Free Guide Friday! Updated “Early Experts” Study Guide for new MCSA Exams: Exam 70-410

This month, Microsoft Learning has updated the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification exams to include new exam questions that relate to Windows Server 2012 R2.  If you’re currently preparing for MCSA certification, you’ll definitely want to check out the updated exam topics. To help you prepare for the new exam topics in each MCSA exam,…


UPDATE: FREE Hands-on "Virtual Study Halls" with Live Expert Q&A

NEW HOURS! Based on popular demand, we’ve updated the hours for “Early Experts” Virtual Study Hall assistance – Fridays each week from 11AM to 1PM Eastern Time. – – – – – – – – – – There’s so many cool features to explore in the latest Windows infrastructure offerings that it’s hard to find…

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Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012 Storage Server in the Cloud with Windows Azure

Big data is everywhere, and the cloud is no different! Windows Server 2012 can leverage the new Storage Spaces feature and integrated iSCSI Target Server role to provide SAN-like storage capabilities when presenting storage to other servers.  When studying these features in Windows Server 2012, we can provide a functional shared storage lab environment using…

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Step-by-Step: Building a Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Forest in the Cloud with Windows Azure

Often times, applications that we’re deploying to the cloud may expect Windows Server Active Directory to be present for authentication and identity management.  With Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, we can deploy Windows Server Active Directory on the Windows Azure cloud platform to support these security needs.  Best of all, you can test…

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Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417

This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 and Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012: Configure Hyper-V (17%) Create…


Managing Windows Server 2012 Workgroup Servers Remotely

Everyone loves the new Server Manager dashboard in Windows Server 2012 for managing multiple servers remotely.  However, I frequently get questions at my IT Camp events on managing not only domain-joined servers, but also servers that may be in a workgroup or isolated domain. One of my friends and colleagues, Tommy Patterson, recently posted a…

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Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – December Sweepstakes

You could win a FREE exam voucher pack for the MCSA on Windows Server 2012 certification! In December 2012, we are sponsoring an “Early Experts” Challenge Sweepstakes for IT Pros located in the US!  To be eligible, you’ll just need to complete one new Knowledge Quest on Windows Server 2012 between Dec 3rd and Dec…

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Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Networking in Windows Server 2012 – "Early Experts" Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417

This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 and Exam 70-417, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012: Configure Hyper-V (17%) Create…


Configuring DHCP in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410

This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012: Deploy and Configure Core Network Services (16%) Deploy and configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)…

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IPv6 Bootcamp – Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410

This study guide is provided as part of the Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge and steps through the resources that I personally used when preparing for the following exam objectives on Exam 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012: Deploy and Configure Core Network Services (16%) Configure IPv6 and IPv4 addressing Configure IP addressing…