20411: Administering Windows Server 2012

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About this Course

Get hands-on instruction and practice administering Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official 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 focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as DirectAccess, VPNs and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images, as well as update management and monitoring of Windows Server 2012 environments.

 

This course maps directly to and is the preferred choice for hands-on preparation for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012, which is the second of three exams required for MCSA: Windows Server 2012 credential.

 

Note: Labs in this course are based on the General Availability release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.

 

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 and Windows Server 2012 R2 environment. The key focus for students 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, providing skills in areas such as User and Group management, Network Access and Data Security. Candidates typically interested in attending this course would be

Windows Server Administrators experienced in working with Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 who wish to gain skills necessary to perform daily management and maintenance tasks in a Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 environment.

 

IT Professionals who are looking to take the 411, Administering Windows Server 2012 exam

 

IT professional wishing to take the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) exams in DataCenter, Desktop Infrastructure, Messaging, Collaboration and Communications will also be interested in taking this course as they prepare for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams, which are a pre-requisite for their individual specialties.

 

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Knowledge and skills concerning the initial implementation and configuration of core Windows Server services including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Networking Services and Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • The course pre-requisites can be met by having knowledge equivalent to, or by attendance at, course 20410B: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 as this course will build upon knowledge and skills covered in that course.

 

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System
  • Maintain Active Directory Domain Services
  • Manage User and Service Accounts
  • Implement Group Policy Infrastructure
  • Manage User Desktops using Group Policy
  • Configure and Troubleshoot Remote Access
  • Install, Configure and Troubleshoot Network Policy Server
  • Implement Network Access Protection
  • Optimize File Services
  • Configure Encryption and Advanced Auditing
  • Deploy and Maintain Server Images
  • Implement Update Managements
  • Monitor Windows Server 2012

Get hands-on instruction and practice administering Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official 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 focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as DirectAccess, VPNs and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images, as well as update management and monitoring of Windows Server 2012 environments.

This course maps directly to and is the preferred choice for hands-on preparation for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012, which is the second of three exams required for MCSA: Windows Server 2012 credential.

Note: Labs in this course are based on the General Availability release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.

 

Course Outline

 

Module 1: Configuring and Troubleshooting Domain Name System

This module explains how to configure and troubleshoot DNS, including DNS replication and caching.

 

Lessons
Configuring the DNS Server Role
Configuring DNS Zones
Configuring DNS Zone Transfers
Managing and Troubleshooting DNS

 

Lab: Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS
Configuring DNS Resource Records
Configuring DNS Conditional Forwarding
Installing and Configuring DNS Zones
Troubleshooting DNS

 

Module 2: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services

This module explains how to implement virtualized domain controllers and read-only domain controller (RODCs). It also explains how to perform common AD DS administrative tasks and manage the AD DS Database.

 

Lessons

Overview of AD DS
Implementing Virtualized Domain Controllers
Implementing RODCs
Administering AD DS
Managing the AD DS Database

 

Lab: Maintaining AD DS

Installing and Configuring a RODC
Configuring AD DS Snapshots
Configuring the Active Directory Recycle Bin
Cloning a domain controller

 

Module 3: Managing User and Service Accounts

This module explains how to create, configure and automate the creation of user accounts. It also explains how to configure account-related properties of user objects. It further explains how to create and administer Managed Service Accounts.

 

Lessons

Configuring Password Policy and User Account Lockout Settings
Configuring Managed Service Accounts

 

Lab: Managing User and Service Accounts

Configuring Password Policy and Account Lockout Settings
Creating and Associating a Managed Service Account

 

Module 4: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

This module explains how to implement a GPO infrastructure. This also teaches how to perform common GPO management tasks, and manage GPOs by using Windows PowerShell. It also focuses on troubleshooting the application of GPOs.

 

Lessons

Introducing Group Policy
Implementing and Administering GPOs
Group Policy Scope and Group Policy Processing
Troubleshooting the Application of GPOs

 

Lab: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

Creating and Configuring Group Policy Objects
Managing GPO Scope
Verify GPO Application
Managing GPOs

 

Module 5: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy

This module explains how you can use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to implement desktop environments across your organization by using Administrative Templates, Folder Redirection, Group Policy preferences, and where applicable, use software deployment to install and update application programs. It is important to know how to use these various GPO features so that you can configure your users’ computer settings properly.

