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MS 20410D - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012


Duration: 5 Days

Audience: IT Professionals



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Course Information

Course Description

This course is part one of a three-part series that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 R2 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 R2 environment. While there is some cross-over in skills and tasks across the courses, this course primarily covers the initial implementation and configuration of core services including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), networking services, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 configuration.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

·     Install and Configure Windows Server 2012 R2.

·     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.

·     Share files and printers.

·     Implement Group Policy.

·     Use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to secure Windows Servers.

·     Implement server virtualization using Hyper-V.​

Course Audience

This course is intended for Information Technology (IT) Professionals who have good Windows operating system knowledge and experience and want to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to implement the core infrastructure services in an existing Windows Server 2012 R2 environment.

The secondary audience consists of those seeking certification in the 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 exam.​

Course Outline

Module 1: Deploying and Managing Windows Server 2012

This module introduces the new Windows Server 2012 administrative interface. This module covers the different roles and features that are available with the Windows Server 2012 operating system. It also discusses the various installation and configuration options you can use when deploying and configuring Windows Server 2012.



·      Windows Server 2012 Overview

·      Overview of Windows Server 2012 Management

·      Installing Windows Server 2012

·      Post-Installation Configuration of Windows Server 2012

·      Introduction to Windows PowerShell


Lab : Deploying and Managing Windows Server 2012

·      Deploying Windows Server 2012

·      Configuring Windows Server 2012 Server Core

·      Managing Servers

·      Using Windows PowerShell to Manage Servers


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·     Describe Windows Server 2012.

·     Describe the management tools available in Windows Server 2012.

·     Install Windows Server 2012.

·     Perform post-installation configuration of Windows Server 2012.

·     Perform basic administrative tasks using Windows PowerShell.


Module 2: Introduction to Active Directory Domain Services

This module introduces Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2012. It covers general AD DS infrastructure including forests, trees, schema, Global Catalog, and Operations Masters. It also covers installing and configuring domain controllers.



·      Overview of AD DS

·      Overview of Domain Controllers  

·      Installing a Domain Controller


Lab : Installing Domain Controllers

·      Installing a Domain Controller

·      Installing a Domain Controller by Using IFM


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·     Describe the structure of AD DS.

·     Describe the purpose of domain controllers.

·     Explain how to install a domain controller.


Module 3: Managing Active Directory Domain Services Objects

This module covers configuring Active Directory objects such as users, groups and computers. The functionality of AD DS administrative tools is addressed, in addition to the configuration of user profiles and the process of delegating permissions to perform AD DS administration.



·      Managing User Accounts   

·      Managing Group Accounts   

·      Managing Computer Accounts

·      Delegating Administration   


Lab : Managing Active Directory Domain Services Objects

·      Delegating Administration for a Branch Office

·      Creating and Configuring User Accounts in AD DS

·      Managing Computer Objects in AD DS


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·      Manage user accounts with graphical tools.

·      Manage group accounts with graphical tools.

·      Manage computer accounts.

·      Delegate permissions to perform AD DS administration.


Module 4: Automating Active Directory Domain Services Administration

This module covers using command-line tools to configure and administer AD DS. It introduces using Windows PowerShell cmdlets for AD DS administration, and using Windows PowerShell to perform bulk AD DS administrative operations.



·      Using Command-line Tools for AD DS Administration

·      Using Windows PowerShell for AD DS Administration

·      Performing Bulk Operations with Windows PowerShell


Lab : Automating AD DS Administration by Using Windows PowerShell

·      Creating User Accounts and Groups by Using Windows PowerShell

·      Using Windows PowerShell to Create User Accounts in Bulk

·      Using Windows PowerShell to Modify User Accounts in Bulk


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·     Use command-line tools for AD DS administration.

·     Use Windows PowerShell cmdlets for AD DS administration.

·     Perform bulk operations by using Windows PowerShell.


Module 5: Implementing IPv4

This module covers Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) addressing. It details the various IPv4 components, covers subnetting and supernetting, and discusses configuring and general troubleshooting of IPv4 addresses.



·      Overview of TCP/IP

·      Understanding IPv4 Addressing

·      Subnetting and Supernetting

·      Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv4


Lab : Implementing IPv4

·      Identifying Appropriate Subnets

·      Troubleshooting IPv4


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·     Describe the TCP/IP protocol suite.

·     Describe IPv4 addressing.

·     Determine a subnet mask necessary for subnetting or supernetting.

·     Configure IPv4 and troubleshoot IPv4 communication.


Module 6: Implementing Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

This module covers the installation and configuration of DHCP in addition to managing a DHCP database. It also covers security and monitoring of DHCP, including auditing and logging.



