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This course covers the core skills required by anyone working with Windows Server 2008 Servers.

Course Outline

This five-day instructor-led course combines five days worth of instructor-led training content from the Network Infrastructure Technology Specialist, Active Directory Technology Specialist, and IT Professional Server Administrator courses of Windows Server 2008 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 2008 environment. This course covers the core skills required by anyone working with Windows Server 2008 Servers.

Audience Profile This course is intended for Windows Server administrators who operate Windows Servers on a daily basis and want to learn the skills for configuring, managing, and maintaining the core technical areas of Windows Server 2008.

At Course Completion After completing this course, students will be able to:
• Describe the different administrative tools and tasks in Windows Server 2008.
• Configure AD DS user and computer accounts.
• Create Groups and Organizational Units.
• Manage access to shared resources in an AD DS environment.
• Configure Active Directory Objects and Trusts.
• Create and configure Group Policy Objects.
• Configure user and computer environments by using Group Policy.
• Implement security by using Group Policy.
• Configure and analyze server security and security update compliance.
• Configure and manage storage technologies included with Windows Server 2008.
• Configure and manage Distributed File System.
• Configure Network Access Protection.
• Configure availability of network resources.
• Monitor and Maintain servers running Windows Server 2008.
• Manage a Windows Server 2008 Backup and Restore.

Course Outline Module 1: Introduction to Managing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Environment

The module explains server roles, Active Directory, the Windows Server 2008 Administrative Tools and Remote Desktop.

• Server Roles
• Overview of Active Directory
• Using Windows Server 2008 Administrative Tools
• Using Remote Desktop for Administration

Lab : Administering Windows Server 2008
• Install the DNS Server Role
• Configuring Remote Desktop for Administration

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe server roles and how they are categorized.
• Describe the characteristics of Active Directory components.
• Describe common Windows Server 2008 Administrative Tools.
• Describe how to use Remote Desktop for Administration

Module 2: Creating Active Directory Domain Services User and Computer Objects

This module explains how to manage user accounts, create computer accounts and manage AD DS objects.

• Managing User Accounts
• Creating Computer Accounts
• Automating AD DS Object Management
• Using Queries to Locate Objects in AD DS

Lab : Creating AD DS User and Computer Accounts
• Creating and Configuring User Accounts
• Creating and Configuring Computer Accounts
• Automating the Management of AD DS Objects

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Configure AD DS user accounts.
• Configure AD DS computer accounts.
• Automate AD DS Object Management.
• Use queries to search AD DS.

Module 3: Creating Groups and Organizational Units
This module introduces groups and how to manage them.

• Introduction to AD DS Groups
• Managing Group Accounts
• Creating Organizational Units

Lab : Creating an OU Infrastructure
• Creating AD DS Groups
• Planning an OU Hierarchy (Discussion)
• Creating an OU Hierarchy

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the options for creating groups.
• Configure groups in AD DS.
• Configure OUs in AD DS.

Module 4: Managing Access to Resources in Active Directory Domain Services

The module explains how to manage access and assign and manage permissions.

• Managing Access Overview
• Managing NTFS File and Folder Permissions
• Assigning Permissions to Shared Resources
• Determining Effective Permission

Lab : Managing Access to Resources
• Planning a Shared Folder Implementation (Discussion)
• Implementing a Shared Folder Implementation
• Evaluating the Shared Folder Implementation

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe how access management works in AD DS.
• Assign permissions to shared folders.
• Configure permissions using NTFS.
• Determine effective permissions.

Module 5: Configuring Active Directory Objects and Trusts

This module explains how to delegate administrative access to AD DS objects and how to configure AD DS Trusts.

• Delegating Administrative Access to AD DS Objects
• Configuring AD DS Trusts

Lab : Configuring Active Directory Delegation
• Delegating Control of AD DS Objects

Lab : Configuring Active Directory Trusts
• Configuring AD DS Trusts

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Delegate administrative access to Active Directory objects.
• Configure Active Directory trusts.

