Server 2012 is Microsoft’s best release to date, and this series shows the exciting new features and improvements. Topics covered in this series include: Installing and configuring Windows Server 2012; managing Active Directory Domain Services objects; automating Active Directory Domain Services administration; implementing networking services; implementing local storage; implementing file and print services; implementing group policy; and implementing server virtualization with Hyper-V.
Windows Server admins will love learning about the hot new features of Server 2012, including the new tools that will help make Windows Server installations more compact, efficient, and secure. New or future admins will get to know the essentials to keep systems running and feature-rich, including the tips that are usually known only to experienced admins!
Welcome to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-410: Installing and Configuring Server 2012. In this Nugget, James introduces you to all the new features of Windows Server 2012 and provides a roadmap of the series.
Installing and Configuring Servers
In this Nugget, you will learn how to install and configure servers, including how to plan for a server installation; plan for server roles; plan for a server upgrade; install Server Core; and migrate roles from previous versions of Windows Server. You will also learn some basic PowerShell commands.
Modifying Your Installation
This Nugget covers how to optimize resource utilization by using Features on Demand. You’ll also learn how to configure a Server Core; add and remove features in offline images; deploy roles on remote servers; convert Server Core to/from full GUI; and perform a minimal server install.
Configuring Server Core
Learn how to configure a Server Core. Although much of the configuration will be addressed in separate Nuggets via PowerShell cmdlets throughout the series, here we will focus primarily on setting up basic items from the command line using Netsh to change IP address, DNS server address, default gateway, and firewall settings. We will also use the Net User and Net Group commands to add new users and add the users to groups. You will also see how to connect a remote core or computer to a local console such as Computer Management.
Introduction to Active Directory and Basic Installation
James teaches you basic concepts of Active Directory, and many of its features & advantages, in this Nugget. You’ll learn the difference between a domain, tree, forest, federation, forest trust, and a manual trust. You also will learn how to install a domain controller, create single user accounts, organizational units, and join a computer to the domain.
Active Directory Domain Controller Installation
This Nugget continues the discussion of installing domain controllers, and adds methods such as using PowerShell to install new forests or additional domains. You will also learn how to create IFM (Install from Media) data to install a domain controller without depending on a slow WAN link. You will learn how to demote a domain controller from the UI or PowerShell. Upgrading a Windows Server 2008 domain controller is likely to be a common task and you will see how to do this successfully. You will see where SRV records are kept and learn the importance of them, as well as how to automatically recreate them. Although we’ve discussed the global catalog, trusts, and federations previously, more detail is provided here. Finally, we’ll look at some new features of Active Directory.
Active Directory: Managing Accounts
In this Nugget, you will learn to create, copy, configure, and delete users and computers; configure templates; configure user rights; use offline domain join (djoin.exe); and manage inactive and disabled accounts. Several tasks will be accomplished using the new Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAM).
Active Directory: Automating User Accounts
We’ll learn to automate the creation of Active Directory accounts and perform bulk Active Directory operations using tools such as LDIFDE, CSVDE, DSADD, DSMOD, DSGET, DSQUERY, and DSRM. You will also learn a basic PowerShell script that you can use with a comma separated value file (CSV) to bulk import user accounts.
Active Directory: Computer Accounts, Groups Part 1
In this Nugget, we will create and manage Active Directory groups, configure group nesting; convert groups including security, distribution, universal, domain local, and domain global; create, configure, and delete groups.
Active Directory: Groups Part 2, Organizational Units, Delegation
In this Nugget, we continue our discussion of security groups. You will learn to manage group membership using Group Policy; delegate the creation and management of Active Directory objects; manage default Active Directory containers; create, copy, configure, and delete groups and OUs. In addition, you will learn how to use redirusr and redircmp to change default user and computer locations.
Group Policy: Essentials and Multiple Local
It’s time to learn the basics of group policy. Then, we’ll focus on local group policy and see a few demonstrations of how it works. In addition, you will see how multiple local group policy work to make exceptions for administrators, non-administrators, and specific accounts.
