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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....
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.

Related Area of Expertise:
  • Desktop Support

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.

Greg shares 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.

1. Introduction to the MCSE: Desktop Administrator and the 70-415 Exam (33 min)
2. Exploring the Architecture and Technologies that Enable a Windows Desktop Infrastructure (36 min)
3. Planning for Automated Windows Desktop Image Deployment (22 min)
4. Preparing for and Implementing Windows Deployment Services (59 min)
5. Automating Windows Installation in WDS (45 min)
6. Capturing and Deploying Windows Desktop Images with WDS (30 min)
7. Implementing Light Touch Deployment with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (48 min)
8. Integrating User State Migration and the USMT into Image Deployment (46 min)
9. Implementing Zero Touch Deployment with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (61 min)
10. Planning and Implementing Remote Desktop Services Host Servers (57 min)
11. Connecting Users to Applications with Remote Desktop Web Access and RemoteApp and Desktop Connections (38 min)
12. Extending RDSH Applications to the Internet with the Remote Desktop Gateway (36 min)
13. Implementing a VDI Infrastructure with Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (27 min)
14. Creating and Configuring Virtual Desktop Collections (38 min)
15. Managing the Remote Desktop Client Experience (29 min)
16. Planning for and Implementing User State Virtualization (14 min)
17. Configuring Desktop Security (22 min)
18. Monitoring the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (20 min)
19. Implementing an Updates Infrastructure (22 min)
20. Tips and Tricks in Maintaining Images (23 min)

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

00:00:00

The year was 1998. Fall was coming. Leaves in Denver were turning, signaling the conclusion of a hot summer. The first in a long series of drought years. The Colorado Rockies went 77:85 that year, too far behind the Dodgers to have much of a World Series chance.

00:00:18

It was a time for big changes. Microsoft had just released a new operating system, Windows 98. And an eager, but only barely experienced college graduate had just gotten his first job. It was his first salary job. His first real job. It was also, at least that he dreamed at the time, his first opportunity to work with the real technology.

00:00:39

Or, well, not really. At least, not at first. You see, back then, the men were men. And the operating systems, well, they were installed by hand. IT pros toiled beneath intolerably long, printed out work instructions. Documents that outlined every click, every Next, and absolutely every Finish.

00:00:58

Building a single Windows desktop took an afternoon. Building two was a full day. But 1998 was another historic year for IT. That year saw the release of something new. A tool called Semantic Ghost. And with it, a radical new way to rapid-deploy Windows. Almost overnight, our protagonist saw his career jumpstart and accelerate.

00:01:18

A couple of extra cables and a copy a Ghost saw over 300 desktops deployed during his first month of employment. That's a 1,500 percent increase in efficiency over the old way of doing things. Semantic Ghost launched our hero's career. But this is not a story about Semantic Ghost.

00:01:36

It's a story about what comes after. An entirely better, more efficient, faster, and altogether different approach in deploying and managing Windows desktops. Thank you, Ghost, for what you've done for us. But you know what, Ghost? It's time to retire. My name's Greg Shields, and while I won't not admit this little story may be about me, I'll bet there are hints of it in your own personal past.

00:02:03

We IT pros who have been tagged with responsibilities of desktop deployment have seen tools come and go. Many no longer exist. Others were awesome at first, only to later make us wonder why we ever used them. Now, this story is about something else entirely.

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It's about a suite of Microsoft solutions that, in combination, can accomplish some awe-inspiring feats of automation. But it's also about an entirely new way of thinking about desktops and our desktop infrastructures. You might be here because you're looking to get your MCSE certification and pass that 70-415 exam. Or you might be here because you demand a better solution for implementing your desktop infrastructure.

00:02:43

But no matter why you're here, get ready to get amazed. Because the technologies now available to accomplish just that are nothing short of incredible. So welcome to another CBT Nugget series. As I said, my name is Greg Shields. And so, what did you think of that intro? I figured a little dramatic entre would get us ready for 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 your first series, don't worry. Because the drama is not something that necessarily happens all the time. I just like to start these series out this way. Really, this whole series is a bunch of much hours of you and me.

00:03:22

And me kind of sitting over your shoulder and helping you through some of these interesting topics in desktop deployment. And our goal here is kind of multi-fold. Our goal here, first and foremost, is to help you develop the skills that you need in preparing for installing, configuring, and doing the ongoing maintenance of, apparently, a private cloud-- that's interesting-- of your desktop infrastructure.

