Administering Windows Server 2012

Session Detail:    Classroom, Virtual 5 Day

Get hands-on instruction and practice administering Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part two in a series of three courses that provide the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Although there is some cross-over of skills and tasks across these courses, this course focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as DirectAccess, VPNs, and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images, as well as update management and monitoring of Windows Server 2012 environments. This course maps directly to and is the preferred choice for hands-on preparation for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012, which is the second of three exams required for MCSA: Windows Server 2012 credential. Note: Labs in this course are based on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1.


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Knowledge and skills concerning the initial implementation and configuration of core Windows Server services including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Networking Services, and Microsoft Hyper-V.

The course pre-requisites can be met by having knowledge equivalent to, or by attendance at, course 20410D: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012, as this course will build upon that knowledge and skills covered in that course.

Who Can Benefit

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 wish to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to manage and maintain the core infrastructure required for a Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 environment. The key focus for students is to broaden the initial deployment of Windows Server 2012services and infrastructure and provide the skills necessary to Manage and Maintain a domain based Windows Server 2012 environment, providing skills in areas such as User and Group management, Network Access and Data Security. Candidates typically interested in attending this course would be

  • Windows Server Administrators experienced in working with Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 who wish to gain skills necessary to perform daily management and maintenance tasks in a Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 environment.
  • IT Professionals who are looking to take the 411, Administering Windows Server 2012 exam
  • IT professional wishing to take the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) exams in DataCenter, Desktop Infrastructure, Messaging, Collaboration and Communications will also be interested in taking this course as they prepare for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams, which are a pre-requisite for their individual specialties.

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Configuring and Troubleshooting Domain Name System

  • Lesson 1: Configuring the DNS Server Role
  • Lesson 2: Configuring DNS Zones
  • Lesson 3: Configuring DNS Zone Transfers
  • Lesson 4: Managing and Troubleshooting DNS

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Install and configure the DNS server role
  • Create and configure DNS zones
  • Configure DNS zone transfers
  • Manage and troubleshoot DNS

Module 2: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services

  • Lesson 1: Overview of AD DS
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Virtualized Domain Controllers
  • Lesson 3: Implementing RODCs
  • Lesson 4: Administering AD DS
  • Lesson 5: Managing the AD DS Database

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Implement virtualized domain controllers
  • Implement RODCs
  • Administer AD DS
  • Manage the AD DS database

Module 3: Managing User and Service Accounts

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Password Policy and User Account Lockout Settings
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Managed Service Accounts

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure password policy and user account lockout settings
  • Configure managed service accounts

Module 4: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Group Policy
  • Lesson 2: Implementing and Administering GPOs
  • Lesson 3: Group Policy Scope and Group Policy Processing
  • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting the Application of GPOs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain what Group Policy is
  • Implement and administer Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • Manage Group Policy scope and Group Policy processing
  • Troubleshoot the application of GPOs

Module 5: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy

  • Lesson 1: Implementing Administrative Templates
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Folder Redirection and Scripts
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Group Policy Preferences
  • Lesson 4: Managing Software with Group Policy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure folder redirection and scripts by using GPOs
  • Describe and implement Administrative Templates
  • Configure GPO preferences
  • Deploy software by using GPOs

Module 6: Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role

  • Lesson 1: Installing and Configuring a Network Policy Server
  • Lesson 2: Configuring RADIUS Clients and Servers
  • Lesson 3: NPS Authentication Methods
  • Lesson 4: Monitoring and Troubleshooting a Network Policy Server

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Install and configure a Network Policy Server (NPS)
  • Configure clients and servers with the Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) protocol
  • Explain NPS authentication methods
  • Monitor and troubleshoot NPS

Module 7: Implementing Network Access Protection

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Network Access Protection
  • Lesson 2: Overview of NAP Enforcement Processes
  • Lesson 3: Configuring NAP
  • Lesson 4: Configuring IPSec Enforcement for NAP
  • Lesson 5: Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how NAP can help to protect your network
  • Describe the various NAP enforcement processes
  • Configure NAP
  • Monitor and troubleshoot NAP

Module 8: Implementing Remote Access

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Remote Access
  • Lesson 2: Implementing DirectAccess by Using the Getting Started Wizard
  • Lesson 3: Implementing and Managing an Advanced DirectAccess Infrastructure
  • Lesson 4: Implementing VPN
  • Lesson 5: Implementing Web Application Proxy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Install and manage the Remote Access role in the Windows Server 2012 operating system
  • Implement DirectAccess by using the Getting Started Wizard
  • Implement and manage an advanced DirectAccess Infrastructure
  • Implement VPN access
  • Implement Web Application Proxy

Module 9: Optimizing File Services

  • Lesson 1: Overview of FSRM
  • Lesson 2: Using FSRM to Manage Quotas, File Screens, and Storage Reports
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Classification and File Management Tasks
  • Lesson 4: Overview of DFS
  • Lesson 5: Configuring DFS Namespaces
  • Lesson 6: Configuring and Troubleshooting DFS Replication

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) in the Windows Server 2012 operating system
  • Use FSRM to manage quotas, file screens, and storage reports
  • Implement classification and file management tasks
  • Describe Distributed File System (DFS)
  • Configure DFS namespaces
  • Configure and troubleshoot DFS Replication

Module 10: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing


  • Lesson 1: Encrypting Drives by Using BitLocker
  • Lesson 2: Encrypting Files by Using EFS
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Advanced Auditing

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Secure data by using BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Encrypt files by using Encrypting File System (EFS)
  • Configure advanced auditing


Module 11: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Windows Deployment Services
  • Lesson 2: ManagingImages
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Deployment with Windows Deployment Services
  • Lesson 4: Administering Windows Deployment Services

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the important features and functionality of Windows Deployment Services (Windows DS)
  • Manage images by using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) Tools
  • Configure Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server 2012
  • Perform deployments with Windows Deployment Services

Module 12: Implementing Update Management

  • Lesson 1: Overview of WSUS
  • Lesson 2: Deploying Updates with WSUS

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the role of WSUS
  • Describe the WSUS update management process
  • Deploy updates with WSUS

Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012

  • Lesson 1: Monitoring Tools
  • Lesson 2: Using Performance Monitor
  • Lesson 3: Monitoring Event Logs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the monitoring tools for the Windows Server 2012 operating system
  • Use Performance Monitor to view and analyze performance statistics of programs that are running on their servers
  • Monitor event logs to view and interpret the recorded events

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Administering Windows Server 2012

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