New book: Exam Ref 70-743 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70-743 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (ISBN 9780735697430), by Charles Pluta.

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Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-743—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Windows Server 2016 core infrastructure services implementation. For experienced IT professionals who hold MCSA: Windows Server 2008 or MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification and are ready to advance, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.

Focus on the skills measured on the exam:

  • Install Windows Servers in host and compute environments
  • Implement storage solutions, Hyper-V, and Windows containers
  • Implement DNS and IPAM
  • Implement network connectivity and remote access
  • Implement advanced network infrastructure
  • Install and configure Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
  • Implement identity federation and access solutions

This Microsoft Exam Ref:

  • Organizes its coverage by the “Skills measured” posted on the exam webpage
  • Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you
  • Assumes you are an IT professional who has already earned an MCSA: Windows Server 2008 or MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification


With each release of Windows Server, more and more features are added or modified that makes knowing the product inside and out more and more difficult. The 70-743 exam “Upgrading your skills to Windows Server 2016” is for administrators that have previously achieved the MCSA certification for Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2012, and plan to achieve the latest certification offering.

Understanding that the exam is geared specifically towards administrators with existing knowledge, this Exam Ref book assumes you remember and know the knowledge that is necessary to pass the previous versions of the exam. Therefore, we focus solely on the skills that are measured in the 70-743 exam, sometimes skipping the basics of the skill. A lot of these skills build on the knowledge you’ve retained from Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012. However, some of the skills are brand new to Windows Server 2016, and are expected to be highlighted on the exam.

The goal of this book is to act as a reference to give you the tools and knowledge that you need to succeed in passing the exam. While we cover every skill that the exam measures and focus on real-world examples of how to use the technologies that are listed, there is no way of guaranteeing that you will pass the exam simply by using this book. As you are well aware as an existing MCSA credential holder, nothing is better than getting hands-on experience with each of the roles and features in Windows Server 2016 before taking the exam. It is recommended that you use the information in this book, combined with a hands-on approach of trying each role or feature discussed by using both graphical and Windows PowerShell (or command-line) tools. This will ensure that you have the best opportunity to succeed when taking the exam.

This book covers every major topic area found on the exam, but it does not cover every exam question. Only the Microsoft exam team has access to the exam questions, and Microsoft regularly adds new questions to the exam, making it impossible to cover specific questions. You should consider this book a supplement to your relevant real-world experience and other study materials. If you encounter a topic in this book that you do not feel completely comfortable with, use the “Need more review?” links you’ll find in the text to find more information and take the time to research and study the topic. Great information is available on MSDN, TechNet, MVA, and in blogs and forums.

About the author

CHARLES PLUTA is a technical consultant and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) who has authored several certification exams, lab guides, and learner guides for various technology vendors. As a technical consultant, Charles has assisted small, medium, and large organizations deploy and maintain their IT infrastructure. He is also a speaker, staff member, or trainer at several large industry conferences every year. Charles has a degree in Computer Networking, and holds more than 25 industry certifications. He makes a point to leave the United States to travel to a different country once every year. When not working or traveling, he plays pool in Augusta, Georgia.

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