00:03:47

And I just leave this in here because I didn't realize I didn't change this. I leave this in here not because I made the mistake here, but because this series is intended to be an almost informal approach that gives you the ability to take a look at all these technologies.

00:04:08

Building all this stuff takes a long time. I won't tell you how many days it takes to film these series. And so, as a consequence, what you get is kind of the fruits of the labor in putting all these things together. And it can, very much so, because people hundreds of thousands of people have downloaded these series over the years.

00:04:28

It can really dramatically accelerate your learning so that you will to be a better IT professional and so you will also be ready to take that exam. The MCSE is back again, as you probably know, and this time they've replaced the engineer with the expert.

00:04:45

And so the years intervening between the old MCSE and the new MCSE, there just wasn't a lot of excitement about certification. Everybody got excited about the MCSE back in the first days. And they changed the names around to the TS and the ITP, 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 circles, that just the name change itself, and really the shift in the content towards what is quite a bit more real-world and, honestly, quite a bit more difficult than it's been in as long as I've seen it.

00:05:24

The new MCSE exams are surprisingly challenging. I think what we get is a better curriculum. A more valuable certification. And definitely an absolute assertion of the knowledge that you have. In this case, how to deploy and manage desktops in an environment.

00:05:45

At the same time, I hope to give you a few of my personal experiences and best practices. If you enjoyed the story, the story actually is true. And in fact, one of the funny parts about the story is they put me in the basement of a building with no windows.

00:05:59

The name of the room was called the Tank. And said, go build Windows. And that was my job, was to go click Next, Next, Finish, for one assumes until they told me to do something else. And the reason why even Ghost was introduced into our little world down there was simply just out of the frustration in having to get through this whole process one machine at a time.

00:06:22

And there was a bet. I made a bet with the chief scientist at the company, and said, look, if I build you 300 machines in a month, you'll make me a systems admin. And it worked. It actually happened at the month, thanks to Ghost. Well, Ghost indeed is, now, it's an aging technology.

00:06:39

And more importantly, it's an aging approach. And so you're here today because I think you want to learn some of the newer, more evolved practices that we are now sort of coming to understand in desktop and even server deployment. I will tell you, prepare yourself.

00:06:57

Because the old way of doing things-- maybe not the old way of Next, Next, Finish, but the old, monolithic image-based way of doing things, it might have been easy in the beginning. But it was much harder as you try to use it over time. Well, the new technologies, the new approaches that you're going to find out here in this series, and also the next one, the 416, involve quite a bit more upfront work. There's effort that has to happen in developing all the building blocks and laying them into place.

00:07:29

But once you actually go through that upfront effort, and once you spend the time not being really, terribly efficient, and once you get those building blocks in place so that you can link them together to create automation, suddenly everything just becomes automated.

00:07:45

And all the perils and problems of the Ghost approach go away. And what you get is a very flexible, very manipulatable, very changeable, and completely automatable solution for deploying Windows desktops and even servers. So in this first Nugget in the series, I'd like to spend a time-- just a little bit of time, usually-- focusing not about 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 objectives. Occasionally I do, particularly if there's some objectives that just-- they don't really fit the actual story line in the real world. And there are a couple in here. Microsoft has consolidated some interesting things here to make the 70-415, especially at the end. The last couple of Nuggets are not my favorite.

00:08:29

And they introduced some wildly different technologies there in System Center that you only need to see for just a little while. But they're important for the exam. So I have to kind of assume you at least have some System Center components up and running.

00:08:44

And I'm going to show you a couple of things that System Center can do to aid in the deployment process. But for the most part, well, they're there for the exam. And you may not just yet use them in production. Or at least in the ways that Microsoft has them for exam objectives.

00:09:01

Other than that, this again is the one Nugget where I like to spend time talking about the exam and certification itself. Here in a minute, we'll talk about Microsoft certification, the MCSA and the new MCSE, and who the audience is for this 70-415 exam. Obviously, it's you.

00:09:17

I mean, you're here because you made the decision that either I've got to know how to deploy desktop, so I want to also certify my knowledge. Well, you're here. And that's actually a good thing. I've got a few notes on the exam and just how the exam really works.

00:09:32

All of this is stuff you can download online. But I want to kind of frame it into a better story line to help you accelerate all the a preparatory work. I'll show you an outline of what we're about to do and give you a review of the objectives. You will find that as we go through the 20 Nuggets in the series, this is in no way any kind of brain dump for the exam.

