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Windows Server 2012 Introduction



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4 Days

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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 is a leading network server infrastructure operating system, and its available editions and installations can accommodate almost any organization's needs — from small companies to international enterprises. In this training course, you gain an introduction to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, and learn how to install, configure, and troubleshoot Windows enterprises.  Starting in Spring 2017, this course will transition to the following Microsoft versions: "Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (20410)"  (Course 8442), "Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (20412)" (Course 8444), "Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure (20415)"  (Course 8445), "Fundamentals of Windows Server Infrastructure (10967)"  (Course 8451), "Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure (20414)"  (Course 8452), "Implementing Desktop Application Environments (20416)" (Course 8453),  "Networking with Windows Server (10970)"  (Course 8454), and "Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure (20413)" (Course 8477).

You Will Learn How To

  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Manage the Active Directory with graphical and PowerShell tools
  • Set up folder security, file filtering, and disaster recovery backup plans
  • Configure servers with Group Policies and delegate tasks
  • Virtualize servers with Hyper-V and build fault-tolerant replica servers

Important Course Information


  • Familiarity operating a computer system and basic computer knowledge is assumed

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Windows Server 2012

Upgrading the existing operating system

  • Enabling servers with volume license activation
  • Updating and maximizing security with WSUS

Leveraging the multi-server Server Manager

  • Installing roles/features with the Dashboard
  • Setting up Windows Server Core

Performing administrative tasks with PowerShell

  • Simplifying script design with Intellisense
  • Investigating PowerShell Web Access
  • Constructing the Active Directory (AD)

Active Directory infrastructure components

  • Organizing with forests, domains and sites
  • Raising domain and forest functional levels
  • Locating and transferring Flexible Single-Master Operation (FSMO) roles

Migrating existing domains to Windows Server 2012

  • Building Domain Controllers (DCs) to host the AD
  • Configuring DNS and managing DC Replication

Creating objects with the GUI and PowerShell

  • Generating users, groups and OUs with PowerShell
  • Analyzing the AD with the Administrative Center
  • Protecting Disk and File System Resources

Backing up, restoring and organizing disks

  • Enabling disaster recovery with Windows Server Backup
  • Maximizing protection with cloud-based Online Backup
  • Increasing resilience with storage pools and spaces
  • Optimizing disk space with Data Deduplication
  • Creating and deploying VHD and VHDX virtual disks

Defining security on files and folders

  • Adjusting User Account Control notification levels
  • Limiting access with custom Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Auditing file system objects for specific troubleshooting
  • Specifying claims and tags for Dynamic Access Control
  • Managing and Troubleshooting Servers

Exploiting administrative tools and applets

  • Action Center
  • Task Scheduler
  • Performance Alerts
  • iSCSI initiator and target
  • Configuring the Windows Firewall for remote access

Measuring reliability and analyzing performance

  • Producing diagnostic reports with Data Collector Sets
  • Fixing startup problems with the Recovery Environment
  • Setting Up Network Components

Establishing network settings

  • Connecting servers with IPv4 and IPv6 protocols
  • Leveraging the Network and Sharing Center

Ensuring network resource availability

  • Recovering files with Shadow Copies
  • Implementing the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)
  • Administering the Active Directory

Assigning administrative rights

  • Analyzing results from the Best Practices Analyzer (BPA)
  • Delegating control for seamless administration

Deploying Group Policies for central management

  • Contrasting computer/user policies and preferences
  • Locking down the desktop with administrative templates
  • Virtualizing Servers with Hyper-V

Managing virtual machines (Vms)

  • Creating virtual machines, switches and other hardware
  • Organizing VM snapshots for easy rollback and recovery

Minimizing downtime with replication

  • Setting up a replica server for dynamic replication
  • Preparing the infrastructure for the cloud
  • Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Implementing session-based desktop deployment
  • Configuring Web Access for RemoteApp programs
  • Comparing pooled vs. personalized desktop collections
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