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Planning and Administering Windows Server 2008 Servers

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Description

This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to implement, monitor, and maintain Windows Server 2008 servers.

Course Objectives

  • Plan a Windows Server 2008 deployment.
  • Plan and implement server commissioning and decommissioning for Windows Server 2008.
  • Plan the installation of server roles for Windows Server 2008.
  • Create a configuration change plan for Windows Server 2008.
  • Plan and implement Windows Server 2008 security.
  • Manage application versioning in Windows Server 2008.
  • Plan for a high-availability Windows Server 2008 deployment.
  • Plan a server update maintenance schedule for Windows Server 2008.
  • Maintain a Distributed File System (DFS) in Windows Server 2008.
  • Define server backup requirements and policies for Windows Server Backup.
  • Plan and implement a Windows Server 2008 restore.
  • Plan Windows Server 2008 monitoring.
  • Troubleshoot hardware issues.
  • Troubleshoot software issues.
  • Troubleshoot network issues.

Course Outline

Module 1: Planning for Windows Server 2008 Deployment

This module explains how to deploy Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Overview of Windows Server 2008 Deployment
  • Identifying Windows Server 2008 Compatibility Issues
  • Developing a Windows Server 2008 Deployment Plan

Lab: Planning for a Windows Server 2008 Server Deployment

  • Reviewing the Existing Server Environment
  • Reviewing Business Requirements and SLAs
  • Creating a Deployment Plan
  • Reviewing Deployment Plans

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the advantages of deploying Windows Server 2008.
  • Identify Windows Server 2008 compatibility issues.
  • Develop a Windows Server 2008 deployment plan.

Module 2: Managing Server Migration

This module explains how to commission and decommission Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Creating a Windows Server 2008 Deployment Plan
  • Planning the Server Decommissioning Process
  • Commissioning a Windows Server 2008 File Server

Lab: Migrating a Server to Windows Server 2008

  • Reviewing the Existing Server Environment
  • Planning for a Windows Server 2008 Server
  • Reviewing Deployment Plans
  • Deploying a Windows Server 2008 DNS Server

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create a deployment plan for Windows Server 2008.
  • Identify server decommissioning steps.
  • List Windows Server 2008 deployment and migration tools.

Module 3: Planning Windows Server 2008 Server Roles

This module explains how to plan the installation of server roles in Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Planning for Windows Server 2008 Hardware
  • Combining Windows Server 2008 Server Roles
  • Planning for Windows Server 2008 File Servers
  • Planning for Windows Server 2008 Server Core
  • Planning for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

Lab: Planning Windows Server 2008 Servers

  • Planning a Windows Server 2008 Server Configuration
  • Planning a Windows Server 2008 File Server
  • Deploying a Windows Server 2008 File Server

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify hardware configuration options for Windows Server 2008.
  • Identify performance implications when combining server roles.
  • List guidance for installing file servers.
  • Plan for Windows Server 2008 Server Core.
  • Plan for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Module 4: Creating a Configuration Change Plan for Windows Server 2008

This module explains how to create a configuration change plan in Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Developing a Change Control Process
  • Developing Configuration Changes
  • Reviewing Configuration Changes

Lab: Creating a Configuration Change Plan

  • Completing a Change Request Form
  • Sharing Best Practice
  • Implementing a New Print Server

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Design a change control process for implementing configuration changes.
  • Plan for configuration changes.
  • Evaluate the success of configuration changes.

Module 5: Managing Windows Server 2008 Security

This module explains how to plan and implement security in Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Planning a Defense-in-Depth Strategy
  • Implementing Host-Level Security for Windows Server 2008
  • Implementing Network Security for Windows Server 2008

Lab: Managing Windows Server 2008 Security

  • Planning a Windows Server 2008 Security Configuration
  • Implementing File Server Security

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan a defense-in-depth strategy for Windows Server 2008 security.
  • Implement host-level security for Windows Server 2008.
  • Implement network security for Windows Server 2008.

Module 6: Planning for the Application Server Role

This module explains how to manage versioning and related frameworks in Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Determining Application Server Role Requirements
  • Overview of the Application Server Role Components
  • Supporting the .NET Framework

Lab: Planning for the Application Server Role

  • Identifying the Application Server Role Services That Are Required to Support the Application
  • Determining Whether There Are Any Compatibility Issues with Existing Applications on the Server
  • Configuring the Application Server After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Determine the requirement for application servers.
  • Identify application server role components.
  • Plan for supporting the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Module 7: Planning for Windows Server 2008 High Availability

This module explains how to plan for high availability in Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Planning for Network Load Balancing
  • Overview of Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008
  • Creating Clusters in Windows Server 2008

Lab: Planning for Failover Clusters in Windows Server 2008

  • Planning Hardware Requirements for Windows Server 2008
  • Planning for Network Load Balancing
  • Planning for a High-Availability LOB Application
  • Implementing Network Load Balancing

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Develop a plan for network load balancing (NLB).
  • Describe the improved failover clustering support in Windows Server 2008.
  • Plan for failover clustering in Windows Server 2008.

