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Microsoft 70-415 MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure With Windows Server 2012

Course Duration: 11:53:09
Introduction to the MCSE: Desktop Administrator and the 70-415 Exam
Microsoft’s reimagined MCSE is one of the hottest IT certifications to hit the streets in years. With IT desktop administrators everywhere looking to prove their experience while at the same time keep up on the newest deployment automations, Greg begins this series with a look at desktop deployment in general. Whether you’re interested in passing the 70-415 exam or not, Greg kicks off this series with a glance at what’s to come in this groundbreaking new training series.
Exploring the Architecture and Technologies that Enable a Windows Desktop Infrastructure
Building complete automation into your Windows desktop infrastructure requires a lot of moving parts. Thankfully, many of those parts are still free tools you can download from Microsoft. Greg continues his kick-off of this deployment series in this Nugget by showing you the “big picture” in Windows deployment. You’ll discover all the technologies that integrate to create a fully-automated deployment infrastructure, and get prepared for the next 18 Nuggets that’ll get your automations ready for production.
Planning for Automated Windows Desktop Image Deployment
Like it or not, step one in any automated deployment solution is planning. Doing that planning right takes a bit of time with the whiteboard. Today’s no- and low-cost Windows deployment solutions can fit a wide range of use cases, but finding the right one for your specific needs starts with a look at your requirements. Networking can be a problem, as can network protocols. Getting automation right also requires a complete rethinking of the Windows deployment process itself. Accelerate your learning with Greg’s strategies in this introductory Nugget.
Preparing for and Implementing Windows Deployment Services
The Internet seemingly has a long memory. As a consequence, Windows deployment is one of those topics where a casual Internet search can create more questions than answers. Microsoft MVP Greg Shields believes that for implementing a Windows desktop infrastructure, it’s best to start simple. That’s why this series kicks off with Microsoft’s least-automated Windows image deployment solution, Windows Deployment Services. You’ll not only learn how to install it, but how to configure and automate it far beyond anything you’ll find on TechNet.
Automating Windows Installation in WDS
WDS by itself only automates the delivery of a Windows installation. By itself, you get nowhere in automating the actual installation of Windows. Doing that requires extra effort, a few more free tools, and the start of your automation building blocks. Join Greg in this nugget to learn about the Windows ADK and Windows SIM, two free tools that automate a Windows installation’s critical halves. More importantly, learn exactly what settings to configure with Windows SIM to build a flexible Windows deployment infrastructure that’s ready for even more automations to come.
Capturing and Deploying Windows Desktop Images with WDS
Greg’s seen the flaws in the “old” way of delivering Windows images. He’s experienced how the monolithic approach appears seductively easier at first, but creates big problems down the road. That said, sometimes – and for certain use cases – it becomes necessary to customize your Windows images. That’s why this Nugget covers the image capture and deployment process in deep detail. You’ll learn how to use WDS in capturing desktop images you’ve prepped for deployment, as well as the steps deploying those images around your network.
Implementing Light Touch Deployment with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
WDS works for many use cases. But sometimes your requirements demand more control over the Windows deployment process. Maybe you need to install application packages during the Windows install process, or add updates or other configurations without waiting for Group Policy. Getting to full automation requires adding the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to WDS. Learn exactly how in this Nugget.
Integrating User State Migration and the USMT into Image Deployment
The very top layer of the Windows deployment stack is each user’s “state," the combination of their desktop background, their bookmarks, the documents they refuse to store on their home drives, and the precious pictures of their cats that make the difference between a migration success and complete failure. Microsoft’s User State Migration Toolkit is a long-lived free solution with a sordid past. Just a few versions ago it was a complicated mess; these days it’s an enterprise-ready solution for migrating any user to a brand new image. Learn to use it – and more importantly to customize it for your specific needs – in this extremely important Nugget.
Implementing Zero Touch Deployment with System Center Configuration Manager 2012
Not every Microsoft deployment tool is a freebie. System Center Configuration Manager 2012 will cost you some scratch to purchase and implement, but what you get is complete lifecycle management of Windows desktops – from deployment to deprovisioning. Greg’s been using ConfigMgr 2012 since back in the days of SMS 1.2 and knows all the secret tricks in making it do just about anything…automatically. In this not-quite-a-capstone Nugget, Greg starts by suggesting, “You might just create a Windows environment that you’ll never need to troubleshoot again.” Curious how? He’ll prove it by showing you the steps in this Nugget.
Planning and Implementing Remote Desktop Services Host Servers
There’s more to implementing a Windows desktop infrastructure than just deploying Windows. Today, managing Windows desktops is more about the applications than the desktop container they come in. That’s why the 70-415 exam continues with an exploration of Remote Desktop Services and the entire server-based computing concepts of remote application delivery. Veteran trainer Greg Shields isn’t just a Microsoft MVP, he’s also been awarded highest honors as a VMware vExpert and Citrix CTP, which means nobody knows more about remote applications and virtual desktops. Greg shifts gears in this series to explore how Windows Remote Desktop Services can greatly simplify connecting users to applications. In this Nugget you’ll learn how to plan and implement a session-based computing environment of Remote Desktop Services host servers. Even better, you’ll use the same Windows deployment tools you’ve constructed for provisioning desktops to almost-completely automate Windows Server 2012 deployment as well. Become the indispensable asset to your IT organization with what you learn in this RDS Nugget.
Connecting Users to Applications with Remote Desktop Web Access and RemoteApp and Desktop Connections
Implementing an RDSH server gets you little more than remote desktops. What your users want is access to their applications. RDS can deliver that access through the seamless published applications Microsoft calls RemoteApps. Greg shows you how to create RemoteApps in this Nugget. He also details the extra steps that are required to connect users to their RemoteApps. That process requires assistance from Remote Desktop Web Access and (optionally) the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections control panel in Windows 7 and Windows 8. You’ll learn how to create an almost completely seamless remote application infrastructure in this Nugget.
Extending RDSH Applications to the Internet with the Remote Desktop Gateway
RemoteApps on the LAN are incredibly useful when you want central control. RemoteApps gain further utility when they’re made available to users over the Internet. Doing so isn’t a task taken lightly, however, and Microsoft’s TechNet documentation for securely creating that connection is confusing at best and insecure at worst. Greg’s extensive experience with RDS means he’s waded through the bad advice to figure out the best solutions. Save yourself a week of research and Internet-enable your RDS RemoteApps with what you learn in this Nugget.
Implementing a VDI Infrastructure with Remote Desktop Virtualization Host
VDI gets a lot of press attention these days. It’s a useful way to make applications available without having to install them onto user’s desktops. But VDI isn’t for everyone, nor for every use case. Microsoft’s integration of VDI and the RDVH into Remote Desktop Services enables you to deliver applications atop Windows Server 2012 as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8. You’ll learn the tactics, tips, and tricks in implementing a VDI infrastructure atop Remote Desktop Virtualization Host servers in this Nugget. More importantly, you’ll also learn the smart strategies that dictate when to use RDVH versus RDSH.
Creating and Configuring Virtual Desktop Collections
At its core, RDVH is a combination of Hyper-V with RDS. It combines the best parts of both to facilitate delivering Windows 7 and Windows 8 applications to users that are anywhere with a network connection. Virtual desktop collections are similar to RDSH collections in that they’re groups of applications that get delivered to users. They’re different only in where those applications get installed. Greg shares his experience with managing RDVH virtual desktop collections in this Nugget.
Managing the Remote Desktop Client Experience
In RDS circles you’ll hear a lot about managing “the user’s experience." Maintaining that experience at a level that’s equal to (or better than) what they get at their local desktop is critical to ensuring user acceptance of a remote application environment. One serious solution for managing that remote desktop client experience leans on your Active Directory and Group Policy infrastructure, and specifically a few key Group Policy settings. Get to know the Group Policy and other settings you’ll want to implement to optimize your user’s experience in this Nugget.
Planning for and Implementing User State Virtualization
Let’s face facts: Roaming profiles stink, and RDS roaming profiles aren’t all that much better. After years of hearing our complaints, Microsoft is finally getting started on a resolution. Their fix involves a collection of technologies like User Profile Disks and User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) to overcome the long-lived limitations intrinsic to roaming profiles. But in new technologies there lie risks, some that you might not learn until too late. Greg shows you the power of User Profile Disks, as well as where they create unexpected problems in this Nugget.
Configuring Desktop Security
Even remote desktops and their applications require security. Thankfully, much of that security you can deliver today with no-added-cost management tools you already have like Group Policy. Others can require additional software like System Center Configuration Manger 2012 (ConfigMgr 2012). Learn how to implement Encrypting File System (EFS), device restriction policies, removable media restrictions, advanced auditing, Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP), and User Account Control (UAC) in this collection of desktop security mini-Nuggets.
Monitoring the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
The knowledge you need to become an MCSE today goes beyond what you can find in the Windows Server 2012 operating system alone. Certifiably managing the Microsoft OS these days also requires some measure of System Center. One task that is greatly aided by System Center is monitoring for your virtual desktop infrastructure. System Center Operations Manager 2012 (OpsMgr 2012) is a fantastic solution for keeping track of a desktop infrastructure’s many moving parts – if you know how to use it right. Greg gives you the accelerated introduction in this Nugget.
Implementing an Updates Infrastructure
Even updating your desktop infrastructure is a task that can no longer be performed with well-worn tools like Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Indeed WSUS facilitates your updates infrastructure, but it doesn’t provide the kind of complete automation a desktop infrastructure these days requires. In this Nugget, Greg shows how WSUS can integrate with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (VMM 2012) to automate Hyper-V host updating. He walks you through connecting WSUS with ConfigMgr 2012. He also gives you a light introduction into Microsoft’s Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool, a free download that enables you to update virtual machines without even powering them on. Impressed? This one’s the video to watch.
Tips and Tricks in Maintaining Images
Twenty videos later, and you’ve got the beginnings of an implemented desktop infrastructure. You should also have the beginnings of a fresh look at the layered approach in delivering desktops into that infrastructure. But even 20 Nuggets later, your learning is still beginning. New options for client endpoints like Windows to Go and Windows Thin PC offer ways to securely extend your LAN onto any computer and extend the life of otherwise aged equipment you’d throw away. Greg concludes this series with a discussion on these and other technologies, as well as a bit of foreshadowing of what you can expect in Microsoft’s next MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure exam, the 70-416.

