Windows Server® 2008 Administration

Course 961 | 4 Days

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Windows Server 2008 Administration

You Will Learn How To:

  • Maintain, troubleshoot and secure Windows Server 2008
  • Implement key security components to protect your server
  • Leverage built-in components for a highly available infrastructure
  • Optimize and tune system performance for greater responsiveness
  • Troubleshoot system issues with tools and techniques
  • Recover from system failures
Participants hardening the server with built-in security tools.

Hands-On Experience Includes:

  • Administering with Server Manager, WSRM and PowerShell
  • Creating group policies to configure remote administration for security and functionality
  • Reducing the attack surface with Server Core
  • Solving boot configuration problems
  • Creating a fault-tolerant environment with clusters, DFS and Hyper-V

About This Course: Windows Server 2008 provides administrators with powerful and flexible tools to overcome administrative challenges to their infrastructure. In this course, you will gain the practical experience to administer, troubleshoot and secure a Windows Server 2008 environment. Additionally, this course will help you prepare for certain Microsoft professional certifications.


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  • Course Info

    Course 961 Content

    Windows Server 2008 Administration

    • Developing an effective administrative strategy
    • Tools, techniques and best practices

    Building Blocks of Server Management

    Implementing role-based server administration

    • Analyzing available server roles
    • Remotely configuring features to maximize functionality

    Leveraging fundamental tools and components

    • Controlling resources with Server Manager
    • Performing common administrative tasks with PowerShell

    Securing Windows Server 2008

    Hardening your server

    • Reducing the attack surface
    • Baselining your server with Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

    Implementing Group Policies for security

    • Generating custom templates with Security Configuration Wizard (SCW)
    • Building security templates with the Security Configuration and Analysis tool
    • Integrating local and AD policies

    Tracking internal access

    • Achieving your security goals with selective auditing
    • Centralizing the audit management process

    Reducing vulnerabilities with Server Core

    • Managing Server Core from the command line
    • Minimizing exploitable components

    Patch Management Implementation

    Developing a strategy for patch management

    • Taking inventory and documenting the existing environment
    • Deploying service packs and hotfixes

    Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

    • Managing the WSUS catalog and configuring components
    • Authorizing and distributing patches to clients

    Maintaining a High-Availability Environment

    Building fault-tolerant servers

    • Maximizing resource utilization with Hyper-V
    • Enabling failover clustering to ensure business continuity

    Replicating with the Distributed File System (DFS)

    • Transferring data with DFS Replication (DFSR) service
    • Optimizing and troubleshooting replication

    Virtualizing servers to extend uptime

    • Selecting the appropriate virtualization model
    • Best practices for architecting your virtual environment

    Disaster recovery methods and tools

    • Repairing the server with imaging technologies
    • Full server backup with scripts and scheduled tasks

    Maximizing Performance and Increasing Responsiveness

    Diagnosing system performance problems

    • Leveraging Reliability and Performance Monitor
    • Identifying the essential system counters
    • Optimizing servers with Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM)

    Tracing performance problems

    • Isolating the causes of performance problems
    • Locating and solving bottlenecks

    Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008

    Resolving issues with diagnostic tools

    • Shutdown Event Tracker
    • BCDEDIT

    Repairing the Registry

    • Rooting out problems
    • Backing up and restoring

    Coping with driver failures

    • Revealing and uninstalling phantom devices
    • Demystifying and recovering from common failures

    Solving boot configuration problems

    • Identifying critical boot components
    • Fixing partition tables and the boot configuration data store

    Who Should Attend

    Those developing an administrative strategy within a Windows Server 2008 environment who have experience with Windows Server and the Active Directory at the level of Course 960, "Windows Server 2008 Introduction."

    Training Hours

    Standard class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Last day class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Free optional course exam:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Each class day:
    Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest:
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • More Course Info

    What is this course about?

    This course is a comprehensive server administration class for individuals managing Windows Server 2008 environments. Attendees learn the key techniques available to them in the operating system as well as best practices for server management. The focus is on managing, optimizing, troubleshooting and securing the operating system, regardless of the server's role in the enterprise.

    Who will benefit from this course?

    This course is valuable for anyone who is responsible for managing a Windows Server 2008 environment, including administrators new to Windows Server 2008, those who have taken Course 960, Windows Server® 2008 Introduction, and those who are migrating from other operating systems.

    Individuals who have extensive experience (10 years or more) with previous versions of Windows Server may find this course covers many topics with which they are already familiar and may want to consider alternative courses in the Windows Server 2008 curriculum.

    What background do I need?

    You need to have attended Course 960, Windows Server® 2008 Introduction, or have experience in a Windows Server 2003 or 2000 operating system in an Active Directory environment. At the minimum, you need to know how to navigate a Windows interface, and understand Active Directory concepts and Group Policy application. None of these topics are taught in this course, but the technologies are used.

