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Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (70-743)

Authors: Mike Pfeiffer, Greg Shields, Orin Thomas, Richard Hicks, John Savill, Glenn Weadock, Neil Morrissey

This path focuses on implementing core infrastructure services in Windows Server 2016. This path also covers the objectives contained in Microsoft’s 70-743 exam. Before sitting... Read more

Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (70-743)

These courses will help prepare you to sit for Microsoft’s 70-743 certification exam.

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Installing Windows Server 2016

by Greg Shields

Nov 3, 2016 / 3h 56m

Intermediate • 3h 56m

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Installing Windows Server 2016 might not seem the most exciting of topics, but move past the next, next, finish and there's incredible depth in automating this otherwise-mundane task. In this course, you won't just see the "Next-Next-Finish" of installing a copy of Windows Server, but you'll learn a myriad of new installation approaches. First, you'll learn about offline installation. Next, you'll explore the command line and PowerShell approaches. Finally, you'll take a look at the Desired State Configuration approach. All of these might take a little extra time up-front, but they greatly pay off down the road. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge of PowerShell, Desired State Configuration, and even some of the WinPE and DISM commands that you'll need for rapid deployment of Windows Server 2016.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 27s
  2. Introduction
    7m 13s
  3. Install, Upgrade, and Migrate Servers and Workloads
    1h 44m 4s
  4. Install and Configure Nano Server
    1h 10m 14s
  5. Create, Manage, and Maintain Images for Deployment
    53m 45s
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Implementing Windows Server 2016 Storage Solutions

by Mike Pfeiffer

Dec 21, 2016 / 2h 27m

Intermediate • 2h 27m

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One of the most important resources within a server deployment is storage. For production servers and applications, you need to made sure your implementing the right technologies, so you can prevent performance bottlenecks and ensure that your storage resources are resilient to hardware failures. In this course, Implementing Windows Server 2016 Storage Solutions, you will learn about the new features and advancements in storage. First, you'll learn how to configure disks and volumes. Next, you will learn how to setup iSCSI and storage replication. Finally, you'll learn to implement data deduplication. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to maximize your efforts and meet your enterprises needs.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 40s
  2. Course Introduction
    15m 24s
  3. Configuring Disks and Volumes
    46m 34s
  4. Implementing Server Storage
    1h 1m 39s
  5. Implementing Data Deduplication
    22m 10s
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Implementing Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V

by Greg Shields

Nov 21, 2016 / 4h 49m

Intermediate • 4h 49m

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Hyper-V can seem a deceptively simplistic solution for hosting virtual machines, but hiding under the shallows of its surface is some complex machinery alongside powerful automation. Getting started these days requires diving beneath Hyper-V Manager's graphical interface alone. This course, Implementing Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V, kick-starts your Hyper-V experience by going beyond the basics. First, you'll begin with the installation of Hyper-V, along with the gotchas to be prepared for. Next, you'll explore the right ways to configure storage and networking. Finally, you'll learn about the wide range of virtual machine settings that ensure your VMs get the resources their workloads require. By the end of this course, you will have the foundational knowledge to be able to manage a Hyper-V environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 37s
  2. Introduction
    8m 14s
  3. Install and Configure Hyper-V
    1h 7m 59s
  4. Configure Virtual Machine Settings
    1h 20m 12s
  5. Configure Hyper-V Storage
    52m 51s
  6. Configure Hyper-V Networking
    1h 18m 50s
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Implementing Containers on Windows Server 2016

by Mike Pfeiffer

Mar 7, 2017 / 2h 24m

Intermediate • 2h 24m

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Container technology is nothing new and with the release of Windows Server 2016, you can now provide Windows Server containers and Hyper-V containers in your own environment. In this course, Implementing Containers on Windows Server 2016, you will learn all about installing and configuring Windows Server container hosts. First, you will be introduced to the concept of containers, and the difference between Windows Server containers and Hyper-V containers. Next, you will dive into deploying and managing containers on Windows Server. Finally, you will delve into managing container networking, and deploying a multi-container application in Azure. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to maximize your efforts and meet your enterprises needs.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 3s
  2. Course Introduction
    6m 31s
  3. Introducing Containers on Windows Server
    24m 1s
  4. Deploying Containers on Windows Server
    36m 1s
  5. Managing Containers on Windows Server
    33m 45s
  6. Managing Container Networking on Windows Server
    15m 51s
  7. Deploying a Multi-container Application on Azure
    25m 47s
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Implementing High Availability in Windows Server 2016