00:09:57

If you're looking for a brain dump, there are other websites to go to. And we could have a long conversation about the efficacy and morality of brain dumps. But what I like to do is take a look at the published exam objectives. And in that, try to distill the story line out of those objectives.

00:10:16

When you get them from Microsoft, they're just kind of in a list. And they're there to try to break them apart into what percentage you're going to see for questions on the test. But underneath those objectives is an actual story that needs to be told. And so while the Nuggets in this series don't track directly to the objectives, the intent is to try to create a story that will mirror exactly how you would go through deploying these technologies in the real world.

00:10:43

And helping you with the learning path that gets you spot up in as best a way as possible. You'll find that the learning objectives for these exams kind of challenging to navigate. And even myself, and having experience with these technologies, it's kind of hard to translate, in some cases, what Microsoft has said on the piece of paper with 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 appreciate things after we get to the conclusion of this series. We're about to spend a lot of time together. And then lastly, we'll take up quick peek here at our CBT Nuggets network. I've built using VMware workstation a variety of virtual machines that we will use throughout the course of this series.

00:11:24

Now, the machine I've got here is a fairly powerful machine. It's a four-way or eight-way machine with 32 gigs of RAM. I've got a pair of SSD hard drives in there. SSD, one of the best things you can do for improving your VM performance in VMware Workstation.

00:11:43

And having plenty of RAM is good, because particularly for this round of MCSE exams, there is a need for a lot of concurrently running hardware for all the stuff to work. You'll see we have a lot of VMs running at the same time 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 of these items, before we really get into the content itself. That'll happen in that next Nugget. First, a look here at Microsoft certification. This MCSE-- 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 10 years or so, Microsoft has taken a couple of different approaches. There's really three approaches to the MCSE. And they've been trying to kind of get back to a type of certification that is beneficial to both you, the test taker, and then also the employer or potential employer.

00:12:40

One of the early concerns with MCSE when it was called an Engineer, well, there were two. One is that the word engineer is a protected word in many countries. And there were potential lawsuits that were going to happen over the word engineer. So if you ever wondered why the name change had to happen, an engineer is literally a protected word in certain places.

00:12:59

Also, with the first MCSE, Microsoft inadvertently created, through its core and electives model, a certification where pretty much most of the MCSEs just chose the easiest exams in order to finish. So while they were a list of electives, a lot of us chose 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 an MCSE, and it didn't really matter. Unfortunately, the people who were hiring us recognized that. And the paper MCSE problem was as much a problem of the brain dumps as it was a problem of the way in which the certification curriculum was constructed in the first place.

00:13:38

Because of the different electives that were available, your hiring managers couldn't put a lot of credence in the MCSE that it was actually reflective of knowledge that a person had. So the replacement for the MCSE was the MCITP. And then that itself was composed of one or more MCTS exams.

00:14:01

So this is the MCIT Pro, and then this is the Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist exams. These were job-role oriented. And these were technology oriented. And what happened here was the name change really turned off a lot of people. And also, the replacements that they created here just made the entire process quite a bit more challenging without actually accomplishing what they intended to accomplish.

00:14:30

So Microsoft sort of turned again. And in recent years has eliminated all these to go back to the MCSE and MCSA approach, where the A is still the same but the E is now an expert. What a great name. Should have thought of that first. This new approach is designed not around electives.

00:14:53

There are specific exams you have to take. But what results is an MCSE that focuses specifically on what exams you have taken, which is why we now have what I like to call the flavors of MCSE. Instead of electives, we have a variety of flavors. We have a server one.

00:15:10

We have a desktop one. We have a private cloud one. A SQL Server one. One that deals with messaging, which is effectively Exchange. One that deals with communications. Strange word, but it's essentially Link. And one that deals with SharePoint. So now, a hiring individual can take a look at your MCSE flavor and go, oh, this person's a desktop person.

00:15:30

I know exactly where to fit them in. For this MCSE, for the MCSE Desktop Infrastructure, you will have to first pass the MCSA, which is three exams, OK? And I've reviewed the exam ODs for these, the objectives, and wow, they test on a lot of technology. I feel like today's MCSA is equal to what yesteryears' MCSE used to be, because of the complexity of the MCSA.

00:15:56

So be prepared. Because there's a lot of stuff that you need know just to get through the MCSA. The MCSEs these days are a super set of what we used to have to know. Because they add in, in many cases, a lot of content in System Center. Microsoft has put an incredible amount of investment in System Center.

