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This course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are required to manage accounts and resources, maintain server resources, monitor server performance, and safeguard data in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment.


 
Course Outline
This course combines five days of training with additional e-Learning content to provide students with the knowledge and skills that are required to manage accounts and resources, maintain server resources, monitor server performance, and safeguard data in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment. This is the first course in the Systems Administrator and Systems Engineer tracks for Windows Server 2003 and serves as the entry point for other courses in the Windows Server 2003 curriculum.

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Create and populate organizational units with user and computer accounts.
  • Manage user and computer accounts.
  • Create and manage groups.
  • Manage access to resources.
  • Implement printing.
  • Manage printing.
  • Manage access to objects in using organizational units.
  • Implement Group Policy.
  • Manage the user and computer environment by using Group Policy.
  • Audit accounts and resources.
  • Prepare to administer server resources.
  • Configure a server to monitor system performance. €¢ Monitor system performance. Manage device drivers by configuring device driver signing and restoring a device driver. Manage hard disks.
  • Manage data storage.
  • Manage disaster recovery.
  • Maintain software by using Microsoft Windows Server Update Services.
  • Maintain Windows Server 2003 security environment.
Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Administering Accounts and Resources
This module explains how to administer accounts and resources on computers running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 software in a networked environment.

Lessons
  • Multimedia: Introduction to Administering Accounts and Resources
  • The Windows Server 2003 Environment
  • Logging on to Windows Server 2003
  • Using the Run As Feature for Administration
  • Installing and Configuring Administrative Tools
  • Creating an Organizational Unit
Lab : Creating Organizational Units
  • Creating an Organizational Unit
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the Windows Server 2003 environment.
  • Log on to a computer running Windows Server 2003.
  • Use the Run as feature to perform administrative tasks.
  • Install and configure the administrative tools.
  • Create an organizational unit.
Module 2: Managing User and Computer Accounts
This module explains how to modify user and computer accounts on computers running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 in a networked environment.

Lessons
  • Creating User Accounts
  • Creating Computer Accounts
  • Modifying User and Computer Account Properties
  • Creating a User Account Template
  • Managing User and Computer Accounts
  • Using Queries to Locate User and Computer Accounts in Active Directory
Lab : Managing User and Computer Accounts
  • Creating User Accounts
  • Creating Computer Accounts
  • Using Queries to Locate Objects
  • Modifying User and Computer Properties
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create user accounts.
  • Create computer accounts.
  • Modify user and computer account properties.
  • Create a user account template.
  • Manage user and computer accounts.
  • Use queries to locate user and computer accounts in Active Directory directory service.
Module 3: Managing Groups
This module explains how to perform various administrative functions using groups.

Lessons
  • Creating groups.
  • Managing group membership.
  • Strategies for using groups.
  • Using default groups.
Lab : Creating and Managing Groups
  • Creating Global and Domain Local Groups
  • Managing Group Membership
  • Managing Default Groups
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create groups.
  • Manage group membership
  • Apply strategies for using groups
  • Manage default groups.
Module 4: Managing Access to Resources
This module explains how to enable resource access with permissions, manage access to files and folders using permissions, and manage permission inheritance.

Lessons
  • Overview of Managing Access to Resources
  • Managing Access to Shared Folders
  • Managing Access to Files and Folders Using NTFS Permissions
  • Determining Effective Permissions
  • Managing Access to Shared Files Using Offline Caching
Lab : Managing Access to Resources
  • Creating and Sharing Folders
  • Configuring NTFS Permissions
  • Publishing Shared Folders
  • Testing Permissions
  • Configuring Automatic Caching
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Manage access to resources.
  • Manage access to shared folders.
  • Manage access to files and folders by using NTFS permissions.
  • Determine effective permissions.
  • Manage access to shared files by using offline caching.
Module 5: Managing Access to Objects in Organizational Units
This module explains the permissions available for managing access to Active Directory objects, how to move objects between organizational units in the same domain, and how to delegate control of an organizational unit.

Lessons
  • Modifying Permissions for Active Directory Objects
  • Delegating Control of Organizational Units
Lab : Managing Access to Objects in Organizational Units
  • Modifying the Delegation of Control Wizard and Delegating Permissions
  • Testing the Delegated Permissions
  • Granting Permissions to the Legal Organizational Unit and Creating a Taskpad
  • Testing the Delegated Permissions
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Modify permissions for Active Directory objects.
  • Delegate control of organizational units.
Module 6: Implementing Group Policy
This module explains the purpose and function of Group Policy in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment. It also explains how to implement Group Policy objects (GPOs) and manage GPOs.

