Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

MCSE: server infrastructure Syllabus  

General Information


The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure course trains you to acquire the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, with expertise in identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking. It prepares you in the right way to take up Microsoft’s MCSE certification. There are totally 5 papers that one has to write in order to get certified. Below given are the five papers.


Step Paper Required Exam
1 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012  70-410
2 Administering Windows Server 2012  70-411
3 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services


After successfully completing steps 1-3, you’ll earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification

4 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure 70-413
5 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure 70-414

This MCSE certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every three years.

Course Deliverables

Classroom training

Instructor-led classroom training will be given. All classes are demonstration-based. We don’t teach just theory. We teach every concept using real-time case studies. All our classrooms are digital classrooms.


Students can practice all the concepts taught in classrooms at our Lab facility. Each student will be given an individual setup to practice the lab. They need not combine and do labs. Our lab coordinators will help you when you are doing the labs

Books and workbooks

Students will be given textbooks and workbooks for the course

Course topics

Paper Topic
70–410 Installing windows server 2012
  Disk Management  MBR, GPT, VHD, Basic disk, Dynamic disk, storage pool, disk pool
  NTFS file system and its features  file permissions, quota, VSS, offline files
  Hyper-V  Creating and configuring virtual machines
  Hyper-V  Creating and configuring virtual machine storage
  Hyper-V  Creating and configuring virtual networks
  IPv4 and IPv6
  DHCP  Deployment and configuration
  DNS  Forward and reverse lookup, primary/secondary/stub zone, forwarders, root hints, caching only DNS, Dynamic DNS.
  Installing Active Directory domain controllers
  Active Directory user, group, OU management
  Create and manage Group Policy objects (GPOs)
  Configure security policies
  Configure application restriction policies
  Configure Windows Firewall
 Paper Topic
70-411 Deploy and manage Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
  Install and configure Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)
  Configure DCS to monitor servers, VMs, networking, real time performance
  Configure Distributed File system (DFS)
  Configure File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)
  Configure file and disk encryption

Paper                                                   Topic

  Configure routing
  Configure NAT
  Configure VPN
  Configure RADIUS servers
  Configure Network Access Protection
  FSMO roles
  Active Directory backup and restoration
  Active directory task delegation
  Active Directory object and container level recovery
  Advance Group Policy Object configuration and management
Paper  Topic
70-412 Configure Network Load Balancing (NLB)
  Configure failover clustering
  Manage Virtual Machine (VM) migration
  Configure advanced file services
  Implement Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
  Configure and optimize storage
  Configuring Windows server backup tool
  Bare metal recovery
  Understanding Windows booting and troubleshooting booting issues
  Configuring Hyper-V site level fault tolerance
  Advanced DHCP
  Advanced DNS
  Active Directory Forest trust relationship
  Active Directory sites and services
  Active Directory Certificate services
  Active Directory Rights Management Services (ADRMS)

70-413: ‘Designing and implementing a server infrastructure’ &

70-414: ‘Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure’ are design papers

Students are expected to come up with design solutions for various tasks and scenarios.  This paper is more oriented towards practicing in the lab. 

Paper                                           Topic

70-413 Design an automated server installation strategy
  Plan and implement a server deployment infrastructure
  Plan and implement server upgrade and migration
  Plan and deploy Virtual Machine Manager services
  Plan and implement file and storage services
  Design and maintain a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) solution
  Design a name resolution solution strategy
  Design and manage an IP address management solution
  Design a VPN solution
  Design a forest and domain infrastructure
  Design a Group Policy strategy
  Design an Active Directory permission model
  Design an Active Directory sites topology
  Design a domain controller strategy
Paper  Topic
70-414 Plan and implement failover clustering
  Plan and implement highly available network services
  Plan and implement highly available storage solution
  Plan and implement highly available server roles
  Plan and implement a business continuity and disaster recovery solution
  Plan and implement virtualization hosts
  Plan and implement virtualization guests
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