Configuring and Troubleshooting a Windows Server® 2008 Network Infrastructure Training Course


Microsoft Official Curriculum Course Number: 6421
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Course Description
This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to configure and troubleshoot a Windows Server 2008 network infrastructure. Students will learn to implement and configure secure network access and implement fault tolerant storage technologies. Students will gain an understanding of the network technologies most commonly used with Windows Server 2008 and IP-enabled networks. Students will also learn how to secure servers and maintain update compliance.


Audience
The primary audience for this course includes Active Directory technology specialists aspiring to be Enterprise Administrators (Tier 4 daily network operations) or Network Administrators (Tier 2). Experienced Server Administrators who aspire to be Enterprise Administrators will also benefit from this course.

The secondary audience for this course includes Storage Area Network Administrators who need to understand this information to deploy or extend their current storage infrastructure. Operations Managers who need this information to support troubleshooting efforts and business decisions will also benefit from this course.


Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:
  • You must have an intermediate understanding of Windows Server operating systems such as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 and Windows client operating systems such as Windows Vista or Windows 7. Client operating system knowledge equivalent to the below certifications would be of benefit.
  • Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuration or Exam 70-620: TS: Windows Vista, Configuring      
  • You should understand how TCP/IP functions and have a basic understanding of addressing, name resolution (Domain Name System [DNS]/Windows Internet Name Service [WINS]), connection methods (wired, wireless, virtual private network [VPN]).
  • You should have an awareness of security best practices such as understanding file system permissions, authentication methods, workstation, and server hardening methods, and so forth.  
  • The minimum level of knowledge required in the above three bullet points, excluding the client experience, can be covered by having knowledge equivalent to the MOC course 6420B: Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008     
  • Basic knowledge of Active Directory would also be of benefit.


Course Completion Skills:
  • Install and configure servers.
  • Configure and troubleshoot DNS.
  • Configure and manage WINS.
  • Configure and troubleshoot DHCP.
  • Configure and troubleshoot IPv6 TCP/IP.
  • Configure and troubleshoot Routing and Remote Access.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot the Network Policy Server Role service.
  • Configure Network Access Protection.
  • Configure IPsec.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot IPsec.
  • Configure and manage Distributed File System.
  • Configure and manage storage technologies.
  • Configure availability of network resources and content.
  • Configure server security compliance.


Exam Certification
This course is recommended for exam 70-642, and  the following certifications:

1. MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
*Exams required: 70-640, 70-642, 70-643, 70-647, and one of 70-620, 70-680, or 70-681

2. MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008

*Exams required: 70-640, 70-642, and 70-646

3. MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
Exams require: 70-642

*Multiple exams can be taken in any order
Module 1 Installing and Configuring Servers
This module explains how to identify the appropriate usage scenario and installation type for a server and then install and configure appropriate server roles and features.

Lessons
Installing Windows Server 2008
Managing Server Roles and Features
Overview of the Server Core Installation Option

Lab: Installing and Configuring Servers and Server Roles
Exercise 1: Identifying Server Types
Exercise 2: Installing and Configuring Server Roles and Features
Exercise 3: Configuring Server Core and Performing Basic Management Tasks

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Identify the system requirements and process for installing Windows Server 2008.
  • Describe the difference between server roles and features.
  • Describe the benefits of and roles supported by a Server Core installation.


Module 2 Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS
This module explains how to configure, manage and troubleshoot DNS server and zone properties to be used in a secure environment.

Lessons
Installing the DNS Server Role
Configuring the DNS Server Role
Configuring DNS Zones
Configuring DNS Zone Transfers
Managing and Troubleshooting DNS

Lab: Configuring and Verifying a DNS Solution
Exercise 1: Configuring a DNS Infrastructure
Exercise 2: Monitoring and Troubleshooting DNS

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Install the DNS Server role.
  • Configure the DNS Server role to support various query types.
  • Configure DNS zones.
  • Configure DNS zone transfers.
  • Manage DNS zone records and troubleshoot DNS using various tools.


