Administering Windows Server 2012

Based on the final release of Windows Server 2012, this course primarily covers the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as: implementing server images, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, remote access and network policies, data security, monitoring and update management.

It is the second part of a three-part series to provide all the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. Collectively the three courses cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.

Who's it for?

This course is designed for System Administrators with practical experience of working in a Windows Server 2008/2012 environment, wishing to gain the knowledge and skills to manage and maintain the core infrastructure required for a Windows Server 2012 environment.

It is also suitable preparation for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012.

Key objectives

After attending this course a delegate will be able to:

  • deploy and maintain server images
  • configure and troubleshoot DNS
  • maintain Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
  • manage user and service accounts
  • implement a Group Policy infrastructure
  • manage user desktops with Group Policy
  • Configure and troubleshoot remote access
  • install, configure and troubleshoot Network Policy Server (NPS) role
  • implement Network Access Protection (NAP)
  • optimise file services
  • configure encryption and advanced auditing
  • implement update management
  • monitor Windows Server 2012.


Delegates for this course should have:

  • at least a year's practical experience of Windows Server 2008/2008 R2/2012
  • a good knowledge and understanding of Active Directory and networking infrastructure
  • attended Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 or have equivalent knowledge.

What's covered?

Module 1: Deploying and maintaining server images

  • Overview of Windows Deployment Services
  • Implementing Deployment with Windows Deployment Services
  • Administering Windows Deployment Services
  • Lab: Installing and configuring Windows Deployment Services
  • Lab: Creating operating system images with Windows Deployment Services
  • Lab: Configuring custom computer naming
  • Lab: Deploying images with Windows Deployment Services

Module 2: Configuring and troubleshooting Domain Name System (DNS)

  • Installing the DNS server role
  • Configuring the DNS server role
  • Configuring DNS zones
  • Configuring DNS zone transfers
  • Managing and troubleshooting DNS
  • Lab: Configuring DNS resource records
  • Lab: Configuring DNS conditional forwarding
  • Lab: Configuring DNS conditional forwarding
  • Lab: Troubleshooting DNS

Module 3: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)

  • Overview of AD DS
  • Implementing virtualised domain controllers
  • Implementing RODC
  • Administering AD DS
  • Managing the AD DS database
  • Lab: Installing and configuring a RODC
  • Lab: Configuring AD DS snapshots
  • Lab: Configuring the Active Directory Recycle Bin

Module 4: Managing user and service accounts

  • Automating user account management
  • Configuring password-policy and user-account lockout settings
  • Configuring managed service accounts
  • Lab: Configuring password-policy and account-lockout settings
  • Lab: Creating and associating a managed service account

Module 5: Implementing a Group Policy infrastructure

  • Introducing Group Policy
  • Implementing and administering Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • Group Policy scope and Group Policy processing
  • Troubleshooting the application of GPOs
  • Lab: Creating and configuring GPOs
  • Lab: Managing GPO scope
  • Lab: Verifying GPO application
  • Lab: Managing GPOs

Module 6: Managing user desktops with Group Policy

  • Implementing administrative templates
  • Configuring folder redirection and scripts
  • Configuring group policy preferences
  • Managing software with Group Policy
  • Lab: Implementing settings by using Group Policy peferences
  • Lab: Configuring folder redirection

Module 7: Configuring and troubleshooting remote access

  • Configuring Network Access
  • Configuring Virtual Private Network (VPN) access
  • Overview of network policies
  • Troubleshooting routing and remote access
  • Configuring DirectAccess
  • Lab: Configuring a VPS server
  • Lab: Configuring VPN clients
  • Lab: Configuring the DirectAccess infrastructure
  • Lab: Configuring the DirectAccess clients
  • Lab: Verifying the DirectAccess configuration

Module 8: Installing, configuring and troubleshooting the Network Policy Server (NPS) role

  • Installing and configuring a NPS
  • Configuring Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) clients and servers
  • NPS authentication methods
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting a NPS
  • Lab: Installing and configuring NPS to support RADIUS
  • Lab: Configuring and testing a RADIUS client

Module 9: Implementing Network Access Protection

  • Overview of Network Access Protection (NAP)
  • Overview of NAP enforcement processes
  • Configuring NAP
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting NAP
  • Lab: Configuring NAP components
  • Lab: Configuring VPN access
  • Lab: Configuring the client settings to support NAP

Module 10: Optimising file services

  • File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)
  • Using FSRM to manage quotas, file screens and storage reports
  • Implementing classification and file management tasks
  • Overview of Distributed File System (DFS)
  • Configuring DFS namespaces
  • Configuring and troubleshooting Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R)
  • Lab: Configuring FSRM quotas
  • Lab: Configuring file screening and storage reports
  • Lab: Installing the DFS role service
  • Lab: Configuring a DFS namespace
  • Lab: Configuring DFS-R

Module 11: Configuring encryption and advanced auditing

  • Encrypting files by using Encrypting File System
  • Configuring advanced auditing
  • Lab: Encrypting and recovering files
  • Lab: Configuring advanced auditing

Module 12: Implementing update management

  • Overview of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
  • Deploying updates with WSUS
  • Lab: Implementing the WSUS server role
  • Lab: Configuring update settings
  • Lab: Approving and deploying an update by using WSUS

Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012

  • Monitoring tools
  • Using Performance Monitor
  • Monitoring event logs
  • Lab: Establishing a performance baseline
  • Lab: Identifying the source of a performance problem
  • Lab: Viewing and configuring centralised event logs


This course will prepare delegates for the exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012. This counts as credit toward the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification.

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