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This Windows Server 2012 R2 video training course with James Conrad covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular technology, including installing and configuring servers, IPv4, and more....
This Windows Server 2012 R2 video training course with James Conrad covers the latest version of Microsoft’s popular technology, including installing and configuring servers, IPv4, and more.

Related area of expertise:
  • Microsoft Server 2012

Recommended experience:
  • Familiarity with previous versions of Windows Server
  • Experience working in an enterprise environment

Recommended equipment:
  • Windows Server 2012

Related certifications:
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2
  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Private Cloud
  • MCSE: Messaging
  • MCSE: Communication
  • MCSE: SharePoint

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals

Are you ready for Windows Server 2012 R2? You will be after watching this training course by James Conrad. Get familiar with Windows Server 2012 R2 and prepare for the new 70-410 exam, part of the MCSA.

Server 2012 is Microsoft's best release to date, and this course highlights new features and improvements. Topics covered in this course include: Installing and configuring Windows Server 2012 R2; managing Active Directory Domain Services objects; automating Active Directory Domain Services administration; implementing networking services; implementing local storage; implementing file and print services; implementing group policy; and implementing server virtualization with Hyper-V.

Windows Server admins will love learning about the new features of Server 2012 R2, including tools that will help make Windows Server installations more compact, efficient, and secure. New or future admins will get familiar with the essentials to keep systems running and feature-rich, including the tips that are usually known only to experienced admins!
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1. Course Introduction (7 min)
2. Installing and Configuring Servers (41 min)
3. Modifying Your Installation (33 min)
4. Configuring Server Core (21 min)
5. Configure Servers for Remote Management (20 min)
6. Introduction to Active Directory and Basic Installation (41 min)
7. Active Directory: Managing Accounts (42 min)
8. Deploy Active Directory IaaS (41 min)
9. Active Directory Domain Controller Installation (62 min)
10. Active Directory: Automating User Accounts (33 min)
11. Active Directory: Computer Accounts, Groups Part 1 (45 min)
12. Active Directory: Groups Part 2, Organizational Units, Delegation (36 min)
13. Group Policy: Essentials and Multiple Local (27 min)
14. Group Policy: Central Store and Refresh (29 min)
15. Group Policy: Scope of Management, Preferences, Starter GPO (38 min)
16. Group Policy: Security and Templates (39 min)
17. Group Policy: Rule and Application Enforcement (25 min)
18. Group Policy: Windows Firewall (34 min)
19. IPv4 (53 min)
20. IPv6 (45 min)
21. DHCP (58 min)
22. DNS (50 min)
23. Desired State Configuration (31 min)
24. Configuring Hyper-V (44 min)
25. Hyper-V in R2 (30 min)
26. Configuring Local Storage (45 min)
27. Storage Spaces Using Enclosures (25 min)
28. Share and NTFS Permissions (30 min)
29. Additional Storage Features (38 min)
30. Work Folders (35 min)
31. Configuring Printers (31 min)

Course Introduction


Hello. My name is James Conrad and it's my pleasure to be here with you as we explore the 70-410, Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 and now also, Server 2012 R2. Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 were released in October of 2013. Well, as we take a look at these things, one thing that I want to point out, first of all, is that this would be a really great course for you in a couple of different respects.


Number one, if you're already an experienced server admin with previous versions of Windows servers such as 2003, 2008, or 2008 R2. Well, this is a great way to get up to speed on all the new features in Server 2012 and R2. I got to say, this is definitely the best version of Windows Server Microsoft's ever come out with.


There are a lot of new features and most of them work very well and they're just really geek cool, I got tell you. The other thing is, maybe you're not as experienced with Windows Server. Maybe you're currently at a help desk or something like that or you're changing careers and you need to learn some things about Server.


This course will still serve you very well. It might be that you are working the help desk and one day you got invited to the server group, to move up to the server group, to work with the cool kids. And so, if you've gotten that invitation or you're trying to learn enough so that you can change departments at your workplace, this also will be a great course for you.


Now one of things we'll take a look at first here is the installation of Server 2012 and R2. Now you might be thinking, James, isn't that kind of easy? I mean, you put the DVD in and you Next, Next, Finish your way through the installation. You can always do that, of course.


However, one of the things we need to look at for servers in particular is to plan those servers out well and to carefully install them, because there's a little bit more of an impact there in how you install a server than a lot of workstations. There's also some really cool new things here in terms of modifying your installation.


There's a new thing called Features on Demand, for example. We will also take a look at how to add and remove features in offline images or deploy roles remotely to a server that you're not even touching. You can convert to and from Server Core and do something else called a Minimal Server Install which really conserves your resources.