Module 3 Configuring and Managing WINS
This module explains how to configure, manage and troubleshoot WINS servers.

Lessons
Overview of the Windows Internet Name Service
Managing the WINS Server
Configuring WINS Replication
Migrating from WINS to DNS

Lab: Configuring a WINS Infrastructure
Exercise 1: Installing WINS
Exercise 2: Configuring WINS Burst Handling
Exercise 3: Configuring WINS Replication
Exercise 4: Migrating from WINS to DNS

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Install and configure the Windows Internet Name Service.
  • Manage WINS client records.
  • Configure and manage WINS replication.
  • Migrate a WINS infrastructure to DNS.


Module 4 Configuring and Troubleshooting DHCP
This module explains how to configure, manage and troubleshoot a DHCP environment supporting an 
IPV4 infrastructure.

Lessons
Overview of the DHCP Server Role
Configuring DHCP Scopes and Options
Managing a DHCP Database
Monitoring and Troubleshooting DHCP
Securing DHCP

Lab: Configuring and Troubleshooting the DHCP Server Role
Exercise 1: Installing and Authorizing the DHCP Server Role
Exercise 2: Configuring a DHCP Scope
Exercise 3: Troubleshooting Common DHCP Issues

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Describe how DHCP works.
  • Configure DHCP scopes and options.
  • Manage a DHCP database.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot DHCP.
  • Secure DHCP.


Module 5 Configuring and Troubleshooting IPv6 TCPIP
This module explains how to configure and troubleshoot static and dynamic IPv6 addresses, including subnet prefix lengths, gateways and DNS servers.

Lessons
Overview of IPv6
Coexistence with IPv6
IPv6 Tunneling Technologies
Transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6
Troubleshooting IPv6

Lab A: Configuring an ISATAP Router
Exercise 1: Configuring a New IPv6 Network and Client
Exercise 2: Configuring an ISATAP Router to Enable Communication Between an IPv4 Network and an IPv6 Network
Lab B: Converting the Network
Exercise 1: Transitioning to an IPv6-Only Network

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Describe the benefits and considerations of IPv6.
  • Describe how IPv6 can coexist with IPv4 environments.
  • Describe IPv6 tunneling technologies used to interoperate with IPv4 networks.
  • Describe the process used to migrate from IPv4 to IPv6.
  • Troubleshoot IPv6 connectivity.


Module 6 Configuring and Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access
This module explains how to configure and troubleshoot Routing and Remote Access Services.

Lessons
Configuring Network Access
Configuring VPN Access
Overview of Network Policies
Overview of the Connection Manager Administration Kit
Troubleshooting Routing and Remote Access

Lab: Configuring and Managing Network Access
Exercise 1: Configuring Routing and Remote Access as a VPN Remote Access Solution
Exercise 2: Configuring a Custom Network Policy
Exercise 3: Configuring Logging
Exercise 4: Configuring a Connection Profile

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Install and configure the Routing and Remote Access service.
  • Configure VPN access.
  • Configure network policies.
  • Configure a connection profile using the Connection Manager Administration Kit.
  • Troubleshoot Routing and Remote Access.


Module 7 Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting the Network Policy Server Role Service
This module explains how to install, configure and troubleshoot the Network Policy Server Role service.

Lessons
Installing and Configuring a Network Policy Server
Configuring RADIUS Clients and Servers
NPS Authentication Methods
Monitoring and Troubleshooting a Network Policy Server

Lab: Configuring and Managing Network Policy Server
Exercise 1: Installing and Configuring the Network Policy Server Role Service
Exercise 2: Configuring a RADIUS Client
Exercise 3: Configuring Certificate Auto-Enrollment

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Install and configure the Network Policy Server role.
  • Configure a RADIUS client and server.
  • Describe NPS authentication methods.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot a Network Policy server.


Module 8 Configuring Network Access Protection
This module explains how to configure and manage NAP for DHCP, VPN, and 802.1X.

