Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

This course is based on the final release of Windows Server 2012 and focuses on the advanced configuration of services involved in deploying, managing and maintaining a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as: advanced networking services, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), identity management, rights management, federated services, network load balancing, failover clustering, business continuity and disaster recovery.

It is the third 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. It also forms the second part of the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 Fast Track

Who's it for?

This course is designed for System Administrators experienced in implementing, managing and maintaining an existing Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, wishing to gain the knowledge and skills to perform advanced management and provisioning of services.

It is also suitable preparation for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services.

Key objectives

After attending this course a delegate will be able to implement the following:

  • advanced network services
  • advanced file services
  • Dynamic Access Control
  • distributed Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) deployments
  • AD DS sites and replication
  • Active Directory Certification Services (AD CS)
  • Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
  • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
  • network load balancing (NLB)
  • Implement failover clustering
  • failover clustering with Hyper-V
  • disaster recovery. 


Delegates for this course should have:

What's covered?

Module 1: Implementing advanced network services

  • Configuring advanced DHCP features
  • Configuring advanced DNS settings
  • Implementing IPAM
  • Lab: Configuring advanced DHCP settings
  • Lab: Configuring advanced DNS settings
  • Lab: Configuring IPAM

Module 2: Implementing Advanced File Services

  • Configuring iSCSI storage
  • Configuring BranchCache
  • Optimising storage usage
  • Lab: Configuring iSCSI storage
  • Lab: Configuring the File Classification Infrastructure
  • Lab: Configuring the main office servers for BranchCache
  • Lab: Configuring the branch office servers for BranchCache
  • Lab: Configuring client computers for BranchCache
  • Lab: Monitoring BranchCache

Module 3: Implementing Dynamic Access Control

  • Overview of Dynamic Access Control
  • Planning for Dynamic Access Control
  • Deploying Dynamic Access Control
  • Lab: Planning the Dynamic Access Control implementation
  • Lab: Configuring user and device claims
  • Lab: Configuring resource property definitions
  • Lab: Configuring Central Access Rules and Central Access Policies
  • Lab: Validating and remediating Dynamic Access Control
  • Lab: Implementing new resource policies

Module 4: Implementing distributed Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) deployments

  • Overview of distributed AD DS deployments
  • Deploying a distributed AD DS environment
  • Configuring AD DS trusts
  • Lab: Implementing child domains in AD DS
  • Lab: Implementing forest trusts

Module 5: Implementing AD DS sites and replication

  • Overview of AD DS replication
  • Configuring AD DS sites
  • Configuring and monitoring AD DS replication
  • Lab: Modifying the default site
  • Lab: Creating additional sites and subnets
  • Lab: Configuring AD DS replication

Module 6: Implementing Active Directory Certificate Services

  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) overview
  • Deploying a Certification Authority (CA)
  • Deploying and configuring CA hierarchy
  • Deploying and managing certificate templates
  • Implementing certificate distribution and revocation
  • Managing certificate recovery
  • Lab: Configuring certificate templates
  • Lab: Configuring certificate enrollment
  • Lab: Configuring certificate revocation
  • Lab: Configuring key recovery

Module 7: Implementing Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)

  • AD RMS overview
  • Deploying and managing an AD RMS infrastructure
  • Configuring AD RMS content protection
  • Configuring external access to AD RMS
  • Lab: Installing and configuring AD RMS
  • Lab: Configuring AD RMS templates
  • Lab: Implementing the AD RMS trust policies
  • Lab: Verifying the AD RMS deployment

Module 8: Implementing Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)

  • Overview of AD FS
  • Deploying AD FS
  • Implementing AD FS for a single organisation
  • Deploying AD FS in a B2B federation scenario
  • Lab: Configuring AD FS prerequisites
  • Lab: Installing and configuring AD FS
  • Lab: Configuring AD FS for a single organisation
  • Lab: Configuring AD FS for federated business partners

Module 9: Implementing Network Load Balancing (NLB)

  • Overview of NLB
  • Configuring an NLB cluster
  • Planning an NLB implementation
  • Lab: Implementing a NLB cluster
  • Lab: Configuring and managing the NLB cluster
  • Lab: Validating high availability for the NLB cluster

Module 10: Implementing failover clustering

  • Overview of failover clustering
  • Implementing a failover cluster
  • Configuring highly available applications and services on a failover cluster
  • Maintaining a failover cluster
  • Implementing a multi-site failover cluster
  • Lab: Configuring a failover cluster
  • Lab: Deploying and configuring a highly available file server
  • Lab: Validating the deployment of the highly available file server
  • Lab: Configuring cluster-aware updating on the failover cluster

Module 11: Implementing failover clustering with Hyper-V

  • Overview of integrating Hyper-V with failover clustering
  • Implementing Hyper-V virtual machines on failover clusters
  • Implementing Hyper-V virtual machine movement
  • Managing Hyper-V virtual environments by using System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
  • Lab: Configuring Hyper-V replicas
  • Lab: Configuring a failover cluster for Hyper-V
  • Lab: Configuring a highly available virtual machine

Module 12: Implementing disaster recovery

  • Overview of disaster recovery
  • Implementing Windows Server backup
  • Implementing server and data recovery
  • Lab: Backing up data on a Windows Server 2012 server
  • Lab: Restoring files using Windows Server backup
  • Lab: Implementing Microsoft online backup and restore


This course mirrors the requirements of and hence prepares delegates for the exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services. This forms part of the certification for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012. 

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