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This Windows Server video training with Greg Shields covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular server, including planning for automated windows desktop image deployment, planning and implementing remote desktop services host servers, and more.

Recommended skills:
  • Familiarity with previous versions of Windows Server
  • Windows 2012 Server certification (MCSA)

Recommended equipment:
  • Windows Server 2012

Related certifications:
  • MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals

Installing Windows the manual way can be a time-consuming, almost soul-sucking part of an IT desktop professional’s daily life. This activity takes forever and requires interactive attention for only occasional button-clicks, all while eating away at your user productivity.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Deploying Windows – and indeed your entire desktop infrastructure – is a task you can easily automate with free tools and a few up-front investments in time. With a surprisingly small amount of effort, you can completely automate Windows deployment throughout your entire environment. It’s all about creating the right building blocks and layering them together in just the right way.

Veteran CBT Nuggets instructor Greg Shields is a Microsoft MVP who has been installing Windows desktops since its earliest versions. He’s built desktop deployment solutions for businesses very small to very large, and has figured out the smart ways to automate the entire process. He’s also an expert on remote applications, having managed Terminal Server, Remote Desktop Services, and Citrix environments since back in the days of NCD WinFrame.

Greg joins CBT Nuggets once again for his 19th training series, this time on the tips, tricks, and tactics in Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure – which these days is known as Microsoft’s 70-415 exam. Are you an IT Desktop Administrator looking to eliminate the manual scut work from your everyday life? Are you ready to prove your skills by successfully passing Microsoft’s new MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure? Then join Greg on this short-and-sweet exploration of complete automation in implementing your Windows desktop infrastructure.

You’ll shortcut your MCSE training in deploying Windows automatically, from Microsoft’s Light Touch to Zero Touch method. You’ll learn how to rapidly deploy and manage applications atop Remote Desktop Services as well as implement VDI desktop virtualization with the Remote Desktop Virtualization Host atop Hyper-V. Save yourself weeks of research and accelerate your Windows desktop deployment learning in this deep dive with Microsoft MVP Greg Shields.

