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Exam 70-357 Developing Mobile Apps

Published: July 22, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: Developers
Technology: Visual Studio Community
Credit toward certification: MCSD

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Develop a XAML page layout for an adaptive UI (10–15%)
Construct a page layout
Configure a RelativePanel layout; select the appropriate XAML layout panel based on the UI requirement; configure a grid with appropriate column and row properties; configure alignment, margins, and padding
Implement responsive and adaptive UI behaviors
Differentiate between responsive and adaptive UI behaviors, create responsive and adaptive UIs by using VisualStateManager and AdaptiveTriggers, implement settings syntax for element properties and attached properties
Create and use custom controls within an adaptive UI
Evaluate when to create a custom control; create a custom control; implement styles, themes, and resource dictionaries; apply styles to custom controls by using Generic.xaml
Optimize a page layout
Reduce complexity for performance gains, reduce unnecessary nesting

Implement page navigation and lifecycle events (10–15%)
Choose the appropriate navigation structure for an app
Evaluate when to implement the Hub, Master/Details, Tabs and Pivot, and Nav Pane navigation patterns; evaluate when to implement a custom navigation pattern
Implement Nav Pane navigation
Load page content by using Frame.Navigate, implement page navigation by using the Nav Pane pattern; implement a SplitView control for use as a navigation pane; support accessibility requirements within navigation by implementing key based navigation, UI automation, and narrator; handle Back button behavior for different Windows 10 device families
Manage app activation
Launch an app, activate an app on Startup, implement activation from a deep link, implement activation based on Search integration, implement activation from a secondary tile
Manage app suspension and resuming
Prepare an app for suspension, resume from suspension or termination, extend execution and monitor suspension errors

Implement data access and data binding (20–25%)
Access data by using Entity Framework (EF)
Access data by using EFCore with SQLite, implement a local SQLite database
Implement the {Binding} extension
Implement the {x:Bind} extension
Implement MVVM classes and class interactions
Implement event binding by applying command patterns, implement a Dispatcher to update the UI thread with async return data
Implement app-to-app communications
Integrate a Share contract to share content with another app, integrate drag-and-drop, launch an app for results, implement app extensions, implement App Services
Implement REST Web Services
Implement JSON and data serialization, access cloud data and Web APIs by using HttpClient
Implement file system access
Manage storage by using StorageFile, StorageFolder, and StorageItem; access a file location by using FilePickers; implement data roaming and roaming folders

Implement feature detection for adaptive coding (10–15%)
Implement API detection within adaptive code
Implement Type detection within adaptive code
Implement supported capabilities
Implement support for a microphone, implement support for a webcam, implement support for location, implement support for enterprise authentication

Manage user input and custom user interactions (10–15%)
Implement command bars, flyouts, and dialogs
Implement command bars and AppBarButton buttons, implement context menus and menu flyouts, implement content dialogs, display a tooltip by using ToolTipService, display a pop-up menu, implement control over app settings
Implement support for traditional and touch input devices
Support touch input, support mouse input, support keyboard and virtual keyboard input
Implement speech and voice commands
Support speech synthesis, support speech recognition, support Cortana integration, support Personal Assistant Launch capability, support voice commands
Implement alternative forms of input
Implement inking, implement camera input, implement location services and GPS input

Manage authentication and identity management (10–15%)
Implement authentication using Web Authentication Broker
Implement web service authentication, implement OAuth, implement Azure Active Directory authentication
Manage credentials securely with Credential Locker
Implement two-factor authentication
Implement two-factor authentication using Microsoft Passport, implement two-factor authentication using Windows Hello

Implement notifications, background tasks, and reusable components (20–25%)

Create and consume class libraries and Windows Runtime components
Develop Windows Runtime components, develop class libraries, integrate class libraries and Windows Runtime components
Implement tile and toast notifications
Implement adaptive and interactive toast notifications, implement local tile notifications
Create and register a background task
Create a background task project and reference the background task within a project, implement background task event triggers and conditions
Implement and manage a background task
Monitor background task progress and completion, manage task lifecycle, share data and events between an app and its background tasks, call a background task directly
Create and consume a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app service
Specify the AppService extension, implement app service as a background task, deploy the app service provider, call app services

 

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Exam 70-740 Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (beta)

Published: October 3, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2016
Credit toward certification: MCSA

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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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
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

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Exam 70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Published: June 7, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows 10
Credit toward certification: MCSA

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

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Implement Windows (30–35%)
Prepare for installation requirements
Determine hardware requirements and compatibility; choose between an upgrade and a clean installation; determine appropriate editions according to device type; determine requirements for particular features, such as Hyper-V, Cortana, Miracast, Virtual Smart Cards, and Secure Boot; determine and create appropriate installation media
Install Windows
Perform clean installations, upgrade using Windows Update, upgrade using installation media, configure native boot scenarios, migrate from previous versions of Windows, install to virtual hard disk (VHD), boot from VHD, install on bootable USB, install additional Windows features, configure Windows for additional regional and language support
Configure devices and device drivers
Install, update, disable, and roll back drivers; resolve driver issues; configure driver settings, including signed and unsigned drivers; manage driver packages; download and import driver packages; use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool to add packages
Perform post-installation configuration
Configure and customize start menu, desktop, taskbar, and notification settings, according to device type; configure accessibility options; configure Cortana; configure Microsoft Edge; configure Internet Explorer; configure Hyper-V; configure power settings
Implement Windows in an enterprise environment
Provision with the Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) tool; implement Active Directory–based activation; implement volume activation using a Key Management Service (KMS); query and configure activation states using the command line; configure Active Directory, including Group Policies; configure and optimize user account control (UAC)

