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Prepaway – Road to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 Certification

May 1, 2019 | By

Apart from being a world-famous software and hardware provider, Microsoft is also known as big certification vendor. In order to ensure quality services for their products, Microsoft issues professional IT certifications. In this article, we will talk about one of the most renowned associate-level credentials from Microsoft which is dedicated to Windows Server 2012 and also see the details of exams associated with it.

What You Need to Know About Microsoft 70-411 Exam

MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification

If you want to work as a computer systems administrator or computer network specialist, this certification can be the right choice for you. Specialists who are able to work with Windows Server 2012 are considered a valuable asset for business since their services allow to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value. MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification can be obtained by passing three mandatory exams: 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412.

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Below we’ll disclose important information about Microsoft 70-411 test and give you some tips for easy passing.

70-411 exam

Microsoft 70-411 exam is the second of three exams that you must pass to earn MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification. It validates your skills in administering the infrastructure of the Windows Server 2012 environment. You must prove that you can implement and manage services like group and user management, data security and network access.

Microsoft 70-411 exam objectives

The exam tests your knowledge and experience in the following technical areas:

  • Deploying, managing and maintaining servers
  • Configuring file as well as print services
  • Configuring network access and services
  • Configuring network policy server infrastructure
  • Configuring and managing Active Directory
  • Configuring and managing Group Policy

During the exam, you’ll be expected to answer 40-60 questions within 2 hours. You are going to find various types of questions that may include multiple-choice, build list, fill-in-the-blank, hot area, drag-and-drop, simulation, case study, testlet and simlet. You will have to book your exam with Pearson VUE and pay a fee of $165. To pass Microsoft 70-411 exam, you have to attain a score of at least 700 out of the possible 1000 points. Check details here.

Once you meet the minimum points for 70-411 exam, you can then prepare to take and pass the other two tests required for MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification. Armed with this credential, you qualify for some of the well-paying jobs in the IT field. At the moment, these jobs attract an average annual salary of around $88,149 according to Indeed. Some of these job roles are:

  • Server Administrator
  • Windows Desktop Administrator
  • Systems Engineer (Windows)
  • Windows System Administrator
  • Windows Server Engineer

MCSA: Windows Server certification does not expire. This means you won’t be required to renew it. Also, with this certification, you qualify for expert-level MCSE: Core Infrastructure credential.

How do you prepare for Microsoft 70-411 exam?

Use these helpful tips to efficiently prepare for your exam:

  1. Understand the exam objectives well
  2. Plan your study time
  3. Organize your study environment while ensuring that you study in a place where you’re not prone to disturbances
  4. Take a Microsoft 70-411 exam course
  5. Use practice tests
  6. Make good use of study books
  7. Use practice labs to gain a hands-on experience
  8. Use the Windows Server 2012 trial version software available for download
  9. Join a group discussion for Microsoft 70-411 exam

Which top web resources can help you pass Microsoft 70-411 exam?

Having mentioned the tips to use in passing your exam, it’s also important for you to know where to get the top resources. These materials include study books, courses, practice labs and tests, study groups and more. Let’s go through each of these resources and I’ll show you how you can access them:

  1. Microsoft Official Website

This website will help you get the information you require about your exam. Here you can check out the exam objectives, registration process, policies, exam scoring and other FAQs. These will guide you in understanding the requirements of 70-411 exam.

  1. Microsoft 70-411 training courses

You can choose to go for an instructor-led or self-paced course. It would all depend on your preferences and how flexible you are. For example, you can opt for Microsoft Administering Windows Server 2012 instructor-led course that lasts only five days.

  1. Microsoft 70-411 study group

In these community forums, you’ll find out more about the exam by reading through the experiences shared by other candidates and professionals. You can also ask questions and share your concerns here. You have the 70-411 Wiki and 70-411 Forum for this purpose.

  1. Practice labs

To gain hands-on skills, you need to go for special practice labs. You can make use of the Microsoft self-paced labs to practice in a setting that is close to real. This will give you an edge over the other candidates.

  1. Windows Server 2012 trial software

Trial version software available for download reinforces your knowledge in Windows Server 2012. You can use it alongside your course or study guide to enable you to understand the exam objectives even better.

  1. Microsoft 70-411 exam study guides

The guides help you cover the exam objectives in a step-by-step manner. You can combine them with a course or other exam study resources. Here are the recommended study books for this exam:

  • Exam 70-411: Administering Windows 2012 guide by Microsoft Press
  • Training Guide: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2 by Microsoft Press
  • MCSA Windows Server 2012 Complete Study Guide by William Panek
  • Mastering Windows Server 2012 Guide Book written by Mark Minasi
  1. Microsoft 70-411 exam practice tests

Past exam questions and answers are good for understanding the exam pattern and the areas that you still need to focus on. These tests have been uploaded online by past exam takers and exam experts. Using them gives you a feel of the actual exam. You are supposed to download an exam testing software to help you practice with the questions. Some of the practice tests that you can use for your exam preparation are:

  • Microsoft 70-411 Official practice tests
  • ExamCollection 70-411 practice tests
  • PrepAway 70-411 practice tests


Knowing that you want to take Microsoft 70-411 exam is not enough. You must take the next step to understand the exam details and gather all the necessary information to prepare and pass your test. Use the tips mentioned above and you will surely pass all exams in MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification path. Good luck!

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