • Storage: configuring disks and volumes, implementing server storage, and data duplication
  • Hyper-V implementation, including VM settings, storage, and networking
  • Windows container deployment and management
  • High availability: HA/DR options, failover clustering, Storage Spaces Direct, VM movement, and network load balancing
  • Server environment maintenance and monitoring

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789756978
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 06/05/2017
Series: Certification Guide Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 515,309
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Anthony Sequeira (CCIE #15626) began his IT career in 1994 with IBM in Tampa, Florida. He quickly formed his own computer consultancy, Computer Solutions, and then discovered his true passion–teaching and writing about Microsoft and Cisco technologies. Anthony has lectured to massive audiences around the world while working for Mastering Computers. He has never been happier in his career than he is now as a full-time trainer for CBT Nuggets. He is an avid tennis player, a private pilot, and a semi-professional poker player, and he enjoys getting beaten up by women and children at the martial arts school he attends with his daughter.

Table of Contents

Introduction xxi
Chapter 1 Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating 3
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 3
Foundation Topics 6
What’s New in Windows Server 2016 6
Installation Requirements 7
Hardware Requirements 7
Other Requirements 9
Windows Server 2016 Editions 10
Installing Windows Server 2016 10
PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC) 14
Performing Upgrades and Migrations 15
Upgrading 16
Performing License Conversions 17
Determining the Appropriate Activation Model 18
Exam Preparation Tasks 19
Review All Key Topics 19
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 20
Define Key Terms 20
Q&A 20
Chapter 2 Installing and Configuring Nano 23
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 23
Foundation Topics 26
Determining Appropriate Usage Scenarios 26
Requirements for Nano Server 26
Hardware Requirements 27
Installing Nano Server 28
Implementing Roles and Features on Nano Server 35
Managing and Configuring Nano Server 36
Managing Nano Server Remotely Using Windows PowerShell 36
Exam Preparation Tasks 38
Review All Key Topics 38
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 39
Define Key Terms 39
Q&A 39
Chapter 3 Working with Images 41
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 41
Foundation Topics 44
Planning for Windows Server Virtualization 44
Generation 1 Versus Generation 2 Virtual Machines 45
Networking 46
Scalability 47
Security 48
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 49
Considerations for Deploying Workloads into Virtualized Environments 50
Resource Requirements 50
Workload Characteristics 51
VM Configurations 52
Host Planning 52
Architecture and Capability Planning 53
Updating Images with Patches, Hotfixes, and Drivers 53
Installing Roles and Features in Offline Images 53
Managing and Maintaining Windows Server Core, Nano Server Images, and
VHDs Using Windows PowerShell 54
Exam Preparation Tasks 55
Review All Key Topics 55
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 56
Define Key Terms 56
Q&A 56
Chapter 4 Disks and Volumes 59
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 59
Foundation Topics 61
Creating Disks 61
Configuring Sector Sizes Appropriate for Various Workloads 61
Configuring GUID Partition Table (GPT) Disks 63
Creating and Mounting VHD and VHDX Files Using Server Manager or Windows PowerShell 64
Determining When to Use NTFS and ReFS File Systems 69
SMB and NFS Shares 70
Configuring SMB and NFS Shares Using Server Manager 70
Configuring SMB and NFS Shares and Server and Client Settings with
PowerShell 72
File and Folder Permissions 76
Exam Preparation Tasks 80
Review All Key Topics 80
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 80
Define Key Terms 80
Q&A 81
Chapter 5 Server Storage 83
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 83
Foundation Topics 85
Storage Spaces 85
Configuring Storage Pools and Storage Spaces 85
Implementing Simple, Mirror, and Parity Storage Layout Options for Disks or Enclosures 86
Expanding Storage Pools 88
Configuring Tiered Storage 89
Storage Area Networks 89
Configuring iSCSI Target and Initiator 89
Configuring iSNS 91
Configuring Datacenter Bridging (DCB) 92
Configuring Multipath IO (MPIO) 93
Storage Replica 95
Determining Usage Scenarios for Storage Replica 95
Implementing Storage Replica for Server-to-Server, Cluster-to-Cluster, and Stretch Cluster Scenarios 96
Exam Preparation Tasks 99
Review All Key Topics 99
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 99
Define Key Terms 99
Q&A 100
Chapter 6 Data Deduplication 103
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 103
