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

The 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 exam is one of the three exams required to get your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server 2016 Certification. This 70-740 study guide was created to help you find materials to study, and ace the exam. I will share both free and paid options, whether books, video training or simply links to articles and blog posts. I will not share any dumps as those are against the Microsoft Terms of Service, and by using dumps, we decrease the value of our certifications.

70-740 Study Guide

Certification Path

Exam Name

Link to Exam on Microsoft Learning

Study Guide

70-740 Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 70-740 Study Guide: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016
70-741 Networking with Windows Server 2016 Networking with Windows Server 2016 70-741 Study Guide: Networking with Windows Server 2016
70-742 Identity with Windows Server 2016 Identity with Windows Server 2016 70-742 Study Guide: Identity with Windows Server 2016

70-740 Study Guide

Books that covers the whole exam

70-740 Study Guide

Exam Ref 70-740 Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016
Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-740—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Windows Server 2016 installation, storage, and compute features and capabilities. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.Links:

70-740 Study Guide

MCSA Windows Server 2016 Study Guide: Exam 70-740
MCSA Windows Server 2016 Study Guide is your ultimate resource for Exam 70-740. Covering 100% of all exam objectives, this study guide goes far beyond concept review with real-world scenarios containing expert insights, chapter review questions, hands-on practice exercises while the Sybex interactive learning environment provides additional last minute review through practice exams, electronic flashcards, and searchable glossary. This new edition has been fully updated to align with the Windows Server 2016 exam, featuring authoritative coverage of installation, configuration, server roles, Hyper-V, core network services, Active Directory, Group Policy, security, remote access, disaster recovery, and more.Links:

 

Video Training for the exam

NOTE: Pluralsight is a paid resource unlike Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy which are free. The quality they provide is also superior because of all the quality checks they go through, and the instructors are one of the best in the industry. The Pluralsight courses have a link to where you can get a free trial and decide for yourself if paying a subscription or not is worth it, but the 10-day free trial should allow you to view all those courses for free.

Introducing the Windows Server 2016 MCSA and the 70-740 Exam
In this course, you’ll learn about Pluralsight’s seven course learning path for Windows Server 2016.

Installing Windows Server 2016
This course will explore the many ways, both manual and highly automated, to install Windows Server 2016 in its GUI, Server Core, and Nano Server installation options.

Implementing High Availability in Windows Server 2016
The need for always-on applications in this day and age is at an all-time high, and so the need for high availability technologies. This course explores preparing, configuring, and managing high availability technologies in Windows Server 2016.

Implementing Windows Server 2016 Storage Solutions
In this course, you will learn how to configure disks and volumes, implement server storage, and configure data deduplication within your Windows Server 2016 environment.

Implementing Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
Hyper-V can provide you with some very powerful automation. This course will explore the beyond-the-basic details of storage, networking, and virtual machine management in a single-server Hyper-V environment.

Implementing Windows Server 2016 Connectivity and Remote Access
Windows Server 2016 can function as a NAT router, a remote access VPN server, a site-to-site VPN server, and a RADIUS server. This course explains and demonstrates how to configure each of these roles.

Implementing Containers on Windows Server 2016
 In this course, you will learn how to deploy and manage containers on Windows Server 2016 in your own environment.

Maintaining and Monitoring Windows Server 2016
This course prepares IT ops for the “Maintain and Monitor Server Environments” portion of the Microsoft 70-740 Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 exam.

Cert Exam Prep: MCSA: Windows Server 2016: Exam 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute
This Certification Exam Prep session is designed for people experienced with Windows Server who are interested in taking the 70-740 exam or the 70-743 exam. These exams are required for the new MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification. Attendees of this session can expect to review the topics covered in these exams in a fast-paced format, as well as receive some valuable test taking techniques. Attendees leave with an understanding of how Microsoft certification works, what are the key topics covered in the exams, and an exhaustive look at resources for finalizing getting ready for the exam. The session is led by a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), experienced in delivering sessions on these topics.

Instructor-led training (Microsoft Official Courses)

Course 20740A: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (5 Days)
This five-day course is designed primarily for IT professionals who have some experience with Windows Server. It is designed for professionals who will be responsible for managing storage and compute by using Windows Server 2016, and who need to understand the scenarios, requirements, and storage and compute options that are available and applicable to Windows Server 2016.

Articles / Blog Posts per objective <In Progress>

Install Windows Servers in host and compute environments (10–15%)

  • 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

Implement storage solutions (10–15%)

  • Configure disks and volumes
    • Configure sector sizes appropriate for various workloads, configure GUID partition table (GPT) disks, create VHD and VHDX files using Server Manager or Windows PowerShell, mount virtual hard disks, determine when to use NTFS and ReFS file systems, configure NFS and SMB shares using Server Manager, configure SMB share and session settings using Windows PowerShell, configure SMB server and SMB client configuration settings using Windows PowerShell, configure file and folder permissions
  • Implement server storage
    • Configure storage pools; implement simple, mirror, and parity storage layout options for disks or enclosures; expand storage pools; configure Tiered Storage; configure iSCSI target and initiator; configure iSNS; configure Datacenter Bridging (DCB); configure Multi-Path IO (MPIO); determine usage scenarios for Storage Replica; implement Storage Replica for server-to-server, cluster-to-cluster, and stretch cluster scenarios
  • Implement data deduplication
    • Implement and configure deduplication, determine appropriate usage scenarios for deduplication, monitor deduplication, implement a backup and restore solution with deduplication

