Windows Server Administration Fundamentals


This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.






• Installation; removal; disabling; update/upgrade; rollback; troubleshooting; Plug & Play; IRQ; interrupts; driver signing

• What services are; which statuses a service can be in; startup types; recovery options; delayed startup; Run As settings for a service; stopping or pausing a service; service accounts; dependencies

• Choosing correct OS version; partitioning; F8 options, server core vs. full; interactive install; unattended install; automated install using WDS; upgrade vs. clean install; firmware updates including BIOS

• Mail servers; database servers; collaboration servers; monitoring servers; threat management

• IIS, WWW, and FTP; separate worker processes; adding components; sites; ports; SSL; certificates

• Remote assistance; remote administration tools; Remote Desktop Services; licensing; RD Gateway; VPN; application virtualization; multiple ports

• Local printers; network printers; printer pools; web printing; web management; driver deployment; file, folder, and share permissions vs. rights; auditing; print job management

• Virtualization modes; VHDs; virtual memory; virtual networks; snapshots and saved states; physical to virtual; virtual to physical

• Domain accounts; local accounts; user profiles; group types; group scopes; group nesting; AGDLP

• Purpose of organizational units; purpose of containers; delegation; default

• Domain controllers; forests; operation masters roles; domain vs. workgroup; child domains; trusts; functional levels; namespace; sites; replication

• Group policy processing; Group Policy Management Console; computer policies; user policies; local policies

• Advantages and disadvantages of different storage types; local (SATA, SCSI, IDE); NAS; SAN; fibre channel; iSCSI; NFS; FC HBA and FC switches; iSCSI hardware

• RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and combinations; hardware and software RAID

• ATA; basic disk; dynamic disk; mount points; file systems; mounting a virtual hard disk; distributed file systems; optical disks

• Memory; disk; processor; network; 32 / 64 bits; removable drives; graphic cards; cooling; power usage; ports

• Methodology; procedures; effect of network, CPU, memory and disk; creating a baseline; perfmon; resmon; Task Manager; performance counters

• Purpose of performance logs and alerts

• BIOS; bootsector; bootloader; MBR; boot.ini; bcdedit; POST; Safe Mode

• Backup and restore; disaster recovery; clustering; AD restore; folder redirection; data redundancy; uniterruptible power supply (UPS)

• Software; driver; operating systems; applications; Windows Update; Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)

• Processes; procedures; best practices; systematic vs. specific approach; perfmon; Event Viewer; Resource Monitor; Information Technology Infrastructure Library; central logging; event filtering; default logs


• Presentation • Discussion • Practice Activities • Case Studies


• Pre test • Post test


3 Days

Target Audience

This exam is designed to provide candidates with an assessment of their knowledge of fundamental server administration concepts. It can also serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exams. It is recommended that candidates become familiar with the concepts and the technologies described here by taking relevant training courses. Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Windows Server, Windows-based networking, Active Directory, account management, and system recovery tools and concepts.


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