Module 6: Creating and Configuring Group Policy

This module explains how to configure and manage Group Policy Objects.

• Overview of Group Policy
• Configuring the Scope of Group Policy Objects
• Evaluating the Application of Group Policy Objects
• Managing Group Policy Objects
• Delegating Administrative Control of Group Policy

Lab : Creating and Configuring GPOs
• Creating and Configuring Group Policy Objects
• Managing the Scope of GPO Application

Lab : Verifying and Managing GPOs
• Verifying GPO Application
• Managing GPOs
• Delegating Administrative Control of GPOs

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe Group Policy.
• Configure the application scope for Group Policy Objects.
• Evaluate the application of Group Policy Objects.
• Manage Group Policy Objects.
• Delegate administrative control of Group Policy Objects.

Module 7: Configuring User and Computer Environments Using Group Policy

This module explains how to configure user environments using group policy.

• Configuring Group Policy Settings
• Configuring Scripts and Folder Redirection Using

Group Policy
• Configuring Administrative Templates
• Deploying Software Using Group Policy
• Configuring Group Policy Preferences
• Introduction to Group Policy Troubleshooting
• Troubleshooting Group Policy Application
• Troubleshooting Group Policy Settings

Lab : Configuring Scripts and Folder Redirection Using Group Policy
• Configuring Logon Scripts and Folder Redirection

Lab : Configuring Administrative Templates
• Configure Administrative Templates

Lab : Deploying Software with Group Policy
• Deploy a Software Package with Group Policy
• Verify Software Installation

Lab : Configuring Group Policy Preferences
• Configure Group Policy Preferences
• Verify Group Policy Preferences Application

Lab : Troubleshooting Group Policy Issues
• Troubleshoot Group Policy Scripts
• Troubleshoot GPO Lab-7B
• Troubleshoot GPO Lab-7C
• Troubleshoot GPO Lab-7D

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Configure Group Policy settings.
• Configure scripts and folder redirection by using Group Policy.
• Configure administrative templates.
• Configure Group Policy Preferences.
• Deploy software by using Group Policy.
• Troubleshoot Group Policy Application.
• Troubleshoot Group Policy Settings.

Module 8: Implementing Security Using Group Policy
This module explains how to configure security policies, implement password policies, restrict access to software and user security templates.

• Configuring Security Policies
• Implementing Fine-Grained Password Policies
• Restricting Group Membership and Access to Software
• Managing Security Using Security Templates

Lab : Implementing Security Using Group Policies
• Configuring Account and Security Policy Settings
• Implementing Fine-Grained Password Policies

Lab : Configuring and Verifying Security Policies
• Configuring Restricted Groups and Software Restriction Policies
• Configuring Security Templates
• Verifying the Security Configuration

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Configure security policies.
• Implement fine-grained password policies.
• Restrict group membership and access to applications by using security policies.
• Apply security policies by using security templates.

Module 9: Configuring Server Security Compliance

This module explains how to secure a windows infrastructure, configure an audit policy, manage WSUS and plan for a security update.

• Securing a Windows Infrastructure
• Configuring an Audit Policy
• Overview of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
• Managing WSUS

Lab : Manage Server Security
• Configuring Windows Software Update Services
• Configure Auditing

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Secure a server role within a windows infrastructure.
• Configure an audit policy.
• Describe the use of Windows Server Update Services.
• Manage updates using WSUS.
• Plan for security update management by using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

Module 10: Configuring and Managing Storage Technologies

This module explains how to manage storage using File Server Resource Manager, configure quota management, implement file screening and manage storage reports.

• Windows Server 2008 Storage Management Overview
• Managing Storage Using File Server Resource Manager
• Configuring Quota Management
• Implementing File Screening
• Managing Storage Reports
• Understanding Storage Area Networks

Lab : Installing the FSRM Role Service
• Installing the FSRM Role Service

Lab : Configuring Storage Quotas
• Configuring Storage Quotas

Lab : Configuring File Screening
• Configuring File Screening
Lab : Generating Storage Reports
• Generating Storage Reports

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe storage management solutions included in Windows Server 2008.
• Manage storage using FSRM.
• Configure quota management using FSRM.
• Implement file screening using FSRM.
• Manage storage reports.
• Troubleshoot storage issues.

