Windows Server 2008 Administration

An introduction into server administration using Server 08

New to Windows Server operating systems? Then this course is for you. It eases the daunting task of understanding the Server 2008 operating system by breaking it down into easy to understand chunks.

The course is hands-on all the way, you have your own PC to perform different 2008 Server tasks on, as well as an extensive course manual, which you can take away as your future reference guide.

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

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Purpose of this course

This course is the starting point where future Windows Server training branches from. It covers the core concepts and principles upon which further learning can be based and further study can lead towards MCTS and MCITP qualifications. This is a hands-on course and is packed with practical tasks, which you can easily transfer to the workplace.

Who is this course for

Anyone who is preparing for a Windows 2008 qualification or who is an Administrator who will be managing Windows based networks, using 2008 Server. Please note if you are an experienced Windows Administrator then this is not the course for you; see our Windows Server 2008 New Features: Administration, Active Directory, Networking & Security course.

You will learn how to
  • Install and administer Windows Server 2008
  • Manage users, groups
  • Manage file & print resources and data storage
  • Configure Server monitoring
  • Data backup and recovery
  • Manage Updates
Benefits for your organisation

Windows Server 2008 is the Microsoft server system of choice, and trained administrators can ensure the successful deployment, and correct configuration of this popular Microsoft server product, as a file & print and WSUS server.

Benefits for you as an individual

You will gain knowledge and understanding of the concepts of the server operating system on Windows 2008. You will receive hands on skills and experience administering the system, which will give you confidence and save time in the workplace.

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

User, Computer Accounts and Groups

User Account Control
Active Directory Overview
User Accounts in the Active Directory
Account Administration
The Users Environment
Using the 2008 R2 Active Directory Administration Center
Un-Deleting Objects in Active Directory

Managing Data Storage

Managing Data Storage
Disk Administration
NTFS (New Technology File System)
File and Folder Permissions
Auditing File Systems
Disk Quotas
Sharing Resources on the Network
Share Level Security
Special Administrative Shares

Distributed File System Introduction

DFS Introduction
Stand-Alone DFS vs. Domain-Based DFS

Group Policy

Group Policy Overview
Applying Group Policy
Using Windows Installer with Group Policy
Configuring Password Security
Multi-Level Local Group Policy


Windows Printing
Print Management
Printer Options
Printer Pooling
Opening a Print Queue
Creating a Printer Filter
Web Print Management
Printer Permissions

Monitoring Server Performance

Performance in Windows Server 2008
Resource Overview
Performance Monitor
Using Performance Monitor
Reliability Monitor
Data Collection Sets and Logging Performance
Understanding Performance Counters
Event Viewer
Scheduled Tasks

Disaster Recovery

Shadow Copy
Windows Server 2008 Backup Utility
Command Line Backup
Advanced Boot Options
The Windows Boot Process
Windows Recovery Environment

Windows Server Update Services

Windows Server Update Services
WSUS Configuration Wizard
Update Services Console

Installation and Deployment

Pre-Installation Tasks
Installation Troubleshooting
Installation Possibilities
Unattended Install
Windows Deployment Services
Disk Cloning


Delegates should have attended our, Supporting Windows 7 Desktop or have equivalent knowledge. An in depth knowledge or previous server operating systems is 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.