Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft’s 70-412 Examination

Note: Tim Warner just completed our new “Microsoft Windows Server 201270-412” training series. Tim has already written about Microsoft’s 70-417 exam. Here, he gives the details on the 70-412 exam.
Hello, everyone! This blog post is intended to provide all the background information necessary to pass the Microsoft certification exam 70-412, Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Service Services.
As you most likely know, the 70-412 exam counts as credit towards a number of Microsoft IT Pro certifications. Here’s a list of certifications that require passing 70-412:
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), Desktop Infrastructure
MCSE: Server Infrastructure

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Start training. I will not give you “braindumps” nor any other proprietary information. This is in accordance with the Microsoft exam policies. However, I will help assess your readiness to take the 412 exam and offer tips and tricks to maximize your study time.
70-412 Exam Metadata
Below is a summary of the key components of Microsoft Exam 70-412.
Number of QuestionsApproximately 60Question Type(s)Single-answer multiple-choice; Multiple-answer multiple choice (no simulations)Time Limit:Approximately 90 minutesPassing Score:700/1000Exam RegistrationPrometricRegistration Fee$150 USDMicrosoft experimented with simulation and “virtual lab”-type exam questions in the past. The technical overhead of deploying and scoring these question types proved too costly. Therefore, Microsoft IT pro exams use the traditional multiple-choice format.
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70-412 Core Content
I recommend that you schedule your 412 exam after you have passed the introductory exams for the MCSA or MCSE series. This is because the 412 exam content assumes that you have mastered core Windows Server 2012 technologies.
Domain Name Service (DNS) is an example. You might be asked questions on the 70-410 exam about creating and managing Active Directory-integrated zones. You might be asked questions on the 412 exam about “special case” DNS situations, such as the following:
DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC).
Stub zones vs Conditional forwarders
GlobalNames zones

Do you see what my point is? The 412 is the “next level” in your existing Windows Server skills. Exam 70-412 covers the following key areas at a high level (see the official Microsoft exam blueprint to get more details):
Network Load Balancing (NLB)
Failover clustering
Migration of Hyper-V virtual machines
FSRM and File Classification Infrastructure (FCI).
Dynamic Access Control (DAC).
Built-in iSCSI initiator and target
Windows Backup and Restore
Hyper-V replica
DHCP advanced concepts (Superscopes and DHCP failover).
DNS advanced concepts (DNSSEC and Socket Pool)
IP Address Management (IPAM).
AD in a Multisite, Multi-Domain and Multiforest Environment
Trust Relationships
Sites and Replication
Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS).
Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).
Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).

Whew! It’s a lot of content!
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