Module 11: Configuring and Managing Distributed File System
This module explains how to configure DFS namespaces and replication.

• Distributed Files System (DFS) Overview
• Configuring DFS Namespaces
• Configuring DFS Replication

Lab : Installing the Distributed File System Role Service and Creating a DFS Namespace
• Installing the Distributed File System Role Service
• Creating a DFS Namespace

Lab : Configuring Folder Targets and Viewing Diagnostic Reports
• Configuring Folder Targets and Folder Replication
• Viewing Diagnostic Reports for Replicated Folders

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the distributed file system.
• Manage DFS namespaces.
• Configure DFS replication.

Module 12: Configuring Network Access Protection

This module explains how to configure, monitor and troubleshoot NAP.

• Overview of Network Access Protection
• How NAP Works
• Configuring NAP
• Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP

Lab : Configuring NAP for DHCP and VPN
• Configuring NAP for DHCP Clients
• Configuring NAP for VPN Clients

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the benefits and uses of NAP.
• Describe how NAP works in various access scenarios.
• Configure NAP.
• Monitor and troubleshoot NAP.

Module 13: Configuring Availability of Network Resources

This module explains how to configure shadow copies and provide server and service availability.

• Configuring Shadow Copies
• Providing Server and Service Availability

Lab : Configuring Shadow Copying
• Configuring Shadow Copying

Lab : Configuring and Testing Network Load Balancing
• Configuring and Testing Network Load Balancing

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Configure shadow copies.
• Provide server and service availability.

Module 14: Monitoring and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Servers

This module explains how to monitor and maintain Windows Server 2008 servers.

• Planning Monitoring Tasks
• Calculating a Server Baseline
• Measuring Performance Objects
• Selecting Appropriate Monitoring Tools
• Planning Notification Methods
• Overview of Windows Server 2008 Maintenance Tasks
• Automating Windows Server 2008 Maintenance

Lab : Identifying Windows Server 2008 Monitoring Requirements
• Evaluating Performance Metrics
• Monitoring Performance Metrics

Lab : Configuring Windows Server 2008 Monitoring
• Configuring Data Collector Sets
• Monitoring Extension Exercise
• Automating Maintenance Tasks

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Plan monitoring tasks.
• Determine an appropriate server baseline.
• Determine objects and counters to monitor based on server role.
• Analyze key performance counters.
• Select appropriate monitoring tools.
• Identify appropriate notification methods.
• Create a server management task schedule for Windows Server 2008.
• List automated maintenance tools for Windows Server 2008.

Module 15: Managing Windows Server 2008 Backup and Restore

This module explains how to back up and restore Windows Server 2008 servers.

• Planning Backups with Windows Server 2008
• Planning Backup Policy on Windows Server 2008
• Planning a Server Restore Policy
• Planning an EFS Restore Policy
• Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Startup

Lab : Planning Windows Server 2008 Backup Policy
• Evaluating the Existing Backup Plan
• Updating the Backup Policy
• Reviewing Backup Policy and Plans
• Implementing the Backup Policy

Lab : Planning Windows Server 2008 Restore
• Evaluating Backup Data
• Planning a Restore
• Investigating a Failed Restore
• Restoring System State Data

After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Create a backup and recovery plan by using Windows Server Backup.
• Develop a backup policy for Windows Server Backup.
• Create a server restore plan.
• Create a plan for restoring Encrypting File System (EFS) files.
• Verify the restore procedure.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Before attending this course, students must have: At least one year experience operating Windows Servers in the area of account management, server maintenance, server monitoring, or server security. A+, Server+, hardware portion of Net+, and familiarity with Windows (client side). Working knowledge of networking technologies. Intermediate understanding of network operating systems. Working experience with Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. Basic knowledge of Active Directory. An understanding of security concepts and methodologies (for example, corporate policies). Basic knowledge of TCP/IP. Basic knowledge of scripting tools such as Powershell and WMI.