Lessons
  • Implementing Group Policy Objects
  • Implementing GPOs on a Domain
  • Managing the Deployment of Group Policy
Lab : Implementing a GPO
  • Disabling and Deleting a GPO
  • Creating and Linking Multiple GPOs
  • Filtering the GPOs to Exempt Selected Users
  • Backing Up and Importing GPO Settings
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Implement GPOs.
  • Implement GPOs in a domain.
  • Manage the deployment of Group Policy.
Module 7: Manage the deployment of Group Policy
This module explains how to use Group Policy to assign scripts, restrict group membership and access to software and configure folder redirection. As well, this module explains how to determine which GPOs are being applied on a computer.

Lessons
  • Configuring Group Policy Settings
  • Assigning Scripts with Group Policy
  • Restricting Group Membership and Access to Software
  • Configuring Folder Redirection
  • Determining Applied GPOs
Lab : Managing the User Environment by Using Group Policy
  • Creating and Applying a GPO to the Graphics Organizational Unit
  • Assigning a Logon Script to Connect to a Printer
  • Using a GPO to Configure the Members of the Backup Operators Group
  • Using the Group Policy Results Wizard to Verify the Policy Settings
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure Group Policy settings.
  • Assign scripts with Group Policy.
  • Restrict group membership and access to software.
  • Configure Folder Redirection.
  • Determine Applied Group Policy objects (GPOs).
Module 8: Implementing Administrative Templates and Audit Policy
This module provides a broad overview of security in Microsoft Windows ServerT 2003. It also explains how to deploy security templates and test computer security policy and how to configure auditing and manage security logs.

Lessons
  • Overview of Security in Windows Server 2003
  • Using Security Templates to Secure Computers
  • Testing Computer Security Policy
  • Configuring Auditing
  • Managing Security Logs
Lab : Managing Security Settings
  • Creating a Custom Security Template
  • Importing and Deploying the Custom Template
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain user rights and audit policies in Windows Server 2003.
  • Use security templates to secure computers.
  • Test computer security policy.
  • Configure auditing.
  • Manage security logs.
Module 9: Preparing to Administer a Server
This module explains how to administer a server. It describes how to manage servers remotely, what tools to use, and the rights and permissions that are needed to administer a server.

Lessons
  • Introduction to Administering a Server
  • Configuring Remote Desktop to Administer a Server
  • Managing Remote Desktop Connections
Lab : Preparing to Administer a Server
  • Enabling Remote Desktop
  • Creating a Shared Folder on a Remote Computer
  • Connecting to a Remote Console Session
  • Creating runas Shortcuts to Administration Tools
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain the tasks, tools, and rights that are required to administer a server.
  • Configure Remote Desktop for Administration and client preferences.
  • Manage remote desktop connections.
Module 10: Preparing to Monitor Server Performance
This module explains how to monitor server performance by using performance tools, configure and manage performance logs, configure and manage alerts, and manage system monitor views.

Lessons
  • Introduction to Monitoring Server Performance
  • Performing Real-Time and Logged Monitoring
  • Configuring and Managing Counter Logs
  • Configuring Alerts
Lab : Preparing to Monitor Server Performance
  • Selecting the Appropriate Monitoring Technique
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Establish a performance baseline.
  • Perform real-time and logged monitoring.
  • Configure and manage counter logs.
  • Configure alerts.
Module 11: Managing Data Storage
This module explains the Encrypting File System (EFS), which contributes to the safe storage of data and helps to keep the network from harm. It also explains how to administer disk quotas.

Lessons
  • Managing File Compression
  • Configuring File Encryption
  • Configuring EFS Recovery Agents
  • Implementing Disk Quotas
Lab : Managing Data Storage
  • Troubleshooting Disk-Quota Entries
  • Recovering an Encrypted File
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Manage NTFS file compression.
  • Configure file encryption.
  • Configure an EFS recovery agent.
  • Implement disk quotas.
Module 12: Managing Disaster Recovery
This module explains how to plan for a computer disaster and how to use the features of Windows Server 2003 to prevent a disaster or recover when one occurs.

Lessons
  • Preparing for Disaster Recovery
  • Backing Up Data
  • Scheduling Backup Jobs
  • Restoring Data
  • Configuring Shadow Copies
  • Recovering from Server Failure
Lab : Managing Disaster Recovery
  • Backing Up the System State Data
  • Recovering from a Corrupt Registry by Using Last Known Good Configuration
  • Recovering from a Corrupt Registry by Restoring System State Data
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Prepare for disaster recovery.
  • Back up data.
  • Schedule backup jobs.
  • Restore data.
  • Configure a shadow copy.
  • Recover from server failure.
Module 13: Software Maintenance Using Windows Server Update Services
This module explains how to use Microsoft Windows Server Update Services to manage and distribute critical software updates that resolve known security vulnerabilities and other stability issues.