00:16:17

And so you're seeing this reflected in what it believes, or what Microsoft believes, you need to know in order to be certified. This particular exam, 70-415, does not have a lot of System Center in it. We'll spend a little bit of time in Config Manager. And then two Nuggets at the very end that need to bring up VMM and Ops.

00:16:35

So be aware that there is some System Center requirements for your certification here. And we will touch on those. I'll try to give you the ones that are the most appropriate for what you need to know. There is an intended audience here for the exam. I literally just grabbed this off of Microsoft exam website.

00:16:52

So you find this there. The person who takes this test is a someone who needs to validate their skills and knowledge for designing, deploying, and managing a desktop infrastructure. Now, this is what's key here, including the application environment, virtualization, security, business continuity, and remote desktop services.

00:17:11

So be aware of that. I will tell you that the app virtualization stuff, for the most part, has actually been-- I will be sort of punting that over to the 70-416 content. The intended audience and the objectives don't necessarily align very well if you really look deeply into these.

00:17:30

I don't know. I can't tell you what the questions are. I just simply don't know. But I wanted to move that over 70-416 because it just seems more appropriate in that world. So that's the only thing you're not really going to see here in this environment. We will talk about all the other bits here.

00:17:45

You should have experience with Windows Server operating systems. And it says here, you should have your MCSA or equivalent experience. This is part one of a two-part series of exams. And these two-part series of exams give you the knowledge necessary to design, implement, maintain, blah blah blah blah blah.

00:18:06

Note here also, enterprise scaled and highly virtualized. Microsoft has essentially said that the future will be virtualized. And so there is the assumption here that just about everything is on a virtual machine. We will, in this exam, focus on really, I'll say three topics.

00:18:26

The first is desktop deployment. Your Windows deployment services, your Microsoft deployment tool kit, your Config Manager OS deployment. 1, 2, 3. That is the first, almost the first half, of the content here. With desktop deployment under way, the second piece will be RDS.

00:18:45

And specifically, the session-based deployments that we now have with RDS. That's part two. Then part three will be RDS, but the virtual machines-based deployment, or what we commonly think of as VDI. So part one, part two, part three. There will be kind of a small part four at the end that will be topics in security.

00:19:07

Topics in group policy management. Topics in monitoring. Topics in updating. So really, you've kind of got four parts here that we'll be talking about. And so this exam, along with 70-416, will collectively validate everything you need to know to be a really smart desktop infrastructure person.

00:19:25

I don't if you get much of these intended audience things. Most of us just sort of skip over them. But I find them nice here. Because at least they tell you what Microsoft is look for out of the exam, the person taking the exam. A couple notes on scoring. If this is your first test-- hopefully, it's not.

00:19:38

But if it is your first test, there is no penalty for guessing. If you choose an incorrect answer, you're not going to earn a point for that item. If, and this is important. And this is why I do this. If a question specifies you must choose multiple correct answers-- this is really important-- you must use all of the correct answers in order to earn a point.

00:19:57

There is no partial credit. If it says choose among the following, and they have 17 items there, well, you have to figure out which ones are the correct ones. And those are insidiously the hardest questions, I think, on any exam anywhere. I hate multi multi-choice.

00:20:11

Now, notably, some of the questions may not be included in the calculation of your score. Microsoft, the very large Microsoft testing animal, will sometimes throw some questions in there that they don't really know are actually really good questions or not.

00:20:25

And so, because of that, they will sometimes put a question there and not actually score the question, just to see if it's a valid question or not. The idea here is that some questions are maybe poorly worded. And if enough people get the question right, well, then they can assume that maybe they've got the word correct for that particular question.

00:20:44

And then they'll add it later. Some question formats here, there are some case study formats, I have to be told. There have been simulations. There's the potential for simulations. There's the potential for virtual labs here. Question types include multi choice, hot area, active screen, drag drop, build list and reorder.

00:21:03

I have been told case studies are fairly, they're becoming more common again. Maybe not at the level that they were back in 2003 days or whatever, when we had really large case studies that everyone was complaining about. Again, all this is hearsay, because I simply do not know.

00:21:20

These, all this content here, again, copied off of Microsoft's website. There's no magic or secret knowledge here. Lastly, administered through Prometric. And at the last I looked, they're $150 in US dollars. So notes there. Well, I think you're more interested in, however-- because again, all that stuff is on Microsoft's website-- is what our series outline is going to be.

