Welcome to the Wildcard IT practice exam page for the Microsoft exam 70-743: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Server 2016.


Last updated: 30 Oct 2017, 120 questions in total


Below you will see a total of 12 sections, each of which represents a type of practice exam.

The first section represents a practice exam of the entire 70-743 exam. This has a similar amount of questions as the real exam, a time limit and a pass rate of 80% – just as the real exam has. You can even see if you can beat other users’ score. Check the ‘Leaderboard’ tab to see scores from users around the world. You can only add your score to the leaderboard once per 24 hours.

The next eleven sections are practice exams with no time limits with each exam based solely on one 70-743 exam objective. Use these sections to practice your skills before testing yourself with the exam simulation.

Note: this practice exam is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Microsoft in anyway.

Who is this exam aimed at?

A prerequisite of this exam is that the candidate must have already earned either an MCSA in Windows Server 2008 or an MCSA in Windows Server 2012 R2. This exam is designed to be a skills update from previous Windows Server versions to Windows Server 2016.

Individuals should want to be able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of Windows Server 2016 and its core infrastructure services including installation, storage, compute, networking and identity functionality.
This exam may be available to be taken online, rather than at a specified test centre.



Languages available

English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)


Date published:

22nd July 2016



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30th October 2017: 7 questions added, total of 120 questions

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27th October 2017: 2 questions added, total of 100 questions

26th October 2017: Initial release of 70-743 practice exam, 98 questions added

Exam Simulation - 59 questions from all topics, 2 hour limit

Take a full practice test, designed to be the same as you would sit in the real world.


With a 120 minute time limit, 59 random questions from all topics and answers revealed only once you have completed the test, passing this practice exam will mean you are ready for the real 70-743 exam.

Install Windows Servers in host and compute environments


The first objective of the 70-743 exam is based around three key areas:


Install, Upgrade and Migrate Servers and Workloads:

  • Establish the Windows Server 2016 requirements (hardware and software)
  • Confirm which editions of Windows Server 2016 are best suited to particular workloads
  • How to install Windows Server 2016
  • How to install features and roles on Windows Serer 2016
  • How to install and configure Windows Server Core
  • Using Windows PowerShell to manage Windows Server Core 2016
  • Using command line and remote management to configure Windows Server Core 2016
  • Install, configure and maintain installed Windows Server 2016 environments using Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DCS)
  • Upgrade and migrate servers from Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016
  • Establish the most relevant activation model for server installation, Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA), Key Management Service (KMS) or Active Directory based activation


Install and Configure Nano Server

  • Establish the use case scenarios and the requirements for Nano Server
  • Installing Nano Server
  • Installing roles and features on Nano Server
  • Configure and manage Nano Server
  • Configure and manage Nano Server remotely with Windows PowerShell


Create, Manage and Maintain Images for Deployment

  • Planning for the virtualization of Windows Server 2016
  • Planning for FreeBSD and Linux deployments
  • Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit to measure virtualization workloads
  • Consider requirements for deploying virtualized workloads
  • Update existing images with drivers, hotfixes, patches and install roles and features onto them
  • Using Windows PowerShell to maintain VHDs and Nano Server and Server Core images


Implement storage solutions


The second skill measured by the 70-743: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2016 has two key areas:


Implement Server Storage

  • How to configure Storage Pools
  • How to implement simple, mirrored and parity layouts for disks and enclosures
  • How to expand storage pools
  • How to configure Tiered Storage
  • Configuring iSCSI target and initiator
  • How to configure iSCSI
  • Configuring Datacentre Bridging (DCB)
  • Creating high availability by configuring Multi-Path IO (MPIO)
  • Establish the use cases for Storage Replica
  • Implement server-to-server Storage Replica, cluster-to-cluster and stretched cluster


Implement Data Deduplication

  • Configure and implement Deduplication
  • Establish the relevant use case scenarios for Deduplication
  • How to monitor Deduplication
  • Use Deduplication to implement a backup and restore solution
Implement Hyper-V


The third objective of the 70-743 exam is split into four key areas:


Install and Configure Hyper-V

  • Establish both hardware and compatibility requirements for installing Hyper-V
  • Installing Hyper-V
  • How to install Hyper-V management tools
  • How to upgrade from previous versions of Hyper-V
  • Delegating virtual machine management
  • Remote management of Hyper-V hosts
  • Use Windows PowerShell Direct to configure virtual machines
  • Implement nested virtualization


