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MS-6418 - Deploying Windows Server 2008

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Course Description

This 3-day instructor-led course provides students with an understanding of migrating and deploying Windows Server 2008 including installation, configuration, and upgrading. Special emphasis is given to upgrading common server configurations and using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. 

Course Objectives

​After completing this course, students will be able to:

•  Install Windows Server 2008.
•  Install Windows Server 2008 Server Core.
•  Configure Windows Server Core.
•  Add and configure Windows Server Core roles.
•  Add the Backup feature to Windows Server Core.
•  Manage Windows Server Core.
•  Create an answer file for use with Dcpromo.
•  Create an Unattend file to automate RODC installation.
•  Deploy a Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) using an answer file.
•  Install and configure Windows Deployment Services (WDS).
•  Create operating system images in WDS.
•  Add components like language packs to an image.
•  Use an Unattend file with WDS.
•  Configure custom computer naming for large scale WDS deployments.
•  Deploy images with WDS.
•  Install Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT).
•  Configure MDT.
•  Create an MDT build.
•  Create MDT deployment points.
•  Perform a Lite Touch installation using MDT.
•  Prepare a Windows Server 2003 forest for upgrade to Windows Server 2008.
•  Prepare a Windows Server 2003 domain for upgrade to Windows Server 2008.
•  Install a domain controller in an existing domain using the Windows interface.
•  Install a domain controller in an existing domain using the Command Line.
•  Describe considerations for upgrading file and print servers.
•  Describe considerations for upgrading Web and application servers.
•  Describe considerations for upgrading remote infrastructure servers.
•  Install and configure the file and print server roles.
•  Create and replicate a Distributed File System (DFS) namespace.
•  Schedule a backup.
•  Migrate a printer.
•  Export an application and configuration from an IIS 6.0 server.
•  Configure IIS 7.0 on Windows Server 2008
•  Import a configuration onto Windows Server 2008
•  Enable Remote Desktop and remote administration of Windows Firewall.
•  Install and configure BitLocker Drive Encryption (BDE) and BDE Remote Admin Tool.
•  Configure admin role separation on an RODC.
•  Configure Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R).
•  Migrate a Windows NT 4.0 server to a virtual machine


Course Audience

​This course is intended for IT professionals who are experienced with Windows Server 2000 or Windows Server 2003, and who hold an MCSE or MCSA certification and/or equivalent knowledge. 

Course Outline

​Module 1: Windows Server 2008 Installation and Configuration

This module focuses on installation options and requirements for Windows Server 2008, including deploying Windows Server Core. This module also covers using Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Keys (MAK) to implement a volume license strategy.

Lessons

Windows Server 2008 Setup Improvements and Requirements

Windows Server 2008 Server Core Installation

Implement a Volume Licensing Strategy using KMS and MAK

Lab : Install Windows Server 2008

Install Windows Server 2008

Install Windows Server Core 2008

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Describe Windows Server 2008 setup improvements.

Describe the Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation option.

Automate server activation using Microsoft Volume Activation.

Module 2: Windows Server Core 2008 Configuration

This module focuses on Windows Server Core 2008 configuration. Basic Server Core configuration including setting the Administrator password and server TCP/IP configuration are covered in this module.

Lessons

Server Core Basic Configuration

Configuring Server Core Roles

Lab : Configure Windows Server Core 2008

Configure Windows Server Core

Add and configure Windows Server Core roles

Add the Backup feature to Windows Server Core

Manage Windows Server Core

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Configure Server Core.

Describe how to add roles to Server Core.

Module 3: Windows Server 2008 Unattended Installation

This module describes using Unattend.xml files to install Windows Server 2008. This module also covers creating a network deployment infrastructure for unattended installation and unattended domain controller installation.

Lessons

Unattended Windows Server 2008 Installation

Unattended Domain Controller Installation

Lab : Install Active Directory on Server Core Using an Unattended File

Create an answer file for use with Dcpromo.

Lab : Deploy an RODC in a Remote Infrastructure Using an Unattended File

Create an Unattended file to automate RODC installation.

Deploy an RODC using an answer file.

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Perform an unattended Windows Server 2008 installation.

Perform an unattended domain controller installation.

Module 4: Using Windows Deployment Services

This module focuses on using Windows Deployment Services and the new WIM image format to create and deploy custom system images.

