Install and Configure Windows Server 2019, 2016 and 2012

Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012

This hands-on course is aimed at systems administrators using both Server 2019, Server 2016 and Server 2012, because Windows have a very similar interface and set of functionalities. Many networks will run a combination of these, so this course uses them side by side to give attendees the best of both worlds. 

However, Server 2019 also introduces some new features such as containers and storage replication which are also covered. It will give you the practical knowledge you need, in easy to understand chunks; so you can go back to your working environment ready to put what you have learnt straight into practice. You will have your own Hyper-V host to perform different Windows Server tasks on, as well as an extensive course manual, which you can take away as your future reference guide.

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Purpose of this course

To provide all the necessary knowledge to setup a new Windows Server environment or configure an existing Server environment.

Who is this course for

This course is intended for IT Professionals with some hands-on experience working with Windows and who want to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfil the Systems Administrator role within their organisation.

The course is also suitable for anyone who is preparing for a Windows Server qualification.

You will learn how to
  • Install, migrate to, and administer Windows Server with Hyper-V virtualisation.
  • Use graphical tools and PowerShell to manage Servers.
  • Manage DHCP, and DNS roles.
  • Manage AD users & groups and Group Policies.
  • Configure local and remote storage with file security.
  • Configure print resources.
  • Setup server performance monitoring.
  • Data backup and disaster recovery and Clustered Roles.
  • Manage Updates.
  • Manage Virtualisation Technologies.
Benefits for your organisation

Windows Server offers great value for money with many features included, such as virtualisation, and great benefits for standard licenses.

Get the best from the product as quickly as possible with hands on training.

Benefits for you as an individual

You gain the knowledge, practical understanding and confidence to use Windows Server. You will receive hands on server administration skills and experience that employers are looking for.

This course gives you the flexibility to study towards qualifications from the official Microsoft Learning exams such as MS20740 (additional study required).

Installing and Upgrading Windows Server
  • Overview of Windows Server
  • Introduction to Hyper-V
  • Using Virtual Machines
  • Installing Windows Server
  • Licences and Feature Comparison
  • Performing a Manual Installation
  • Post Installation Configuration
  • Control Panel and PC Settings
  • Managing and Configuring Servers
  • Installing Roles and Features
  • Windows Admin Center
  • Network Settings
  • Configuring Windows Server
  • Licensing Windows
Using PowerShell and ISE Scripting
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell
  • Using Windows PowerShell for Administration
Install and Configure Hyper-V Virtual Machines and Switches
  • Creating a Hyper-V Host
  • Configuring Virtual Switches
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Configuring Virtual Machines
  • Creating and Installing Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Storage
  • Adding Virtual Disks
Managing User, Group and Computer Accounts in ADDS
  • Overview of Active Directory (AD)
  • Organisational Units
  • User and Computer Accounts
  • Domain Services
  • Managing Groups
  • Rights
  • Groups and UAC
  • PowerShell Commands for Active Directory Administration
  • The Active Directory Administrative Center
  • Using the Active Directory Administrative Center and Un-deleting Users
Managing Domain Controllers and Replication
  • Migrating or Upgrading Active Directory
  • Installing Domain Controllers
  • Active Directory Replication
  • Active Directory Connections
  • Upgrading Active Directory to 2016
Managing an IP Network with DNS
  • DNS and Name Resolution Methods
  • Internal DNS and Active Directory
  • Installing DNS
  • Domain Name System Records
  • Dynamic Updates
  • DNS Zone Types
  • DNS and Active Directory
  • Installing and Configuring DNS
  • Multiple DNS Servers
Managing an IP Network with DHCP
  • What is Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol?
  • Implementing DHCP
  • Managing a DHCP Server
  • Implementing DHCP Servers and Clients
  • Securing and Monitoring DHCP
Introducing Server Core and Nano Server
  • Introduction to Server Core
  • Server Core
  • What is Nano Server?
  • Installing Nano Server
Managing Storage
  • Managing Data Storage
  • Overview of Storage
  • Managing Disks and Volumes
  • Disk Administration
  • Configuring iSCSI Storage
  • Setting Up iSCSI
  • Storage Pools
  • File Systems
  • Storage Optimisation and Deduplication
  • Deduplication
Securing Files and Folders
  • File Permissions and NTFS Security
  • Securing Folders
  • File Server Resource Management
  • Introducing Classification Management and File Management Tasks
  • Sharing Resources
  • DFS Overview
  • Configuring DFS Namespaces and Replication
  • DFS
Introducing Group Policy
  • Group Policy Overview
  • Local Policies
  • Group Policy Processing
  • Managing Group Policy
  • Troubleshooting Group Policy Application
Back Up Restore and Boot Options
  • Protecting Data using Shadow Copies
  • Shadow Copy
  • Implementing Windows Server Backup
  • Using Server Backup
  • Restoring Data
  • The Windows Boot Process
  • Windows Recovery Environment
  • Advanced Startup
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Restoring a Server from Backup
Monitoring Server Performance
  • Monitoring Performance
  • Resource Monitor
  • Performance Monitor
  • Logging Performance
  • Reporting
  • Monitoring Event Logs
  • Monitoring Using Server Manager
  • Scheduled Tasks
  • Event Viewer and Scheduled Tasks
  • Windows Server Update Services
  • Installing WSUS
  • Managing WSUS
  • Deploying Updates with WSUS
Clustering Server Roles
  • Clustering Overview
  • Clustered Roles and Applications
  • Using Hyper-V to Provide Highly Available Services
  • Preparing to Implement Failover Clustering
  • Cluster Hardware Network and Storage Requirements
  • Cluster Quorum
  • Creating a New Cluster on Server 2016
  • Maintaining and Monitoring Clusters
  • Creating a Cluster
Introducing Containers
  • Deployment Overview
  • Using PowerShell Commands to Manage Images
  • Docker
Storage Replica and Migration
  • Storage Replica
  • Introducing the Storage Migration Service
Deployment Tools MDT and WDS
  • Deployment Overview
  • Image Preparation
  • The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
  • Using the MDT Deployment Workbench
  • Using MDT to Capture an Image
  • Prepare the Deployment Share and Capture an Image
  • Customising the MDT Deployment Share
  • Deploying Images with MDT
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Installing WDS
  • Adding Images to the Server
  • Drivers in WDS
  • Configuring WDS Image Deployments
  • Deploying WDS Images
  • Deploying Images
  • Multicast Transmissions

Delegates should have attended either:

  • A supporting Windows Desktop course or CompTIA A+ (or have equivalent knowledge).
  • Additionally, knowledge of previous Windows Server Operating Systems is advantageous, but not required.