Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services, Administration, Networks and Active Directory

Keeping the momentum going in Windows server admin, installation and configuration

This course follows on from Administering Windows Server 2012 and extends on existing knowledge and skills of Windows 2012 R2 administration in an Active Directory network environment. It covers the advanced administration of Windows 2012 R2 network administration.

Course Code
5 Days
Delivery Style
Course Type
Private Only
Max Delegates
Available as Nutshell

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Purpose of this course

The purpose of this course is to build upon knowledge acquired on the previous 'Administering, installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012, Server, Networks and Active Directory' course. Specifically it takes the knowledge and practice of administering a Windows 2012 Server to an advanced level, and provides advanced knowledge and experience in networks and active directory.



Who is this course for

Anyone who is managing Windows Server systems to an advanced level, or anyone who is preparing for Microsoft qualifications based on Windows Server 2012.









You will learn how to
  • Create Active Directory Domains, Trees and Forests
  • Use Account Administration
  • Active Directory Replication
  • Implement Active Directory Security
  • Use the Schema and Operating Masters
  • Active Directory Maintenance
  • Data Storage
  • Implement a Public key Infrastructure
  • Implement IP Security
  • Use Remote Access and the Network Policy Server Role
  • Implement Network Access Protection
Benefits for your organisation

Windows Server 2012 is the latest in Microsoft Server systems, and offers much new functionality in server virtualisation, networking and security, and active directory services. It is incredibly valuable to have a highly trained administrator to enable you to gain the most from your Windows Server 2012, utilising its advanced level functionality.  

Benefits for you as an individual

You gain an advanced level of knowledge, practical understanding and confidence to use Windows Server 2012. Leading to a Microsoft qualification if you wish, it shows to current and future employers that you are capable and confident at administering Windows Server 2012 to an advanced level.

Creating Active Directory Domains, Trees and Forests

Domain and Forest Levels
The Logical Structure of Active Directory
Active Directory Naming and DNS
Active Directory Database Structure
The Global Catalog
Implementing Active Directory Structural Objects
Migrating or Upgrading Active Directory
Server Core Domain Controllers
Removing Active Directory

Additional Account Administration

Automating AD Tasks with Command Line Tools
The Active Directory Administrative Center
Un-deleting Objects in Active Directory
Managed Service Accounts (MSA)
Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA)
Introducing Dynamic Access Control

Active Directory Replication

Active Directory Replication
Active Directory Connections
DNS Zone Replication
Introduction to Physical Topology
Managing Connections and Replication

Active Directory Security

Active Directory Security
Read Only Domain Controllers
Active Directory Permissions and Delegation
Delegation of Control Wizard
Delegating Group Membership

The Schema and Operations Masters

Active Directory Schema
Working with Object Attributes and ADSIEdit
Managing Operations Masters
The Five Operations Master Roles
Administering Operations Masters
Other Server Roles

Active Directory Maintenance

Introduction to Maintaining Active Directory
Taking Active Directory Snapshots
Backing Active Directory
Restoring Active Directory
Virtualisation Snapshots
Maintaining the Active Directory Database

Data Storage

Configuring ISCSI Storage
File Systems
Storage Optimization and De-duplication
Server Resource Management
Using FSRM to Manage Quotas, File Screens, and Reports
Introducing Classification Management and File Management Tasks
DFS Overview
Configuring DFS Namespaces and Replication

Implementing a Public Key Infrastructure 

PKI Overview
Deploying Certificate Authorities (CAs)
Deploying and Configuring CA Hierarchy
Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Certificate Services
Installing & Configuring a Root CA
Implementing Certificate Distribution and Revocation
CRL Distribution Points and AIA
Deploying and Managing Certificates
Installing SSL Certificate Support for IIS
Enterprise and Subordinate CAs
Certificate Templates
Smart Cards Overview

Implementing IP Security

IP Security Overview
IPSec Policies
Managing IPSec
Exercise: Implementing IPSec Policies

Remote Access and the Network Policy Server Role

Configuring Network Access
Configuring a Remote Access Client
Remote Access Policies
Exercises: Installing and Configuring VPN Servers
Configuring RADIUS Clients and Servers
Integrating Remote Access with RADIUS
Optional Exercise: Using Radius/NPS Servers for VPN Connections
Introducing DirectAccess

Implementing Network Access Protection

Introduction to Network Access Protection
Implementing and Configuring NAP
Configuring the NAP Client











Delegates should have attended the prerequisite course 'Administration of Windows Server 2012 Server, Networks and Active Directory'. Delegates should have good familiarity with Windows Server 2012 in a network environment. Experience of server operating systems is essential.

About the Lead Trainer

Martin is a Systems trainer specialising mostly in Microsoft products, with over 20 years’ experience in training, contracting and managing networks. He currently delivers courses on Windows Server and client operating systems, Virtualisation, Active Directory, IIS web server, Network security, System Center products and automated deployments.