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Training Seminar: Windows Server 2008, AD, GP Administrator Boot Camp

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Course Objectives

Expert-led training on Windows Server 2008 administration, including Active Directory and Group Policy. This training course is meant to examine Windows Server 2008 and its features while giving maximum learning potential to new Windows administrators, Windows developers and anyone else wanting to learn about Windows Server 2008. It's meant to get you started, expand your knowledge, and help you take your skills to the next level.
This course is best for:
  • Current Windows Server 2008 Administrators
  • Administrators transferring from other platforms
  • Administrators upgrading from previous versions
  • Accomplished users who want to become administrators
Anyone else who wants to learn Windows Server 2008 and already knows the basics of Windows, TCP/IP, and networking will also benefit from the training course. However, it is important that you have an excellent background in computers beforehand and several years experience as a Windows user.

What Will I Learn?

This class provides the essential core knowledge of Windows Server 2008 needed to be a successful administrator. It covers everything from selecting hardware to server configuration to server backups and recovery.

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What Training Path Does This Course Relate To?

This training seminar is not meant as an exam prep but does cover most of the same skills tested on Exam 70-290. See the table below for an exact correlation.

Preparation Guide
Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Environment
Key to the matrix:
  The course includes material to prepare you for this task.
  The course includes some material to prepare you for this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work.
  The course provides a general introductory overview of this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work.
Skills measured by exam  
Managing and Maintaining Physical and Logical Devices
Manage basic disks and dynamic disks.
Monitor server hardware. Tools might include Device Manager, the Hardware Troubleshooting Wizard, and appropriate Control Panel items.
Optimize server disk performance.
  • Implement a RAID solution.
  • Defragment volumes and partitions.
Install and configure server hardware devices.
  • Configure driver signing options.
  • Configure resource settings for a device.
  • Configure device properties and settings.
Managing Users, Computers, and Groups
Manage local, roaming, and mandatory user profiles.
Create and manage computer accounts in an Active Directory environment.
Create and manage groups.
  • Identify and modify the scope of a group.
  • Find domain groups in which a user is a member.
  • Manage group membership.
  • Create and modify groups by using the Active Directory Users and Computers Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in.
  • Create and modify groups by using automation.
Create and manage user accounts.
  • Create and modify user accounts by using the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in.
  • Create and modify user accounts by using automation.
  • Import user accounts.
Troubleshoot computer accounts.
  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to computer accounts by using the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in.
  • Reset computer accounts.
Troubleshoot user accounts.
  • Diagnose and resolve account lockouts.
  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to user account properties.
Troubleshoot user authentication issues.
Managing and Maintaining Access to Resources
Configure access to shared folders.
  • Manage shared folder permissions.
Troubleshoot Terminal Services.
  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to Terminal Services security.
  • Diagnose and resolve issues related to client access to Terminal Services.
Configure file system permissions.
  • Verify effective permissions when granting permissions.
  • Change ownership of files and folders.
Troubleshoot access to files and shared folders.
Managing and Maintaining a Server Environment
Monitor and analyze events. Tools might include Event Viewer and System Monitor.
Manage software update infrastructure.
Manage software site licensing.
Manage servers remotely.
  • Manage a server by using Remote Assistance.
  • Manage a server by using Terminal Services remote administration mode.
  • Manage a server by using available support tools.
Troubleshoot print queues.
Monitor system performance.
Monitor file and print servers. Tools might include Task Manager, Event Viewer, and System Monitor.
  • Monitor disk quotas.
  • Monitor print queues.
  • Monitor server hardware for bottlenecks.
Monitor and optimize a server environment for application performance.
  • Monitor memory performance objects.
  • Monitor network performance objects.
  • Monitor process performance objects.
  • Monitor disk performance objects.
Manage a Web server.
  • Manage Internet Information Services (IIS).
  • Manage security for IIS.
Managing and Implementing Disaster Recovery
Perform system recovery for a server.
  • Implement Automated System Recovery (ASR).
  • Restore data from shadow copy volumes.
  • Back up files and System State data to media.
  • Configure security for backup operations.
Manage backup procedures.
  • Verify the successful completion of backup jobs.
  • Manage backup storage media.
Recover from server hardware failure.
Restore backup data.
Schedule backup jobs.