Group Policy: Central Store and Refresh
Learn more about how policies apply, including: when user policy and computer policy refreshes; how to manually refresh using gpupdate; PowerShell cmdlet invoke-gpupdate; and refreshing an entire OU. You will also learn about the importance of the PolicyDefinitions folder and the Central Store.
Group Policy: Scope of Management, Preferences, Starter GPO
In this Nugget, you will learn about the scope of management of a GPO (also known as order of inheritance). You will also learn the difference between policy and a preference. Finally, you will learn what a starter GPO is and how to use it.
Group Policy: Security and Templates
Group Police continues in this Nugget, where you will learn to configure Security Options settings; configure Security templates; configure Audit Policy; configure User Account Control (UAC); work with Security Configuration and Analysis; and Security Templates snap-ins.
Group Policy: Rule and Application Enforcement
In this Nugget, you will learn to configure rule enforcement; configure Applocker rules; configure Software Restriction Policies.
Group Policy: Windows Firewall
This final Group Policy Nugget shows you how to configure rules for multiple profiles using Group Policy; configure connection security rules; configure Windows Firewall to allow or deny applications, scopes, ports, and users; configure authenticated firewall exceptions; and import and export settings.
In this Nugget, you will learn to configure IP address options, subnetting, and supernetting. You will also learn important IPv4 essentials such as Class A, Class B, and Class C address ranges and default subnet masks, private IP address ranges, and Automatic Private IP Addresses (APIPA).
We did IPv4 in the previous Nugget, so it must be time for IPv6! In this Nugget, you will learn the IPv6 addressing scheme, learn the various IPv6 address types, and configure interoperability between IPv4 and IPv6; configure ISATAP; configure Teredo.
This Nugget is chock-full of DHCP. We’ll install a DHCP server; create and configure scopes; configure a DHCP reservation; configure DHCP options; configure client and server for PXE boot; configure DHCP relay agent; authorize DHCP server; backup and restore the DHCP database, reconcile the DHCP database, and configure both hot standby and load sharing mode failover methods.
In this Nugget, we configure Active Directory integration of primary zones; configure primary and secondary zones; perform zone transfers; configure additional DNS servers for a specific zone; configure forwarders; configure Root Hints; manage DNS cache; create A and PTR resource records; and work with the nslookup tool.
In this virtualization-based Nugget, we’ll look at the benefits of virtualization and the requirements for running Hyper-V. You will learn to: Create and configure virtual machine settings; configure dynamic memory; configure smart paging; configure Resource Metering; configure guest integration services; create and configure virtual machine storage; create VHDs and VHDX; configure differencing drives; modify VHDs; configure pass-through disks; manage snapshots; implement a virtual Fibre Channel adapter; create and configure virtual networks; implement Hyper-V network virtualization; configure Hyper-V virtual switches; optimize network performance; configure MAC addresses; configure network isolation; and configure synthetic and legacy virtual network adapters.
Configuring Local Storage
In this Nugget, you will learn: FAT, FAT32, NTFS, and Resilient file systems (ReFS); configure basic and dynamic disks; striped set; RAID-0, RAID-1 Mirroring, and RAID-5 Stripe set with Parity; configure MBR and GPT disks; manage volumes; create and mount virtual hard disks (VHDs); configure storage pools and disk pools; and design storage spaces
Share and NTFS Permissions
In this Nugget, you will learn how to: Create and configure shares; configure share permissions; configure NTFS permissions; configure access-based enumeration (ABE); learn the order of inheritance; calculate effective permissions; and remove and apply inheritance permissions.
Additional Storage Features
Offline files, quotas, and Volume Shadow Copy Service are vital additional storage features. In this Nugget, you will learn how to configure offline files; configure Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS); and configure NTFS quotas.
We wrap up the series with a Nugget on configuring print services. We’ll discuss the benefits of network printers, plus you will learn all about printer configuration, including: the Easy Print print driver; Enterprise Print Management; drivers; printer pooling; print priorities; and printer permission. We’ll also cover how to manage drivers and forms.
Total Series Duration: 15 hours