20411A : Administering Windows Server 2012
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About this Course

This version of this course 20411A utilizes pre-release software in the virtual machines for the labs.

This 5-day course is part two, of a series of three courses, which provide the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 Infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses in total will collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. While there is some cross-over in skillset and tasks across the courses this course will primarily cover the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as user and group management, network access and data security.

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 want to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary 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.

Audience

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • At least one year of 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”.
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At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Implement a Group Policy infrastructure.
  • Manage user desktops with Group Policy.
  • Manage user and service accounts.
  • Maintain Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
  • Configure and troubleshoot Domain Name System (DNS).
  • Configure and troubleshoot Remote Access.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot the Network Policy Server (NPS) role.
  • Implement Network Access Protection (NAP).
  • Optimize file services.
  • Configure encryption and advanced auditing.
  • Deploy and maintain server images.
  • Implement Update Management.
  • Monitor Windows Server 2012.

Course Outline

Module 1: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

This module covers how to implement a Group Policy infrastructure and then how to configure and manage that infrastructure. It also covers how to scope Group Policy objects (GPOs) using links, security groups, WMI filters, loopback processing, and preference targeting as well as covering troubleshooting policy application. 

Lessons

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

Lab : Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Creating and Configuring Group Policy Objects
  • Managing Group Policy Scope
  • Verifying Group Policy Application
  • Managing Group Policy Objects
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the components and technologies that comprise the Group Policy framework.
  • Configure and understand a variety of policy setting types GPOs.
  • Scope GPOs by using links, security groups, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) filters, loopback processing, and preference targeting.
  • Describe how GPOs are processed.
  • Locate the event logs that contain Group Policy-related events and troubleshoot the Group Policy application..

Module 2: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy

This module covers implementing administrative templates, how to configure GPO preferences and folder redirection as well as managing software with Group Policy.

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

  • Implementing Settings by Using Group Policy Preferences
  • 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.

Module 3: Managing User and Service Accounts

This module covers how to create and administer user accounts as well as configure user object attributes. It also covers automating user account creation and configuring Managed Service Accounts.

Lessons

  • Automating User Account Creation
  • Configuring Password Policy and Account Lockout Settings
  • Creating and Administering User Accounts
  • Configuring User Object Attributes
  • Configuring Managed Service Accounts

Lab : Managing User and Service Accounts

  • Configuring Password Policy and Account Lockout Settings
  • Creating and Associating a Managed Service Account
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Automate user account creation.
  • Configure password policy and account lockout settings.
  • Create and administer user accounts.
  • Configure user object attributes.
  • Configure managed service accounts.

Module 4: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services

This module covers how to implement Virtualized and Read Only Domain Controllers as well as how to perform common AD DS administrative tasks. The module will also cover how to manage the AD DS database.

Lessons

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

Lab : Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services

  • Installing and Configuring a Read Only Domain Controller
  • Configuring AD DS Snapshots
  • Configuring the Active Directory Recycle Bin
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Implement Virtualized domain controllers.
  • Implement Read Only domain controllers.
  • Administer AD DS.
  • Manage the AD DS database.

Module 5: Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS

This module covers installing and configuring the DNS server role as well as creating and configuring DNS zones and zone transfers. It will also cover managing and troubleshooting DNS.

Lessons

  • Installing the DNS Server Role
  • 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
  • Managing and Troubleshooting DNS
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Install the DNS server role.
  • Configure the DNS server role.
  • Configure DNS zones.
  • Configure DNS zone transfers.
  • Manage and troubleshoot DNS.

Module 6: Configuring and Troubleshooting Remote Access

This module covers configuring network access, creating and configuring virtual private networks (VPNs) and Network Policies as well as troubleshooting routing and remote access. It will also cover configuration of DirectAccess.

Lessons

  • Configuring Network Access
  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Overview of Network Policies
  • Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access
  • Configuring DirectAccess

Lab : Configuring and Troubleshooting Remote Access

  • Configuring Remote Access
  • Configuring the DirectAccess Infrastructure
  • Configuring Direct Access Clients
  • Verifying the DirectAccess Configuration
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure network access.
  • Configure VPN access.
  • Explain the purpose of network policies.
  • Troubleshoot routing and remote access.
  • Configure DirectAccess.

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

This module covers installing and configuring Network Policy Server (NPS) RADIUS, as well as clients and servers. It will also deal with NPS authentication methods and monitoring and troubleshooting a 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 a RADIUS Client
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Install and configure a NPS.
  • Configure RADIUS clients and servers.
  • Explain NPS authentication methods.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot a NPS.

Module 8: Implementing Network Access Protection

This module will provide an overview of Network Access Protection (NAP), detailing the functionality and infrastructure requirements. It will also cover configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting NAP.

Lessons

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

Lab : Implementing Network Access Protection

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

Module 9: Optimizing File Services

This module covers File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) and how to use it to implement Quotas, file screens and Storage Reports. It will also outline how to implement Classification Management and File Management Tasks as well as covering how to implement DFS, DFS Namespaces and configuring and troubleshooting DFS Replication.

Lessons

  • 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 Replication

Lab : Lab A: Configuring Quotas and File Screening by Using FSRM

  • Configuring FSRM Quotas
  • Configuring File Screening

Lab : Lab B: Configuring DFS Namespaces and Replication

  • Installing the DFS Namespaces Server Role
  • Configuring the DFS Role Service
  • Configuring DFS Namespace
  • Configuring DFS-R
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe FSRM.
  • Manage quotas, file screen, and storage reports by using FSRM.
  • Implement classification and file management tasks.
  • Describe DFS.
  • Configure DFS namespaces
  • Configure and troubleshoot DFS Replication

Module 10: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing

This module covers how to increase file system security by configuring file encryption with Encrypting File System (EFS) as well as how to enable and implement advanced auditing features.

Lessons

  • Encrypting Network Files with EFS
  • Configuring Advanced Auditing

Lab : Lab A: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing

  • Encrypting and Recovering Files
  • Configuring Advanced Auditing
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Encrypt network files with EFS.
  • Configure advanced auditing.

Module 11: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images

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

Lessons

  • Overview of Windows Deployment Services
  • Implementing Deployment with WDS
  • Administering WDS

Lab : Deploying and Maintaining Server Images Using Windows Deployment Services

  • Installing and Configuring Windows Deployment Services
  • Creating Operating System Images with WDS
  • Configuring Custom Computer Naming
  • Deploying Images with WDS
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the important features and functionality of Windows Deployment Services (WDS).
  • Configure WDS in Windows Server 2012
  • Perform deployments with WDS.

Module 12: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images

This module covers the features and functionality of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)as well as detailing how to provision updates with WSUS.

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
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Understand the features and functionality of WSUS.
  • Deploy Updates with WSUS.

Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012

This module covers monitoring tools available in Windows Server 2012. It will cover the use of Performance Monitor, as well as how to monitor and successfully utilize Event logs.

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
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe monitoring tools available in Windows Server 2012.
  • Use Performance Monitor to view and analyze performance statistics of programs that are running in your servers.
  • Monitor Event Logs to view and interpret the events that occurred.
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