by Greg Shields

Jan 13, 2017 / 5h 17m

Intermediate • 5h 17m

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Windows services these days nearly never stands alone. Our needs for always-on applications means just about everything you manage must be made highly available. This course, Implementing High Availability in Windows Server 2016, discusses the range of high availability technologies now available in Windows Server 2016 for Hyper-V as well as other common Windows services. You'll explore the preparation, configuration, and management of Windows Failover Clustering, both with and without Storage Spaces Direct. You'll also dig into Storage Replica, Hyper-V Replica, Network Load Balancing, Shared Nothing Live Migration, Stretch Clustering, among a range of other out-of-the-box technologies for Windows workloads. By the end of this course, you will have the foundational knowledge to be able to implement a highly available Windows Server 2016 environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 43s
  2. Introduction
    18m 46s
  3. Implement High Availability and Disaster Recovery Options in Hyper-V
    37m 24s
  4. Implement Failover Clustering
    1h 17m 29s
  5. Manage Failover Clustering
    1h 13m 27s
  6. Implement Storage Spaces Direct
    53m 38s
  7. Manage VM Movement in Clustered Nodes
    25m 49s
  8. Implement Network Load Balancing
    29m 13s
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Implementing Windows Server 2016 DNS

by Orin Thomas

Jan 26, 2017 / 5h 48m

Intermediate • 5h 48m

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This course, Implementing Windows Server 2016 DNS, provides you with coverage from a basic level to an advanced level of Windows Server DNS, specifically the implementation available in Windows Server 2016. Some of the major topics that you will learn include: Replication, records, zones and delegation, securing and managing DNS traffic with DNS policies, and integrating cryptography into DNS with DNSSEC and DANE. In addition you'll explore applying role based access control to DNS through Just Enough Administration and Integrating Windows Server DNS with Azure DNS and BIND. By the end this course, you'll know how to get the most out of your Windows Server 2016 DNS server deployment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 35s
  2. Course and Scenario Overview
    5m 20s
  3. Building the Lab
    22m 51s
  4. DNS Architecture and Tools
    26m 37s
  5. DNS Deployment and Administration
    32m 2s
  6. DNS Zones and Replication
    33m 59s
  7. Forwarders and Root Hints
    19m 10s
  8. DNS Records and Options
    23m 31s
  9. DNSSEC and DANE
    41m 26s
  10. DNS High Availability Policies
    27m 47s
  11. DNS Traffic Management Policies
    28m 56s
  12. DNS Server Security
    30m 29s
  13. DNS Monitoring and Auditing
    17m 32s
  14. Azure DNS and DNS on IaaS
    21m 44s
  15. Integrating with BIND
    15m 41s
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Implement Windows Server 2016 IP Address Management (IPAM)

by Orin Thomas

Apr 11, 2017 / 3h 39m

Intermediate • 3h 39m

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This course is useful for those deploying and managing IPAM in their production environments as well as those pursuing the 70-741 exam. In this course, Implement Windows Server 2016 IP Address Management (IPAM), you'll learn, from a basic to advanced level of the Windows Server IPAM role, specifically the implementation available in Windows Server 2016. First, you'll explore IPAM concepts, prerequisites, deployment topologies, and deployment options. Next, you'll discover securing IPAM administration through RBAC and JEA. Then, you'll learn about IPAM blocks, ranges, subnets, IP addresses, and how to manage DHCP scopes, policies, and servers. Finally, you'll learn about managing DNS servers, zones, records using IPAM, how to use IPAM to track IP address usage, how to migrate existing workloads to IPAM, how to integrated IPAM into System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and how to migrate the IPAM database to SQL Server. By the end this course, you’ll know how to get the most out of your Windows Server 2016 IPAM server deployment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 38s
  2. Course and Scenario Overview
    4m 13s
  3. Building the Lab
    22m 35s
  4. Introduction to IP Address Management
    21m 41s
  5. Provision and Configure IPAM
    27m 55s
  6. IPAM, RBAC and JEA
    14m 21s
  7. IP Blocks and Ranges
    29m 42s
  8. Manage DHCP with IPAM
    19m 2s
  9. Managing DNS with IPAM
    12m 56s
  10. Audit IPAM
    12m 17s
  11. Migrate Existing Workload to IPAM
    8m
  12. IPAM in Multiple Forest Environments
    16m 54s
  13. IPAM Database Storage and Management
    14m 54s
  14. Using IPAM with System Center VMM
    13m 5s
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Implementing Windows Server 2016 Connectivity and Remote Access

