Windows Server 2012 Administration

All that is necessary on a day to day admin basis using Windows Server 2012

This hands-on course is aimed at understanding the Server 2012 Operating System, for systems administrators.  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 have your own PC to perform different Windows Server 2012 tasks on, as well as an extensive course manual, which you can take away as your future reference guide.

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4 Days
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Purpose of this course

This course is the starting point for Windows Server administrators, covering the key concepts and principles upon which further learning can be based.  This is a hands-on course and is packed with practical tasks, with both real and virtual machines which you can easily transfer to the workplace.

Who is this course for

This course is intended for IT Professionals with hands-on experience working in a Windows Server 2008, 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 2012 qualification.

You will learn how to
  • Install and administer Windows Server 2012
  • Manage users & groups
  • Understand file storage and security
  • Configure print resources
  • Setup server performance monitoring
  • Data backup and disaster recovery
  • Manage Updates
  • Manage Virtualisation Technologies
Benefits for your organisation

Windows Server 2012 is the latest in Microsoft Server systems, and offers much new functionality in server virtualisation, and great benefits for standard licenses. Having a trained administrator can ensure that you get the most out of this new functionality and reduce the downtime.

Benefits for you as an individual

You gain the knowledge, practical understanding and confidence to use Windows Server 2012.  You will receive hands on server administration skills and experience that employers are looking for. This course giving you the flexibility to study towards qualifications from the official Microsoft Learning exam.

Deploying and Managing Windows Server 2012

Overview of Windows Server 2012
Installing and Deploying Windows Server 2012
Post-Installation Configuration of Windows Server 2012
Managing and Configuring Servers
Installing Roles and Features
Server Migration Tools
Network Changes
The Windows Firewall
User Account Control

Using Command-line Tools for Administration

Introduction to Windows PowerShell
Using Windows PowerShell for Administration
Performing Bulk Operations with Windows PowerShell
Remote Server Administration
Introduction to Server 2012  Server Core

Overview of Virtualization Technologies

Implementing Hyper-V
Managing Virtual Machine Storage
Managing Virtual Networks

Overview of Active Directory Directory Services

Overview of Active Directory
Installing Domain Controllers
Organisational Units
User and Computer Accounts
Managing Group Accounts 
Automating AD Tasks with Command line tools
The Active Directory Administrative Centre
Undeleting objects in AD
Introducing Dynamic Access Control

Managing Storage

Managing Disks and Volumes
Configuring ISCSI Storage
File Systems
Storage Optimization and De-duplication

Securing Files and Folders

File Permissions and NTFS Security
User Account Control and Data Management
Server Resource Management
Using FSRM to Manage Quotas, File Screens, and Reports
Introducing Classification Management and File Management Tasks
Sharing Resources
Auditing File Systems
DFS Overview
Configuring DFS Namespaces and Replication

Overview of Group Policy

Local Policies
Group Policy Processing
Order of Inheritance
Managing Group Policy
Preferences and Targeting
Troubleshooting Policy Application

Network Printing

Windows Printing
Print Management
Installing and Configuring Printers
Deploying Printers with Group Policy
Web Print Management

Backup, Restore and Boot Options

Protecting Data Using Shadow Copies
Implementing Windows Server Backup
Restoring Data
Command line Backup
Windows Boot Process
Advanced Boot Options
Windows Recovery Environment

Monitoring Tools

Monitoring Performance
Resource Monitor
Performance Monitor
Logging Performance
Understanding Performance Counters
Monitoring Event Logs
Monitoring Using Server Manager
Scheduled tasks

Overview of WSUS

Introducing Windows Server Update Services
Installing WSUS
Managing WSUS
Deploying Updates with WSUS


Delegates should have attended either:

Knowledge of previous Server Operating Systems is advantageous, but not required.

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.