Exam Ref 70-740 Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016

Microsoft Press
Craig Zacker  
Microsoft Press
Total pages
January 2017

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The Exam Ref is the official study guide for Microsoft certification exam 70-740. 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 domains.

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Table of Contents

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Preparing for the exam

Chapter 1 Install Windows Servers in host and compute environments

Skill 1.1: 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

Skill 1.2: 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

Managing Nano Server remotely using PowerShell

Skill 1.3: 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


Chapter 2 Implement storage solutions

Skill 2.1: 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 (VHDs)

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

Skill 2.2: Implement server storage

Configure storage pools

Implement simple, mirror, and parity storage layout options for disks or enclosures

Configure tiered storage

Configure iSCSI target and initiator

Configure iSNS

Configure Datacenter Bridging (DCB)

Configure Multipath I/O (MPIO)

Determine usage scenarios for Storage Replica

Implement Storage Replica for server-to-server, cluster-to-cluster, and stretch cluster scenarios

Skill 2.3: Implement data deduplication

Implement and configure deduplication

Determine appropriate usage scenarios for deduplication

Monitor deduplication

Implement a backup and restore solution with deduplication


Chapter 3 Implement Hyper-V

Skill 3.1: 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

Skill 3.2: Configure virtual machine (VM) settings

Creating a virtual machine

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)

Skill 3.3: 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)

Skill 3.4: 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


Chapter 4 Implement Windows containers

Skill 4.1: 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

Skill 4.2: Manage Windows containers

Manage Windows or Linux containers using the Docker daemon

Manage Windows or Linux 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


Chapter 5 Implement high availability

Skill 5.1: 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

Skill 5.2: 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 vs. 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

Skill 5.3: 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

Skill 5.4: 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

Skill 5.5: 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

Skill 5.6: Implement Network Load Balancing (NLB)

Configure NLB prerequisites

Install NLB nodes

Configure affinity

Configure port rules

Configure cluster operation mode

Upgrade an NLB cluster


Chapter 6 Maintain and monitor server environments

Skill 6.1: 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

Skill 6.2: 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



Craig Zacker is a writer, editor, and educator who has written or contributed to dozens of books on operating systems, networking, and PC hardware, as well as several college texts and online training courses. Craig is the author of the Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, and co-authored the MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-686): Windows 7 Desktop Administrator.