MOC 20411 - Administering Windows Server 2012


Description The course is part two of a series of three courses, which provide the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. The three courses in total will collectively cover implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. While there is some cross-over in skillset and tasks across the courses, this course will primarily cover the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as user and group management, network access and data security. Audience Profile

Candidates would typically be System Administrators or aspiring to be System Administrators. They must have at least one year hands on experience working in a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 environment. Candidates must also have knowledge equivalent to that already covered in “20410A: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012” course as this course will build upon that knowledge.


  • At least one year of experience working with Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Active Directory and networking infrastructure.
  • Knowledge equivalent to that already covered in “20410A:Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012”.

    Learning Objectives

    • 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

    Module 1: Configuring and Troubleshooting Domain Name System


    • Configuring the DNS Server Role
    • Configuring DNS Zones
    • Configuring DNS Zone Transfers
    • Managing and Troubleshooting DNS
    • Lab: Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS

    Module 2: Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services


    • Overview of AD DS
    • Implementing Virtualized Domain Controllers
    • Implementing Read-Only Domain Controllers
    • Administering AD DS
    • Managing the AD DS Database
    • Lab: Maintaining AD DS

    Module 3: Managing User and Service Accounts


    • Configuring Password Policy and User Account
    • Configuring Managed Service Accounts
    • Lab: Managing User and Service Accounts

    Module 4: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure


    • Introducing Group Policy
    • Implementing and Administering GPOs
    • Group Policy Scope and Group Policy Processing
    • Troubleshooting the Application of GPOs
    • Lab: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure

    Module 5: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy


    • Implementing Administrative Templates
    • Configuring Folder Redirection and Scripts
    • Configuring Group Policy Preferences
    • Managing Software with Group Policy
    • Lab: Managing User Desktops with Group Policy

    Module 6: Configuring and Troubleshooting Remote Access


    • Remote Access Overview
    • Implementing DirectAccess by Using the Getting Started Wizard
    • Implementing and Managing an Advanced DirectAccess Infrastructure
    • Implementing VPN
    • Implementing Web Application Proxy
    • Lab: Implementing DirectAccess by Using the Getting Started Wizard
    • Lab: Deploying an Advanced DirectAccess Solution
    • Lab: Implementing VPN
    • Lab: Implementing Web Application Proxy

    Module 7: Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role


    • Installing and Configuring a Network Policy Server
    • Configuring RADIUS Clients and Servers
    • NPS Authentication Methods
    • Monitoring and Troubleshooting a Network Policy Server
    • Lab: Installing and Configuring a Network Policy Server

    Module 8: Implementing Network Access Protection


    • Network Access Protection Overview
    • Configuring NAP
    • Configuring IPSec Enforcement for NAP
    • Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP
    • Lab: Implementing NAP with VPN Enforcement
    • Lab: Implementing IPSec Enforcement for NAP

    Module 9: Optimizing File Services


    • Overview of FSRM
    • Using FSRM to Manage Quotas, File Screens, and Storage Reports
    • Implementing Classification Management and File Management Tasks
    • DFS Overview
    • Configuring DFS Namespaces
    • Configuring and Troubleshooting DFS-R
    • Lab: Configuring Quotas and File Screening Using FSRM
    • Lab: Implementing DFS

    Module 10: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing


    • Encrypting Drives by Using BitLocker
    • Encrypting Files by Using Encrypting File System
    • Configuring Advanced Auditing
    • Lab: Configuring Encryption and Advanced Auditing

    Module 11: Deploying and Maintaining Server Images


    • Overview of Windows Deployment Services
    • Managing Windows Deployment Images
    • Implementing Deployment with Windows Deployment Services
    • Administering Windows Deployment Services
    • Lab: Using Windows Deployment Services to Deploy Windows Server 2012

    Module 12: Implementing Update Management


    • Overview of WSUS
    • Deploying Updates with WSUS
    • Lab: Implementing Update Management

    Module 13: Monitoring Windows Server 2012


    • Monitoring Tools
    • Using Performance Monitor
    • Monitoring Event Logs
    • Lab: Monitoring Windows Server 2012