Fundamentals of a Windows Server Infrastructure

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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.


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Abasic knowledge of general computing concepts.
  • Some experience working with Windows Client operating systems such as Windows 7 or Windows 8

Who Can Benefit

Students for this course are just starting their Information Technology (IT) careers or want to change careers into Windows Server technologies. This fundamental knowledge and skills can be used by home computer users, small business owners, academic students, information workers, technical managers, help desk technicians, or students who want to cross-train from another technology. This course is a first step in preparing for a job in IT or as a prerequisite training, before you start the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA) training and certification path.

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

  • Lesson 1: Windows Server Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Installing Windows Server
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Services
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Devices and Device Drivers

After completing this module, the student will be able to:

  • Describe Windows Server components and architecture
  • Install Windows Server 2012
  • Configure services
  • Configure devices and device drivers

Module 2: Implementing Storage in Windows Server

  • Lesson 1: Identifying Storage Technologies
  • Lesson 2: Managing Disks and Volumes
  • Lesson 3: Fault Tolerance

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify a suitable storage technology
  • Manage storage within Windows Server
  • Implement disk fault tolerance

Module 3: Understanding Network Infrastructure


  • Lesson 1: Network Architecture Standards
  • Lesson 2: Local Area Networking
  • Lesson 3: Wide Area Networking
  • Lesson 4: Wireless Networking
  • Lesson 5: Connecting to the Internet
  • Lesson 6: Remote Access

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe physical network topologies and standards
  • Define local area networks (LANs)
  • Define wide area networks (WANs)
  • Describe wireless networking technologies
  • Explain how to connect a network to the Internet
  • Describe how technologies are used for remote access


Module 4: Connecting Network Components

  • Lesson 1: Understanding the OSI Model
  • Lesson 2: Understanding Media Types
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Adapters, Hubs, and Switches
  • Lesson 4: Understanding Routing

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the industry-standard protocol model
  • Describe wiring methodologies and standards
  • Describe adapters, hubs, and switches
  • Describe routing technologies and protocols

Module 5: Implementing TCP/IP

  • Lesson 1: Overview of TCP/IP
  • Lesson 2: IPv4 Addressing
  • Lesson 3: IPv6 Addressing
  • Lesson 4: Name Resolution

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Functionality of the TCP/IP Suite
  • Describe IPv4 Addressing
  • Configure an IPv4 Network
  • Describe IPv6 Addressing and Transition
  • Describe the Various Name Resolution Methods Used by TCP/IP Hosts

Module 6: Implementing Windows Server Roles

  • Role-Based Deployment
  • Deploying Role-Specific Services
  • Considerations for Provisioning Roles

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe role-based deployment
  • Deploy role-specific servers
  • Describe deployment options for server roles

Module 7: Implementing Active Directory

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
  • Lesson 2: Implementing AD DS.
  • Lesson 3: Managing Users, Groups, and Computers.
  • Lesson 4: Implementing Group Policy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental features of AD DS
  • Implement AD DS
  • Implement organizational units (OUs) for managing groups and objects
  • Configure client computers centrally with group policy objects (GPOs)

Module 8: Implementing IT Security Layers

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Defense-in-Depth
  • Lesson 2: Physical Security
  • Lesson 3: Internet Security

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the risks posed by connecting to the Internet
  • Describe possible mitigations to these risks
  • Describe the Windows Server components and features that can help provide his Internet security

Module 9: Implementing Security in Windows Server

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Windows Security
  • Lesson 2: Securing Files and Folders
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Encryption

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Windows Server features that help improve your network security.
  • Explain how to secure files and folders in the Windows Server environment
  • Explain how to use the Windows Server encryption features to help secure access to resources

Module 10: Implementing Network Security

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Network Security.
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Firewalls.
  • Lesson 3: Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify network-based security threats
  • Implement Windows Firewall to secure Windows hosts
  • Explain how to enforce corporate compliance

Module 11: Implementing Security Software

  • Lesson 1: Client Software Protection Features
  • Lesson 2: E-Mail Protection
  • Lesson 3: Server Protection

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Implement Windows Server technologies and features to improve client security
  • Describe security threats posed by e-mail and how to reduce these threats
  • Explain how to improve server security using Windows Server security analysis and hardening tools

Module 12: Monitoring Server Performance

  • Lesson 1: Event Logging
  • Lesson 2: Performance Monitoring

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use the Event Viewer to identify and interpret Windows Logs, and Application and Services Logs.
  • Measure system resource usage and identify component bottlenecks

Module 13: Maintaining Windows Server

  • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Windows Server Startup
  • Lesson 2: Server Availability and Data Recovery
  • Lesson 3: Applying Updates to Windows Server
  • Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Windows Server

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Troubleshoot the Windows Server boot process
  • Implement high availability and recovery technologies to improve system availability
  • Explain the importance of system updates
  • Implement an appropriate troubleshooting methodology to resolve problems with Windows Server

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