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This course is intended for individuals who already have experience with Network Infrastructure and Active Directory technologies in Windows Server 2000 or Windows Server 2003, and who wish to upgrade their skills to Windows Server 2008.

Course Outline
This 5-day course teaches the features and technologies of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to IT professionals who have specialist skills in working with Windows Server 2003 technologies. For students with the appropriate skillset, the course facilitates accelerated learning of Windows Server 2008 and covers features and technologies up to and including Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1.

The audience for this course is IT Professionals who wish to upgrade their existing Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) skills on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and who also plan to take the following upgrade exams· 70-648, TS: Upgrading your MCSA on Windows Server 2003 to MCTS on Windows Server 2008Or· 70-649, TS: Upgrading your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to MCTS on Windows Server 2008While the course is specifically targeted at the students who are certified as outlined earlier and are planning to take the upgrade exams listed above, the course may also be of benefit to IT professionals who do not hold an MCSA or MCSE on Windows Server 2003, but do have extensive experience with Windows Server 2003 and wish to update those skills to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

After completing this course, students will be able to:
· Install and configure Windows Server 2008.
· Manage servers with Windows Server 2008.
· Configure networking and network services.
· Install and configure Network Policy Services and remote access services.
· Configure and manage Active Directory Domain Services.
· Manage Group Policies in Active Directory Domain Services.
· Configure Active Directory Certificate Services.
· Configure Active Directory identity and access solutions.
· Install and configure Remote Desktop Services.
· Manage Remote Desktop Services.
· Install and configure web servers and applications with Internet Information Services
· Configure storage technologies in Windows Server 2008
· Configure high availability in Windows Server 2008.
· Configure virtualization in Windows Server 2008.

Course Outline

Module 1: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2008

This module explains how to plan and prepare theenvironment and servers for installation, upgrade, and migration to Windows Server2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems from Windows Server 2003.


·        Overview of Windows Server

·        Installing Windows Server 2008

·         ManagingServer Roles and Features

·        Configuring and Managing Windows Server 2008 Server Core

·         Choosinga Deployment Strategy

·        Deploying Windows Server 2008

 Lab : Installing Windows Server and ConfiguringPost-Installation Settings

·        Install Windows Server 2008 R2

·        Configuring Server Core

·         EnablingRemote Management

·        Adding the Domain Name System and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol ServerRoles

Lab : Deploying Windows Server 2008

·        Installing and Configuring Windows Deployment Services

·         CreatingOperating System Images with Windows Deployment Services

·         Using anUnattended File with Windows Deployment Services

·        Completing Windows Deployment Services Configuration

After completing this module, students will be able to:

   •  Describe the steps necessary to prepare to install Windows Server 2008.

•  Install Windows Server 2008.

•  Add and remove server roles and features.

•  Configure and manage Server Core.

•  Select a deployment technology.

•  Deploy Windows Server 2008.

Module 2: Server Management in Windows Server 2008

This module explains new technologies and options availableto manage the operating system environment. The module discusses and allowsstudents practice storage configuration, boot configuration, scheduled tasksand services, event logs, and performance monitoring.


·        Managing Windows Server with Server Manager

·         ManagingServer Updates by using WSUS

·         ManagingBackup and Restore by Using Windows Server Backup

·         ManagingEvent Logs and Auditing

·        Performance and Resource Management   

Lab : Managing Windows Server 2008

·        Configuring a Replica WSUS Server

·         ManagingWindows Server Backup

·        Configuring Event Logging

After completing this module, students will be able to: ‘

•  Describe and use Server Manager.

• Manage server updates by using Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2.

• Manage backup and restore by using Windows Server Backup.

• Describe and perform event logging and auditing.

•  Perform reliability and performance monitoring.

Module 3: Configuring Networking and Network Services

This module describes how to configure and troubleshoot thenew networking technologies and settings on Windows Server 2008.


·        Configuring IPv6 Addressing

·        Migrating from IPv4 to IPv6 

·         DHCP andDNS Enhancements in Windows Server 2008

·        Configuring and Managing Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

·        Configuring Routing and Networking with Windows Server 2008

Lab : Configuring Networking and Network Services

·        Configuring an ISATAP Router

·        Configuring DHCP and DNS

·        Configuring Windows Firewall

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Configure IPv6 addressing.

• Describe and implementIPv6 migration technologies.

• Describe the enhancements to DHCP and DNS in Windows Server 2008

• Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

• Configure routing with Windows Server 2008.

Module 4: Configuring Network Policy Server and RemoteAccess services

This module explains how to configure Network Policy Serverand Remote Access Services in Windows Server 2008. It outlines how tosecure your remote access clients by using network policies and, whereappropriate, Network Access Protection (NAP) as well as covering technologiessuch as VPN and also explaining DirectAccess,a feature available with Windows Server 2008 R2


·        Overview of Network Policy Server

·        Configuring a Network Policy Server

·        Configuring Remote Access

·         ManagingDirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2

·        Implementing Network Access Protection

·        Configuring VPN Enforcement by Using NAP

Lab : Configuring Network Policy Server and Remote AccessServices

·        Configuring Routing and Remote Access as a VPN Remote Access Solution

·        Configuring a Custom Network Policy

·        Create and Distribute a CMAK Profile

Lab : Configuring NAP with VPN Enforcement

·        Configuring NAP Components

·        Configuring Client Settings to Support NAP

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Understand the purpose of the Network Policy and Access Services server role.

