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

Course Outline
This five-day 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 2008 and R2 environment. This course covers the core skills required by anyone working with Windows Server 2008 Servers.

Candidates for this course are information technology (IT) professionals who work in medium to large organizations. The primary candidate is a Windows Server administrator who operates Windows Servers on a daily basis and who requires the skills for configuring, managing, and maintaining servers installed with Windows Server 2008, including the Release 2 (R2) edition. Candidates are typically responsible for day-to-day management of the server operating system and various server roles such as DHCP, DNS, file and print services, directory services, and software distribution. This course may also be considered in combination with other exam preparation materials for candidates wishing to prepare for MCTS and MCITP certification in Windows Server 2008.Other candidates for this course include IT Pros with skills within other IT areas or operating systems who wish to gain an insight into Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

After completing this course, students will be able to:
•Describe the Windows Server 2008 environment including the roles, features, and the tools used to perform effective server management.
•Manage the DNS and DHCP server infrastructure roles.
•Configure secure and efficient access to file services.
•Configure and manage Distributed File Systems.
•Manage file resources by using File Server Resource Manager.
•Configure and secure Remote Access.
•Manage Active Directory Domain Services.
•Configure Active Directory object administration and Domain Trust.
•Create and manage Group Policy objects.
•Configure user and computer settings by using Group Policy.
•Implement security settings by using Group Policy.
•Provide efficient network access for remote offices.
•Monitor and maintain Windows Server 2008.
•Manage Windows Server 2008 backup, restore, and recovery.

Course Outline

Module 1:Overview of the Windows Server 2008 Management

In thismodule, students learn the Windows Server 2008 environment including the roles,features, and the tools used to perform effective server management.


·        Lesson 1: Understanding the Windows Server 2008 Environment

·        Lesson 2: Overview of Windows Server 2008 Server Roles andFeatures

·        Lesson 3: Windows Server 2008 Administration Tools

·        Lesson 4: Managing Windows Server 2008 Server Core

Lab :Managing Server Roles in a Windows Server 2008 Environment

·        Exercise 1: Determining Server Roles and Installation Types

·        Exercise 2: Installing Windows Server 2008 Server Roles andFeatures

·        Exercise 3: Managing Windows Server 2008 Server Core

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Describe the considerations for implementing and managing aWindows Server 2008 environment.

·        Explain Windows Server 2008 server roles and features.

·        Describe Windows Server 2008 administration tools.

·        Manage Windows Server 2008 Server Core.

Module 2:Managing Windows Server 2008 Infrastructure Roles

In thismodule, students learn about IPv6 addressing and how to install and configurethe DNS and DHCP server infrastructure roles.


·        Lesson 1: Understanding IPv6 Addressing

·        Lesson 2: Overview of the Domain Name System Server Role

·        Lesson 3: Configuring DNS Zones

·        Lesson 4: Overview of the DHCP Server Role

·        Lesson 5: Configuring DHCP Scopes and Options

Lab : LabA: Installing and Configuring the DNS Server Role

·        Exercise 1: Installing and Configuring the DNS Server Role

·        Exercise 2: Configuring Primary Zones and Resource Records

·        Exercise 3: Monitoring and Troubleshooting DNS

Lab : LabB: Installing and Configuring the DHCP Server Role

·        Exercise 1: Installing and authorizing the DHCP Server Role

·        Exercise 2: Configuring DHCP Scopes and Options

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Describe IPv6 addressing.

·        Describe the features and concepts related to the DNS server role.

·        Configure DNS zones.

·        Describe the features and concepts related to the DHCP serverrole.

·        Configure DHCP Scopes and options.

Module 3:Module 3: Configuring Access to File Services

In thismodule, students learn how to configure secure and efficient access to fileservices.


·        Lesson 1: Overview of Access Control

·        Lesson 2: Managing NTFS File and Folder Permissions

·        Lesson 3: Managing Permissions for Shared Resources

·        Lesson 4: Determining Effective Permissions

Lab :Managing Access to File Services

·        Exercise 1: Planning a Shared Folder Implementation (Discussion)

·        Exercise 2: Implementing a Shared Folder Implementation

·        Exercise 3: Evaluating the Shared Folder Implementation

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Describe the concept of access control for file services.

·        Manage NTFS file system and folder permissions.

·        Manage permissions for shared resources.

·        Determine effective permissions.

Module 4:Configuring and Managing Distributed File System

In thismodule, students will learn how to configure and manage a Distributed FileSystem infrastructure


·        Lesson 1: Distributed File System Overview

·        Lesson 2: Configuring DFS Namespaces

·        Lesson 3: Configuring DFS Replication

Lab :Installing and Configuring Distributed File System

·        Exercise 1: Installing the Distributed File System Role Service

·        Exercise 2: Creating a DFS Namespace

·        Exercise 3: Configuring Folder Targets and Folder Replication

·        Exercise 4: Viewing Diagnostic Reports for Replicated Folders

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Describe the Distributed File System.

