MTA - Server Fundamentals - 98-365

Windows Server Administration Fundamentals12 H 49 M

You only need to pass one exam to get the MTA designation and the Microsoft Server Fundamentals is a great certification to earn when you're just getting started.

This course has a virtual lab
  • Understanding server installation
    • Overview
    • Understand Device Drivers
    • Understand Services
    • Server Installation Options
    • Server Install Options Part 2
  • Understanding server roles
    • Identify Application Servers
    • Web Servers
    • Remote Access
    • File and Print Services
    • Server Virtualization
  • Understanding Active Directory
    • Accounts and Groups
    • OUs and Containers
    • AD Infrastructure
    • Group Policy
  • Understanding storage
    • Storage Technologies
    • Understanding RAID
    • Disk Types
  • Understanding server performance management
    • Server Components
    • Performance Monitoring
    • Logs and Alerts
  • Understanding server maintenance
    • Startup Process
    • Business Continuity
    • Understanding Updates
    • Troubleshooting Methods


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  • Episode Description
  • Transcript

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology. The Windows Server Administration Fundamentals exam is designed to provide an assessment of knowledge of fundamental server administration concepts. It covers a wide range of topics, such as Windows Server, Windows-based networking, Active Directory, and system recovery. Upon completing the 98-365 exam, you will earn a Microsoft Technology Associate certification, which helps prove your knowledge of fundamental technology concepts. It can also serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exams.