·         ConfigureNPS.

·         Configureremote access.

·         Describeand deploy DirectAccess.

·        Describe NAP. Configure VPN enforcement by using NAP.

Module 5: Configuring and Managing Active Directory DomainServices

This module explains the new and improved features ofWindows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Services, such asRODC, fine-grained password policies and advanced auditing and others.


·        Active Directory Enhancements in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

·        Installing and Configuring Domain Controllers

·        Configuring Read-Only Domain Controllers

·        Configuring Fine-Grained Password Policies

·         ManagingActive Directory Objects with Windows PowerShell

·        Active Directory Database Management

Lab : Configuring Active Directory Domain Services

·        Installing and Configuring an RODC

·        Implementing Fine-Grained Password Policies

Lab : Managing AD DS Objects and Database

·        Using PowerShell Commands to Administer Active Directory

·         Workingwith Active Directory Snapshots

·        Restoring Deleted Objects with Active Directory Recycle Bin

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Describe Active Directory Enhancements in WindowsServer 2008 and 2008 R2.

• Install and configure domain controllers.

• Configure read-only domain controllers.

• Configure fine-grained password policies.

• Manage Active Directory objects with Windows PowerShell.

•  Perform Active Directory database management.

Module 6: Managing Group Policy in Active Directory DomainServices

This module explains what is new in the management of anActive Directory Domain Services infrastructure, what improvements were made toGroup Policy, what are Group Policy Preferences, and how the ability to restartthe Active Directory database service (NTDS) supports and simplifies advancedadministrative tasks.


·        Group Policy Enhancements in Windows server 2008

·        Managing Security with Group Policy

·        Managing Clients With Group Policy Preferences

Lab : Managing Group Policies

·        Creating a Central Store

·        Configuring Administrative Templates

Lab : Managing Client Security with Group Policy

·        Configuring Application Control Policies

Lab : Managing Clients with Group Policy Preferences

·         Deploying Group Policy Preferences

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Describe the new features in Group Policy.

• Implement security settings with Group Policy.

• Configure Group Policy preferences.

Module 7: Configuring Active Directory Certificate Services

This module explains how to manage enterprise PKI smoothlyin Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 while ensuring amanageable, secure infrastructure, maintaining application and legacy systemcompatibility.


·        Active Directory Certificate Services Overview

·        Deploying Active Directory Certificate Services

·         ManagingCertificate Templates

·         ManagingCertificate Enrollment

·         ManagingCertificate Revocation

·        Managing Certificate Recovery

Lab : Configuring and Managing Active Directory CertificateServices

·        Installing the AD CS Server Role and Configuring CAs

·         ManagingCertificate Revocation

·         ManagingCertificate Recovery

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Describe Active Directory Certificate Services andenhancements in Windows Server 2008.

• Deploy AD CS infrastructure.

• Manage certificate templates.

• Manage certificate enrollment.

• Manage certificate revocation.

•  Manage certificate recovery.

Module 8: Configuring Active Directory Identity and AccessSolutions

This module explains the Active Directory(AD) roles ofAD LDS, AD FS and AD RMS, how they fit into the overall Windows Server 2008management concept, and how to configure a Windows Server 2008 and WindowsServer 2008 R2 infrastructure to incorporate these roles.


·        Installing and Configuring AD LDS

·        Installing and Configuring AD FS

·         Overviewof AD RMS

·        Installing and Configuring AD RMS

Lab : Configuring AD LDS

·        Configuring AD LDS Instances and Partitions

·        Configuring AD LDS Replication

Lab : Configuring AD RMS

·        Installing the AD RMS Server Role

·        Configuring AD RMS Templates

·        Configuring AD RMS Trust Policies

·         TestingAD RMS Functionality

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Install and configure Active Directory LightweightDirectory Services.

• Describe Active Directory Federation Services.

• Describe Active Directory Rights Management Services.

•  Install and configure Active Directory RightsManagement Services.

Module 9: Installing and Configuring Remote DesktopServices

 This module provides an overview of RDS and relatedrole services, and the procedures for connecting to an RD Session host. Themodule describes RemoteApp programs and the methods for accessing them. Themodule also explains how to use RD Gateway to access RDS infrastructuresecurely from an external network.


·         Overviewof Remote Desktop Services

·        Implementing RemoteApp Infrastructure

·        Implementing Remote Desktop Gateway

Lab : Implementing Remote Desktop Services

·        Preparing the RDS Environment

·        Publishing RemoteApp programs

·        Accessing Published RemoteApp Programs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Describe Remote Desktop Services.

• Implement Remote Applications.

• Implement Remote Desktop Gateway.