Configure and support core services (30–35%)
Configure networking
Configure and support IPv4 and IPv6 network settings; configure name resolution; connect to a network; configure network locations; configure Windows Firewall; configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security; configure network discovery; configure Wi-Fi settings; configure Wi-Fi Direct; troubleshoot network issues; configure VPN, such as app-triggered VPN, traffic filters, and lockdown VPN; configure IPsec; configure Direct Access
Configure storage
Configure disks, volumes, and file system options using Disk Management and Windows PowerShell; create and configure VHDs; configure removable devices; create and configure storage spaces; troubleshoot storage and removable devices issues
Configure data access and usage
Configure file and printer sharing and HomeGroup connections; configure folder shares, public folders, and OneDrive; configure file system permissions; configure OneDrive usage; troubleshoot data access and usage
Implement apps
Configure desktop apps, configure startup options, configure Windows features, configure Windows Store, implement Windows Store apps, implement Windows Store for Business, provision packages, create packages, use deployment tools, use the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)
Configure remote management
Choose the appropriate remote management tools; configure remote management settings; modify settings remotely by using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) or Windows PowerShell; configure Remote Assistance, including Easy Connect; configure Remote Desktop; configure remote PowerShell

Manage and maintain Windows (30–35%)
Configure updates
Configure Windows Update options; implement Insider Preview, Current Branch (CB), Current Branch for Business (CBB), and Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) scenarios; manage update history; roll back updates; update Windows Store apps
Monitor Windows
Configure and analyze Event Viewer logs, configure event subscriptions, monitor performance using Task Manager, monitor performance using Resource Monitor, monitor performance using Performance Monitor and Data Collector Sets, monitor system resources, monitor and manage printers, configure indexing options, manage client security by using Windows Defender, evaluate system stability using Reliability Monitor, troubleshoot performance issues
Configure system and data recovery
Configure a recovery drive, configure a system restore, perform a refresh or recycle, perform a driver rollback, configure restore points, resolve hardware and device issues, interpret data from Device Manager, restore previous versions of files and folders, configure File History, recover files from OneDrive, use Windows Backup and Restore, perform a backup and restore with WBAdmin, perform recovery operations using Windows Recovery
Configure authorization and authentication
Configure Microsoft Passport, configure picture passwords and biometrics, configure workgroups, configure domain settings, configure HomeGroup settings, configure Credential Manager, configure local accounts, configure Microsoft accounts, configure Device Registration, configure Windows Hello, configure Device Guard, configure Credential Guard, configure Device Health Attestation, configure UAC behavior
Configure advanced management tools
Configure services, configure Device Manager, configure and use the MMC, configure Task Scheduler, configure automation of management tasks using Windows PowerShell


QUESTION 1
You capture a reference image of a Windows 10 installation to a file named Custom.wim.
You build a new client computer and start the computer from Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE).
You need to deploy the image contained in Custom.wim to the new computer by using Windows PE.

What should you do first?

A. Run setup.exe from the Windows 10 installation media.
B. Create a hard disk partition.
C. Create an answer file.
D. Mount the Custom.wim file.

Correct Answer:

Explanation/Reference:


QUESTION 2
You work for an OEM system builder.
You plan to sell a client computer. The computer has Windows 10 preinstalled in a dual boot configuration by using OEM versions of Windows 10.
You need to identify the license or licenses required for the computer.

What should you identify?

A. One OEM System Builder Windows desktop operating system license
B. Two Full Packaged Product (FPP) licenses
C. One Full Packaged Product (FPP) license and one OEM System Builder Windows desktop operating system license
D. Two OEM System Builder Windows desktop operating system licenses
E. One Full Packaged Product (FPP) license

Correct Answer:
Explanation
Explanation/Reference:


QUESTION 3

You are an OEM system builder.
You customize push-button reset for a custom Windows 10 deployment.
You need to test the Reset your PC feature.
What should you use?