00:21:46

So maybe five parts, OK? Let me break these down. Let me draw some lines here so I can split up the different phases in this training. That's going to be that. And then this will go here. And then this will go, let's call it here. So five phases, really, in this training.

00:22:07

There's one, two, three, four, five. The first phase is, essentially, I've got to kind of set up things. And don't skip these three. We don't actually really get into clicking buttons until right around here. But before you get there, there is some really key, foundational knowledge that's very raw, that is almost academic, but is exceptionally important to making your brain explode all over the wall so that I can pick up the pieces and reassemble them back in the new order.

00:22:37

The old way, the old monolithic way of doing desktop deployment is dead, is absolutely dead. And so I introduced Ghost in here in order to officially retire Ghost. Because that image-based deployment, where all of your apps and drivers are on a single image and you have 80 million images, one for each piece of hardware, flush that from your mind.

00:22:58

We are going to replace it with something that is a little bit harder in the beginning, but way cooler in the end. That's what Module 2 here is all about, is how to force your brain to shatter into a million pieces so that I can put it back together in creating this beautiful environment using a layered approach to OS Deployment.

00:23:18

And that's what we're going to do. We'll start, actually, with the simplest of solutions, WDS. I tend to teach-- I've been presenting on OS deployment for a lot of years. And I actually have a much different approach to it than what you'll find a lot of other people who do deployment out in the world.

00:23:37

If you search the internet, a lot of people in the world like to start with the most complex tools first. And I think that's just a really hard approach, because you've got to know the foundations. So I start simple. And when we go through this content, we're going to start with the simplest tool, which is WDS.

00:23:52

WDS is, I used to call it Windows Ghost. Because it really is a remarkably simple solution that deploys images. So we'll implement it. We'll automate it. And then we'll capture and deploy some images with it. And then we'll layer the MDT over the top. So MDT literally just sort of hulks in over the top of WDS.

00:24:12

WDS becomes the transport. MDT becomes the tool you use to put orchestration and workflow into place and make decisions whenever you're deploying. We'll also use MDT for incorporating user state migration. 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. MDT automates everything and it makes it into a format that you would want to deploy in your environment. And then we will conclude with a very short look at Configuration Manager 2012. I'm a big fan of Config Manager.

00:24:45

You can do remarkable things with Config Manager. And it's really hard to talk about Config Manager, because I have my own 20 Nugget series with CBT Nuggets on Config Manager. And so trying to distill things down to just one Nugget is sometimes hard. I will focus exclusively, or you and I will focus exclusively, on just the Zero Touch Deployment.

00:25:06

And in this one, this one's one to just prepare for. Because in this Nugget, you will learn how to create an environment so that your users, when they have problems, can refresh their own computers without having to call you and get all their applications back and all of their user state back.

00:25:23

Their pictures of their cats and whatnot. Don't believe me? Wait for nine more Nuggets, or eight more Nuggets. Because it's awesome. And it's something you're absolutely going to want to implement. Once we do that, then we switch gears entirely. Come down here to Module 3. Module 3 switches us out of desktop deployment, although we will use everything that we've built up until this point to deploy, not desktops, but to deploy our DSH servers and remote desktop.

00:25:48

Remote desktop is-- I've been dealing with remote desktop since back what was called WinFrame. And I have an MVP with Microsoft, which is in the RDS team. So I've got a lot of familiarity with the RDS tools, both the things that I can tell you and a couple of things that I really can't.

00:26:07

But that experience with RDS-- I want to help you with some of the sort of leading edge approaches that people are using about how RDS and desktops are really containers for applications. And when you start thinking about the OS as a container, it frees your mind to do much smarter things in terms of how you deliver IT services to users.

00:26:29

So I'll get a little on-soapbox there, and I apologize for that. But I think at the end, it will help you understand some of the better, or some, at least, of the emerging conventional wisdom approaches that we have in how we consider RDS, VDI, and desktop deployment.

00:26:45

We will then connect up our users with some of the new and awesome technologies. Improved, not new. But definitely awesome technologies. Remote app desktop connection and remote desktop web access. Neat stuff. And then how to also extend those applications out on the internet.

00:27:05

Now, in certain circumstances, you will have apps that don't work on RDS. Well when that happens, Microsoft makes available an almost parallel infrastructure that is it's VDI vision. And for that, it's the RDVH replaces the RDSH. So we add hyper-v to RDS and we install virtual machines.

