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Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (98-365) Practice Exam

Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (98-365) Certification Exam


About Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (98-365) Certification Exam

This exam is designed to assess candidates’ knowledge of fundamental Windows Server administration concepts. MTA is a new certification under the Microsoft Certification Program that validates the foundational knowledge needed to begin building a career in Microsoft technologies. It can also serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exams.


Exam Details

  • Published: August 2, 2010
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin America)
  • Audiences: Academic
  • Technology: Windows Server 2016
  • Credit toward certification: MTA


Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are familiar with the concepts and the technologies of Windows Server administration. Candidates should have some hands-on experience with Windows Server, Windows-based networking, Active Directory, account management, and system recovery tools and concepts.


Course Structure for Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (98-365) Certification Exam

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.

1. Understanding server installation (10–15%)

  • Understand device drivers - Installation, removal, disabling, update/upgrade, rollback, troubleshooting, Plug & Play, IRQ, interrupts, driver signing, managing through Group Policy
  • Understand services - Which statuses a service can be in, startup types, recovery options, delayed startup, Run As settings for a service, stopping or pausing a service, service accounts, dependencies
  • Understand server installation options - Choose the correct operating system version options; Server core vs. Desktop
  • Experience, Nano Server installation, interactive installs; automated install using WDS; VHD/VHDX installation source, perform unattended installs; perform upgrades, clean installs, and migrations


2. Understanding server roles (25–30%)

  • Identify application servers - Mail servers, database servers, collaboration servers, monitoring servers, threat management
  • Understand Web services - IIS, WWW, and FTP, installing from Server Manager, separate worker processes, adding components, sites, ports, SSL, certificates
  • Understand remote access - Remote assistance, remote administration tools, Remote Desktop Services, multipoint services, licensing, RD Gateway, VPN, application virtualization, multiple ports
  • Understand the file and print services - Local printers, network printers, printer pools, web printing, web management, driver deployment, file, folder, and share permissions vs. rights, auditing, print job management
  • Understand server virtualization - Virtual memory, virtual networks, snapshots and saved states, physical to virtual conversions, virtual to physical conversions, VHD and VHDX formats, nested virtualization


3. Understanding Active Directory (20–25%)

  • Understand accounts and groups - Domain accounts, local accounts, user profiles, computer accounts, group types, default groups, group scopes, group nesting, understand AGDLP and AGUDLP processes to help implement nesting
  • Understand organizational units and containers - Purpose of OUs, purpose of containers, delegation, default containers, uses for different container objects, default hidden and visible containers
  • Understand Active Directory infrastructure - Domain controllers. forests, child domains, operation master roles, domain vs. workgroup, trust relationships, functional levels, deprecated functional levels, namespace, sites, replication, schema, Passport
  • Understand group policy - Group policy processing, Group Policy Management Console, computer policies, user policies, local policies


4. Understanding storage (10–15%)

  • Identify storage technologies and their typical usage scenarios - Advantages and disadvantages of different storage topologies, local storage, network storage, Fibre Channel, iSCSI hardware
  • Understand RAID redundancy - RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and combinations, hardware and software RAID
  • Understand disk types - Solid State Drive (SSD) and Hard Disk Drive (HDD) types and comparisons, ATA basic disk, dynamic disk, mount points, file systems, mounting a virtual hard disk, distributed file systems


5. Understanding server performance management (10–15%)

  • Identify major server hardware components - Memory, disk, processor, network, 32-bit and 64-bit architecture, removable drives, graphic cards, cooling, power usage, ports
  • Understand performance monitoring - Methodology, procedures, effect of network, CPU, memory and disk, creating a baseline, Performance Monitor, Resource Monitor, Task Manager, performance counters, Data Collector Sets
  • Understand logs and alerts, Event Viewer - Purpose of performance logs and alerts


6. Understanding server maintenance (15–20%)

  • Identify steps in the startup process - BIOS, UEFI, TPM, bootsector, bootloader, MBR, boot.ini, POST, Safe Mode
  • Understand business continuity - Backup and restore, disaster recovery planning, clustering, AD restore, folder redirection, data redundancy, uniterruptible power supply (UPS)
  • Understand updates - Software, driver, operating systems, applications, Windows Update, Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)
  • Understand troubleshooting methodology - Processes, procedures, best practices; systematic vs. specific approach, Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, Resource Monitor, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, central logging, event filtering, default logs


Target Audience

Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove Windows Server administration knowledge and skills. Before taking this exam, candidates should have a solid foundational knowledge of the topics outlined in this preparation guide. It is recommended that candidates become familiar with the concepts and the technologies described here by taking relevant training courses. Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Windows Server, Windows-based networking, Active Directory, account management, and system recovery tools and concepts.


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