A. System Properties
B. Action Center
C. System Restore
D. Pc Settings

Correct Answer:

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Exam 70-741 Networking with Windows Server 2016 (In development)

Published: November 3, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2016
Credit toward certification: MCSA

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

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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

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Exam 70-742 Identity with Windows Server 2016 (In development)

Published: November 3, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2016
Credit toward certification: MCSA

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

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Install and configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) (20–25%)
Install and configure domain controllers
Install a new forest, add or remove a domain controller from a domain, upgrade a domain controller, install AD DS on a Server Core installation, install a domain controller from Install from Media (IFM), resolve DNS SRV record registration issues, configure a global catalog server, transfer and seize operations master roles, install and configure a read-only domain controller (RODC), configure domain controller cloning
Create and manage Active Directory users and computers
Automate the creation of Active Directory accounts; create, copy, configure, and delete users and computers; configure templates; perform bulk Active Directory operations; configure user rights; implement offline domain join; manage inactive and disabled accounts; automate unlocking of disabled accounts using Windows PowerShell; automate password resets using Windows PowerShell
Create and manage Active Directory groups and organizational units (OUs)
Configure group nesting; convert groups, including security, distribution, universal, domain local, and domain global; manage group membership using Group Policy; enumerate group membership; automate group membership management using Windows PowerShell; delegate the creation and management of Active Directory groups and OUs; manage default Active Directory containers; create, copy, configure, and delete groups and OUs

Manage and maintain AD DS (15–20%)
Configure service authentication and account policies
Create and configure Service Accounts, create and configure Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSAs), configure Kerberos Constrained Delegation (KCD), manage Service Principal Names (SPNs), configure virtual accounts, configure domain and local user password policy settings, configure and apply Password Settings Objects (PSOs), delegate password settings management, configure account lockout policy settings, configure Kerberos policy settings within Group Policy
Maintain Active Directory
Back up Active Directory and SYSVOL, manage Active Directory offline, perform offline defragmentation of an Active Directory database, clean up metadata, configure Active Directory snapshots, perform object- and container-level recovery, perform Active Directory restore, configure and restore objects by using the Active Directory Recycle Bin, configure replication to Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs), configure Password Replication Policy (PRP) for RODC, monitor and manage replication, upgrade SYSVOL replication to Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)
Configure Active Directory in a complex enterprise environment
Configure a multi-domain and multi-forest Active Directory infrastructure; deploy Windows Server 2016 domain controllers within a pre-existing Active Directory environment; upgrade existing domains and forests; configure domain and forest functional levels; configure multiple user principal name (UPN) suffixes; configure external, forest, shortcut, and realm trusts; configure trust authentication; configure SID filtering; configure name suffix routing; configure sites and subnets; create and configure site links; manage site coverage; manage registration of SRV records; move domain controllers between sites

Create and manage Group Policy (25–30%)
Create and manage Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
Configure a central store; manage starter GPOs; configure GPO links; configure multiple local Group Policies; back up, import, copy, and restore GPOs; create and configure a migration table; reset default GPOs; delegate Group Policy management; detect health issues using the Group Policy Infrastructure Status dashboard
Configure Group Policy processing
Configure processing order and precedence, configure blocking of inheritance, configure enforced policies, configure security filtering and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) filtering, configure loopback processing, configure and manage slow-link processing and Group Policy caching, configure client-side extension (CSE) behaviour, force a Group Policy update
Configure Group Policy settings
Configure software installation, configure folder redirection, configure scripts, configure administrative templates, import security templates, import a custom administrative template file, configure property filters for administrative templates
Configure Group Policy preferences
Configure printer preferences, define network drive mappings, configure power options, configure custom registry settings, configure Control Panel settings, configure Internet Explorer settings, configure file and folder deployment, configure shortcut deployment, configure item-level targeting

Implement Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) (10–15%)
Install and configure AD CS
Install Active Directory Integrated Enterprise Certificate Authority (CA), install offline root and subordinate CAs, install standalone CAs, configure Certificate Revocation List (CRL) distribution points, install and configure Online Responder, implement administrative role separation, configure CA backup and recovery
Manage certificates
Manage certificate templates; implement and manage certificate deployment, validation, and revocation; manage certificate renewal; manage certificate enrollment and renewal for computers and users using Group Policies; configure and manage key archival and recovery

Implement identity federation and access solutions (15–20%)
Install and configure Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
Upgrade and migrate previous AD FS workloads to Windows Server 2016; implement claims-based authentication, including Relying Party Trusts; configure authentication policies; configure multi-factor authentication; implement and configure device registration; integrate AD FS with Microsoft Passport; configure for use with Microsoft Azure and Office 365; configure AD FS to enable authentication of users stored in LDAP directories
Implement Web Application Proxy (WAP)
Install and configure WAP, implement WAP in pass-through mode, implement WAP as AD FS proxy, integrate WAP with AD FS, configure AD FS requirements, publish web apps via WAP, publish Remote Desktop Gateway applications, configure HTTP to HTTPS redirects, configure internal and external Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDNs)
Install and configure Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
Install a licensor certificate AD RMS server, manage AD RMS Service Connection Point (SCP), manage AD RMS templates, configure Exclusion Policies, back up and restore AD RMS

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Exam 70-743 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (beta)

Published: July 22, 2016
Languages:  English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2016
Credit toward certification: MCSA

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Install Windows Servers in host and compute environments
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
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
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
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 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

Implement high availability
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 live migration; perform quick migration; perform storage migration; import, export, and copy VMs; configure VM network health protection; configure drain on shutdown

Implement Domain Name System (DNS)
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

Implement IP Address Management (IPAM)
Install and configure 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)

Implement network connectivity and remote access solutions
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 an advanced network infrastructure
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