Lessons

Windows Deployment Services

Working with the WIM Format

Lab : Working with Windows Deployment Services

Install and configure Windows Deployment Services.

Create operating system images in WDS.

Add components like language packs to an image.

Use an Unattended file with WDS.

Configure custom computer naming for large scale WDS deployments.

Deploy images with WDS.

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Configure and use Windows Deployment Services in Windows Server 2008.

Manage operating system images in the WIM image format.

Module 5: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

This module introduces the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit as a tool for low-touch operating system deployment. This module also covers creating custom system images for common server configurations.

Lessons

Introduction to the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Lab : Installing, Configuring, and Using MDT

Install Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Configure Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Create an MDT build

Create MDT deployment points

Perform a Lite Touch installation using MDT

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Describe the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

Use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

Module 6: Upgrading and Migrating Active Directory

This module provides prescriptive guidance for upgrading and migrating active directory from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. This module also covers upgrading specific Active Directory-related services including DNS, Certificate Services, IPSec configuration, and GPO objects. This module provides best-practices for Active Directory upgrades.

Lessons

Windows Server 2008 Upgrade Overview

Upgrading Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2008

Active Directory Upgrade Sequence

Lab : Preparing the Active Directory Environment for Windows Server 2008

Prepare a Windows Server 2003 forest for upgrade to Windows Server 2008.

Prepare a Windows Server 2003 domain for upgrade to Windows Server 2008.

Lab : Installing an Additional Windows Server 2008 Domain Controller

Install a domain controller in an existing domain using the Windows interface.

Install a domain controller in an existing domain using the Command Line.

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Describe the Windows Server 2008 upgrade process.

Describe how to upgrade Microsoft Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2008 Domain Controllers.

Describe the Active Directory upgrade sequence.

Module 7: Upgrading File and Print, Web, and Remote Infrastructure Servers

This module provides prescriptive guidance for upgrading and migrating file and print servers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. This module also includes guidance for upgrading and migrating application and Web servers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008. This module also provides guidance for upgrading and migrating remote  servers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

Upgrading File and Print Servers

Upgrading Web and Application Servers

Upgrading Remote Infrastructure Servers

Lab : Upgrading a Windows Server 2003 File and Print Server

Install and configure the file and print server roles

Create and replicate a DFS namespace

Schedule a backup

Migrate a printer

Lab : Upgrading a Windows Server 2003 Web Server to Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0

Export an application and configuration from an IIS 6.0 server

Configure IIS 7.0 on Windows Server 2008

Import a configuration onto Windows Server 2008

Lab : Prepare a Windows Server 2008 Server Core Installation for use as a Remote Infrastructure Server

Enable Remote Desktop and remote administration of Windows Firewall

Install and configure BitLocker Drive Encryption (BDE) and BDE Remote Admin Tool

Configure admin role separation on a Read-Only Domain Controller

Configure Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R)

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Describe considerations for upgrading file and print servers.

Describe considerations for upgrading Web and application servers.

Describe considerations for upgrading remote infrastructure servers.

Module 8: Migrating Workloads to Microsoft Virtual Machines

This module provides guidance for migrating existing workloads to a virtual machine environment using either Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 or the Windows Server virtualization role of Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

Microsoft Server Virtualization

Migrating Workloads to Microsoft Virtual Machines

Lab : Migrating Workloads to Microsoft Virtual Server Using VSMT

Migrate a Windows NT 4.0 server to a virtual machine.

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Describe Microsoft server virtualization solutions

Migrate workloads to Microsoft virtual machines

Module 9: Configuring Windows Server 2008 for Performance

This module describes considerations for hardware selection, and workload-specific tuning considerations.

Lessons

Hardware Considerations

Workload Considerations

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

Describe hardware considerations for Windows Server 2008 performance.

Describe workload-specific tuning considerations

Course Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have one or more of the following:

  • On-the-job experience in planning, implementing, managing, or supporting Microsoft Windows Server NT 4.0, 2000 or 2003, including Active Directory and Network Infrastructure.
  • Working knowledge of networking, for example, TCP/IP and Domain Name System (DNS).
  • Experience with a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure.
  • Experience with implementing security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network.
  • Experience installing , configuring, and administering Microsoft Windows 2003, Windows XP Professional, or Windows Vista


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