Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

Course 20417: 5 days; Instructor-Led

About this Course

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

 

This 5-day instructor-led course is designed primarily for people who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012. It presumes a high level of knowledge about previous Windows Server versions.

 

This course explains new features and functionality in Windows Server 2012 around management, networking infrastructure, storage, access control, Hyper-V, high availability, and identity federation. Specific technologies covered will include Dynamic Access Control(DAC), Failover Clustering, Microsoft Online Backup and changes with Active Directory,  and Hyper-V and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).

 

It is not a product upgrade course, detailing the considerations for migrating and upgrading your specific environment to Windows Server 2012. Rather, this course will update your existing knowledge and skills to Windows Server 2012.

 

This course maps directly to and is preparation material for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA):Windows Server 2012 upgrade exam "70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012" details of which are available here http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-417

 

Audience Profile

This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) Professionals who are already experienced Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrators carrying out day to day management and administrative tasks and who want to update their skills and knowledge to Windows Server 2012.

 

Also suitable for this course would be candidates who hold the existing Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server 2008 credential and who want to update that to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server 2012 credential by taking the upgrade exam "70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012"

 

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

     Install and configure Windows Server 2012.

     Monitor and maintain Windows Server 2012.

     Manage Windows Server with Windows PowerShell 3.0.

     Manage storage for Windows Server 2012 servers.

     Implement network services.

     Implement Remote Access.

     Implement Failover Clustering.

     Implement Hyper-V.

     Implement Failover Clustering with Hyper-V.

     Implement Dynamic Access Control.

     Implement Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).

     Plan and implement AD FS.

 

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:

      Real World hands-on experience deploying and managing Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 environments

      Experience implementing Windows Server 2008 networking technologies

      Experience implementing Windows Server 2008 Active Directory technologies

      Experience implementing Windows Server 2008 server virtualization technologies

Candidates attending this course are expected to have obtained, or have equivalent knowledge to that covered in, the MCSA Windows Server 2008 credential, details of which are available here http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windows-server-2008-MCSA.aspx

 

Course Outline

 

Module 1: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012This module covers the installation and initial configuration and management of Windows Server 2012. It also explains how to configure remote management in Windows Server 2012.Lessons

      Installing Windows Server 2012

      Configuring Windows Server 2012

      Configuring Remote Management for Windows Server 2012 Servers

Lab : Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Servers

      Installing Windows Server 2012 Server Core

      Configuring a Computer Running a Server Core Installation of Windows Server 2012

      Configuring Remote Management for Servers Running Windows Server 2012

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Install Windows Server 2012.

     Configure Windows Server 2012.

     Configure remote management for Windows Server 2012 servers.

Module 2: Monitoring and Maintaining Windows Server 2012

This module covers monitoring and maintenance tasks when managing Windows Server 2012. It also explains the options for backup in Windows Server 2012 including Windows Server Backup and Microsoft Online Backup. It also describes server and data recovery options.

Lessons

      Monitoring Windows Server 2012

      Implementing Windows Server Backup

      Implementing Server and Data Recovery

Lab : Monitoring and Maintaining Windows 2012 Servers

      Configuring Centralized Monitoring for Windows Server 2012 Servers

      Backing Up Windows Server 2012

      Restoring Files by using Windows Server Backup

      Implementing Windows Azure Online Backup and Restore

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Monitor Windows Server 2012.

     Implement Windows Server Backup.

     Restore data and servers by using Windows Server Backup.

Module 3: Managing Windows Server 2012 by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0This module explains the features and functionality of Windows PowerShell 3.0. It also describes managing Windows Server 2012 servers and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) with Windows PowerShell.Lessons

      Overview of Windows PowerShell 3.0

      Using Windows PowerShell 3.0 to Manage AD DS

      Managing Servers by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0

Lab : Managing Servers Running Windows Server 2012 by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0

      Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0

      Managing AD DS by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0

      Managing Servers by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Describe the Windows PowerShell command-line interface.

     Use Windows PowerShell to manage AD DS.

     Manage servers by using Windows PowerShell.

Module 4: Managing Storage for Windows Server 2012

This module describes the new storage features in Windows Server 2012 such as data deduplication, thin provisioning and trim storage, File Server Resource Manager, and Resilient File System (ReFS). The module also describes iSCSI and storage spaces as well as how to implement BranchCache.

Lessons

      New Features in Windows Server 2012 Storage

      Configuring iSCSI Storage

      Configuring Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012

      Configuring BranchCache in Windows Server 2012

Lab : Managing Storage for Servers Based on Windows Server 2012

      Configuring iSCSI Storage

      Configuring a Redundant Storage Space

Lab : Implementing BranchCache

      Performing Initial Configuration Tasks for BranchCache

      Configuring BranchCache Client Computers

      Configuring BranchCache on the Branch Server

      Monitoring BranchCache

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Describe the new features in Windows Server 2012 storage.

     Configure iSCSI storage.

     Configure storage spaces.

     Configure BranchCache.

Module 5: Implementing Network Services

This module describes the new features in DNS and DHCP in Windows Server 2012. It also explains how to implement IP Address Management(IPAM) and Network Access Protection (NAP) with VPN, IPsec, DHCP, and 802.1x.

Lessons

      Implementing DNS and DHCP Enhancements

      Implementing IP Address Management

      NAP Overview

      Implementing NAP

Lab : Implementing Network Services

      Configuring New Features in DNS and DHCP

      Configuring IP Address Management

      Configuring NAP

      Verifying the NAP Deployment

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Implement DHCP and DNS enhancements.

     Implement IP address management.