Certificates offered

MS Certification

Cancellation Policy
Students are required to give notice if they are unable to attend their class:

2 weeks (10 full business days) or longer prior to training date = full refund
1 to 2 weeks (5 - 9 full business days) prior to training date = 50% of course fee refund
Less than 1 week (4 full business days or fewer) prior to training date = 0% refund

NOTE: You may substitute classes or students at any time.

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Great seminar. Instructor was vey helpful and seemed to satisfy everyone's needs. Looking forward to taking the next level.
Reviewed by 2016
It would have been beneficial for the instructors screen to have the capability of zooming in on parts of the workbook.
Reviewed by 2016
The course was informative but fast flowing. I love the idea of being able to re-attend at no cost.
Reviewed by 2016
When there's a very small (2-3)audience at the training, I believe the instructor should reach out ahead of time to find out if any attendees have specifics they would like to have covered as opposed to an overall general content taught. It was not of great value as it was too general.
Reviewed by 2015
The course was very informative and useful, but the time could have been used better. I could have learned everything taught in an hour and a half, and the rest of the time would have been better used doing exercises to really ingrain the information into my brain.
Reviewed by 2015
Jane is great. She was very enthusiastic, very engaging, and quite knowledgeable.
Reviewed by 2015
Would like to have spent just a little more time on a few extra items, in SharePoint 2013. i.e. the workflows, lookup columns. Jane was great!! I have a had previous learning with Jane and she takes the course and it just comes alive under her guidance. I just do not like going downtown.
Reviewed by 2015
I only wish that this course lasted longer than 2 days. We barely scratched the surface and what we learned only raised more questions. It would be nice if there was a version of the course that lasted 4 days so that we could explore more features and options, more thoroughly.
Reviewed by 2015
Very useful course with appropriate environment.
Reviewed by 2014
Really enjoyed the instructor, she was very knowledgable about SharePoint.
Reviewed by 2014
Great one day training! Very informative!
Reviewed by 2014
I can bearly see the blackboard due to the light.
Reviewed by 2014
With respect to the Training Provider, they offered what seemed to be a very detailed manual; however, the instructor followed his own agenda for teaching. Although I'm certain the same material was covered (plus extras, which are appreciated), by not following the manual, it makes it more difficult for a student to take notes. It would have been easier to add notes to the manual, as needed - than trying to capture subject, background info, and the relevent point I am trying to capture on a loose sheet of paper.
Reviewed by 2014
The course was good,however, the instructor was way too dry. He didn't engage the students very much, except to ask if there were any questions which made it a little boring.
Reviewed by 2013
While the instructor was delightful I did not feel she had a good enough grasp of the program. There were often times when a student may have missed a step and she was unable to intuitively know what they'd missed and so the entire class would have to start from the beginning. Unfortunately this class left me more confused than when I'd walked in, and also left me less confident than I'd been after Level 1.
Reviewed by 2013
As this was a beginner course and I have never used power point, the time given to practice the information provided I felt was not adequate.
Reviewed by 2013
I'm very pleased with all the 'head knowledge' I learned yesterday. Now, I have to put my new skills to good use !
Reviewed by 2013
Julie was GREAT! Very personable and helped everyone when they needed it. I would definitely take another course with her and through this organization.
Reviewed by 2013
Mr. Mike is very knowledgeable about Excel 2010, Level 2, and I learned a lot during the class which I will be able to use on a daily basis at work. The Course contents were exactly as indicated. Looking forward to Level 3 someday !
Reviewed by 2013
It was really hot in the room - I know this is a persistent problem with clients - some like it hot, some like it cold! We didn't get to all the topics - I guess I'd rather have this and really understand the topics we did cover; but I needed chart work which we didn't get to.
Reviewed by 2013