Install and configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
Install and configure domain controllers
Install a new forest, add or remove a domain controller from a domain, upgrade a domain controller, install AD DS on a Server Core installation, install a domain controller from Install from Media (IFM), resolve DNS SRV record registration issues, configure a global catalog server, transfer and seize operations master roles, install and configure a read-only domain controller (RODC), configure domain controller cloning

Implement identity federation and access solutions
Install and configure Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
Upgrade and migrate previous AD FS workloads to Windows Server 2016; implement claims-based authentication, including Relying Party Trusts; configure authentication policies; configure multi-factor authentication; implement and configure device registration; integrate AD FS with Microsoft Passport; configure for use with Microsoft Azure and Office 365; configure AD FS to enable authentication of users stored in LDAP directories
Implement Web Application Proxy (WAP)
Install and configure WAP, implement WAP in pass-through mode, implement WAP as AD FS proxy, integrate WAP with AD FS, configure AD FS requirements, publish web apps via WAP, publish Remote Desktop Gateway applications; configure HTTP to HTTPS redirects, configure internal and external Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDNs)

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Exam 70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016 (In development)

Published: November 3, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2016
Credit toward certification: MCSE

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

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Implement server hardening solutions (25–30%)
Configure disk and file encryption
Determine hardware and firmware requirements for secure boot and encryption key functionality; deploy BitLocker encryption; deploy BitLocker without a Trusted Platform Module (TPM); deploy BitLocker with a TPM only; configure the Network Unlock feature; configure BitLocker Group Policy settings; enable Bitlocker to use secure boot for platform and BCD integrity validation; configure BitLocker on Clustered Shared Volumes (CSVs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs); implement BitLocker Recovery Process using self-recovery and recovery password retrieval solutions; configure BitLocker for virtual machines (VMs) in Hyper-V; determine usage scenarios for Encrypting File System (EFS); configure the EFS recovery agent; manage EFS and BitLocker certificates, including backup and restore
Implement server patching and updating solutions
Install and configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), manage updates using WSUS, create computer groups, configure update approvals and deployments, configure automatic updates, configure WSUS reporting, troubleshoot WSUS configuration and deployments
Implement malware protection
Implement antimalware solution with Windows Defender, integrate Windows Defender with WSUS and Windows Update, configure Windows Defender using Group Policy, configure Windows Defender scans using Windows PowerShell, implement AppLocker rules, implement AppLocker rules using Windows PowerShell, implement Control Flow Guard, implement Code Integrity (Device Guard) Policies, create Code Integrity policy rules, create Code Integrity file rules
Protect credentials
Determine requirements for implementing Credential Guard; configure Credential Guard using Group Policy, WMI, command prompt, and Windows PowerShell; implement NTLM blocking
Create security baselines
Install and configure Security Compliance Manager (SCM); create, view, and import security baselines; deploy configurations to domain and non-domain joined servers

Secure a virtualization infrastructure (5–10%)
Implement a Guarded Fabric solution
Install and configure the Host Guardian Service (HGS), configure Admin-trusted attestation, configure TPM-trusted attestation, configure the Key Protection Service using HGS, migrate Shielded VMs to other guarded hosts, configure Nano Server as TPM attested guarded host, troubleshoot guarded hosts
Implement Shielded and encryption-supported VMs
Determine requirements and scenarios for implementing Shielded VMs, create a Shielded VM using only a Hyper-V environment, enable and configure vTPM to allow an operating system and data disk encryption within a VM, determine requirements and scenarios for implementing encryption-supported VMs, troubleshoot Shielded and encryption-supported VMs

Secure a network infrastructure (10–15%)
Configure Windows Firewall
Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security; configure network location profiles; configure and deploy profile rules; configure firewall rules for multiple profiles using Group Policy; configure connection security rules using Group Policy, the GUI management console, or Windows PowerShell; configure Windows Firewall to allow or deny applications, scopes, ports, and users using Group Policy, the GUI management console, or Windows PowerShell; configure authenticated firewall exceptions; import and export settings
Implement a software-defined Distributed Firewall
Determine requirements and scenarios for Distributed Firewall implementation with software-defined networking, determine usage scenarios for Distributed Firewall policies and network security groups
Secure network traffic
Configure IPsec transport and tunnel modes, configure IPsec authentication options, configure connection security rules, implement isolation zones, implement domain isolation, implement server isolation zones, determine SMB 3.1.1 protocol security scenarios and implementations, enable SMB encryption on SMB Shares, configure SMB signing via Group Policy, disable SMB 1.0, secure DNS traffic using DNSSEC and DNS policies, install and configure Microsoft Message Analyzer (MMA) to analyze network traffic