Who's Teaching?

Instruction by one of the world's leading experts:
William R. Stanek -- no substitutes, no second-stringers.

I teach all classes. There will never be a substitute. Here's the bio blurb if you need to know more:

William R. Stanek (williamstanek@aol.com) has over 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He is a leading technology expert and an award-winning author. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers and network engineers all over the world. He has written over 50 computer books, which are sold all over the world and there are more than 3 million copies of his books in print. Current or forthcoming books include Windows Server 2008 Inside Out, Windows Command-Line Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition, Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Windows Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant and IIS 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.

William has been involved in the commercial Internet community since 1991. His core business and technology experience comes from over 11 years of military service. He has substantial experience in developing server technology, encryption, and Internet solutions. He has written many technical white papers and training courses on a wide variety of topics. He is widely sought after as a subject matter expert.

William has an MS in Information Systems degree with distinction and a BS Computer Science degree magna cum laude. He is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

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About the Related Book

Speed and ease of reference is an essential part of this hands-on guide. The book has an expanded table of contents and an extensive index for finding answers to problems quickly. Many other quick reference features have been added as well. These features include quick step-by-step instructions, lists, tables with fast facts, and extensive cross-references. The book is broken down into both parts and chapters. Each part contains an opening paragraph or two about the chapters contained in that part.

Part I, “Windows Server 2008 Administration Fundamentals,” covers the fundamental tasks you need for Windows Server administration. Chapter 1 provides an overview of Windows Server administration tools, techniques, and concepts. Chapter 2 explores the tasks you’ll need to manage Windows systems. Chapter 3 covers monitoring services, processes and events. Chapter 4 discusses group policy and also explains how to automate common administrative tasks. The final chapter in this part details how to work with support services and remote desktop connectivity through terminal services.
In Part II, “Windows Server 2008 Directory Services Administration,” you’ll find the essential tasks for administering user, computer and group accounts. Chapter 6 introduces Active Directory structures and details how to work with Active Directory domains. Chapter 7 explores core Active Directory administration. You'll learn how to manage computer accounts, domain controllers and organizational units. Chapter 8 explains how to use system accounts, built-in groups, user rights, built-in capabilities, and implicit groups. You’ll find extensive tables that tell you exactly when you should use certain types of accounts, rights, and capabilities. The core administration tasks for creating user and group accounts are covered in Chapter 9, with a logical follow-up for managing existing user and group accounts covered in Chapter 10.

The book continues with Part III, “Windows Server 2008 Data Administration.” Chapter 11 starts by explaining how to add hard drives to a system and how to partition drives. Then the chapter dives into common tasks for managing file systems and drives, such as defragmenting disks, compression, encryption, and more. In Chapter 12, you’ll find tasks for managing volume sets and RAID arrays, as well as detailed advice on repairing damaged arrays. Chapter 13 focuses on managing files and folders and all the tasks that go along with it. You’ll even find tips for customizing folder views with folder templates. Chapter 14 details how to enable file, drive, and folder sharing for remote network and Internet users, then goes on to cover Active Directory object security and auditing. The final chapter in this part explores data backup and recovery.

Part IV, “Windows Server 2008 Network Administration,” covers advanced administration tasks. Chapter 16 provides the essentials for installing, configuring, and testing TCP/IP networking on Windows 2008 systems—covering everything from installing network adapter cards to actually connecting a computer to a Windows 2008 domain. Chapter 17 begins with a troubleshooting guide for common printer problems and then goes on to cover tasks for installing and configuring local printers and network print servers. The final three chapters in this section focus on the key Windows 2008 services:TCP/IP, DHCP, and DNS. DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is used to assign dynamic IP addresses to network clients. DNS (Domain Name Service) is used to resolve host names to IP addresses.

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