Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Part 1

In this course, we'll begin exploring the basics of Windows Server administration on Windows Server 2008 R2. This will include hardware components, installation, and basic management of a Windows Server.
Course info
Rating
(421)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 30, 2014
Duration
4h 7m
Table of contents
Windows Server Fundamentals Part 1 - Introduction
Introduction to Servers and Windows Server 2008 R2
Server Hardware and Resources
Installing Windows Server 2008 R2
Server Configuration and Management
Storage in Windows Server 2008 R2
Performance Monitoring in Windows Server 2008 R2
Device Drivers and Services in Windows Server 2008 R2
Description
Course info
Rating
(421)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 30, 2014
Duration
4h 7m
Description

At the heart of all networks, we have servers, and many of those networks run on Windows. In part 1 of this 2-part course, we'll begin exploring the basics of Windows Server administration on Windows Server 2008 R2. This will include hardware components, installation, and basic management of a Windows Server. You’ll get a base foundation of knowledge in Windows Server. This course is designed for entry-level IT Pros and Developers. Some experience with Windows operating systems and networking will be helpful, but is not a requirement to be successful.

About the author
About the author

Michael is a six-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, author, technical trainer, and community leader. Having been in the IT industry since the 90's, his experiences covers the gamut of Microsoft technologies, with his main focus being Windows Server, PowerShell and cloud technologies like AWS and Azure. Along with training, he has a passion for connecting people and building community in the IT Pro space. He is the current president and a founding member of The Krewe User Groups, Inc., a world-wide networking group for IT Pros and Developers.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction to Servers and Windows Server 2008 R2
Good afternoon. Welcome to Windows Server Administration Fundamentals, Part 1. My name is Michael Bender and I'll be taking you through today's lesson. Today's lesson is going to be an Introduction to Servers and Windows Server 2008 R2. Basically what we're going to cover today is we're going to introduce you to the concept of a server and what a server is within a computer network, and then we'll introduce you to Windows Server 2008 R2, which is a network operating system from Microsoft for running your servers on. So let's dive into servers.

Server Hardware and Resources
Welcome to Pluralsight. I'm Michael Bender, and this is Windows Server Administration Fundamentals, Part 1. In this lesson, I'm going to talk about Server Hardware and Resources. We'll cover processors, memory, storage, and other resources necessary to run a server. We'll introduce you to the concept of server virtualization as well, as this is an important aspect in deploying a server in today's IT environment. Along the way, I'll give you some general pointers on getting a server ready for deployment. Just a general warning for this lesson, I will not be going deep into the components and into the minute details of how these work. We could spend hours and hours talking about server hardware and resources and components. Mainly, I want to focus on the fundamentals, the things that are important for you as a server administrator and administering your servers. If you need more detailed information about specific components or resources, check out Ed Liberman's A+ hardware course that's available from Pluralsight. So let's get started.

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2
Welcome to Pluralsight. I'm Michael Bender, and today's lesson is on installing Windows Server 2008 R2. We'll look at a number of important topics such as editions of Windows Server, preparing for and installing Windows Server, and also performing a clean installation. This will provide you all the information you need to install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a virtual or a physical server. So let's get started.

Server Configuration and Management
Welcome to Pluralsight. I'm Michael Bender, and today's lesson is on Server Configuration and Management. We'll look at tasks to perform initial and ongoing configuration changes to Windows Server, as well as look at tools like Server Manager and PowerShell for managing our servers. This will provide you all the information you need to get your server configured and ready to get to work. So let's get started.

Storage in Windows Server 2008 R2
Welcome to Pluralsight. I'm Michael Bender. In today's lesson we'll cover storage fundamentals in Windows Server 2008 R2. This will include types of local and network storage, give you an introduction to RAID, and then we'll look at managing storage in Windows. It should be a fun one, so let's get started.

Performance Monitoring in Windows Server 2008 R2
Welcome to Pluralsight. I'm Michael Bender, and today's lesson is on Performance Monitoring in Windows Server 2008 R2. Performance monitoring is important as it provides us a view of how a server is doing, so we can be proactive about future upgrades, stave off possible problems in the future, and just keep things running well. So we are going to look at the tools to assist you with this. We'll cover Performance Monitor and some of the other tools built into Server 2008 R2. We'll work with baselines and we'll look at popular performance counters that should be in your baseline for checking server health. So let's get started in performance monitoring.

Device Drivers and Services in Windows Server 2008 R2
Welcome to Pluralsight. I'm Michael Bender, and today's lesson is on working with Device Drivers and Services in Windows Server 2008 R2. These are two important pieces of the operating system that run in the background, device drivers are important as they allow the OS to interface with hardware components, and services manage the running of processes and applications for the operating system. Though not flashy, both of these are key to a well-operating Windows server. So let's get started.