Implement Hyper-V (20–25%)

  • Install and configure Hyper-V
    • Determine hardware and compatibility requirements for installing Hyper-V, install Hyper-V, install management tools, upgrade from existing versions of Hyper-V, delegate virtual machine management, perform remote management of Hyper-V hosts, configure virtual machines using Windows PowerShell Direct, implement nested virtualization
  • Configure virtual machine (VM) settings
    • Add or remove memory in running a VM, configure dynamic memory, configure Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) support, configure smart paging, configure Resource Metering, manage Integration Services, create and configure Generation 1 and 2 VMs and determine appropriate usage scenarios, implement enhanced session mode, create Linux and FreeBSD VMs, install and configure Linux Integration Services (LIS), install and configure FreeBSD Integration Services (BIS), implement Secure Boot for Windows and Linux environments, move and convert VMs from previous versions of Hyper-V to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V, export and import VMs, implement Discrete Device Assignment (DDA)
  • Configure Hyper-V storage
    • Create VHDs and VHDX files using Hyper-V Manager, create shared VHDX files, configure differencing disks, modify virtual hard disks, configure pass-through disks, resize a virtual hard disk, manage checkpoints, implement production checkpoints, implement a virtual Fibre Channel adapter, configure storage Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Configure Hyper-V networking
    • Add and remove virtual network interface cards (vNICs), configure Hyper-V virtual switches, optimize network performance, configure MAC addresses, configure network isolation, configure synthetic and legacy virtual network adapters, configure NIC teaming in VMs, configure virtual machine queue (VMQ), enable Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) on network adapters bound to a Hyper-V virtual switch using Switch Embedded Teaming (SET), configure Bandwidth Management

Implement Windows containers (5–10%)

  • Deploy Windows containers
    • Determine installation requirements and appropriate scenarios for Windows containers, install and configure Windows Server container host in physical or virtualized environments, install and configure Windows Server container host to Windows Server Core or Nano Server in a physical or virtualized environment, install Docker on Windows Server and Nano Server, configure Docker daemon start-up options, configure Windows PowerShell for use with containers, install a base operating system, tag an image, uninstall an operating system image, create Windows Server containers, create Hyper-V containers
  • Manage Windows containers
    • Manage Windows containers using the Docker daemon, manage Windows containers using Windows PowerShell, manage container networking, manage container data volumes, manage Resource Control, create new container images using Dockerfile, manage container images using DockerHub repository for public and private scenarios, manage container images using Microsoft Azure

Implement high availability (30–35%)

  • Implement high availability and disaster recovery options in Hyper-V
    • Implement Hyper-V Replica, implement Live Migration, implement Shared Nothing Live Migration, configure CredSSP or Kerberos authentication protocol for Live Migration, implement storage migration
  • Implement failover clustering
    • Implement Workgroup, Single, and Multi Domain clusters; configure quorum; configure cluster networking; restore single node or cluster configuration; configure cluster storage; implement Cluster-Aware Updating; implement Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade; configure and optimize clustered shared volumes (CSVs); configure clusters without network names; implement Scale-Out File Server (SoFS); determine different scenarios for the use of SoFS versus clustered File Server; determine usage scenarios for implementing guest clustering; implement a Clustered Storage Spaces solution using Shared SAS storage enclosures; implement Storage Replica; implement Cloud Witness; implement VM resiliency; implement shared VHDX as a storage solution for guest clusters
  • Implement Storage Spaces Direct
    • Determine scenario requirements for implementing Storage Spaces Direct, enable Storage Spaces direct using Windows PowerShell, implement a disaggregated Storage Spaces Direct scenario in a cluster, implement a hyper-converged Storage Spaces Direct scenario in a cluster
  • Manage failover clustering
    • Configure role-specific settings, including continuously available shares; configure VM monitoring; configure failover and preference settings; implement stretch and site-aware failover clusters; enable and configure node fairness
  • Manage VM movement in clustered nodes
    • Perform a live migration; perform a quick migration; perform a storage migration; import, export, and copy VMs; configure VM network health protection; configure drain on shutdown
  • Implement Network Load Balancing (NLB)
    • Install NLB nodes, configure NLB prerequisites, configure affinity, configure port rules, configure cluster operation mode, upgrade an NLB cluster

Maintain and monitor server environments (10–15%)

  • Maintain server installations
    • Implement Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) solutions; configure WSUS groups; manage patch management in mixed environments; implement an antimalware solution with Windows Defender; integrate Windows Defender with WSUS and Windows Update; perform backup and restore operations using Windows Server Backup; determine backup strategies for different Windows Server roles and workloads, including Hyper-V Host, Hyper-V Guests, Active Directory, File Servers, and Web Servers using Windows Server 2016 native tools and solutions
  • Monitor server installations
    • Monitor workloads using Performance Monitor; configure Data Collector Sets; determine appropriate CPU, memory, disk, and networking counters for storage and compute workloads; configure alerts; monitor workloads using Resource Monitor

Additional Tips

I think the best thing that you can do after reading this, or even meanwhile, is to prepare some Virtual Machines either on your computer, or on a small server, and try to install Windows Server 2016, and play with those features, follow the tutorials and you shouldn’t have any problems with the exam!

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