·      Installing a DHCP Server Role  

·      Configuring DHCP Scopes

·      Managing a DHCP Database

·      Securing and Monitoring DHCP


Lab : Implementing DHCP

·      Implementing DHCP

·      Implementing a DHCP Relay Agent (Optional Exercise)


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·     Install the DHCP server role.

·     Configure DHCP scopes.

·     Manage a DHCP database.

·     Secure and monitor the DHCP server role.


Module 7: Implementing Domain Name System

This module covers name resolution for Windows Server and clients. It details the installation of a Domain Name System (DNS) server and configuring Active Directory Integrated DNS zones.



·      Name Resolution for Windows Client and Servers

·      Installing and Managing a DNS Server

·      Managing DNS Zones  


Lab : Implementing DNS

·      Installing and Configuring DNS

·      Creating Host Records in DNS

·      Managing the DNS Server Cache


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·     Describe name resolution for Windows operating system clients and Windows Server servers.

·     Install and manage DNS Server service.

·     Manage DNS zones.


Module 8: Implementing IPv6

This module covers understanding and implementing IPv6 addressing. It covers configuration and troubleshooting as well as co-existence with IPv4 using transition technologies.



·      Overview of IPv6 

·      IPv6 Addressing

·      Coexistence with IPv6

·      IPv6 Transition Technologies


Lab : Implementing IPv6

·      Configuring an IPv6 Network

·      Configuring an ISATAP Router


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·      Describe the features and benefits of IPv6.

·      Describe IPv6 addressing.

·      Describe IPv6 coexistence with IPv4.

·      Describe IPv6 transition technologies.


Module 9: Implementing Local Storage

This module covers the storage configuration options for Windows Server 2012, including managing disks and volumes and implementing file systems. It also covers creating and managing storage pools.



·      Overview of Storage

·      Managing Disks and Volumes

·      Implementing Storage Spaces


Lab : Implementing Local Storage

·      Installing and Configuring a New Disk

·      Resizing Volumes

·      Configuring a Redundant Storage Space


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·      Describe the various storage technologies.

·      Explain how to manage disks and volumes.

·      Explain how to implement Storage Spaces.


Module 10: Implementing File and Print Services

This module covers securing files, folders and network file shares, in addition to using shadow copies to protect network file shares. It also covers configuring network printing and creating a printer pool.



·      Securing Files and Folders

·      Protecting Shared Files and Folders by Using Shadow Copies

·      Configuring Network Printing


Lab : Implementing File and Print Services

·      Creating and Configuring a File Share

·      Configuring Shadow Copies

·      Creating and Configure a Printer Pool


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·      Secure shared files and folders.

·      Protect shared files and folders by using shadow copies.

·      Configure network printing.


Module 11: Implementing Group Policy

This module covers using Group Policy to centrally manage and apply configuration settings.



·      Overview of Group Policy   

·      Group Policy Processing

·      Implementing a Central Store for Administrative Templates


Lab : Implementing Group Policy

·      Configuring a Central Store

·      Creating GPOs


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·      Create and manage Group Policy Objects.

·      Describe Group Policy processing.

·      Implement a central store for administrative templates.


Module 12: Securing Windows Servers Using Group Policy Objects

Increase security in a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure by using Group Policy Objects, AppLocker, and Windows Firewall.



·      Windows Operating Systems Security Overview

·      Configuring Security Settings

·      Restricting Software

·      Configuring Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

 Lab A: Increasing Security for Server Resources

  • Using Group Policy to Secure Member Servers
  • Auditing File System Access
  • Auditing Domain Logons


Lab B: Configuring AppLocker and Windows Firewall

  • Configuring AppLocker Policies
  • Configuring Windows Firewall​


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·      Describe Windows Server operating system Security.

·      Configure security settings by using Group Policy.

·      Restrict unauthorized software from running on servers and clients.

·      Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.


Module 13: Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V

This module describes Microsoft Virtualization technologies. It covers installing and configuring Hyper-V virtual machines, configuring virtual storage, and configuring virtual networks.



·      Overview of Virtualization Technologies   

·      Implementing Hyper-V

·      Managing Virtual Machine Storage

·      Managing Virtual Networks


Lab : Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V

·      Installing the Hyper V Role onto a Server

·      Configuring Virtual Networking

·      Creating and Configuring a Virtual Machine

·      Using Virtual Machine Snapshots


After completing this module, students will be able to:

·      Describe virtualization technologies.

·      Implement Hyper‑V.

·      Manage virtual machine storage.

Manage virtual networks.​

Course Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:

·      A good understanding of networking fundamentals.

·      An understanding of and experience with configuring security and administration tasks in an enterprise environment.

·      Experience supporting or configuring Windows operating system clients.

·      Good hands-on Windows client operating system experience with Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

·      An understanding of basic Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) concepts, such as the purpose of user accounts and computer accounts.

Students would also benefit from having some previous Windows Server operating system experience.
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