Another way to conserve resources very nicely is Server Core, something we had starting in Server 2008 and which of course continues here in 2012. Of course, a lot of the Server Core items are administering both locally and remotely through PowerShell Cmdlets.


And then we move onto Active Directory Management, which is going to be for users groups, organizational units, all kinds of things, strategizing out how you want to implement your Active Directory infrastructure. And one thing that's also pretty cool now, under the new exam objectives for R2 will be to use Windows Azure and installing Active Directory domain controllers with an infrastructure as a service or IaaS.


We'll also take a look at account automation. There's a lot of command line tools that we'll use to implement that. We could also use PowerShell scripts and we can use bulk imports with something like a CSV file. We'll take a look at groups and organizational units and a smart way to implement and strategize the creation of those as well.


We move on here to Group Policy Objects. And you can see, there's quite a few headings underneath that. The reason being that virtually every aspect of server and desktop administration can be managed through a Group Policy Object. It's probably your single most effective tool in your organization for determining how Windows works and how your users can inter-operate with Windows.


There's a couple of things we'll talk about here. First of all, just the essentials of how to work with Group Policy Objects as well as a new item. You see, in the past, you could also work with a local policy which only affects a single computer but it affects every user on that computer.


Well now, we have something called Multiple Local Group Policy Objects, which you can use to split that up between administrators and other users, for example. We'll take a look at the Central Store, which is very important because you very often will get into a situation where multiple administrators are administering group policy, but they all have a different version of what we call templates.


And when that happens, there could be a lot of confusion and even collisions in your group policy setting. So, the Central Store is important in working with that. Also, you need to have a keen understanding of how Group Policy refreshes because otherwise, you can have unpredictable behavior in how Group Policy works.


We'll take a look at something called the Scope of Management, Preferences, and Starters. The scope of management here is just understanding where Group Policies apply. It's not a one size fits all. You can do that but it's a little bit too broad many times.


Sometimes, you want to kind of focus your Group Policy Objects to a certain organizational unit, for example. We'll take a look at that. The preferences themselves as well, which are kind of an expansion of the original Group Policies that we've had in previous versions of Windows, now we have a whole new set of settings we can work with there called preferences.


And then Starter GPOs, which are kind of a template method for configuring Group Policy Objects so that other administrators could take those same Group Policy Objects and that work with a preset configuration. We also take a look at security because most your security settings are configured through a GPO and the templates, which are the configuration of what available settings are there in a Group Policy Object.


We'll take a look at software lock down, which is very important because renegade software can have far reaching and devastating effects on an organization. And then we take a look also at Windows Firewall, which can be configured through a Group Policy Object and is also an excellent way to help secure your organization.


We also work here in the networking section with IPv4, which is largely the same as what you may have worked with in the past. IPv6 might be new to you so we'll get you up to speed on that. DHCP is also largely the same but there's a new feature here that's called Configuring Hot Standby and Load Sharing Mode Failover Method.


So, this is a really good way to make sure your DHCP remains available at all times. DNS is a critical part of especially an Active Directory organization but it's important to understand how that works. Then we look also at Hyper-V. Now Hyper-V is Microsoft's method for virtualization.


One of the cool things that we have here is a new R2 feature called Generation 2 Virtual Machines. And we also have something called a NIC teaming in Hyper-V. And this is a great way to aggregate or provide failover in your network interface cards. We take a look at local storage, which also has some really cool new features.


One of the things I think you'll like there is something called Storage Spaces using enclosures. Microsoft has kind of expanded out their storage to include enclosures from various vendors. And this can be very large storage, especially for small and medium size organizations.


Then we'll take a look here at share and NTSF permissions. And along with that, we'll take a look at something called Work Folders, which has similarities to offline files but it takes it a step further and it makes it very convenient for the user. Well, I got to tell you, I am very excited to join you on this journey for Windows Server 2012 and R2. I think you're going to have a lot of fun with this.

Installing and Configuring Servers

Modifying Your Installation

Configuring Server Core

Configure Servers for Remote Management

Introduction to Active Directory and Basic Installation

Active Directory: Managing Accounts

Deploy Active Directory IaaS

Active Directory Domain Controller Installation

Active Directory: Automating User Accounts

Active Directory: Computer Accounts, Groups Part 1

Active Directory: Groups Part 2, Organizational Units, Delegation

Group Policy: Essentials and Multiple Local

Group Policy: Central Store and Refresh

Group Policy: Scope of Management, Preferences, Starter GPO

Group Policy: Security and Templates

Group Policy: Rule and Application Enforcement

Group Policy: Windows Firewall





Desired State Configuration

Configuring Hyper-V

Hyper-V in R2

Configuring Local Storage

Storage Spaces Using Enclosures

Share and NTFS Permissions

Additional Storage Features

Work Folders

Configuring Printers

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