Manage privileged identities (25–30%)
Implement an Enhanced Security Administrative Environment (ESAE) administrative forest design approach
Determine usage scenarios and requirements for implementing ESAE forest design architecture to create a dedicated administrative forest, determine usage scenarios and requirements for implementing clean source principals in an Active Directory architecture
Implement Just-in-Time (JIT) Administration
Create a new administrative (bastion) forest in an existing Active Directory environment using Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM), configure trusts between production and bastion forests, create shadow principals in bastion forest, configure the MIM web portal, request privileged access using the MIM web portal, determine requirements and usage scenarios for Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions, create and implement MIM policies, implement Just-in-Time administration principals using time-based policies, request privileged access using Windows PowerShell
Implement Just-Enough-Administration (JEA)
Enable a JEA solution on Windows Server 2016; create and configure session configuration files, create and configure role capability files, create a JEA endpoint, connect to a JEA endpoint on a server for administration, view logs, download WMF 5.1 to a Windows Server 2008 R2, configure a JEA endpoint on a server using Desired State Configuration (DSC)
Implement Privileged Access Workstations (PAWs) and User Rights Assignments
Implement a PAWS solution, configure User Rights Assignment group policies, configure security options settings in Group Policy, enable and configure Remote Credential Guard for remote desktop access
Implement Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS)
Install and configure the LAPS tool, secure local administrator passwords using LAPS, manage password parameters and properties using LAPS

Implement threat detection solutions (15–20%)
Configure advanced audit policies
Determine the differences and usage scenarios for using local audit policies and advanced auditing policies; implement auditing using Group Policy and AuditPol.exe; implement auditing using Windows PowerShell; create expression-based audit policies; configure the Audit PNP Activity policy; configure the Audit Group Membership policy; enable and configure Module, Script Block, and Transcription logging in Windows PowerShell
Install and configure Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA)
Determine usage scenarios for ATA; determine deployment requirements for ATA, install and configure ATA Gateway on a dedicated server, install and configure ATA Lightweight Gateway directly on a domain controller, configure alerts in ATA Center when suspicious activity is detected, review and edit suspicious activities on the attack time line
Determine threat detection solutions using Operations Management Suite (OMS)
Determine usage and deployment scenarios for OMS, determine security and auditing functions available for use; determine Log Analytics usage scenarios

Implement workload-specific security (5–10%)
Secure application development and server workload infrastructure
Determine usage scenarios, supported server workloads, and requirements for Nano Server deployments; install and configure Nano Server; implement security policies on Nano Servers using Desired State Configuration (DSC); determine usage scenarios and requirements for Windows Server and Hyper-V containers; install and configure Hyper-V containers
Implement a secure file services infrastructure and Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
Install the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) role service, configure quotas, configure file screens, configure storage reports, configure file management tasks, configure File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) using FSRM, implement work folders, configure file access auditing, configure user and device claim types, implement policy changes and staging, perform access-denied remediation, create and configure Central Access rules and policies, create and configure resource properties and lists

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Exam 70-761 Querying Data with Transact-SQL (beta)

Published: October 18, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSA

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Manage data with Transact-SQL (40–45%)
Create Transact-SQL SELECT queries
Identify proper SELECT query structure, write specific queries to satisfy business requirements, construct results from multiple queries using set operators, distinguish between UNION and UNION ALL behaviour, identify the query that would return expected results based on provided table structure and/or data
Query multiple tables by using joins
Write queries with join statements based on provided tables, data, and requirements; determine proper usage of INNER JOIN, LEFT/RIGHT/FULL OUTER JOIN, and CROSS JOIN; construct multiple JOIN operators using AND and OR; determine the correct results when presented with multi-table SELECT statements and source data; write queries with NULLs on joins
Implement functions and aggregate data
Construct queries using scalar-valued and table-valued functions; identify the impact of function usage to query performance and WHERE clause sargability; identify the differences between deterministic and non-deterministic functions; use built-in aggregate functions; use arithmetic functions, date-related functions, and system functions
Modify data
Write INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements; determine which statements can be used to load data to a table based on its structure and constraints; construct Data Manipulation Language (DML) statements using the OUTPUT statement; determine the results of Data Definition Language (DDL) statements on supplied tables and data

Query data with advanced Transact-SQL components (30–35%)
Query data by using subqueries and APPLY
Determine the results of queries using subqueries and table joins, evaluate performance differences between table joins and correlated subqueries based on provided data and query plans, distinguish between the use of CROSS APPLY and OUTER APPLY, write APPLY statements that return a given data set based on supplied data
Query data by using table expressions
Identify basic components of table expressions, define usage differences between table expressions and temporary tables, construct recursive table expressions to meet business requirements
Group and pivot data by using queries
Use windowing functions to group and rank the results of a query; distinguish between using windowing functions and GROUP BY; construct complex GROUP BY clauses using GROUPING SETS, and CUBE; construct PIVOT and UNPIVOT statements to return desired results based on supplied data; determine the impact of NULL values in PIVOT and UNPIVOT queries
Query temporal data and non-relational data
Query historic data by using temporal tables, query and output JSON data, query and output XML data

Program databases by using Transact-SQL (25–30%)
Create database programmability objects by using Transact-SQL
Create stored procedures, table-valued and scalar-valued user-defined functions, and views; implement input and output parameters in stored procedures; identify whether to use scalar-valued or table-valued functions; distinguish between deterministic and non-deterministic functions; create indexed views
Implement error handling and transactions
Determine results of Data Definition Language (DDL) statements based on transaction control statements, implement TRY…CATCH error handling with Transact-SQL, generate error messages with THROW and RAISERROR, implement transaction control in conjunction with error handling in stored procedures
Implement data types and NULLs
Evaluate results of data type conversions, determine proper data types for given data elements or table columns, identify locations of implicit data type conversions in queries, determine the correct results of joins and functions in the presence of NULL values, identify proper usage of ISNULL and COALESCE functions

