Course Code: 860

20417 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

Class Dates:
5 Days
Class Time:
Instructor-Led Training, Virtual Instructor-Led Training


  • Course Overview
  • This version of this course, 20417A, utilizes pre-release software in the virtual machines for the labs. This course is designed primarily for people who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012. It presumes a high level of knowledge about previous Windows Server versions.
    This will explain new features and functionality in Windows Server 2012 around management, networking infrastructure, storage, access control, Hyper-V, high availability, and identity federation. Specific technologies covered will include Dynamic Access Control(DAC), Failover Clustering, Microsoft Online Backup and changes with Active Directory, and Hyper-V and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). It is not a product upgrade course, detailing the considerations for migrating and upgrading your specific environment to Windows Server 2012. However, this course will update your skills to Windows Server 2012.
  • Audience
  • The primary audience for this course is Information Technology (IT) professionals who are experienced Windows Server 2008 Server Administrators, and who carry out day-to-day management and administrative tasks, and want to update their skills and knowledge to Windows Server 2012.
    The secondary audience for this course includes candidates who hold existing credentials in Windows Server 2008 at Technology Specialist (TS) or Professional (PRO) level, and who want to migrate their current credentials to the new credential of Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) with Windows Server 2012.


Course Details

  • Module 1: Installing and Configuring Servers Based on Windows Server 2012
  • This module covers the installation and initial configuration and management of Windows Server 2012. It also explains how to configure remote management in Windows Server 2012.
  • Installing Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring Remote Management for Windows Server 2012 Servers
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • •Install Windows Server 2012.
  • •Configure Windows Server 2012.
  • •Configure remote management for Windows Server 2012 servers
  • Module 2: Monitoring and Maintaining Windows Server 2012
  • Monitoring Windows Server 2012
  • Implementing Windows Server Backup
  • Implementing Server and Data Recovery
  • Lab : Monitoring and Maintaining Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring Centralized Monitoring for Windows Server 2012 Servers
  • Backing Up Windows Server 2012
  • Restoring Files by Using Windows Server Backup
  • Implementing Microsoft Online Backup and Restore
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • •Monitor Windows Server 2012
  • •Implement Windows Server Backup
  • •Restore data and servers by using Windows Server Backup
  • Module 3: Managing Windows Server 2012 by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • This module explains the features and functionality of Windows PowerShell 3.0. It also describes managing Windows Server 2012 servers and AD DS with Windows PowerShell.
  • Overview of Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Using Windows PowerShell 3.0 to Manage AD DS
  • Managing Servers by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Lab : Managing Servers Running Windows Server 2012 by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Managing AD DS by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Managing Servers by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • •Describe the Windows PowerShell command-line interface.
  • •Use Windows PowerShell to manage Active Directory Domain Service (AD DS).
  • •Manage servers by using Windows PowerShell.
  • Module 4: Managing Storage for Windows Server 2012
  • New Features in Windows Server 2012 Storage
  • Configuring iSCSI Storage
  • Configuring Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring BranchCache in Windows Server 2012
  • Lab : Managing Storage for Servers Based on Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring iSCSI Storage
  • Configuring a Redundant Storage Space
  • Lab : Implementing BranchCache
  • Performing Initial Configuration Tasks for BranchCache
  • Configuring BranchCache Client Computers
  • Configuring BranchCache on the Branch Server
  • Module 5: Implementing Network Services
  • Implementing DNS and DHCP Enhancements
  • Implementing IP Address Management
  • NAP Overview
  • Implementing NAP
  • Lab : Implementing Network Services
  • Configuring New Features in DNS and DHCP
  • Configuring IP Address Management
  • Configuring NAP
  • Verifying the NAP Deployment
  • Module 6: Implementing DirectAccess
  • Overview of DirectAccess
  • Installing and Configuring DirectAccess Components
  • Lab : Implementing DirectAccess
  • Configuring the DirectAccess Infrastructure
  • Configuring the DirectAccess Clients
  • Verifying the DirectAccess Configuration
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • •Describe the DirectAccess functionality in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.
  • •Install and configure DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.
  • Module 7: Implementing Failover Clustering
  • Overview of Failover Clustering
  • Implementing a Failover Cluster
  • Configuring Highly-Available Applications and Services on a Failover Cluster
  • Maintaining a Failover Cluster
  • Implementing a Multi-Site Failover Cluster
  • Lab : Implementing Failover Clustering
  • Configuring a Failover Cluster
  • Deploying and Configuring a Highly-Available File Server
  • Validating the Deployment of the Highly-Available File Server
  • Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating on the Failover Cluster
  • Module 8: Implementing Hyper-V
  • Configuring Hyper-V Servers
  • Configuring Hyper-V Storage
  • Configuring Hyper-V Networking
  • Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Machines
  • Lab : Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V
  • Installing the Hyper-V Server Role
  • Configuring Virtual Networking
  • Creating and Configuring a Virtual Machine
  • Module 9: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V
  • Overview of the Integration of Hyper-V with Failover Clustering
  • Implementing Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Failover Clusters
  • Implementing Hyper-V Virtual Machine Movement
  • Managing Hyper-V Virtual Environments by Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Lab : Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V
  • Configuring Hyper-V Replicas
  • Configuring a Failover Cluster for Hyper-V
  • Configuring a Highly-Available Virtual Machine
  • Module 10: Implementing Dynamic Access Control
  • Overview of Dynamic Access Control
  • Planning for a Dynamic Access Control Implementation
  • Implementing and Configuring Dynamic Access Control
  • Lab : Implementing Dynamic Access Control
  • Planning the Dynamic Access Control Implementation and Preparing AD DS for Dynamic Access Control
  • Configuring User and Device Claims
  • Configuring Resource Properties and File Classifications
  • Configuring Central Access Rules and Policies
  • Validating and Remediating Access Control
  • Module 11: Implementing Active Directory Domain Services
  • Deploying AD DS Domain Controllers
  • Configuring AD DS Domain Controllers
  • Implementing Service Accounts
  • Implementing Group Policy in AD DS
  • Maintaining AD DS
  • Lab : Implementing AD DS
  • Deploying a Read-Only Domain Controller
  • Troubleshooting Group Policy
  • Implementing Service Accounts in AD DS
  • Maintaining AD DS
  • Module 12: Implementing Active Directory Federation Services
  • Overview of Active Directory Federation Services
  • Deploying Active Directory Federation Services
  • Implementing AD FS for a Single Organization
  • Deploying AD FS in a Business to Business Federation Scenario
  • Lab : Implementing AD FS
  • Configuring AD FS Prerequisites
  • Installing and Configuring AD FS
  • Configuring AD FS for a Single Organization
  • Configuring AD FS for Federated Business Partners