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MTA Windows Server Administration Certification

Microsoft Technology Associate LogoWITS-004 MTA Windows Server Administration Certification (28 hours)
Fee: $839 Includes textbook, materials, and practice exams

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Course Description

This course covers the core concepts and technologies you need to administer a Windows Server environments from 2008 – 2016. Administering a Windows operating system (OS) can be a difficult topic to grasp, particularly if you are new to the field of IT. This course serves as an approachable introduction to understanding how to install a server, the various roles of a server, and how server performance and maintenance impacts a network.

  • Is targeted primarily for entry-level technicians such as college students
  • Provides an appropriate entry point to a future career in Information Technology (IT)
  • Assumes some hands-on experience or training but does not assume on-the-job experience

Students will be prepared to take and pass the Microsoft MTA Server Administration Certification (98-365). This an entry-level exam.


Candidates for this course should have:

  • Working knowledge of fundamental Windows Operating System concepts
  • Basic Keyboarding and Mouse Skills

Suggested Enrollment Process

To Enroll Online:
  • Click:
  • Click on Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes
  • Type in ‘MTA” and hit 'Submit"
  • Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates.
  • Enter in your credit card information. Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you. It should have the Building and Classroom for the course.  If it does not, check with our office at 413-755-4225 a few weeks prior to the class to confirm the room numbers.
To Enroll in Person:
  • Go to STCC Building 16, Room 146 to register for the course or call 755 4225

Exam Objectives

98-365: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals (Updated January 9, 2018)

1. Understanding server installation (10–15%)

1.1 Understand device drivers

Installation, removal, disabling, update/upgrade, rollback, troubleshooting, Plug & Play, IRQ, interrupts, driver signing, managing through Group Policy

1.2 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, and dependencies

1.3 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%)

2.1 Identify application servers

Mail servers, database servers, collaboration servers, monitoring servers, threat management

2.2 Understand Web services

IIS, WWW, FTP, installing from Server Manager, separate worker processes, adding components, sites, ports, SSL certificates

2.3 Understand remote access

Remote assistance, remote administration tools, Remote Desktop Services, multipoint services, licensing, RD Gateway, VPN, application virtualization, multiple ports

2.4 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

2.5 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%)

3.1 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

3.2 Understand organizational units and containers

Purpose of OUs, purpose of containers, delegation, default containers, uses for different container objects, default hidden and visible containers

3.3 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

3.4 Understand group policy

Group policy processing, Group Policy Management Console, computer policies, user policies, local policies

4 Understanding storage (10–15%)

4.1 Identify storage technologies and their typical usage scenarios

Advantages and disadvantages of different storage topologies, local storage, network storage, Fibre Channel, iSCSI hardware

4.2 Understand RAID redundancy

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and combinations, hardware and software RAID

4.3 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

Refund Policy

Withdraw prior to the start of class* - 100% Refund
No Refunds will be given once class begins

* Please note that special refund policies apply to some courses. The cost of non-returnable items will not be refunded.

In the absence of a written third party contractual agreement stating otherwise, all refunds will be issued to the student. Credit card payments will be refunded directly to the credit card if processed within thirty days of the payment.

Course Cancellation Policy

The Workforce Training office reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

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