The course was short but our instructor was very good and explained the concepts that was easy to understand. I like the fact that she didn't just give us the course textbook and have us go through it and instead had her own training agenda with the textbook serving as a supplemental item. I didn't have too much experience with SharePoint 2010 and I didn't have any issues keeping up with the course. Would definitely recommend this course for those that are interested in SharePoint Workflow.
Reviewed by 2013
May be more practice should be included. Thanks!
Reviewed by 2013
This course was cancelled 45 minutes before the scheduled start time. To have a survey come out when I didn't even take the course is not very professional.
Reviewed by 2013
The instructor was excellent - I would highly recommend him and hope to get him again as my instructor.
Reviewed by 2013
Would have have liked longer day, hours.
Reviewed by 2013
The instructor, JASON HALL, had a fluent, practical, hands-on and knowledgeable style of involving the partipants directly with the software. This was vastly superior to laboriously going thru the course material linearly page after page. We didn't doze off and he answered questions and immediately dealt with individual issues in working through the residential housing project example. I would take another class from Jason Hall.
Reviewed by 2013
The instructor was not helpful as she just read the book to us and went step by step. I could have just bought the book and did that myself. It needed REAL world relevance
Reviewed by 2013
The overhead screen was difficult to see. The instructor went very fast and did not check to ensure that we were all up to where he was - this caused us to go back several times. More consideration needs to be made to ensure each participant is at the right place, can see the board, and the instructor needs to slow down so he is not continuing to instruct while we are catching up, as several of us missed a few things.
Reviewed by 2013
The instructor wasted lot of time in discussing things that are not required for this training and had less hours to spend on actual matter.
Reviewed by 2012
This was a good course for a Sharepoint introduction. I came out feeling more prepared to tackle our SP project.
Reviewed by 2012
Mike did an awesome job. He was entertaining yet very knowledgeable.
Reviewed by 2012
Very good course well taught, Jason Hall did an excellent job.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was very good, Jason Hall was a excellent instructor and took the extra time to answer all questions and help where extra help was needed. Great Instructor.
Reviewed by 2012
I have to say this was one of the best courses I have attended and the main reason is because of JASON HALL!! I loved his approach to teaching! He was animated and didn't make us read from the book once. LOVED IT. Tara Johnson-Ouellette & Kim Grayson
Reviewed by 2012
I took Communicating Effectively for Optimum Outcomes. Tyler Huggins was a fantastic instructor! He provided a lot of helpful tips, some of which are not included in the course. In addtion, Tyler has given us his contact information to provide us with further help with communicating issues going forward.
Reviewed by 2012
this course could have been cut into half a day with the material we covered. 80% of the day was spent with the instructor talking about his life, and irrelevant things. Although he had a great energy and spirit.... The day was a bit too long. Half day course of basics would have been perfect.
Reviewed by 2012
Instructor was very self-absorbed and spent more time talking about himself than Microsoft Word. We paid a lot of money to take the course and would have benefited from the instructor talking more about Word rather than hearing about his travels, the food he ate, the airbrushing on his daughter's skate board , his clients, how busy and important he is, his hiking plans for the weekend, how his buddy was at his house drinking his scotch, his best friend's battle with colon cancer, his daughter's travel future plans to base camp 2 of Everest, his dogs personalities, his friend in the police force, his upcoming trip to Thailand, and the worst of all....his divorce proceedings. It was such a shame that he knew so much about Word but had a problem actually staying focused and teaching us about it. He had a couple of minutes to complete the material and broke into another story instead, he ran over the 4pm class time frame and never finished going through the material unless people wanted to stay late!
Reviewed by 2012
With all the valuable insights and topics to cover, I feel that this should be a two day course; we only got through half of the course book in the one day. While the rest of the material could be done by self-directed learning, others in my class agreed that they wouldn't have time to learn the rest on their own time. The course description indicated that I would be learning all the material but we simply didn't get that far. The computers, desks, and chairs were certainly not ergonomic. I would encourage the facility to consider this next time they upgrade their equipment & furniture.