by Glenn Weadock

Dec 2, 2016 / 2h 56m

Intermediate • 2h 56m

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Windows Server 2016 provides tools for users to connect to corporate networks from outside the LAN, using VPNs where DirectAccess may not be feasible. Administrators can control and track remote connections using Network Policy Servers--Microsoft's implementation of RADIUS. Server 2016 also supports routing and NAT, which reduces the number of public IP addresses a company must purchase. In this course, Implementing Windows Server 2016 Connectivity and Remote Access, you will first learn how to use private IPs internally but still have access to the Internet. Next, you'll create a secure VPN server for remote access. Finally, you'll learn how to connect two cities with a site-to-site VPN, and configure a RADIUS server for centralized administration. By the end of this course, you'll not only learn what you need to get certified, you'll learn what you need to be a Windows Server 2016 hero in whatever capacity your job requires.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 35s
  2. Routing and NAT
    40m 19s
  3. Remote Access VPNs
    44m 11s
  4. Site-to-Site VPNs
    24m 26s
  5. Network Policies
    39m 30s
  6. RADIUS Servers
    26m 24s
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Planning and Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016

by Richard Hicks

Apr 13, 2017 / 2h 32m

Intermediate • 2h 32m

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With today's highly mobile workplace, providing secure remote access for workers is crucial to supporting the highest levels of productivity in the organization. In addition, administrators are seeking better ways to more effectively manage the field-based assets. DirectAccess, with its seamless and transparent always-on remote connectivity, can help you meet both of these requirements. In this course, Planning and Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016, you will learn how to plan and implement DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016. First, you will choose the best networking topology for DirectAccess. Next, you will install and configure DirectAccess using implementation and security best practices. You will follow with provisioning Windows 10 and 7 clients. With DirectAccess, you have access to the corporate network whenever you have a connection to the Internet, and you can access internal resources outside of the network the same way as you do inside. With consistent network access, IT administrators have a better view of and control over managed Windows clients configuration and security posture. By the end of this course, you will have an understanding of DirectAccess and how it can be implemented with Windows Server 2016.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 47s
  2. Overview of DirectAccess
    19m 8s
  3. Planning for DirectAccess
    40m 23s
  4. Configuring DirectAccess with the Getting Started Wizard
    14m 3s
  5. Configuring DirectAccess with the Remote Access Setup Wizard
    38m 22s
  6. Provisioning DirectAccess Clients
    17m 32s
  7. Supporting Windows 7 Clients
    21m
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Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016

by Richard Hicks

Jun 5, 2017 / 3h 34m

Advanced • 3h 34m

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After implementing DirectAccess, you must know how to monitor, scale, and troubleshoot DirectAccess to effectively support the solution in your organization. This course, Managing and Supporting DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016, will help you implement a highly available and geographically redundant architecture to reduce potential downtime. You'll also learn how to enable and enforce strong user authentication to mitigate the risk posed by lost or stolen devices. In addition, enabling monitoring and reporting as well as managing out to remote DirectAccess clients are covered in detail. Once you've completed this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to manage and support DirectAccess in any deployment scenario.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 46s
  2. Configuring High Availability
    57m 36s
  3. Enabling Strong User Authentication
    39m 9s
  4. DirectAccess Monitoring and Reporting
    25m 55s
  5. Implementing Outbound Management for DirectAccess Clients
    29m 23s
  6. DirectAccess Troubleshooting
    1h 34s
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Implement Windows Server 2016 High Performance Network Solutions

by Orin Thomas

Oct 25, 2017 / 2h 15m

Advanced • 2h 15m

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Are you studying for the 70-741 exam, yet aren't sure how to prepare for the high-performance network solutions objectives? In this course, Implement Windows Server 2016 High Performance Network Solutions, you will have a structured curriculum that will prepare you for this section of the exam. First, you'll learn about NIC teaming and Switch Embedded Teaming. Next, you'll cover Network Quality of Service with Data Center Bridging, SMB Direct on Remote Direct Memory Access, and SMB Multichannel. Finally, you'll discover Virtual Receive Side Scaling, Virtual Machine Multi-Queue, and Single-Root I/O Virtualization. After completing this course, you'll understand these technologies and why you would implement them in the real world. This course will leave you with the confidence on test day to answer the related questions in the exam. Let's get started!