Lessons
Overview of Network Access Protection
How NAP Works
Configuring NAP
Monitoring and Troubleshooting NAP

Lab: Configuring NAP for DHCP and VPN
Exercise 1: Configuring NAP for DHCP Clients
Exercise 2: Configuring NAP for VPN Clients

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Describe the benefits and uses of NAP.
  • Describe how NAP works in various access scenarios.
  • Configure NAP.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot NAP.


Module 9 Configuring IPsec
This module explains how to configure and test IPsec.

Lessons
Overview of IPsec
Configuring Connection Security Rules
Configuring IPsec NAP Enforcement
Lab: Configuring IPsec NAP Enforcement
Exercise 1: Preparing the Network Environment for IPsec NAP Enforcement
Exercise 2: Configuring and Testing IPsec NAP Enforcement

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Describe the benefits and uses of IPsec.
  • Configure Connection Security rules.
  • Configure IPsec NAP enforcement.


Module 10 Monitoring and Troubleshooting IPsec
This module explains how to monitor and troubleshoot IPsec.

Lessons
Monitoring IPsec Activity
Troubleshooting IPsec

Lab: Monitoring and Troubleshooting IPsec
Exercise 1: Monitoring IPSec Connectivity
Exercise 2: Configuring Connection Security
Exercise 3: Troubleshooting IPSec

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Monitor IPsec activity.
  • Troubleshoot IPsec.


Module 11 Configuring and Managing Distributed File System
This module explains how to configure and manage Distributed File System.

Lessons
DFS Overview
Configuring DFS Namespaces
Configuring DFS Replication

Lab: Configuring DFS
Exercise 1: Installing the Distributed File System Role Service
Exercise 2: Creating a DFS Namespace
Exercise 3: Configuring Folder Targets and Folder Replication
Exercise 4: Viewing Diagnostic Reports for Replicated Folders

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Describe the Distributed File System.
  • Manage DFS namespaces.
  • Configure DFS replication.


Module 12 Configuring and Managing Storage Technologies
This module explains how to configure and troubleshoot file system storage technologies included with Windows Server 2008.

Lessons
Windows Server 2008 Storage Management Overview
Managing Storage Using File Server Resource Manager
Configuring Quota Management
Implementing File Screening
Managing Storage Reports

Lab: Configuring and Managing Storage Technologies
Exercise 1: Installing the FSRM Role Service
Exercise 2: Configuring Storage Quotas
Exercise 3: Configuring File Screening
Exercise 4: Generating Storage Reports

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Describe storage management solutions included in Windows Server 2008.
  • Manage storage using File Server Resource Manager (FSRM).
  • Configure quota management using FSRM.
  • Implement file screening using FSRM.
  • Manage storage reports.


Module 13 Configuring Availability of Network Resources and Content
This module explains how to describe and configure backup and recovery methods.

Lessons
Backing Up Data
Configuring Shadow Copies
Providing Server and Service Availability

Lab: Configuring Availability of Network Resources
Exercise 1: Configuring Windows Server Backup and Restore
Exercise 2: Configuring Shadow Copying
Exercise 3: Configuring Network Load Balancing

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Back up data.
  • Configure shadow copies.
  • Provide server and service availability.


Module 14 Configuring Server Security Compliance
This module explains how to configure and analyze server security and security update compliance.

Lessons
Securing a Windows Infrastructure
Using Security Templates to Secure Servers
Configuring an Audit Policy
Overview of Windows Server Update Services
Managing Windows Server Update Services

Lab: Configuring Server Security Compliance
Exercise 1: Configuring and Analyzing Security
Exercise 2: Analyzing Security Templates
Exercise 3: Configuring Windows Software Update Services

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To
  • Secure a server role within a Windows infrastructure.
  • Secure servers using security templates.
  • Configure an audit policy.
  • Describe the use of Windows Server Update Services.
  • Manage updates using Windows Server Update Services.

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