Introduction to the MCSE: Desktop Administrator and the 70-415 Exam

00:00:00 - The year was 1998.
00:00:02 - Fall was coming.
00:00:04 - Leaves in Denver were turning, signaling the conclusion of a
00:00:06 - hot summer.
00:00:08 - The first in a long series of drought years.
00:00:10 - The Colorado Rockies went 77:85 that year, too far
00:00:14 - behind the Dodgers to have much of a World Series chance.
00:00:18 - It was a time for big changes.
00:00:19 - Microsoft had just released a new operating
00:00:21 - system, Windows 98.
00:00:23 - And an eager, but only barely experienced college graduate
00:00:26 - had just gotten his first job.
00:00:29 - It was his first salary job.
00:00:30 - His first real job.
00:00:32 - It was also, at least that he dreamed at the time, his first
00:00:36 - opportunity to work with the real technology.
00:00:39 - Or, well, not really.
00:00:41 - At least, not at first.
00:00:43 - You see, back then, the men were men.
00:00:45 - And the operating systems, well, they were
00:00:47 - installed by hand.
00:00:48 - IT pros toiled beneath intolerably long, printed out
00:00:52 - work instructions.
00:00:53 - Documents that outlined every click, every Next, and
00:00:56 - absolutely every Finish.
00:00:58 - Building a single Windows desktop took an afternoon.
00:01:00 - Building two was a full day.
00:01:03 - But 1998 was another historic year for IT.
00:01:06 - That year saw the release of something new.
00:01:08 - A tool called Semantic Ghost.
00:01:11 - And with it, a radical new way to rapid-deploy Windows.
00:01:14 - Almost overnight, our protagonist saw his career
00:01:16 - jumpstart and accelerate.
00:01:18 - A couple of extra cables and a copy a Ghost saw over 300
00:01:22 - desktops deployed during his first month of employment.
00:01:26 - That's a 1,500 percent increase in efficiency over
00:01:28 - the old way of doing things.
00:01:31 - Semantic Ghost launched our hero's career.
00:01:33 - But this is not a story about Semantic Ghost.
00:01:36 - It's a story about what comes after.
00:01:38 - An entirely better, more efficient, faster, and
00:01:41 - altogether different approach in deploying and managing
00:01:45 - Windows desktops.
00:01:47 - Thank you, Ghost, for what you've done for us.
00:01:49 - But you know what, Ghost?
00:01:51 - It's time to retire.
00:01:54 - My name's Greg Shields, and while I won't not admit this
00:01:57 - little story may be about me, I'll bet there are hints of it
00:02:01 - in your own personal past.
00:02:03 - We IT pros who have been tagged with responsibilities
00:02:05 - of desktop deployment have seen tools come and go.
00:02:08 - Many no longer exist.
00:02:10 - Others were awesome at first, only to later make us wonder
00:02:13 - why we ever used them.
00:02:15 - Now, this story is about something else entirely.
00:02:18 - It's about a suite of Microsoft solutions that, in
00:02:21 - combination, can accomplish some awe-inspiring feats of
00:02:24 - automation.
00:02:26 - But it's also about an entirely new way of thinking
00:02:28 - about desktops and our desktop infrastructures.
00:02:32 - You might be here because you're looking to get your
00:02:33 - MCSE certification and pass that 70-415 exam.
00:02:38 - Or you might be here because you demand a better solution
00:02:41 - for implementing your desktop infrastructure.
00:02:43 - But no matter why you're here, get ready to get amazed.
00:02:46 - Because the technologies now available to accomplish just
00:02:49 - that are nothing short of incredible.
00:02:53 - So welcome to another CBT Nugget series.
00:02:57 - As I said, my name is Greg Shields.
00:02:59 - And so, what did you think of that intro?
00:03:02 - I figured a little dramatic entre would get us ready for
00:03:05 - all this desktop deployment that we're about to do.
00:03:07 - If you are new to the CBT Nuggets family and this is
00:03:09 - your first series, don't worry.
00:03:11 - Because the drama is not something that necessarily
00:03:15 - happens all the time.
00:03:16 - I just like to start these series out this way.
00:03:18 - Really, this whole series is a bunch of much
00:03:20 - hours of you and me.
00:03:22 - And me kind of sitting over your shoulder and helping you
00:03:26 - through some of these interesting topics in desktop
00:03:28 - deployment.
00:03:29 - And our goal here is kind of multi-fold.
00:03:33 - Our goal here, first and foremost, is to help you
00:03:35 - develop the skills that you need in preparing for
00:03:38 - installing, configuring, and doing the ongoing maintenance
00:03:41 - of, apparently, a private cloud--
00:03:43 - that's interesting--
00:03:44 - of your desktop infrastructure.
00:03:47 - And I just leave this in here because I didn't realize I
00:03:52 - didn't change this.
00:03:55 - I leave this in here not because I made the mistake
00:03:58 - here, but because this series is intended to be an almost
00:04:02 - informal approach that gives you the ability to take a look
00:04:07 - at all these technologies.
00:04:08 - Building all this stuff takes a long time.
00:04:10 - I won't tell you how many days it takes to film these series.
00:04:13 - And so, as a consequence, what you get is kind of the fruits
00:04:18 - of the labor in putting all these things together.
00:04:21 - And it can, very much so, because people hundreds of
00:04:25 - thousands of people have downloaded these
00:04:27 - series over the years.
00:04:28 - It can really dramatically accelerate your learning so
00:04:31 - that you will to be a better IT professional and so you
00:04:35 - will also be ready to take that exam.
00:04:37 - The MCSE is back again, as you probably know, and this time
00:04:41 - they've replaced the engineer with the expert.
00:04:45 - And so the years intervening between the old MCSE and the
00:04:51 - new MCSE, there just wasn't a lot of excitement about
00:04:55 - certification.
00:04:57 - Everybody got excited about the MCSE back
00:04:59 - in the first days.
00:05:00 - And they changed the names around to the TS and the ITP,
00:05:03 - it just kind of lost a lot of its momentum.
00:05:06 - I honestly believe, now, that name is so beloved in our IT
00:05:12 - circles, that just the name change itself, and really the
00:05:15 - shift in the content towards what is quite a bit more
00:05:18 - real-world and, honestly, quite a bit more difficult
00:05:22 - than it's been in as long as I've seen it.
00:05:24 - The new MCSE exams are surprisingly challenging.
00:05:28 - I think what we get is a better curriculum.
00:05:31 - A more valuable certification.
00:05:33 - And definitely an absolute assertion of the knowledge
00:05:38 - that you have.
00:05:39 - In this case, how to deploy and manage desktops in an
00:05:43 - environment.
00:05:45 - At the same time, I hope to give you a few of my personal
00:05:47 - experiences and best practices.
00:05:49 - If you enjoyed the story, the story actually is true.
00:05:52 - And in fact, one of the funny parts about the story is they
00:05:56 - put me in the basement of a building with no windows.