·        Configure DFS Namespaces.

·        Configure DFS Replication.

Module 5:Managing File Resources by Using File Server Resource Manager

In thismodule, students will learn how to use File Server Resource Manager to assistin data storage capacity management.


·        Lesson 1: Overview of File Server Resource Manager

·        Lesson 2: Configuring Quota Management

·        Lesson 3: Implementing File Screening

·        Lesson 4: Managing Storage Reports

·        Lesson 5: Implementing Classification Management and FileManagement Tasks

Lab : LabA: Installing FSRM and Implementing Quota Management

·        Exercise 1: Installing the FSRM Role Service

·        Exercise 2: Configuring Storage Quotas

Lab : LabB: Configuring File Screening and Storage Reports

·        Exercise 1: Configuring File Screening

·        Exercise 2: Generating Storage Reports

Lab : LabC: Configuring Classification and File Management Tasks

·        Exercise 1: Configuring Classification Management

·        Exercise 2: Implementing File Management Tasks

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Describe File Server Resource Manager.

·        Configure quota management.

·        Implement file screening.

·        Implement classification management and file management tasks.

·        Manage storage reports.

Module 6:Configuring and Securing Remote Access

In thismodule, students will learn how to secure remote access using features such asa Virtual Private Networks, Network Access Protection (NAP), and DirectAccess.


·        Lesson 1: Configuring a Virtual Private Network Connection

·        Lesson 2: Overview of Network Policies

·        Lesson 3: Integrating Network Access Protection with VPNs

·        Lesson 4: Configuring VPN Enforcement by Using NAP

·        Lesson 5: Overview of DirectAccess

·        Lesson 6: Deploying DirectAccess

Lab : LabA: Implementing a Virtual Private Network

·        Exercise 1: Configuring Routing and Remote Access as a VPN Remote

·        Exercise 2: Configuring a Custom Network Policy

Lab : LabB: Implementing NAP into a VPN Remote Access Solution

·        Exercise 1: Configuring NAP Components

·        Exercise 2: Configuring  Client Settings to support NAP

Lab : LabC: Implementing DirectAccess

·        Exercise 1: Reviewing the Existing Infrastructure Configuration

·        Exercise 2: Configuring Infrastructure Services forDirectAccess

·        Exercise 3: Configuring the DirectAccess Server and VerifyingConnectivity

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Configure a VPN connection.

·        Explain network policies.

·        Integrate NAP with VPNs.

·        Configure and monitor NAP.

·        Describe DirectAccess.

Module 7:Managing Active Directory Domain Services

In thismodule, students will learn about the Active Directory infrastructure and howto manage AD DS objects.


·        Lesson 1: Overview of the Active Directory Infrastructure

·        Lesson 2: Working with Active Directory Administration Tools

·        Lesson 3: Managing User Accounts

·        Lesson 4: Managing Computer Accounts

·        Lesson 5: Managing Groups

·        Lesson 6: Using Queries to Locate Objects in AD DS

Lab : LabA: Creating and Managing User and Computer Accounts

·        Exercise 1: Creating and Configuring User Accounts

·        Exercise 2: Creating and Configuring Computer Accounts

Lab : LabB: Managing Groups and Locating Objects in AD DS

·        Exercise 1: Implementing Role-Based Management Using Groups

·        Exercise 2: Finding Objects in Active Directory

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Explain the Active Directory infrastructure.

·        Work with Active Directory Administration Tools.

·        Manage user accounts.

·        Manage computer accounts.

·        Manage groups.

·        Use queries to locate objects in AD DS.

Module 8:Configuring Active Directory Object Administration and Domain Trust

In thismodule, students will learn how to configure and manage AD DS objectpermissions; and configure trust between AD DS domains.


·        Lesson 1: Configuring Active Directory Object Administration

·        Lesson 2: Configuring Active Directory Trusts

Lab : LabA: Configuring Active Directory Delegation

·        Exercise 1: Delegating Control of AD DS Objects

·        Exercise 2: Creating Managed Service Accounts in AD DS

Lab : LabB: Administer Trust Relationships

·        Exercise 1: Administering a Trust Relationship

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Configure Active Directory object administration.

·        Configure Active Directory trusts.

Module 9:Creating and Managing Group Policy Objects

In thismodule, students will learn how to create and manage Group Policy Objects(GPOs).


·        Lesson 1: Overview of Group Policy

·        Lesson 2: Configuring the Scope of Group Policy Objects

·        Lesson 3: Managing Group Policy Objects

·        Lesson 4: Evaluating and Troubleshooting Group Policy Processing

Lab : LabA: Creating and Configuring GPOs

·        Exercise 1: Creating and Configuring Group Policy Objects

·        Exercise 2: Managing the Scope of GPO Application

Lab : LabB: Creating and Configuring GPOs

·        Exercise 1: Verifying GPO Application

·        Exercise 2: Managing GPOs

·        Exercise 3: Delegating Administrative Control of GPOs

Lab : LabC: Troubleshooting Group Policy

·        Exercise 1: Troubleshooting incorrect policy settings ? Scenario 1

·        Exercise 2: Troubleshooting incorrect policy settings ? Scenario 2

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Explain Group Policy.

