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Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 - Identity with Windows Server 2016 vA (70-742)


This instructor-led fee based course has been commissioned by the UIS through a third party company.

You will receive hands-on instruction and practice configuring advanced Windows Server 2016.

This course is part three in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2016 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2016 environment.

Although there is some cross-over of skills and tasks across these courses, this course focuses on advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2016 infrastructure, such as Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Group Policy, Managing User Settings with GPO's, Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS).

This course maps directly to and is the preferred choice for hands-on preparation for Identity with Windows Server 2016: Exam 70-742, which is the third of three exams required for MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification.

For those who wish to commence with the MTA entry-level credential from Microsoft there are a number of Online courses listed in Related courses below that would be relevant.

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Target audience
  • All current Cambridge University members (departments and colleges)
    • IT Professionals with hands on experience working in a Windows server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 environment who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to manage and maintain the core infrastructure required for a Windows Server 2016 environment
  • Windows Server Administrators experienced in working with Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 who wish to gain skills necessary to perform daily management and maintenance tasks in a Windows Server 2016 environment
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Before attending this course, students must have:

Topics covered
  • Module 1: Installing and configuring DCs
  • Module 2: Managing objects in AD DS
  • Module 3: Advanced AD DS infrastructure management
  • Module 4: Implementing and administering AD DS sites and replication
  • Module 5: Implementing Group Policy
  • Module 6: Managing user settings with GPOs
  • Module 7: Securing AD DS
  • Module 8: Deploying and managing AD CS
  • Module 9: Deploying and managing certificates
  • Module 10: Implementing and administering AD FS
  • Module 11: Implementing and administering AD RMS
  • Module 12: Implementing AD DS synchronization with Azure AD
  • Module 13: Implementing AD DS synchronization with Azure AD

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Install and configure domain controllers
  • Manage objects in AD DS by using graphical tools and Windows PowerShell
  • Implement AD DS in complex environments
  • Implement AD DS sites, and configure and manage replication
  • Implement and manage Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • Manage user settings by using GPOs
  • Secure AD DS and user accounts
  • Implement and manage a certificate authority (CA) hierarchy with AD CS
  • Deploy and manage certificates
  • Implement and administer AD FS
  • Implement and administer Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
  • Implement synchronization between AD DS and Azure AD
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and establish business continuity for AD DS services
  • Presentations, demonstrations and practicals
  • University departments and colleges £995 (VAT not applicable)

Receive a 10% discount off the price of the last course in the series when booking and attending all three courses, 70-740, 70-741 & 70-742. The cost will then be £995 for the first course (70-740), £995 for the second course (70-741) and £895.50 for the third course (70-742). Total = £2885.50.

Please note that the discount is applied on the last course. Qualification for the discount depends on attendance of all three courses.

The fee includes:

  • Instructor-led tuition
  • Courseware
  • Lunches, teas and coffees


This third-party course requires a minimum number of participants in order that it can run. Should that minimum number not be reached within 25 working days of the course, the course will be cancelled and any payments returned to participants. If the minimum number is met within 25 working days and a course participant cancels within the 25 working days of the course date, the participant will be liable for 100% of the course fee. In some circumstances the participant can put forward a replacement from their institution within this time frame.

Exam information

The course prepares you for the Identity with Windows Server 2016: Exam 742 which is part of the Microsoft Certified Professional MCSA: Windows Server 2016 qualification as detailed here shown under Step 3: Completion

Should you wish to take the exam the following can be purchased by course participants during/after the course at a discount rate:

  • A MeasureUp practice exam
    • Award winning practice exams, view a demo
    • Three modes
      • Test mode - designed to be like a true test
      • Study mode - provides feedback throughout with reference to external text, learning and articles on the Microsoft site
      • Custom mode - allows candidates to select a series of questions from the curriculum to focus on selected areas
    • From date of purchase candidates have one year s to activate online, thereafter candidates have 180 days of unlimited access
  • Microsoft Labs Online
    • A cloud-based environment that enables students to conduct exercises using real Microsoft products on live virtual machines with online exercise
    • View a demo, please note to view this demo, Internet Explorer version 7 is required and if not already installed an ActiveX Control requiring admin rights. There is a FAQ for Microsoft Labs Online
    • The labs online expire 6 months from purchase
  • A Pearson Vue exam voucher

A full list of exam topics can be viewed under Skills measured on the following Identity with Windows Server 2016: Exam 742 page.

Exam Preparation
In addition to the material on this course please refer to the section labelled Preparing for the exam in the exam page.

  • Five days
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