70-741 Study Guide: Networking with Windows Server 2016

The 70-741: Networking 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 70-741 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.

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

Books that covers the whole exam

Exam Ref 70-741 Networking with Windows Server 2016
The Exam Ref is the official study guide for Microsoft certification exam 70-741. Featuring concise, objective-by-objective reviews and strategic case scenarios and Thought Experiments, exam candidates get professional-level preparation for the exam. The Exam Ref helps candidates maximize their performance on the exam and sharpen their job-role skills. It organizes material by the exam’s objective domainsLinks:

MCSA Windows Server 2016 Study Guide: Exam 70-741
MCSA Windows Server 2016 Study Guide: Exam 70-741 offers complete preparation for the second exam in the MCSA series. With comprehensive coverage of all exam objectives led by a four-time Microsoft MVP winner, this book is your ideal companion for thorough preparation. Optimize your study time with hundreds of practice questions that pinpoint your weak spots, and try your hand at real-world application with exercises that reflect the MCSA skill set. Access to the Sybex interactive online practice test environment provides electronic flashcards, a glossary, practice exams and more, so you can study anywhere, any time; this invaluable study guide goes beyond mere review to help you enter the exam with full confidence in your abilities.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.

Implementing Windows Server 2016 DNS
In this course, you will learn how to deploy, manage, and secure Windows Server 2016 DNS servers.

Implementing and Securing Windows Server 2016 Core Networking
Windows Server 2016 makes it easier than ever to meet even the strictest network security requirements. In this course, you learn step-by-step how to configure a production ready Windows Server 2016 network from the ground up.

Implementing Windows Server 2016 DHCP
This course will teach you everything you need to implement DHCP in a Windows 2016 environment including installation, configuration, and management of the DHCP server role.

Implement Windows Server 2016 IP Address Management (IPAM)
This course will teach you how to deploy, manage, and secure Windows Server 2016 IPAM servers.

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.

Planning and Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016
DirectAccess provides seamless and transparent always-on remote connectivity for Windows clients. This course will teach you how to plan for and implement a remote access solution using DirectAccess.

Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016
This course will teach you how to create a highly available DirectAccess infrastructure, enforce strong user authentication, enable and configure monitoring and reporting, configure manage out, and how to effectively troubleshoot DirectAccess.

Implementing Windows Server 2016 Distributed Networking Services
Windows DFS and BranchCache are two powerful Windows Server features that allow organizations to provide efficient data access across distributed locations. This course explains how to plan, configure, and troubleshoot both of these technologies.

Implementing Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Networking
 Networking is often times the most complex aspect of a datacenter and even more so when part of a virtualization solution. This course will teach you all about SDNv2 and how to deploy in your environment.

Cert Exam Prep: MCSA: Windows Server 2016: Exam 70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016
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)

20741A: Networking with Windows Server 2016 (5 Days)
This 5-day classroom-based course provides the fundamental networking skills required to deploy and support Windows Server 2016 in most organizations. It covers IP fundamentals, remote access technologies, and more advanced content including Software Defined Networking.

Articles / Blog Posts per objective <In Progress>

Implement Domain Name System (DNS) (15–20%)

  • Install and configure DNS servers
    • Determine DNS installation requirements, determine supported DNS deployment scenarios on Nano Server, install DNS, configure forwarders, configure Root Hints, configure delegation, implement DNS policies, implement DNS global settings using Windows PowerShell, configure Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), configure DNS Socket Pool, configure cache locking, enable Response Rate Limiting, configure DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE), configure DNS logging, configure delegated administration, configure recursion settings, implement DNS performance tuning, configure global settings using Windows PowerShell
  • Create and configure DNS zones and records
    • Create primary zones; configure Active Directory integration of primary zones; create and configure secondary zones; create and configure stub zones; configure a GlobalNames zone; analyze zone-level statistics; create and configure DNS Resource Records (RR), including A, AAAA, PTR, SOA, NS, SRV, CNAME, and MX records; configure zone scavenging; configure record options, including Time To Live (TTL) and weight; configure round robin; configure secure dynamic updates; configure unknown record support; use DNS audit events and analytical (query) events for auditing and troubleshooting; configure Zone Scopes; configure records in Zone Scopes; configure policies for zones

Implement DHCP (15–20%)

