(20411C) Administering Windows Server 2012

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Administering Windows Server 2012 (20411C)

Course Overview

Get hands-on instruction and practice administering Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this 5-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 primarily covers 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 (ADDS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as Direct Access, 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 certification.

Course Duration: 5 days

Prerequisites

  • 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.
  • Knowledge equivalent to course 20410A: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 as this course will build upon that knowledge. After completing this course, students will be able to:

 

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. Before attending this course, students must have:

At Course Completion

    • 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

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

Lessons

Module 1: Configuring and Troubleshooting Domain Name System

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

Course Outline

    • 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

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Configure the DNS Server Role
    • Explain how to configure DNS Zones and Zone transfers
  • Manage and Troubleshoot DNS 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

Module 2: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services

    • Overview of AD DS
    • Implementing Virtualized Domain Controllers
    • Implementing Read-Only Domain Controllers
    • Administering AD DS
  • Managing the AD DS Database

 

    • Lab: Maintaining AD DS
    • Installing and Configuring a RODC
    • Create and administer AD DS Snapshots
    • Configuring the Active Directory Recycle Bin
  • Deploy a domain controller by using domain controller cloning

 

  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe how to implement virtualized domain controllers
  • Describe how to implement read-only domain controller (RODCs)
  • Perform common AD DS administrative tasks
  • Manage the AD DS Database 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

Module 3: Managing User and Service Accounts 

    • Configuring Password Policy and User Account
  • Configuring Managed Service Accounts

 

    • Lab: Managing User and Service Accounts
    • Configuring Password Policy and Account Lockout Settings
  • Creating and Associating a Group Managed Service Account

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe how to configure Password Policy and Account Lockout settings
  • Create and associate a Group Managed Service Account 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

Module 4: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

    • 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 GPOs
    • Managing GPO Scope
    • Verify GPO Application
  • Managing GPOs

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Explain what Group Policy is
    • Implement and administer Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
    • Manage Group Policy scope
    • Process Group Policy
  • Troubleshoot the application of GPOs 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

Module 5: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy

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

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe and implement Administrative Templates
    • Configure folder redirection and scripts by using GPOs
    • Configure GPO preferences
  • Deploy software by using GPOs In this module, you will learn how to implement and manage remote access in Windows Server 2012. You will also learn how to implement Direct Access by using the Getting Started wizard, implement and manage an advanced Direct Access infrastructure, and implement VPN.

 

Lessons

Module 6: Configuring and Troubleshooting Remote Access

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

 

    • Lab: Implementing Direct Access by Using the Getting Started Wizard
    • Verifying Readiness for a Direct Access Deployment
    • Running the Getting Started Wizard
  • Validating the Direct Access Deployment

 

    • Lab: Deploying an Advanced Direct Access Solution
    • Preparing the Environment for Direct Access
    • Implementing the Advanced Direct Access Infrastructure
  • Validating the Direct Access Deployment

 

    • Lab: Implementing VPN
    • Implementing VPN
  • Validating the VPN Deployment

 

    • Lab: Implementing Web Application Proxy
    • Implementing Web Application Proxy
  • Validating the Web Application Proxy Deployment

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Install and manage the Remote Access role in Windows Server 2012
    • Implement Direct Access by using the Getting Started Wizard
    • Implement and manage an advanced Direct Access Infrastructure
    • Implement VPN access
  • Implement Web Application Proxy 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

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

    • 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

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Install and configure NPS
    • Configure both RADIUS clients and servers
    • Describe NPS authentication methods
  • Monitor and troubleshoot NPS 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

Module 8: Implementing Network Access Protection 

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

 

    • Lab: Implementing NAP with VPN Enforcement
    • Configuring NAP with VPN Enforcement
    • Validating the Deployment
    • Lab: Implementing IPSec Enforcement for NAP
    • Configuring IPSec Enforcement
  • Validating the Deployment

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe how NAP can help to protect your network
    • Describe the various NAP enforcement processes
    • Configure NAP
  • Monitor and troubleshoot NAP 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

Module 9: Optimizing File Services

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

 

    • Lab: Configuring Quotas and File Screening Using FSRM
    • Configuring FSRM Quotas
  • Configuring File Screening

 

    • Lab: Implementing DFS
    • Installing the DFS role service
    • Configuring a DFS Namespace
  • Configuring DFS-R

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe FSRM
    • Configure quotas, file screening, and storage reports
    • Implement classification management and file management tasks
    • Describe the components of the DFS
    • Describe and configure DFS namespaces
  • Explain how to configure DFS replication this module explains how to encrypt files using EFS and configure advanced auditing features.

 

Lessons

Module 10: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing

    • Encrypting Drives by Using Bit Locker
    • Encrypting Files by Using Encrypting File System
  • Configuring Advanced Auditing

 

    • Lab: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing
    • Securing Data Drives by Using Bit Locker
    • Encrypting and Recovering Files
  • Configuring Advanced Audit Policy Configuration

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Explain how to encrypt files using EFS
    • Configure advanced auditing features this module explains how to create and manage server images by using Windows Deployment Services

Lessons

Module 11: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images

    • Overview of Windows Deployment Services
    • Managing Windows Deployment 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 After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Install and configure Windows Deployment Services
    • Manage Windows Deployment Images
    • Configure custom computer naming
  • Administer Windows Deployment Services this module explains how to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy updates to Windows servers and clients.

 

Lessons

Module 12: Implementing Update Management

    • 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

 

    • After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe WSUS
  • Deploy update by using WSUS this module explains the monitoring tools available in Windows Server 2012. It also explains how to use Performance Monitor and monitor events.

 

Lessons

Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012

    • 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

 

  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the monitoring tools available in Windows Server 2012
  • Describe how to use Performance Monitor
  • Describe how to monitor events