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MCSA: Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate is intended for people who seek entry-level jobs in an information technology environment. MCSA is a prerequisite for more advanced Microsoft certifications. Earning an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification qualifies you for a position as a network or computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist, and it is the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

Ideal Candidate

New to technical certification or need to obtain core skills in new technology.

Course Duration

60 Hrs

Certification Path

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Course 410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

About This Course

Get hands-on instruction and practice installing and configuring Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2.This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment.

Course Duration

20 Hrs.

At course completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Install and configure Windows Server 2012.
  • Describe AD DS.
  • Manage Active Directory objects.
  • Automate Active Directory administration.
  • Implement IPv4.
  • Implement Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
  • Implement Domain Name System (DNS).
  • Implement IPv6.
  • Implement local storage.
  • Implement file and print services.
  • Implement Group Policy.
  • Secure Windows servers by using Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
  • Implement server virtualization by using Hyper-V.

Course Outline

Module 1: Deploying and Managing Windows Server 2012

This module introduces students to the editions of Windows Server 2012 and the new Windows Server 2012 management tools. It also covers how to install Windows Server 2012, how to perform post-deployment tasks, and how to perform basic administrative tasks.


Module 2: Introduction to Active Directory Domain Services

This module covers the structure of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and its various components, such as forest, domain, and organizational units (OUs). It also gives an overview of domain controllers, in addition to choices that are available with Windows Server 2012 for installing AD DS on a server.


Module 3: Managing Active Directory Domain Services Objects

This module describes how to manage user accounts and computer accounts, including how to manage various consumer devices that employees use. The module also covers how to manage an enterprise network by managing groups, and how to delegate administrative tasks to designated users or groups


Module 4: Automating Active Directory Domain Services Administration

This module describes how to use command‑line tools and Windows PowerShell to automate AD DS administration. It discusses various command-line tools and Windows PowerShell commands, and then describes how to use these tools and commands to modify objects individually and in bulk operations.


Module 5: Implementing IPv4

This module discusses using IPv4, which is the network protocol used on the Internet and on local area networks. In this module, students learn how to implement an IPv4 addressing scheme and how to troubleshoot network communication. This module also covers how to determine and troubleshoot network-related problems.


Module 6: Implementing Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

This module covers supporting and troubleshooting a Windows Server–based network infrastructure by deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server role.


Module 7: Implementing DNS

This module describes name resolution for Windows operating system clients and Windows Server servers. It also covers installing and configuring a DNS Server service and its components.


Module 8: Implementing IPv6

This module discusses the features and benefits of IPv6, how IPv6 affects IPv4 networks, and how to integrate IPv6 into IPv4 networks by using various transition technologies.


Module 9: Implementing Local Storage

This module introduces several different storage technologies. It discusses how to implement the storage solutions in Windows Server 2012, and how to use the new Storage Spaces feature, which enables you to combine disks into pools that you can configure for automatic management.


Module 10: Implementing File and Print Services

This module discusses how to provide file and print resources with Windows Server 2012. It describes how to secure files and folders, how to protect previous versions of files and folders by using shadow copies, and how to give workers remote access to corporate files by implementing the new Work Folders role service. It also describes new network printing features that help manage the network printing environment.


Module 11: Implementing Group Policy

This module provides an overview of Group Policy and provides details about how to implement Group Policy.


Module 12: Securing Windows Servers Using Group Policy Objects

This module describes Windows Server 2012 operating system security. It covers how to identify security threats, plan your strategy to mitigate security threats, and secure your Windows Server 2012 infrastructure.


Module 13: Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V

This module describes virtualization technologies available on Windows, specifically focusing on the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. It covers the components of the Hyper-V role, configuring and deploying the role, in addition to and how to configure and manage key components of a Hyper-V implementation, such as Storage and Networking.

 


Course 411: Administering Windows Server 2012

About this course

Get hands-on instruction and practice administering Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2. This course is part two in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment.

Course Duration

  • 20 Hrs

At course completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Configure and Troubleshoot Domain Name System
  • Maintain Active Directory Domain Services
  • Manage User and Service Accounts
  • Implement Group Policy Infrastructure
  • Manage User Desktops using Group Policy
  • Install, Configure and Troubleshoot Network Policy Server
  • Implement Network Access Protection
  • Implement Remote Access
  • Optimize File Services
  • Configure Encryption and Advanced Auditing
  • Deploy and Maintain Server Images
  • Implement Update Managements
  • Monitor Windows Server 2012

Course Outline

Module 1: Configuring and Troubleshooting Domain Name System

This module explains how to configure and troubleshoot DNS, including DNS replication and caching.