·        Configure the scope of GPOs.

·        Manage GPOs.

·        Evaluate and troubleshoot Group Policy processing.

Module 10:Using Group Policy to Configure User and Computer Settings

In thismodule, students will understand the specific settings that can be managedusing Group Policy.


·        Lesson 1: Using Group Policy to Configure Folder Redirection andScripts

·        Lesson 2: Using Administrative Templates to Manage Users andComputers

·        Lesson 3: Deploying Software by Using Group Policy

·        Lesson 4: Deploying Group Policy Preferences

Lab : LabA: Configuring Logon Scripts and Folder Redirection with Group Policy

·        Exercise 1 Using a Group Policy Logon Script to Map a NetworkDrive

·        Exercise 2: Using Group Policy to Redirect Folders

Lab : LabB: Configuring Administrative Templates

·        Exercise 1: Configuring Administrative Templates

Lab : LabC: Deploying Software Using (Group Policy

·        Exercise 1: Deploying a Software Package Using Group Policy

Lab : LabD: Deploying Group Policy Preferences

·        Exercise 1: Configure Group Policy Preferences

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Use Group Policy to configure folder redirection and scripts.

·        Use Administrative Templates to manage users and computers.

·        Deploy software using Group Policy.

·        Deploy Group Policy preferences.

Module 11:Implementing Security Settings Using Group Policy

In thismodule, students will learn how to secure network clients using Group Policy.


·        Lesson 1: Overview of Security Settings

·        Lesson 2: Implementing Fine-Grained Password Policies

·        Lesson 3: Restricting Group Membership and Access to Software

Lab : LabA: Implementing Security Using Group Policy

·        Exercise 1: Configuring Account and Security Policy

·        Exercise 2: Implementing Fine-Grained Password Policies

Lab : LabB: Configuring Restricted Groups and Application Control Policies

·        Exercise 1: Configuring Restricted Groups

·        Exercise 2: Configuring Application Control Policies

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Understand security settings.

·        Implement Fine-Grained Password Policies.

·        Restrict group membership and access to software.

Module 12:Providing Efficient Network Access for Remote Offices

In thismodule, students will learn solutions that can be implemented to provideefficient remote office network access.


·        Lesson 1: Overview of Remote Office Requirements

·        Lesson 2: Implementing Read-Only Domain Controllers

·        Lesson 3: Implementing BranchCache

Lab : LabA: Deploying a Read-Only Domain Controller

·        Exercise 1: Installing an RODC

·        Exercise 2: Configuring Password Replication Policy and CredentialCaching

Lab : LabB: Deploying BranchCache

·        Exercise 1: Configuring BranchCache in Distributed Cache Mode

·        Exercise 2: Configuring BranchCache in Hosted Cache Mode

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Explain remote office requirements.

·        Implement Read-Only Domain Controllers.

·        Implement BranchCache.

Module 13:Monitoring and Maintaining Windows Server 2008

In thismodule, students will learn how to plan for and implement performance baselinesand perform server monitoring using monitoring tools.


·        Lesson 1: Planning Maintenance Tasks

·        Lesson 2: Calculating a Server Baseline

·        Lesson 3: Interpreting Performance Counters

·        Lesson 4: Selecting Appropriate Monitoring Tools

Lab :Creating a Baseline of Performance Metrics

·        Exercise 1: Determining Performance Metrics

·        Exercise 2: Configuring a Performance Baseline

·        Exercise 3: Viewing Performance using Monitoring Tools

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Plan monitoring tasks.

·        Calculate server baselines.

·        Interpret performance counters.

·        Select appropriate monitoring tools.

Module 14:Managing Windows Server 2008 Backup, Restore, and Recovery

In this module, students will learn how to plan for and identifybackup and restore strategies and to identify steps needed to recover fromserver startup issues.


·        Lesson 1: Planning and Implementing File Backups on Windows Server2008

·        Lesson 2: Planning and Implementing File Recovery

·        Lesson 3: Recovering Active Directory

·        Lesson 4: Troubleshooting Windows Server Startup

Lab : LabA: Implementing Windows Server Backup and Recovery

·        Exercise 1: Evaluating the Existing Backup Plan

·        Exercise 2: Implementing a Recovery Plan

Lab : LabB: Recovering Active Directory Objects

·        Exercise 1: Enabling Active Directory Recycle Bin

·        Exercise 2: Restoring a Deleted Active Directory Object

After completing this module, students will be able to:

·        Plan and implement backup on Windows Server 2008.

·        Plan and implement server restore.

·        Describe Active Directory recovery methods.

·        Troubleshoot Windows Server startup.

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

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..
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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