00:05:59 - The name of the room was called the Tank.
00:06:02 - And said, go build Windows.
00:06:04 - And that was my job, was to go click Next, Next, Finish, for
00:06:08 - one assumes until they told me to do something else.
00:06:12 - And the reason why even Ghost was introduced into our little
00:06:16 - world down there was simply just out of the frustration in
00:06:19 - having to get through this whole process one
00:06:21 - machine at a time.
00:06:22 - And there was a bet.
00:06:23 - I made a bet with the chief scientist at the company, and
00:06:26 - said, look, if I build you 300 machines in a month, you'll
00:06:30 - make me a systems admin.
00:06:31 - And it worked.
00:06:33 - It actually happened at the month, thanks to Ghost.
00:06:35 - Well, Ghost indeed is, now, it's an aging technology.
00:06:39 - And more importantly, it's an aging approach.
00:06:42 - And so you're here today because I think you want to
00:06:44 - learn some of the newer, more evolved practices that we are
00:06:48 - now sort of coming to understand in desktop and even
00:06:52 - server deployment.
00:06:53 - I will tell you, prepare yourself.
00:06:57 - Because the old way of doing things--
00:06:59 - maybe not the old way of Next, Next, Finish, but the old,
00:07:02 - monolithic image-based way of doing things, it might have
00:07:07 - been easy in the beginning.
00:07:08 - But it was much harder as you try to use it over time.
00:07:14 - Well, the new technologies, the new approaches that you're
00:07:16 - going to find out here in this series, and also the next one,
00:07:19 - the 416, involve quite a bit more upfront work.
00:07:24 - There's effort that has to happen in developing all the
00:07:27 - building blocks and laying them into place.
00:07:29 - But once you actually go through that upfront effort,
00:07:32 - and once you spend the time not being really, terribly
00:07:35 - efficient, and once you get those building blocks in place
00:07:39 - so that you can link them together to create automation,
00:07:42 - suddenly everything just becomes automated.
00:07:45 - And all the perils and problems of the
00:07:47 - Ghost approach go away.
00:07:49 - And what you get is a very flexible, very manipulatable,
00:07:52 - very changeable, and completely automatable
00:07:55 - solution for deploying Windows desktops and even servers.
00:07:58 - So in this first Nugget in the series, I'd
00:08:01 - like to spend a time--
00:08:02 - just a little bit of time, usually-- focusing not about
00:08:05 - technology so much, but on the actual exam.
00:08:08 - You'll find that I don't spend a lot of time talking to exam
00:08:12 - objectives.
00:08:12 - Occasionally I do, particularly if there's some
00:08:15 - objectives that just--
00:08:16 - they don't really fit the actual story
00:08:18 - line in the real world.
00:08:20 - And there are a couple in here.
00:08:21 - Microsoft has consolidated some interesting things here
00:08:23 - to make the 70-415, especially at the end.
00:08:26 - The last couple of Nuggets are not my favorite.
00:08:29 - And they introduced some wildly different technologies
00:08:33 - there in System Center that you only need to see for just
00:08:36 - a little while.
00:08:37 - But they're important for the exam.
00:08:40 - So I have to kind of assume you at least have some System
00:08:43 - Center components up and running.
00:08:44 - And I'm going to show you a couple of things that System
00:08:46 - Center can do to aid in the deployment process.
00:08:49 - But for the most part, well, they're there for the exam.
00:08:53 - And you may not just yet use them in production.
00:08:56 - Or at least in the ways that Microsoft has them for exam
00:08:59 - objectives.
00:09:01 - Other than that, this again is the one Nugget where I like to
00:09:03 - spend time talking about the exam and certification itself.
00:09:06 - Here in a minute, we'll talk about Microsoft certification,
00:09:09 - the MCSA and the new MCSE, and who the audience is for this
00:09:14 - 70-415 exam.
00:09:16 - Obviously, it's you.
00:09:17 - I mean, you're here because you made the decision that
00:09:21 - either I've got to know how to deploy desktop, so I want to
00:09:24 - also certify my knowledge.
00:09:25 - Well, you're here.
00:09:26 - And that's actually a good thing.
00:09:28 - I've got a few notes on the exam and just how the exam
00:09:30 - really works.
00:09:32 - All of this is stuff you can download online.
00:09:34 - But I want to kind of frame it into a better story line to
00:09:38 - help you accelerate all the a preparatory work.
00:09:41 - I'll show you an outline of what we're about to do and
00:09:43 - give you a review of the objectives.
00:09:46 - You will find that as we go through the 20 Nuggets in the
00:09:51 - series, this is in no way any kind of brain
00:09:56 - dump for the exam.
00:09:57 - If you're looking for a brain dump, there are other
00:09:58 - websites to go to.
00:10:00 - And we could have a long conversation about the
00:10:02 - efficacy and morality of brain dumps.
00:10:05 - But what I like to do is take a look at the published exam
00:10:09 - objectives.
00:10:10 - And in that, try to distill the story line out of those
00:10:15 - objectives.
00:10:16 - When you get them from Microsoft, they're just kind
00:10:17 - of in a list.
00:10:18 - And they're there to try to break them apart into what
00:10:21 - percentage you're going to see for questions on the test.
00:10:23 - But underneath those objectives is an actual story
00:10:25 - that needs to be told.
00:10:27 - And so while the Nuggets in this series don't track
00:10:33 - directly to the objectives, the intent is to try to create
00:10:36 - a story that will mirror exactly how you would go
00:10:40 - through deploying these
00:10:41 - technologies in the real world.
00:10:43 - And helping you with the learning path that gets you
00:10:46 - spot up in as best a way as possible.
00:10:49 - You'll find that the learning objectives for these exams
00:10:51 - kind of challenging to navigate.
00:10:52 - And even myself, and having experience with these
00:10:55 - technologies, it's kind of hard to translate, in some
00:10:57 - cases, what Microsoft has said on the piece of paper with
00:11:00 - what it is that they really wanted you to learn.
00:11:02 - So I've done a best effort here, and hopefully you'll
00:11:05 - appreciate things after we get to the
00:11:06 - conclusion of this series.
00:11:07 - We're about to spend a lot of time together.
00:11:10 - And then lastly, we'll take up quick peek here at our CBT
00:11:13 - Nuggets network.
00:11:14 - I've built using VMware workstation a variety of
00:11:20 - virtual machines that we will use throughout the course of
00:11:23 - this series.
00:11:24 - Now, the machine I've got here is a fairly powerful machine.
00:11:31 - It's a four-way or eight-way machine with 32 gigs of RAM.
00:11:34 - I've got a pair of SSD hard drives in there.
00:11:37 - SSD, one of the best things you can do for improving your
00:11:40 - VM performance in VMware Workstation.
