Course 538:
Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Foundations

(4 days)


Course Description

Windows Server 2012 R2 is Microsoft’s latest server operating system and it is positioned to revolutionize the Enterprise environment. It replaces Windows 2008/2008 R2, improves on Windows Server 2012, and provides a robust and secure platform for server operation, Web services, cloud services, and virtualization. System administrators and others around the globe are ready to take advantage of it and leverage a true 64‑bit operating system.

In this intense hands-on course, you’ll learn the foundations of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 from an expert instructor, and be provided with real-world lecture and materials necessary to jump‑start your experience with Windows. Starting with the installation of the operating system, server management, and deployment of server roles, you will experience the fundamentals of Windows 2012 R2 features, management, and operation.

Who Should Attend

This course is recommended for any Information Technology (IT) professional who will be working with Windows 2012 and 2012 R2 Servers. System administrators, server managers, networking professionals, technical support staff, Web developers, technology managers, Windows programmers, and others will benefit from this course.

Recommended Prerequisites

  • Knowledge of Windows Server Administrator
  • Basic understanding of Active Directory
  • Working knowledge of TCP/IP

Course Outline

Chapter 1: Windows Server 2012

  • Key Features of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Versions and Licensing Windows Server 2012/2012 R2
  • Installation of Windows Server 2012/2012 R2
  • Migration and Upgrade Paths to 2012/2012 R2
  • Windows Server Login Control and Customization
  • Essential Desktop Navigation (Where Did the Start Menu Go!)
  • Customizing the Start Screen with Management Tools
  • Running the Windows Server Manager Tool
  • Understanding the new Task Manager

Chapter 2: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Local and Remote Management of Windows 2012 R2 Servers
  • Overview of Windows Server Role
  • Installing Windows Server Roles and Features
  • Command-Line Management Tools
  • Using PowerShell 3.0 (Server 2012) and PowerShell 4.0 (Server 2012 R2)
  • Using Desired State Configuration (Server 2012 R2) for Monitoring and Administration
  • Management of More than One Server at a Time
  • Introducing Role-Based Security and Dynamic Access Control
  • Application Server Role
  • Windows Server Essentials Role in Server 2012 R2

Chapter 3: Windows Active Directory Configuration

  • Active Directory Roles in Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2
  • Installing the Active Directory Domain Services Role on a Server
  • Promoting a Server to Become Domain Controller
  • Active Directory Planning and Deployment
  • Updating Your Domain Infrastructure to 2012 (from 2003 or 2008-Based Domains)
  • Domain Name Services (DNS) and Integration with Active Directory
  • Account and Object Creation/Management
  • Active Directory Replication
  • Global Catalog, Read-Only Domain Controllers, and Operation Masters
  • Group Policy Objects (GPO) Enhancements in 2012 and 2012 R2
  • AD Lightweight Directory Services (AD-LDS) and Federated Services (AD-FS)
  • Active Directory Monitoring, Backup, and Restoration
  • Workplace Join Non-Windows Devices to the Active Directory

Chapter 4: Network Infrastructure Configuration

  • What’s New in Windows Server Networking?
  • Windows Networking and Addressing—IPv4 and IPv6
  • DNS and DHCP Roles
  • Network Policy and Access Services Role
  • Multitenant VPN Gateways
  • Remote Access Role
  • Leveraging the Windows Firewall
  • iSCSI Connectivity and Enterprise Storage Connectivity

Chapter 5: Windows File and Print Services

  • File and Storage Services Role
  • Distributed File System and DFS Replication
  • Disk/Folder/File Management: Backup/Restore/Shadow Copy/Quotas
  • Managing Data with Storage Tiering and Storage Pinning
  • Leveraging High-Speed Disks for Write-Back Caching
  • Monitoring and Managing Printers and Printer Deployment
  • Windows System Update Services (WSUS) Server Role and Configuration
  • Disk Management in Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2
  • Mounting Virtual Disk Files (.vhd and .vhdx) Directly
  • Print and Document Services Role
  • Fax Server Role

Chapter 6: Application Infrastructures

  • Windows Deployment Services Roles
  • Creating/Deploying Windows Deployment Services Images
  • Windows Activation in the Enterprise: MAK, KMS, and AD-Enabled
  • Volume Activation Services Role
  • High-Availability Windows Solutions
  • Server Core Installations
  • Windows Server Update Services Role

Chapter 7: Internet Information Server 8.0/8.5

  • What Is New in Internet Information Server 8.0 (2012) and 8.5 (2012 R2)?
  • Web Server Role Overview
  • Web Security and Authentication in IIS

Chapter 8: Hyper-V Server Virtualization and Terminal Services

  • Using Windows Server Hyper-V Virtualization
  • Installing a Virtual Instance of Windows 2012 R2
  • Enhancements Specific to Hyper-V in Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2
  • Gen1 (Windows 2008/2008 R2/2012) and Gen2 (Windows 2012 R2) Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Machines over RDP (2012) and VM Direct Connection (2012 R2)
  • Understanding HyperV Replication and Moving/Migration Options
  • Remote Desktop Services Role
  • Deploying Applications into a Remote Desktop Services Infrastructure
  • Remote Desktop Services RemoteApp, Gateway, and Other Advanced Capabilities

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