  • Install and configure DHCP
    • Install and configure DHCP servers, authorize a DHCP server, create and configure scopes, create and configure superscopes and multicast scopes, configure a DHCP reservation, configure DHCP options, configure DNS options from within DHCP, configure policies, configure client and server for PXE boot, configure DHCP Relay Agent, implement IPv6 addressing using DHCPv6, perform export and import of a DHCP server, perform DHCP server migration
  • Manage and maintain DHCP
    • Configure a lease period, back up and restore the DHCP database, configure high availability using DHCP failover, configure DHCP name protection, troubleshoot DHCP

Implement IP Address Management (IPAM) (15–20%)

  • Install and configure IP Address Management (IPAM)
    • Provision IPAM manually or by using Group Policy, configure server discovery, create and manage IP blocks and ranges, monitor utilization of IP address space, migrate existing workloads to IPAM, configure IPAM database storage using SQL Server, determine scenarios for using IPAM with System Center Virtual Machine Manager for physical and virtual IP address space management
  • Manage DNS and DHCP using IPAM
    • Manage DHCP server properties using IPAM, configure DHCP scopes and options, configure DHCP policies and failover, manage DNS server properties using IPAM, manage DNS zones and records, manage DNS and DHCP servers in multiple Active Directory forests, delegate administration for DNS and DHCP using role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Audit IPAM
    • Audit the changes performed on the DNS and DHCP servers, audit the IPAM address usage trail, audit DHCP lease events and user logon events

Implement network connectivity and remote access solutions (25–30%)

  • Implement network connectivity solutions
    • Implement Network Address Translation (NAT), configure routing
  • Implement virtual private network (VPN) and DirectAccess solutions
    • Implement remote access and site-to-site (S2S) VPN solutions using remote access gateway, configure different VPN protocol options, configure authentication options, configure VPN reconnect, create and configure connection profiles, determine when to use remote access VPN and site-to-site VPN and configure appropriate protocols, install and configure DirectAccess, implement server requirements, implement client configuration, troubleshoot DirectAccess
  • Implement Network Policy Server (NPS)
    • Configure a RADIUS server including RADIUS proxy, configure RADIUS clients, configure NPS templates, configure RADIUS accounting, configure certificates, configure Connection Request Policies, configure network policies for VPN and wireless and wired clients, import and export NPS policies

Implement core and distributed network solutions (10–15%)

  • Implement IPv4 and IPv6 addressing
    • Configure IPv4 addresses and options; determine and configure appropriate IPv6 addresses; configure IPv4 or IPv6 subnetting; implement IPv6 stateless addressing; configure interoperability between IPv4 and IPv6 by using ISATAP, 6to4, and Teredo scenarios; configure Border Gateway Protocol (BGP); configure IPv4 and IPv6 routing
  • Implement Distributed File System (DFS) and Branch Office solutions
    • Install and configure DFS namespaces; configure DFS replication targets; configure replication scheduling; configure Remote Differential Compression (RDC) settings; configure staging; configure fault tolerance; clone a Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) database; recover DFSR databases; optimize DFS Replication; install and configure BranchCache; implement distributed and hosted cache modes; implement BranchCache for web, file, and application servers; troubleshoot BranchCache

Implement an advanced network infrastructure (10–15%)

  • Implement high performance network solutions
    • Implement NIC Teaming or the Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) solution, and identify when to use each; enable and configure Receive Side Scaling (RSS); enable and configure network Quality of Service (QoS) with Data Center Bridging (DCB); enable and configure SMB Direct on Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) enabled network adapters; enable and configure SMB Multichannel; enable and configure virtual Receive Side Scaling (vRSS) on a Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) capable network adapter; enable and configure Virtual Machine Multi-Queue (VMMQ); enable and configure Single-Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) on a supported network adapter
  • Determine scenarios and requirements for implementing software-defined networking (SDN)
    • Determine deployment scenarios and network requirements for deploying SDN; determine requirements and scenarios for implementing Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) using Network Virtualization Generic Route Encapsulation (NVGRE) encapsulation or Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) encapsulation; determine scenarios for implementation of Software Load Balancer (SLB) for North-South and East-West load balancing; determine implementation scenarios for various types of Windows Server Gateways, including L3, GRE, and S2S, and their use; determine requirements and scenarios for distributed firewall policies and network security groups

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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