Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure


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• Design considerations including thin, thick, and hybrid images, image type (boot, install, capture, discover), image format (VHD or WIM), number of images based on operating system or hardware platform, drivers, and operating features

• Prepare the operating system for capture; create capture images using Windows Deployment Services (WDS); create capture images manually; capture an image to an existing or new WIM file; capture an operating system image using Microsoft System Center 2012–Configuration Manager; prepare an existing VM to be used as a base image for a new VDI desktop pool

• Update VHD images using the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (OVMST); apply updates, drivers, settings, and files to online and offline images; apply service packs to images; install applications into images

• Design considerations including Lite Touch, Zero Touch, local install, and Windows to Go, capacity and scale, required changes to the infrastructure, client boot method for deployment, scheduling, staggered deployment, network load, multi-site topology and distribution points, and physical vs. virtual

• Install and configure WDS; install and configure Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT); configure network services to support deployments; configure System Center 2012–Configuration Manager including multi-site topology and distribution points; configure multi-server topology; configure autonomous and replica WDS servers

• Configure unicast/multicast; add images to WDS; configure scheduling; optimize network load; create and manage unattended answer files; restrict who can receive images; manage configuration phases

• Configure task sequencing; configure MDT and System Center 2012–Configuration Manager integration; configure System Center 2012–Configuration Manager for operating system deployment; configure unicast/multicast; configure advertisements; optimize network load; create and manage unattended answer files

• Design considerations including determining which user data and settings to preserve, hard-link vs. remote storage, mitigation plan for non-migrated applications, and wipe-and-load migration vs. side-by-side migration; estimate migration store size; secure migrated data; create a User State Migration Tool (USMT) package

• Plan for and configure session collections; plan for and configure session properties; plan for and configure redirection settings; plan for and configure profiles

• Plan for and configure virtual desktop templates; plan for and implement highly available VMs; plan for and implement guest resource optimization; configure placement rules; plan for and configure virtual network optimization; plan for storage optimization

• Plan for and configure a session host server farm; plan for and configure re-direction mode

• Plan for and configure Remote Desktop Resource Authorization Policy (RD RAP); plan for and configure Remote Desktop Client Authorization Policy (RD CAP); plan for and configure certificates for Gateway servers; plan for and configure SSL bridging; plan for and configure Network Access Protection (NAP) integration

• Plan for and configure highly available Remote Desktop Web Access; plan for and configure single sign on; plan for and configure SSL; customize the Web Access interface

• Design and configure mandatory and roaming profiles; manage profile disks; design and configure folder redirection; configure user device affinity; manage user state in shared and pooled desktops

• Install the RemoteFX role service; configure local resource redirection; configure RemoteFX USB redirection; configure custom RDP settings

• Configure Encrypting File System (EFS); plan for device restriction policies; manage removable media restrictions; configure advanced auditing; configure Microsoft System Center 2012–Endpoint Protection; configure User Account Control (UAC)

• Apply Windows Updates; manage VM pool patching; integrate WSUS with System Center 2012–Virtual Machine Manager and System Center 2012–Configuration Manager; apply template-based virtual desktop updates; implement multi-tier WSUS

• Monitor the performance of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) servers and VM guests; monitor the health of RDS servers and VM guests; perform capacity analysis; identify and remediate performance bottlenecks

• Create and configure virtual desktop collections including pooled or personal virtual desktop collections and managed or unmanaged collections; create and configure Remote Desktop Session Host collections


• Presentation • Discussion • Practice Activities • Case Studies


• Pre test • Post test


5 Days

Target Audience

This exam is part one of a series of two exams that test the skills and knowledge necessary to design, implement, and maintain a Windows Server 2012 desktop infrastructure in an enterprise scaled, highly virtualized environment. Passing this exam validates a candidate’s ability to plan, configure, and implement the Windows Server 2012 desktop services, such as desktop imaging and deployment, application/desktop virtualization, and RDP access and infrastructure. Passing this exam along with the other exam confirms that a candidate has the skills and knowledge necessary for designing, deploying, and maintaining desktop infrastructure services in a Windows Server 2012 environment.


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