Configure Virtual Machine (VM) Settings

  • How to add or remove memory from a running VM
  • How to configure dynamic memory
  • How to configure Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) support
  • Configuring smart paging
  • Configuring Resource Metering
  • Managing Integrating Services
  • Creating and configuring Generation 1 and 2 VMs
  • Determining the use case scenarios for Generation 1 and 2 VMs
  • How to implement enhanced session mode
  • Creating Linux and FreeBSD VMs
  • Installing and configuring Linux Integration Services (LIS)
  • Installing and configuring FreeBSD Integration Services (BIS)
  • Implement Secure Boot for both Windows and Linux VMs
  • How to move and convert a VM from previous version of Hyper-V to Server 2016
  • Export and Importing VMs
  • Implement Discrete Device Assignment (DDA)


Configure Hyper-V Storage

  • How to create VHDs and VHDXs using Hyper-V Manager
  • Creating a shared VHDX file
  • How to configure a differencing disk
  • How to modify an existing virtual hard disk
  • Configuring pass-through disks
  • How to resize a virtual hard disk
  • How to manage checkpoints
  • Implementing production checkpoints
  • How to implement a virtual Fibre Channel adapter
  • How to configure storage Quality of Service (QoS)


Hyper-V Networking

  • How to add and remove virtual network interface cards (vNICs)
  • Configuring Hyper-V virtual switches
  • Optimizing virtual network performance
  • How to configure MAC addresses
  • Configuring network isolation
  • Configuring synthetic and legacy virtual network adapters
  • How to configure NIC teaming in virtual machines
  • Configuring virtual machines queue (VMQ)
  • How to enable Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) on a Hyper-V switch using a Switch Embedded Teaming (SET)
  • How to configure Bandwidth Management
Implement Windows containers


The forth skill measured by the 70-743: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2016 is split into two areas:


Deploy Windows Containers

  • What are the use case scenarios for Windows containers
  • Establish the requirements for installing Windows containers
  • Installing and configuring Windows containers in physical and virtual environments
  • Installing and configuring Windows containers in a Server Core and Nano Server environment
  • How to configure Docker daemon start-up options
  • How to use Windows PowerShell with containers
  • Install a base OS
  • Tagging an image
  • Create Windows Server containers
  • Create Hyper-V containers

Manage Windows Containers

  • How to manage Windows containers using Docker daemon
  • How to manage Windows containers with Windows PowerShell
  • Configuring container networking
  • Configuring container data volumes
  • Managing Resource Control
  • Creating container images using Dockerfile
  • Use DockerHub repository for public and private scenarios
  • Use Microsoft Azure to maintain container images
Implement high availability


This skill measurement is made up of five sections:


Implement High Availability and Disaster Recovery Options in Hyper-V

  • Configure Hyper-V Replica
  • How to configure Live Migration
  • How to configure Shared Nothing Live Migration
  • Configure CredSSP and Kerberos authentication when using Live Migration
  • Configure Storage Migration

Implement Failover Clustering

  • Configure clusters in a Workgroup, Domain or Multi Domain
  • How to configure a quorum
  • How to configure cluster networking
  • Restoring a single node or cluster configuration
  • Configure Cluster Aware Updating
  • Configure Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade
  • Configure and administer cluster shared volumes (CSVs)
  • Configure clusters with no network names
  • Install and configure a Scale-Out File Server (SoFS)
  • Establish use cases for both SoFS and cluster File Server
  • Establish use case for guest clustering
  • Using Shared SAS storage, configure a Clustered Storage Spaces environment
  • Configure Storage Replica
  • Configure a Cloud Witness
  • Configure VM resilience
  • Utilize shared VHDX as a storage solution for guest clusters

Implement Storage Spaces Direct

  • What are the use case scenarios for Storage Spaces Direct
  • Install Storage Spaces Direct using Windows PowerShell
  • Configure a disaggregated Storage Spaces Direct scenario in a cluster
  • Implement a hyper-converged Storage Spaces Direct scenario in a cluster

Manage Failover Clustering

  • Configure continuously available shares
  • Configure virtual machine monitoring
  • Configure failover and preference settings
  • Configure stretch and site-aware failover clusters
  • Configure node fairness
Manage VM Movement in Clustered Nodes
  • Perform a live migration of a VM
  • How to perform a quick migration
  • How to perform a storage migration
  • VM actions including importing, exporting and copying
  • How to configure virtual machine health protection
  • How to configure drain on shutdown
Implement Domain Name System (DNS)


The sixth objective measured in the 70-743 exam only contains one area:


