The MCSA 70-712 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services Course and exam is targeted at network or computer systems administrator or computer support specialists. This exam tests the skills and knowledge necessary to configure a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an enterprise environment. Passing this exam validates a candidate's ability to configure and manage high availability, configure file and storage solutions, implement business continuity and disaster recovery, configure advanced network services, and much more.

The course covers all the objectives of 70-412 exam and is targeted at network or computer systems administrators or a computer support specialists. Passing this exam validates a candidate’s ability to perform the advanced configuring tasks required to deploy, manage, and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as fault tolerance, certificate services, and identity federation.

About Microsoft MCSA and MCSE Certification

Microsoft have MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) Certification paths for many technical job roles. Each of these consists of passing a series of exams to earn the certification title.

The MCSA Windows Server 2012 consists of the following exams:

  • 70-710 - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • 70-711 - Administering Windows Server 2012
  • 70-712 - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Elearning Portal:

Course ScreenshotThis course is delivered through our online course portal and will give students 12 months access to their materials. The course includes interactive activities that to keep the student engaged and includes Flashcards, Exercises and Quizzes related to each chapter to confirm your understanding of the subject. When returning to your studies you to return to the last point or to the furthest point you have read.

Free Trial: We recommend that students register for and access a free trial of this course prior to enrolment. As this is a digital edition of the course, refunds cannot be issued once the access code has been issued. The free trial will give you access to the first lesson of the course materials.

The 70-712 - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services Course includes the following contents:


Pre-Assessment lets you identify the areas for improvement before you start your prep. It determines what students know about a topic before it is taught and identifies areas for improvement with question assessment before beginning the course.

Chapter & Lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Configure and Manage High Availability

This lesson covers the following subjects: Components of High Availability; Achieving High Availability; Configure Network Load Balancing; Achieving High Availability with Failover Clustering; Windows Server 2012 R2 Clustering Features; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 2: Configure File and Storage Solutions

This lesson covers the following subjects: Configure Advanced File Services; Implement Dynamic Access Control; Configure and Optimize Storage; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 3: Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

This lesson covers the following subjects: Protecting the System; Backup and Recovery of Active Directory; Understanding Shadow Copies; Using Advanced Boot Options; Configure Site-Level Fault Tolerance; Using the Startup Repair Tool; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 4: Configure Advanced Network Services

This lesson covers the following subjects: Working with Advanced DHCP Configuration Options; The Ins and Outs of DNS; IPAM Administration 101; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 5: Configure the Active Directory Infrastructure

This lesson covers the following subjects: Overview of Network Planning; Overview of Active Directory Replication and Sites; Implementing Sites and Subnets; Configuring Replication; Monitoring and Troubleshooting Active Directory Replication; Reasons for Creating Multiple Domains; Creating Domain Trees and Forests; Demoting a Domain Controller; Managing Multiple Domains; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 6: Configure Access and Information Protection Solutions

This lesson covers the following subjects: What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 with Active Directory Certificate Services?; Implement Active Directory Federation Services; Workplace Join; Active Directory Rights Management Services; Summary; and Exam Essentials.

  • Lesson 7: Appendix

This lesson covers the following subjects: Videos.

Practice Exams:

Prepare for your exam with 56 pre-assessment questions, 2 full length tests and 51 post-assessment questions. Practice tests comes with learn, test and review modes. In learn mode, learners will attempt a question and will get immediate feedback as they move on to the next question. In test mode, learners can take a timed test simulating the actual exam conditions. In review mode, learners can read through one item at a time without attempting it.

Post Assessment:

Post-Assessments are given to students and often used in conjunction with a Pre-Assessment to measure their achievement and the effectiveness of the exam.

Additional MeasureUp Exam Preparation Software:

Official MeasureUp practice test software is included with our course materials which gives students 365 days access to over 400 Questions and Robust Explanations. MeasureUp offer quality test content so that you will be prepared for your exams. All objectives of the exam are covered in depth so students are ready for any question. The practice tests are written by industry experts in this subject area.

Please Note: The MeasureUp practice exam requires the use of Chrome as your browser in order to study with the simulation type questions and is not compatible with mobile devices.

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Performance Labs & Videos: Optional (Available for an additional £90.00) – 12 Month License

Online performance labs and videos can be purchased for £90.00 as an additional item when ordering from our website.

The labs are used to supplement training and simulate real-world, hardware, software & command line interface environments. There are 32 Performance Based Labs and 32 Video Tutorials. You can find a full list of Lab tasks here.

Live Lab Features:

  • Provide hands-on experience in a safe, online environment
  • Labs simulate real world, hardware, software & CLI environment
  • Flexible and inexpensive alternative to physical Labs
  • Comes with well-organized component library for every task
  • Explanations and remediation available


While there are no official prerequisites to take the MCSA certification, Microsoft strongly recommend that the candidate have a good knowledge of Windows Servers. We recommend completing the 70-710 Course and exam prior to completing this course.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have 12 months access to the course materials. This home study course is designed as a self-study course, but email support is available for the 12 month period. As the course is self-study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


Assessment is in the form of the Microsoft 70-712 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services Examination. The examination has 40-60 questions over a 120 minute period. The questions are Single choice, multiple choice, drag-and-drop, active screen, build list, case studies, and short answer formats.

The Exams are graded on a scale of 100 – 1000, and all technical exams are scaled such that the passing score is 700.


MCSA Windows Server 2012

On completion of the MCSA 70-712 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services Course, you can apply for the 70-712 exam. Examinations must be sat at a registered Pearson VUE testing centre and are currently £113.00 + VAT each.

You can find or register for your nearest exam centres by selecting the Test Takers option from the Pearson Vue Website.

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