 

Lessons

Implementing Administrative Templates
Configuring Folder Redirection and Scripts
Configuring Group Policy Preferences
Managing Software with Group Policy

 

Lab: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy

Implement Settings by Using Group Policy Preferences
Managing Office 2013 by using Administrative Templates
Deploying Software by using Group Policy
Configuring Folder Redirection

 

Module 6: Implementing Remote Access

In this module, you will learn how to implement and manage remote access in Windows Server 2012. You will also learn how to implement DirectAccess by using the Getting Started wizard, implement and manage an advanced DirectAccess infrastructure, and implement VPN.

 

Lessons

Overview of Remote Access
Implementing DirectAccess by Using the Getting Started Wizard
Implementing and Managing an Advanced DirectAccess Infrastructure
Implementing VPN
Implementing Web Application Proxy

 

Lab: Implementing DirectAccess by Using the Getting Started Wizard

Verifying Readiness for a DirectAccess Deployment
Configuring DirectAccess
Validating the DirectAccess Deployment

Lab: Deploying an Advanced DirectAccess Solution

Preparing the Environment for DirectAccess
Implementing the Advanced DirectAccess Infrastructure
Validating the DirectAccess Deployment

Lab: Implementing VPN

Lab: Implementing Web Application Proxy

 

Module 7: Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role

This module explains how to install and configure NPS, RADIUS Clients and servers. It also describes NPS authentication methods. It describe NPS authentication methods and how to monitor and troubleshoot NPS.

 

Lessons

Installing and Configuring a Network Policy Server
Configuring RADIUS Clients and Servers
NPS Authentication Methods
Monitoring and Troubleshooting a Network Policy Server

 

Lab: Installing and Configuring a Network Policy Server

Installing and Configuring NPS to Support RADIUS

Configuring and Testing a RADIUS Client

 

Module 8: Implementing Network Access Protection

This module explains how to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot NAP. It also explains how NAP can help to protect your network and the various NAP enforcement processes.

 

Lessons

Overview of Network Access Protection
Overview of NAP Enforcement Processes
Configuring NAP
Configuring IPSec Enforcement for NAP
Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP

 

Lab: Implementing Network Access Protection

Configuring NAP Components
Configuring Virtual Private Network Access
Configuring the Client Settings to Support NAP

 

Module 9: Optimizing File Services

This module describes FSRM, configure quotas, file screening, and storage reports and implement classification management and file management tasks. It describes the components of the DFS. I also explains how to configure DFS namespaces and DFS replication.

 

Lessons

Overview of FSRM
Using FSRM to Manage Quotas, File Screens, and Storage Reports
Implementing Classification and File Management Tasks
Overview of DFS
Configuring DFS Namespaces
Configuring and Troubleshooting DFS Replication

 

Lab: Configuring Quotas and File Screening Using File Server Resource Manager

Lab: Implementing Distributed File System

Installing the DFS role service
Configuring a DFS Namespace
Configuring DFS Replication

 

Module 10: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing

This module explains how to encrypt files using EFS and configure advanced auditing features.

 

Lessons

Encrypting Drives by Using BitLocker
Encrypting Files by Using EFS
Configuring Advanced Auditing

 

Lab: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing

Encrypting and Recovering Files
Configuring Advanced Auditing
Using Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption to Secure Data Drives

 

Module 11: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images

This module explains how to create and manage server images by using Windows Deployment Services

 

Lessons

Overview of Windows Deployment Services
Managing Images
Implementing Deployment with Windows Deployment Services
Administering Windows Deployment Services

 

Lab: Using Windows Deployment Services to Deploy Windows Server 2012

Installing and Configuring Windows Deployment Services
Creating Operating System Images with Windows Deployment Services
Configuring Custom Computer Naming
Deploying Images with Windows Deployment Services

 

Module 12: Implementing Update Management

This module explains how to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy updates to Windows servers and clients.

 

Lessons

Overview of WSUS
Deploying Updates with WSUS

 

Lab: Implementing Update Management

Implementing the WSUS Server Role
Configuring Update Settings
Approving and Deploying an Update by using WSUS

 

Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012

This module explains the monitoring tools available in Windows Server 2012. it also explains how to use Performance Monitor and monitor events.

 

Lessons

Monitoring Tools
Using Performance Monitor
Monitoring Event Logs

 

Lab: Monitoring Windows Server 2012

Establishing a Performance Baseline
Identifying the Source of a Performance Problem
Viewing and Configuring Centralized Event Logs

 

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