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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Server 2012

The MCSA certification can help you advance your existing information technology career. Aimed at individuals already working within the industry, this advanced certification validates your knowledge of Windows Server 2012.

In the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 course, you will master installation of Server 2012 and configuring roles and features. You will also learn about Hyper-V and deploy and configure core network services like DHCP, DNS, and IP Addresses. You will advance by gaining expertise in installing and administering active directory and managing group policy in enterprise environments. You will also learn tasks related to administering Windows Server 2012, such as Windows Deployment Services, Path Management with WSUS, and server monitoring. Gain experience configuring File and Print Services while exploring DFS, FSRM, encryption, and auditing. Configure network services and access like DNS zones and records, VPNs, and DirectAccess. You will also configure NPS and advanced Group Policy options and manage Active Directory.

Learn how to configure high availability through clustering and network load balancing. Explore advanced file services, Dynamic Access Control, and optimizing storage. Manage business continuity and disaster recovery, manage network services, and explore advanced active directory infrastructure objects like forests, domains, trusts, and sites. In addition, manage roles like AD Federation Services, Certificate Services, and AD Rights Management Services. This training course prepares you to take the Microsoft 70-410, 70-411, and 70-412 certification exams. This course offers enrollment with or without vouchers. The vouchers are prepaid access to sit for the certifying exams upon eligibility. Upon passing these exams, you will earn the MCSA: Server 2012 Certification. Train in labs using real Microsoft client and server operating systems to gain experience.

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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Server 2012

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES853

What You Will Learn
  • Master the installation and configuration of Microsoft Server 2012
  • Gain expertise in installing and administering active directory and managing group policy in enterprise environments
  • Practice concepts taught using real Microsoft client and server operating systems
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 230 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain hands-on experience using Microsoft server and operating systems
  • Earn an advanced MCSA certification that will help you advance your existing IT career
  • Receive vouchers to take three Microsoft certification exams
  • Further your skills for a successful career as a computer user support specialist, computer network architect, IT support specialist, or computer systems support specialist


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Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Begin the course by learning the fundamentals of Windows Server 2012. Learn how to install, configure, and allocate storage for the server.

Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (Continued)

Continue on to develop an understanding of how to manage accounts, install directories, and configure groups. You'll understand how to delegate control, automate accounts, and understand different domain services.

Administering Windows Server 2012

Learn about WDS and WSUS installation and configuration. Explore WDS image modification. Move on to discuss monitoring services and file management systems.

Administering Windows Server 2012 (Continued)

Complete this module by learning about event subscriptions, encryption, and services. You'll also understand NAP and AD management, as well as group policy best practices.

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Master an understanding of high availability and storage, backup and recovery services, and AD infrastructure and roles.

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (Continued)

Complete the course by understanding your options when it comes to AD certificate services and how to best manage certificates.

  1. Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    1. Installing Server 2012 and Hyper-V
      1. Installing Server 2012
      2. Configure Server Core
      3. Configure Local Storage
      4. Configure Hyper-V
      5. Configure Hyper-V in R2
    2. AD Installation and Configuring AD Objects
      1. Active Directory Installation
      2. Manage Accounts
      3. Deploy IaaS
      4. Configure Domain Controllers
      5. Configure Groups
      6. Configure Organizational Units
      7. Delegate Control
      8. Automate Accounts
      9. Windows PowerShell
    3. File and Share Access, Printers and Group Policy
      1. Share and NTFS Permissions
      2. Manage Storage
      3. Word Folders
      4. Install and Configure Printers
      5. Group Policy Essentials
      6. GPO Central Store and Refresh
      7. Manage Group Policy Scope and Preferences
      8. Group Policy Security and Templates
      9. Group Policy Application Enforcement
    4. Domain Services
      1. IPv4
      2. IPv6
      3. DHCP
      4. DNS
    5. Remote Administration and Windows Firewall
      1. Remote Management
      2. Windows Firewall
  2. Administering Windows Server 2012
    1. WDS and WSUS
      1. Installing and Configuring WDS
      2. PowerShell for WDS
      3. WDS Server Properties and Discover Images
      4. WDS Image Modification and Capture
      5. WSUS Installation
      6. WSUS Configuration
    2. Monitoring Services and File System Management
      1. Task Manager
      2. Data Collector Sets
      3. Performance Monitor
      4. Performance Alerts
      5. Event Subscriptions
      6. FSRM
      7. DFS
      8. Encryption
      9. BitLocker
    3. Services
      1. DNS Records
      2. DNS Zones
      3. VPN
      4. Routing
      5. DirectAccess
      6. Web Application Proxies
    4. NAP and AD Management
      1. NAT
      2. RADIUS
      3. NPS
      4. NAP
      5. AD Authentication Services
      6. AD UGMC and Operations Masters
      7. RODC and Coned Domain Controllers
      8. AD Maintenance
      9. AD Account Policies
    5. Group Policy
      1. Configure Group Policy Processing
      2. Configure Group Policy Settings
      3. Manage Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
      4. Configure Group Policy Preferences (GPP)
  3. Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
    1. High Availability and Storage
      1. Configure Network Load Balancing
      2. Configure Clustering
      3. Manage Failover Cluster Roles
      4. Manage VM Movement
      5. Configure and Optimize Storage
      6. Dynamic Access Control
      7. Configure Advanced File Services
    2. Backup and Recovery and Services
      1. Manage Backups
      2. Recover Settings
      3. Configure Site-Level Fault Tolerance
      4. Advanced DHCP
      5. Advanced DNS
      6. Configure and Manage IPAM
    3. AD Infrastructure and Roles
      1. Configure Forests
      2. Configure Domains
      3. Configure Sites
      4. Manage AD and SYSVOL Replication
      5. Configure AD RMS
      6. Implement ADFS
    4. Certificate Services
      1. AD Certificate Services
      2. Manage Certificates
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Instructors & Support

David Grimes

David Grimes has more than 10 years of management and leadership experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Grimes is passionate about technology and education, having worked as academic dean, student services director, technology coordinator, teacher, consultant, and technology columnist. He holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, both in Technology Education.

Chintan Thakkar

Chintan Thakkar has more than 10 years of teaching and instructional designer experience in Information Technology. His areas of expertise include networking, and server and storage systems management. From an instructional design and teaching perspective, he focuses on (Cisco) CCNA, Networking, Server, and Cloud Computing courses. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University and earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from South Gujarat University in Surat, India.




This is an advanced level course. You should have a base knowledge about computer hardware, installing hard drives, installing and navigating operation systems, and basic networking knowledge. It is recommended that you either first take CompTIA A+ and Network+ or have the equivalent of two years of experience working with computers.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac. Mac users are encouraged to have access to a Windows environment on their device.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, this course prepares you to take the MCSA certification exams 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412, which qualify you for the MCSA: Server 2012 Certification. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive vouchers for these Microsoft exams.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

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