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Overview

About this Course

This version of this course is built on the final release version of Windows Server 2012.

Learn how to administer Windows Server 2012 with this five-day course. This course is part two in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 Infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Although there is some cross-over of skills and tasks across these courses, this course primarily covers the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as Implementing Server Images, User and Group management with Active Directory Domain Services(AD DS) and Group Policy, Remote Access and Network Policies, Data Security, Monitoring and Update Management.

This course maps directly to and is preparation material for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 exam "70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012".

Audience Profile

This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) Professionals with hands on experience working in a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 environment, who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to manage and maintain the core infrastructure required for a Windows Server 2012 environment. The key focus for students in this course is to broaden the initial deployment of Windows Server 2012 services and infrastructure and provide the skills necessary to manage and maintain a domain based Windows Server 2012 environment, such as user and group management, network access and data security.

Candidates would typically be System Administrators or aspiring to be System Administrators. They must have at least one year hands on experience working in a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 environment. Candidates must also have knowledge equivalent to that already covered in “20410A: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012” course as this course will build upon that knowledge.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Deploy and Maintain Server Images
  • Configure and Troubleshoot DNS
  • Maintain Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
  • Manage User and Service Accounts
  • Implement a Group Policy Infrastructure
  • Manage User Desktops with Group Policy
  • Configure and Troubleshoot Remote Access
  • Install, Configure and Troubleshoot Network Policy Server (NPS) role
  • Implement Network Access Protection (NAP)
  • Optimize File Services
  • Configure Encryption and Advanced Auditing
  • Implement Update Management
  • Monitor Windows Server 2012
  • Prerequisites

    Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Real world hands on experience working with Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Active Directory and networking infrastructure.
  • Knowledge equivalent to that already covered in “20410A: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012”.
  • Course Details

    Course Outline

    Module 1: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images

    This module explains the functionality of Windows Deployment Services, and explains how to use Windows Deployment Services tools to perform lite-touch deployments.

    Lessons

  • Overview of Windows Deployment Services
  • Implementing Deployment with Windows Deployment Services
  • Administering Windows Deployment Services
  • Module 2: Configuring and Troubleshooting Domain Name System

    This module explains how the Domain Name System (DNS) is the foundation name service in Windows Server 2012. It provides name resolution, and enables DNS clients to locate network services, such as AD DS domain controllers, global catalog servers, and messaging servers. If you configure your DNS infrastructure poorly, or it is not working correctly, these important network services will be inaccessible to your network servers and clients. Consequently, it is vital that you understand how to deploy, configure, manage, and troubleshoot this critical service.

    Lessons

  • Installing the DNS Server Role
  • Configuring the DNS Server Role
  • Configuring DNS Zones
  • Configuring DNS Zone Transfers
  • Managing and Troubleshooting DNS
  • Module 3: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services

    This module explains the new features, such as virtualized domain controller cloning, recent features like read-only domain controllers (RODCs), and a host of other features and tools that you can use in the AD DS environment.

    Lessons

  • Overview of AD DS
  • Implementing Virtualized Domain Controllers
  • Implementing RODC
  • Administering AD DS
  • Managing the AD DS Database
  • Module 4: Managing User and Service Accounts

    This module explains how to manage large groups of user accounts, explain the different options available for providing adequate password security for accounts in your environment, and show you how to configure accounts to provide authentication for system services and background processes.

    Lessons

  • Automating User Account Management
  • Configuring Password-Policy and User-Account Lockout Settings
  • Configuring Managed Service Accounts
  • Module 5: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

    This module explains Group Policy is, how it works, and how best to implement it in your organization.

    Lessons

  • Introducing Group Policy
  • Implementing and Administering Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • Group Policy Scope and Group Policy Processing
  • Troubleshooting the Application of GPOs
  • Module 6: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy

    This module explains how to configure Administrative Templates.

    Lessons

  • Implementing Administrative Templates
  • Configuring Folder Redirection and Scripts
  • Configuring Group Policy Preferences
  • Managing Software with Group Policy
  • Module 7: Configuring and Troubleshooting Remote Access

    This module explains how to configure and secure your remote access clients by using network.

    Lessons

  • Configuring Network Access
  • Configuring Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access
  • Overview of Network Policies
  • Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access
  • Configuring DirectAccess
  • Module 8: Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role

    This module explains how to install, configure, and troubleshoot Network Policy Server (NPS).

    Lessons

  • Installing and Configuring a NPS
  • Configuring Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) Clients and Servers
  • NPS Authentication Methods
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting a NPS
  • Module 9: Implementing Network Access Protection

    This module explains how to create customized health requirement policies to validate computer health before allowing access or communication with NAP.

    Lessons

  • Overview of Network Access Protection
  • Overview of NAP Enforcement Processes
  • Configuring NAP
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP
  • Module 10: Optimizing File Services

    This module explains how to use File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) to place quotas on storage volumes, screen files and folders, generate comprehensive storage reports, control the file classification infrastructure, and use file management tasks to perform scheduled actions on sets of files.

    Lessons

  • Overview of FSRM
  • Using FSRM to Manage Quotas, File Screens, and Storage Reports
  • Implementing Classification and File Management Tasks
  • Overview of Distributed File System (DFS)
  • Configuring DFS Namespaces
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R)
  • Module 11: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing

    This module describes how to use Windows Server 2012 tools to help you to provide increased file system security on your servers.

    Lessons

  • Encrypting Files by Using Encrypting File System
  • Configuring Advanced Auditing
  • Module 12: Implementing Update Management

    This module introduces key features of the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server role.

    Lessons

  • Overview of WSUS
  • Deploying Updates with WSUS
  • Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012

    This module explains how to improve performance using performance monitoring tools to identify components that require additional tuning and troubleshooting.

    Lessons

  • Monitoring Tools
  • Using Performance Monitor
  • Monitoring Event Logs
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    Length: 5 Days

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