00:11:43 - And having plenty of RAM is good, because particularly for
00:11:46 - this round of MCSE exams, there is a need for a lot of
00:11:50 - concurrently running hardware for all the stuff to work.
00:11:53 - You'll see we have a lot of VMs running at the same time
00:11:56 - in order to power everything that we need to power.
00:11:59 - So let's kind of flip down through here, through a couple
00:12:02 - of these items, before we really get
00:12:04 - into the content itself.
00:12:05 - That'll happen in that next Nugget.
00:12:07 - First, a look here at Microsoft certification.
00:12:10 - This MCSE--
00:12:11 - so the MCSE desktop is one of now many MCSEs.
00:12:17 - If you haven't been following the story line over the last
00:12:20 - 10 years or so, Microsoft has taken a couple of different
00:12:23 - approaches.
00:12:24 - There's really three approaches to the MCSE.
00:12:28 - And they've been trying to kind of get back to a type of
00:12:33 - certification that is beneficial to both you, the
00:12:35 - test taker, and then also the employer
00:12:38 - or potential employer.
00:12:40 - One of the early concerns with MCSE when it was called an
00:12:42 - Engineer, well, there were two.
00:12:44 - One is that the word engineer is a protected
00:12:46 - word in many countries.
00:12:47 - And there were potential lawsuits that were going to
00:12:49 - happen over the word engineer.
00:12:50 - So if you ever wondered why the name change had to happen,
00:12:54 - an engineer is literally a protected
00:12:57 - word in certain places.
00:12:59 - Also, with the first MCSE, Microsoft inadvertently
00:13:03 - created, through its core and electives model, a
00:13:08 - certification where pretty much most of the MCSEs just
00:13:11 - chose the easiest exams in order to finish.
00:13:14 - So while they were a list of electives, a lot of us chose
00:13:17 - just the ones that were the easiest to get through.
00:13:19 - Because at the end of the day, once you got an MCSE, you were
00:13:22 - an MCSE, and it didn't really matter.
00:13:24 - Unfortunately, the people who were hiring
00:13:27 - us recognized that.
00:13:28 - And the paper MCSE problem was as much a problem of the brain
00:13:32 - dumps as it was a problem of the way in which the
00:13:35 - certification curriculum was constructed
00:13:37 - in the first place.
00:13:38 - Because of the different electives that were available,
00:13:42 - your hiring managers couldn't put a lot of credence in the
00:13:45 - MCSE that it was actually reflective of knowledge that a
00:13:50 - person had.
00:13:51 - So the replacement for the MCSE was the MCITP.
00:13:56 - And then that itself was composed of one
00:13:59 - or more MCTS exams.
00:14:01 - So this is the MCIT Pro, and then this is the Microsoft
00:14:05 - Certified Technical Specialist exams.
00:14:08 - These were job-role oriented.
00:14:10 - And these were technology oriented.
00:14:12 - And what happened here was the name change really turned off
00:14:17 - a lot of people.
00:14:18 - And also, the replacements that they created here just
00:14:24 - made the entire process quite a bit more challenging without
00:14:27 - actually accomplishing what they intended to accomplish.
00:14:30 - So Microsoft sort of turned again.
00:14:34 - And in recent years has eliminated all these to go
00:14:37 - back to the MCSE and MCSA approach, where the A is still
00:14:43 - the same but the E is now an expert.
00:14:46 - What a great name.
00:14:47 - Should have thought of that first.
00:14:49 - This new approach is designed not around electives.
00:14:53 - There are specific exams you have to take.
00:14:56 - But what results is an MCSE that focuses specifically on
00:15:00 - what exams you have taken, which is why we now have what
00:15:03 - I like to call the flavors of MCSE.
00:15:06 - Instead of electives, we have a variety of flavors.
00:15:09 - We have a server one.
00:15:10 - We have a desktop one.
00:15:11 - We have a private cloud one.
00:15:12 - A SQL Server one.
00:15:14 - One that deals with messaging, which is effectively Exchange.
00:15:19 - One that deals with communications.
00:15:20 - Strange word, but it's essentially Link.
00:15:22 - And one that deals with SharePoint.
00:15:25 - So now, a hiring individual can take a look at your MCSE
00:15:28 - flavor and go, oh, this person's a desktop person.
00:15:30 - I know exactly where to fit them in.
00:15:33 - For this MCSE, for the MCSE Desktop Infrastructure, you
00:15:36 - will have to first pass the MCSA, which is
00:15:39 - three exams, OK?
00:15:40 - And I've reviewed the exam ODs for these, the objectives, and
00:15:45 - wow, they test on a lot of technology.
00:15:48 - I feel like today's MCSA is equal to what yesteryears'
00:15:53 - MCSE used to be, because of the complexity of the MCSA.
00:15:56 - So be prepared.
00:15:58 - Because there's a lot of stuff that you need know just to get
00:16:00 - through the MCSA.
00:16:02 - The MCSEs these days are a super set of what we used to
00:16:07 - have to know.
00:16:08 - Because they add in, in many cases, a lot of content in
00:16:12 - System Center.
00:16:13 - Microsoft has put an incredible amount of
00:16:16 - investment in System Center.
00:16:17 - And so you're seeing this reflected in what it believes,
00:16:20 - or what Microsoft believes, you need to know in order to
00:16:23 - be certified.
00:16:25 - This particular exam, 70-415, does not have a lot of System
00:16:28 - Center in it.
00:16:29 - We'll spend a little bit of time in Config Manager.
00:16:31 - And then two Nuggets at the very end that need to bring up
00:16:33 - VMM and Ops.
00:16:35 - So be aware that there is some System Center requirements for
00:16:38 - your certification here.
00:16:40 - And we will touch on those.
00:16:42 - I'll try to give you the ones that are the most appropriate
00:16:45 - for what you need to know.
00:16:46 - There is an intended audience here for the exam.
00:16:49 - I literally just grabbed this off of Microsoft exam website.
00:16:52 - So you find this there.
00:16:55 - The person who takes this test is a someone who needs to
00:16:57 - validate their skills and knowledge for designing,
00:17:00 - deploying, and managing a desktop infrastructure.
00:17:02 - Now, this is what's key here, including the application
00:17:05 - environment, virtualization, security, business continuity,
00:17:08 - and remote desktop services.
00:17:11 - So be aware of that.
00:17:13 - I will tell you that the app virtualization stuff, for the
00:17:15 - most part, has actually been--
00:17:18 - I will be sort of punting that over to the 70-416 content.
00:17:23 - The intended audience and the objectives don't necessarily
00:17:26 - align very well if you really look deeply into these.
00:17:30 - I don't know.
00:17:31 - I can't tell you what the questions are.
00:17:32 - I just simply don't know.
00:17:34 - But I wanted to move that over 70-416 because it just seems
00:17:37 - more appropriate in that world.
00:17:39 - So that's the only thing you're not really going to see