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Exam 70-762 Developing SQL Databases (beta)

Published: August 26, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: Developers
Technology: SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSA

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Design and implement database objects (25–30%)
Design and implement a relational database schema
Design tables and schemas based on business requirements, improve the design of tables by using normalization, write table create statements, determine the most efficient data types to use
Design and implement indexes
Design new indexes based on provided tables, queries, or plans; distinguish between indexed columns and included columns; implement clustered index columns by using best practices; recommend new indexes based on query plans
Design and implement views
Design a view structure to select data based on user or business requirements, identify the steps necessary to design an updateable view, implement partitioned views, implement indexed views
Implement columnstore indexes
Determine use cases that support the use of columnstore indexes, identify proper usage of clustered and non-clustered columnstore indexes, design standard non-clustered indexes in conjunction with clustered columnstore indexes, implement columnstore index maintenance

Implement programmability objects (20–25%)
Ensure data integrity with constraints
Define table and foreign key constraints to enforce business rules, write Transact-SQL statements to add constraints to tables, identify results of Data Manipulation Language (DML) statements given existing tables and constraints, identify proper usage of PRIMARY KEY constraints
Create stored procedures
Design stored procedure components and structure based on business requirements, implement input and output parameters, implement table-valued parameters, implement return codes, streamline existing stored procedure logic, implement error handling and transaction control logic within stored procedures
Create triggers and user-defined functions
Design trigger logic based on business requirements; determine when to use Data Manipulation Language (DML) triggers, Data Definition Language (DDL) triggers, or logon triggers; recognize results based on execution of AFTER or INSTEAD OF triggers; design scalar-valued and table-valued user-defined functions based on business requirements; identify differences between deterministic and non-deterministic functions

Manage database concurrency (25–30%)
Implement transactions
Identify DML statement results based on transaction behavior, recognize differences between and identify usage of explicit and implicit transactions, implement savepoints within transactions, determine the role of transactions in high-concurrency databases
Manage isolation levels
Identify differences between Read Uncommitted, Read Committed, Repeatable Read, Serializable, and Snapshot isolation levels; define results of concurrent queries based on isolation level; identify the resource and performance impact of given isolation levels
Optimize concurrency and locking behavior
Troubleshoot locking issues, identify lock escalation behaviors, capture and analyze deadlock graphs, identify ways to remediate deadlocks
Implement memory-optimized tables and native stored procedures
Define use cases for memory-optimized tables versus traditional disk-based tables, optimize performance of in-memory tables by changing durability settings, determine best case usage scenarios for natively compiled stored procedures, enable collection of execution statistics for natively compiled stored procedures

Optimize database objects and SQL infrastructure (20–25%)
Optimize statistics and indexes
Determine the accuracy of statistics and the associated impact to query plans and performance, design statistics maintenance tasks, use dynamic management objects to review current index usage and identify missing indexes, consolidate overlapping indexes
Analyze and troubleshoot query plans
Capture query plans using extended events and traces, identify poorly performing query plan operators, create efficient query plans using Query Store, compare estimated and actual query plans and related metadata, configure Azure SQL Database Performance Insight
Manage performance for database instances
Manage database workload in SQL Server; design and implement Elastic Scale for Azure SQL Database; select an appropriate service tier or edition; optimize database file and tempdb configuration; optimize memory configuration; monitor and diagnose scheduling and wait statistics using dynamic management objects; troubleshoot and analyze storage, IO, and cache issues; monitor Azure SQL Database query plans
Monitor and trace SQL Server baseline performance metrics
Monitor operating system and SQL Server performance metrics; compare baseline metrics to observed metrics while troubleshooting performance issues; identify differences between performance monitoring and logging tools, such as perfmon and dynamic management objects; monitor Azure SQL Database performance; determine best practice use cases for extended events; distinguish between Extended Events targets; compare the impact of Extended Events and SQL Trace; define differences between Extended Events Packages, Targets, Actions, and Sessions

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Exam 70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure (beta)

Published: October 18, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSA

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Configure data access and auditing (20–25%)
Configure encryption
Implement cell-level encryption, implement Always Encrypted, implement backup encryption, configure transparent data encryption, configure encryption for connections, troubleshoot encryption errors
Configure data access and permissions
Manage database object permissions, create and maintain users, create and maintain custom roles, configure user options for Azure SQL Database, configure row-level security, configure dynamic data masking
Configure auditing
Configure an audit on SQL Server, query the SQL Server audit log, manage a SQL Server audit, configure an Azure SQL Database audit, analyze audit logs and reports from Azure SQL Database

