Windows Server 2008 New Features: Administration, Active Directory, Networking & Security

Update your skills to Windows Server 2008

Windows Server and its associated products have changed!  There are a raft of new features to get to grips with within Windows Server 2008 and this course will cover them from an Administration, Networking, Security and Active Directory Point of View.

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4 Days
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Purpose of this course

To give you an understanding of all the changes to basic operating systems administration functions within Windows Server 2008 and how they differ from previous versions of Windows Server.  Along the same lines it shows you how to implement Active Directory on Server 2008, upgrade from Server 2003 and understand the changes in File, Print and Storage Services.

Who is this course for

Administrators that have been managing Windows Server networks on previous versions and wish to update their skills in line with the new functionality in Windows Server 2008 in the areas detailed.

Delegates who are preparing for a Windows Server 2008 qualification.

You will learn how to
  • Extend your administration skills to Windows Server 2008
  • Migrate Active Directory to Server 2008
  • Use new Group Policy functionality
  • Manage networking with IPv6, Ipsec and Certificates
  • Control secure network access with NAP
  • Configure Remote Desktop services
Benefits for your organisation

Windows Server 2008 is the Microsoft Server system of choice, with a lot of new features for your organisation to take advantage of.  As well as bringing administrators up to date, this course offers knowledge that could save large sums money by taking advantage of functionality that was previously bought from 3rd party vendors.

Benefits for you as an individual

You already know Server 2003, but Windows 2008 has a lot more to offer and a good few differences too.  You will receive hands on skills and experience administering the system, that will extend and update your knowledge.  After attending the course and practicing your skills in the workplace you will be a long way towards preparing the for certified Microsoft exam.

Windows Server 2008 Overview
  • Why Windows Server 2008?
  • Hardware and Feature Comparison
  • Initial Configuration Tasks
  • Server Manager
  • Network Changes
  • User Account Control
  • Introducing PowerShell
  • Introduction to Server Core
  • Introduction to Hyper-V
Installing and Upgrading Active Directory on Windows Server 2008
  • Read Only Domain Controllers
  • Migrating or Upgrading Windows 2000 or 2003 Active Directory
New Group Policy Functionality
  • Changes to Group Policy
  • Group Policy Management Console
  • Configuring Password Security
  • Multi-Level Group Policy
Active Directory Maintenance
  • Maintaining the Active Directory Database
  • Un-Deleting Objects in Active Directory
  • Backing up / Restoring Active Directory Database
New Features of Active Directory
  • Securing Active Directory with Read Only Domain Controllers
  • Additional Directory Services
  • Implementing Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
  • Understanding Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
  • Introduction to Active Directory Rights Management Services
  • Exploring AD RMS
  • Auditing Changes to the Active Directory
File System and Storage Feature Changes
  • Disk Administration
  • User Account Control and Data Management
  • Quotas
  • DFS Introduction
  • Stand-Alone DFS vs. Domain-Based DFS
  • Windows Printing
  • Print Management
  • Web Print Management
  • Deploying Printers with Policy
Monitoring Server Performance
  • Performance in Windows Server 2008
  • Resource Overview
  • Performance Monitor
  • Using the System Monitor
  • Reliability Monitor
  • Data Collector Sets and Logging Performance
  • Understanding Performance Counters
  • Reporting
  • Event Viewer
  • Scheduled Tasks
Disaster Recovery
  • Windows Server 2008 Backup Utility
  • Command Line Backup
  • The Windows Boot Process
  • Windows Recovery Environment
Core Networking Changes in Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  • IPv6
  • Windows Server 2008 DHCP with IPv6
  • Changes to  DNS in Windows Server 2008
Implementing a Public Key Infrastructure
  • Overview of Cryptography Technologies
  • What is a Public Key Infrastructure?
  • Certificates
  • Types of Certificate Authority
  • Installing and Configuring AD Certificate Services
  • Installing SSL Certificate Support for IIS
  • CRL Distribution Points and AIA
  • Using Policy to Automate Certificate Enrolment
  • Smart Cards
Network Access
  • Network Access Overview
  • Windows 2008 Remote Access Service
  • Creating VPN Connections
  • Configuring a Remote Access Client
  • Remote Access Policies
  • Integrating Remote Access with RADIUS
  • Network Access Protection
  • Implementing and Configuring NAP
  • Configuring the NAP Client
New Application Platform Features
  • Windows Server 2008 as an Application Platform
  • Terminal Services in Windows 2008
  • Internet Information Server 7.0
Installation and Deployment Overview
  • Pre-Installation Tasks
  • Installation Troubleshooting 
  • Installation Possibilities
  • Unattended Install
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Disk Cloning

Delegates should have attended the following Quanta courses OR have equivalent knowledge, Windows Server 2003 Administration and Active Directory Design and Implementation.

Knowledge of managing Windows desktop operating systems is assumed during this course.

Please Note:  This course is not recommended for anyone who previously attended any of our Windows Server 2008 course.