New book: Exam Ref 70‑742 Identity with Windows Server 2016

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Exam Ref 70‑742 Identity with Windows Server 2016 (ISBN 9780735698819), by Andrew Warren.

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Below you will find an overview of this book, some key sections from the Introduction, and information about the author. Enjoy!


Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-742—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Windows Server 2016 identity features and functionality. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, this Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level.

Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives:

  • Install and configure Active Directory Domain Services
  • Manage and maintain AD DS
  • Create and manage Group Policy
  • Implement Active Directory Certificate Services
  • Implement identity federation and access solutions

This Microsoft Exam Ref:

  • Organizes its coverage by exam objectives
  • Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you
  • Assumes you have experience working with Windows Server, Windows clients, and virtualization; are familiar with core networking technologies, and are aware of basic security best practices


The 70-742 exam focuses on the identity features and functionality available in Windows Server 2016. It covers the installation and configuration of Active Directory Domain Services
(AD DS), and the managing and maintaining of AD DS, including configuring AD DS in a complex enterprise environment. Creating and managing Group Policy is a significant part of the exam. Also covered is how to implement Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), the identity federation and access solutions, along with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), Web Application Proxy, and Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).

This book is geared toward AD DS administrators who are looking to train in identity and access technologies with Windows Server 2016. It explains how to deploy and configure AD DS in a distributed environment, and how to implement Group Policy. In addition, the book covers how to deploy AD FS, AD RMS, and AD CS.

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, and in blogs and forums.

Organization of this book

This book is organized by the “Skills measured” list published for the exam. The “Skills measured” list is available for each exam on the Microsoft Learning website: Each chapter in this book corresponds to a major topic area in the list, and the technical tasks in each topic area determine a chapter’s organization. If an exam covers six major topic areas, for example, the book will contain six chapters.

Important: How to use this book to study for the exam

Certification exams validate your on-the-job experience and product knowledge. To gauge your readiness to take an exam, use this Exam Ref to help you check your understanding of the skills tested by the exam. Determine the topics you know well and the areas in which you need more experience. To help you refresh your skills in specific areas, we have also provided “Need more review?” pointers, which direct you to more in-depth information outside the book.

The Exam Ref is not a substitute for hands-on experience. This book is not designed to teach you new skills.

We recommend that you round out your exam preparation by using a combination of available study materials and courses. Learn more about available classroom training at Microsoft Official Practice Tests are available for many exams at You can also find free online courses and live events from Microsoft Virtual Academy at

This book is organized by the “Skills measured” list published for the exam. The “Skills measured” list for each exam is available on the Microsoft Learning website:

Note that this Exam Ref is based on this publicly available information and the author’s experience. To safeguard the integrity of the exam, authors do not have access to the exam questions.

About the author

ANDREW WARREN runs his own training and consultancy business in the UK. He has served as subject matter expert for Windows Server 2016 courses, technical lead for Windows 10 courses, and co-developer of TechNet sessions covering Microsoft Exchange Server. He has over thirty years of IT experience. He lives in rural Somerset in the UK.

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