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 33s
  2. Course and Scenario Overview
    7m 58s
  3. Building the Lab
    22m 29s
  4. NIC Teaming and Switch Embedded Teaming
    31m 49s
  5. SMB Multichannel
    15m 10s
  6. Virtual Machine Multi-queue
    7m 20s
  7. Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
    13m 6s
  8. Single Root I/O Virtualization
    7m 34s
  9. Network Quality of Service with Datacenter Bridging
    15m 28s
  10. SMB Direct on RDMA Enabled Network Adapters
    6m 42s
  11. Virtual RSS on VMQ Capable Network Adapter
    6m 3s
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Implementing Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Networking

by John Savill

Mar 7, 2017 / 1h 59m

Intermediate • 1h 59m

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Software defined networking aims to increase functionality while simplifying the physical network topology. In this course, Implementing Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Networking, you'll learn all about SDNv2 and how to deploy in your environment. First, you'll learn about the key components and concepts behind software defined networking. Next, you'll delve into the options for SDNv2 deployment and management. Finally, you'll learn how to take advantage of powerful services, such as the software load balancer and datacenter firewall. By the end of this course, you'll be able to identify the right way to use software defined networking v2 in your environment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 57s
  2. Hyper-V Networking Fundamentals
    22m 46s
  3. Network Virtualization Overview
    14m 21s
  4. Deploying and Managing Network Virtualization
    36m 39s
  5. Software Load Balancer
    20m 54s
  6. Multi-tenant Gateway and Distributed Firewall
    22m 36s
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Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016

by Greg Shields

Feb 26, 2018 / 3h 20m

Intermediate • 3h 20m

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Just about everyone these days has spent time *in* an Active Directory, logging into computers and accessing resources, it's not all that often these days that you get to *install* an Active Directory. Most AD infrastructures around today are generations old, so old sometimes that the folks who built it may have moved onto new things. That's why installing Active Directory remains a useful and important topic. You can't really understand a thing until you understand how it gets put together. Discussing those installation and some of the initial configuration tasks is a big part of this course. This is the first of two courses on Active Directory in our 742 learning path. In this course, Install and Configure Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2016*, you will learn how to install domain controllers in, yes, five different ways. First, you'll learn how to create your first Active Directory domain and forest. Next, you'll take a look at the users and computers in that structure, exploring both the graphical and PowerShell ways to manage these objects. Before finishing, you'll dig into your AD domain's groups and organizational units. By the end of this course, you'll see how they're managed, but also be presented with a few neat tricks that'll make their administration just that much easier.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 16s
  2. Introduction
    16m 8s
  3. Install and Configure Domain Controllers
    1h 36m 13s
  4. Create and Manage Active Directory Users and Computers
    48m 50s
  5. Create and Manage Active Directory Groups and Organizational Units
    36m 34s
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Implementing Windows Server 2016 Identity Federation and Access

by Neil Morrissey

Jun 19, 2017 / 3h 25m

Intermediate • 3h 25m

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More users today are working outside the traditional corporate office, and they require seamless, secure access to applications and content on the corporate network, as well as in the cloud. In this course, Implementing Windows Server 2016 Identity Federation and Access, you'll receive the most up to date knowledge on authenticating and authorizing users using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Web Application Proxy (WAP), and Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS). First, you'll learn how to install and configure ADFS to authenticate users using new methods in 2016, like device authentication and Azure MFA for primary authentication, as well as how to use ADFS to provide seamless single sign-on to applications in the cloud and on-premises. Next, you'll cover how to publish applications to the Internet using Web Application Proxy. Finally, you'll explore how to protect content from being viewed, edited, and printed by certain users and groups, using AD RMS. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed to provide flexible authentication methods to your users, and provide secure access to documents and applications.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 59s
  2. Install and Configure Active Directory Federation Services
    59m 12s
  3. Integrating ADFS with Other Technologies
    1h 11m 57s
  4. Implementing Web Application Proxy
    37m 28s
  5. Install & Configure Active Directory Rights Management Services
    34m 41s

What you will learn

  • Installing Windows Servers in host and compute environments
  • Implementing storage solutions
  • Implementing Hyper-V
  • Implementing Windows containers
  • Implementing high availability
  • Implementing Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Implementing IP Address Management (IPAM)
  • Implementing network connectivity and remote access solutions
  • Implementing an advanced network infrastructure
  • Installing and configuring Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
  • Implementing identity federation and access solutions

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