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Windows Server 2008 Administration

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Windows Server® 2008 Administration: Hands-On

You Will Learn How To

  • Maintain, troubleshoot and secure Windows Server 2008
  • Implement key security components to protect your server
  • Develop and deploy a patch management strategy
  • Leverage built-in components to create a highly available infrastructure
  • Optimize and tune system performance for greater responsiveness
  • Recover from system failures with troubleshooting tools and techniques

Course Benefits

Organizations are facing a multitude of administrative challenges to their infrastructure. Windows Server 2008 provides administrators with powerful and flexible tools to overcome these challenges and manage complex server environments. In this course, you gain the practical experience to administer, troubleshoot and secure a Windows Server 2008 environment.

Who Should Attend

Those developing an administrative strategy within a Windows Server 2008 environment. Experience with Windows Server and the Active Directory at the level of Course 960, "Windows Server 2008 Comprehensive Introduction," is assumed.

Hands-On Training

Practical exercises provide experience administering Windows Server 2008. Exercises include:

  • Administering systems with Server Manager, WSRM and PowerShell
  • Creating group policies to configure remote administration
  • Reducing the attack surface with Server Core
  • Solving boot configuration problems
  • Creating a fault-tolerant environment with clusters, DFS and Hyper-V
  • Troubleshooting system issues

Course 961 Content

  • Windows Server 2008 Administration

    • Developing an effective administrative strategy
    • Tools, techniques and best practices
  • Building Blocks of Server Management

    • Implementing role-based server administration
    • Analyzing available server roles
    • Solving remote administration issues
    • Remotely configuring features to maximize functionality
    • Leveraging fundamental tools and components
    • Controlling resources with Server Manager
    • Performing common administrative tasks with PowerShell
    • Microsoft System Center
  • Securing Windows Server 2008

    • Hardening your server
    • Reducing the attack surface
    • Baselining your server with Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
    • Implementing Group Policies for security
    • Generating custom templates with Security Configuration Wizard (SCW)
    • Creating effective security policies
    • Building security templates with the Security Configuration and Analysis tool
    • Integrating local and AD policies
    • Tracking internal access
    • Achieving your security goals with selective auditing
    • Centralizing the audit management process
    • Reducing vulnerabilities with Server Core
    • Managing Server Core from the command line
    • Minimizing exploitable components
  • Patch Management Implementation

    • Developing a strategy for patch management
    • Taking inventory and documenting the existing environment
    • Deploying service packs and hotfixes
    • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
    • Managing the WSUS catalog
    • Configuring WSUS components
    • Preparing the workstations with Group Policy
    • Authorizing and distributing patches to clients


    • Maintaining a High-Availability Environment

      • Building fault-tolerant servers
      • Maximizing resource utilization with Hyper-V
      • Enabling failover clustering to ensure business continuity
      • Analyzing cluster models for optimal architectures
      • Replicating with the Distributed File System (DFS)
      • Transferring data with the DFS Replication (DFSR) service
      • Optimizing and troubleshooting replication
      • Virtualizing servers to extend uptime
      • Selecting the appropriate virtualization model
      • Best practices for architecting your virtual environment
      • Disaster recovery methods and tools
      • Repairing the server with imaging technologies
      • Full server backup with scripts and scheduled tasks
    • Maximizing Performance and Increasing Responsiveness

      • Diagnosing system performance problems
      • Monitoring applications and processes with Reliability and Performance Monitor
      • Identifying the essential system counters
      • Optimizing servers with Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM)
      • Tracing performance problems
      • Isolating the causes of performance problems
      • Locating and solving bottlenecks
    • Troubleshooting Windows Server 2008

      • Resolving issues with diagnostic tools
      • Shutdown Event Tracker
      • BCDEDIT
      • Repairing the Registry
      • Rooting out Registry problems
      • Backing up and restoring the Registry
      • Coping with driver failures
      • Revealing and uninstalling phantom devices
      • Demystifying and recovering from common failures
      • Solving boot configuration problems
      • Identifying critical boot components
      • Fixing partition tables and the boot configuration data store