[MUSIC] In this segment, we're gonna take you through an overview of the MTA Windows Server Administration Fundamentals 98-365 exam. Wow, that was a mouthful. >> [LAUGH] It is. >> But, it is a really good exam for you, especially if you're trying to get into server administration itself. It does help for us to have a core knowledge of Windows server operating systems if that is the environment which we are going to support. Microsoft does a great job of breaking this exam down for us, telling us exactly what we need to do to pass it, how much it's gonna cost, where we can get signed up for it. Mike, you're gonna give us some of the details according to this, right? >> Yes, I am. The MTA exams, and there are several of them, are really foundational skills. They're designed to to test our core knowledge and see if we're ready to move on into a career based in idea. If we want to move into that MCSA track or that MCSE track if we take these exams, these will let us know, hey, are we ready or maybe we need to do some more studying? >> Another good reason as to look at taking one of these exams is just to get your feet wet and see if maybe this is a career you're interested in pursuing. Maybe you've never done anything in IT and you're thinking about it. This is a great exam to start with. Maybe you've worked with computers outside, at home, you've dibble-dabbled here and there. Let's see how much you know, how close are you to starting that MTSA track. Or for an IT person maybe that got the job without any certification, back in the day before the certifications were really used, or just got promoted within a company and now you want to get certified. Are you ready to make that next step? This is a great starting point for you. And the Microsoft Technology Associate Program, they have several different exams that you can take, as Daniel mentioned. This is the server administration fundamentals. So let's take a look at it. Here on my screen I've got, Microsoft has a great page, all you gotta do is go out there, use your favorite search engine. Search for Microsoft Technology Associate and you can find this page, and Microsoft talks about the fact that it's an introductory Microsoft certification for people considering a career in technology. Now these exams are not going to qualify you for the MCP, the Microsoft Certified Professional. You need to take one of our MCSA or MCSE tracks to get that qualification. But also not a prereq for an MCSA or an MCSE or an MCSD. So don't think that you have to take this if you're moving on into an MCSA or MCSD, but it is, like I said, a good starting point. If you don't have any certifications, this is probably where you'd like to start. Down below, I can see I've got the choice of these different tracks. Am I thinking about going into IT infrastructure? I want to manage clients and servers, and work with the network infrastructure. Am I gonna, am I thinking I might be interested in pursuing a career working with databases, with Microsoft SQL Server? Or do I want to be a developer, do I want to learn to program and things like that? So, whichever one you want. This one falls under the IT infrastructure and we can see down here, Windows Server administration fundamentals. And as Daniel gave us that exam number, 98- is the one we're going to be going over in the episodes to come. Now, this exam is going to cost you about $115 US, all right? And you can take that exam through either Certiport or Pearson VUE. The exam itself, we can come down here and we can take a look at the objectives. I'll just go ahead and click show all. And I love these pages, cause if you're getting ready for a test, and you wanna make sure you're ready to walk into that booth, this is a great place to go, start checking these things off. It talks about understanding server installation. I've gotta be familiar with the way drivers work, how I can make sure they're running, and start them and stop them, and change who they're running as. I've got understand, I'm sorry, it was the services and drivers. I've got understand my different server options for installation, like core versus full, doing unattended installs, doing images. When it gets down to server roles, I've gotta be familiar with all those different roles that are out there. Application servers, web servers, remote access servers, file and print servers, server virtualization. We keep going down. Active directory, we gotta be familiar with that. That's a major part of managing IT infrastructure. Active Directory is our authentication, is part of it. It does so much more. Working with domain accounts, working with organizational units and understanding the way the infrastructure is laid out, like your forest, and your parent domains, and your child domains. Group policy, another huge part of managing a network infrastructure is gonna be on this exam. Understanding different types of storage. All of our different SATA or SCSI or iSCSIs, understanding RAID, basic disks, dynamic disks. Then we move on down into server performance management, you know, working with the different subsystems, right? The main four, processor, memory, disk and network, learning how to monitor those, so that I know if a server is performing as it should or is not performing like it should or is unable to handle the workload and what I can do about it. I've gotta be able to figure that out. Reading log files, one of the most exciting jobs you'll have in IT. [LAUGH] Reading log files. Just kidding. But it's a part of it, right? I've gotta understand it. I've gotta know what I'm looking for. Server maintenance, troubleshooting the start-up process. Business continuity, disaster recovery, hot sites, cold sites. Updates, right? Running your own update server, going out to Microsoft and getting updates, testing updates, troubleshooting methodology. And I think that was the last domain there. So you can see a very broad spectrum of skills that this exam is gonna go over. With that being said, it's not a very deep exam, right? This is a foundational knowledge, so yes it's broad. It's like we say, it's like a mile wide but an inch deep type thing. You're gonna need to know little bits about all of this stuff, but they're not gonna expect you to set up a Federation Services Server on this exam. >> You probably won't even need to know what that is, to be honest with you. Mike is right, it does cover a myriad of different topics, but it doesn't want you to go super in-depth. It's all about, do I understand the fundamentals, hence the idea here, right, Server Administrator Fundamentals. Understand the fundamental terms and ideas and administration behind a Microsoft server environment. The stuff we talked about, right, understanding storage. Storage is a big part of being a server administrator. You have to have at least some basic knowledge of the different storage types so that you can help administrate that system. If you have no idea what iSCSI is, well, you're going to have a difficult time helping out when it comes to that. And that's what this exam is really designed to help you grasp, really give you that core foundational knowledge so that when you're ready, you can work as a server administrator. Then you go into that MCSA and then eventually that MCSE and start building your certifications through Microsoft so that you can say, I have started from that foundation to their apex of their little triangle that they love to show. It is, it is a good little graphic that they give you to say I've worked my way through all of these. It starts right here with the MTA. >> Exactly. Now that's what this exam is designed for. If you're already in the field and you want to move up the food chain. You want to get off of the, where ever you're at and move into the IT part of your company and work your way up, this is a good one to start with. It proves that core knowledge. If you've never been in IT, this is a great one to say, let me come in here and study for this exam, and take this exam, pass it, it does a couple of things for you. One, hopefully, Is it that got you excited, right? In studying for this you're like, oh this is really great stuff. This is something I can see myself doing for a living, right? Two, it gives you your first certification. So now when you go apply for that job, you've already got a certification. You can walk in and say look, I've got an MTA and Windows server administration fundamentals. And that proves to that employer that you've got that core foundational knowledge already. And so if they're gonna hire you, they know you've already got that information and it won't take much to get you to move to that next step. So it's a really good stepping stone, whether you're in IT or whether you're just getting started. >> Well hopefully that has piqued your curiosity on the MTA exam. And stay tuned, because we're gonna have great episodes coming up, and hopefully we'll see you there. [MUSIC]

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