00:17:42 - here in this environment.
00:17:43 - We will talk about all the other bits here.
00:17:45 - You should have experience with Windows
00:17:48 - Server operating systems.
00:17:49 - And it says here, you should have your MCSA or equivalent
00:17:52 - experience.
00:17:53 - This is part one of a two-part series of exams.
00:17:58 - And these two-part series of exams give you the knowledge
00:18:02 - necessary to design, implement, maintain, blah blah
00:18:04 - blah blah blah.
00:18:06 - Note here also, enterprise scaled and highly virtualized.
00:18:11 - Microsoft has essentially said that the future will be
00:18:13 - virtualized.
00:18:14 - And so there is the assumption here that just about
00:18:16 - everything is on a virtual machine.
00:18:19 - We will, in this exam, focus on really,
00:18:23 - I'll say three topics.
00:18:26 - The first is desktop deployment.
00:18:28 - Your Windows deployment services, your Microsoft
00:18:31 - deployment tool kit, your Config Manager OS deployment.
00:18:35 - 1, 2, 3.
00:18:36 - That is the first, almost the first half,
00:18:38 - of the content here.
00:18:40 - With desktop deployment under way, the second
00:18:43 - piece will be RDS.
00:18:45 - And specifically, the session-based deployments that
00:18:48 - we now have with RDS.
00:18:49 - That's part two.
00:18:51 - Then part three will be RDS, but the virtual machines-based
00:18:56 - deployment, or what we commonly think of as VDI.
00:18:59 - So part one, part two, part three.
00:19:02 - There will be kind of a small part four at the end that will
00:19:05 - be topics in security.
00:19:07 - Topics in group policy management.
00:19:10 - Topics in monitoring.
00:19:11 - Topics in updating.
00:19:12 - So really, you've kind of got four parts here that we'll be
00:19:14 - talking about.
00:19:16 - And so this exam, along with 70-416, will collectively
00:19:20 - validate everything you need to know to be a really smart
00:19:22 - desktop infrastructure person.
00:19:25 - I don't if you get much of these
00:19:26 - intended audience things.
00:19:27 - Most of us just sort of skip over them.
00:19:28 - But I find them nice here.
00:19:29 - Because at least they tell you what Microsoft is look for out
00:19:33 - of the exam, the person taking the exam.
00:19:36 - A couple notes on scoring.
00:19:37 - If this is your first test-- hopefully, it's not.
00:19:38 - But if it is your first test, there is
00:19:40 - no penalty for guessing.
00:19:42 - If you choose an incorrect answer, you're not going to
00:19:44 - earn a point for that item.
00:19:46 - If, and this is important.
00:19:48 - And this is why I do this.
00:19:49 - If a question specifies you must choose
00:19:51 - multiple correct answers--
00:19:53 - this is really important--
00:19:54 - you must use all of the correct answers in order to
00:19:56 - earn a point.
00:19:57 - There is no partial credit.
00:19:59 - If it says choose among the following, and they have 17
00:20:02 - items there, well, you have to figure out which ones are the
00:20:04 - correct ones.
00:20:05 - And those are insidiously the hardest questions, I think, on
00:20:08 - any exam anywhere.
00:20:09 - I hate multi multi-choice.
00:20:11 - Now, notably, some of the questions may not be included
00:20:15 - in the calculation of your score.
00:20:17 - Microsoft, the very large Microsoft testing animal, will
00:20:21 - sometimes throw some questions in there that they don't
00:20:23 - really know are actually really good questions or not.
00:20:25 - And so, because of that, they will sometimes put a question
00:20:29 - there and not actually score the question, just to see if
00:20:31 - it's a valid question or not.
00:20:34 - The idea here is that some questions are
00:20:36 - maybe poorly worded.
00:20:37 - And if enough people get the question right, well, then
00:20:40 - they can assume that maybe they've got the word correct
00:20:43 - for that particular question.
00:20:44 - And then they'll add it later.
00:20:45 - Some question formats here, there are some case study
00:20:48 - formats, I have to be told.
00:20:50 - There have been simulations.
00:20:53 - There's the potential for simulations.
00:20:54 - There's the potential for virtual labs here.
00:20:56 - Question types include multi choice, hot area, active
00:20:59 - screen, drag drop, build list and reorder.
00:21:03 - I have been told case studies are fairly, they're becoming
00:21:07 - more common again.
00:21:08 - Maybe not at the level that they were back in 2003 days or
00:21:13 - whatever, when we had really large case studies that
00:21:15 - everyone was complaining about.
00:21:17 - Again, all this is hearsay, because I simply do not know.
00:21:20 - These, all this content here, again, copied off of
00:21:23 - Microsoft's website.
00:21:24 - There's no magic or secret knowledge here.
00:21:27 - Lastly, administered through Prometric.
00:21:29 - And at the last I looked, they're $150 in US dollars.
00:21:36 - So notes there.
00:21:37 - Well, I think you're more interested in, however--
00:21:39 - because again, all that stuff is on Microsoft's website--
00:21:43 - is what our series outline is going to be.
00:21:46 - So maybe five parts, OK?
00:21:48 - Let me break these down.
00:21:49 - Let me draw some lines here so I can split up the different
00:21:53 - phases in this training.
00:21:56 - That's going to be that.
00:21:57 - And then this will go here.
00:21:59 - And then this will go, let's call it here.
00:22:03 - So five phases, really, in this training.
00:22:07 - There's one, two, three, four, five.
00:22:10 - The first phase is, essentially, I've got to kind
00:22:13 - of set up things.
00:22:13 - And don't skip these three.
00:22:16 - We don't actually really get into clicking buttons until
00:22:18 - right around here.
00:22:19 - But before you get there, there is some really key,
00:22:22 - foundational knowledge that's very raw, that is almost
00:22:26 - academic, but is exceptionally important to making your brain
00:22:31 - explode all over the wall so that I can pick up the pieces
00:22:34 - and reassemble them back in the new order.
00:22:37 - The old way, the old monolithic way of doing
00:22:40 - desktop deployment is dead, is absolutely dead.
00:22:43 - And so I introduced Ghost in here in order to officially
00:22:47 - retire Ghost.
00:22:48 - Because that image-based deployment, where all of your
00:22:51 - apps and drivers are on a single image and you have 80
00:22:54 - million images, one for each piece of hardware, flush that
00:22:57 - from your mind.
00:22:58 - We are going to replace it with something that is a
00:23:00 - little bit harder in the beginning, but way
00:23:02 - cooler in the end.
00:23:04 - That's what Module 2 here is all about, is how to force
00:23:08 - your brain to shatter into a million pieces so that I can
00:23:11 - put it back together in creating this beautiful
00:23:14 - environment using a layered approach to OS Deployment.
00:23:18 - And that's what we're going to do.
00:23:19 - We'll start, actually, with the simplest