    Is this an upgrade course?

    This course is a comprehensive server administration course for Windows Server 2008. It covers far more than just new features and does not focus on the differences between Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. This course is designed for individuals who are familiar with Windows Server and who desire a comprehensive approach to administering Windows Server 2008 in their environment.

    Has this course been updated to the latest release of Windows Server 2008 R2?

    Yes. The entire course has been revised to incorporate Windows Server 2008 R2 features and functionality.

    Should I take this course or Course 960?

    The answer to this question depends on your background. If you have a good working knowledge of Windows Server 2003 or 2000 as well as an understanding of Active Directory and Group Policy concepts, this course is right for you. We focus on new technologies and interfaces, as well as best practices for server management.

    If you are new to the Active Directory or a Windows environment, you should take Course 960, Windows Server® 2008 Introduction. Once you have learned the basic concepts in that course, you should take this course as a follow-on.

    I only administer application servers. Should I take this course?

    Yes. In this course, the focus is not on administering a particular type of server. You learn best practices for managing any type of server. If you are responsible for just administering a local group of servers, or even one server, you will still be able to use everything you learn to secure, maintain and optimize that server, regardless of its role.

    I administer all kinds of servers. How will this course benefit me?

    This course was designed to be a generic server administration course where you learn best practices for maintaining, securing, optimizing and troubleshooting your servers, no matter what function they perform in the company. The approaches and tools you learn are applicable to file servers, database servers or domain controllers.

    Does this course cover security?

    Yes. Securing servers is a key role for administrators in a today's Internet-dependent business environment. As always, there is a balance between security and usability. This course teaches you to balance these two roles by using role based hardening and virtualization to secure your servers. You learn to use assessment tools to evaluate the current security state and develop a plan to bring non-compliant systems up to grade. You set security policies appropriate to the server's role. We use the Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 to decrease the attack surface available for hackers. You also investigate the benefits and pitfalls associated with auditing.

    How much time is spent on each topic?

    Content Hours
    Windows Server 2008 administration 3.0
    Building blocks of server management 3.0
    Securing Windows Server 2008 4.0
    Patch management implementation 4.0
    Maintaining a high-availability environment 5.0
    Maximizing performance and increasing responsiveness 2.0
    Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 2.0

    Times, including the workshops, are estimates; exact times may vary according to the needs of each class.

    What kinds of hands-on exercises are in the course?

    Approximately 50 percent of this course is spent in practical exercises that provide experience administering Windows Server 2008. Exercises include:

    • Managing remotely with PowerShell and Server Manager
    • Creating baselines with MBSA
    • Reducing the attack surface with Server Core
    • Automating deployment of patches through WSUS
    • Creating a fault tolerant environment with failover clusters and DFS
    • Virtualizing server environments with Hyper-V
    • Tuning and troubleshooting Windows 2008
    • Solving boot configuration problems

    I'm attending this course from work using AnyWare - Learning Tree's web-based remote attendance platform. How will that impact what I learn?

    You will participate fully in the course and acquire the same knowledge and skills as your classmates who participate in the classroom. You will have the same course materials, be able to easily communicate back and forth and ask questions of your instructors and peers, and you will control an in-classroom workstation dedicated entirely to you. Your instructor will be able to see exactly what you're doing and can interactively offer concrete help.

    I'm not allowed to administer the Active Directory in my environment. Will I still be able to use the information in this course?

    Yes. Although we discuss and use Active Directory and group policies, the same effects can be achieved with local group policies. Even if you only have local administrative rights on a server, you are able to apply everything we discuss in the course.

    Does this course only relate to Windows Server 2008 servers or can I apply what I learn to other server operating systems?

    The exercises in this course are done in a Windows Server 2008 Active Directory environment; however, the principles and practices you learn are the same for any server administration scenario. Some of the tools are only available in Windows Server 2008, such as Server Manager, but for the most part, the tools used on this course are compatible with earlier versions of Microsoft server operating systems. In addition, many of the techniques you learn in this course are applicable to the Windows 7 environment.

    How does this course relate to other Learning Tree courses?

    After taking this course, you might be interested in the following:

  • Certification/Credits

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    College Credit – 2 Semester Hours This course qualifies for 2 semester hours of college credit as certified by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). Read More...
    Certification Core Course This course qualifies as a Core Course in our Job-Specific Professional Certification Program. Read More...
    CompTIA 23 CEUsThis course is approved by CompTIA for (23 credits) continuing education units (CEUs). Read More...
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"I took Windows Server 2008 Administration via AnyWare and really enjoyed the entire course—it was great to work from the quiet and comfort of my own home. The instructor, course material, and pace were all perfect for me."

– D. Moretti
IT Senior Associate
Queensboro Community College