MCSA | Windows Server 2012

150 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

This Microsoft 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 course is designed for Information Technology (IT) professionals, who have Windows Server 2012 operating system knowledge and experience and want to validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement the Windows Server 2012 core infrastructure services. This course is part one of a series of courses which validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 Infrastructure into an existing enterprise environment. This initial course will validate the initial implementation and configuration of the Windows Server 2012 core services, such as Active Directory and the networking services.

This Microsoft 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012 course is designed for Information Technology (IT) professionals, who have Windows Server 2012 operating system knowledge and experience and want to validate the skills and knowledge necessary to administer a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. This course is part two of a series of courses which validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 Infrastructure into an existing enterprise environment. This exam will validate the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as user and group management, network access and data security.

This Microsoft 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services course is designed for Information Technology (IT) professionals, who have Windows Server 2012 operating system knowledge and experience and want to validate the skills and knowledge necessary to configure advanced services in a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. This course is part three of a series of courses which validate the advanced configuring tasks necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as fault tolerance, certificate services, and identity federation. This course, along with the others in this series, will validate the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.

This course includes FREE access for 12 months to a cloud based lab platform to assist students develop the practical information technology (IT) skills necessary to succeed in high in demand IT jobs.  This cloud based lab solution uses real equipment that enables our students to execute each practical task in a safe environment that is accessible from anywhere without needing to buy their own hardware or risk damage to their own system.

Along with providing the necessary hardware in a virtual environment, students gain access to high quality practical exercises that cover many of the exam topics they will encounter on their certifying exams.

The MCSA Windows Server 2012 course bundle includes 3 courses:

  • Microsoft 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 
  • Microsoft 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Course Outline:

