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Windows Server Management

Authors: Peter Grant, Robert McMillen, Mike Pfeiffer, Greg Shields, Glenn Weadock

In this path, you’ll learn the essential skills for managing Windows Server. You’ll begin with learning the basics of installing Windows Server. You’ll then move on to managing... Read more

Beginner

In this section, you’ll learn the many ways, both manual and highly automated, to install Windows Server 2016 in its GUI, Server Core, and Nano Server installation options.

Installing Windows Server 2016

by Greg Shields

Nov 3, 2016 / 3h 56m

3h 56m

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Description

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 Overview1m
  2. Introduction7m
  3. Install, Upgrade, and Migrate Servers and Workloads1h 44m
  4. Install and Configure Nano Server1h 10m
  5. Create, Manage, and Maintain Images for Deployment53m

Intermediate

In this section, you’ll learn how to monitor and maintain your server environments, then you'll learn about the two core distributed data technologies built into Windows Server and how each can be used to address different use cases.

Maintaining and Monitoring Windows Server 2016

by Mike Pfeiffer

May 23, 2017 / 1h 43m

1h 43m

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Monitoring and maintaining your server environments is crucial to your organizations overall success. In this course, Maintaining and Monitoring Windows Server 2016, you'll learn all you need to know in order to ensure your server installations are running optimally. First, you'll learn how to implement patch management and anti-malware. Next, you'll delve into backup and restore options. Finally, you'll discover how to monitor environments running Windows Server 2016. By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and monitor your environments.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Course Introduction5m
  3. Implementing Patch Management and Anti-malware Updates31m
  4. Implementing Server Backups31m
  5. Monitoring Server Installations33m

Implementing Windows Server 2016 Distributed Networking Services

by Peter Grant

Apr 14, 2017 / 3h 10m

3h 10m

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Many organizations have distributed data across multiple sites and all users expect quick data access no matter where they reside. In this course, Implementing Windows Server 2016 Distributed Networking Services, you'll learn about the two core distributed data technologies built into Windows Server and how each can be used to address different use cases. You'll start by learning DFS and DFS Replication and then you'll look at BranchCache and how and when that should be used as an alternative solution. At the end of this course, you'll be able to describe each of the technologies, which problems they solve, and how to implement and troubleshoot them.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction7m
  3. Lab Setup8m
  4. DFS Deployment Planning13m
  5. Implementing DFS19m
  6. Configuring DFSR Replication20m
  7. Troubleshooting DFSR19m
  8. BranchCache Deployment Planning19m
  9. Implementing BranchCache for Files30m
  10. Implementing BranchCache for Web Content18m
  11. Implementing BranchCache for Application Updates8m
  12. Troubleshooting BranchCache21m

Advanced

In this section, you’ll learn how to further secure Windows Server 2016 using encryption, updates, software restrictions, credential management, and security baselines. You’ll also learn to secure your virtualized environments.

Windows Server 2016 Security Hardening

by Glenn Weadock

Mar 1, 2017 / 3h 18m

3h 18m

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Windows Server 2016 provides tools for administrators to armor-plate server systems to protect data, ensure stability, avoid malware and guard against credential theft. BitLocker and EFS protect data at rest with robust and manageable encryption as well as platform validation. In this course, Windows Server 2016 Security Hardening, you'll discover how to harden your security so that it's orders of magnitude more secure than the default configuration. First, you'll discover how to encrypt server volumes and folders so only legitimate users have access. Next, you'll explore how to build a Windows update architecture that keeps servers properly patched at all times. Then, you'll learn how to stop password theft with Credential Guard and Virtualization Based Security. Finally, you'll get organized about security hardening with free baselines, templates, and tools. By the end of this course, you'll know how to set up BitLocker and EFS, automate update distribution with WSUS, restrict software with digital signatures and code integrity policies, protect Kerberos tickets and password hashes, and incorporate security best practices from Microsoft after tailoring them for your own organization.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Implementing Encryption1h 6m
  3. Configuring WSUS46m
  4. Installing Defender, Applocker, and Device Guard41m
  5. Securing Servers with Credential Guard20m
  6. Standardizing Security with Baselines21m

Securing Windows Server 2016 Virtualization

by Robert McMillen

Oct 31, 2017 / 2h 30m

2h 30m

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Hyper-V is an excellent application that comes in Windows Server 2016 Standard and Enterprise. By default, there isn’t a lot of security unless you add it using the built-in tools that come with the server. However, you need to figure out which tools you should use and how to configure them. In this course, Securing Windows Server 2016 Virtualization, you’ll learn foundational knowledge needed to gain the ability to secure your virtual machines using a variety of tools. First, you will learn how to harden your virtual machine infrastructure. Next, you’ll learn encryption and enterprise firewall skills. Finally, you’ll learn how to avoid giving too many rights to too many people. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of securing your virtual machine environment needed to protect your clients.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction to Hyper-V23m
  3. Implement Server Hardening Solutions30m
  4. Secure a Virtualization Infrastructure15m
  5. Secure a Network Infrastructure Using Firewalls21m
  6. Manage Privileged Identities21m
  7. Implement Threat Detection Solutions19m
  8. Implement Workload-specific Security17m

What you will learn

  • Installing Windows Server
  • Maintaining and Monitoring Windows Server 2016
  • Implementing Windows Server 2016 Distributed Networking Services
  • Windows Server 2016 Security Hardening
  • Securing Windows Server 2016 Virtualization

Pre-requisites

Familiarity with Windows Server is recommended.

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