Foundation Topics 105
Usage Scenarios for Deduplication 105
Implementing Deduplication 106
Deduplication Monitoring 111
Exam Preparation Tasks 112
Review All Key Topics 112
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 113
Define Key Terms 113
Q&A 113
Chapter 7 Installing Hyper-V 115
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 115
Foundation Topics 117
Preparing for Installation 117
Installation Prerequisites 118
Installing Hyper-V 119
Managing VMs 122
Delegating Virtual Machine Management 122
PowerShell Direct 124
Nested Virtualization 125
Exam Preparation Tasks 125
Review All Key Topics 125
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 126
Define Key Terms 126
Q&A 126
Chapter 8 Working with Virtual Machines 129
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 129
Foundation Topics 131
Basic Virtual Machine Deployment 131
An Overview of Virtual Machine Settings 132
Virtual Machine Configuration Versions 133
Creating a Virtual Machine 134
Virtual Machine Memory 136
Checkpoints 140
Resource Metering 141
Managing Integration Services 142
Advanced Virtual Machine Deployment 143
Enhanced Session Mode 143
Linux Integration Services (LIS) and FreeBSD Integration Services (BIS) 144
Secure Boot 146
Importing, Exporting, and Moving Virtual Machines 147
Discrete Device Assignment (DDA) 149
Best Practices for VM Deployment 149
Exam Preparation Tasks 150
Review All Key Topics 150
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 150
Define Key Terms 150
Q&A 151
Chapter 9 Hyper-V Storage 153
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 153
Foundation Topics 155
Creating VHD, VHDX, and VHDS Virtual Hard Disks 155
Fixed-Size VHD 156
Dynamically Expanding Virtual Hard Disks 158
Pass-Through Disks 158
Differencing Disks 160
Shared Virtual Hard Disks 161
Virtual Machine Storage Resiliency 162
Converting and Resizing Virtual Hard Disks 163
Fibre Channel Support 164
Location Considerations for Virtual Hard Disks 165
Checkpoints 165
Storage Quality of Service 167
Exam Preparation Tasks 170
Review All Key Topics 170
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 171
Define Key Terms 171
Q&A 171
Chapter 10 Hyper-V Networking 173
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 173
Foundation Topics 175
Network Interface Cards 175
Adding and Removing Virtual Network Interface Cards (vNICs) and Legacy Network Adapters 175
Configuring NIC Teaming in Virtual Machines 178
Configuring MAC Addresses 180
Virtual Switches 181
Virtual Network Performance 183
Virtual Machine Queue 184
Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) and Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) 184
Virtual Networking Best Practices 186
Exam Preparation Tasks 187
Review All Key Topics 187
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 188
Define Key Terms 188
Q&A 188
Chapter 11 Deploying Containers 191
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 191
Foundation Topics 193
An Overview of Containers 193
Docker 197
Installing Docker on Windows Server and Nano Server 197
Configuring Docker Daemon Startup Options 197
Host Installation 199
Container Deployment 201
Exam Preparation Tasks 202
Review All Key Topics 202
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 203
Define Key Terms 203
Q&A 203
Chapter 12 Managing Containers 205
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 205
Foundation Topics 207
Docker Daemon and Windows PowerShell 207
Docker Daemon 207
Windows PowerShell 208
Windows Container Networking 208
Other Management Topics 211
Managing Container Data Volumes 211
Manage Resource Control 212
Creating New Container Images Using dockerfile 213
Managing Container Images by Using Microsoft Azure 214
Exam Preparation Tasks 214
Review All Key Topics 214
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 215
Define Key Terms 215
Q&A 215
Chapter 13 High Availability in Hyper-V 217
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 217
Foundation Topics 219
Hyper-V Replica 219
Hyper-V Replica Prerequisites 220
Implementing Replica 221
Live Migration 226
Live Migration Requirements 226
Live Migration Considerations 226
Configuring Constrained Delegation 227
Configuring Live Migration in Hyper-V Manager 228
Configuring Live Migration in PowerShell 229
Setting Performance Options 230
Implementing Shared-Nothing Live Migration 230
Storage Migration 231
Exam Preparation Tasks 232
Review All Key Topics 232
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 233
Define Key Terms 233
Q&A 233
Chapter 14 Failover Clustering 235
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 235
Foundation Topics 237
Implementing Failover Clustering 237
Hardware and Software Requirements for Failover Clustering 237
Implementing Workgroup, Single-Domain, and Multi-Domain Clusters 238
Configuring Quorum 242
Configuring Cluster Networking 245
Restoring Single-Node or Cluster Configuration 247
