70-742 Additional Notes – AD FS, WAP, and Preauthentication

September 18, 2017 at 11:07 am

When you are configuring AD FS and WAP you have two preauthentication methods and various types of preauthentication available. Here is a recap of when you would use the various methods and types:

  • AD FS preauthentication method
    • Type – Web and MSOFBA
      • WebApplication
      • Rich Office Client
      • SharePoint
      • Office Server
      • Custom WebApp
    • Type – HTTP Basic
      • Rich Client without HTTP Redirection
      • Exchange ActiveSync
      • Remote Desktop Gateway
    • Type – OAuth2
      • Application using OAuth2
      • Windows Store Apps
      • Custom Application
  • Pass-Through preauthentication method 
    • No authentication
    • Forward authentication
    • Anonymous website
    • Legacy application
    • Public website

70-742 Additional Notes – Restoring the Default GPOs

September 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm

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You may find yourself in a situation where you need to restore the default domain policy or the default domain controllers policy to their original configurations. Thankfully – there is a tool for this – it is the aptly named dcgpofix.exe command line tool. This tools offers the following options:

  • /ignoreschema- this permits the command to run regardless of the AD scheme version in use
  • /target – permits you to specify exactly what object you want to restore
  • /? – permits the display of help on the command

70-742 Additional Notes – Item-Level Targeting with Group Policy Objects (GPO)

September 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm

GPO

Item-level targeting is a feature of Group Policy that allows preference settings to be applied to individual users and/or computers within the scope of the Group Policy Object (GPO) that contains the preferences. Policy settings can also be filtered, but there are several important differences between item-level targeting of preference settings and the filters that can be used with policy settings:

  • Policy settings within a GPO can only be filtered on an all-or-nothing basis: either the entire GPO will apply to a target or it won’t. Item-level targeting allows individual preference settings within a GPO to be applied or not, based on specified criteria. Different preference settings can be applied to different groups of targets.
  • Policy settings are filtered using either security filters or WMI filters. Security filters are static and not very granular. WMI filters are dynamic and can be very granular, but the WMI Query Language in which they are written is complex and has a steep learning curve. Item-level targeting provides a great deal of granularity and an intuitive user interface for constructing filters.
  • Item-level targeting allows an administrator to specify a list of conditions that must be met in order for a preference setting to be applied to a user or computer object. The conditions in the list are connected by Boolean AND or OR operators. When the list is evaluated, if the result is true, the setting is applied; if the result is false, it isn’t.

A wide variety of criteria are available for targeting settings to users and computers, including the following:

  • Battery Present Targeting
  • Computer Name Targeting
  • CPU Speed Targeting
  • Date Match Targeting
  • Disk Space Targeting
  • Domain Targeting
  • Environment Variable Targeting
  • File Match Targeting
  • IP Address Range Targeting
  • Language Targeting
  • LDAP Query Targeting
  • MAC Address Range Targeting
  • MSI Query Targeting
  • Network Connection Targeting
  • Operating System Targeting
  • Organizational Unit Targeting
  • PCMCIA Present Targeting
  • Portable Computer Targeting
  • Processing Mode Targeting
  • RAM Targeting
  • Registry Match Targeting
  • Security Group Targeting
  • Site Targeting
  • Terminal Session Targeting
  • Time Range Targeting
  • User Targeting
  • WMI Query Targeting

Exam Review: 70-740 – Windows Server 2016!

January 12, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Overview

This exam (70-740) finally went gold recently (Jan 2017) – emerging from a long Beta period. I was super interested in the gold code since I am writing a book on how to pass it! 🙂

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

I am looking to beat that June 1 publication date by the way!

So now that the shameless self promotion is out of the way – let’s get to the exam.

The 70-740 Exam

You can expect about 47 questions on this 70-740 exam with a passing score of about 700. You have 120 minutes for the exam. Time pressure is NOT an issue. I say this even as a very fast test taker and an author of a text on how to pass.

The exam breaks down accurately into the following sections. Notice the percentage breakdown on the number of questions you will face!

  • Install Windows Servers in host and compute environments (10–15%)
  • Implement storage solutions (10–15%)
  • Implement Hyper-V (20–25%)
  • Implement Windows containers (5–10%)
  • Implement high availability (30–35%)
  • Maintain and monitor server environments (10–15%)

So the 70-740 exam is biased toward High Availability? YES! Sorry for all of you that were excited about Windows containers like I was – not a big part of this test at all as Microsoft advertised. What are the topics in the most important High Availability domain? Here they are:

  • Live Migration
  • Failover Clustering
  • Storage Spaces Direct
  • Network Load Balancing

Know these – and know them well. The exam almost seems crazily biased toward them.

Question Types

What types of questions can you expect? Here they are:

  • Simple multiple choice – this is actually the least common question type you face
  • Scenario-based multiple choice – here is your most common question type – you are presented with a scenario of text and tables and things, and then you get a bunch of multiple choice based questions on that information; the scenario does not change – just the multiple choice questions change; this is great, saving you a ton of reading since the scenario is exactly the same
  • Drag and drop steps in the correct order – you can expect bogus steps in the list of steps that you are to order; for example, you might need to select the three steps needed and order them correctly out of 7 possible steps
  • Select the correct command or parameter from a drop-down – here you choose the correct PowerShell or command line option
  • Select the correct command or parameter using drag and drop – note that this is basically the same as the above; how awesome we never need to enter in command syntax from just our brain matter – we are always selecting from options presented in some fashion

Final Thoughts

This 70-740 exam is pretty easy. Please, of course, study. But compared to previous Server exams, it is definitely on the easier scale. Knowing key facts can carry you through many questions. And you have a relative few questions to deal with. I really enjoyed how this exam hammered important facts, and not trivia.

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Exam 70-740-Part 1 of 6-Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016

October 9, 2016 at 10:44 pm

Here is a detailed breakdown of part 1 of 6 of the Exam 70-740 for Install, Storage, and Compute for Windows Server 2016. This section makes up 10 to 15% of your exam.

  • Install Windows Servers in Host and Computer Environments

    • Install, upgrade, and migrate servers and workloads
      • Determine Windows Server 2016 installation requirements
      • Determine appropriate Windows Server 2016 editions per workloads
      • Install Windows Server 2016
      • Install Windows Server 2016 features and roles
      • Install and configure Windows Server Core
      • Manage Windows Server Core installations using Windows PowerShell, command line, and remote management capabilities
      • Implement Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) to install and maintain integrity of installed environments
      • Perform upgrades and migrations of servers and core workloads from Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016
      • Determine the appropriate activation model for server installation, such as Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA), Key Management Service (KMS), and Active Directory-based Activation
    • Install and configure Nano Server
      • Determine appropriate usage scenarios and requirements for Nano Server
      • Install Nano Server
      • Implement Roles and Features on Nano Server
      • Manage and configure Nano Server
      • Manage Nano Server remotely using Windows PowerShell
    • Create, manage, and maintain images for deployment
      • Plan for Windows Server virtualization
      • Plan for Linux and FreeBSD deployments
      • Assess virtualization workloads using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit
      • Determine considerations for deploying workloads into virtualized environments
      • Update images with patches, hotfixes, and drivers
      • Install roles and features in offline images
      • Manage and maintain Windows Server Core, Nano Server images, and VHDs using Windows PowerShell

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