Module 8: Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Servers

This module explains how to plan a server update maintenance schedule in Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Overview of Windows Server 2008 Management Tasks
  • Planning for Security Update Management
  • Automating Windows Server 2008 Maintenance

Lab: Developing a Maintenance Plan for Windows Server 2008

  • Evaluating Log Files and Reports
  • Planning the Maintenance Schedule
  • Automating Maintenance Tasks

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create a server management task schedule for Windows Server 2008.
  • Plan for security update management plan by using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
  • List automated maintenance tools for Windows Server 2008.

Module 9: Maintaining a Distributed File System on Windows Server 2008

This module explains how to maintain a DFS on Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Planning Components Required for DFS
  • Planning for High Availability in DFS
  • Tools for Managing DFS

Lab: Planning for DFS

  • Evaluating the Existing Server Environment
  • Deployment Considerations for DFS
  • Designing a High-Availability DFS Solution
  • Implementing a High-Availability DFS Solution

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify services that are required for DFS.
  • Explain DFS fault tolerance.
  • Identify DFS management tools.

Module 10: Planning for Windows Server 2008 Backup

This module explains how to define backup requirements and policies for administering Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Planning Backups with Windows Server 2008
  • Planning Backup Policy on Windows Server 2008

Lab: Planning Windows Server 2008 Backup Policy

  • Evaluating the Existing Backup Plan
  • Updating the Backup Policy
  • Reviewing Backup Policy and Plans
  • Implementing the Backup Policy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create a backup and recovery plan by using Windows Server Backup.
  • Develop a backup policy for using Windows Server Backup.

Module 11: Managing Windows Server 2008 Restore

This module explains how to plan and implement a Windows Server 2008 restore.

Lessons

  • Planning a Server Restore Policy
  • Planning an EFS Restore Policy
  • Verifying Restored Data

Lab: Planning Windows Server 2008 Restore

  • Evaluating Backup Data
  • Planning a Restore
  • Investigating a Failed Restore
  • Restoring System State Data

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create a server restore plan.
  • Create a plan for restoring Encrypting File System (EFS) files.
  • Verify the restore procedure.

Module 12: Monitoring Windows Server 2008 Servers

This module explains how to plan for monitoring Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Planning Monitoring Tasks
  • Calculating a Server Baseline
  • Measuring Performance Objects
  • Selecting Appropriate Monitoring Tools
  • Planning Notification Methods

Lab: Identifying Windows Server 2008 Monitoring Requirements

  • Evaluating Performance Metrics
  • Monitoring Performance Metrics
  • Configuring Data Collector Sets
  • Evaluating Trends
  • Monitoring Extension Exercise

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan monitoring tasks.
  • Determine an appropriate server baseline.
  • Determine objects and counters to monitor based on server role.
  • Select the appropriate monitoring tools.
  • Identify appropriate notification methods.

Module 13: Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Hardware

This module explains how to troubleshoot hardware issues in Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Identifying Hardware Support Issues
  • Handling Hardware Component Failures
  • Handling Device Driver Failures

Lab: Troubleshooting Hardware Issues

  • Troubleshooting Network Connectivity
  • Troubleshooting Disk Problems
  • Planning for Future Capacity Requirements
  • Reviewing Troubleshooting Plans

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify hardware issues.
  • Explain hardware component failure.
  • Manage device driver failure.

Module 14: Troubleshooting Software Problems

This module explains how to troubleshoot software issues in Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Planning for Business Continuity
  • Reviewing Log Files
  • Reviewing Core Operating System Components
  • Evaluating Security Issues

Lab: Troubleshooting Software on Windows Server 2008

  • Resolving Driver Update Issues
  • Rolling Back an Update
  • Creating a Plan to Resolve Version Incompatibilities
  • Reconfiguring Software Settings

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the effect of software problems.
  • Identify troubleshooting log files.
  • Identify core operating system components.
  • Evaluate software security issues.

Module 15: Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 Networks

This module explains how to troubleshoot network issues in Windows Server 2008.

Lessons

  • Analyzing the Scale of Network Issues
  • Correcting IP Connectivity Issues
  • Resolving Names in Windows Server 2008

Lab: Troubleshooting Network Problems

  • Resolving Server Connectivity Problems
  • Resolving Name Resolution Problems
  • Resolving Slow Server Response Times

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify common types of network problems.
  • Resolve IP connectivity issues.
  • Resolve name resolution issues.

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for entry-level server administrators or information technology (IT) professionals who are interested in becoming server administrators as the next step in their career path.

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