Lessons
  • Introduction to Windows Server Update Services
  • Installing and Configuring Windows Server Update Services
  • Managing Windows Server Update Services
Lab : Software Maintenance Using Windows Server Update Services
  • Create a Test Computer Group
  • View the Status of Updates and Computers
  • Back up WSUS
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe Microsoft WSUS.
  • Install and configure servers to use WSUS.
  • Manage WSUS.
Module 14: Securing Windows Server 2003
This module describes how to secure Microsoft Windows ServerT 2003. The module provides an overview of securing servers, core server security, hardening servers, and the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer tool.

Lessons
  • Introduction to Securing Servers
  • Implementing Core Server Security
  • Hardening Servers
  • Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
Lab : Securing Windows Server 2003
  • Using the Security Configuration Wizard
  • Configuring a Group Policy Object for Member Servers
  • Scanning a Range of Computers by Using MBSA
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe how servers are secured.
  • Explain core server security.
  • Harden servers in various roles.
  • Use Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.
Module 15: Self-Study: Implementing Printing
This module explains how to implement printing in a Windows Server 2003 environment.

Lessons
  • Multimedia: Introduction to Printing in the Windows Server 2003 Family
  • Installing and Managing Access to Printers
  • Managing Printer Drivers
  • Implementing Printer Locations
Lab : Implementing Printing
  • Installing Printers and Setting Printer Locations and Permissions
  • Searching for Printers and Testing Permissions
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain printing in the Windows Server 2003 family.
  • Install and manage access to printers by using printer permissions.
  • Manage printer drivers.
  • Implement printer locations.
Module 16: Self-Study: Managing Printing
This module explains how to set up a network-wide printing strategy to meet the needs of users and troubleshoot installation or configuration problems.

Lessons
  • Changing the Location of the Print Spooler
  • Setting Printer Priorities and Scheduling Printer Availability
  • Configuring a Printing Pool and Redirecting Print Queues
Lab : Managing Printing
  • Installing Printers and Creating a Printing Pool
  • Setting Printer Priorities and Availability
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Change the location of the print spooler.
  • Set printing priorities and schedule printer availability.
  • Configure a printing pool and redirect print queues.
Module 17: Self-Study: Monitoring Server Performance
This module explains how to collect performance data by monitoring primary server subsystems. It also covers how to identify system bottlenecks by using the Performance console and Task Manager in Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Lessons
  • Multimedia: The Primary Server Subsystems
  • Monitoring Server Memory
  • Monitoring Processor Usage
  • Monitoring Disks
  • Monitoring Network Usage
  • Monitoring Best Practices
Lab : Monitoring Server Performance
  • Create and Configure Alerts
  • Configure the Messaging Service
  • Finding a High CPU Usage Process
  • Finding a High Memory Usage Process
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain how the four primary server subsystems affect server performance.
  • Monitor server memory.
  • Monitor processor usage.
  • Monitor disks.
  • Monitor network usage.
  • Use best practices for monitoring server performance.
Module 18: Self-Study: Maintaining Device Drivers
This module explains how to maintain device drivers.

Lessons
  • Configuring Device Driver Signing Options
  • Using Device Driver Rollback
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure device driver signing.
  • Restore the previous version of a device driver.
Module 19: Self-Study: Managing Disks
This module explains how to manage disks and how to use the tools to manage and set up disks.

Lessons
  • Preparing Disks
  • Managing Disk Properties
  • Managing Mounted Drives
  • Converting Disks
  • Creating Volumes
  • Creating Fault-Tolerant Volumes
  • Importing a Foreign Disk
Lab : Managing Disks
  • Recovering from a Failed Mirrored Drive
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Initialize and partition a disk.
  • View and update disk properties.
  • Manage mounted drives.
  • Convert a disk from basic to dynamic and from dynamic to basic.
  • Create volumes on a disk.
  • Create fault-tolerant volumes.
  • Import disks.




Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion


Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course will be fully refunded less a $75 processing fee. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.
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The course content was excellent ... if there was things that weren't relevant you could skip and spend more time on things that you needed to learn. Training provider was excellent as her skill level was superb and her communication skills were superb.
Reviewed by 2015
This course should have dual screens
Reviewed by 2015
I was not able to finish the whole entire course. When creating course training please make sure that it fits the allotted time (beginning to the end). We had two breaks and Instructor did not allow us to listen to the course. I had maybe another 10 mins to finish the whole course, but the Instructor said that it was 4:30pm and it is Ok and we can go home. It is not Ok not to be able to finish the course..
Reviewed by 2014
Mentored training actually worked quite well for me. The instructor is there in the room all the time, available if needed. A lot of material for one day, but I did manage to complete it without feeling too rushed.
Reviewed by 2014
It is not possible to complete a beginner's course in one day. There is a lot of information to absorb. It is wonderful that one can re-sit a session within a limited time.
Reviewed by 2013
To bottom line my feelings about the course: Course -- helpful but this comment is made with reservations. Instructor -- excellent !
Reviewed by 2013
The course material was far too heavy for the duration of the course. The material needs to be reduced so that students do not feel rushed or pressured with time, or the duration of the class needs to be extended.
Reviewed by 2013
Overall, the course has been well handled by the Training Provider. But i would expect that, somehow, there is a time allotted in the afternoon for more visible and face to face interaction between the TP and the whole class. Others may be asking questions that may not have been thought of by other learners but may be helpful.
Reviewed by 2013
Very impressed and would highly recommend.
Reviewed by 2013
The trainer was excellent...easy to talk to and very helpful and informed.
Reviewed by 2013
This was a very good learning environment. I prefer having an instructor present in case I have questions but also be able to work at my own pace.
Reviewed by 2013
I could have used some more time to go through the exercises in the sharepoint database.
Reviewed by 2013
re Instructor assessment. ques. are N/A as it was independant mentored study. Flash based training module had 1 hiccup where ctrl-b key was captured by OS and I had to hunt for alt-b to complete the module. Class mentor was unaware of flaw. I felt that the design of the module would have prevented me from completing the section if I was unable to locate alternative keystroke. Worthwhile day.
Reviewed by 2012
Course is very good but not enough time to complete the exercises. Should be at least another 1.5 hours longer.
Reviewed by 2012
Using the self-teaching method made for a more relaxed working environment. As the instructor's assistance was on a one-on-one basis I was not hesitate to ask questions.
Reviewed by 2012
Would prefer an instructor led (classroom) style of training over a computer based course.
Reviewed by 2012
I would suggest that the course manual contain more visual material (e.g. screen shots) versus words. The course was very well. I did not think I would like the on line method of training but I did. I also liked the fact that I could work through my lunch to complete the course earlier. I had to catch the go train so it worked better for me.
Reviewed by 2012
Susan was an excellent instructor, and was very helpful with providing extra "tips" not covered within the course material.
Reviewed by 2012
I only realized after completing 2 units thoroughly that there is not enough time allotted for a lot practicing. I would tell students in advance that getting through the videos and practicing later in your own time is recommended.
Reviewed by 2012
Enjoyed the flexibility of the "Modern Classroom" style of learning where you can move at your own pace and focus on what you need most. You can even move to the next chapter if you need help and the instructor is busy. Definitely dress warmly as the classroom was really over air-conditioned!
Reviewed by 2012
I loved the Adobe InDesign course but as a new user I felt there was so much material to cover and I wanted to take my time getting familiar with the program and learning about everything. I think if the class had been 2 days instead of 1 it would have been perfect!
Reviewed by 2012
Manual provided was totally different then computer training. Expected more hands on training instead of just watching an instruction video.
Reviewed by 2012
Great
Reviewed by 2012
The video - was not at all interactive - only concepts were presented. The manual completedly different from the video material. I have no objections to using different approaches but a course on any software must include interactive materials.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was set up in a way which was easy to follow. However, I thought there was a lot of information to take in the day. The instructor was very helpful and very knowledgeable.
Reviewed by 2012
The training provider, Melanie, was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable and sat with me personally for hands on training. I found the course to be long and difficult to complete in one day.
Reviewed by 2012
The amount of material was a little much (maybe an hour) to cover in the allotted time - but otherwise good.
Reviewed by 2011
The room was too cold for me. The Instructor was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
A co worker of mine, did not receive the certificate of completing the course. As well, I received a website to log to after the course for 30 days (The Online Support). Although the vendor ID number does not exisit. I have gone back to my contact at Last Minute Training, and haven't received any feedback from her. The course was good, the follow up, was the greatest service.
Reviewed by 2011
Would like to have access to the on-line training materials for this course for a period of time after course completion
Reviewed by 2011
Hi - the server crashed during my session and I would like to reschedule. Can someone contact me to do this?
Reviewed by 2011
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