Manage backup and restore of databases (20–25%)
Develop a backup strategy
Back up very large databases, configure alerting for failed backups, back up databases to Azure, manage transaction log backups, configure database recovery models, configure backup automation
Restore databases
Perform piecemeal restores, perform page recovery, perform point-in-time recovery, restore file groups, develop a plan to automate and test restores
Manage database integrity
Implement database consistency checks, identify database corruption, recover from database corruption

Manage and monitor SQL Server instances (35–40%)
Monitor database activity
Monitor current sessions, identify sessions that cause blocking activity, identify sessions that consume tempdb resources, configure the data collector, create a utility control point (UCP)
Monitor queries
Manage the Query Store, configure Extended Events and trace events, identify problematic execution plans, troubleshoot server health using Extended Events
Manage indexes
Identify and repair index fragmentation, identify and create missing indexes, identify and drop underutilized indexes, manage existing columnstore indexes
Manage statistics
Identify and correct outdated statistics, implement Auto Update Statistics, implement statistics for large tables
Monitor SQL Server instances
Create and manage operators, create and manage SQL Agent alerts, define custom alert actions, define failure actions, configure database mail, configure Policy-Based Management, identify available space on data volumes, identify performance degradation

Manage high availability and disaster recovery (20–25%)
Implement log shipping
Configure log shipping, monitor log shipping
Implement AlwaysOn Availability Groups
Configure Windows clustering, create an availability group, configure read-only routing, manage failover, create distributed availability groups
Implement failover cluster instances
Manage shared disks, configure cluster shared volumes

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Exam 70-765 Provisioning SQL Databases (beta)

Published: August 26, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSA

Skills measured
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Implement SQL in Azure (30–35%)
Deploy a Microsoft Azure SQL Database
Choose a service tier, create servers and databases, create a sysadmin account, configure elastic pools
Plan for SQL Server installation
Plan for an IaaS or on-premises deployment, select the appropriate size for a virtual machine, plan storage pools based on performance requirements, evaluate best practices for installation, design a storage layout for a SQL Server virtual machine
Deploy SQL Server instances
Deploy a SQL Server instance in IaaS and on-premises, manually install SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machine, provision an Azure Virtual Machine to host a SQL Server instance, automate the deployment of SQL Server databases, deploy SQL Server by using templates

Manage databases and instances (35–40%)
Configure secure access to Microsoft Azure SQL Databases
Configure firewall rules, configure Always Encrypted for Azure SQL Database, configure cell-level encryption, configure dynamic data masking, configure transparent data encryption (TDE)
Configure SQL Server performance settings
Configure database performance settings, configure max server memory, configure the database scope, configure operators and alerts
Manage SQL Server instances
Create databases, manage files and file groups, manage system database files, configure tempdb

Deploy and migrate applications (30–35%)
Deploy applications to Microsoft Azure SQL Database
Manage deployments that support multiple tenants, migrate on-premises SQL Server to Azure SQL Database, migrate data to Azure SQL Database
Deploy applications to SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines
Migrate an on-premises SQL Server database to an Azure Virtual Machine, generate benchmark data for performance needs, perform performance tuning on Azure IaaS, support availability sets in Azure
Migrate client applications
Configure application connection strings, manage traffic between on-premises applications and Azure services, develop application retry connection logic, identify application patterns that must be migrated with SQL Server data, evaluate network performance between applications and databases

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Exam 70-767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse (in development)

Published: October 18, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSA

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Design and implement a data warehouse (30–35%)
Design and implement dimension tables
Design shared and conformed dimensions, determine support requirements for slowly changing dimensions, determine attributes, design hierarchies, determine star or snowflake schema requirements, determine the granularity of relationship by using fact tables, determine auditing or lineage requirements, determine keys and key relationships for a data warehouse, implement dimensions, implement data lineage of a dimension table
Design and implement fact tables
Identify measures, identify dimension table relationships, create composite keys, design a data warehouse that supports many-to-many relationships, implement semi-additive measures, implement non-additive measures
Design and implement indexes for a data warehouse workload
Design an indexing solution; select appropriate indexes; implement clustered, non-clustered, filtered, and columnstore indexes
Design storage for a data warehouse
Design an appropriate storage solution, including hardware, disk, and file layout
Design and implement partitioned tables and views
Design a partition structure to support a data warehouse, implement sliding windows, implement partition elimination, design a partition structure that supports the quick loading and scale-out of data

Extract, transform, and load data (35–40%)
Design and implement an extract, transform, and load (ETL) control flow by using a SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) package
Design and implement ETL control flow elements, including containers, tasks, and precedence constraints; create variables and parameters; create checkpoints, sequence and loop containers, and variables in SSIS; implement data profiling, parallelism, transactions, logging, and security
Design and implement an ETL data flow by using an SSIS package
Implement slowly changing dimension, fuzzy grouping, fuzzy lookup, audit, blocking, non-blocking, and term lookup transformations; map columns; determine the appropriate transform object for a given task; determine appropriate scenarios for Transact-SQL joins versus SSIS lookup; design table loading by using bulk loading or standard loading; remove extra rows or bad rows by using deduplication
Implement an ETL solution that supports incremental data extraction
Design fact table patterns, enable Change Data Capture, create a SQL MERGE statement
Implement an ETL solution that supports incremental data loading
Design a control flow to load change data, load data by using Transact-SQL Change Data Capture functions, load data by using Change Data Capture in SSIS
Debug SSIS packages
Fix performance, connectivity, execution, and failed logic issues by using the debugger; enable logging for package execution; implement error handling for data types; implement breakpoints; add data viewers; profile data with different tools; perform batch clean-up
Deploy and configure SSIS packages and projects
Create an SSIS catalog; deploy packages by using the deployment utility, SQL Server, and file systems; run and customize packages by using DTUTIL