Module 2: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services

This module explains how to implement virtualized domain controllers and read-only domain controller (RODCs). It also explains how to perform common AD DS administrative tasks and manage the AD DS Database.


Module 3: Managing User and Service Accounts

This module explains how to create, configure and automate the creation of user accounts. It also explains how to configure account-related properties of user objects. It further explains how to create and administer Managed Service Accounts.


Module 4: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

This module explains how to implement a GPO infrastructure. This also teaches how to perform common GPO management tasks, and manage GPOs by using Windows PowerShell. It also focuses on troubleshooting the application of GPOs.


Module 5: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy

This module explains how you can use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to implement desktop environments across your organization by using Administrative Templates, Folder Redirection, Group Policy preferences, and where applicable, use software deployment to install and update application programs. It is important to know how to use these various GPO features so that you can configure your users’ computer settings properly.


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

This module explains how to install and configure NPS, RADIUS Clients and servers. It also describes NPS authentication methods. It describe NPS authentication methods and how to monitor and troubleshoot NPS.


Module 7: Implementing Network Access Protection

This module explains how to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot NAP. It also explains how NAP can help to protect your network and the various NAP enforcement processes.


Module 8: Implementing Remote Access

In this module, you will learn how to implement and manage remote access in Windows Server 2012. You will also learn how to implement DirectAccess by using the Getting Started wizard, implement and manage an advanced DirectAccess infrastructure, and implement VPN.


Module 9: Optimizing File Services

This module describes FSRM, configure quotas, file screening, and storage reports and implement classification management and file management tasks. It describes the components of the DFS. I also explains how to configure DFS namespaces and DFS replication.


Module 10: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing

This module explains how to encrypt files using EFS and configure advanced auditing features.


Module 11: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images

This module explains how to create and manage server images by using Windows Deployment Services.


Module 12: Implementing Update Management

This module explains how to use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy updates to Windows servers and clients.


Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012

This module explains the monitoring tools available in Windows Server 2012. it also explains how to use Performance Monitor and monitor events.

 


Course 412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012

About this course

Get hands-on instruction and practice configuring advanced Windows Server 2012, including Windows Server 2012 R2, services in this five-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is part three in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment.

Course Duration

  • 20 Hrs

At course completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Configure advanced features for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name System (DNS), and configure IP Address Management (IPAM) with Windows Server 2012.
  • Configure and manage iSCSI, BranchCache and FSRM.
  • Configure DAC to manage and audit access to shared files.
  • Plan and implement an AD DS deployment that includes multiple domains and forests.
  • Plan and implement an AD DS deployment that includes locations.
  • Implement and configure an Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) deployment.
  • Implement an AD RMS deployment.
  • Implement an AD FS deployment.
  • Provide high availability and load balancing for web-based applications by implementing Network Load Balancing (NLB).
  • Implement and validate high availability and load balancing for web-based applications by implementing NLB.
  • Provide high availability for network services and applications by implementing failover clustering.
  • Implement a failover cluster, and configure and validate a highly available network service.
  • Deploy and manage Hyper-V virtual machines in a failover cluster.
  • Implement a backup and disaster recovery solution based on business and technical requirements

Course Outline

Module 1: Implementing Advanced Network Services

In this module students will be able to configure advanced features for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS), and configure IP Address Management (IPAM).


Module 2: Implementing Advanced File Services

In this module students will be able to configure file services to meet advanced business requirements.


Module 3: Implementing Dynamic Access Control

In this module students will be able to configure Dynamic Access Control (DAC) to manage and audit access to shared files.


Module 4: Implementing Distributed Active Directory Domain Services Deployments

In this module students will be able to plan and implement an Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) deployment that includes multiple domains and forests.


Module 5: Implementing Active Directory Domain Services Sites and Replication

In this module students will be able to plan and implement an AD DS deployment that includes multiple locations.


Module 6: Implementing AD CS

In this module students will be able to implement an Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) deployment.


Module 7: Implementing Active Directory Rights Management Services

In this module students will be able to implement an AD RMS deployment.


Module 8: Implementing and Administering AD FS

In this module students will be able to implement an Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) deployment.


Module 9: Implementing Network Load Balancing

In this module students will be able to provide high availability and load balancing for web-based applications by implementing Network Load Balancing (NLB).


Module 10: Implementing Failover Clustering

In this module students will be able to provide high availability for network services and applications by implementing failover clustering.


Module 11: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V

In this module students will be able to deploy and manage Hyper-V virtual machines in a failover cluster.


Module 12: Implementing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

In this module students will be able to implement a backup and disaster recovery solution based on business and technical requirements.


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