Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 R270-417
Install and Configure Servers
In this introductory chapter, we learn the minimum hardware requirements for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and the upgrade paths available from previous Windows Server versions. We use Features on Demand to reduce the disk space requirements of our server by removing the binary files of unused Server Roles and Features. We then install a Feature whose binary files have been removed using the Side-by-Side store.
We learn we can remove the GUI of Server 2012 R2 by uninstalling a Feature in Server Manager, converting it to Server Core. We discuss the benefits of this then add the Minimal Server Interface with PowerShell. Finally, we return to the Full Installation by re-installing the Feature. In this process, we learn this technique can allow us to migrate a Server 2008 Core instance to Server 2012 R2 Full Installation.
In this chapter, we learn about NIC Teaming and the advantages it can bring. We look at types of NIC Teams – Static Teaming, Switch Independent and Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP). Finally, we complete the NIC Teaming process.
Using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool, we perform an online upgrade of Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition to Datacenter Edition. We discuss some of the other fuctions of the DISM tool.
Learn the advantages of using Storage Spaces in Server 2012 R2. We create a Storage Pool using disks from the Primordial Pool and create a Virtual Disk on this new Storage Pool. We discuss Parity, Simple, Spanned and Mirrored Virtual Disk configurations.
In this chapter, we learn now to create and mount a VHDX file. We look at the differences between MBR and GPT partition tables and use DiskPart to convert from MBR to GPT.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Install and Configure Servers’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Configure Server Roles and Features
Learn how to remotely manage other Windows Server 2012 R2 installations using Server Manager. We look at Server Pools and discover the prerequisites for managing roles and features
We learn what is required to be able to remotely manage a Windows Server 2012 R2 installation using a non domain administrator account.
In this chapter, we learn the differences in the remote management technologies WMI over WinRM and WMI over DCOM. We see what is required for WMI over DCOM to be successful.
Using Server Core 2012 R2, we see how to remotely manage other servers using the command line tools, WinRS. We then learn what is required in Server Core to allow WMI over DCOM management commands to run.
We learn that we cannot remotely manage Server 2008 R2 from the Server Manager of Server 2012 R2. In this chapter, we learn what we must install and configure to enable remote management of this down-level server.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure Server Roles and Features’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Using the Hyper-V Manager snap-in, we create a virtual machine whilst at the same time learning the new features of Hyper-V in Server 2012 R2. This includes the introduction of Generation 2 VMs.
In this chapter, we look at how to configure virtual machine settings. We learn about Enhanced Session Mode, Startup Order, Smart Paging and Checkpoints.
We look at how to monitor Hyper-V virtual machines with real time and longer term metrics. We use Task Manager, Resource Metering and Performance Monitor.
We learn the advantages of using the new VHDX file format and see how to expand, compact and convert these files. We discuss the differences between Fixed and Dynamically Expanding disks and look at Storage Quality of Service (QoS).
In Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, Virtual Networks have been renamed Virtual Switches. We configure a Virtual Switch and enable Single Root IO Virtualization. We learn about advanced features such as Port Mirroring.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure Hyper-V’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Install and Administer Active Directory
In this chapter, we learn the new way to install an Active Directory Domain Controller in Server 2012 R2. We learn how to manage a Global Catalog and see how to view the SRV Records a domain controller creates. We use ADSI Edit to view the Schema Partition.
We use PowerShell to install Active Directory Domain Services then promote the Server Core instance to a domain controller. We learn how to demote a domain controller with PowerShell, rather than the retired dcpromo.exe command.
Using the Active Directory Administrative Center, we pre-create a Read Only Domain Controller (RODC) and discuss the advantages of doing this. We complete the installation using a delegated standard user account.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Install and Administer Active Directory’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Deploy, Manage and Maintain Servers
We use Performance Monitor (Perf Mon) to create a Data Collector Set (DCS) and a Performance Counter Alert. We learn the different types of Data Collector Sets and create a GPO to configure a Subscription Manager.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Deploy, Manage and Maintain Servers’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Configure Network Services and Access
In this chapter, we configure DirectAccess and learn the concepts behind the Force Tunneling, the Network Connectivity Assistant and the Network Location Assistant. We configure the Name Resolution Policy Table (NRPT).
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure Network Services and Access’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Configure a Network Policy Server Infrastructure
Using the Network Policy Server (NPS) feature, we configure Network Access Protection (NAP) for a specific DHCP scope. We learn the role Network Policies and Health Policies play and use System Health Validators (SHV) to define health requirements.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure a Network Policy Server Infrastructure’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Configure and Manage Active Directory
We learn how to clone a Domain Controller using Hyper-V Manager. We discover the prerequisites and learn how in include 3rd party applications.
In this chapter, we learn about the Active Directory Recycle Bin. We learn the prerequsities and security concerns of using the Active Directory Recycle Bin and run through an example use case scenario.
