Hey everyone, what’s going on in your lives? Today, I would like to use this platform to share with you my experience with Microsoft MCSA 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure. To tell you precisely in a summarized form, this exam is “a mile wide and an inch deep.” To do well on the test, you need to know the details and components of the Microsoft Private Cloud stack. You will know what’s coming when you will sit down on your Prometric testing workstation. These components include:
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • System Center Data Protection Manager
  • System Center Configuration Manager
  • System Center Operations Manager
  • System Center Orchestrator
  • Windows Power Shell v3
  • Hyper-V
Yes, we know that this is a lot of content to take in. However, by the end of this article, you will be prepared well with what to expect from the Microsoft MCSA Windows Certification.

What is the test like?

The MCSA 70-414 exam is among the tests needed to receive the MCSE: Core Infrastructure certification. This is an an-expert-level certificate. The advanced solutions that Microsoft emphasizes in this exam might be of a complete surprise and shock to many of those who begin to prepare with the thought that they have got this and they completely know Windows Server 2012. Do not make this mistake and stay open to more and more knowledge as Microsoft MCSA 70-414 is not a child’s play after all. As I mentioned earlier, the focus and aim of this certification exam are to see how the candidates can organize the Microsoft private Cloud building blocks into solutions and ways for the clients. Alternatively, you should, and you will be required to think in terms of: “Which system center product will meet the stated goals of the client?”

Exam layout

The MCSA 70-414 exam uses a format of case studies, and this makes sense because when you think of yourself taking the role of Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, you interpret the situation of the client, his/her goals, and limitations. You advise giving an appropriate and cost-effective way out. Notably, the certification test has approximately two case studies; both contain six questions. The students can go back and forth in the items inside of a single case. However, once you send a case for r, changes in answers aren’t allowed. The complete exam may contain 51 items. This means that apart from the 12 case study-based problems, you will have around 39 other items separately. It is important that there are three sections that are not timed individually, and there are 130 minutes for the whole test. The type of items is similar to the ones in the exams for MCSE.
  • Multiple answers multiple choices
  • Single answer multiple choices
  • Interactive: Hot Spot
  • Interactive: List building and reordering
  • Interactive: Completion of blanks
The downside of the MCSA 70-414 exam is that it contains the “choose all that apply” item type.

Trouble areas

Let us go through the domains of the MCSA 70-414 exam. You need to know them to pass the test. These are four: 1. Managing and maintaining a server infrastructure Windows Software Update Services, System Center Operations Manager, System Center Configuration Manager, updating, monitoring, automated remediation, and VM provisioning 2. Planning and implementing a highly available enterprise infrastructure Infrastructure: Network load balancing, DFS replication, failover clustering, DHCP failover, Iscsi SETUP, VM replication, and domain controller cloning 3. Planning and implementing Server visualization infrastructure Infrastructure: guests, networking, virtualization hosts, CSV storage, Iscsi, SMB, and VM migration options 4. Designing and implementing identification and access solutions AD RMS, federated identity, certificate services, AD LDS, Office 365

Preparation process

You are expected to be skilled in the case study format. A case study item will not be anything more than an exam question that has detached stem. The item will consist of questions and answers with choices (one, or more than one, correct response and distractors). You will aim to retrieve the scenario of the item by looking for appropriate 1-3 lines in the study that have to link to the asked question. The most important tip is not to worry about how to use system center products rather focus on the capabilities of each of them. The questions will ask you about the type of product that is suitable for a given situation. If you’re asked to give a stepwise process, it will be from something like an AD CS certificate revocation list (CRL), etc. Begin your preparation early and assure that you have enough time to carry out enough practice tests. This will help you find out about your weaknesses, and you will get to work on those weak areas. Besides, the practice tests will give you a real-life experience of the exam. PrepAway offers actual preparation materials along with training courses. Video courses will be useful for those who need additional explanations in terms of the topic areas.


It is a renowned fact that the Microsoft certification exams, including the MCSA 70-414 test, are not an easy game. They need effort, determination, and focus. A person is advised to take all courses, to master all required skills, and carry out as much practice tests as possible. Keep yourself well-hydrated and sleep properly before the exam. Read the paper carefully and do not jump to a conclusion immediately. Manage your time well, do practice tests as many times as possible. It is not impossible to pass the exam if you are prepared properly and if you plan it well, and do not get distracted. Go to the Microsoft official website in order to get full information and check the site because there may be some updates from time to time. In addition, use good resources and stay focused. Best of luck!