Microsoft 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Install Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Features and Advantages of Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2
  • Planning the Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
  • Understanding Features On Demand
  • Storage in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 2: Configure Network Services
  • Introducing DNS
  • Introducing DNS Database Zones
  • Advantages of DNS in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Introducing DNS Record Types
  • Configuring DNS
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting DNS
  • Overview of DHCP
  • Installing and Authorizing DHCP
  • Creating and Managing DHCP Scopes
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 3: Plan and Install Active Directory
  • Verifying the File system
  • Verifying Network Connectivity
  • Understanding Domain and Forest Functionality
  • Planning the Domain Structure
  • Installing Active Directory
  • Verifying Active Directory Installation
  • Creating and Configuring Application Data Partitions
  • Configuring DNS Integration with Active Directory
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 4: Configure Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Understanding File Servers
  • Configuring File Servers
  • Configuring Disk Quotas
  • Configuring Print Services
  • Configuring Remote Management
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 5: Administer Active Directory
  • An Overview of OUs
  • Planning the OU Structure
  • Creating OUs
  • Managing OUs
  • Troubleshooting OUs
  • Creating and Managing Active Directory Objects
  • Publishing Active Directory Objects
  • Using the Command Prompt for Active Directory Configuration
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 6: Manage GPOs
  • Introducing Group Policy
  • Planning a Group Policy Strategy
  • Implementing Group Policy
  • Managing Group Policy
  • Deploying Software Through a GPO
  • Implementing Software Deployment
  • Configuring Software Deployment Settings
  • Troubleshooting Group Policies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 7: Manage Security
  • Managing Security
  • Implementing an Audit Policy
  • Configuring Windows Firewall Options
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 8: Configure TCP/IP
  • Understanding TCP/IP
  • Understanding IP Addressing
  • Subnetting a Network
  • Understanding IPv6
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 9: Use Virtualization in Windows Server 2012
  • Hyper-V Overview
  • Hyper-V Installation and Configuration
  • Configuring Virtual Machines
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Microsoft 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Practice Lab:
  • Configure Local Storage
  • Install and Configure Servers
  • Configure Disk Pools
  • Managing Failover Clustering and Storage Pools
  • Configure File and Share Access
  • Create and Configure Virtual Machine Settings
  • Create and Configure Virtual Machine Storage
  • Create and Configure Virtual Networks
  • Configure Network Interface Card Teaming in VMs
  • Create and Managed AD Groups and OUs
  • Deploy and Configure DHCP Service
  • Configure IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
  • Create and Manage Active Directory Users and Computers
  • Deploy and Configure DNS Service
  • Configure Print and Document Services
  • Configure Security Policies
  • Install Domain Controllers
  • Configure Application Restriction Policies
  • Create Group Policy Objects
  • Install AD DS on Server Core
  • Configure Windows Firewall 
Microsoft 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012 Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Manage and Maintain Servers
  • Using Windows Deployment Services
  • Configuring Windows Server Update Services
  • Overview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Performance Monitoring
  • Using Windows Server 2012 R2 Performance Tools
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 2: Manage File Services
  • Configuring File Server Resource Manager
  • Configure File and Disk Encryption
  • Configuring Distributed File System
  • Implementing an Audit Policy
  • Making Active Directory Objects Available to Users
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 3: Configure DNS
  • Introducing DNS
  • Introducing DNS Database Zones
  • Advantages of DNS in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Introducing DNS Record Types
  • Configuring DNS
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting DNS
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 4: Configure Routing and Remote Access
  • Overview of Dial-Up Networking
  • Overview of Virtual Private Networks
  • Configuring Your Remote Access Server
  • Understanding a VPN
  • Configuring a VPN
  • Managing Your Remote Access Server
  • Configuring a VPN Client
  • Configuring a Web Application Proxy
  • Understanding DirectAccess
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 5: Configure a Network Policy Server Infrastructure
  • Overview of Wireless Access
  • Remote Access Security
  • Configuring User Access
  • Configuring Security
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 6: Configure and Manage Active Directory
  • Active Directory Security Overview
  • Implementing Active Directory Security
  • Using Group Policy for Security
  • Managing Multiple Domains
  • Maintain Active Directory
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 7: Configure and Manage Group Policy
  • Introducing Group Policy Objects
  • Planning a Group Policy Strategy
  • Implementing Group Policy
  • Managing Group Policy
  • Deploying Software Through a GPO
  • Implementing Software Deployment
  • Configuring Software Deployment Settings
  • Troubleshooting Group Policies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 8: Appendix A
  • Video Tutorials
Microsoft 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012 Practice Lab:
  • Install and Configure Windows Deployment Services 
  • Implement Patch Management 
  • Monitor Servers 
  • Configure Distributed File System 
  • Configure File Server Resource Manager 
  • Configure File and Disk Encryption 
  • Configure Advanced Audit Policy 
  • Configure DNS Zones 
  • Configure DNS Records 
  • Configure VPN and Routing 
  • Configure a Network Policy Server 
  • Configure Network Access Protection 
  • Configure Service Authentication 
  • Configure Domain Controllers 
  • Maintain Active Directory 
  • Configure Account Policies 
  • Configure Group Policy Processing 
  • Configure Group Policy settings 
  • Configure Group Policy Preferences 
  • Manage Group Policy objects   
Microsoft 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Configure and Manage High Availability
  • Components of High Availability
  • Achieving High Availability
  • Configure Network Load Balancing
  • Achieving High Availability with Failover Clustering
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Clustering Features
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 2: Configure File and Storage Solutions
  • Configure Advanced File Services
  • Implement Dynamic Access Control
  • Configure and Optimize Storage
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 3: Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • Protecting the System
  • Backup and Recovery of Active Directory
  • Understanding Shadow Copies
  • Using Advanced Boot Options
  • Configure Site-Level Fault Tolerance
  • Using the Startup Repair Tool
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 4: Configure Advanced Network ServicesThe Following...nd IPAM in a Windows Server 2012 R2 environment.
  • Working with Advanced DHCP Configuration Options
  • The Ins and Outs of DNS
  • IPAM Administration 101
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 5: Configure the Active Directory Infrastructure
  • Overview of Network Planning
  • Overview of Active Directory Replication and Sites
  • Implementing Sites and Subnets
  • Configuring Replication
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting Active Directory Replication
  • Reasons for Creating Multiple Domains
  • Creating Domain Trees and Forests
  • Demoting a Domain Controller
  • Managing Multiple Domains
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 6: Configure Access and Information Protection Solutions
  • What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2 with Active Directory Certificate Services?
  • Implement Active Directory Federation Services
  • Workplace Join
  • Active Directory Rights Management Services
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Microsoft 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services Practice Lab:
  • Configure Network Load Balancing
  • Configure Failover Clustering
  • Configure Advanced File Services
  • Configure and Optimize Storage
  • Implement an Advanced DHCP Solution
  •  Implement an Advanced DNS Solution
  • Deploy and Configure IPAM
  • Configure a Forest or a Domain
  • Configure Sites
  • Manage Active Directory and SYSVOL Replication
  •  Implement Active Directory Federation Services
  •  Install and Configure AD Certificate Services
  •  Manage Certificates
  • Configure AD Rights Management Services
  • Configure and Manage Backups
  • Recover Servers 
  • Configure Trusts 

Certification(s):

This course prepares students to take the Microsoft Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012, Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012, and Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services certification exams.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**