MCT511 - Administering Windows Server 2012

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Subject Title
Administering Windows Server 2012

Subject Description
Participants gain the skills and knowledge to manage and maintain the core infrastructure required for a Windows Server 2012 environment.  Topics include the initial deployment of Windows Server 2012 services and infrastructure, managing and maintaining a domain based Windows Server 2012 environment, user and group management, network access and data security.  Microsoft Course 20411, prepares for MCSA exam 70-411.

Credit Status
 This subject is part of the Network Administrator Recognition of Achievement program. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

• Deploy and Maintain Server Images
• Configure and Troubleshoot DNS
• Maintain Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
• Manage User and Service Accounts
• Implement a Group Policy Infrastructure
• Manage User Desktops with Group Policy
• Configure and Troubleshoot Remote Access
• Install, Configure and Troubleshoot Network Policy Server (NPS) role
• Implement Network Access Protection (NAP)
• Optimize File Services
• Configure Encryption and Advanced Auditing
• Implement Update Management
• Monitor Windows Server 2012

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Topic Outline
Module 1: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images
• Overview of Windows Deployment Services
• Implementing Deployment with Windows Deployment Services
• Administering Windows Deployment Services
• Installing and Configuring Windows Deployment Services
• Creating Operating System Images with Windows Deployment Services
• Configuring Custom Computer Naming
• Deploying Images with Windows Deployment Services

Module 2: Configuring and Troubleshooting Domain Name System
• Installing the DNS Server Role
• Configuring the DNS Server Role
• Configuring DNS Zones
• Configuring DNS Zone Transfers
• Managing and Troubleshooting DNS
• Configuring DNS Resource Records
• Configuring DNS Conditional Forwarding
• Configuring DNS Conditional Forwarding
• Troubleshooting DNS

Module 3: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services Overview of AD DS
• Implementing Virtualized Domain Controllers
• Implementing RODC
• Administering AD DS
• Managing the AD DS Database
• Installing and Configuring a RODC
• Configuring AD DS snapshots
• Configuring the Active Directory Recycle Bin

Module 4: Managing User and Service Accounts
• Automating User Account Management
• Configuring Password-Policy and User-Account Lockout Settings
• Configuring Managed Service Accounts
• Configuring Password-Policy and Account-Lockout Settings
• Creating and Associating a Managed Service Account

Module 5: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure
• Introducing Group Policy
• Implementing and Administering Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
• Group Policy Scope and Group Policy Processing
• Troubleshooting the Application of GPOs
• Creating and Configuring GPOs
• Managing GPO Scope
• Verifying GPO Application
• Managing GPOs

Module 6: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy
• Implementing Administrative Templates
• Configuring Folder Redirection and Scripts
• Configuring Group Policy Preferences
• Managing Software with Group Policy
• Implementing Settings by Using Group Policy Preferences
• Configuring Folder Redirection

Module 7: Configuring and Troubleshooting Remote Access
• Configuring Network Access
• Configuring Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access
• Overview of Network Policies
• Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access
• Configuring DirectAccess
• Configuring a VPS Server
• Configuring VPN Clients
• Configuring the DirectAccess Infrastructure
• Configuring the DirectAccess Clients
• Verifying the DirectAccess Configuration

Module 8: Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role
• Installing and Configuring a NPS
• Configuring Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) Clients and Servers
• NPS Authentication Methods
• Monitoring and Troubleshooting a NPS
• Installing and Configuring NPS to Support RADIUS
• Configuring and Testing a RADIUS Client

Module 9: Implementing Network Access Protection
• Overview of Network Access Protection
• Overview of NAP Enforcement Processes
• Configuring NAP
• Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP
• Configuring NAP Components
• Configuring VPN Access
• Configuring the Client Settings to Support NAP

Module 10: Optimizing File Services
• Overview of FSRM
• Using FSRM to Manage Quotas, File Screens, and Storage Reports
• Implementing Classification and File Management Tasks
• Overview of Distributed File System (DFS)
• Configuring DFS Namespaces
• Configuring and Troubleshooting Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R)
• Configuring FSRM Quotas
• Configuring File Screening and Storage Reports
• Installing the DFS Role Service
• Configuring a DFS Namespace
• Configuring DFS-R

Module 11: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing
• Encrypting Files by Using Encrypting File System
• Configuring Advanced Auditing
• Encrypting and Recovering Files
• Configuring Advanced Auditing

Module 12: Implementing Update Management
• Overview of WSUS
• Deploying Updates with WSUS
• Implementing the WSUS Server Role
• Configuring Update Settings
• Approving and Deploying an Update by Using WSUS

Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012
• Monitoring Tools
• Using Performance Monitor
• Monitoring Event Logs
• Establishing a Performance Baseline
• Identifying the Source of a Performance Problem
• Viewing and Configuring Centralized Event Logs

Mode of Instruction
The primary mode of learning is through classroom lecture and instruction and hands on labs. Additional modes of instruction include class discussion, lecture and question and answer period.

Prescribed Texts
The following textbook will be provided:
Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) course 20411B

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Modes of Evaluation
This subject is part of the Network Administrator program.   Those students choosing to pursue their Network Administrator Recognition of Achievement are required to complete a final exam. The passing grade for each exam is 70%. All courses are graded as SAT (Satisfactory) for students who achieve 70% or highter or UNSAT (Unsatisfactory) for students who achieve less than 70%. 

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