We use the NTDSUtil command line tool to create and mount a snapshot of Active Directory. Using DSAMain, we learn how to expose this snapshot to enable us to restore previously deleted objects.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure and Manage Active Directory’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Configure and Manage Group Policy
We review Group Policy Objects, including inheritance, enforcing a GPO, WMI Filtering and Security Filtering. We learn what the Slow Link Detection is used for and how to configure it. Finally, we update remote computers policies using PowerShell.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure and Manage Group Policy’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Configure and Manage High Availability
In this chapter, we create and configure a failover cluster. We learn the new features in Server 2012 R2 including Cluster Aware Updating (CUA), Node Drain and the increased number of supported nodes. We configure networking and learn how to remove a vote from a node.
We learn about a new feature in Windows Server 2012 in this chapter – the Scale-Out File Server. We learn the advantages of using this to host application data but discover the limitations this has in functionality.
In this chapter, we learn how to monitor a service that is running within a virtual machine and what to configure if we want a VM failover to occur if the service fails. We look at Live Migrations and how to migrate a VM to a host with a different CPU manufacturer.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure and Manage High Availability’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Configure File and Storage Solutions
In our first look into Dynamic Access Control, we learn the advantages of using such a feature to manage file and folder permissions. We learn what is required to include custom Active Directory attributes in the Kerberos token.
Continuing our look into Dynamic Access Control, we learn what we need to configure to be able to classify a file or folder. We install File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) in this process.
Following on from the previous chapter where we learned how to classify files, we create a schedule to automatically classify files based on the content within them.
Using the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) feature, we enable access denied assistance for a file server and a share that has been configured with dynamic access control. We learn that a GPO can override these FSRM settings.
We continue our look at dynamic access control by creating a Central Access Rule, target specific resources and then apply conditional permissions. Finally, we create a Central Access Policy.
In this chapter, we learn that we must create a GPO before we can apply our Central Access Policy to a file or folder. We do this, then apply the policy manually.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure File and Storage Solutions’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
We install the Windows Server Backup feature and explore the various types of backups, including the destinations of these backups.
In this chapter, we create a Backup Vault in Azure, install the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent on one of our servers, register this server and then use PowerShell to set an encryption passphrase.
We use the Backup Vault we created in the previous chapter to create an Azure Backup Schedule. We learn of the limitations of Azure backup and performed our first backup using PowerShell.
We configure Hyper-V to replicate a virtual machine to a remote host and test this failover process.
Expanding on the last chapter, we learn the certificate requirements to enable encrypted Hyper-V replication. We learn what is required at host and VM level.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Configure Network Services
We take a first look at IPAM by installing it and performing some initial configuration steps regarding the provisioning methods used.
In this chapter, we configure IPAM to enable Server Discover. In doing this, we invoke GPO Provisioning using PowerShell and find out how to remind ourselves of the GPO Prefix we previously setup.
In this short chapter, we learn how we can delegate administration of IPAM to other users. We look at Access Roles including access policies and access scopes.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure Network Services’ exam objective by taking this practise exam.
Configure Identity and Access Solutions
We take a look at ADFS and learn what the requirements are for setting this up – specifically around certificates. We use a PowerShell cmdlet to enable group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA) and finally install ADFS.
We begin the configuration of Active Directory Federation Services including certificate selection, gMSA creation and database selection.
In this chapter, we take an advanced look at Active Directory Federation Services. This includes learning what Service Enpoints are Authentication Policies can be used for. Finally, we setup a Claims Provider Trust and a Relying Party Trust.
In the final chapter of this course, we learn about the ADFS feature called Workplace Join. We learn how to set this up, including the DNS records we must create and the PowerShell scripts we must run.
Test your knowledge of the ‘Configure Identity and Access Solutions’ exam objective by taking this final practise exam.
This Windows Server 2012 R2 free interactive training course will teach you what you need to know to pass the Microsoft 70-417 exam and upgrade your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) to Server 2012 R2.
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
- MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2
- MCSE: Server Infrastructure
- IT professional
- Currently held MCSA Server 2008
- 2+ year(s) experience with any Windows Server version
- Experience of working in an enterprise environment
This free and interactive I.T. training course will help you gain the neccessary skills to pass the Microsoft 70-417 exam – Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2. This course is designed for IT professionals who wish to earn the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 certification by passing the exam “70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 R2”. In order to sit this exam, it is required that one of the following certifications is already held by the candidate.
- MCITP: Enterprise Administrator
- MCITP: Server Administrator
- MCITP: Virtualization Administrator
- MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
- MCITP: Lync Server Administrator
- MCITP: Sharepoint Administrator
- MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator
The 70-417 exam objectives are comprised of a sub-set of objectives from three other exams: 70-410, 70-411 and 70-412. The 70-417 objectives are heavily concentrated on new features of Windows Server 2012 R2. Even if you do not wish to take the exam or wish to brush up your Server 2012 R2 skills, this course is essential viewing for any Windows Server administrator.
This course is not related to, endorsed or sponsored by Microsoft.