00:27:24

And then we have a VDI environment. We will work with that. We will install it in one here. And we will work with it in a second Nugget here. And I have to assume that you have some experience with hyper-V and with Windows Clustering. Because those are some pretty intense topics.

00:27:40

So I will have the environment built and then show you what I did. And then we'll focus then on the RDS stuff. We conclude this series with, what is this, six Nuggets, on kind of the everything else. How do you use group policy to manage your client experience? Which group policies should you take a look at? How can you get rid of roaming profiles forever? User disks are Microsoft's next step.

00:28:06

They bring benefits. But they also come with a couple of costs that you have to be careful. How do you use group policy to configure desktop security? And how do you use FFEP, Forefront Endpoint Protection. And then down here, two Nuggets. One on what is essentially Ops Manager, and one on what is 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 an entire VMM infrastructure to do two Nuggets down here to show you how you can monitor your infrastructure. If you have not played with Ops, don't worry. The install is relatively simple. Same thing with VMM.

00:28:47

But Ops is an awesome tool. And it makes sense that Microsoft is making us incorporate this, even in these MCSEs, because they want you use it. It just works. And it works really well. And then lastly, we'll conclude with a little just sort of dissertation on some of the tips and tricks in maintaining your images over time.

00:29:04

And that'll be at least some final thoughts there in terms of how best to go about managing this environment once it gets into production. Clicking over here, then, we have some exam objectives. Pay really close attention to specifically the percentages here.

00:29:18

These percentages are what you can expect to see related to the types of questions over here on the right hand side. So you'll notice they're kind of evenly balanced, which is kind of bogus, really, right? So the answer is, I don't know. You're going to have even representation of all these different topics.

00:29:36

Whatever. So you will find that a little later on when we start getting to the individual Nuggets, I tend to put the bottom just an objectives item there. And I don't really talk about it. Because again, this is not a brain dump. I'm not giving you answers to questions.

00:29:52

But I want to use those objectives at the bottom of that initial screen in each Nugget as a way to tie what you see here, in the exam objectives-- what you will find on Microsoft's website-- with my rearranging of the story to make it easier for you to learn, OK? So we're not always in the same order here.

00:30:12

Although this story, or these objectives, are better than most. But use that as your linkage back to the objectives. So the things that you know will generally kind of relate to what you see in that objectives there on the first screen. So those are the objectives here.

00:30:29

Coming down here, I've put together a little network here, our CBT Nuggets network. And that network-- you are welcome to, and in fact, encouraged to also build on your own. Now don't get scared. Because, well, do get scared. There could be some really heavy duty requirements here, even for VMware Workstation, if you want to host all these VMs at the same time.

00:30:53

Most of these VMS are two gigs of RAM. I don't think any of them have more than two. Actually, I don't think even of them at all, so 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18. And then those, so 20 gigs of RAM to run everything. 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 Nugget a piece. So you could try to safely ignore these two at the bottom, at least for now. And in fact, we'll be using these for a while, and then these for a while. So you probably only need to have this one running.

00:31:25

You'll always have this one running. You'll occasionally have this one running. And then it will either be one of these two or one of these two. So get yourself a nice machine. Get yourself a copy of VMware workstation. 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 build that, you can use your DHCP and all the stuff built into your deployment server to just rapidly spin out new desktops and new servers whenever you feel like. It's empowering to be able to build those servers that fast, and it just feels good.

00:31:56

Wow, check it out. Bam. New server. Bam. So my recommendation is build this. Because we're going to use it. And it'll be nice for you to actually do things as you're seeing them on the screen. So that really is kind of my introduction here for this 70-415 series on implementing a desktop infrastructure. As I said before, my name is Greg Shields.

00:32:21

I am absolutely looking forward to the next 19 Nuggets here, helping you understand the modern day, evolving, conventional wisdom in how to go about deploying and implementing a desktop infrastructure in the very best ways possible. Coming up next, we're going to spend a little bit of time talking about just the architecture and technologies that enable that desktop infrastructure to function.

00:32:46

So there's a little bit of a soapbox here, because there is just an evolving-- the world is changing its beliefs in terms of how we do things. And meeting those needs, meeting those requirements, is in many ways the reason why you're here. 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 trying to accomplish here in this series. So you will get an opportunity right out of the gate to see what you will have at the very end of all of this. That's the topic for our next Nugget. So until then, I hope this has been informative for you.

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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