00:23:21 - of solutions, WDS.
00:23:24 - I tend to teach--
00:23:25 - I've been presenting on OS deployment for a lot of years.
00:23:31 - And I actually have a much different approach to it than
00:23:34 - what you'll find a lot of other people who do deployment
00:23:36 - out in the world.
00:23:37 - If you search the internet, a lot of people in the world
00:23:39 - like to start with the most complex tools first.
00:23:41 - And I think that's just a really hard approach, because
00:23:44 - you've got to know the foundations.
00:23:45 - So I start simple.
00:23:47 - And when we go through this content, we're going to start
00:23:49 - with the simplest tool, which is WDS.
00:23:52 - WDS is, I used to call it Windows Ghost.
00:23:54 - Because it really is a remarkably simple solution
00:23:57 - that deploys images.
00:23:58 - So we'll implement it.
00:24:00 - We'll automate it.
00:24:01 - And then we'll capture and deploy some images with it.
00:24:04 - And then we'll layer the MDT over the top.
00:24:08 - So MDT literally just sort of hulks in over the top of WDS.
00:24:12 - WDS becomes the transport.
00:24:13 - MDT becomes the tool you use to put orchestration and
00:24:17 - workflow into place and make decisions
00:24:19 - whenever you're deploying.
00:24:21 - We'll also use MDT for
00:24:22 - incorporating user state migration.
00:24:24 - You can do USMT with WDS, but it's just really awful.
00:24:29 - It's all command line and really just not fun.
00:24:31 - MDT automates everything and it makes it into a format that
00:24:36 - you would want to deploy in your environment.
00:24:38 - And then we will conclude with a very short look at
00:24:41 - Configuration Manager 2012.
00:24:43 - I'm a big fan of Config Manager.
00:24:45 - You can do remarkable things with Config Manager.
00:24:47 - And it's really hard to talk about Config Manager, because
00:24:51 - I have my own 20 Nugget series with CBT
00:24:53 - Nuggets on Config Manager.
00:24:55 - And so trying to distill things down to just one Nugget
00:24:58 - is sometimes hard.
00:25:00 - I will focus exclusively, or you and I will focus
00:25:03 - exclusively, on just the Zero Touch Deployment.
00:25:06 - And in this one, this one's one to just prepare for.
00:25:08 - Because in this Nugget, you will learn how to create an
00:25:12 - environment so that your users, when they have
00:25:15 - problems, can refresh their own computers without having
00:25:19 - to call you and get all their applications back and all of
00:25:22 - their user state back.
00:25:23 - Their pictures of their cats and whatnot.
00:25:25 - Don't believe me?
00:25:26 - Wait for nine more Nuggets, or eight more Nuggets.
00:25:29 - Because it's awesome.
00:25:30 - And it's something you're absolutely
00:25:31 - going to want to implement.
00:25:33 - Once we do that, then we switch gears entirely.
00:25:36 - Come down here to Module 3.
00:25:38 - Module 3 switches us out of desktop deployment, although
00:25:41 - we will use everything that we've built up until this
00:25:43 - point to deploy, not desktops, but to deploy our DSH servers
00:25:47 - and remote desktop.
00:25:48 - Remote desktop is--
00:25:50 - I've been dealing with remote desktop since back what was
00:25:52 - called WinFrame.
00:25:55 - And I have an MVP with Microsoft, which
00:25:57 - is in the RDS team.
00:25:59 - So I've got a lot of familiarity with the RDS
00:26:02 - tools, both the things that I can tell you and a couple of
00:26:05 - things that I really can't.
00:26:07 - But that experience with RDS--
00:26:10 - I want to help you with some of the sort of leading edge
00:26:13 - approaches that people are using about how RDS and
00:26:16 - desktops are really containers for applications.
00:26:19 - And when you start thinking about the OS as a container,
00:26:23 - it frees your mind to do much smarter things in terms of how
00:26:27 - you deliver IT services to users.
00:26:29 - So I'll get a little on-soapbox there, and I
00:26:31 - apologize for that.
00:26:32 - But I think at the end, it will help you understand some
00:26:35 - of the better, or some, at least, of the emerging
00:26:38 - conventional wisdom approaches that we have in how we
00:26:41 - consider RDS, VDI, and desktop deployment.
00:26:45 - We will then connect up our users with some of the new and
00:26:48 - awesome technologies.
00:26:50 - Improved, not new.
00:26:52 - But definitely awesome technologies.
00:26:53 - Remote app desktop connection and remote desktop web access.
00:26:58 - Neat stuff.
00:26:59 - And then how to also extend those
00:27:02 - applications out on the internet.
00:27:05 - Now, in certain circumstances, you will have apps that don't
00:27:07 - work on RDS.
00:27:08 - Well when that happens, Microsoft makes available an
00:27:11 - almost parallel infrastructure that is it's VDI vision.
00:27:15 - And for that, it's the RDVH replaces the RDSH.
00:27:20 - So we add hyper-v to RDS and we install virtual machines.
00:27:24 - And then we have a VDI environment.
00:27:27 - We will work with that.
00:27:29 - We will install it in one here.
00:27:30 - And we will work with it in a second Nugget here.
00:27:33 - And I have to assume that you have some experience with
00:27:36 - hyper-V and with Windows Clustering.
00:27:38 - Because those are some pretty intense topics.
00:27:40 - So I will have the environment built and then
00:27:43 - show you what I did.
00:27:44 - And then we'll focus then on the RDS stuff.
00:27:47 - We conclude this series with, what is this, six Nuggets, on
00:27:51 - kind of the everything else.
00:27:53 - How do you use group policy to manage your client experience?
00:27:56 - Which group policies should you take a look at?
00:27:59 - How can you get rid of roaming profiles forever?
00:28:03 - User disks are Microsoft's next step.
00:28:06 - They bring benefits.
00:28:08 - But they also come with a couple of costs that you have
00:28:10 - to be careful.
00:28:11 - How do you use group policy to configure desktop security?
00:28:15 - And how do you use FFEP, Forefront Endpoint Protection.
00:28:20 - And then down here, two Nuggets.
00:28:22 - One on what is essentially Ops Manager, and one on what is
00:28:25 - essentially VMM plus WSUS plus the offline VM servicing tool.
00:28:32 - So I've got to build an entire Ops Manager infrastructure and
00:28:35 - an entire VMM infrastructure to do two Nuggets down here to
00:28:39 - show you how you can monitor your infrastructure.
00:28:41 - If you have not played with Ops, don't worry.
00:28:43 - The install is relatively simple.
00:28:45 - Same thing with VMM.
00:28:47 - But Ops is an awesome tool.
00:28:49 - And it makes sense that Microsoft is making us
00:28:52 - incorporate this, even in these MCSEs, because they want
00:28:54 - you use it.
00:28:55 - It just works.
00:28:56 - And it works really well.
00:28:58 - And then lastly, we'll conclude with a little just
00:28:59 - sort of dissertation on some of the tips and tricks in
00:29:02 - maintaining your images over time.