Install and Configure DNS Servers

  • Establish the requirements for installing DNS
  • Establish the scenarios in which DNS can be deployed on Nano Server
  • Installing DNS
  • Configuring DNS forwarders
  • Configuring Root Hints
  • Configuring DNS delegation
  • How to implement DNS policies
  • How to use PowerShell to implement DNS
  • Configuring Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)
  • Configuring DNS Socket Pool
  • Configuring cache locking
  • Enabling Response Rate Limiting
  • Configuring DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE)
  • Enabling and configuring DNS logging
  • Configuring delegated DNS administration
  • Configuring DNS recursion
  • Fine tuning DNS performance
  • Use Windows PowerShell to configure DNS
Implement IP Address Management (IPAM)


This skill area has two key topics:


Install and configure IPAM

  • Using Group Policy to configure IPAM
  • Manually configure IPAM
  • Configuring server discovery
  • Creating and managing IP blocks and ranges in IPAM
  • Monitoring the utilization of IP address spaces
  • Migrate existing workloads to IAPM
  • Configuring IPAM SQL database
  • Using IPAM with System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Manage DNS and DHCP using IPAM

  • How to manage a DHCP server using IPAM
  • Configuring DHCP scopes and options with IPAM
  • Configuring DHCP policies and failover
  • Configure DNS server properties with IPAM
  • Manage DNS zones and records
  • Manage DNS and DHCP servers in multiple Active Directory forests
  • Use role-based access control (RBAC) to delegate administration for both DNS and DHCP
Implement Network Connectivty and Remote Access Solutions


This eighth topic in the 70-743 exam has only one key area of study:


Implement Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Direct Access Solutions

  • Configure remote access and site-to-site (S2S) VPN solutions
  • Configure VPN protocol options
  • Configuring authentication options
  • Configuring VPN reconnect
  • Creating and configuring connection profiles
  • Establish the correct usage of remote access VPN compares to site-to-site VPN
  • Installing and configuring Direct Access
  • Implementing server and client requirements and configurations
  • Troubleshooting Direct Access
Implement an Advanced Network Infrastructure


The ninth topic in the 70-743 exam has two key skill areas:


Implement High Performance Network Solutions

  • Implementing NIC Teaming and Switch Embedded Teaming (SET)
  • Configure Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
  • Configuring network Quality of Service (QoS) with Data Center Bridging (DCB)
  • Enabling SMB Direct on Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) enabled network adapters
  • Configuring SMB Multichannel
  • Configuring virtual Receive Side Scaling (vRSS) on a Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) Configuring Virtual Machine Multi-Queue (VMMQ)
  • Enabling Single-Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV)

Determine Scenarios and Requirements for Implementing Software Defined Networking (SDN)

  • Establish the appropriate scenarios are requirements for deploying SDN
  • Establish requirements and scenarios for implementing Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) using Network Virtualization generic Route Encapsulation (NVGRE) encapsulation or Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) encapsulation
  • Establish implementation scenarios for Software Load Balancing for both North-South and East-West load balancing
  • Establish when Windows Server Gateways should be implemented
  • Determining requirements for distributed firewall policies and network security groups
Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Service (AD DS)


The tenth exam objective in the 70-743 exam has only one key area:


Install and Configure Domain Controllers

  • Installing a new Active Directory forest
  • How to add or remove a domain controller from a domain
  • Upgrading a domain controller
  • Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Server Core
  • Using Install from Media (IFM)
  • Troubleshooting DNS SR record registration issues
  • Configuring a global catalog server
  • Transferring and seizing operations masters roles
  • Installing and configuring a read only domain controller (RODC)
  • Configure domain controller cloning
Implement Identity Federation and Access Solutions


The final objective in the 70-743: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2016 has two main areas:

Install and Configure Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)

  • Upgrading previous versions of ADFS to Windows Server 2016
  • Implementing claims based authentication, such as Relying Party Trusts
  • Configuring authentication policies
  • Configuring multi-factor authentication
  • Implementing device registration
  • Integrating ADFS with Microsoft Passport
  • Configuring Microsoft Azure and Office 365
  • Configuring ADFS to enable authentication of users stored in LDAP directories



Implement Web Application Proxy

  • Installing and configuring WAP
  • Implementing WAP in pass-through mode
  • Implementing WAP as an ADFS proxy
  • Configuring WAP and ADFS integration
  • Establishing ADFS requirements
  • Publishing web apps with WAP
  • Publishing Remote Desktop Gateway applications
  • Configuring HTTP to HTTPS redirects
  • Configuring Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDNs)