Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012

  • Overview
  • Prequisites
  • Course Details
  • Description

    The course is part one of 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. While there is some cross-over in skillset and tasks across the courses, this course primarily covers the initial implementation and configuration of those core services, such as Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), networking services, and Hyper-V configuration.

    Audience Profile

    This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) Professionals who have good Windows operating system knowledge and experience and who want to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to implement the core infrastructure services in an existing Windows Server 2012 environment. Although students would benefit from having some previous Windows Server experience, they must have good hands-on Windows Client experience with Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

  • Prerequisites

    Before attending this course, students must have:
    • A good understanding of networking fundamentals.
    • An understanding and experience configuring security and administration tasks in an enterprise environment.
    • Experience supporting or configuring Microsoft Windows clients.
  • Course Details


    5 Days

    Module 1: Deploying and Managing Windows Server 2012

    This module introduces the new Windows Server 2012 administrative interface. This module covers the different roles and features that are available with the Windows Server 2012 operating system. It also discusses the various installation and configuration options you can use when deploying and configuring Windows Server 2012.


    • Windows Server 2012 Overview
    • Overview of Windows Server 2012 Management
    • Installing Windows Server 2012
    • Post-Installation Configuration of Windows Server 2012
    • Introduction to Windows PowerShell

    Lab : Deploying and Managing Windows Server 2012

    • Deploying Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Windows Server 2012 Server Core
    • Managing Servers
    • Using Windows PowerShell to Manage Servers
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe Windows Server 2012.
    • Describe the management tools available in Windows Server 2012.
    • Install Windows Server 2012.
    • Perform post-installation configuration of Windows Server 2012.
    • Perform basic administrative tasks using Windows PowerShell.

    Module 2: Introduction to Active Directory Domain ServicesThis module introduces Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2012. It covers general AD DS infrastructure including forests, trees, schema, Global Catalog, Operations Masters. It also covers installing and configuring domain controllers.Lessons

    • Overview of AD DS
    • Overview of Domain Controllers
    • Installing a Domain Controller

    Lab : Installing Domain Controllers

    • Installing a Domain Controller
    • Installing a Domain Controller by Using IFM
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe the structure of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
    • Describe the purpose of domain controllers.
    • Install a domain controller.

    Module 3: Managing Active Directory Domain Services ObjectsThis module covers configuring Active Directory Objects such as users, groups and computers. The functionality of AD DS Administrative Tools is addressed, in addition to the configuration of user profiles and the process of delegating permissions to perform AD DS administration.Lessons

    • Managing User Accounts
    • Managing Group Accounts
    • Managing Computer Accounts
    • Delegating Administration

    Lab : Managing Active Directory Domain Services Objects

    • Delegating Administration for a Branch Office
    • Creating and Configuring User Accounts in AD DS
    • Managing Computer Objects in AD DS
    After completing this module, students will be able to:

    • Manage user accounts with graphical tools.
    • Manage groups with graphical tools.
    • Manage computer accounts.
    • Delegate permissions to perform AD DS administration.

    Module 4: Automating Active Directory Domain Services AdministrationThis module covers using command-line tools to configure and administer AD DS. It introduces using Windows PowerShell cmdlets for AD DS administration, and using Windows PowerShell to perform bulk AD DS administrative operations.Lessons

    • Using Command-line Tools for Administration
    • Using Windows PowerShell for Administration
    • Performing Bulk Operations with Windows PowerShell

    Lab : Automating AD DS Administration by Using Windows PowerShell

    • Creating User Accounts and Groups by Using Windows PowerShell
    • Using Windows PowerShell to Create User Accounts in Bulk
    • Using Windows PowerShell to Modify User Accounts in Bulk
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Use command-line tools for AD DS administration.
    • Use Windows PowerShell cmdlets for AD DS administration.
    • Perform bulk operations by using Windows PowerShell.

    Module 5: Implementing IPv4This module covers Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) addressing. It details the various IPv4 components, covers subnetting and supernetting, and discusses configuring and general troubleshooting of IPv4 addresses.Lessons

    • Overview of TCP/IP
    • Understanding IPv4 Addressing
    • Subnetting and Supernetting
    • Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv4

    Lab : Implementing IPv4

    • Identifying Appropriate Subnets
    • Troubleshooting IPv4
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe the TCP/IP protocol suite.
    • Describe IPv4 addressing.
    • Determine a subnet mask necessary for supernetting or subnetting.
    • Configure IPv4 and troubleshoot IPv4 communication.

    Module 6: Implementing DHCPThis module covers the installation and configuration of DHCP as well as managing a DHCP database. It also covers security and monitoring of DHCP, including auditing and logging.Lessons

    • Installing a DHCP Server Role
    • Configuring DHCP Scopes
    • Managing a DHCP Database
    • Securing and Monitoring DHCP

    Lab : Implementing DHCP

    • Implementing DHCP
    • Implementing a DHCP Relay (Optional Exercise)
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Install the DHCP server role.
    • Configure DHCP scopes.
    • Manage a DHCP database.
    • Secure and monitor the DHCP server role.

    Module 7: Implementing DNSThis module covers name resolution for Windows Server and clients. It details the installation of a DNS server and configuring Active Directory Integrated DNS zones.Lessons

    • Name Resolution for Windows Client and Servers
    • Installing and Managing a DNS Server
    • Managing DNS Zones

    Lab : Implementing DNS

    • Installing and Configuring DNS
    • Creating Host Records in DNS
    • Managing the DNS Server Cache
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe name resolution for Windows operating system clients and Windows Server servers.
    • Install and manage DNS service.
    • Manage DNS zones.

    Module 8: Implementing IPv6This module covers understanding and implementing IPv6 addressing. It covers configuration and troubleshooting as well as co-existence with IPv4 using transition technologies.Lessons

    • Overview of IPv6
    • IPv6 Addressing
    • Coexistence with IPv6
    • IPv6 Transition Technologies

    Lab : Implementing IPv6

    • Configuring an IPv6 Network
    • Configuring an ISATAP Router
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe the features and benefits of IPv6.
    • Describe IPv6 addressing.
    • Describe IPv6 coexistence with IPv4.
    • Describe IPv6 transition technologies.

    Module 9: Implementing Local StorageThis module covers the storage configuration options for Windows Server 2012, including managing disks and volumes and implementing file systems. It also covers creating and managing storage pools.Lessons

    • Overview of Storage
    • Managing Disks and Volumes
    • Implementing Storage Spaces

    Lab : Implementing Local Storage

    • Installing and Configuring a New Disk
    • Resizing Volumes
    • Configuring a Redundant Storage Space
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Explain the various storage technologies.
    • Manage disks and volumes.
    • Implement Storage Spaces.

    Module 10: Implementing File and Print ServicesThis module covers securing files, folders and network file shares, in addition to using shadow copies to protect network file shares. It also covers configuring network printing and creating a printer pool.Lessons

    • Securing Files and Folders
    • Protecting Shared Files and Folders Using Shadow Copies
    • Configuring Network Printing

    Lab : Implementing File and Print Services

    • Creating and Configuring a File Share
    • Configuring Shadow Copies
    • Creating and Configure a Printer Pool
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Secure shared files and folders.
    • Protect shared files and folders by using shadow copies.
    • Configure network printing.

    Module 11: Implementing Group PolicyThis module covers using Group Policy to centrally manage and apply configuration settings.Lessons

    • Overview of Group Policy
    • Group Policy Processing
    • Implementing a Central Store for Administrative Templates

    Lab : Implementing Group Policy

    • Configuring a Central Store
    • Creating GPOs
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Create and manage Group Policy Objects.
    • Describe Group Policy processing.
    • Implement a central store for administrative templates.

    Module 12: Securing Windows Servers Using Group Policy ObjectsIncrease security in a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure by using Group Policy Objects, AppLocker, and Windows Firewall.Lessons

    • Windows Security Overview
    • Configuring Security Settings
    • Restricting Software
    • Configuring Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

    Lab : Lab A: Increasing Security for Server Resources

    • Using Group Policy to Secure Member Servers
    • Auditing File System Access
    • Auditing Domain Logons

    Lab : Lab B: Configuring AppLocker and Windows Firewall

    • Configuring AppLocker Policies
    • Configuring Windows Firewall
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Describe Windows Security.
    • Configure security settings by using Group Policy.
    • Restrict unauthorized software from running on servers and clients.
    • Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

    Module 13: Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-VThis module describes Microsoft Virtualization technologies. It covers installing and configuring Hyper-V virtual machines, configuring virtual storage, and configuring virtual networks.Lessons

    • Overview of Virtualization Technologies
    • Implementing Hyper-V
    • Managing Virtual Machine Storage
    • Managing Virtual Networks

    Lab : Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V

    • Installing the Hyper-V Server Role
    • Configuring Virtual Networking
    • Creating and Configuring a Virtual Machine
    • Using Virtual Machine Snapshots
    After completing this module, students will be able to:
    • Understand and describe Microsoft's virtualization technologies.
    • Implement Hyper-V.
    • Manage virtual machine storage.
    • Manage virtual networks.

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