Getting Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification is quiet a daunting task and we get it. It can get really nerve-wracking to appear for the interview as a fresher, henceforth, we have prepared a list of top 20 questions that would potentially be asked. This is your diamond is the rough, so let’s dig in!
The list of the top 20 questions for the MCSA interview have been laid down for you to ease down your preparation:
(P.S. stay tuned till the end for a bonus question!)
Microsoft Certified Solution Associate (MCSA) certification is an entry-level IT certification for all the tech-savvy people who wish to build a career in web/software development and IT industry. You can land a high-profile technical job if you possess MCSA certification since the certification hails from a renowned MNC like Microsoft.
2. Which exams are offered by MCSA certification program?
The following exams are offered by the MCSA certification program:
1. MCSA Windows Server 2012:
Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 services
Administration on Windows Server 2012
Installation of Windows Server 2012
2. MCSA Windows Server 2008:
Configuring MCSA Windows Server 2008, Active Directory
3. MCSA Windows 10:
Configuration of Windows Devices
4. MCSA Windows 8:
Configuration of Windows 8.1
Supporting Windows 8.1
5. MCSA SQL Server:
Querying SQL Server 2012
Implementation of Datawarehouse with SQL Server 2012
6. MCSA Azure or Linux:
Implementation of Azure Infrastructure Solutions
System Administrator for Linux Foundation Certification
3. Define Active Directory.
Active Directory is a directory service launched and developed by Microsoft that stored various information related to objects in a particular network. It is also present in many of the server operating systems as a set of services and processes. Business organizations depend on Active Directory to maintain servers, users and computers in a particular order.
4. What is Windows Server?
Windows server is a series of Server Operating System developed by Microsoft Corporation.
5. Meant by Active Directory Replication?
Active Directory Replication uses multi-master domain topology to keep the changes in sync with the other domain controllers that are made in a forest. There are two types of AD replication:
1. Intra-site (Replication occurs within a site).
2. Inter-site (Replication occurs between sites).
6. What is Domain Controller?
The Domain Controller is a server system that integrates the written copy of an Active Directory Database in an Active Directory Data settings.
7. What do you understand by tree and forest in MCSA?
A Windows tree is a set of one of more Windows domains along with their DNS domains.
A Windows Forest is a set of one or more reliable Windows trees. A lone tree can also be called a forest.
8. Explain the function of IntelliMirror.
IntelliMirror helps to restore Desktop settings, applications and stored files for users, especially for those who work offline or navigate between two workstations.
9. What is the meaning of Windows Server Backup?
Windows Server Backup is an important characteristic of Windows 2008 that gives you multiple solutions of backing up your data in a situation of a system failure or any other issue. It can backup a few files to the whole server. The data is accessible through command lines and a management console.
10. Explain Direct Access.
Direct Access sets up a bi-directional connection with an internal network (private network/ intranet) in order to make websites, applications and internal network files accessible to the users WITHOUT using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It allows to manage even the remote computers by an IT administrator without any VPN.
11. Give a brief about Branch Cache.
Branch Cache allows to access servers from remote locations easily to make the application responsiveness better and lower down the use of the WAN link. Cache data is used by the remote computers locally to reduce the LAN traffic.
12. Explain KCC. What is KCC used for?
KCC is the short form of Knowledge Consistency Checker. KCC works as a tollgate to keep a check on any stolen topology both within a site operation and on an inter-site level.
13. Give a brief explanation of DAC.
Microsoft Dynamic Access Control is a data controlling tool of Windows Server 2012 used by the IT Administrators to govern the access settings. It is a centralized tool which allows the administrators to keep a check over the individuals that have access to the data files.
14. What is LDAP?
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is an internet protocol to look up for information on a Server, e-mail or any other program.
15. Define Licensing Grace Period.
Licensing Grace Period removes the need to have a License Server and provide a grace period to grant permission to the unlicensed clients for the installation of one Terminal Server license server. The grace period starts from the first client and extends until you get the actual License Server.
16. How many types of queries DNS does?
There are two types of DNS queries:
1. Iterative Query
2. Recursive Query.
18. What do you understand by Desktop Visualization?
Desktop Virtualization is a logical protocol to extract and isolate the OS or System from the client that is ready to access it. There are numerous Desktop Virtualizations, some of them include virtual machines that can be accessed and personalized by an individual in the way he wants it. This is the most common and the easiest way to access a Desktop Virtualization.
19. Brief Application Partitioning in your own words.
Application partitioning is the process of creating applications that distribute the application logic among two or more computers in a network. In the simplest case, the application can run on a single PC, as a remote service, and send task requests for execution to a server.
20. Explain NTFS or FAT on a local server.
NTFS (New Technology File System) provides file level security to the domain users as well as the local users. FAT (File Allocation Table) provides security to the local users only. FAT does not provide file level security.
Wait, the bonus question is right here.