     Describe NAP.

     Implement NAP.

Module 6: Implementing Remote AccessThis module describes the new features and functionality with DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012. It also explains how to implement and configure the various components of DirectAccess such as AD DS and DNS. It also discusses the Name Resolution Policy table (NRPT) and the client-side requirements for Windows 7 and Windows 8.Lessons

      Overview of VPN Access

      Overview of DirectAccess

      Installing and Configuring DirectAccess Components

Lab : Implementing DirectAccess

      Configuring the DirectAccess Infrastructure

      Configuring the DirectAccess Clients

      Verifying the DirectAccess Configuration

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Describe the DirectAccess functionality in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

     Install and configure DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

Module 7: Implementing Failover ClusteringThis module describes the new features and functionality in Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012. It also explains how to implement Failover Clustering and how to configure specific server roles in a cluster, such as a File Server. It also explains new maintenance features such as Cluster Aware Updating (CAU).Lessons

      Overview of Failover Clustering

      Implementing a Failover Cluster

      Configuring Highly-Available Applications and Services on a Failover Cluster

      Maintaining a Failover Cluster

      Implementing a Multisite Failover Cluster

Lab : Implementing Failover Clustering

      Configuring a Failover Cluster

      Deploying and Configuring a Highly Available File Server

      Validating the Deployment of the Highly Available File Server

      Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating on the Failover Cluster

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Describe Failover Clustering.

     Implement a failover cluster.

     Configure highly-available applications and services.

     Maintain a failover cluster.

     Implement a multisite failover cluster.

Module 8: Implementing Hyper-V

This module explains how to configure Hyper-V and Hyper-V storage options in Windows Server 2012. It also describes networking features and various feature options and requirements in Hyper-V 3.0 as well as how to configure virtual machines.

Lessons

      Configuring Hyper-V Servers

      Configuring Hyper-V Storage

      Configuring Hyper-V Networking

      Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Lab : Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V

      Installing the Hyper-V Server Role

      Configuring Virtual Networking

      Creating and Configuring a Virtual Machine

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Configure Hyper-V servers.

     Configure Hyper-V storage.

     Configure Hyper-V networking.

     Configure Hyper-V virtual machines.

Module 9: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-VThis module explains how to make virtual machines highly available and how to implement virtual machines in a failover cluster deployed on the host. It also explains the movement of virtual machines on virtual machine storage. It also provides a high level overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.Lessons

      Overview of the Integration of Hyper-V Server 2012 with Failover Clustering

      Implementing Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Failover Clusters

      Implementing Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Virtual Machine Movement

      Managing Hyper-V Virtual Environments by Using Virtual Machine Manager

Lab : Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V

      Configuring Hyper-V Replicas

      Configuring a Failover Cluster for Hyper-V

      Configuring a Highly Available Virtual Machine

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Describe how Hyper-V integrates with failover clustering.

     Implement Hyper-V virtual machines on failover clusters.

     Implement Hyper-V virtual machine movement.

     Manage a Hyper-V virtual environment by using Virtual Machine Manager.

Module 10: Implementing Dynamic Access Control

This module explains how to implement Dynamic Access Control (DAC) in Windows Server 2012. It also describes core DAC concepts such as claims, Central Access Rules, and policies and their implementation.

Lessons

      Overview of Dynamic Access Control

      Planning for a Dynamic Access Control Implementation

      Implementing and Configuring Dynamic Access Control

Lab : Implementing Dynamic Access Control

      Planning the Dynamic Access Control Implementation and Preparing AD DS for Dynamic Access Control

      Configuring User and Device Claims

      Configuring Resource Properties and File Classifications

      Configuring Central Access Rules and Policies

      Validating and Remediating Access Control

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Describe Dynamic Access Control and its components.

     Plan for Dynamic Access Control implementation.

     Configure Dynamic Access Control.

Module 11: Implementing Active Directory Domain ServicesThis module explains the advanced implementation of Active Directory domain controllers in Windows Server 2012 such as server core deployments, read-only domain controllers (RODCs), and cloning. It also explains domain controller configuration, managed service accounts, Group Policy implementation, and maintenance tasks for AD DS.Lessons

      Deploying AD DS Domain Controllers

      Configuring AD DS Domain Controllers

      Implementing Service Accounts

      Implementing Group Policy in AD DS

      Maintaining AD DS

Lab : Implementing AD DS

      Deploying a Read-Only Domain Controller

      Troubleshooting Group Policy 

      Implementing Service Accounts in AD DS 

      Maintaining AD DS 

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Deploy domain controllers.

     Configure domain controllers.

     Implement service accounts.

     Implement Group Policy.

     Maintain AD DS.

Module 12: Implementing Active Directory Federation ServicesThis module explains Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and how it can be used to address various organizational and business identity federation services and scenarios. It also describes configuration of prerequisites and the deployment of the AD FS services. It also explain implementing AD FS to enable internal single sign on (SSO) in an organization and implementing AD FS to enable SSO between federated partners.Lessons

      Overview of AD FS

      Deploying AD FS

      Implementing AD FS for a Single Organization

      Deploying AD FS in a B2B Federation Scenario

Lab : Implementing AD FS

      Configuring AD FS Prerequisites

      Installing and Configuring AD FS

      Configuring AD FS for a Single Organization

      Configuring AD FS for Federated Business Partners

After completing this module, students will be able to:

     Describe AD FS.

     Explain how to configure the AD FS prerequisites, and deploy the AD FS services.

     Describe how to implement AD FS for a single organization.

     Deploy AD FS in a business-to-business federation scenario