Reviewed by 2012
the course seemed to contain quite a bit of project management rather than strictly program operations and fundamentals. could use more hands on with features and abilities of the program
Reviewed by 2012
The class was very rushed. The last few topics we essentially whipped through them but it still provided learning on what I needed to know
Reviewed by 2012
I would have liked to go through the toolbar/ribbon a bit more and learn what each button does.
Reviewed by 2012
The material was presented well. I felt that the pace of the class could have gone faster (but I do have a software developer background so that could be partly the reason). I was hoping to have some time during class, say the last hour or so to work my way through the exercises provided in the binder. I did appreciate the last part on Sharepoint Developer and did like the hands-on approach. Otherwise it was a good course and I felt that it was valuable to me.
Reviewed by 2012
Re: Break Times - could be shorter, especially considering the day/course ended an hour and a half early. For the price and amount of time scheduled for the day, a lot more could be learned/taught/included
Reviewed by 2012
It was hard to see the instructors screen. It was a projector that was turned toward a white board.
Reviewed by 2012
Jason Hall is fantastic and I look forward to taking another course with him. My last experience at New Era was not great; the instructor did not meet our expectations and the computers were not working when we arrived. But Jason made the day fly by and I felt like I learned not only the set curriculum but gained lots of additional presentation skills.
Reviewed by 2012
The instructor in this class was EXCELLENT. I would highly recommend her as she really knew what she was doing and her etaching style was great. AWESOME instuctor.
Reviewed by 2012
The trainer was very knowledgeable and kept the course moving at a great pace. I wish I could take her home with me, so she could help me teach photoshop at the school I work at.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was very helpful and the instructor was very knowledgable and made the effort to make sure all class members were understanding the excersizes and were on the same page. My only complaint is that the computers seemed a little worn out. Throughout the day most students in the class ran into some sort of issue with the computer not working the way it should. And during our practice time closer to the end of the day all the computers started crashing.
Reviewed by 2012
The Instructor was fabulous and is the reason that I truly enjoyed the course.
Reviewed by 2011
Alex was extrememly helpful and knowlegeable.
Reviewed by 2011
The course was excellent, but I felt a little out of my league. The participants in the course were designers and IT people who had used other versions of SharePoint. While I benefited from their questions and comments during the class, I feel "lost" now that I'm back on my own at the office. Perhaps I was in the wrong coarse, but it did say power "user".
Reviewed by 2011
Alex is great!
Reviewed by 2011
Jane is a wonderful teacher! i will gladly take any class she teaches!
Reviewed by 2011
Jane is an excellent teacher! She is very knowledgable and is enthusiastic about the course!
Reviewed by 2011
Very good - presented course material in an engaging way.
Reviewed by 2011
The instructor didn't provide a lot of structure to the class, he just skimmed through the material and didn't go into it very deep. As a result, the class finished up 1.5 h early as well. He tried to add material from PMI (which was missing from the course materials) but this sometimes just made things more confusing. The PMI material should really be in the course material to start with. Otherwise, the instructor was helpful, knowledgeable and had a good demeanor.
Reviewed by 2011
It was informative
Reviewed by 2011
Very good course with a very knowledgeable instructor. Class was at full occupancy and I felt that the class size was too large.
Reviewed by 2011
There were only 4 students so it went fast and we finished early. Personally I would have liked to spend more time practicing. Perhaps some reference to the book and if there were any practice exercises in there that we could use to gain more experience with Visio.
Reviewed by 2011
The course started 40 minutes late because they did not have the correct computers set up for the program. It's like they were not even expecting us. I found it very disorganized. For the price I paid for this course, I expected a more professional presentation.
Reviewed by 2011
Instructor was very soft spoken did not have all the answres but did get answers later in the class.
Reviewed by 2011

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