Module 10: Managing Remote Desktop Services

It is very important to manage client connections forRemote Desktop to provide a stable and secure environment. In this module, youwill learn about Remote Desktop Session Host and Connection Broker, RemoteDesktop Licensing, and Remote Desktop client connections management.


·        Managing RD Session Host and Connection Broker

·        Configuring and Managing Remote Desktop Licensing

·        Managing Remote Desktop Client Connections

Lab : Managing Remote Desktop Services

·        Installing the RDS Role Services and Reviewing the RDL Manager Tool

·         UsingWSRM to apply an equal per user resource management policy

·        Installing and Configuring Remote Desktop Services Connection Broker

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Manage Remote Desktop Session Host and ConnectionBroker.

• Manage Remote Desktop Licensing.

• Manage Remote Desktop client connections.

Module 11: Installing and Configuring Web Servers andApplications with Internet Information Services

This module explains the new Web Server (IIS) 7.0 and 7.5roles available on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2,respectively. This module also describes the application servers that helpconfigure a simple website, an FTP server, and an SMTP server within the IISrole.


·        Managing the Web Server Role

·        Configuring web Applications and Sites

·         Configuringa File Transfer Protocol Server and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Server

·        Configuring Secure Websites and Servers

Lab : Installing and Configuring IIS and Creating a Websitein IIS

·        Deploying the Web Server (IIS) Server Role

·        Configuring the Contoso Website to enable logging and back up the siteconfiguration

Lab : Implementing FTP and SMTP Services in IIS

·        Installing FTP and SMTP

·        Configuring and Testing FTP

·        Configuring and Testing SMTP

Lab : Implementing Security on Websites

·        Enabling Integrated Windows Authentication

·        Configuring SSL

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Manage the Web Server role.

• Configure websites, applications, and virtual folders.

• Configure both the File Transfer Protocol and the Simple Mail TransferProtocol.

• Configure IIS to enable a more secure website platform.

Module 12: Configuring Storage Technologies in WindowsServer 2008

This module defines basic storage terminology, types ofavailable configurations, and information about storage area networks (SANs).


·        Configuring Distributed File System

·         ManagingStorage with File System Resource Management

·        Implementing Classification Management and File Management Tasks

·        Configuring Storage in Windows Server 2008

Lab : Configuring Storage Technologies in Windows Server2008

·        Installing the Distributed File System Role Service

·         Creatinga DFS Namespace

·        Configuring Folder Targets

·        Configuring DFS Folder Replication

·        Installing the FSRM Role Service and Configuring Quotas

·        Configuring File Screening and Storage Reports

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Configure DFS.

• Manage storage by using File System Resource Management.

• Describe how Classification Management and File Management enable you toorganize your server-based files.

•  Describe storage area network connectivity.

Module 13: Configuring High Availability in Windows Server2008

This module explains the functionality of Network LoadBalancing and how it has changed from previous versions of Windows Server to WindowsServer 2008 to understand and implement a Windows Server 2008 failover cluster.This module covers the management and configuration aspects of both NetworkLoad Balancing and failover clustering.


·        Configuring Network Load Balancing

·         Overviewof Windows Server 2008 Failover Clusters

·        Preparing for Failover Clustering

·         Creatingand Configuring Failover Clusters

Lab : Configuring High Availability in Windows server 2008

·        Creating and Validating a Cluster

·        Clustering the Print Services Role by Using Failover Cluster Management

·        Configuring Cluster Resources

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Configure Network Load Balancing.

• Describe Windows Server 2008 failover clusters.

• Prepare for failover clustering implementation.

•  Create and configure failover clusters.

Module 14: Configuring Virtualization in Windows Server2008

This module explains the features, requirements, and usage ofthe Hyper-V role of Windows Server 2008, as well as implementation of VirtualDesktop Infrastructure.


·        Hyper-V Overview

·        Installing and Configuring Hyper-V and Virtual Machines

·         Overviewof Virtualization Management

·         HighAvailability in a Hyper-V Environment

·        Implementing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Lab : Configuring Hyper-V and Virtual Machines

·         Configuring Hyper-V Settings

·         Creatingand Configuring Virtual Networks

·         CreatingVirtual Hard Disks

·        Creating and Managing Virtual Machines

After completing this module, students will be able to:

•  Describe Hyper-V virtualization platform .

• Install and configure Hyper-V.

• Describe management technologies for a virtual environment.

• Describe high availability options in a Hyper-V environment.

•  Describe Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Prerequisites & Certificates

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.
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This course should have dual screens
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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..
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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.
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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 !
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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.
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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.
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Very impressed and would highly recommend.
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The trainer was excellent...easy to talk to and very helpful and informed.
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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.
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I could have used some more time to go through the exercises in the sharepoint database.
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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.
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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.
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Would prefer an instructor led (classroom) style of training over a computer based course.
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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.
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Susan was an excellent instructor, and was very helpful with providing extra "tips" not covered within the course material.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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Manual provided was totally different then computer training. Expected more hands on training instead of just watching an instruction video.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Would like to have access to the on-line training materials for this course for a period of time after course completion
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Hi - the server crashed during my session and I would like to reschedule. Can someone contact me to do this?
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