Implementing Cluster-Aware Updating 248
Implementing Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade 249
Configuring Clusters Without Network Names 250
Implementing VM Resiliency 251
Cluster Storage 252
Configuring Cluster Storage 252
Configuring and Optimizing Clustered Shared Volumes (CSVs) 253
Implementing Scale-Out File Server (SoFS) 254
Determining Different Scenarios for the Use of SoFS Versus Clustered File Server 256
Determining Usage Scenarios for Implementing Guest Clustering 256
Implementing a Clustered Storage Spaces Solution Using Shared SAS Storage Enclosures 257
Implementing Storage Replica 259
Implementing Shared VHDX as a Storage Solution for Guest Clusters 259
Exam Preparation Tasks 260
Review All Key Topics 260
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 261
Define Key Terms 261
Q&A 261
Chapter 15 Managing Failover Clustering 263
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 263
Foundation Topics 265
Role-Specific Settings and Continuously Available Shares 265
Role-Specific Settings 265
Continuously Available Shares 267
More Management Settings 268
Configuring VM Monitoring 268
Configuring Failover and Preference Settings 269
Implementing Stretch and Site-Aware Failover Clusters 269
Enabling and Configuring Node Fairness 271
Exam Preparation Tasks 272
Review All Key Topics 272
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 272
Define Key Terms 273
Q&A 273
Chapter 16 Storage Spaces Direct 275
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 275
Foundation Topics 277
Storage Spaces Direct 277
Determining Scenario Requirements for Implementing Storage Spaces Direct 279
Enabling Storage Spaces Direct Using Windows PowerShell 280
Disaggregated and Hyper-Converged Storage Spaces Direct 282
Implementing a Disaggregated Storage Spaces Direct Scenario in a Cluster 282
Implementing a Hyper-Converged Storage Spaces Direct Scenario in a Cluster 283
Exam Preparation Tasks 284
Review All Key Topics 284
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 284
Define Key Terms 284
Q&A 285
Chapter 17 Managing VM Movement 287
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 287
Foundation Topics 288
Moving VMs 288
Performing a Live Migration 289
Performing a Quick Migration 289
Performing a Storage Migration 290
More VM Management 291
Importing, Exporting, and Copying VMs 291
Configuring VM Network Health Protection 292
Configuring Drain on Shutdown 294
Exam Preparation Tasks 295
Review All Key Topics 295
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 296
Define Key Terms 296
Q&A 296
Chapter 18 Network Load Balancing (NLB) 299
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 299
Foundation Topics 300
Installing and Configuring NLB 300
Configuring NLB Prerequisites 301
Installing NLB Nodes 302
More NLB Configurations 306
Configuring Affinity 306
Configuring Port Rules 308
Configuring Cluster Operation Mode 308
Upgrading an NLB Cluster 309
Exam Preparation Tasks 310
Review All Key Topics 310
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 310
Define Key Terms 310
Q&A 311
Chapter 19 Maintaining Servers 313
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 313
Foundation Topics 315
Windows Server Update Services 315
Implementing Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Solutions 315
Configuring WSUS Groups 319
Managing Patches in Mixed Environments 321
Windows Defender 323
Implementing an Antimalware Solution with Windows Defender 323
Integrating Windows Defender with WSUS and Windows Update 324
Backup and Restore 326
Hyper-V Host and Hyper-V Guest 329
Active Directory 329
File Servers and Web Servers 331
Exam Preparation Tasks 331
Review All Key Topics 331
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 332
Define Key Terms 332
Q&A 332
Chapter 20 Monitoring Servers 335
“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 335
Foundation Topics 336
Performance Monitor 336
Monitoring Workloads Using Performance Monitor 337
Configuring Data Collector Sets 339
Determining Appropriate CPU, Memory, Disk, and Networking Counters for Storage and Compute Workloads 342
Configuring Alerts 342
Resource Monitor 343
Monitoring Workloads Using Resource Monitor 343
Exam Preparation Tasks 346
Review All Key Topics 347
Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 347
Define Key Terms 347
Q&A 347
Chapter 21 Final Preparation 349
Tools for Final Preparation 350
Pearson Cert Practice Test Engine and Questions on the Website 350
Customizing Your Exams 352
Updating Your Exams 352
Memory Tables 353
Chapter-Ending Review Tools 354
Suggested Plan for Final Review/Study 354
Summary 355
Appendix A Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes and Q&A Questions 357
Glossary 367
Elements Available on the Book Website
APPENDIX B Memory Tables
APPENDIX C Memory Tables Answer Key
APPENDIX D Study Planner
9780789756978, TOC, 4/19/2017

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