Integrate solutions with cloud data and big data (15–20%)
Integrate external data sources with SQL Server by using Polybase
Integrate with Hadoop, integrate with text files stored in the Azure Blob service, manage external tables, access data in Hadoop databases with Transact-SQL, access data in the Azure Blob service by using Transact-SQL, import data from Hadoop or blobs as regular SQL Server tables, export data to Hadoop or the Azure Blob service
Extract, transform, and load data from SQL Data Warehouse by using Polybase
Integrate Azure SQL Data Warehouse with on-premises data warehouses, implement bi-directional data synchronization between Azure and on-premises systems, load data into SQL Data Warehouse from Polybase, design an incremental load strategy by using Polybase and the Azure Blob service
Design and implement an Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Create a new Azure SQL Data Warehouse database by using the Azure portal, create an Azure SQL Data Warehouse database by using Transact-SQL, select the appropriate method to load data into Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Manage and maintain a SQL Data Warehouse
Manage queries by using labels; manage statistics; manage partition distribution; scale out the data warehouse; grow, shrink, and pause the data warehouse

Build data quality solutions (15–20%)
Create a knowledge base
Create a Data Quality Services (DQS) knowledge base, determine appropriate use cases for a DQS knowledge base, perform knowledge discovery, perform domain management
Maintain data quality by using DQS
Add matching knowledge to a knowledge base, prepare a DQS for data deduplication, create a matching policy, clean data by using DQS knowledge clean data by using the SSIS DQS task, install DQS
Implement a Master Data Services (MDS) model
Install MDS; implement MDS; create models, entities, hierarchies, collections, and attributes; define security roles; import and export data; create and edit a subscription; implement entities, attributes, hierarchies, and business rules
Manage data by using MDS
Use MDS tools, use the Master Data Services Configuration Manager, create a Master Data Manager database and web application, deploy a sample model using MDSModelDeploy.exe, use the Master Data Services web application, use the Master Data Services Add-in for Excel, create a Master Data Management hub, stage and load data, create subscription views

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Exam 70-768 Developing SQL Data Models (beta)

Published: August 26, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences:IT professionals, Developers
Technology: SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSA

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.
Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.
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Design a multidimensional business intelligence (BI) semantic model (25–30%)
Create a multidimensional database by using Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)
Design, develop, and create multidimensional databases; select a storage model
Design and implement dimensions in a cube
Select an appropriate dimension model, such as fact, parent-child, roleplaying, reference, data mining, many-to-many, and slowly changing dimension; implement a dimension type; define attribute relationships
Implement measures and measure groups in a cube
Design and implement measures, measure groups, granularity, calculated measures, and aggregate functions; define semi-additive behavior

Design a tabular BI semantic model (20–25%)
Design and publish a tabular data model
Design measures, relationships, hierarchies, partitions, perspectives, and calculated columns; create a time table; publish from Microsoft Visual Studio; import from Microsoft PowerPivot; select a deployment option, including Processing Option, Transactional Deployment, and Query Mode
Configure, manage, and secure a tabular model
Configure tabular model storage and data refresh, configure refresh interval settings, configure user security and permissions, configure row-level security
Develop a tabular model to access data in near real time
Use DirectQuery with Oracle, Teradata, Excel, and PivotTables; convert in-memory queries to DirectQuery
Develop queries using Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) and Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) (15–20%)
Create basic MDX queries
Implement basic MDX structures and functions, including tuples, sets, and TopCount
Implement custom MDX solutions
Create custom MDX or logical solutions for pre-prepared case tasks or business rules, define a SCOPE statement
Create formulas by using the DAX language
Use the EVALUATE and CALCULATE functions, filter DAX queries, create calculated measures, perform data analysis by using DAX

Configure and maintain SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) (30–35%)

Plan and deploy SSAS
Configure memory limits, configure Non-Union Memory Architecture (NUMA), configure disk layout, determine SSAS instance placement
Monitor and optimize performance
Monitor performance and analyze query plans by using Extended Events and Profiler, identify bottlenecks in SSAS queries, monitor processing and query performance, resolve performance issues, configure usability limits, optimize and manage model design
Configure and manage processing
Configure partition processing; configure dimension processing; use Process Default, Process Full, Process Clear, Process Data, Process Add, Process Update, Process Index, Process Structure, and Process Clear Structure processing methods; configure Parallel, Sequential, and Writeback processing settings
Create Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and translations
Configure KPI options, including Associated measure group, Value Expression, Goal Expression, Status, Status expression, Trend, Trend expression, and Weight; create KPIs in multidimensional models and tabular models; create and develop translations

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