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Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory and Group Policy

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4 Days


£1195 per person


This course assumes delegates have knowledge of implementing a Windows desktop such as Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8 in a Network business environment. These skills can be obtained from our desktop support courses. This course assumes no knowledge of Server 2012 R2.

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Administration

Learn how to


Installation and Deployment
Pre-Installation Tasks
Installation Types – Full V Server Core
Installation Troubleshooting
Installing / Upgrading to Windows 2012R2
Preparing for Installation
Installing Windows 2012R2 Server
Disk Partitioning Recommendations
Changing the Installation Type

Performing Initial Configuration Tasks
The Server Manager Utility
Server Manager Dashboard
Accessing Server Manager
Adding/Removing Roles
Adding/Removing Features

Overview of Active Directory
What is Active Directory?
Introducing Trees and Forests
Active Directory Physical Structure
Installing Active Directory on Windows 2012R2 Servers
Troubleshooting the Installation of Active Directory
Creating and Managing User Accounts
Introduction to User Accounts
Guidelines for New User Accounts
Creating Local User Accounts
Creating and Configuring User Accounts
Setting Properties for Domain User Accounts
Customizing User Settings with User Profiles
Best Practices

Managing Resource Access by Using Groups
Introduction to Groups
Configuring Universal Groups
Configuring Global Groups
Domain Local Groups
Security v Distribution Groups
Implementing Groups in a Workgroup
Implementing Groups in a Domain
NTFS Security and Permissions
NTFS Permissions
Setting NTFS permissions on files and folders
Sharing Resources
Setting Share Level Security Permissions
Combining NTFS and Share Level Permissions

Managing Distributed File System (DFS)
Describe DFS
Installing the DFS Service
Creating a DFS Namespace
Configuring Folder Targets and Replication
Viewing Diagnostic Reports for Replicated Folders

Introduction to TCP/IP
Introduction to TCP/IP
The History of TCP/IP
Protocols, Ports and Sockets
Microsoft TCP/IP Architecture
IP Addressing

Configuring IPv6
TCP/IP Overview of IPv6
Coexistence with IPv4
Transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6
Configuring a New IPv6 Network and Client
Describe the benefits and considerations of IPv6
Troubleshoot IPv6 connectivity

Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS
Installing the DNS Server Role
Configuring the DNS Server Role
Configuring a DNS Infrastructure
Troubleshooting DNS

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
The DHCP Server Role
The 4-way Handshake Process
Installing and Authorizing the DHCP Server Role
Configuring DHCP Scopes and Options
Managing a DHCP Database
Monitoring and Troubleshooting DHCP
Securing DHCP

Disk Management
Server 2012 R2 Disk Management Overview
Disk Management Features
File systems supported
Basic V Dynamic Storage
Creating Simple Storage Volumes
Implementing Fault Tolerance
Creating Spanned, Striped, Mirrored & RAID 5 Volumes
Configuring Disk Quotas
Overview Virtual Hard Disks
Creating/Importing Virtual Hard Disks
Overview - Storage Spaces and Storage Pools
Implementing Storage Spaces
Implementing Storage Pools

BitLocker Volume Encryption
What is BitLocker?
Disk Partitioning for BitLocker
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
BitLocker Operational Modes
Installing and Configuring BitLocker

Monitoring and Optimizing Performance
Monitoring Event Logs
Using Task Manager to Monitor System Resources
Using System Monitor to Monitor System Performance
Using System Alerts
Identify counters to monitor
Optimizing Performance
Resolving Performance Bottlenecks
Performance Logging

Implementing Security Auditing
Auditing Windows Server 2012 R2
Configuring Auditing
Auditing File and Folder Access
Auditing Logon Events
Auditing Printers
Viewing/Examining Audit Logs

Remote Administration
Using Remote Desktop
Overview - Remote Desktop Services (RDS)
Server Manager Remote Management
Remote Desktop for Administration
Installing/Configuring RDS
Introduction to Remote Administration
Remote Administration Options

Disaster Protection
Introduction to Disaster Protection
Using Windows Server Backup
Backing Up and Restoring Data
PowerShell WBADMIN Commands
Using Disaster Recovery Tools
F8 – Boot Options
Repairing Server 2012 R2

Overview – The Print Management Console
Installing the Print Management Console
Configuring the Print Management Console
Adding New Printers
Configuring Printing Devices
Configuring Printer Permissions