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
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
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
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?
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.

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.