00:29:04 - And that'll be at least some final thoughts there in terms
00:29:07 - of how best to go about managing this environment once
00:29:09 - it gets into production.
00:29:11 - Clicking over here, then, we have some exam objectives.
00:29:14 - Pay really close attention to specifically
00:29:16 - the percentages here.
00:29:18 - These percentages are what you can expect to see related to
00:29:23 - the types of questions over here on the right hand side.
00:29:26 - So you'll notice they're kind of evenly balanced, which is
00:29:30 - kind of bogus, really, right?
00:29:31 - So the answer is, I don't know.
00:29:33 - You're going to have even representation of all these
00:29:35 - different topics.
00:29:36 - Whatever.
00:29:37 - So you will find that a little later on when we start getting
00:29:42 - to the individual Nuggets, I tend to put the bottom just an
00:29:45 - objectives item there.
00:29:47 - And I don't really talk about it.
00:29:48 - Because again, this is not a brain dump.
00:29:50 - I'm not giving you answers to questions.
00:29:52 - But I want to use those objectives at the bottom of
00:29:56 - that initial screen in each Nugget as a way to tie what
00:29:59 - you see here, in the exam objectives--
00:30:01 - what you will find on Microsoft's website--
00:30:03 - with my rearranging of the story to make it easier for
00:30:07 - you to learn, OK?
00:30:09 - So we're not always in the same order here.
00:30:12 - Although this story, or these objectives,
00:30:15 - are better than most.
00:30:18 - But use that as your linkage back to the objectives.
00:30:21 - So the things that you know will generally kind of relate
00:30:25 - to what you see in that objectives there
00:30:26 - on the first screen.
00:30:28 - So those are the objectives here.
00:30:29 - Coming down here, I've put together a little network
00:30:33 - here, our CBT Nuggets network.
00:30:35 - And that network--
00:30:37 - you are welcome to, and in fact, encouraged to also build
00:30:41 - on your own.
00:30:43 - Now don't get scared.
00:30:43 - Because, well, do get scared.
00:30:45 - There could be some really heavy duty requirements here,
00:30:49 - even for VMware Workstation, if you want to host all these
00:30:51 - VMs at the same time.
00:30:53 - Most of these VMS are two gigs of RAM.
00:30:57 - I don't think any of them have more than two.
00:30:59 - Actually, I don't think even of them at all, so 2, 4, 6, 8,
00:31:02 - 10, 12, 14, 16, 18.
00:31:06 - And then those, so 20 gigs of RAM to run everything.
00:31:08 - We won't have everything running at the same time.
00:31:11 - And in fact, these down here will only be used for one
00:31:14 - Nugget a piece.
00:31:15 - So you could try to safely ignore these two at the
00:31:17 - bottom, at least for now.
00:31:19 - And in fact, we'll be using these for a while, and then
00:31:21 - these for a while.
00:31:22 - So you probably only need to have this one running.
00:31:25 - You'll always have this one running.
00:31:26 - You'll occasionally have this one running.
00:31:29 - And then it will either be one of these two or
00:31:32 - one of these two.
00:31:34 - So get yourself a nice machine.
00:31:35 - Get yourself a copy of VMware workstation.
00:31:37 - It's a great little tool for doing stuff like this.
00:31:40 - And I think you'll be impressed at how, whenever you
00:31:43 - build that, you can use your DHCP and all the stuff built
00:31:46 - into your deployment server to just rapidly spin out new
00:31:49 - desktops and new servers whenever you feel like.
00:31:51 - It's empowering to be able to build those servers that fast,
00:31:55 - and it just feels good.
00:31:56 - Wow, check it out.
00:31:57 - Bam.
00:31:57 - New server.
00:31:58 - Bam.
00:31:59 - So my recommendation is build this.
00:32:02 - Because we're going to use it.
00:32:04 - And it'll be nice for you to actually do things as you're
00:32:08 - seeing them on the screen.
00:32:10 - So that really is kind of my introduction here for this
00:32:14 - 70-415 series on implementing a desktop infrastructure.
00:32:19 - As I said before, my name is Greg Shields.
00:32:21 - I am absolutely looking forward to the next 19 Nuggets
00:32:24 - here, helping you understand the modern day, evolving,
00:32:29 - conventional wisdom in how to go about deploying and
00:32:33 - implementing a desktop infrastructure in the very
00:32:35 - best ways possible.
00:32:37 - Coming up next, we're going to spend a little bit of time
00:32:40 - talking about just the architecture and technologies
00:32:43 - that enable that desktop infrastructure to function.
00:32:46 - So there's a little bit of a soapbox here, because there is
00:32:50 - just an evolving--
00:32:52 - the world is changing its beliefs in terms
00:32:55 - of how we do things.
00:32:56 - And meeting those needs, meeting those requirements, is
00:33:01 - in many ways the reason why you're here.
00:33:03 - I also like to start with the big picture.
00:33:05 - So you'll have an idea of exactly what it is we're
00:33:07 - trying to accomplish here in this series.
00:33:09 - So you will get an opportunity right out of the gate to see
00:33:12 - what you will have at the very end of all of this.
00:33:15 - That's the topic for our next Nugget.
00:33:17 - So until then, I hope this has been informative for you.
00:33:19 - And I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Exploring the Architecture and Technologies that Enable a Windows Desktop Infrastructure

Planning for Automated Windows Desktop Image Deployment

Preparing for and Implementing Windows Deployment Services

Automating Windows Installation in WDS

Capturing and Deploying Windows Desktop Images with WDS

Implementing Light Touch Deployment with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Integrating User State Migration and the USMT into Image Deployment

Implementing Zero Touch Deployment with System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Planning and Implementing Remote Desktop Services Host Servers

Connecting Users to Applications with Remote Desktop Web Access and RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

Extending RDSH Applications to the Internet with the Remote Desktop Gateway

Implementing a VDI Infrastructure with Remote Desktop Virtualization Host

Creating and Configuring Virtual Desktop Collections

Managing the Remote Desktop Client Experience

Planning for and Implementing User State Virtualization

Configuring Desktop Security

Monitoring the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Implementing an Updates Infrastructure

Tips and Tricks in Maintaining Images

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Greg Shields

Greg Shields

CBT Nuggets Trainer

Microsoft MVP; VMware vExpert; Citrix CTP

Area of Expertise:
Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, System Center, Hyper-V, virtualization and cloud, Microsoft Exchange, PowerShell, VBScript, Windows deployment. Columnist and author of more than a dozen books and hundreds of industry white papers.

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