Fundamentals of a Windows Server® Infrastructure (10967A)

Learn about the Fundamental building blocks that go into building a Windows Server infrastructure with Windows Server 2012.
This five day course covers the basic skills and knowledge that are required in order to build a Windows Server Infrastructure. It covers networking architecture and topologies, security considerations and best practices as well as basic Windows Server administration skills and technologies such as Windows Server 2012 Installation, configuration, maintenance and performance. Within that it will also cover specific areas such as Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Domain Name Services (DNS), Storage and many others.
This course is designed to provide foundational level knowledge needed to prepare students to start a career or cross train in Microsoft Windows Server technologies.

Target Audience
Candidates for this course are people who are starting out their career or looking to change careers into Windows Server Technologies and need the fundamental knowledge to help them achieve that. It would be of interest to home computer users, small business owners, academic students, information workers, developers, technical managers, help desk technicians or students who are looking to cross train from an alternative technology.
This course is needed as a first step in preparing for a job in IT or as prerequisite training before beginning the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) training and certification path.

Pre-Requisites
In addition to their professional experience, before attending this course, students must have: 
  • A good fundamental knowledge of general computing concepts. 
  • Knowledge equivalent to the MTA exam 98-349: Windows Operating System Fundamentals

Objectives
After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Perform a local media-based installation of Windows Server 2012. 
  • Select appropriate storage technologies and configure storage on Windows Server. 
  • Describe fundamental network components and terminology thus enabling you to select an appropriate network component in a particular scenario. 
  • Implement a network by selecting network hardware components and technologies and determine the appropriate network hardware and wiring components for a given situation. 
  • Describe the protocols and services within the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite of protocols and implement IPv4 within a Windows Server environment. 
  • Describe server roles. 
  • Implement and configure an Active Directory Domain Service (AD DS) forest. 
  • Describe the concept of defense-in-depth and determine how to implement this approach with Windows Server. 
  • Identify the security features in Windows Server that help to provide defense-in-depth. 
  • Identify the network-related security features in Windows Server to mitigate security threats to you network. 
  • Identify and implement additional software components to enhance your organization?s security. 
  • Monitor a server to determine the performance level. 
  • Identify the Windows Server tools available to maintain and troubleshoot Windows Server.


 
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Course Outline

Module 1: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

This module explains how the Windows Server 2012 editions, installation options, optimal service and device configuration and general post-installation configuration all contribute to the functionality and effectiveness of your Windows Server implementation.
Lessons
  • Windows Server Architecture.
  • Installing Windows Server.
  • Configuring Services.
  • Configuring Devices and Device Drivers.

Module 2: Implementing Storage in Windows Server
This module will introduce you to different storage technologies and discuss how to implement the storage solutions in Windows Server. There is also a discussion on how to create a resilient strategy for your storage, helping to avoid unplanned downtime and loss of data.
Lessons
  • Identifying Storage Technologies.
  • Managing Disks and Volumes.
  • Fault Tolerance.

Module 3: Understanding Network Infrastructure
In this module, students will learn how to describe fundamental network component and terminology thus enabling the student to select an appropriate network component in a particular scenario.
Lessons
  • Network Architecture Standards.
  • Local Area Networking.
  • Wide Area Networking.
  • Wireless Networking.
  • Connecting to the Internet.
  • Remote Access.

Module 4: Connecting Network Components
This module explores the functionality of low-level networking components, including switches and routers. In addition, the module provides guidance on how best to connect these and other components together to provide additional network functionality.
Lessons
  • Understanding the OSI Model.
  • Understanding Media Types.
  • Understanding Adapters, Hubs, and Switches.
  • Understanding Routing.
 
Module 5: Implementing TCP/IP
This module describes the requirements of a protocol stack and then focuses on the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol stack.
Lessons
  • Overview of TCP/IP.
  • IPv4 Addressing.
  • IPv6 Addressing.
  • Name Resolution.

Module 6: Implementing Windows Server Roles
This module explains the functional requirements of a server computer and how to select and deploy appropriate server roles to support these functional requirements.
Lessons
  • Role-Based Deployment.
  • Deploying Role-Specific Services.
  • Considerations for Provisioning Roles.

Module 7: Implementing Active Directory
This module explains that, as a directory service, how AD DS stores information about objects on a network and makes this information available to users and network administrators.
Lessons
  • Introducing Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
  • Implementing AD DS.
  • Managing Users, Groups, and Computers.
  • Implementing Group Policy


Module 8: Implementing IT Security Layers
This module explains how, in addition to file and share permissions, you can also use data encryption to restrict data access.
Lessons
  • Overview of Defense-in-Depth.
  • Physical Security.
  • Internet Security.

Module 9: Implementing Security in Windows Server
This module reviews the tools and concepts available for implementing security within a Microsoft Windows infrastructure.
Lessons
  • Overview of Windows Security.
  • Securing Files and Folders.
  • Implementing Encryption.

Module 10: Implementing Network Security
This module explains possible threats when you connect your computers to a network, how to identify them, and how implement appropriate Windows network security features to help to eliminate them.
Lessons
  • Overview of Network Security.
  • Implementing Firewalls.
  • Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)

Module 11: Implementing Security Software
This module explains how an information technology (IT) administrator can account for and mitigate the risks of malicious code, unauthorized use, and data theft.
Lessons
  • Client Software Protection Features.
  • E-Mail Protection.
  • Server Protection.

Module 12: Monitoring Server Performance
This module discusses the importance of monitoring the performance of servers, and how you monitor servers to ensure that they run efficiently and use available server capacity. It also explains performance monitoring tools to identify components that require additional tuning and troubleshooting, so that you can improve the efficiency of your servers.
Lessons
  • Event Logging.
  • Performance Monitoring.

Module 13: Maintaining Windows Server
This module explains the importance of system updates, how to troubleshoot the Windows Server boot process, and how to implement high availability and recovery technologies to improve system availability.
Lessons
  • Troubleshooting Windows Server Startup.
  • Server Availability and Data Recovery.
  • Applying Updates to Windows Server.
  • Troubleshooting Windows Server.