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M20417 Upgrading your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

This version of this course, 20417, 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.


Learning Objectives

  • Install and configure Windows Server 2012 servers.
  • Monitor and maintain Windows Server 2012 servers.
  • Use Windows PowerShell 3.0 to manage Windows Server 2012 servers.
  • Configure storage on Windows Server 2012 servers.
  • Deploy and manage network services.
  • Deploy and manage a DirectAccess infrastructure.
  • Provide high availability for network services and applications by implementing failover clustering.
  • Deploy and configure virtual machines on Hyper-V.
  • Deploy and manage Hyper-V virtual machines in a failover cluster.
  • Configure Dynamic Access Control to manage and audit access to shared files.
  • Implement the new features in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) for Windows Server 2012.
  • Plan and implement an Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) deployment.


  • Two or more years of experience deploying and managing Windows Server 2008
  • Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation
  • Experience with Active Directory technologies and implementation
  • Experience with Windows Server 2008 server virtualization technologies and implementation

Students attending this course are expected to have passed the following exams, or have equivalent knowledge:

  • Exam 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • Exam 70-642: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Exam 70-646: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

Course Content

Module 1: Installing and Configuring Servers Based on Windows Server 2012

  • Installing Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring Remote Management for Windows Server 2012 Servers
  • Lab:Installing and Configuring Servers Based on Windows Server 2012

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

Module 3: Managing Windows Server 2012 by Using Windows PowerShell 3.0

  • 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

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
  • Lab:Implementing BranchCache

Module 5: Implementing Network Services

  • Implementing DNS and DHCP Enhancements
  • Implementing IP Address Management
  • NAP Overview
  • Implementing NAP
  • Lab:Implementing Network Services

Module 6: Implementing DirectAccess

  • Overview of DirectAccess
  • Installing and Configuring DirectAccess Components
  • Lab:Implementing DirectAccess

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exams & Certification

This course is preparation material, and maps directly to, the Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

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